The End of Wars: Chapter – 20

The End of Wars: Chapter – 20

Chapter – 20 Father’s marriage procession was pompous. The timber merchant did not spare anything for showing off his pomp. A pageantry accompanied the marriage procession. There was also a singing troop. In the evening, at the courtyard of our home, toddy bottles popped up with sour-sweet effervescence. Grandma and aunts did not remain long […]

The End of Wars – Chapter – 19

The End of Wars – Chapter – 19

Chapter – 19 A nine year old, I soon got back to life’s routine. I began to play again. I laughed. I made merry. Life flowed again. But, deep in my heart, mother’s memories ached like an unhealed wound – a scar that could never be wiped off. A year had not passed after my […]

The End of Wars: Chapter – 18

The End of Wars: Chapter – 18

Chapter – 18 I felt my world suddenly lost; my skies fallen down and crumbled. The sight of ‘Moon Uncle’ moved me to tears, and I became scared to raise my eyes to the skies at nights. Rain had suddenly lost its charm. Rain poured down sorrows. I felt sorry. I felt angry. I felt […]

The End of Wars: Chapter – 17

The End of Wars: Chapter – 17

Chapter – 17 After the blessings came the curse of monsoon. Mother’s asthma suddenly grew worse. Father had been to the town for some commercial purpose and had not returned. On one morning, Mother’s cough aggravated. She suffered from acute wheezing too. But, as I had witnessed such symptoms many a time, I took it […]

The End of Wars: Chapter – 16

The End of Wars: Chapter – 16

Chapter – 16 Mother ran to me hysterically when she saw me from afar, and hugged me. “Where did you go without telling us…?” she wept. I realized how she must have felt all night, when I was missing. Eventhough I tried to conceal the bruises on my body, some of them were too blatant […]

The End of Wars: Chapter – 15

The End of Wars: Chapter – 15

Chapter – 15 My whole body ached when I got up the next morning. Birds chirped all around. Caws of the crow were predominant. Opening my eyes, I saw Ammu standing beside me with a smile that had brought in all the sunlight of the dawn. She was holding a tiny steaming clay vessel. “Coffee…” […]

The End of Wars: Chapter – 14

The End of Wars: Chapter – 14

Chapter – 14 I jumped up to my feet. It was a small country canoe, rowed by an old man with a farmer-like turban on his forehead. He had a lighted lantern in his canoe. The canoe havened the shore, and the old man got down. He saw me. Holding the lantern close to my […]

The End of Wars: Chapter – 13

The End of Wars: Chapter – 13

Chapter – 13 We reached a place very strange to me. I realized that we had gone very far from the school. “Where are we going? Where is the playground?” I asked Hamsa. He did not reply me. Instead, he said:“Your friend Mani is strong…”I was slowly realizing what he meant. “He is valiant…” Hamsa went […]

The End of Wars: Chapter – 12

The End of Wars: Chapter – 12

Chapter – 12 I was very cautious when I went to school the next day. My eyes were watchful of Hamsa. Even while I treaded though the alleyway leading to the school, my ears were keen on every slight sound that approached me. Hamsa’s footsteps approaching? But, nothing happened until I reached the school. I […]

The End of Wars: Chapter – 11

The End of Wars: Chapter – 11

Chapter – 11 Hamsa revenged his defeat three days later. He must have been scheming those three days. It was a Sunday evening. I had been to participate in a temple festival by the seashore. In those days, children loved to be in temple festivals, for they loved watching the display of adorned temple elephants […]