Scintillating Stories. Book-2.
Life is too short to gain all knowledge by personal experience; one has to learn from the experiences of others. The best way to do this is through books. A short story deals with an issue generally faced by us and interestingly shows how to tackle it. Its message continues to reverberate in the reader’s mind for a long time. Whether you agree with the author or not it is certainly informative. Authors have a knack of casting a spell on you and attracting you to their point of view. You reader should step off from the author from time to time and reexamine author’s logic critically, to be able to decide for yourself.
This is a collection of stories; therefore I am giving a brief idea of each story.
Realization: Some persons like Ravi are incapable of expressing or exposing their love; they are often mistaken and families might get disrupted. Ravi became so involved in his research that he forgot about his wife Malini’s first birthday in America. She deserted him for Neel but soon realized her mistake and returned to Ravi who believed that marriage was for a lifetime, in spite of occasional misunderstandings or lapses.
Sleep walker: Sleep walking is an ailment; the afflicted person is unaware of what the person does or what is done to the person, during such a period; it led to a lot of misunderstanding and disrupted their family. Events helped reconciliation.
7053: Sometimes a number like 7053 may prove embarrassing! It can also lead to a happy consequence for Murthy and Neeraja.
An invasion history forgot to record: Sometimes miracles defeat the greed of unjust invaders like Firoz Khan.
A Deepavali gift: Some people like Murthy, are prejudiced against Birth-Control operation because they fear loss of potency due to the operation. After the operation he failed to perform! Happiness disappeared from their family. Neeraja, a friend of his wife cleverly restored his potency.
The Principal is a coward: The students demanded their Principal Murthy to fulfil their demands; their leader threatened Murthy and went out triumphantly. He tried to molest a bull which was chasing a cow. The bull turned against the leader furiously. Murthy saved the leader.
What a marriage: There was a limit of tolerance even for a docile daughter-in-law like Rukmini; when the limit was crossed during a marriage, she eloped with Kistudu.
No vacancy: Some persons like Marali are proud of their beauty and expect the rest of the world to accord them primacy in all matters but life has its own norms. She divorced her husband in haste and realized that opportunities don’t keep waiting for anyone.
Mangamma’s prowess: Some people like Mangamma profit by fooling gullible public. Can you blame Janaki for adopting the same path when her husband Rameswar was making merry with another woman?
Awakening: It is time that in the context of marriages, persons should be judged by their characters rather than by their parentage. Caste does not have much relevance these days.
The umbrella: After ‘Vanamahotsava’ a school girl forgot her umbrella at the bus shelter; Vasu noticed it and wondered how it may be restored to the owner. A thoughtful student’s bold action helped its restoration to the owner.
Published: 1 September 2016
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