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By Nithin Babu

Fs sNdpnse A\p`hvsf ASnkvYm\amnbp IYbmbXpsImv ]ecpw Dtinp


Xcnep Fcnhpw ]pfnbpw CXn \npw Inpnsn IqpIm Zbhmbn anpI.
Rm Fs ]q{dzImew, AXmbXp _meyImew HmnpIbmWp. Hp an BfpIfpsSbpw a\n
]pdp ]dbm ]m Ipdp clky DmIpw. kzw `mcy t]mepw AXp tIm \s
kwibnpw. AXp sImv Bcpw AXp shfnsSppIbn. As\ D Ipsd A\p`h Rm
ChnsS Xpdpp
skIvkv Fpw F\np Hcp `mKyw Bbncpp. Ipnmew apXs. ]s, Fmw Hcnepw
]qXbn Fmh. Hcp ]s, AXp 100% ]qcvoIcnncpsn, Cp AXn\p Hpw a[pcw
ImWpI C Fp XobmWp. Cu skIvkv A\p`h Fpw Rm Hmnpw. Ctmgpw
Rm Ah Hmnpp, clkyambn B\npp. Fm AXv Fs IpSpw_ PohnXs Hpw
_m[nnn, ImcWw, IpSpw_w thsd, HmI thsd.
Fs hfsc sNdpn Xs F\np Nq Cp ao ]nSnp kz`mhw Dmbncpp. Fs
hoSn\p Xmgp Aw Zqsc Bbn Hcp tXmSv Dmbncpp. \ sXfn shhpw Hncn ao\pw
Dmbncp Hcp tXmSv. Abes an s]pMfpw D Ignbp t\cp Ipfnm Cdp Hcp
IShns apIfn Hcp 40 ASn AIse BWp Fs NqShv. ]t Xs Rm AhnsS Nq
CSpXp sImpw, Fs Ahp Adnbmw FXp sImpw, Fs kmn[yw Ahp Hcp
{]iv\w Bbncpn. Fm Nne, ]pXp aWhmnamv Fs Ccpv A{X ]nSnpnmbncpp.
Hcn Hcpn Fs hnfnp ]dp.
"" FSm sNm, \o Fm ImWm\m ChnsS Ccnps ?""
"" Rm Nq CSphm "" Rm ao tIm s]mn ImWnp.
Atm Fs Adnbp iymaf tNn ]dp. "AXp tates \psS hnPb BWp. Ah
]mhw BWp, sIm, \apsp tNXw?
"" lpw, ]mhw !! Ahs t\mw s]pfpsS thm `mKtp Xsbm "".
"" t]ms, \app Ipfnnp t]mbm s]msc. Ah AhnsS Ccptmst "".
icn Bbncpp. BZyamZyw Rm {i[v[npnmbncpp. ]s, Rm hfcpIbmbncpp. Ipcpp
aoi apfm XpSn, in\p amw, enwKn\p \ofhpw hhpw hp. Fs icocn\p
{]mbn Ihn s]mw Dmbncpp. Fs enwKw Ap Hcp 5 Cv Fnepw ImWpw s]mn
\nptm. (Cp AXn\p Bdp Bdc Cp Fnepw \ofw ImWpw, Fs `mcy ]dbpw, "" CXp
B\bpsS km[\w BWp, Fs sImm thn Zbnhw tN\p sImSpXmWp "". ]s Ah
Fpw AXp sImp kzw ImWptm, AXns\ DI sImp s]mXnbptm Ah ]dbpw,
"" CXp Fs sImm A, F\np Xnm DXmWp "") IqSmsX A[v[ \Ifmb Ipfnp
s]psf ImWptm, Fs Ip ]Xps DWp s]mm XpSnbncpp. Rm
Ibv]nSnhpw (hmWaSn) XpSn. Fs XpSInSbn Rm Fs Ips\ HXpn Aan,
Fnp s]pfpsS icoc hSnhp clkyambn t\mn AkzZnpI Bbncpp. Fm Xcnepw
kbnknepw D apeI R kpe`ambn ImkzZnp. XSnXpw, XqnbXpw, samnXpw, t\sc
\nhp \npXpw Bb Fmw. icocw IdpXp BsWn t]mepw an s]nsbpw
apeI shfpXmbncpp. 40 ASn AIse BbncpXp sImv A{X hniZambn IWm ]n,
Fnepw, \ XpSp sRpI, Idp apepI Fmw Rm BkzZnp. klnm
IgnbmsX hcptm hon t]mbn Ibv ]nSnpw. Hp cp {]mhiyw, IShn shp Xs Xncpn
Xncpn AdnbmsX F\np kvJe\w Dmbnpv. AXp epn sImp XpSpw.
AXp IqSmsX Hp anhcptSbpw ]qdpIfpw Rm Inpv. Nne s]p, Fs
Abeph, Fs t\sc Xncnp \np XpWn amdpw, Hcp \mWhpw IqSmsX, Fs ImWnm
thn Bbncptm Fp Cp Rm kwibnpp. ]s Hpw \ hyw Ambncpp. Hcp
Idpp ImWmw. ImcWw, anXn\pw \ ]qS Xnn \ndp Dmbncpp. NnecpsS CS `mKw Nne
Znhkw Ipdp nb Bbncnpw. (F\np Ctm tXmpp Ah htmgpw tcmaw apdnp
IfbppmIWw). anhcpsSbpw Hcp sNdnb hc hsc hyambn Inpv. ]ns tXmp
amn Hcp Im Int Ibn hp Imens CSbn tkmv tXptm, tkmns ]Xbpw
]qSbpw Iqn Ie Hcp ImgvN, AXp Fs kncIsf Pzennpambncpp. Abes iymaf
tNn, (aqp henb IpnIfpsS X) an\npItfmfw Fs t\sc Xncnp \np tkmv ]Xp
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icnpw IhnSbn Ibv Cp an\npItfmfw tXp ImWnpambncpp. CSnSp \Sphnc
Dntenv tXsSppXpw ImWmw. ap Hp cp t]pw henb Iqkenmbncpp. `m\p
tNn tXmv Hcp kbnUntep amn Im AIn \np, ]qdp thsd tXmp sImp
tXmcrn hniZambn ImWnpambncpp. ap s]p A{Xbpw Hm Bbncpn.
`m\ptNnbpsS ]qSbpsS Inbpw Idppw Cpw Fs a\n \npw s]mbnn. ImcWw AhcpsS
IhnS hfsc hepXmbncpp. henb XSn Asnepw \ apgp IpnIfpw Ahpmbncpp.
XncnRp \np Nn tXptm F\np kln sISpambncpp. ]pXnb s]pfn NnecpsS
]qdns hc Inpsnepw, AXp anmbw t]ms{e am{Xambncpp. Ah tXmp amdn apv
DSpptm Hcp \nanjw am{Xta ImWm ]nbnpp. FmhcpsSbpw apeI \mbn Inpv.
apeIfpsS ASnbnepw Inepw Hs k{apambn tkmv tXpIbpw tXmpIbpw Hs
sNptm. Fmw Rm AkzZnpIbpw Fs Ips\ In FSpv XncppIbpw sNbvXncpp.
iymaftNnbpsS ]qdp Rm \mbn Inpv Fp Xs ]dbmw. Nnetm tNn ImepI
AIn tXmptm, Idp ]qdns ]qSbpsS CSp Nph \ndw Hcp anmbw s]mse Rm
Inpv. A{Xp kmam\ns Npp henmWp Ah ]qdp XpSncpXv. Fs {`mp
]nSnnm thnbmsWm, AtXm Ahp Hcp ckw Bbncptm Fp F\np Cpw Adnbn.
Ipfn Ignp t]mIptm iymaftNnbpw `m\p tNnbpw Fs ASpp hcpw. F np Hcp
tNmZyw Dv.
"Cp hXpw HtmSm hnPbm ?"". Rm Xe Bpw. ImcWw, F\np hmpI Inn. \\
appw Hnb ukpw Cp, shfnbn ImWmhp, Xn \np apepIfpw Imn Ip\np
\np iymaftNn tNmZnptm, Fs t\mw AhcpsS apJ, Fs apIfntep hogm
Imp Nmp InSp B henb apeIfn Bbncnpw. `m\ptNn Xncnp Imp
\nIpIbmbncnpw. XpWn HnnSn AhcpsS Nnbn t\mn Rm shw Cdpw. F{X
{]mhiyw Cu iymaf tNnbpsS apeIfpw, tkmv ]Xp \nIp IhnSbpw, tXmn tXmn
DWp AhcpsS Icp tcmamSpw Hmp Fs Ips\ Ibn]nSnp Ipepn Ifnpv.
]pXp s]pfpsS Ahyamb ]qdns hcI Hmp F{X {]mhiyw Ibn]nSnnpv. AhcpsS
hogm sNdp apeI Fnse Imas hogmsX Pzennp \nnbncpp.
a[y th\ Ah[n Bbm Rm Xdhmp hon t]mIpw. heymhs Xmsg aqv s]p,
]ns sNdnbmh. henbmhs hon Ah[np Fm AmbnamcpsSbpw a hp
t]mIpw. AXp ImcWw \ ckamWp. Rm am{Xw Ah[n XocpXp hsc \npw, ImcWw, Fs
Ghpw hnb BIjWw heymhs aI Dj BWp. Dj hfsc skIvkn Bbncpp,
kpcnbpw. \ H apeI, Bhiyn\p anw apgpp NnIfpw `wKnbp apJhpsamw
Fmw. Ahsf Ftmgpw Rm Hfnp \np t\mpw. hnbp \\ AhfpsS Iw Rm
Ftmgpw t\mn \npw. AdnbmsX Ah IbvI s]mptm B hnbns aWw Fs
aqn Rm A\p`hnpw. B apeIfn, Nnbn Hp sXmSm Rm B{KlnNnpv. Ah
XpWn amdptm P\ens CSp IqSn Hfnp t\mpw. AhepsS {_mbn apeIfpw, sPnbn
XpSIfpw Nnbpw am{Xta ImWm ]nbnpp. ImcWw, Ftmgpw Ah P\en\p Xncnp \np
am{Xta XpWn amdpp. Hcp {]mhiyw Ah Fs Ip ]nSnp. Fs sNhnbn Xncpn,
tNmZnp.
"" Fn\mSm Hfnp t\mnbXv ""?
Rm ]dp. "\o Fs apdss ? ]ns t\mnbm Fm?"
Ah s]mns]mn Nncnp. Anp ]pOtmsS ]dp.
"samtp hncnn. Fmw mn FnbtX Dp. Ah\p Rm apdsv. At, Fs
apdsdps\ Itm "".
Ah Ambnsb hnfnp ]dp. Rm \mWw sIp t]mbn. Ah Un{Kn mn, Rm
Fntev IbdnbXpw. Ambnbpw ap Fmhcpw Bp Nncnp. Rm sXmSnbntep t]mbn
Ipdp t\cw amhn Fdnp Fs Acniw Xop.
B hjw Ipmhs IeymWw Ignp, Ah thsd Hcp {Kmantep amdn, SuWn\p
ASpp. Ipmhs XpWn ]oSnI SuWn BWp. (Cp AXp henb Hcp {]kvYm\w BWp).
F\np ]\n BbncpXn\m IeymWn\p t]mIm ]nbn. Hcp RmbdmgvN Ipmh\pw
`mcybpw (Fs Ipmbn) Fs hon hncpp hp. Ap Rm Ahsc In. kvIq
{Kun Ap ^pSvt_m amv Bbncpp.
F\np Ahsc ImWm henb Xmcyhpw
tXmnbn. IeymW t^mtm Ip. A{X Xs.
ASp Ah[npw ]Xnhp s]mse Rm heymhs hon t]mbn. Djv Fpw kvs]jy
mv BWp. Fs Hfnp t\mw Ip]nSnXp sImp ]ns Rm Ahsf Hfnp t\mnbn.
Fm F\np thsc Hcp ckw D ]Wn Dv. Ambn ASpfbn BsWn Rm ]Xps
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DjbpsS apdnbn Ibdpw. Fnp Ah amdnbn apjn XpWnIfn ]cXn s\mpw. AXn
\npw AhfpsS D]tbmKn ukpw {_mbpw sPnbpw FSppw. Hmtcmpw FSpp aWpw.
DjbpsS hnbns XovW Kw AhepsS ukns In DmIpw, Rm Fs
Bmhn hsc B Kw henv Ibpw. AhfpsZ {_mbpsS Ins hpIfn Aw apjnhp
ImWpw. ]s {_mbpsS IpIfn apeI Aap CcnpXp Rm knpw. AhfpsS
hnbns, AhfpsZ ta\nbpsS Kw Rm B apjn ASnhkv{XfneqsS BkzZnp. Asm
Fs Ip \ _ew BIpw. ]Xps Rm Ibv]nSpw XpSpw. AhfpsS sPnbpsS ap`mKv
AXmbXv, tbm\o`mKv Hcp hyXymkw DmIpw.
Hcp XovW Khpw. hnbnsbpw
tbm\o{khnsbpw aq{Xnsbpw Hcp kn{i Kw, AXp Rm Fs aqntep henp
Ibpw. Asm Hcp Ibv Fs Dcnp \np Ipbn XtemSpw. Nne Znhkw Hcp {]tXyI
Kw DmIpw. AXp Fs ap ]nSnnpw. sPnbpsS ap`mKw Rm Fs s]mn\np
Ipbn Dcpw. Nnetm AhnsSshp Xs Ibv ]nSnp AhfpsS ]mhmSbnepw uknepw
Hs Hgnp hpw. As\ Djsb Rm a\p sImpw ASnhkv{XfneqsSbpw ]n cknp.
Ah Fpw sPn amdpambncpp. AXn\m F\np Fpw tImfmbncpp. Nne Znhkfnse
sPnbpsS ap`mKp Fsm ]n]nSnncnpw. AXp Rm \n t\mpw. Dp ckw Ie
Ftm Bbncnpw. AhfpsS Acpa ]qdn \npw hcp B shns cpNn Fs \mhn hp
sImv Rm Ibv ]nSnp (hmWaSnv) Ifbpambncpp. Ambn ASpf ]Wn Ignbptm
XpWnI Fmw FSpv IgpIm sImp t]mIpw. Rm Fs AhnSs IqpImcpsS
ASptpw.
B XhW Rm sNp cmgv Ignp. ]Xnhp t]mse Dj kvs]jy Syqj\p t]mbn. Ipdp
Ignv Rm ]Xnhp t]mse AhfpsS apdnbn Ibdn. XpWnI Xn ukv aWp, {_m aWp,
sPn aWp. AsXmw hSn t]mse s]mn \np Fs Ipbn apnp cknp. ]nsbpw
amdn amdn aWp BkzZnp sImncpp. Fs apn\pn Fs Ip DWp \nIpp.
Hcp Ibv Fs sNdps\ XShnsmp Rm sPnbpsZ ]qdp `mKw aWp. As\ ckw aqp
GXmp Rm s]mnsdnmdmbn. Atm Zm, hmXn Dj \npp (Rm a,
Ahv Ap mnmbncpp, thsd FhnsStbm t]mbnp s]sp aSn hXmbncpp). Rm
sPn Xmsg Cp. Ibv apns ASnbn \npw FSpp, ]s apns ap`mKw s]mns
\np. Ah AXp {inpXp Rm Ip. Ah tNmZnp.
"" FSm, \o Fm sNpXp ChnsS Fs apdnbn ?
"" Rm m..Rmm.. ]gb XpWn t\mpIbmbncpp "".
"" ]gb XpWnsbm ? lpw ........"" Ah sPn FSpp ImWnnp tNmZnp.
"" CXmtWm \o I ]gb XpWn ? thtd Hpw Cu hon Cmbncptm ?""
"" AXv...... AXv ..... "" Rm \np hnn.
"" Fnp \o AsXn\m aWp t\mnbXv? aqntemp henp IbpXp Itm "" FSm? \o
Bfp tamiw AtmSm "". Fs s]mn \nIp ap`mKp t\mnbmWp Ah AXp ]dXv.
"" Cu sN hmsX Nobmbncnpp "".
Rm \np hnbp. F\nv Dcw Cmbncpp. `qan XmWp s]msbn Fp hsc Rm
Binp t]mbn.
"" taem Fs apdnbn tIdntbcpXv. \n\p thsd AkpJw BWp. F\ndnbmw \ns.
apeIpSn amdnbn, AXn\p apt s]pfpsS aWw Ah\p thWw. Cp Rm AtbmSp ]dbpw.
t\mntm "". Ah t\sc ASpfbntep s]mbn.
Rm Icp t]mbn Fp ]dbmw. Dj AtbmSv ]dm D `hnjyv Hmtm
F\np {`mp ]nSnXp t]mse Bbn. Ah ASpfbn Ambnbpambn Ftm
kwkmcnpXpw Rm tIp. F\np a\nembn Ah AmbntbmSp ]dbpIbmWp.
]ns Rm AhnsS \nn. _mKn Fs XpWnI \ndp. t\sc hcmbn sNp. Gnp
hnfnp. "" Ambo, "
Rm hnfnp. Ambn Cdn hp. apJp s\mmsX Rm ]dp.
"" Rm Fs hon t]mIphm. F\nss Atb ImWWw Ctm Xs ""
Ambnp A`pXw.
"" Fp ]nsbSm samt\, \o s]sp t]mIm ?. GXmbmepw Hcp Bgv IqSn Ignp t]mbm
aXn "".
"" C, F\np Ctms t]mWw "". Rm Ddnp ]dp.
Asmtgpw Djbpw hp. Ambn ]dp.
"" FSo, hnPb\p Ctm Xs hon t]mIWv. Chs\p ]n ?""
Dj tNmZnp. "Wo Fn\mSm Ctm hon s]mIpXv ? \n\p hptm ?" Fnp Fs t\mn
KqUambn Nncnp.
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"" A{X \n_amsWn s]ms At "".
Atm BWp Rm NnnXv, hon sNm AtbmsSp ]dbpw. Rm ]dp.
"" Rm Ipmhs hontem t]mIpXv. CtX hsc AhnsS t]mbnn. ]pXnb Ambnsb
Inn. C\n Ah[n IgnbpXp hsc AhnsS \nWw"
Dj ]dp. "" As\ BsWn Ah s]ms As. GXmbmepw tNmdpnp t]mImsaSm "".
Rm ]dp "" th. C\n \nm t\cw hbnIpw, _kv Inn "".
Rm Cdnbtm Dj ]pdtI hp. Fnp ]Xps ]dp.
"" AhnsS sNnp \ns Cu {`mp ImWntcpXp tItm. Bscnepw Im \mWtSmIpw.
s]Snt, Rm BtcmSpw Cs Imcyw ]dbn. Ctm s]mtmfp. Ipdp Znhkw
Ignbpw Ctmp Xs Xncnp t]mcWw "".
"" As\bms ""
Rm Fs \ Poh\pw sImp kvYew hnp. t\sc Ipmhs hontev.

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Rm t\sc IqmhbqsS hontep hp. s]sp Fs Itm Ambnp Fs
a\nembn.. G\npw AmbnbpsS cq]w A{X ]nSn Innbn. IeymW t^mtmbn ImWqtm
B`cWfn s]mXnp Hcp henb s]p amXncn tXmnp. ]s, t\cn Itm A`pXw
tXmn. Ambn C{X sNdptam ?
Ah kwibtmsS tNmZnp.
" hnPb ?"
"AsX".
"Atm !!, Rm Hpw {]Xonn sItm"
"CsX hsc hcm ]nbn. hymhbpsS hon Xs \nm Ipmh Fp hnNmcnpw.
AXp sImp t]mXm. \msf Xs t]mIWw".
"AXp \app ]Xps Xocpam\nmw. tN hcs. Ibdn Ccnp. GnmIw _mn"
Rm Ibdn Ccpp. Nppw t\mn. hoSp \ shSnpw {hnnbpw Bbn kqnnpv. H
t\mn Ambnsb F\np hfsc Csp. kucyw A, assm Hcp {]tXyIX B
IpIp Dp. \ hSnhp H icocw. Djsbm Fmw IqSpX Dp. Ah Fs ASpp
IqSn \Sp t]mbtm Hcp {]tXyI kpKw F\np A\p`hsp.
]p an\nn\pn Ambn Nmbbpw Cenbpw sImp shp
"cmhnes CenbmWp. Aw In ImWpw"
"kmcan" G\np \ hnip Dmbncpp. Imn IpSn Igntm Hcp Bizmkw tXmn.
hnPb\p IpfntWm?. bm{X Ignp hcpXp As ? hcq apdnbntep t]mIw".
Ambn Fs _mKv FSpp sImp apn \Sp. R ]pdsI B \Spw IpnIfpsS
Xmfn D Ne\hpw cknp \Sp. a\n tXmn, ChnsSbpw Fs InI s]mptam
`Khms\
cp InSp apdnI, kzoIcW apdn, DuWp apdn, ASpf, Xpd hp Gcnb, InW, \ apw,
Fmw sImpw \ kuIcyw D hoSp. sabn tdmUn \npw Aw AIse BbXn\m,
\ppdns hnP\Xbpw Dp. Abs hoSp Aw amdnbmWp. Gnepw Dds hnfnm
hnfn tImw
G\np heXp his s_{Uqw BWp XXp. Ambn ]dp.
"Ipfnapdnbn tXmpw tkmpw Fmw Dp. ss]q shw Cw Asn InWn \npw
tImcncmw"
"Rm ]dp, "th, Ipfnapdnbn BImw" Rm Ipfnapdnbn ISp hmXn ASp. o Bb
Ipfnapdn. Nppw t\mn. \ofw D lmsMcn Hcp tXmp, IqSmsX cp aqp sPnbpw
Dmbncpp. Rm Hp ktmjnp. HmSn sNp t\mn. Hscw sPvkv, Hp teSokv ]mn.
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Fm cpw Aen DWm CncnpI Bbncpp. Rm teSokv ]mokv ]cntim[np. Fs
enwKw A\m XpSn. Fm AXp ]pXnbXp amXncn tXmnp. AenbXp sImp ap
`mKp bsXmcp hyXmkhpw C, IqSmsX tkmns aWhpw. Fs s]mm XpSnb sNdp
s]sp XmWp t]mbn. kabw IfbmsX \ Hcp Ipfn ]mmn, R shfnbn hp.
Ah ASpfbn Bbncpp. Rm Atmp sNp.
"Ambn, Amh Ftm hcpw?
"Hmlv, cm{Xn Fp HXp aWnbmIpw"
"Ambnp t]Sn Cs X\np kyp Ccnm?
"Fp t]Snm\m, ChnSs BfpI hfsc \hcmWp. Zm, Abp \mWnb Ftm
hnfnmepw HmSn Fpw".
Rm AhnsS ASpf Xdbn Hcp sImcn FSpp Ccpp. Hcp s_pw sNdnb Hcp sUkvIpw
Dsnepw, Rm Xmsg Ccn
Csp. ImcWw Xmsg \np t\mnbm AmbnbpsS NmcpX apgph\pw ImWmw, BkzZnmw.
"tams\, Fn\m Xmsg Ccnps" s_n Ccptmfp. Xdbn sNfn ImWpw"
"kmcan. F\np CXm kpJw Ambn"
"]ntbv, tam Fs Ambn Fp hnfntm, tNn Fp hnfnm aXn sItm. Ambn
Fp tIptm {]mbw sN Hcp {]XoXnbmWp tXmpI".
"icn Ambn.. A, tNn". tNn Atm Hp Nncnp, Hcp Xami tIXp t]mse. Nncntm
karamb B amdnSw kmcnpns ASnbn InSp Hp Xpfpntbm Fp kwibw. Fs
Dn Hcp sNdnb InSnew, B\ns.
R Hncn kwkmcnp, R Dnbpw ]dnbpw Acnp tNnsb klmbnp. hop
ImcyM hymhbpsS honse hntj Fmw. Ambnp Fs Cjvw Bbn Fp tXmn.
Ah AXp ]dbpIbpw sNbvXp.
"hnPbs\ F\np Cjvmbn. C\n kvq Xpdnp tam t]mbm aXn. G\np anm\pw
]dbm\pw Hcp Bfpw Bbsm".
"lm.., t\mmw" Fp Rm ]dsnepw Dn ktmjw Bbncpp. thWsan ]Tnw
Ctmq amnbmepw aXn Fp hsc tXmn
hnhmlw Ignp \mep amkw IgnsX Dp. tNnp h amw. t^msmbn I Bf. \
XpSp apJw, Xo DuXnbtm Hp IqSn XpSpp. CSp hiw Xncnp \nptm sskUn
IqSn ImWp cq]sam apeI Aw Nmp InSpXp t]mse tXmn. Amh ]nSnp
XqnbXmbncnpw. Ip\np \nptm ImWp BIrXn H apgp NnI Fs
apns CSbn Ne\w Dmn. apIfnse Xn \npw ssII s]mn k[\ FSpptm
hnb Iw F\np elcn Bbn. FSpm Aw _pnapnbtm Rm ASpp sNp
klmbnp. Atmgpw Hcp ssI apIfn BbncpXp sImp, B hnbns amZI Kw F\np
Aw Inn. s]sp Xs Rm Xmsg hp sImcnbn Ccpp. C{X sNdpnse R Cs\
Hcp hnImcn\p ASna Bbns]mbtm Fsmcp tXm F\np Atm Dmbn. DjbpsS
hon kw`hnXp t]mse ChnsS Hcnepw DmIcpXp, Rm Xocpam\np.
HXp aWn Bbtm Amh hp. Amh\p hfsc ktmjhpw A`pXhpw tXmn.
`Ww IgnpXn\p CSbn Imcy Hs tNmZnp. ssev AWp Ah Ddm InSp.
]s F\np Ddw hn. Rm a\n Ip, Ctm Amh Fp sNpIbmbncnpw,
AmbnbpsS ukv AgnpI Bbncnpw, Fnv B henb apeI ]nSnpw, ]ns
AmbnbpsS kmcnbpw ]mhmSbpw s]mpw, sPn henp ampw, ]ns ]ns, Fp Bbncnpw
AmbnbpsS IhnSbnse ]qSbn Amh Fp sNpw. l...m Fs Ip hSn t]mse Bbn,
Hp ssIbn ]nSnWw Fp tXmn, ]s th Fp shp. ]Xps Fgptp, knnMv
dqansep hmXn Xpdp, AXn\p ]pdIn BWp AhcpsS s_{Uqw. Fnp sNhntbmp.
Rm {]Xon t]mse DbpsS iw, NncnbpsS Inepw, Inens A\w, Hpw tIn.
Amhs Bbncnpw Iqw hen tImw. Fs s]mn\n I Xmsg hoWp. R Xncnp
Inen s]mbn Ddn.
]ns Znhkw cmhnse R Fgpttm Amh t]mbngnncpp. Ambn Am tNn
cmhnse Ipfnp Hcpn Fs hp hnfnp. Ip Xpdp Rm ImWpXp Hcp A]vkckns\
BtWm Fp tXmntmbn.
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"Gsmcp DdamWp tams\ Hcp t_m[hpw CmsX. Rm BbXp sImp Ipgan. shsd
Bscnepw Im Fp tamiw" tNn CXp ]dp \mbn Hp Nncnp. Rm Hpw anmsX
Fgptp ]dntep \Sp, hSnt]mse Dbp \np Ips\ Hp XtemSn, aq{Xw Hgnp.
]nsbmWp Ah XmgvXp. icn Bbncnmw. cmhnse k[mcW app kvYm\p ImWn.
Xsbpw A, shfpn\p
IrjvW hSn t]mse \npw, Fgptp aq{Xw HgnpXp hsc. `Khms\, tNn Fs Dcn
km[\w Ip ImWptam Bthm. \mWtSp kmcan, Fs sNdps\ tNnpw Cs]Spw Fp
XobmWp. A{Xbpw kpc BWp Ah. \ Xe FSppw hhpw km[mcWbn Ihn
\ofhpw, GXp s]pw Cs]Spw Fp F\np Adnbmw.
cp aqp Znhkw sImp Rm tNnbpsS icoc imkv{Xw apgph ] Tnp. Fs a\pw
icochpw Znhkw tXmdpw IqSpX IqSpX NqSmIpI Bbncpp. Hcp BgvN Igntm
a\nembn i\nbmgv BWp AhcpsS Dkh Znhkw. Ap Amh Aw aZy]npw. `bc
ktmjw BWp. cm{Xn AhcpsS s_{Uqan \npw Nncnbpw _lfhpw Hs tIp. Hfnp \np
sImtem Fp tXmn. th, Ah Adnm ]ns Pohnp Ccpnp Imcyw C. ksU
Amh ISbn t]mIpI C. Ap tlmfntU, hop ]WnI ]dp t\mw Fmw cp t]cpw
IqSn sNpw. Rm F Hcp B DXmbn t]mepw Ah Adnbpnmbncpp. As\ Ipdp
Znhkw Ignp. CSp Hcp Znhkw Dj hon hp. Rm apdnp ]pdp Cdnbn. tNn
tNmZnp, F\np DjtbmSp ]nWamtWm Fp. Rm Dcw ]dn. Ah cp t]cpw IqSn
Fsmssbm clky ]dbppmbncpp. Dj Fmw tNntbmSp ]dp ImWpw. alm
\mWtSp Bbn t]mbn. C\n Fns\ Rm tNnsb t\cnSpw. ]s Dj t]mbn Ignnpw
tNnp Hcp amhpw Cmbncpp. ]gb ]Sn Xs. ksU Hgnp D Znhkfn tNnp
FtmSp henb Cw Bbncpp.
\mWnb Fs i{Xp Bbn. Rm ASpfbn hm Fs t\mw tNnbpsS apeIfnepw
Ipnbnepw Bbncnpw. AXp \mWnb Ip ]nSnp. IqSmsX Hcp Znhkw Ah ao
shnsImncnptm Rm ASpp sNp. ASpfbpsS ]pdIn shfnbn Ccpp ao
shptm Rm sNp AhcpsS apn Ccpp.. Fnp ao\ns t]cpw hntijfpw tNmZn
XpSn. Ah apn\p apIfn app Ibnshmbncpp CcpXp. Rm sNtm Ah app
Aw HXpn shp. ]s Aw Igntm AdnbmsX Xs app ]gbXp t]mse Xs
Xpdp hp. \ kqcy {]Imiw DmbncpXp sImp AhcpsS Icnao hyambn
IWmambncpp. ]s AhcpsS kam\ns apI `mKw am{Xsa ImWm ]nbpp. apgph
Idp ]qS Bbncpp. AhcpsS apeI ImappsImp ukns apIfntep shfnbn Xn
\nncpp. Rm AXpw t\mn, ]qSbpw t\mn cknncpp. Fs apns AIp \npw
Ip Fgptp. Ipdp Igntm \mWnb Fs {inp, Fs t\mw AhcpsS
kmam\n Bbncpp Fp Ahp a\nembn. Ah ]dp.
"sIms, \o Fgptp t]mbn hXpw hmbnp. Rm ao
shntmfmw. s]m, s]m"
Fnp tNnsb hnfnp.
"h\sP, Cu sNdps\ Ap hnfnp hXpw Xnm sImSpp, Asn Ah Fs Xnpw"
Fnp Ah Fgptp app t\sc Bn. Rm BsI hfnp t]mbn.
XncnsI ASpfbn htm Ah tNntbmSp ]dbpXp tIp.
"B sNdp A{X icn A. Ahs t\mw s]pfpsS shm `mKfntemWp. tam
Aw IqSn kqntmWw. kmcn Hs s\sc Npnsb Ahs apn sNmhp".
tNn Nncnp sImp ]dp.
"Ah sIms. ]ns, Rm kqntmfmw".
Ap apX \mWnb Dsn Rm InsWn s]mIn. ]s tNnbpsS s]cpamn
Hcp amw Ip. ]gbXnepw Aekambn kmcn Np Hs. tNn Fs ]conpIbmsWm
Fp F\np tXmn. Rm a\]qdzw tNnbpsS apeIfn t\mmsX {inp. ]s tNn
Fs apn hp Ip\np \np apdn ASnp hmcpw, ap ]WnI sNpw. Ab
uknsbpw {_mbpsSbpw AIp \npw B henb Dcp apeI ]pdtp Xqn hcpw.
Fs apn hp ]pdw Xncnp \npw. B NnbpsS apgppw XpSnpw Hs hyambn
ImWnpXp t]mse \npw. Fs Ip s]mm XpSpw. Ah Hpw Adnbm t]mse
Nnbpw Ipepn \Spw. \nhrn CmsX hcptm Rm Ipfnapdnbn t]mbn Hcp hmWw
ASnp kam[m\npw.

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Rm sN ASp i\nbmgvN Amh s\cs hp, Ipfn Ignp mn {_mnbpw Bbn
knnMv dqan hp. Rm Atm nhnbn NeNn{X Km\ ]cn]mSn ImWpIbmbncpp. Amh
]Xps ASpfbntep t]mbn. Aw Ignp Rm ASpf hmXn sNp Fn t\mn.
Atm I Imgv Fs hsX Dep. Amh tNnbpsS ]pdIn tNnbpsS NntbmSp
tNp \np In IqSn Inp AhcpsS apeIfn ]nSnpp. ASpn ao hdm
Cncnpp.
"sNsN, Ctm shm, ChnsS hnPb Dp. Ah Fm\pw Im tamiamWp".
Amh \ aqSn Bbncpp. {_mn Xep ]nSnncpp.
"C tamsf, Ah nhnbn ebnncnpIbmWp. AYhm Im Xs Fm, Ah t]mbn Hcp
hmWw ASnpw. ]nt As. ]p Rm\pw As\ Bbncpp. \ns amXncn D NcpI
Ipnbpw apebpw Ipepn \SpXp Inp, Ahsc Hmp Ipfnapdnbn Ibdn
ssIbn ]nSnp shw Ifbpambncpp".
"Cu tN Hcp hm B Xs". CXp ]dbptm tNnbpsS ssI Amhs apns
ASnbntep \ofpXp Ip. cp t]cpw F\np ]pdw Xncnp ASpntep t\mn \nXp
sImp Fs Ah ImWpnmbncpp.
Amh ]Xps ]pdIn IqSn Xs, tNnbpsS kmcnbpsS ap hip ssIbnp, hbdn\pw
XpWnpw CSbneqsS B ssII Xtgmndn, tNnbpsS XpSnp Inepw ]qdnepw XtemSn,
Aan. ]q ZffpsS hnShn hnc Ibn ImWWw. tNn Igpp ]pdtImp henp
Amhs apJp Hcp apw sImSpp.
"tNm, F\np hmsX hcpp".
Amhs ssI tNnbpsS kmam\n Acnbmp \SpIbmsWp tXmn. In Amhs
hnc sImp sRcSn ImWpw. ImcWw tNn Hp sRn, ]ns ]pfbm\pw XpSn.
Amh ]dp. "hmsX \\sm tamsf, apsamn ]nSnms\ ]pn Ah sXn
amdpsm". CXp tIp tNn Nncnp. Hcp ssI sImp NpIw FSpp Fn henp ao
adnnp.
"AXp As\bmWp, sXmtS ssI sXmm AhnsS {]fbw Bbncnpw. Rm Ipfnnn,
Nnetm ssI aWpw. aq{Xns \mhpw ImWpw".
"\ns ]qdns aWw AXp am{Xw aXn Fs Ip s]mm. \ns Ipfnm kmam\w BWp
Fs kpJw. Rm Hp aWp t\ms"
Amh ssI kmcnnSbn \npw FSpp. Fnp AXp tNnbpsS aqn\p t\sc ImWnp.
"Asm \ \mw Dp". tNn apJw Npfnp sImp Xs aZ\]qhnse sImgp tX sImp
\\ B hncepI aWp.
Amh AXp {inmsX B ssI Xs aqn shp Dntep tNnbpsS IgpIm ]qdns
aWw hensSpp. Atm tNn Xncnp \np, Rm IXIns sskUntep amdn \np Fn
t\mn. tNn Amhs Ips\ In ]nSnp satempw Iotgmpw sXnp.
sskUn IqSn Amhs Ips\ Rm Ip. \ofw 6 Cp ImWpw, ]s \ hw BWp. hSn
s]mse \np B henb km[\w tNnbpsS hncepIfn HXpnbn. Amh ]Xps Xmsg
Ipnp Ccpp, tNnbpsS kmcnbpw ]mhmSbpw s]mn. ]s ]qdns A{Xbpw s]mnbn.
XpSIfpsS ]IpXn hsc am{Xsa s]mnbpp. G\np AXp ImcWw tNnbpsS ]qdp ImWm
Ignn. Fnepw B XpSIfpsS Hma\Xzw Fs Ips\ Ccpp amXncn Bn. ]p IpfnShn
shp s]pfpsS XpSI Inpsnepw C{Xbpw ASpp BZyambnmWp Hcp sh XpS
Rm ImWpXp. B am_n XpSIfn Hp sXmS Fs hncepw a\pw Zmlnp. Amh
]mhmS s]mn Xe AItnp, Fnp tNnbpsS ]qdn apJw apnp. tNn \np ]pfp.
Amh Bp izmkw henp. tNn kmcnbpw ]mhSbpw IqSn sXcpp Acbn XncpIn shp.

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"Blm. Fs tamfpsS ]qdns aWw ... Rm Cs\ Xs Cu tX hcn N ISnp Xnm
s]mIphm." XpWn A[nIw s]mmXp sImp, AhnsS Xn \np aWw apgph\pw Amh\p
InnmWpw. Rm B aWw Hp knp t\mn. htmgpw hnb tNn ASpphcptm
Inp B aWhpw, hnb ]qdns Ahn aWhpw, AXn \npw HgpInbndnb Ima tX\ns
hmk\bpw, aq{Xns aWhpw Ie B aWw F{X Bbepw ]pcpj\p lcw Bbncnpw. AXp
sIms arK t]mepw BZyw s]ns ]pdIn sNp IqXn aWnpXp
"Fs tNm. shs .... hm aWw ImWpw, sImXnb, CXp Rm Hp IgpIn sImphcmw".
"th, IgpInbm ]qdns A Kw \s]Spw." CXpw ]dp Amh B aWap ]qdn
Hp \nsbp tXmpp. tNn AdnbmsX Xs ImepI AInsImSpp. Amh
XpWnbpsS ASnbn Xebnp \nbpw ISnpw tNnsb kpJnnpXp Itm Fs Ip
In t]mse Bbn. Rm Fs Ips\ In ]nSnp ]Xps aptmpw ]pdtImpw XShm
XpSn. IqSpX kabw Ignn, tNn ]pfbm XpSn. Ah ssI \on Kmkv \nn Xo
AWp.
"GXmbepw XpSn ... icnp \q Fs s]ms, AhnsS ... AhnsS Xs .. In Xs..
tNs ap samn Xs \q tNmm ... tNs Hma\ ]qds ... AamsX ... tNs
\mns Acw IqSpXemWp ..Blv ... BAlv .. Fs tNm F\np hcpw ... Ctm hcpw ..
BAlv .. .Blv".
tNn kzKw ImWpp Fp a\nemnb Amh Adnp \n. Xe apIfntepw Xmtgpw
Bn \n. Ahkm\w tNn Amhs Xe Hcp ssIsImp ]nSnp XpWn klnXw AhcpsS
]qdntep Aan. Hcp ssI sImp kzw apeIfn amdn amdn sRn, Iin. ukns
apIfn IqSn apespI amdn amdn sRcnp. tNnp cXn aqN Bbn Fp tXmn.
"\ns tNmmm .... As\ .... As\ ...... Blv ... Alv... Fs tNmmm ... F\np ... hq ...
Fs tNmmmmm ..."
tNnbpsS aZ\ s]mbvIbn Dcp s]mn. B sNcn]qhnse CXfpI hnSp ktmNnp,
hnImctX Non Fp F\np a\nembn.
Amh\pw ckw aqp \ XpSp Fnepw tNn _eambn Amhs Xe ]nSnp amn.
tNnbpsS apJs hnbp XpnI
Syq_ns shfnn Xnfn.cXnkpJns sXfnw AhcpsS IpIfn Hmfw Xpn.
"aXn.. aXn.. C\n F\np Cnfn BIpw ... t\mhpw, tNm". Amhs XeapSnbn ]nSnp tNn
kmcnbpsS CSbn \npw s]mn amn.
Amh Fgptp. Amhs Npnepw apJpw tNnbpsS ]qdnse \ sImgp aZ\ckw
Xpn Xpnbmbn Henppmbncpp Amh Ans\ Xs B apJw tNnbpsS apJtp
ASpnp. Fnp tNnbpsS Npn KmUamb Hcp D sImSpp.
"tamfpsS Hma\ ]qdn \npw Rm FSp ic ]m\nbmWp. cpNnp t\mq. tNn Amhs
NppI hmpn Bn \pWp. apJp \n. Fnp ]dp.
"aq{Xns aWhpw, Fs AhnSs ]pfnckhpw Dsnepw Fs kmam\nse ic
sImgpn\p \ cpNnbmWp tNm". tNn Hcp ZoL Npw_\w Amh\p \In, Hcp \n F
t]mse. AhcpsS ssI Amhs ]dtmen Atm apdpsI ]nSnncnpIbmbncpp.
"GXmbmepw Fs kpJnnp.. C\n Fs tNs\ Rm Hp kpJnns." Fnp ]Xps Xmsg
Ccpp. Amh app sskUntep \on, B hw D Ip tNn cp ssI sImpw
sRn, Xncpn. Ah ]mew t]mse \np hndp. AXp Atmgpw Ccpp ]mc t]mse \np
Ddp XppIbmbncpp.
tNn Ahs\ apJtmSp ASpnp aWnp, D shp, Ahs aIpSn NptmSnp. Ah
\rw sNpXp t]mse \np Xpn. Ahs Ap \npw cp aqp sImgp \o
XpnI Ducn hp.

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" t\mp tNm, I CXm hmpp." tNn Ahs DSen Hp ]Xps sRn. Atm cp
Xpn IoSn shfnbn hp. tNn AXp hnc sImp hSnp \mn shp.
"\ cpNnbpw elcnbpw Dtm tNm Chs Ip \ocn\p"
"Ip \ocv A tamsf, AXp Ip \ocmWp. {_mn IqSn Bbtm \ elcn ImWpw. Fs
s]mp tamfp Cw t]mse IpSntmfq".

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"Fs tamfpsS Ip As. a\p t]mse Xntm". Amh Ips Xe FSpp tNnbpsS
Npn shp Dcp, Xn. tNn Npp ]nfn ]Xps Ahs apgp Xe hmbn Bn.
Amhs IpbpsS Xe tNnbpsS hmbn \ndp \np. tNnbpsS hmpn Ahs aIpSw
Xnn \np. tNn apcp sImp AXn Ddpm XpSn. CSp Ahs\ s]mn ]nSnp,
DIfnepw XtemSn. Amh Ip ASp ]nSnp AXp BkzZnp. tNn Ahs DSen ]nSnp
aptmpw ]pdtImpw ssIbn ]nSnm XpSn. CSp Hcp ssI Xs kmcnSnbn ISn
]nfp shhpw Hennp Ccnp Xs Hma\]qdns Zfpn XShn. AhnsS \npw
In ]nb sImgp tbm\nm Amhs Ipbn tXp. Atm Ipp \ hgp
Bbn.. Amh\p AXp hfsc cknp. Amh tNnbpsS XeapSnbn ]nSnp aptmpw ]ntmpw
Xn. Xn\p kv]oSp IqSn, AmbnbpsS hmbn B Fgw Xnn \ndp Ibdm XpSn.
Amh Rcm XpSn.
"Fs tamsf .. Bp hensSo ... As\ Xs B.Blm tamsf hcmdmbo ... BAlvm.ZmA.
.hpDDDm"
Amh \n \nebn Hp shn. tNnbpsS hmbntep BZys ]mens [mc Nonsdnp.
tNn Ip hmbn \npw FSpp ssI sImp hmWw ASnm XpSn. Amhs Ipbn
\npw ]m hopw hopw Non. tNnbpsS apJpw kmcnbnepw uknepw Hs sXdnp
hoWp. hmbn Innb BZys ]m tNn IpSnndn. Hcp BgvNbmbn sIn \nncp ]mens
Ahkm\ Xpn hsc tNn Idp FSpp. tN \ndzrXnbn ebnp \np. Ahkm\w tNn
Ahs Xe \n tXmn, \pWndn. tNn F\np Hcp A`pXw Bbn amdn. Rm BZyw
I tNn A Ctm.
"Cu kabp AdnbmsX hmWw ASnpsImncp Fs Ipbpw ]m Non. BZys
XpnI F\np It{m sNm ]nbn. AXp Xmsgbpw IXInepw Hs sXdnp hoWp.
_mn Rm app sImp XSpp ]nSnp. ]s Rm AdnbmsX Fs sXmbn \npw Hcp
Rcw shfnbn hp. tNn AXp tIp Fp tXmn. Ah sRn apJw Xncnp Ctmp
t\mn. Amh shw t]mb kpJnepw {_mnbpsS elcnbnepw Ipw ASp
\npIbmWp. tNn kmcn Xpp Dbn apJw XpSpXp Ip Rm HmSn XncnsI hp
skm^bn Ccpp.
cp t]cpw knnMv dqantep hp. Amh tNmZnp.
"]mp XotmSm ?"
Rm ]dp "lvlm Ignp".
tNn hmXn hp \nepw IXInepw kqnp t\mpXp Rm CSw Inp Ip. Ah
IXIn \npw Ftm tXmn FSpp aWpXp Ip. F\np Xobmbn tNnp
ipns Kw Adnbmw, Ah Ip ]nSnp Fp.
Fs t\mmsX Ah AhcpsS _m{Xqantep t]mbn. AIp Ibdn Fmw
{hnnbmpIbmbncnpw. _m{Xqan Ihp Ccpp shw Non Xpd Xs ]qdn hnc
ISn IgpIp tNnsb a\n Rm Ip
. B Hma\ ]q Rm\mWp IgpIn sImSppXp Fp knp. Fs Ips hmbn \npw
Atmgpw ipw Henp Cdn Fs app \\ppmbncpp. Aw Ignp tNn Fs
ASpp hp tNmZnp.
"\n\p hnitmSm hnPbm.? \o ASpfbn hmbncptm ?"
Rm ]dp. "F\np hnip .. ]s tNn ao hdnp hnfnpw Fp IcpXn Rm FhnsS
Ccpp ]mp tIp".
"Fm Rm Hp Ipfnnp hcmw, Fnp `Ww Ignmw
"tNn Ipfnapdnbntep t]mbn. Rm AhcpsS s_{Uqan sNp t\mn. Amh ASp s]Kv
HgnpIbmbncpp. C\n cm{Xnbnse Dkhn\p HcppI Bbncnpw Fp Rm Hmp.
Aw Ignp tNn Ipfnp hkv{X amdn hp. Rm apJp
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t\mmsX `Ww Ignp.
]mXn kmcn s]mn Ihp \np kpJnp tNnbpsS apJhpw, ]hmSSnbn Xe ISn \p
Amhs \mn Aenp tNcp tNnbpsS hnS tbm\n ]pjvns BIrXnbpw a\n
knp, Fs Ipbn ]nSnp Rm\pw Ddn.
HmI - 3 \mWnb DWtm
]ns Znhkw shfpn\p Rm Ac abn InSptm Hcp iw tIv Iv Xpdp t\mn.
Ipfn IgnRp tNn Aen t]mIm\mbn Fs apdnbnse Aeamcnbn \npw GtXm
s{UpI FSppIbmbncpp. XteZnhkw I tNnbpsSbpw tNsbpw cXnhn\ymk
Hmv InSXpsImp Fs Ip shfpn\p hSn t]mse \npIbmbncpp. Rm
kz]v\n kn\nam \Sn koabpsS hmbntep Fs Ips\ hv BSnpIbmbncpp. XpWn
XncbpvXns CSbnepw tNn GdpInp Fs Ipbntep t\mpXp Rm Ip. Rm
Adnbm an InSp. hmXn ISnpw tNn Hp IqSn XncnRp t\mnbnmWp t]mbXv.
Ggptp ap{Xw Hgnnp hnpw Rm InSpdn.
Ap RmbdmgvN BbXn\m Ahp FhnsStbm cmhnse t]mIm\pmbncpp. Aen
t]mbn h tNn hfsc [rXnbn Xs Imcy Fmw \Sn. Imnbpw ]elmcfpw Dmn.
Xpw appw tIp Rm DWp, {]`mX{IpXy Ignp ]{Xnse kn\nam ]cky
t\mnbncpp. CSp Amh tNntb hnfnp tNmZnpXp tIp.
"" FSo, \o AhnsS Fp sNpIbmWp. iabw Hcp ]mSmbn. t]mbnp t\cs htcXmsW ""
"" Zm, Ctm IgnRp. apSn Hp sInbm aXn ""
Ipdv IgnRtm tNn Hcpn ]pdp hp. lmhq........tNnsb Ctm ImWm Fsmcp `wKn
!!! ajnsbgpXnb IpI, Aw ]uUdn XpSp IhnfpI, aep Aw hnS Cfw Npam
NppI....tXp an\pnb kmcnSnbn CdpIn InSp ukns Dn {_mbpsS hebn
Aap Ignbp cq]sam henb apeI B hnS s\n XesbSptmsS \nncpp. kztX
Xs kpcnbmb tNn Hcpn htm cXntZhXtbtmse tXmnp. kmcnpn\pw
ukn\pw CSp evWsam B ]pnIpgn, Xmgvn Ipnb kmcn Hp Aw henp
Xmgvnbm AhcpsS aZ\ s]mbvIbpsS Icbn Fmw Fp tXmntmIpw. AlmctmsS
]pdtImp Xn \np B henb evWsam IpnppI Im Bcpw AhbpsS
]pdIn \npw amdpIn. A{Xp `wKnbmWp Ahp. kXyn F\np Ahsc Hp sInnSnp
Hcp D hm D sImXn Dmbn. Rm Fs a\ns\bpw Ips\bpw ASn.Ah apns
ASnbn InSp sRpIbmbncpp.
Amh {[pXn shpIbmbncpp. tNn ASp hontep hnfnp ]dp.
"" \mWnbt, R CdpIbmWp. Fmw Hp sNbvtXsW "". Fnp FtmSp ]dp.
"" FSm, Imnbpw Hs FSpp IpSntmWw. \mWnb hp XpWn Aen ]m{X IgpIn
s]mtmfpw. \o ChnsS Xs ImWWw. R DbmIptm hcpw R Xmaknm \o tNmdp
hnfn DtmWw... tItm.. ""
Ah cp t]cpw hgn ISp adp Igntm Rm HmSn sNp _mpdqan Ibdn t\mn.
Zm, AhnsS sXmnbn InSpp F\np thXv. tNn Ctm amdnbnv t]mb jn. Rm
AXns\ A\msX In FSpp. Fs aqnt\mSv ASpnp. tNnbpsS Hma\km[\w
sXmncp B sNdnb `mKw, AhnsS Ctmgpw tNnbpsS Hma\ ]qdns \\hp Dv. AhnsS Rm
Bp D hp. Fs Bmhntep B aZKw Rm hensSpp. B aZ\]qhn \npw
Dudp tX\ns elcnbpw, hnbns Xo{hXbpw, tNnbpsZ aq{Xns ]pfnpw B
kpKn\pmbncpp. AXv Fs Hmtcm Rcntepw Dufnbnndn. AhnsS Rm \n. AXv
Rm \pWndn. Fs Ip In t]mse Bbn. jn Rm Ahs\ apnp. Atm F\np
tXmn, Fs Ip tNnbpsS aZ\ IhmSn Ahs Xe apn hnfnpIbmsWp. F\np
Hp hmWaSnmsX Xcan. Rm B jn FSpp [cnp. AXn\p tijw sXmnbn \npw {_m
XnsbSpp. tNnbpsS s]mtma\pS InS B IpIfn Rm Aan Aan
Npw_np.
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hymhs aI DjbpsS jntbm amZIXzw Cu jnbpsS aWn\pmbncpp. Dj


]qnepw apeIfnepw Hs ]uU CSpambncnWw. ImcWw Ftm aWmepw AhfpsS
jnp ]uUdns aWw Dmbncpp. AXnt\m F{Xtbm aSv {Xknnp KamWp
tNnbpsS ASnhkv{Xp DXv.
Ctm Rm icnpw tNntbbmWp D hpXp. Fs Ips\ In FSpv Xmtgpw
apIfntepw ]Xps A\m XpSn. Ctm Ah tNnbpsS Hma\]qdns
ZfnSbntep IbdpIbpw
CdpIbpw
sNpIbmWp
Fp
Rm
knp.
Mv..lm....Fsmcp kpJw. {_mbpsS IpIfn Rm amdn amdn D hp. lmhp...... tNnsb HmXp
hmWaSnptm C{Xbpw ckamsWn Hp Ifnm .....Hm...AtXmm IqSn h... F\nv
hcmdmbn Fp tXmn. IpsS kv]oUv Iqn. Zm..hcpp ipS CfIn hcpp Fp tXmn.
"" hnPbm, FSm hnPbm... IXIp Xpdv... CXp Rm\m... "
\miw...\mWnbbmWp hp IXIn apnbXp. Fn\mWn{X t\cs Chsc sInsbSpXp. \
ckw ]nSnp hXmbncpp. Hcp hn[n De t]mse \n IpsbSpp jvnpnemn
{_m In Npcpn HXpn ]nSnp.. sNp IXIp Xpdp. Atmgpw Ah jn s]mfnm
{ianpIbmbncpp.
"" Blm.. \mWntntbm ?....""
B kabp Ahsc Itm F\np Ahsc ]nbmbmepw shw Ifm aXn Fp
tXmn. Ah Atm kpcn BsWp F\np tXmn. cmhnse Ipfnp Aen t]mbn h
eWw Dv. \ shfp appw \ndap ukpw Hs BWp [cnncnpXv. BImsS Hcp
Nw. Rm hmXn XSp \np sImp ]dp.
"" tNn Cp \ kpcn BbnmWsm CdnbncnpXv ""
AhcpsS apJw Hp XpSptm Fv F\np kwibw. Ah ]dp.
"" \o t]mSm sNm, amdns, F\np thsd ]Wnsbmv "". Ah aptmp \on.
]s Rm AhnsS Xs \np. Ah Fs apJtp t\mnbnp Hcp \mWtmsS ]dp.
"" Cv Fs ]ndmfm, AXm Cns\......""
"" Hcp sImp kpcn Bbn Cdnbncnps...At ? ""
Rm ]qcnnp. Fnp hmXn \npw amdnsmSpp. Hcp IpWptmsS Ah
AItp ISp, Ipnbpw Ipepn s_Uv dqantep \Sp. XpWnIsfmw FSpp, ]ns
Fs Xncnp t\mn Hp ]pncnp. Ipfnapdnbntep sNp XpWnInS sXmnbpw FSpp
]pdtp \Sp. hoSns sXphimbnmWp RfpsS InWdpw AepIpw. Rmt\mp,
kpcnsbp {]iwknm GXp Almcnspw hogpw.
Rm Atm BWp HmvXp jnbpsS Imcyw. {_m Rm In Npcpn
]nSnncnpIbmbncpp. jn Ducn {_mbpw In ]nSnp Rm ]pdtp sNp. cpw
AhcpsS apntenp. ""Zm, CXp IqSn""
""CXp \n\p FhnsS \np Inn ?""
"" AhnsS Xmsg InSpmbncpsm. tNn Inmbncptm ""
"" Rm AhnsS Fmw t\mnbmcpp"". Fs Hcp IncntbmsS t\mn, jn ]Xps Hp
aWp, Fs apns apntepw t\mn, Fnp ]dp.
"" \nttmse D F{X Fnt\ Rm IXm.....Fs tamt\....Mpw......

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F\np a\nembn \mWnb hoWp Fp. C\n ]Xps ]Xps Ahsc ASpnWw. \
Imes AhcpsS KpWw ImcWw AhcpsS `mhp Ahsc Dt]np t]mbn. Fp ]p
sImambn Ah hn[htbtmse PohnpIbmbncpp. a HcmWpw cp s]pw. aq aIfpsS
IeymWw Ignp, `mhp Ingp FhnsStbm Hcp tXmn ]WnbmWp. ctm aqtm amkw
IqSptm Ah Fpw. cp aqp Znhkw Ignp Xncnp t]mIpw. Ahp ISn Cfnbnp
Ah t]mIpw. Ah ]ns ]ns Akzw adpIw NmSm XpSn. BZyw ckn\mbncpp.
]ns Imip Inm XpSnbtm AXp _nkn\kv Bn. ]t ]cn]mSn ]pdp am{Xw. Hmsm
hcpw, sImp t]mIpw, Xncnp sImp hnSpw. kpJw ]cn]mSn. AXp hontep Hcp hcpam\w
IqSnbmbn. Cfbh GtXm Hcp hon thep \npp. AXpw anhmdpw t]mmIm\mWp
km[yX.
Rm AhcpsS apnembn Aw amdn shw sXdnm `mKp Hcp Int Ipnbncpp.
aSnpnb apns ap hiw XpdnSm\pw s]mn \np Fs sNdps\ t\sc hm\pw
Rm {]tXyIw {i[v[np. Ah Ip\np \np XpWnIfn tkmp tXp. Atm Ip\np
\np AhcpsS ukns Dn \npw shfnbn NmSm shn \np B henb
apeI tkmp tXpXn\\pkcnp aptmpw ]pdtImpw BSnsmncpp. B CfInbmSp
apeI Fs a\n Hcp thentbw Dmn. Fs a\n Ah Hcp amZIdmWnbmbn
hfp. Rm AdnbmsX ]dp t]mbn.
"" F\np \mWntnsb hey Cvam... Rm FhnsS Ccpp tNn AepXp Ip Ccptmt "
""
"" Ccptm...Ccptm... ]t F\np \ns coXn A{X ]nSnpn. \o Fn\m FhnsS Ccnps
? t]mbn h sSenhnj ]Shpw Incnm tate ? ""
"" AXnt\m F\nnw tNntb t\mnbncnpXmWp ""
Ah BZyw Hp ]Ip. ]ns tNmZy cq]n Fs t\mn. apJp Hcp Nncn hnSp.
t\mptm AhcpsS IpI AIncnp Fs ImepInSbntep hoWp. Hcp \nanjw
AhcpsS IpI Fs s]mn \np hndp Ipbn Xn \np. ]ns Ah t\sc \np.
Fnp Ahv ]dp.
"" hnPbm, \o t]m....F\np hmsX hcpp. ""
"" Rm t]mIpn. tNntb ImWptm F\npw hmsX hcpw, Fsmgpw. Rm ChnsS
Ccptmfmw. tNnbpsS ]Wn \Stmt ""
jn Xncpnsmncptm Rm tNmZnp.
"" tNn jnbmtWm CSpXp AtXm Npm sXmdnSpImtWm sNpt ?""
"" Fm, \n\p ImWtWm.... Hednbpw \on htmp Ccnphm a\pjys\ NqSmm.....Rm
Fnmepw \n\sm ?""
"" Am, shdptX Hp tNmZnst Dp, tNnbpsS IposS CSbnepw Ftm apgp
\nppv ""
"" Ipcpw sIht\, \o Fs Ipnbpw t\mn \SpImcptm, \o shf hnmWtmSm
"" kXyambnpw ]dbpIm tNnbpsS IpnIp \ `wKnbm, \Spw sISp IpeppXp
Rm t\mn \nnpv. h\Ptnsbmfpw tNnbpsS AnImWp IqSpX tiep
tXmps "". Rm Nqbnp.
"" Fs \ Imep \o Fs Incpsn \o CdbpXn\p ]Icw \np hmWaSntt\ ""
"" AXp Rm Csmgpw sNppv, tNn ChnsS hp apw Xqpsmgpw Aepsmgpw Hs.
ImcWw tNnsb ImWpw F\np hmsX s]cpp tIdpw. Atm Rm ]nsp sNpw. tZ,
Csm Xs tNn ImWpns...."

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Rm apv icnpw AIn, Fs He t]mse \np Xpp km[\w Ahp icnp
ImWm ]mIn Ccpp. ]I shfnn Aht\ Ahp icnpw ImWmambncpp.
At\cw Ah AXp t\mn. CSp Hcp Ip AhcpsS ap hip sImp t]mbn Hp
Aan, Ftm ImennSbn XncpIn hp t]mse. CfIn hcp Imaw HXpm Ah
]mSps]SpIbmsWp F\np a\nembn. Rm Fgptp, ASpp sNp, AhcpsS Nppw
Hp \Sp, ]ns ]pdIn sNp \np. F\np Atm `bc XtSw tXmn. Ip\np \np
XpWn Dep AhcpsS IpnIfn ]nSnp sRn. henb IpnI BsWnepw \
abambncpp, {]mbw Aw IqSnbXp sImmImw. IpnInSbn AhcpsS Hc (Xmdp apv)
Xn \nncpp.
AXv Ahp icnpw Csp. hndp kzcn Ah ]dp
"" th hnPbm, hhcpw Im tamiamWp tamt\ ""
]s Ah Ip\np Xs \np XpWn Xncpnsmncpp. At\cw Fs IchncpXv
BkzZnp. ]ns \nhp \np. Fs IpI ]nSnp amnbnp ]dp.
"" Fmn\pw hgnbpmmsaSm s]mp Ipm, Cw \o AhnsS t]mbncnv, Rm Fs ]Wn
Xos ""
]ns Ah icnpw tPmen sNbvXp. Rm\pw icnp Xs Ahsc Fs sNdps\ Xpdp
ImWnp. Ah Aa\mbn apn\p shfnbn Fgptp \np, \mWntnp ImWm\mbn.
tNnp hmsX lcw ]nSnp. Aesms s]sp Xop. XpWnI DWm CSm Rm\pw
klmbnp. AXn\nsS ]e {]mhiyw Fs Ip AhcpsS icocp sImp. Atmsgms Ah
sRpXp Ip. tNn FtmSp tNmZnp.
" \o cmhnte hXpw Igntm.. tamt\..."
"" I Imn IpSnp.... C\n, \mWntn thWw hXpw Ignm Xcm..""
"" Fm hm, Rm Xs FSpp Xcmw ""
Ah Xs ASpfbn Ibdn Imnbpw ]elmcfpw FSpp shp. Ip hSn t]mse
\nppmbncpXp sImv hniv Imcyambn tXmnbn. kabw 11.30 aWn Bbn. Rm Ignp
sImncptm Ah Fs ASpp hncpp.
"" tam Ignv... tNn FSpp Xcmw... F\np tamt\mSp ]nWsampw C. Fmepw \o C{X
anSp\msWp Rm hnNmcnn. ""
Ignp Fp hcpn Rm Fgptp. F\nv hnip Imans Bbncpp. IqSpX ]nSnp
\nm F\nmbn
]m{Xw IgpInsmncp Ahsc Rm ]nn \npw sInnSnp. B hnb Igpn
Npw_np. Ins CSbnqSn IpI cpanp, ukns ]pdp IqSn B cp h
apeIfn ]vSnan. Fs hn{Pw`np \n Ip AhcpsS IpnIfn CSnpcpn. ISn CfIm
XpSnb Ah Xncnp \np. Fs sInnSnp Hcp {`mntbtmse Fs apJp apgph
DI sImv s]mXnp. Rm ukns ASnbnqSn cv Ipw AItnp. Ah
ukns ASnbnes cp ]npI Ducnp. AhcpsS cp apeIfnepw Rm ]nSpanp.
BZyambn Hcp kv{XobpsS apeI t\cnp ]nSnptm Rm kzw t\Snb kpJnembncpp.
]nSnm kuIcyn\p shn Ah ukpw apebpw apIfntep Dbnbtm B tX
IpS F\np apgph\mbn Xpdp shfnbn Inn. Aw XqnbXmsWnepw B XSnp sImgp
henb apeIp \ `wKn tXmn.
Ahbn Rm amdn amdn Npw_np. Ah kpJw sImp Rcn.
"" IpSnp tamt\ tNosS cp Antw Ddpn Ddpn IpSnsSm Ipm.......
B shfp henb apepSfpsS \Sphnse Idp henb {hp Xnfn. B
{hpfpsSbpw \Sphn Xebpbn \nncp apncng t]msebp sRpIfn Rm
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Npan. cp apeIfpw Rm amdn amdn IpSnpIbpw ]nSnapIbpw sNbvXp. Ah
kpJns temIn ]dm XpSn Fp a\nbmbn. Fs Ip AhcpsS ap hip
CSnpIbmbncpp. Ah Ahs\ InseSpp, cp IpI sImpw XtemSnsmncpp.
Ah AhcpsS apv cp hitpw hIp amn, Fnp Ahs\ AhcpsS
XpSInSbntep Ibn. B NqSp XpSInSbn Fs tam kpJnncpp hnn. Ah
Ahs\ cp XpSI sImpw Aan ]nSnp.
F\np NqSp tIdn. Rm Hcp Ip AhcpsS AhcpsS IhnSbntenp. apdpnsnbncp
AhcpsS Xmdpapns apIfnepw AcnInepw Fs hncepI Ftm At\zjnp ]cXn \Sp.
"" tNosS cntw henp IpSnsSm s]mp tamt\...... cpw Aan sRnmSm Ipm ...."
Ah IpI ]qnbSp \np kpJnpIbmbncpp. Rm Fs Ip XpSnSbn \npw
FSpp, AhcpsS apeIfn {]tbmKnm XpSn.
"" FSm tamt\... \nmsX IpSnsSm..... Fs Cuizcm...... Atm...... F\np hcpsSm.....
Ah Fs Ipbn \npw Hcp IsSpv AhcpsS hbdn\p apIfn IqSn
apnnSbntendn. Ah AhcpsS ]qdn InSpIbmsWp F\np a\nembn. Ah
AhnsS Aan Xncpn. B Xncpepw Fs ape{]tbmKhpw IqSn Bbtm AhcpsS Aanp
s]mn.
"" F\np Zm hp......lbv......Fsmcp kpJw......ISnp henp IpSnsSm ""
Ah Fs kIe inbpsaSpp DdpSw sInnSnp. Fs apJp AhcpsS apJw
BkIew Dcpn. F\np izmkw apn. Hcp an\ntmfw Ah B ]cm{Iaw XpSp. AXp
Igntm AhcpsS ]nSn Abp. ]pdtImp amdn. AhcpsS apJp IqSn hnbp NmepI
HgpIn. ukv BsI \\p. hjfmbn Aap InS AhcpsS Imaw Dbsgpsv
s]mnsdntm Ahv Bizmkambn. ukpw apebpw Agnp Fs apn \np Hcp
aSnbpw IqSmsX. Fnp XqnnSncp henb apeI cpw apebpsS AImn.
_p[v[nappXp Itm Rm\pw IqSn klmbnv
cns\bpw AImn. CSp Rm
AXnsemp sRnbtm Ah \mWn amXncn ]dp.
"" Ctm F\nnXp aXn. CnfnbmIpp "".
Fnp Fs IpI amn, ukSp.
Fnp Ah Fs \nntajbmbn At\cw t\mn \np. Ifn Ign, ]cakpJw A\p`hn
Hcp s]ns \n Rm B apJp Ip. C{X Ffpn Hcp kv{Xosb kpJnnv Xfm
IgnXn F\nv Hcp A`nam\w tXmn. Fs hopw sInnSnp Npnsemcp Xp.
C\nsbv F `mhn Rm Ahsc t\mn.
"" \osbs icnpw kpJnnp. C\n \n\p kpJnt......""
s]mn \n Fs enwKn ]nSnp Ah ]Xps XShn.
""tamt\...tam Cu taipdp Ibdn Hncpt""
ASpfbn Hcp sNdnb taibpw s_pw Dmbncpp. Rm taipdp Ibdn Ccpp. Ah
s_n Fs apn Ccpp. Fs ImepI AIn.... app amn.... Fs a\n Imaw
In \nncpp. Ah Fs XpWn amnbtm Xs Fs Ip hopw Ccpp In
amXncnbmbnp. Ah B 6 Cp km[\w ]Xps InseSpp. AhcpsS hnc
kv]i\tatm Xs Ah \np hndm XpSn. Cv BZyambnmWp Hcp s]v Fs
kmam\w In FSppXv. AhcpsS Ip hndppmbncpp. B NppIfpw. Ah Ahs\
]Xps XtemSn. Hcp Aaqey \n[n s]mse Xmtemenp. Fnp ]dp.
"" F{X Imeambn CXpt]mse Hcp Ifntm In FSpnv..... C{Xbpw sNdnb Ipnbmb \n\p
FhnSpp Inn C{Xbpw henb Iptm ? Chs\ Rm icnpw A\p`hnnt \ns Rm
ChnsS \npw hnSsmp. A{Xp Chs\ F\np Csp. ""
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Rm AhcpsS sImXn ]dn tIp BkzZnncpp. Ah ]Xps apJw Xmgvn, hop


\nncp Ahs aIpSn Aan Npw_np. Fs taemkIew tImcncnp. C{Xbpw
Bbtm Fs Ipw Xcnm XpSn. Rm AhcpsS ukns apIfn \npw AItp
Inp. cp Ip sImpw Hcp ape apIfntep s]mn, AXn ]nSnp sRm XpSn. Hcp
Ip sImp Hns\ Xmn, at Ip sImp ASp apebpw s]mnsbSpp. AhcpsS
XebpsS cp hip IqSn B cp apeIsfbpw sRcnm {ianp.
Atmtgpw Ah Fs IpbpsS Xe AhcpsS hmbn Bnbncpp. Hcp {`mntbtmse
Ah AXns\ hngpm XpSn. apcv sImp Ah Fs Ips\ hmbn Cp Cum XpSn.
Ahs Igpnse akvYm\p Ah \mp sImv hfp \n. AtXmsSmw Ahs
\Sp`mKw ]nSnp Xmtgmpw tatempw XShn. Cnfnbpw ckhpw sImp Rm ]pfp. Rm
kpJns ]mcayn Bbn. F\np Fp sNWw Fp AdnbmsX Bbn. BZyambn Fs
Ip Duens kpJw, hZ\kpcXns kpJw A\p`hnpp.
F\np Imaw aqp. Fs icocns Hmtcm AWphnepw Imaw In Pzenp. AhcpsS
apeIfn \npw Rm IbvI FSpp, AhcpsS XeapSnbn ]nSnp Xmtgmpw tatempw
s]mpIbpw XmgvpIbpw sNbvXp. Fs Acsn An Pzenm XpSn.
"tNvvo.....F\np hcpvp......lm.....hp......"" Rm Aedn.
tNn apcp sImv Du kv]oUnemBn.
Hcp \nanjw... Fs BZys hZ\kpcX kpJw Rm A\p`hnp. Fs ho Ip
\mWntNnbpsS hmpnencpp AhcpsS Amntep NqSp tX NonsmSpp. Ah
AhcpsS hmbnencpp sRnsdnpsImncpp an\npItfmfw. AXn\\pkcnp tNn henp
IpSnpIbpw sNbvXp.
Fmw Igntm tNnpw kam[m\ambn. Ah ]Xps Fs Ipsb kzX{amn.
IpnI sNmnb _eq hmbn \npw FSpp t]mse Fs Ipg Ip tNnbpsZ
hmbn \npw shfnbn hp. AhcpsZ Npn Fs ipw Xpn Xpnbmbn CcpXp Ah
\n IpSnp cknp.
"" C{Xbpw NqSp ]m hfscmew IqSnbmWp Rm IpSnpXp. \ Inbp ]memWp \ns Cu
Acpapbn ""
"" \mWntnnstm Fs Ip\pw Ahs NqSp ]mepw ""?
"" tNnp hmsX Cambn......tam kpJntm ?"" Ah tNmZnp.
"" Rm \mbn kpJnp. tNnbpsS ]ndmfn\p Fs hIbmbn NqSp ]mbkw Inn At,
tNnp C\nbpw kpJntWm... ??
"" thWw, ]s C\n Ctm t\cansSm Ipm.... Ah Xncnp hcmdmbn. \o Cp D Ignp
hontep hm. Fs Imen Ipgp ]pcn XcWw. hfcmeambn Hp tXp Ipfnnp""
"" Rm hcmw. Fs ]pmc tNnbs."" Rm sInnSnp AhcpsS Npn Hcp D sImSpp.
B NppIfn Fs NqSp ipns cpNn Dmbncpp.
HmI - 4 Actw
Dhsc Rm hfsc _pnapnbmWp IgnXv. AhnSs IqpIm hp hnfnp \mS ]p
Ifnm t]mIm. th\mep hnnSp ]mSv \mS ]p Ifn AhnSs ]ntcpsS
Hcp {][m\ hnt\mZambncpp. ]ecpw hp hnfnnpw Rm t]mbn. kpJan Fp
]dsmgnp.
D Ignp cp aWntbmsS Amh\pw Ipmbnbpw (tNn) Xncnp hp. h ]msS
FtmSp tNmZnp.

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"" hnPbm, R tlmen \npw Ignp. \o sNmdptmSm ""
Rm ]dp "" Rm Dp ""
"" Fm R Hp InSs. hm bm{XmoWw ""
Ahcpdm Rm Imp \np. Fsbpw t]mseb, Csmcp Ipt_m[w. sXp
sNpIbmtWm Fsmcp kwibw. CXn\p app ]e {]mhiyw \mWnbbpsS hon t]mbnpv.
Znhkw Hcp {]mhiysanepw AhnsS t]mImdpXmWp. ImcWw AhnsSbpw Hcp Ncpv,
\mWnbtsS aq aI kckp. Aw sImSpmsWp tInpv. shSnbmsWnepw DcpSn
sXn. ]epw thn DSpXpWn Agnpp Fdntm BZyw tXmnb {]Xn]n
Ipdp. Fnepw shdpsX Ccnpw ]mcbSnm\pw sImpham\w ]dbm\pw D Hcp]m[n,
{]tXyInp RmbdmgvNIfnepw, Ambn Ddpsmgpw Hs. GXmbmepw Ac aWnq Imp
\np, Fnp Abetsmtcmw.
AhnsS sNtm \mWntn am{Xtabpp. Rm tNmZnp.
"" kctkn FhnsS ? ""
"" lvMm, Ah amn\nspw ]dp SuWntep t]mbn ""
G\np a\nembn, kctknbpsS amn\n, GsXnepw \ tImsfmp ImWpw. Rm hcmbn
\npw AItp Ibdn.
\mWntNn s]sp IXSInp apdnbntep t]mbn. Rm\pw ]pdtI sNp. Hcp sNdnb ]c Sn
Fs In FSpp Xnp ]dp.
"" Cu Ipgp s]cnbm aXn, Fm thZ\bpw amdpw.""
Rm AXp aWp t\mn. AXn\p km[mcW Ipgns bsXmcp aWhpw Cmbncpp.
(]nosS\np a\nembn, AXp \nhnbm Bbncpp. kctknp Btcm Hcp Ia
sImSpXmbncpp).
Ah Hcp H appw ukpw Bbncpp [cnncpXv. ukn\pn Hpw [cn eWan.
ImcWw, apesRpIfpsS ]pdtp X ukn\p shfnbn hyambn ImWmw.
" tNn Ipfnm t]mIphmtWm ?"
" Mv lm......Imsems Xncpnbnv
" tNnv FhnsSbm Igps ?"
" F\nnw taemkIew Igppv....BZyw Imte sXmSmw "
" icn, Fm Imentmp Imv.."
tNn ]Xps Inen Ccpp, ImepI Xmtgnv, app s]mn apn\p apIfn Npcpn hp. \
shfp ImepI, app hsc \\p\\p Ipdp tcma ASpp t\mnbm ImWmw.
tNnbpsS {]mbw icocn Adnbm\n. sXmen Hpw sRmdnnn. Chsc t\cs
hftXmbncpp, Rm hnNmcnp, kmcan, Ctm Fs InemWsm. {]mbw apJp Aw
tXmpw, _pnapp sImmbncnpw. F\ntm AhtcmSp kvt\lw tXmnpSn. Imens
shfpp XsbmtWm AhcpsS IhnSbnepw Fp Nnntm Fs IhnSbnepw Ne\
XpSn. Ah ]dp.
"" Ipgv Aw ]pcnbm, aXn ""
Rm \nep Ipnbncpp, Aw Ipgp sXmnsbSpp, AXv Hcp Imen ]pcn, IpdsSpv
ASp Imenepw ]pcn. ]Xps XShm XpSn. Rm app hsc am{Xta t]mbpp.
"" Aw IqSn apIfntemhmw "". tNn Bhiysp.
Rm apn\p apIfn Aw FSpp tXp. kuIcyn\p thn apv Aw IqSn Ah Dbn
Xp. Rm ]Xps XShm XpSn. tNn ]dp.
"" Ipdp IqSn apIfntemhmw "" Fp ]dv apv XpSIfpsS Aw hsc sXdpp hp.
"" Ah ImepI ASpnp hncnbmbncpp. AIhiv F\np Inp XShm
{]bmkambncpp. Rm ]dp.
"" tNn ImsemIncmtam ""
"" C{Xbpw aXntbm tamt\ "" Fp ]dv Ah ImepI sXmqdp Un{Knbn AIn hp.
]I shfnn Ctm F\nsmw hyambn ImWmw. shfp AhcpsS XpSIfpsS kwKa
kvYm\p Idp Hcp IpfhnqSp amXncn Rm Ip, IdpIdp Hcp ]qSmSv. Rm apv Ipdp
IqSn tatemp sXdpp hp.
" tNn Csm Fm XmdpSpmt "
" AtX... XmdpSpm icnp Xncpm ]n ".
" Mv.lm, AXp icnbm" Rm\pw kXnp.
Rm appIpn \np. Ipdpt\cw Rm AhcpsS cp XpSIfpw XgpIn. \ an\pkap XpSI.
shbnepw agbptam s]pfpsS ta\n`mKp \ `wKnbpmIpw. XpSIfpsS AIhiw
XgpIptm Ahp CnfnbpmIpXp Rm Ip. Ah cv Ipw ]ndIntep Ipn
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]pdtImp Nmncpp. Acsv aptmp Xn. Ctm AhcpsS kmam\w Fs apntep
Ipdp IqSn ASpp. "tNnp Bizmkw tXmpptm" Rm tNmZnp.
"Iptdt tXmppv. \o HpsS tatemp tIn XShnt "" Ah Xe ]pdtImnv ISncpp.
Rm cp Ipw AhcpsS XpSIfpsS kwKakvYm\tmn. Fs IbvI Aw
hndppmbncpp. PohnXnemZyambn Hcp ]qdn sXmSpIbmWp. Zqsc \np Iv
sImXnXmsX ASpv ImWm CtXhsc ]nbnn.
" FmSm \n\smcp ]cn{`aw t]mse ".
" ]qtSw ]qdpw Zqtcp Intbpp, IpfnShn hv. tNn Rm Cu ]qtStemp sXmtmt "
" tam sXmSpsIm XnpsIm Fp thtWepw sNbvtXm. tNn AXn\s tamt\ Cw Imepw Ihp
sXmdp shncnps.."
Ah Inentep InSp, ImepI Xmtgmn. apns Ipgnv Nn s]mn apv henp
amn Xmtgnp. Blv...Ctm AhcpsS XSn kmam\w IhnSbn ]qStbmSp IqSn ImSp]nSn
Hcp Zzo]p t]mse s]mn \np. XSn IpnI Bnbn Aap ]cp InSp.
NpcpnqSnbncnp Idp IqXn hyambn. Ac apX IqXnsmn\p Nppw hsc B
tcmamSv hym]np InSp. Rm cp Ibv sImpw XpSbcnIn \npw B ]qSpntep hnc
tImp s]mn. `bc ImSv. Npcp tcma \nhtm Hcp \mensnepw \ofw ImWpw.
hmk\ tkmns aWw AhnsS \npw Fs aqneSnp. F\np thn Ah Ih \mbn
tkmnp {hpnbmnbncpp.
" tNosS km[\w ]qS ImcWw ImWmt\ ]pn ""
" ]qS amn t\mSm tamt\, \ns ]q AhnsSs DsSm Ipm "
Rm \o B tcmamSv cp hitpw hIp amn. CXn\nSp Ftm aps F\np
ImWWw Fp hmin ]nSnpsImv Hcm Fs apn\pn tZjysp \nppmbncpp.
Rm Ahs\ Hcp Ibv sImp ]nSnp XtemSn. aIpSn \npw sXmen amn Igpn\p Nppw
Hp XShn Fnp Hp ]Xps sRn. AXh\p hfsc ]nSnp , Ah\p _ew IqSn. ]qdp
ImWm\p sImXn sImv Ahs ]nphmbn \npw shw Xpn Xpnbmbn
hcppmbncpp.
Hcp Icnqdp, \mWnbtsS, BZyambn Rm ASpp Ip. AhcpsS ISnXew hfsc
hnkvXmcapXmbncpp. icocw shfpXmsWnepw Anqdn\p \oe Ie Idpmbncpp.
apI`mKp Ftm \ofn Ipdp Xmsg hsc s]mn ImWmw. AXn\p Xmsg Ipdp \ofn
sNcn samp t]mse Fsmstbm Npcpp IqSnbncnpXp ImWmw. AXn\p Xmtgmv Idp
IqXnbpsS sXmp apI hsc Hcp Iod Ip. Rm A \nanjw AsXmw t\mnbncpp. B
Ccp ]qmen Rm Xmtgpw apIfntepw hnctemSnp. {apZphmbn XtemSptm
Fsmssbm hncepIfn XSbpp. sImfw_kv Atacn Ip]nSn t]mse " Rm ]qdp
It...." Fp hnfnp Iqhm F\np tXmn.
" \osbsSpphmSm, sImtXmw ]qdpw Inv Anp t]mtbm? BZyambnp ImWpImcnpw At
?"
" AsX. Rm C\n tNnsb ]t? Fs Kpem tZ \ _en s]mn \nphm"
" BZyambnp ]qdp ImWp \n\p ]m\dnbmthmSm ?"
" Adnbmw, BgvN]Xnnepw, sImp]pkvXInepw Hs Fs\bm ]ptv FgpXnbXv Rm
hmbnnsmv "
" Fm \o ]d, tIs"
" Kpems\ sXmenv ]nSnp sXmtfep hnp aptmpw ]pdtImpw XnbSnWw. Ipdp t\cw
ASnpw cp t]pw kvJe\w DmIpw, F\np ipw hcpw, tNnp tX\pw hcpw""
Ah s]mnncnp. Nncntm Fs Iogn Ccp AhcpsS Nqdp _eq amXncn tatemv
XnbXv Rm\dnp. \ NqSpmbncpp AhcpsS kmam\n\tm.
" \o IpnbmSm tams\, tNn \ns Fmw ]Tnnp Xcmw "
Ah ukns ]npI Ducn, B s]cpapeIsf kzX{amn. ukn\pn Ah Hpw
[cnpcpn. \ shfp henb apeI. aep InSncpXp sImv Aw ]cncpp.
FhnsSpSWw FdnbmsX Rm hnjanp. F\nsmw Hnp XnWw Fp tXmn.
AhcpsS XpSI Hp IqSn AInhp. Ip\nv A Icphmfn ]qdn Aan Hcp hp.
tcma apJpcknsbnepw, A ]qmen Rms\s NptmSnp. {lpZyamb Hcp aWw B
]qdn\tm Dmbncpp. Ah InSp ]pfbm XpSn. ]ns Rm B Idp IqXnbn Hcp
hnc sXmp. AhnsS \npw apIfntep hnctemSnp. Iodensenbtm AdnbmsX hnc
Dntep Ibdntmbn. Rm hnc apgph\mbn XpIbpw FSppIbpw sNbvXp. \
hgphgppmbncpp AhnsS. Rm tNmZnp.
" tNnp shw htm ?"
" shw AsSm Ipm, AXp ]qdn\p ktmjw hcptm Dudnhcp ISn\ocm, Ip Ffpn
Xntm thn "
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" Aw CXm tNosS IhntSse sXmf, At ""
" AtXSm tamt\""
Ah CXn\nsS cp Ibv sImpw kzw apeIsf XtemSm\pw sRm\pw XpSn. Rm hnc
DucnsbSpp. hnc apgph ]qnse sImgp shambncpp. AXp Rms\mp \n t\mn.
sNdnb Dpckhpw \ sImgppw. ]ns AsXs apn XpSp. kmam\ns \Sphn Npcpp
InS sNcn samn ]nSnp henp s]mn. NpcpfpI \nhp hp, cp B\shn t]mse
AXp hepXmbn, Fsmcp hnkvXmcap \of sNhnI.
" AXmWp tams\ tNosS ]qppI "
" CsXm Cs\ Icphmfnncnps ? samepw sXmSpw Hs Fsmcp s\dam...."
" AXv.. \ntXp amXncnbp B\pIfp tIdnsbdnbnm "
" Rm CXp Hp Nn t\mt, tNnnmIpthm "
" tams Cw t]mse Nntm "
Rm Ip\np B sNhnI Fs Npp sImp henp hmbnemn Nn. d jov Np
t]msebpmbncpp. Ah sRfn]ncn sImm XpSn. CSp Rm Ip Aw ]nfncp
]qmens Xmgp \npw Ddh t]mse tX HgpIpXp. AXv B hnShnIqSn Henp AhcpsS
IqXnbntepw ]ns s_ntepw HgpIn hoWp.
" NnbXp aXn... .. .. C\n It ]nSnsSm tams\, .. .. \o CXp ItmSm, CXmWp s]ns \n[n,
Iv ". CXpw ]dv Ah ]qmens taepmbncp Xn\n sNdnb samn sXmp.
Rm AXn \m\mbn Ip\ntm Ah ]dp.
" \nv, CXp Iv Hfnncnp IqSmcam. tZ ChfmWp IpdmWn " Fnh cp IpsSbpw
Nqphncepw \Sphncepw sImv ]qNppI cv hitpw henp ]nSnp ]ns
XhncepI sImv B IqSmcw apIfntep sXnp henp amn. AhnsS Rm Ip,
]XpnnSp, Ac Cn Xmsg \ofw hcp, Cfw tdmkv \ndap Iv F \n[n. henb Hcp
]baWn t]mse. hmhens NndIpI t]mse cv hitpw tbm\oZf henp
\ntm \mWnbtsS Icnqdns AIw \ Nph sdmkmqhp amXncn tXmnp.
Rm B Ip]bdn Hp sXmp. Ah Hp sRn. Ah apcpsImp ]dp.
"tams\, Hma\t \Sm, \ns Cu tNnsb Hp \n kpJnnss Im...."
]ns Rm aSnn. AhcpsS Ip amn, ]qdp Rm Xs henIn ]nSnp, In \mhnp
\m XpSn. CSp Xmgv`mKtpw \m adn. F\npw Igv aqp XpSnbncpp.
]qdns Dntepw \mhnp \n. \ sh s\bvm{Xn \mnSpXp t]mse Dmbncpp.
Fsmcp {apZpXzw. tatempw Iotgmpw \n, Ip Npp sImv henon. \ kpJambncpp
AXp Cum. \ptmdpw In\p henhpw abhpw hcm XpSn, \ndw shm\pw. ]ns Ibv
hnp apJw sImv ]qdp hnSn ]nSnp. sNcnq t]mse hnSv hm ]nfncp AhcpsS
aZ\s]mbvIbn, hgphgp Imat DdhbmsbmgpIn ]I shfnn ]qdnIw
ImSnt]mse Xnfn. Rm Hcp Ibv apIfntepbn, apeIfn ]nSnp sRn. Idp
apepI Inbmbn. ape sRpI Ip t]msebmbn. Ah Acsp s]mn Fs
apJtpbn, Fs apJw ]nSnv ]qdntean ]nSnp.
" Fs s]mp tams\, \Sm, \n IpSnsSm, ....Fs Cuizcm....F{X ....\mfmbn... Fs Ipm
Rm CXpw shtmncnpp..... F\np ht....Mlm.....Fs Ncpm.. tNosS Hma\p
ISnp XnsSm... \nmsX \v.....henp IpSnsSm......
Ahp Imaw sImp {`mnfInb t]mse tXmn. Imep cpsaSpv s]mn Ah Fs
hcnp apdpn. F\np izmkw apn. Fnepw Rm \nnbn. F\npw \ ckambncpp.
Fs ]dnbpw Igp sImv henbpIbmbncpp. Ipdp t\cw Rm Cu ]Wn XpSp. AhcmsI
CfIn.
"F\nnw.....
hcpw.....
Fs...
Ipm....hnPbm......tNnp
hcpsSm.......Mlm.....hq........
lt......lmmm...booooo.... .....!!!
Ah Hp henp apdpIn, Fs Xe Aan A\msX ]nSnp. Acssmp s]mn shnp,
]ns Xmgvp. A NqSp ]qn\IXncp Fs apJtpw \mhnsepw Npntepw AhcpsS
NqSp tX Non. hnp hnv Ah Fs apJw Aan. {ItaW AhcpsS Cdpens iIXn
Ipdp, ImepI Abp, Fs Xebnse ]nSn hnp. cp Ipw Inenten, k{dz inbpw
tNmp t]mb t]mse InSp. hnn hnn Ah ]dp.
" Fs...... Bbpn Ct{Xw.........Ct{Xw.....\ ......kpJw.......henbIfnte........ Nmnpp
.......amt{X....
Xnpp........Atcp
......Fs
It
.......Ismgnp
\n....pSntm....am{Xta.....Ct{Xw .....kpJnnpp. ......Cp ...\osbs .......kpJw sImp
.....sImsSm.....Ipm........."
Rm AhcpsS kmam\n \npw apJapbn. tNmsmenp B ]qdp ]nfn t\mn.
AXns AIhi Atmgpw CSnSp XpSnppmbncpp. kmam\amsI sImgp ]m
sImp \ndncpp. AhcpsS ISn ASpIbmbncpp Fv F\np a\nembn. ]qdns
hnens AcnInep ]qS HnnSnncpp. Fs apJpw AhcpsS aZ\Pew ]nbncpp.
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AhcpsS tbm\nbn \npw Ipdp ]m hncepsImp tXmnsbSpv Fs Ipbn tXp
XShn. Ip InseSpp ImWnv Rm ]dp.
" tNn, C\n F\nsmp ]Ww "
" Fs ]pmctam F{X thtWepw ]nsm.... \ns tNnbpsS Baqdp tZs....]nmmSm...
.. ..
Ah Fgptp s_ntep Ibdn InSp. ImepI AIn hnp cp Ipw \on ]dp.
" hm tamt\, Fs tZltmp sISv......"
Rm Inentep Ibdn. AhcpsS ImennSp appIpn aptmv Nmv IbvI cpw
apeIncphipw Ipn \mepImen \np. Fs Kpems Aw AhcpsS kmam\n apn.
Rm AhcpsS apesRpIfn NptmSnp.
" " tam\p An IpSntWm... IpSntm... "
Hcp apesbSpv Fs hmbn hp Xp. Rm ape henp IpSnm XpSn. CSp Fs ]p
sImXp sImmImw Ah ]dp.
" tm...ISnmsX......""
Fnh Xmtgp Isnv Ipep Xqn InSp Fs Ip InseSpp. Ahs\ Hp
XtemSn, sRn t\mn.
"Mqw.....De amXncnbmbtm..... .CsXs kmam\w Iodpsam tXmps.......Fmbmepw AItp
tIv...."
Rm Xn. ]t Ah ey kvYm\w InmsX hgphgpmbn InSp NbpsS apIfn
Atmpantmpw sXn. cv aqp {]mhiyambtm Ah Xs Hcp Ibv sImv Ahs
Xe]nSnp, at Ip sImp ]qdp s]mfnp ]nSnp IhmSntep apnp hp. Fnp ]dp.
" BZyambXp sImm, Ah\p amfw AdnbmXv...C\n Xv......"
Rm Xmtgp Xn. lm...Fsmcp A\p`qXn. ]ddnbnm hm Hcnnfn Fs
Kpem\nIqSn Acsp hgn Fs taemkIew Acnp Ibdn. \\pIpXnp InS
tbm\oZzmcntep Ah sXnbdn. sNdpNqSp shIp Ibdnb {]XoXn. Ah
ImepIfSpnp, tbm\oaknepI Aw Cdpn. kvt]mp sImap t]msebp kpJw.
Rm Xmtgmp hopw Xn. Fs ]dn IS hsc B NqSp ]qdn\pnembn. Ah AhnsSbncpp
sRm XpSn. F\n\m ]pn. A{Xp hm kpJw. Bekytam ]mchiytam, Fs
Ip apgph\pw B ]qdp sImp s]mXnncnptm Ftmtm Fs kpJw
iXKpWo`hnp. Rm AhcpsS apeInSbn Fs apJw ]qgvnhv ]dnbn\m XpSn.
Ah Fs Xe ]nSnp s]mn, Fs apJp Npw_npsImp ]dp.
" DucnbSnp Ipm......"
Rm Ibv Ipn\np Ip Ducn, hopw Xn, Fsmcp kpJw...cp aqp ASn Igntm
Fs RcpI henp apdpIm XpSn. F\np ]nSnnp \nIm ]pn, Fs AW
s]mpw Fp a\nembn. " tNo....F\nnvw hcpw......tZ hcpq......Atm.. tNo...."
" sXcpsXsc ASnsSm...Asmp hcs...Fs Ip\p......."
Ah Acsp s]mnbSpnp Xp. hfsc hnjanp Rm Hp IqSn DucnbSnp. Atm
Rm\dnbmsX Fs AW s]mn. AXn \npw ip[mc AhcpsS Icnqdns AKm[Xbntep
BsmgpIn. Ah Fs DdpSw sIn]nSnv D hpsImncpp. AXnt\msSmw tbm\n
sImp Fs Kpems\ CdpnnSnpIbpw Acsp tatemp XncnIbpw sNbvXp. shw
t]mIpX\pkcnp, Rm Ip A\nsmncpp. B t\cs kpJw, Fs BZys
]en \np kpJw, ]noSp Hncn ]nsbnepw, Cpw Rmt\mnpp.
Hcp an\nn IqSpX Fs emhm {]hmlw \op \np. ]ns Rm AhcpsS apIfntep
hoWp. AhnsS InSp InXp. Ah Fs ]pdp XtemSn.
" s]sp hp tNn...ASnm ]nbn..."
" kmcan, BZyambnv ]qn\Ip hpw Nnev Ans\bm....s]sp t]mIpw.. ]ns ]ns
Ah ]ens BimmcmIpw....ISnbp s]p Ahp thn Imp\npw.."
Aw Ignp Rm Ip ]qn\npw henqcn. hmSnb tNn Xp t]mse Ah
Ducntmp. Dn \npw Ahs Xe shfnbn NmSnbtm ""Iv"" Fsmcp iw tIp. Rm
t\mnbtm AhcpsS ]qdp Nph hmbpw s]mfnp XpdncnpIbmWp. AXn \npw Fs
ipw Iptdt Henp AhcpsS IqXnbnepw s_nepw hoWp..
" tNo, tZs kmam\op shw Henp s_t hogpp....."
" kmcan " Ah ImeSpntm Xpdncp ]qdns hmbSp.
Ah apv XnsbSpp, kmam\w XpSp.
" endp IWns\mgntmSm,,,, sXmSnpw sXmSnpw ]ntw HgpIn hcpImWtm "
CXpw ]dp appSpp. ukns ]npI Ipn. Rm\pw Fs epn sImv Fs ]dnbpw
Npp]mSpw XpSp.
" tNo, tZs kmam\op shw Henp s_t hogpp....."

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" kmcan Ah apv XnsbSpp kmam\w XpSp. Fnv appSpp. ukns ]npI
Ipn. Rm\pw Fs epn sImv Fs ]dnbpw Npp]mSpw XpSp. \ndw anb s_ns
AcnInepw \Sp`mKpw RfpsS Ifnd hoWnpmbncpp.
" Rms\mp Ipfnnp hcmw...Fnp Imn A\ncmw....Actw IgnXt tam\hnsS
Ccnv...."
Abbn InS tXmpsaSpv Ah Ipfnpcbntep t]mbn.
Rm, aphis IXIp Xpdnp. Fnp hcmbn Cdnbncpv AhnsS InS hmcnIsbSpv
adnp t\mnsImncpp. apJNn{Xnse kpcns]ns\ t\mn. FmWp Cu ]Snse amXncn
Hcp kpcnsb Ifnm ]pI. a\n Fs BZys ]ens kpJhpw Ipfncpambncpp.
cmhnes hZ\kpcXhpw Ctmgs In ]epw PohnXnse BZym\p`hfmbncpp.
Ipdp Igntm kctkn hp. tdmkv kezmdpw IokpamWp thjw. Zp Aeyambn
tXmfnennpv. AXp ImcWw XesbSpp \nIp apeI shphnfnp \npp. Bcp
Imepw Hp t\mpw. Rm a\ntemp. \ DcpSn Xs, A\p`hnph `mKyhm.
A, Abpw tamiamp a\nembtm. ]ns tam Fs\ tamiamIpw.
""Blm...hnPbt\m...\osbgmSm hs..... At..... .At.... Cu AsbhnsS tmbnsSphm...?"
AhfItp ISp.
" A Ipfnphm...kctkn " Rm hnfnp ]dp.
" Mv.tl, CXmcm Fs {Iow FSpnhnsS ht....AbmtWm.....?" Aw Igntm kckp Fs
hnfnp.
" hnPbm, \o Cp ht...." Rm AItp sNp. Ah Fs apJtpw s_ntepw
amdn amdn t\mn. FnstmSp tNmZnp.
" \osbgmSm hs...."
" Cnsc t\cambn..."
" Cntcp ]dm....Hcp aWnqdmtbm...?"
" B...BbnmWpw..."
" Fnp \o ChnsS FsSpphmcpp. ..?"
"\mtWynp Imep Igpp Fp ]dp. Cu {Ioanp Imep Xncpncmthmp tNmZnp. Rm
Cnsc t\cw XncpnsmSpp. Ipfnnp hns\np Imn Xcmsap ]dp. AtXmp
Rm\nhnsS Ccpstbpp "
" Fnv AtsS Igp amdntbm " hm Hcp t\mtmsS Ah tNmZnp.
" AXhtcmSp tNmZnv. kctknsbs Fm hnkvXcnphmtm...? F\np ipwTn hp.
]nsbpw Ah s_ntep t\mn.
Fnv Fs ASptp hp.
" hnPbm, kXyw ]d, ChnsS \o FsSpphmcpp. ?"
" l !..]dns, shdptX Ccnphmcpsv.."
" A, \o shfh\msWp BZyw Itmsg F\ndnbmw. t\cp ]dtm.. At \ns cp
sNhnbpw Rm s]mmpw " CXpw ]dv Ah Fs cp sNhnbnepw ]nSnp Xncpm
XpSn. F\nhtfmfw s]mapp, Hcnp IqSpXsente Dp. F\np thZ\nm XpSn.
Rm ]dp.
"kctko, F\np hmsX t\mhpp. sNhntbp hnSv.."
" kXyw ]dbmsX Rm hnSn". Ah ]nSn IqSpX apdpn. F\np `bcambnp thZ\np.
Dcw apnp tNmZyhpw. F\np Ien hp. ]ns Rm Hpw t\mnbn. cp Ipw
sImp, Iqp s]mn \np apeIfn ]nSpanp. \ abap apeIfmbncpp. In
HXpnbnsnepw apdpn ]nSnXp sImp ]nSn Inn. ]nSnp sRn sRcnp.
" BMv lm...A{Xmtbm...hjf...IsSpsSm...."
" Fs Itp hnSv..FmseSpmw"
" hnPbm, \ntmSp IsSpm\m ]ds "
" Fs sNhntbp hnSmsX Rm IsSpnm...."
Ahpw thZ\np ImWpw. Fs sNhntbep ]nSn Abp. Rm apeIfnep ]nSn Abp.
]t IsSpn. s]sp Ah hopw ]nSn apdpn. Rm\pw apeIfn _eambn sRn.
" Atm.. Cu t]m{In..CXp sRn s]mnpw..hnsSSm..."
Rm hnn. ]ns _eambnp B kvt]mp apeIfn tlmWSnm XpSn.
" Fm ChnsS Hcp _lfw " \mWnb shfnbn \npw hnfnp tNmZnp. R cpw ]nSn hnp.
Ah apdnbntep Ibdn.
" GmSo... Fm Imcyw.?"
" Ch ChnsS FsSppImcpp Fp tNmZnXm."
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" Ah ChnsS Fs Imsemp Xncpnp. \osbm Cp t\cs"
" Hm, ]Sw ckanmbncpp, Hcp doep Igntm Rm\np t]mp "
" Mqw..." Ahscmp aqfn. (AsXmcp tImUp `mjbmbncpp) ]ns ]dp. "\o ImnbnSv."
" F\np Imn th "
Rm ]pdsndn \Sp. kckp ]pdtI hp. apns \Ssbnbtm ]Xps tNmZnp.
" hnPbm, C\ow Rm sNhnp ]nSnm \o Fs apep ]nSnpsam ""
" Xobmbpw ]nSnpw "
" As\bmsWn.. \ns sNhnp Rm icnsmp ]nSnppv "
CXpw ]dv Hcp NncntbmsS Ah Xncnp \Sp. F\nsmpw a\nembn.
Rm hon sNtm h\tPn hcmbn Xs Dv. Fs I ]msS tNmZnp.
" CXp hsc \o A{]mbncpp At... ? FsSpphmcpp CXp hsc ?"
" \mWnbp Imep Igpp Fp ]dp. Cnsc Ipgnp XncpnsmSpp "
"IqSpX AtmSp. AXn\p ]nb Iqf t]cp NobmIpw. .]dtmw. hm, hp
Imn IpSnv."
tNn Dcp NnIfpw Ipepn ASpfbntep \Sp. AXp t\mn shandnsmv Rm\pw
]pdsI \Sp.
HmI - 5
]nt Znhkhpw cmhnte h\tPn (Ambn) shfpn\p Aen t]mIm thn Fs
apdnbn hp XpWn Xn. Aeamcnbn t\mptmgpw tNnbpsS Hcp Iv Fs s]mn
\np Kpem\nembncpp. Xe hgn aqSnpX epnpnqSn F\np ImWmambncpp
tNnbpsS
]cm{Ia.
Rm
Fs
Ip
icnpw
DbnnSnncpp,
]t
epnImbncpp Fp am{Xw. IqSmcaSnp \np Fs ap`mKtp Xs t\mn
tNn Hp cp {]mhiyw Atmpantmpw \Sp. Ahkm\w IXIn\p adp \np A
\nanjw t\mpXpw Ip. tNn Aentep Xncn DSs\ Rm {]`mX{IpXysemw
\Sn, Hp IqSn abn. abn Rm Fs sNs\ tNnbpsS amnbn
DcpXpw Ah AXp ]nSnp XmtemenpXpw Hs Rm kz]v\w Ip. ISbn t]mIm
Xbmdmbn \np Amhs iw tImWp Rm DWXv.
" GSo hnPb CtXhsc HWnt..... Cse Ahs Atw A\nbnbpw ItS hmbncpp.
Ch tNhnSmsWm Ahcp IcpXnbncpXv. ]ns Rm ]dtmgm Ahcdnbps, Ah
ChnSmsWv. s] ]dp, Aht\ Atmp hnSm.... icn Fp Rm\pw ]dp. Fm
Ah t]ms, As "".
Fs Dn Hcp sR. tNn ]dm Fs kpJhmkw tKm]n.
"" Hm.., Ah hnp ]p Znhkat Bbpp. F\np Ah ChnsS Dsn anm\pw
]dbm\pw Hcp Iqm. kvIq sXmdp\ hsc \nt ""
At\cs \niXp tijw Amh ]dbpXp tIp.
"" Mm..., Fm \ntms "". Fp ]dp Amh Cdn.
Rm NmSn Fgptp, tNntb sInnSnv Hcp sImSpm tXmn. t\sc ASpfbn sNp.
tNn appw t\cyXpw amdn kmcn DSpp hp. ]mehpw ISebpambncpp Ap. ]mew
IbpSs\ F\nsmcp Ip{kpXn tXmn. Ans \Sp `mKw \mbn s]mnbmWncnpXv.
csamIptm \ Dbcw. Rm AXns a[y`mKp Hcp {XntImWw hcp, \Spp Hcp
Iodepw, Fnp aqp hip \npw \npw _mn `mKw apdnp Xnp. AXns \Spp Iv
hcp `mKv Hcp henb ISe FSpp hp. Im \ tjhp sNbvXshqdp amXncn tXmpw.
B Ioden IqSn Hp hnctemSnp. tNn CsXmw {inppmbncpp.
" FmSm, \o AXpw htmncnps, cpNn tXmpnt, Fm, Hcp ]gw IqSn Xntm.."
"" ]gw thv tNn. F\nnXp aXn "
"" \o Hpw Ignntm, Cm, Rm sXmenp Xcmw. ".
Ah B ]gw sXmenp, Aek `mhn Fs tnencp Ans Iodnb `mKtp hp.
Ctm Im ]nf Hcp shqdns apIfn Hcp shp InSpIbmsWt tXmq.
Rm tntepw ]ns AhcpsS apJtpw t\mn. B apJv Hcp ]pncn
HfnpIfnpnt Fs\np tXmn. Rm\pw hnn. Aw ISemdp FSpv Ans
Iodensemgnp. Fnp Hpadnbm `mhn ]gw FSpv B hnShnse Nmdn apn ]gw Hp
\n, Fnp hfsc AcpasbmsS ]gw hmbntep Xn ISnmsX Amambn \pWv
\pWndn. Fs IqsS s_n Ccp Ah CSXp Ibv sImv kmcn HXpn AhcpsS
ImennSbntep XncpIpXp Rm {inp. XncpIpXn\nSbn Adnbm an Ah
IhnSbn Han sNmdnp. AXdn Fs IhnSbn Hcp epn s]mm XpSn.
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Rm heXp Ibv sImv Aw FSpp \Spncp ISe Iqn Hcp ISn ISnp, Aqn CSXp
Ibv sImv s]mn h Fs ]gs Aan ImennSbntep XncpIn shp. Fnv
Hpadnbm t]mse ]dp.
"" tNn Rm\n\n Xncnp t]mbmtem Fp Nnnphm..."
" AsXmSm, \n\o tNntb ]nSnpnt "
" AXm, Ipdp Znhkmbnt, Atb Hs Hp Inv "
" Aw \o Ign Hgnhn\p hymtasS hon t]mbnv kvIq sXmdp ZnhkmWsm t]mbXv .
Cu {]mhiyw \o AhnSp NmSn t]mcptIw sNbvXp. Fm ImcWw ? "
" AtX, AhnsS ]tg t]mse A{X ckan tNn " Rm XSn Xm\p hgn t\mn.
" GXmbmepw t]mImdmIpw Rm ]dbmw,. AXp hsc acymZnhnsS \ntmWw. Nobmbm
Rm alm Nobm ". AXnsetm Hcp [z\n Dsm. ]dbptm tNn Hp ]pncnptIw
sNbvXp. Mm.. Ftm BIs, hcpnSp hp ImWmw.
]p aWnbmbtm \mWntn hp.
"\mWyt, XpWn IgpIop Cnsc hndIp Hp sImn Xcmthm, \ HWnb aSem, F\np
ioeanm sImp Ibv Nnetm s]mpw, CtpXv aXn"
" AXns\m tamtf, Xcmtem " \mWy XpWnbpsaSpp ]pdtp \Sp. Rm\pw ]pdsI sNp.
Ah XpWn shnentm Rm ASpp sNp tNmZnp.
" C\n Fm Igp tXm htcXv "
" tam\p thtWmn, Cpw tXmtem "
" kctkn Fs Hncn hgp ]dp."
" \o Fsnepw AhtfmSp ]dp sImSptm ? `bc km[\am Ahfp, Cnsc Akqtbw
ImWpw. AhsS sItym XSnamS h XangnIfptSw s]mdsI \Spw Rm honencpp
kpJnphmm AhsS hnNmcw "
Rm Ip\np \np AhcpsS apeIfpsS AfshSpptm Zm hcpp tNn.
" \o Fm Inmcw ]dtmp \nphm, ASpsf hnm Cn Hp Acnp Xs, Amdp
Cp Xs Cnsn \mcm hmSn t]mIpw, hm..." Rm a\ntemp, apht\smp
XoptIan, Xnms\mp XcntIan. CXp shdpw Akqb Xs. Cu hey \mc Fm C\n
F\nsmp sXmSm InpI.
]nt Znhkw cmhnte Amh ISbn s]mbn. Rm tNmZnp Fv ]n, h AkpJhpamtWm.
t\mnbtm ]pn sdUnbmbnp sNnsb Imp \npIbmWp.
" AtX tams\, Fs Hncn klmbn Hcp IrjvW]n Hmcpp, tZ Atcp acnsp
]{Xnsemv, _p an{XmZnI CsXmcdnbnmbn IWmWw Fv. kb\w ]Xns\mp
aWnm. ItS Hp tIdov Hcp SmIvknsbSpv t]mbm IrXy kabv AhnsS Fmw. h\tP,
\o Hp thKw sdUnbmbnt "
" Rm Zm hq "
tNn Hcpn ]pdtp hp.
acn hontep bm{XbmbXp sImv AekambmWp HcpnbXv. AXv AXnepw hn\bmbn. hmcn
henp s{Unepw tNn ]qdzm[nIw aZmek Xs. Amh Hp t\mnbnp ]dp.
" Ctm \ns Im B honep Poh\p BWpfpw hSnbmIpw. t]mbn \otfmw Fdtmw
H uknsmv hm Fs h\sP." Rm ASpp \nIp Imcyw Amh adp t]mbn.
" sm, Cu tN.... " icnbmbncpp. [rXnbn XnsbSpv CXmImw, apIfn t]mapeI cpw
]IpXn shfnbn, hbdpw ]pnfpw apgph XpdXv, Aekamb apSn B aZmek kpcnp
IqSpX amZIXztaIn. Nnetm Np InSp IrjvW]n t]mepw B InSn InSp
hmWaSnp t]mIpw.
tNn hopw AIp t]mbn ukv amdn hp.
Cdnbtm Aebtp t\mn hnfnp ]dp.
"\mWyt R CdpIm "
" Mm.. sicn..." hnfn tIXp kckp Bbncpp.
tNn Fs hnfnp amn \nn ]dp, Cmfs t]mse AhnsS t]mbn hmbn
t\mnbncpm hcpw Rm..... "
" C Rm ChnsSs ImWpw "
Ah [rXn ]nSnp t]mbn. Rm IWp Iqn, Ah Xncnp hcptm Hcp aWnsbnepw BIpw.
AXp hsc \mWnb Xs icWw. Rm ASpfbn Ibdn Hcp Ggw FSpp Xnp, Imn
IpSnsmncnptm tImw. ASpf hip \nmbncpp.
" hnPbm, \o Cu IXsImp Xpds,"
kckphns iw. CsXp ]n, Ctmtgpsm.
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ieyw, Csn\mtWm ]pdmSv. Rm tNmZnp.
" kctkn CsXm Ctmv. Amh t]mbtm. C\n ImWtW ItS sNWw. "
Ah Fs Xdnsmp t\mn.
" Rm \ns Ipmhs\ ImWm hX. AtsS Ibv h, Cse aSep Iodnbw Ftm
Xdp tIdn. FtmSv ChnSs XpWnsbmp IgpInsmSpm ]dp. AXn\p hXm. ... amdn
\nv. " Fs Xn amn Ipow shnv t\sc Ipfnapdnbntep tIdn. CncnpXp \bnn
BsWnepw sNpIpSw amXncnbp NnI Xmfw shpXp \bn Adnbmw. \ IS\mS
IpnI, Xmew AXnsemp sRnbmepw Xcnns\mcp kpJw Inpw "Hp ]nSnp sRSm"
Fp Fs apnSnbn InSp Hcp hnfnp ]dbppmbncpp. B Xmfns\mp
Rm\pw ]pdtI \Sp, IpfnapdnbpsS hmXn sNp \np.
cmhnse NqSmWsm. Nnetm Xtw tamfpw ]WnbpsS Imcyw ]dv DSnmWpw. kckphn\p
hh\pw thn XpWnbgnmt\ Ctm Xmcyw ImWpp. hop ]Wn Hpw Ah
sNn Fp \mWnb ]dv tInpv. Csm hopNnehp \SpXv AhfpsS Acsns
_ew sImmbXpsImv Ah Hpw ]dbmdn. kckp XpWn XpWn IgpIm Bcw`np.
Ip\npw \nhpw \np tPmen sNptm \bnnpn IpeppIbpw XqpIbpw sNp
Ipf apeI t\mn cknpsImv Rm\pw IpfnapdnbpsS hmXnen Nmcn \np. CSnSp
Fs IpI Fs apnSnbn t]mImXncpn. Amw Fs ap hiv sNdnb Hcp
IqSmcw s]mn hcm XpSn. Ah AXv Isnepw I `mhw \Snn. CSnSv Xncnp
\np Rm ImWmsX ap`mKw tXmpXpw sNmdnbpXpw Rm a\nemn. cmhnte Ipfnp
ImWnmbncnpw. ]qdp sNmdnbppmIpw, ]ns Fs IqSmchpw Hcp ImcWamImw. "kctkn
ISnsbmt ]qdp Rm sNmdnp Xcmw" Fp hnfnp]dmtem Fp tXmn. th, hSn
sImSpSn hmtm Fp Xocpam\np. Akabw Ignp. Rm tNmZnp.
" XpWnsbm shfnbnenemt ?
" Hm, Fssmp shbnep sImm ]n H s\dw t]mbm ]ns Hcp\pw Xncnp
t\mn ".
" AsXn\m As\ Xncnp t\mpt ?"
" \o sImm, ]ns ]ns a\nembntmfpw ".
XpWn IgpI \Sp sImncpp. CSp Rm tNmZnp.
" Antm Fs\, kptJmtm ?"
\nhp \nv Fs Hp Xdnp t\mn. Fnp ]dp.
" kpJsmdhp ImWpw....................... Fm, t]mbn Hp XShnsmSpp kpJmammthm"
]dp Xocptm B apJp Hcp ]pncn annbnt Fp kwibw. Rm Hpw annbn.
Ign Znhkt XShens Hm a\nsenbtm AXnte {][m\ \S an Kpem
thpw Dbcm XpSn. IqSmcn\p Aw IqSn s]mw shp. Ah F\nv ]pdw Xncnp
Ip\np\np XpWn Hmtcmmbn Dep ]ngnbm XpSn. Ctm B sNpIpS icnpw
ImWmw jnbpsS bmsXmcp ASbmfhpw ImWpn. h\tPn Ip\np \nm t]mepw
IpnbpsS ]pdp jnbpsS XSnpw ASbmfhpw ImWmw.. Atm, ]iphns amXncn \np
B sImXnnSbn XpWn klnXw Hcp hnc tInbmtem Fp Nnnp t]mbn. Fs Hp
Xdnp t\mn. Fnp ]dp.
" kpJsmdhp ImWpw.......................Fm, t]mbn Hp XShnsmSpp kpJmammthm"
]dp Xocptm B apJp Hcp ]pncn annbnt Fp kwibw. Rm Hpw annbn.
Ign Znhkt XShens Hm a\nsenbtm AXnte {][m\ \S an Kpem
thpw Dbcm XpSn. IqSmcn\p Aw IqSn s]mw shp.
Ah F\nv ]pdw Xncnp Ip\np\np XpWn Hmtcmmbn Dep ]ngnbm XpSn. Ctm
B sNpIpS icnpw ImWmw. Atm, HmSnsp \bnn Hp s]mn t\mnbm B
CenbpsS Hcp `mKw ]pdIn \np ImWmambncnpasm. \mWytsS amXncn CSp sNcn
samp t]mse XppI CSp sRcpn bncppmIpw. ]qS ImWptam...tlbv,,A{Xbpw ImWn.
HmSnsv B hnShnsemp XncpIm Fs hncepI Xcnp. Npdnm. Xmsg IqSmcw apgph\mbn
s]mn. apn\nSbn Inp sRcn]ncnsImp \nIp Ips\ ]Xps XtemSn. kckp ]ngn
XpWnI Ibvnenp XncnbpXp Itm apn\nSbn \npw Rm Ibv ]n henp.
Ah hmXnItep hp. Ipep \np Fs Acsntepw Fs apJtpw t\mn.
" hnPbm, hmXntp amdnt, F\np XpWn hncnnSWw, t]ms".
amdmsX Hp hfp \nnp Rm ]dp.
"" tNn s]mtmfp, CS [mcmfapsm "
Hdp \nnp Ah hmXn ISp.
IStm Rm t\sc \np, Atm Fs Ip AhfpsS IpnbpsS kbnUn \mbn Dckn.
Ahfpw B kabv Ctmp Hp Xn DcknbmWp ISp t]mbXv. Atm B apJp
ASnnSn Hcp Nncn Dmbncpp. kckphn\p tZjyw t]mbn, kpJnp Fs\np a\nembn.
Ah hmXn ISp Igntm Rm Fs Ip apIfntep ]nSnp apns Ipn
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XncpIn, AhfpsS ]pdtI ]pdtp sNp. Ctm Im Ip Fsmcp km[\w Fs
ImennSbn Dv Fp t]mepw tXmn. XpWnI DWm\nSpXn\nSp ]e {]mhiyw
kckp Fs ap`mKtp kwibtmsS t\mpXp Ip. XpWn hncnnp hopw R
Ipfnapdnbn hp. Rm hopw Fs Ip apns Ipn \npw FSpv t\tc \nn
hmXn \np. Hp cv XpWn IqSn ]ngnsSpv kckp hmXntep hp.
" hnPbm, \obm thenep hgosmp amncWw, shdptX a\pjyt\ _pnapnmsX"
" amnbnsn Fp sNpw "
" \ns sNhn Rm s]mmpw "
" Mpw... ]nt... sNmWsbmt Hp sNhntb ]nSnt.." Rm hmin tIn.
" Rm ]nSnpth "
Rm Hp IqSn hmXn XSp \np Ah aptmp hp, XpWnI Xmsgbnp.
" amsdSm..."
" amdnmmmmm......... .Rm Ddnp ]dp.
s]sp Ah Fs CSXp sNhntb ]nSpanp. Rm\pw hnn, heXpIbv sImv AhfpsS
CSt apebn NmSn]nSnp, ]t cp t]cptSbpw ]nSpn\p henb inbnmbncpp.
Ah atInepmbncp XpWn Xmsgbnnv Fs s]mn \n IpbpsS ayn
]nSpanp. AXp Rm Hpw {]XonX. Rm\pw hnn, Fs atIp sImp AhfpsS
]qtd hmcnnSnp. F\np _pnaptn hn. \ Cen t]mse s]mn\n
ISn{]tZiambncpXp sImv F\np ]nSpw Inn. Ahsfs sNhnbn ]nSnp ]Xps Bn.
Rm apebn ]Xps ]Xps sRm\pw XpSn. Ahsfs Ip ]nSnp ]Xps sRcnp.
Rm Hcp Ibv sImv AhfpsS kmam\t ]nSntXmsSmw s]cphnc sImv \bnnp
apIfn IqSn IhnSbnte, hnShntep Ipm XpSn. Inn t\mn R
At\cw Cu ]Wn Bhnp. kckphns Npn Hcp Nncn hnSp. B Nncn {ItaW
hnImcns ASbmfambn amdn. AhfpsS NppI hndIp, IpI Iqn. sNhnbn
]nSnncp Ibv tXmftp hoWp. B Ibv sImv Fs Ah henv amtdmSSpnp. apebn
\npw IsSpv Rm\pw Ahsf sInnSnp. AhfpsS Hcp Ibv Atmgpw Fs Kpems\ samw
DgnbpIbmbncpp. Rm asmcp temItp ]dm XpSn. Rm ]qdn\p apIfnte ]nSpw
hnv kckphns IhnSbntep hnc Xntn Dcp. \bnnSnbn Bbncppp IqSn
Fs hnc hnShnendn, Xmtgpw tatepw A Ioden. Dcp. Ah ImepIfn \np.
RfpsS NppI Xn tImp. AhfpsS \mv Fs Npn\nSbntendn. Rm hm
Xpdp. RfpsS \mpI Xnepckn. Dan\o ]php. R At\cw Cu ]Wn
Bhnp. NpSp\nizmkfpw Rcfpw sImv apdn \ndp. AhfpsS Icp in
IqSnbtm F\np izmkw apn, Rm imkn\p thn apJw AIn. Ahsfs Intep
t\mn. RfpsS AcspIfnte IbvI Abp. Rm IsSpp. Ipep \np
Ipbn ]nSnp Fs Ah hmXn \npw amn \nn. Ibv hnv, Fs apv
cphitpw amn Aht\ InseSpp XgpInsmp ]dp.
" Aew sNdpXmsWnepw {]XnjvT inhenwKw Xs. C{X sNdpnte Xs C{Xbpw
hepXmbtm ... hfcptm CsXmbncnpw shdptXb Fs A htc hoWXv ".
Rm AhfpsS tXmfn Inp . Fs ]dn InseSpp sImp Xs R Fs apdnbntep
\Sp. Inen t]mbn Ccpp.
" A Fs\ hosWm ]dXv...?" B XpSp, tKmXp \ndap Ihnfn Hcp D sImSpp
sImp Rm tNmZnp.
" FSm tams\ ...R Apw tampw Xn clkysampansSm. F\nt
a\nembXm................. CXp t]mep De Im F Hcp t\ctp s\p IpmsX
hnSn. "
" tNo, Rms\mpw sNbvXn."
" Adnbmw. A Xs Fmw sNbvXp ImWpw. B kz`mhw sImm AO Ctp t]mbXv. ....AXp
t]ms. \o Fs Cnfnfp. \ns Rm hnSn. \o Av AtsS Igp amnbnt,
Cv Fs Igpw amncWw. "
" tNosS Igp amm thsd Bmsc Fpw Inpnt."
CXpw ]dv Rm \bnn ]Xps s]mn. kckp AXp Xep apIfn IqSn Ducn Inenenp.
Fnp s_ntep InSp. Ctm InIpd ASnmhmSbpw lqv Ducnb {_mbpw. {_m
AgnnncpXp sImmbncpp Aensmncptm B apeIfpsS Nmmw Fnp
\mbn BkzZnm IgnXv. {_mbpsS IpIfn apepIfpw sRpw adncpp. FhnsS
XpSWw FdnbmsX Rm Ipgn. In Ipd ]mhmSbpsS ap hiw Aw \\ncpp.
" Fs tams\, Ahscmpw Fs kpJnnm hcpX. Ipw IpSnv kkp ImWnm
hcpXm....\ns Cu \np sImphnPbs hmte sIm sImn. sISp ]m
]m sImp Ip\np \nn sImtd t\cw Nmpw, Ahkm\w hmbn Xcpw. shhpw
Iftv AhcpsS ]mn\p t]mIpw."
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]mhmSnSbn IqSn Inp sImv Rm tNmZnp.
" Gmcpw IpSntmsWm hcpt ? "
" IpSnmtmp anhpw A[nIw \ofn. F\np ISn sXmSpsmtgpw Ahp
Xfncnpw. Imipw taSnp Rm kvYew hnSpw."
" ]mhmtSsS apn tZs \\ncnpp "
" ]ns \o Ipw t]mse s]mnnSnp \nm Fs\ \\bmXncnpw ?"
" AXn\p Rm tNnsb sXmp t]mepansm "
" Fn\m \o sXmSps, A ]dp \ntXp B\smmsWsWp AtXmw AhnsS
Cftmw \\hpw sXmSn."
" Mm.......Rm Imcpp tNn FSnSv Ibv ImenstS sImp t]mWXpw Aapn
sNmdnbpXpw Hs."
" Aw \o Fmw Ip...."
Rm ]mhmS tasemp s]mn hp. Ah ]mhmSbpsS sIgnp. Fnv Xmgtp Nn s]mn
Im hgn Ducn, Rm\sXSpv Xmtgnp. lmbv... Fsmcp ImgvN. BZyambn Hcp bphXnbpsS
kmam\w Rm ImWpIbmWp. Rm Inen AhfpsS AcnIn ImennSbnembn apn
Nmncpp. an\pkap B ]qdn ]Xps XShn. ASnbn ]mokpw \ndpw Hpanmbncpp.
\ hmgnn t]mes XpSI. sagpIpXncn t]mse an\pw. XpSIfpsS kwKa kvXm\p
bmsXmcp Irjnbpw sNm Xcnip `qan t]mse hnkvXmctadnb ]qdp, an\pkambn sNcXv. henb
ktamk amXncn. hbdnt\m Aw IqSpX \ndw B ]oT`qanpmbncpp. Fm hnShns
AcnIpIfpw hnShn\pnse ]pdtp ImWmhp NndIpIfpsS Ahpw Idpncpp. NndIns
Ap ]nSnp hentm Aw ]pdtp hp. CXfpI sNdpXmsWp tXmn. kckp
ImepI Ihp InSp Xp. Npcpncp s]mp t]mes IqXnbpw AXn\p sXmp apI hsc
Fnb hnShpw Idpncpp. apI `mKp _Zmw ]cnp
t]mse XSn Ipw,
IeymWnbttSXnt\m hepXv, AXns Xmgs Ap sXmen amdnbncpp. sXmenamdnb
`mKp Rm Hp sXmp. Atm AhfpsS Acssmp shn.
" tNosS Iv s]mnbtm "
" C\nbpw Ah s]mpw \o Ahsf Xmtemenm, .............Ahsf Htma\nsSm Ipm....."
\mWnb sNbvXXp t]mse Rm Ins sXmen tatemp sXnp. Fnp hopw sXmp.
Imentmfw \ofap Ip]cnv. Hcp H AXn\pmbncpp. kckp Hp ]pfp. Ihp
InSnpw Hntncp B hnShp Rms\mIn t\mn. CfwNphp \ndn ]npp hm
s]mfn amXncn. Ibv hntm "^" F Hcp itmsS AXSp hopw ]qNmens
ay`mKw Rm cv Ip sImpw \msbmIn t\mn, Xmsg AIp `mKp Ipsd amwk
XppI Cfw Nphp \ndn Npcpncpp. AXv Ipp tIdm\p XpfbmsWp a\nembn.
AInbtm AXn\pn \npw tX ]pdtv HgpIm XpSn. AXv Ioden IqSn Xmtgp
Henp IqXn hgn InSbn Xpnbmbn hoWp. Rm Xpfbn Hcp hncenp. AXn \npw
IqSpX tX HgpIm XpSn, Fs hncen ]nbXv Rm cpNnp.
" aXnsbSm, ]qdp t\mn cknXp, Fsnepw Hp sNSm Im..."
" tNnv Fm thXv ?"
" \obhtf Hp \npSnv. s]ns sXmsfse tX IpSnm Ipp hw shpsam
]sdt"
" hw IqSnbm ]qdp s]mfnbpsav ]dbptXm.."
" CsSm Ipm, B\p tIdnbmepw Hcp s]nsw Ih Iodn BZyw Hcp hnnw ImWpw
]ns AXp `bc kpJamcnpw "
" Atm sNdnb ]dnbmsWntem "
" FSm am, AXpw apdpn kpJnnp Xcnem s]ns IhnS ^np sNbvXncnps \o
AtXmv hnjan. F\np sNmdnbpp......\osbmp ..sXmSsSm abntc .....IncnmsX "
kckp IhnS ImepI sImv Dckm XpSn. C\n Rm XpSnbnsn Ah Fs
sImp Ifbpw Fs\np tXmn.
Rm Ip\nRp B shSnqdn Hp hp, IgpIm ]qdns aZKw Fs aqnteSnp
Ibdn. B {XntImWns Fm `mKpw Fs NppI Npw_\ hjw sNmcnp.
Aancp aSpIfnepw Dbp \n Iv samnepw Fs NppI Aap. AIwXpSIfnepw
D hp. kckp hnImcw sImp ]pfp. Rcepw aqfepIfpw A]kzcfpw ]pdsSphnm
XpSn. B cXn]pjv]ns aSpIfn aqnp Rm\pcp IqXnpw ]qdn\panSbnep `mKp
Hcp {]tXyI aWambncpp. AXns ap]nSnnIp Kw Fs Ipsb Ccpp In t]memn.
Aw XSnv B XpSI Rm IpdpIqSn AIn, Fs apJw B kpcnqdn Rm\an.
IbvI sImp Rm\Xp \mbn hnSn, B aZ\ ]pjv]ntep Fs NppI {]thinp.
AXns ASnapX Ip hsc Rm Aan \n. Itm Aw IqSn hepXmbn \np Xnfn,
Aw hnjanmsWnepw Iv Rm Npnemn \pWp, Dun.
" As\ \Sm tams\..... Rms\mp kpJnt. .....Iv NSm Ipm...."
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AXp IqSn tItm Rm Ipw NndIpIfpw Fmw IqSn hmbntep henp Nm\pw \pWbm\pw
XpSn.
" F\npw IqSn Hp \pWbm XmSm... Ahs\ Cp XmSm...abntc..."
At\cw Igntm Ah ]dp.
" aXn samt\ C\n F\np hcpw...F\nIp hWw..... \nv....aXn..."
F Xe Ah _eambn ]nSnp amn.
kckp Fs henp AhfpsS tase InSn. Fs app ]dnp Xmtgsdnp. Fs apJw
ASpnp NppIfn sas ISnp. B IpI ]mXn ASncpp. {_m Rm Ducm XpSn.
kckp Ibv cp Dbn AXqcn. IbvI Dbnbtm hnbm XpSnb, IdpIdp
sNdnb tcma \nd Iw Fs BIjnp. Rm I amdn amdn aWp.
s]pfpsS jnbpw {_mbpw aWp ioen F\np B Ifnse amZI Kw
BthitaIn. Fs Ip kckphns XpSInSbv InSp hop _ehm\mbn. Cfw
Nphm B A[c Rm Fs NppIfnemn, \pWp. XpSp IhnfpIfn Rm
arZphmbn ISnp, Ah komc i ]pdsSphnm XpSn. Ah cv t]mapeI
cv Ip sImpw Xmn FtmSp tNmZnp.
" C\n tam tNosS Anm IpSnv....Asn Ahcv s]Wpw."
" tNosS apeIp \ `wKnbm, Rm BZyw Hp ImWs "
" Cw t]mse Ism Fs Ipm " Fs NppI Xmtgndn. Nncb t]mse \nhp
\n B sImZzbMfn Fs NppI HmSn\Sp. shfp B apeIv Xhnp\ndnep
apepI `wKntbIn. AXn\p \Sphn sNdpXmsWnepw In]nSnp \nncp apesRpI. B
apepIfn Rm \n, apesRpI hmbnemn Ddpn. Hcp Ibv Ipn \np atbv
sImv B apeI amdn amdn sRn. kckphpw kzw apeIfn amdn amdn XtemSm XpSn.
Ah Hcp Ibv Xmtgnp AhfpsS XpSInSbn Aancp IpsbSpv RfpsS
hbdpInSbn hp. AsXmcp kpJap Ccpmbncpp.
" IpSnsSm Ipm, ....tNosS An henp IpSnsSm...."
Aw Igntm Ah ]dp.
" C\n \ns tams\ F\np Xnp Fs samtf \osbSptm "
Rm ]Xps Fgptp, kckphns apeIncphihpw appIpn, Fnv Fs Ccpp
IpsbSpv AhfpsS tNncnp\ apeIfpsS CSbn hp. kckp Xs IbvI sImv cp
apeIfpw tNp ]nSnp, Rm Fs Ips\ aptmpw ]ntmpw Xn.
apeInSbnte ] hfsc cknp. aptmp Xptm Ahs Xe AhfpsS XmSnbn sNp
apn. Ah Xe Ipdp Ip\np. Atm Ipe AhfpsS Npn ap XpSn. Ah Ahs
Ipp Zzmcn \n. F\nnnfnbpw kpJhpw Hcpt]msebpmbn.
" B\ocv hcpptmSm.........\ns shns\p cpNnbmSm......"
Ah Fs IpbpsS \Sphn\p Hp sRn, Atm hopw cpaqp henb Xpn
Ipt shfnbn hp. kckp BntbmsS AXp \nsbSpp.
" aXn, C\n Xncnncpv Fs tamtf Hp t\mss tamt\, "
apeInSbn \npw a\nma\tmsS Rm Ips\ FSpp.
Fnp apIfn Xncnv appIpn \np. Fnv Ip\np B Xmaqdntep t\mn. At...
AXp IhnsmgpIpIbmbncpp. Rm tNmZnp.
" tNnp htm ? ....Hncn shw htm "
" CsSm, AXp \ns Cu aknepIps\smv ASnp Xs thWw."
Rm Ip\np HgpInhcp aZPew \n IpSnm XpSn. Ctm kmam\n\p thsdmcp aWw
BWp. elcnbp aWw. Fs AXp IqSpX ap ]nSnnp. \nbnpw \nbnpw AXp
Xocpn. AhnSamsI Rm apJanpcpn. Fs apJw apgph\pw tX sIm`ntjIambn.
" \o anSp\mSm Ipm, sNv sNv....tlm....F\np hSm tams\..."
" CXv HgpIpImWsm tNo " Rm ]dp.
" Ahfs\bm, Cshcp \nbm Ahfp hmsX sNmcpw.."
CXn\nSbn Rm Fs shnbmSp Ip kckphns NptmSSpnp. Ah Aht\
InseSpv D hp. apJnp Dckn. DItf XShn Xmtemenp. ]Xps sRn. sXmnbpsS
AcnIpIfn Hp \n. Fm hmbn FSpn. Igpn\pw Dcn\pw CSp t^m
shpXpt]mse ^np sNbvXp, Aan. Fnp Fs ImennSbneqsS IpIfnp cp
apeIfpw sRcnm XpSn. apesRpI hncepInSenp Xncpn. ImepI s]mn XpSI
sImv Fs apJw Aan]nSnp. R ]Xps Acsp s]mm\pw Xmgvm\pw XpSn.
kckphns ]nSenbnencp Fs Kpem A\m XpSn. Ahs\ hopw Rm hensSpv
AhfpsS hmbnemm t\mn. Ah Ahs aIpSw \pI am{Xta sNbvXpp.
" C\n hm, Chs\ AIp shmw "
" \nbXp aXntbm tNnv "
" aXn, thKw hm....."
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Rm Xncnp AhfpsS apIfn InSp. AhfpsS hbdn Ipn \n IpsbSpv ]qdns
hmXnen hp. Ibv sImv ]qNpv Aw AIn, Ahs Xe `mKanp hnShn\Ip tatempw
Xmtgmpw Hpcp {]mhiyw Dcp, hopw XpfbpsS apIfn shp. Fnp ]dp.
" C\n Xntm...."
hfsc Ffpn Ah apgph\mbn AIp tIdn. RfpsS AcspI Xnsemn. Ah
Fs Ipnbn ]nSnan.
" kptJmtmSm samt\..."
" \ kpJw tNn...Cnsc t\cw AhnsS Ccns "
R Hcp \nanjw sInnSnp InSp. B apeI CSbnencpp sRcpn. Fs Ip NqSp
shbnencpp hnn. CSnSp Ah tbm\o aknepI sImv AIncnp Iptams\
CdppIbpw AbpIbpw sNbvXp. \ kpJambncpp AXv. Aw Ignv kckp ]dp.
" C\n ]Xps ASntm....[rXn shmsX ASnWw sItm Ipm...."
Rm ]Xps ASn XpSn. A[nIw s]mmsX Ah ]dbpX\pkcnv. kv]oUp IqSptm
Ah ]Xps Fp ]dbpw. CSp Ah AcsInp Idppmbncpp. Amambn ]qdn\p
apdpw hp XpSn. Hcp {]tXyI Ne\n hfp ]pfv Ah Acs\n. Nnetm
Fs Ipnbn ]nSnv Aapw.
"Fs........hnPbm....F\nsfIppsSm.....BSntm.......Mqwww.........sXcpsXsc.......
.......
ASnsSm........"
Fs ASn\pkcnv Ahfpw Acsv s]mncm XpSn. Duns thKw IqSnbtm
]qn\pn Ipbnep apdphpw IqSn. Asmtgpw F\np hdm XpSn Fp a\nembn.
Rm ]dp.
tNooooo........... F\np.......hcpw......Cw ......hcpw.... Atm .....t]mbo.........Fs tNo................"
" hcsSm....... ASnp ...tNosS ]qdp s]mfnsSm abntc........"
kckp Ahs Npp hmbnemn Aan ISnp.
" Mv..lmmmmm.........boooooo......... hsSm....... "
"Rm \nmsX BSnp. vIv...Iv..Iv...iw .... RfpsS AcspI IqnbSnp
iw, apdnbn apgn. Fs In \ndap \{X ann. Acsn An]dzXw s]mn,
emh Non sXdnp. kckphns shSnqntev Fs Ip]ocnbn \npw ipKppI
{]hlnp. F\nSnm hmXmbn. ]Xps ]Xps Rm ]dn ]qdns AKm[Xbnen\n. cp
t]cpw kzmkw In hnjanp. Rm kckphns tatep Ipgp hoWp. F Ips Aw
AhfpsS K`]m{Xn apnmWpw. AhfpsS apJw Hcp hitp sNcnp. izmkw FSpp.
cp IbvIfpw Fs ]pdnh sIn]nSnp. hnp hnp AhfpsS tbm\nbpsS ]nSpw Fs
Ipbn \npw AbbpXp Rm\dnp. cp t]cpw hnbn Ipfnp. A\nanjw
Rfns\ InSp. Rm Ips\ s]mnsbSpp. Ah Npcpp hmXnen Fnbncpp.
Fs Xf Kpem ]qn \npw hntm Iv Fsmcp sNdnb iw tIp. Ah
samn sNfnbn ]qncp t]msebmbncpp. Rm AXp apsSpp XpSp.
t\mnbtm kckphns kmam\w hms]mfn ]Sn Ccnpp, hmbn \npw ]m Dudn
hcppv. Rm hm tNSp t\mn. Fnpw HensmncnbmWp.
" tNn, tZ IhsS apgph ]membn. Xqp If. hbnsemmbmtem "
" C\n Xqnpw ImcyansSm, Hgnm\pXp \o AIsmgnp Ignp. B hcpXp ansamXm.
]ns....hbnsemmbmepw \ns hnt, AXns\ Rm hfntmfmw. "
Ipdp Ignp Bthiw Hp sISnbtm Rm tNmZnp.
" tNnsbm, Fs samt\ hmbn shp Dumt?"
" \n\p shjaamtbm, A FtmSp ]dncpp, \o sIm\m ]Tnp hcpsbpp Fv, Rm
hmbn shp aqnbncpsn Atmsg Fs Ips shSn Xots\.
Cw \o Hcp
]mim\mbns "
" Fs s]mp tNn " Rm B Ihnfn Hcp shp.
" \ns sIp s]p `mKyaptmfm...Ahp ISn Xom \mpImtc tXSn tmtIn hcn "
kckp Hcp s\Sphonp.
Kw`ocamb kpcXmekyns B InSn R abntmbn.
Hcp Imdns Cc tImWp R DWXv, AXv RfpsS sKbnn\p apn \nXp t]mse
tXmn. Rm NmSn Fgptp P\ens apIfn IqSn ]pdtp t\mn.
" Atm...kctko... Ahcv hq...."
" Foizcm........" tNn NmSnsbgptp, Innb XpWnIfpw hmcn HmSn _mpdqan tIdn IXISp.
F\nsp sNWw Fp tXmnbn. Atm tZ InSpp, Inens aqebn kckphns
{_m. FSpp XebnW Iogntep XncpIn.
Asmtgpw Ah ap hmXnen Fnbncpp. s_ns iw tIp. Hcp \nanjw Igntm
hopw s_Snp. Ddn \nsWo t]mse Rm sNp hmXn Xpdp.
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" \osbhnSmcpp ? Hm, HdpImcptm ?...."
tNn AItp Ibdn. Im Xncnp t]mIp iw tIp. tNn t\sc _mp dqantemWp
t]mbXv. AXp AIp \npw Ipnbnncnpp. tNn IXIn Xn. Aw Igntm kckp
hmXn Xpdp. Aw \\ thjw.
" \osbp sNpIm ChnsS "
" Ap hmXp sImp XpWn IgpIphmcpp "
" AXn\p hmXn IpnbnsXn\m ?"
kckp Hpw ]dbmsX Fs Hp t\mn.
" Hm, AXp sicn, Aen Igntm "
" Ignp, CXqsS hncnnm aXn "
tNn apdnbntep Ibdn. s\p Ipw hp kctkn ]pdtndn. XpWn hncnnnp hnfnp
]dp
Rm t]mIpIm tNn"
"Mm, sicn " AIp \npw h\tPn aqfntp.
t]mIp hgnp, Fs ASpp hnp ]dp.
" FSm Fs {_m \ns Inteem, HsSpp Xm".
" tNn s]mtm, Rm ]ns sIms Xcmw."
h\tPn s_{Uqan \npw shfnbn hnp ]dp.
" hnPbm, `bc XethZ\, shbn sImXp sImmIpw, \obm Ihte sNp cv aqv
A\mkn hmntmp hm ". sNn ImsiSpp Xp. Rm\ndn.
( ASpXp Ncn{Xw, ]noSp tNn hnhcnXv )
Rm s]mbn gntm tNn Fs apdnbntep Hp ItmSnp. s_pw jopw Fmw
Aetmew.
" Cu sNdp FmsWm CsXms t\sc sNmthz CSm ]Tnps "
]ndp]ndpp sImp h\P jop IpSp aSn. hncnXp t\tc hennp. XebnW FSpsmp
IpSp. Xncnp shm t\mnbtm..........................
HmI - 6
A\mkn\pw hmn s]sp Rm Xncnp hp. tNn tkm^bnencpv Ftm KmVambn
NnnpIbmbncpp. KpfnI tNnbpsS In sImSpnv apdnbntep sNv XebnW s]mn
t\mn. Mv tl.....AXhnsS ImWpn. F\np \ Hmbpmbncpp, Rm AXv AhnsS XncpIn
sh Imcyw. ]pXp s]mn t\mn. s_ns AcnIn Inp t\mn. C HcnSpan. ]ns
AsXhnsStmbn ?
Atm Zm hcpp Acon IqSn ]dp B {_m Fs apn Inen hoWp.
sRnncnp t\mnb Rm IXv tZjysv Fs Xpdnp t\mn \np tNnsbbmWp.
" CXt \o AhnsS XpXv ? Rm anmsX Xe Ip\np \np.
" CsXns\ \ns XebnWosg hp ?.....
`qan Xmgvp s]mb amXncn R \np.
" ]dsbSm...." tNnbpsS iw Dbp.
" AXv.....Rm......]dn..... InSp ......Inn. "
" ]nt....\n\p thn s]psS {_m \ncp sISpht.....kXyw ]d..\obpw Ahfpw
IqSn.......ChnsS thmXo\w Hnphmcpp....Cs...?
" AXp Rm\.....]ns.....kctkn........Fs.......sInnSnw....Rm ......."
" Atcw \o Ap sISp sImSpp. ......aoi samfn.....AXn\p apt ....Ah I sXdn
s]psSsbms XpWn Agnm sXmSn...t\mntm, CXp Rm \ns AtbmSp ]dbpw."
Rm kXyn sRn. AtbmsSm\pw ]dm ]ns Rm Pohnncpnp Imcyan.
F\np Icn hp. Fs k]vX\mUnIfpw Xfp. Rm Zb\obambn ]dp.
" Fs s]mp tNn, AtbmSp ]dbs...."
" C. CXs\ hnm ]n. AXpw B tXhnSnnIfpambnp. B Atw tamfpw IWm.
Ahfpamp Bcmbmepw aXn. sImp ]nmsctmepw shdptX hnSn. B \mWnb Cp
hcs..."
tNn Ien Xpnsmp Apdtp t]mbn.
Rm BtemNnp. C\n ChnsS \nnp Imcyan. KvYew hnSpI Xs. tNnbpsS apJp t\mm
IqSn h. DS Xs Fb _msKSpp Fs XpWnIsfmw AXnemn. kckphns {_mbpw
Dnemn. appw jpw amdn. knnMv cqantep sNp. tNn tkm^mbnencnpv.
tZjynemWp Ccnp. apJp t\mmsX Rm ]Xps ]dp.
" Rm hon t]mIphm......."
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" ChnSs Irjn aXnbmntbm.?.."
" tNo......AtbmSp ]dtb. Rm\n\n taem As\ Hpw sNn. " tNn Zqtcp t\mn
Ccpp. Rm aptndn \Sp cmPyw t]mb cmPmhnt\tmse. tKv hsc Fn.
" Sm, AhnsS \nsSm........" . Rm Xncnp \np. F\np Icn hcppmbncpp, a\nse
t]Sn sImv. tNn HmSn Fs ASpsn.
" thm sIm{kmsmn Hs Hnnv.. kvYew hnSpIm, At...." Ah Fs apJtp
t\mn. Fs In \npw IoscmIppmbncpp.
" GXmbmepw \o Cw t]mI "
" C Rm s]mtmfmw tNn..."
" thsp ]dns......" Ah Fs In ]nSnp, _mKv Fs tXmfp \npw hmn.
Fsbpw ]nSnp sImItp tIdn tkm^mbnencpn, tNnbpw ASpncpp. Rm
\niambn Icbppmbncpp.
" tO...Icbptm....Rms\s Atmgs tZjyw sImp ]dXt....."
F\np Icn \nm\mbn. Ahscs AhcpsS tXmfntep Nmbnp. kmcnpsSpv
Fs Io XpSp. FeSnp Fs amtdmSSpnp Btjnp. Hcp sImp Ipnt\ F
t]mse Fs apJw AhcpsS amdnsemXpn. B kmcnpv Xmsg hoWp t]mbncpp. Fs apJw
B Xn \nncp apeIfn AancnpIbmbncpp. Fs Io AhcpsS ukn \\
]mSpIfpmn Ah Fs apJapsS aptmpw ]ntmpw Bnsmncpp , Fs
Ddmt\m Bizknnmt\m F t]mse. At\cw Ah Ftm BtemNnp sImncpp. Rm
]Xps Ip Xpdp. AtmgmWp Hcp Imcyw Fs {ibn s]Xv. _eambn Xn \nncp
AhcpsS Igpndn shnb ukns CSbn IqSn F\np AhcpsS shfp apeIfpsS apI
`mKhpw CSbpw ImWmambncpp. Fs ImennSbn HcpWdzpmbn. Rm AhcpsS In
IqSn Inv Hp IqSn _eambn Ahsc sInnSnp, B apeIfn apJw Aan. ]nebnW
t]mse arZphmb A amSfn BZyambn apJw Aanbncptm F\np hm kpJw
tXmn. sImXnncp Hcp Ahkcw. Fs NppI Cfw \oe \ndnep B XpWnp apIfn
IqSn B apeItf Npw_np sImncpp. tNnbpsS ta\oKw Fs DtPnX\mn. Fs
IcneSn. ]Icw Fs Kpem ImennSbn hnm XpSn. Hcp BKXsa t]mse Ah
]dp.
" \ns F\np Hncn Cam.......\o \ Ipnbm.....\o NobmIpXv F\nna..... \ns
ImWptm...F\np Fs ]gb tImsfPp Imew Hm hcpw. .........Rm ]gb h\PbmIpw."
At\cw Ah anmXncpp.Rm tNmZnp.
" AsXm tNo As\ ?" Rm tNmZnp. ]s F\npcw Innbn.
" tNo.............."
" Mqw.....FmSm....?
" tImsfPn ]Tnptm..................tNn Btcsbnepw t{]annptm...?
s]sh apeIfn kkpJw Aancp Fs apJw ]nSnpbn.
" As\bp Imcy \ntmSp ]dbm F\np ]n. \o IpnbmWp. "
" Rm Ipnsbmpa. sImsdsbms F\npw Adnbmw.....Ipnbmcpsn Cp ]nbXp
s]mse............" Rm CSp \nn.
Hp Nnnnv tNn ]dp, Hcp ]pncntbmsS.
" \o A{X Ipnbsp F\ndnbmw. Rm t\cnp InsmXt."
" Fv ?"
" {]mbn Ihn hfbm \ns icocn\p. AXnsbm \o CmpsXms "
Fs ImennSbn Imcyamb Hcp Ne\apmbn. tNn DtinpsXmsWp F\np
a\nembn. Rm Adnbm an IsSpv Ahs\ XpSnSbntep XncpIn. Cu N F\np
hfsc ckIcambn tXmn. Rm tNmZnp.
" tNn Fp Ism ]dt...."
" cmhnte \ns apdnbn hcptm.......bmsXmcp {ibpanm \ns B InSv......Fs tKm]s\
Atm F\ntm hcpw......"
" tKm]t\m....AXmcm tNn..." tNnbpsS apJv Am[mcWamb Hcp amns {]Imiw R
Ip. Fs cp tXmfnepw ]nSnp sImh tNmZnp.
" Fs tam BtcmSpw ]dbnsp kXyw sNbvXm tNn ]dbmw.....Rm ]dbm
]mSnmXmWp. Ctm \n\smw Adnbmw
kXyw sNv."
Rm ]dp
" Fs tNnbmsW, Icm\w tZhnbmsW, R BtcmSpw ]dbn. kXyw. "
" tam FtmSp t\cp ]d...Ap Rm\pw tN\pw ASpfbn hp ImnbsXms \o Int ?"
" .........Mqw......Ip.."
" Fnv \o AhnsS \nv Xm ........IXtI Rm AXns ASbmfw Ip. icnbt? "
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" AsX\np ........Hcp Xcnepw klnm ]msX sNbvXp t]mbXm "
" R kqntXmbncpp. ]ntmbn. " Aw t\cw anmXncpnp hopw tNmZnp.
" tam IeymWnbtb........? Ah tNmZy cq]n Fs t\mn. Xe Ip\nv Rm aqfn.
" Mvw....."
" \n Fsms sNbvXp ?"
" AXp ]ns....BZyw...cmhnse......tNnbpw Amh\pw ASpsf hp sNbvXXp t]mse........ "
" At...\o AhcpsS aq{Xpgo \otm ?
"AXp.....]ns........Fs app km[\.... Ahcv.....hmbo shtm......Xncnv.... Rm\pw......."
" At.....hrnsIh......sO....."
" Atm...Amh ....tNosS..........AXv ....hmbo shnt.....AXp hrn tISmsWm...?"
" t]mSm....R IeymWw IgnXt.."
" Fp hp hrntISp amdpthm...?
" Atm...\nssmp Rm tXmp "
Ah IsSpv ImennSbn Hp sNmdnp. tNnp ]qn ISn XpSntbm Fs\nsmcp
kwibw. AtXmtm F\np lcw tIdn. hopw tNn tNmZnp.
" AXncnt, ]ns Fsnepw sNbvtXm ?..."
]ns...D Ignv AhcpsS hon t]mbw R Hcpanp sISp......"
" sIStXsbmtm..? "
" sISp........aqcnmf ]iqs\ sNp t]mse.........." F\np \mWw hXp t]mse. Fs Kpem
XpSnSbn Aap InSp kacw sNpp. tNnp ckw tIdnb amXncn. aqp hnc hh
tNmZnp.
" FSm hocm, \o Ahc Ip\np \nn s]mdIop.......?."
" Hm..Cu tNn......"
" ]dtm...Fmw....C\n Hfntm....."
" A, sIStmv Rm AhcpsS s]mdp tIdn sNbvXp. "
" \o BZyamtWm s]ptf....sNpt ?
" kXyambnpw BZyam... AXp ImcWw s]sp t]mbn. " Ah sNdpXmbn Nncnp. Hcp {]tXyI
hnImcn Ah tNmZnp.
" ]ns kckpthm...."
" kctkn R sNbvX Imcyw Adnp. Fs sNhnp ]nSnp. Rm tIdn tNosS samepw
]pncoepw ]nSnp..."
" ]pnco FmSm.."?
" tNnp a\nembnt...s]psS apptSw..."
" Atm, \o AhnsS ]nSnsm...\obmfp sImatmSm."
" sNhn s\mw InntbSp tIdn ]nSnXm..."
" ]nss\ \o Cp kckqs\ Hnp.."
" Fs ]nSpw Av kctknnmbn. Cp htm Ahsfs tIdn ]nSnp. F\npw
ckamcpp. ....."
" kckphns\bpw \o Fmw sNbvtXm... "
"sNbvXp. t\cp ]dm....kctknbm ...Fmw sNbvtX......"
" Ahfp \ns \mbn kpJnntm...?
" ]nt.......\ ckamcpp..."
" Mqw....F\ndnbmw Ahtf.....tNmtcw \ocpsam BWptf...Ahfp hnSn....B Xbpw
tIanbmcpp "
" icnbm....." Rm kXnp.
" Atm \o Hcp ]pcpj\mbn. Cs\ t]mbm....\o Ftbpw .........."
Rm annbn. ]Icw B apJtp t\mn. Fs Ah Dp t\mpIbmbncpp. Fs apJw
Ah ]nSnp t\tc \nn, Intep t\mn s]sp ]dp.
" tamt\........\osbs tKm]\m......"
" tM...Rms\\m tKm]\mIpXv...F\np ]nSn Inpn tNn..." Rm hm s]mfnp tIncpp.
" Fs tKm]s B {]tXyIX \n\pv....." Fs ImennSbn t\mnsmmWp tNn AXp
]dXv. Atm Rm Fs apv t\sc ]nSnnp. Fnpw apnte IqSmcw hyambn ImWmw.
" AXp sImv..C\n \o asmcp s]ns\bpw sXmScpXv. AsX\np klnq. sXmSptam...]d \o
sXmSptam...?
" AXp.....F\np ]nt...."
" \n\p Rm\pv...\osbs tKm]\mSm....." Hcp ImapInbpsS kvt\l hnImcw Rm\m IpIfn
Ip.
" Rms\mcp ...kXyw ]dm...tNn FtmSp tZjysSptam..?"
" C. \o ]d."
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" tNnsb I Ap apX tNntbmSp F\npw Hcp ....Hcp.......CXv.....Bbncpp. tNnsb Hmp
Rm.. Xm Hncn {]mhiyw ....sNbvXnsmv..."
" AsX\np \ns s_Uvjopw epnbpw Aem\nSpw a\nembnpp. kmcan.
sNdpmp AXnmsX ]nmv F\ndnbmw. "
" Atm, tNn Fmw Adnbppmbncptm..."
" C\n Fs tKm] shjantm. C\n apX tNnpsXms \n\p Xcmw."
" As\bmsWn...........tZ tNosS uskms \\p.........Rm ...ChnsSmp ]nSntmt......."
kmcn amdnnS AhcpsS amdntep Nqnbm\p Rm\Xp ]dXv.
" ]ptIe. BZyw \o Ipfnp ipmbnp hm. B tXhnnbpsS hnbp F tKm]s tZlp
F\np klnptIe."
tNn Fs Ibv ]nSnsgptnp. Fs _msKSpv Fs apdnbntesdnp. Fs
Ipfnapdnbntep sImp t]mbn. Fs jpw appw Ducn amn.
Fnp ]dp.
" Fs tKm]s\ Rm Ipfnnmw."
tNn thsd GtXm temImWp Fs\np tXmn, AhcpsS {]hrnI As\bmbncpp.
Fs PnbpsS ap`mKw hmsX apgp \nncpp. Ah B Pn Xmtgmp henp. hfsc _pnapn
AXp henp amnbtm Fs Kpem BizmktmsS \nhp \np Xebmn, tNn AXp
t\mn cknp. \np. shw tImcn BZyw Fs tZlsmgnp. ]ns s]mn \n
Iptsemgnp.
" CXmsWs tKm]s ASbmfw.."
. Ah \\npw Inbmbn \nIp Ahs\ InseSpp. tkmp tXm XpSn.
Rms\pw Hmp hmWaSnncp tNnbpsS IbvI Ahs\ sXmtm F\np taemkIew
tcmamapmbn.
" tKm]s enwKn\pw Ct{Xw henw Dmbncpp. CtX sXmn, CtX hw, CtX \ofw. CXv
Cnsc IqSpXsente Dp. tKm]m...A..hnPbm...\o IgnpsXms Ch\mtWmSm hngpps...?
" Ah hnImchXnbmbncpp.
" \o tZlw tkmp tXp IgpIv. Chs Imcyw Rm t\mntmfmw."
tNnbpsS Inencpp Ah hom XpSn. F\np samsI s]cpp tIdpp. Ahs Xe
apX IS htc tkmp tXp, tatempw Xmtgmpw Ibv ]nSnpIbmWp tNn. F\np
Fsnm kpJw. Rm kzw ImWm XpSn.
" tNn Rm B samte Hp ]nSntms..."
" C\n ]nSnsm, ipmbsm. "
Fs Ips\ Xncpnsmp Xs tNn \nhp F\np t\sc \np. Rm hndp hndv B
cv apeIfnepw ]nSnp XgpIm XpSn. Fp \ BIrXnsbm henb apeI. ukn\pw
{_mpanSbn t]mepw Fsmcp an\pkw. Hscw apgph\mbn ]nSnm Fs cp Ipw thWw.
" Fs tKm]m......"
tNnp kpJw tIdnpSn. Ah Hcp IsSpv Fs tXmfn ]nSnp Fs NptmSp
NpSpnp. Atm AhcpsS IpI Iqnbncpp. NppI hndppmbncpp.
Fs NppI Ah sas hmbnemn. henp IpSnm XpSn. tNnbpsS \mhp Fs
\mhns\ XncbpXp Rm\dnbppmbncpp. RfpsS \mhpI IqSn apnDckn. tNnbpsS
DOzmk hmbphn\p Hcp {]tXyI Khpw NqSpw Dmbncpp. apJp s]mSnv hnbp
XpnIp, AhcpsS jnbpsS aWhpambn kmayapmbncpp. tNnbpsS Ibv hncepI
Fs ]pdp ]cXn \Sp. Fs IbvI B apeppItf sRpIbpw XgppIbpw
sNpIbmbncpp.
" Fs tKm]np\p Chsc sXmdp thtWm..? Ah arZphmbn Fs sNhnbn tNmZnp.
" thWw...Hp thKw sXmdp Xm tNn..."
Fs ]pdp \npw Ipbn \npw tNn IsSpp. Rm Fs Ibv sImp Ips\
Xmtemenm XpSn. Ah ukns ]npI thKn Xpdp. {_mpn InSp hop
app B hpeItf Rm I Ipfps Ip. IbvI ]pdtImp sImpt]mbn {_mbpsS
lqqcnbtm Rm\hcpsS I Ip. \ IdpIdp Ipdp tcma, \ofaph. B
ImgvNbpw AhcpsS Inte ]pXp hnbns aZKhpw Fs Ipp IqSpX hocytaIn.
Fs In InSh shn hndm XpSn. {_mbpw Xmtgnp tNn FtmSSpp. Rm
Ip\np B apeIfn Hmscm apw sImSpp. \ofw Ipd Ipfm ]Ipp Iagvn shXp
t]mse cp hnImc tKmf. shfp apebn Idp apepI lcw ]Icp ImgvNbmWp.
AXns \Sphn Hcp Nph apncn IqsSbmbmtem....AXp henp InSnophm Bthiw
tXmpw. F\npw AXp Xs AhkvY. Acp apIfn \bmb tNnbpsS Igpn Ap
Xmen D Hcp ame am{Xw, Fs NppI B apeIsf Hmtcmmbn Dshm XpSn. Fsmcp
amhw. In Xmnbm `mcw tXmp apeI Rm amdn amdn Iin.

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" IpSnp tKm]npm......hmbn hp IpSnv.." Ah Hcp apesbSpp sRp hmbntep hp Xp.
Fnp Fs Ips\ InseSpv hopw XgpIm\pw hmWaSnm\pw XpSn. Rm B apeI
s\mn \pWp. apepIsf ISntm B Idp apepIfn sNdnb Ipcp amXncn s]mn
hp. sRpIp In IqSn [rVambn.. tNn Rcn.
" Fs tKm]o...."
Fs Ah KmVambn sInpWp. Fs IpsbSpv apIfnsep Xncnp \nn Dcpm
XpSn. F\np \nnbnmsXbmbn. CSp Ah Fs Ipnbn AnnSnp sRn.
Rm\pw {ianp. ]s B henb NnI Fs In HXpnbn. t]mcmnv kmcnbpw
]mhmSbpw ]ns jnbpw ImWpw. Rm\hcpsS \amb hbdnepw ]pnfnepw D hp, XtemSn.
Fs Ibv AhcpsS kmcnpntep sNp. ]t AXh ]nSnp amn.
" Fs Hp ImWnp tNn.....F\np tNosS AhnSw ImWWw.."
" Cp th... "
.Ah ]Xps ]dp
" ]ns C\n Fm..." F\np Aw \ncmi tXmn.
" aqmep Znhkw Ignbs....tNn Fmw Fs tam\p Xcmw.."
" Cp Xmsem...Fs s]mp tNnbt...." Rm AhcpsS Npv hmImnsmp Xs
hopw Ibv kmcnpntep sImp t]mbn. hopw tNn Fs Ibv ]nSnp amnsmp
]dp.
" ChnsS Fs tam sXmS. AhnSw hrntISm. tNn Cw s]mdm...."
" Rms\mp t\mt.." CXpw ]dp Rm Nnbn \npw kmcn henp s]mn, ]mhmSbpw
s]mn, Fnp Ibv ap hip IqSn XpSnSbntep Cp Xn IqSntncnp
an\pktadnb XpSmpI tNn ASpnp Xs ]nSnp. _eambn Rm CSp Inp ap hiw
Xn t\mn. icnbmbncpp. ]qdns `mKp ap\zip jnpn Ftm XSnp \nncpp.
jnmsWn \ apdphpw. Rm jnbpsS apIfn ]nSnp Xmtgp henm {ianp.
tNn kXnn.
" Hp anss Ipm..... Ibv Nobm....."
Fs Ibv FSph apeIfn ]nSnnp.
" tam Chtc Hp ktmjnnt...Rm tams....^bephm kmbnns\ Hp tNnsbmp
kpJnns........"
Rm a\nm a\tmsS B IpNIpw`fntep Xncnp.
" Ch\p henbh\mbnsmbtm. Fsmcp km[\amSm.. CXp...Hcp \nhrnbpanmnm,
Asn Rm Chs\ Fs Xmacpfn Ipfnntt\....."
" tNo, Rm Fm tNosS tXmSstS htmt....."
" thSm tamt\....Cht\ tNn Cp Xntmfmw......"
CXpw ]dv tNn Fs apn appIpn \np. Igptm FSpv hpXp t]mse Fs
IpsbSpp tXmfn hp, Igpn apnp. Fnp, Fs HmdnI InseSpp XtemSn
`mcw t\mp t]mse InseSpm\amSn. Hcp Ibv sImp Atmgpw Fs Ip tb ASnapSn
Dgnbppmbncpp. Rm kzp ]dpIbmbncpp. Rm Fs Acsp aptmp
XnnSnp.
" Fm tamt\....hcmdmtbm...?
" Fp tXmpp tNo....."
" Chs apJw NphtmSm......Ch AWptmSm...tamt\....[rXn thSm Ipm...."
Ah Ahs Xebn Hp Npw_np. Npp sImp Dgnp. Ahs sXmnp Nppw \n.
Fnp, Xe hmbnemn \mhp sImp sXmnbpsS ASnhit a kvYm\p Nppw Dgnp.
Ahs Xn cp Ipw sImp Ne\n\p thKX IqSn. hnZKv[ambn tNn Fs Ip
Idv FSppIbmbncpp. tNnbpsS NqSp hmpn Ah DcpIm XpSn. Fs
Acsnte RcpI s]mp t]mse tXmn.
" tNntb...F\np hcpp.....Fs tNo......lm........"
Fs In anman\ppI ]dp. Fs shSn s]mn. tXmp KPnp sImv ]mKppI
]mbnp. BZyt XpnI tNnbpsS Amn sXdnsnmWpw. s]sp tNn Ahs\
hmbn \npw FSpv apeIfntehs Xe ImWnp ]nSnp. Fnp sXcp sXsc hmWaSnp.
]mpnI tNnbpsS apeIfnepw apJpw Fmw sXdnp hoWp.
Ahkm\pn XocpXp htc tNn, Fs Ip Ipepn hmWaSnp sImncpp. Fnp
]ngnp Ahs Xe apebn XpSp. Fmw Ignp tNn Ahs Xe FSpp hmbn shp
Ddpn. F\np Cnfn Bbn. Ahs Hn tNn \mpcpn. Rm s]sp. Ip
tNosS hmbn \npw hensSpp. HcmthitmsS apebn ]n XmtgsmgpIm XpSnb
ip XpnI tNn apebnemsI ]pcn cknp.
" Fs tKm]s ]mem CXp...CXn F\np IpfnWw....." tNn ape apIfntep Dbn sRn
]nbncp ]m sRp hmbn hp \nIpSnp. F\n`pXambn. Rm tNmZnp.
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" Rms\m tNo sNt. ....."
" tams\mpw sN....shdptX Ips\ InseSpv XShv...Rm ImWs..."
Ah Hcp Im s]mn XpWn Xncpm Dmnbncp knav Xn hp. Hcp Ibv sImv Hcp
apesbSpp hmbn hp sRn \n. atIv IhnSbntenp Xncpm XpSn. Rm
AhcpsS apn \np Fs Xfp InS IpsbSpv hmWaSnm XpSn. Ah AXp
t\mn IhnS Xncpm\pw ape sRp IpSnm\pw XpSn. Fs Ip hopw hepXmbn In
t]msebmbn.
" Fs tKm]o.....Fs tamt\....tNnpw Bbn hcpsSm. \o sXcp sXsc ]nSnv..."
Rm aptmp sNp at apebn ]nSnv sRnsmSpp. cp an\np t\cw tNn inbmbn
ImennSbn Xncpn. XpWn Iqn ]qdns `mKw DcpIbmbncpp. s]sp Dcens inbpw
thKXbpw IqSn.. tNn Xe Hp shnp. ISp ]nSnp. IogvNpp ISnp ]nSnp. Hp apn,
inbmbn Rcn. Hp IqSn Acsp shnp. IhnSbn Ibv Aan ]nSnp. ImseSpp
t\sc hp. ImepI tNan. Igpsmp Idn.
" lmbo..........Fs tKm]o...."
Fmw Ignp. Xncpens in Ipdp. Ahkm\w hndp sImp Aan aqfn Hp IqSn
inbmbn ]qdn kmcn Iqn Dcp. ]ns Fmw imambn. Hcp \o izmktmsS Nphcntep
Nmcn \np InXp sas Ah Ip Xpdp. Ibv ImennSbn \npw FSpp. apeIfn \npw
R cp t]cpw ]nSnhnp.
s]mn \n Ipbpw ]nSnp Rm hm s]mfnp \np. s]p kzbwt`mKw sNpXp Rm
BZyw ImWpIbmWp. Rm t\mn \ns Ah ImeIn hopw Hp IqSn sNmdnbp amXncn
Hcp {]mhiyw IqSn Dcp. Fnss t\sc Xncnp.
" FmSm angnp \nps....thKw Ipfnp...Fnp thWw F\np Ipfnm. "
" tNnnw shw hmcptm ?
" Dw.. hcmXncnptamSm..... \ns Cu km[\w IpsImv GXp s]n\m ASn \nIm ]pI.
Cw C{Xsb sNm ]q bptm Fsmcp hnjaw Dv....Fp sNmw....BsI
Aipmbncnbt....".
AhnsSnS tXmsSpv tNn apeIfn ]nbncp ipw XpSp Ifp. Fs Ipbn
]nSnp Hp Bn. Fnp ]dp.
" Fs _pnapnm thn Igpthdn ]ntw Xebpw s]mn \nphm....... B...CnXp aXn. \o
Cp cp {]mhiyw icnp Ifnp kpJnnt...... C\n thsWn \ns at AhfpamcpsS
ASptp sNv..... "
" th....C\n Rm BcpsS ASppw t]mIn.....F\nnw tNnsbmsm....."
" Fm tam Chtc Hp IqSn ]nSntm, Asn Hp shtm..."
tNn B hpeI cpw IbvIfn Xmn ]nSnp s]mn Fs apJtp apnp. Rm\hbn
Acpabmbn Hmtcm D hp. AXn Fs ipw ]nbncpXns aWw Dmbncpp. Hw
AhcpsS Inte hnbns aWhpw. Fs Ip s]mn \np. tNn Ahs\ cv Ipw
Iqn ]nSnp FmbnSpw kvt\l]qdzw Hp XgpIn, \op XqnnS knI Ibv
shbnseSpp sas Xncpn t\mn. F\np Ipfncp tImcn. Hp IqSn tNn hmWaSnp
Xsn Fp Rm Binp. ]t Ah AtXp Ibv hnp. Fnv shw tImcn Fs
Xebnsemgnp. XWp shw Xebn hoWtm Fs Kpem ]s ]s XmWp. tNn Fs
]pdp tkmp tXp IgpInp. Rm s]sp Ipfnp. shfnbnendm t\cw XnfnbmSp
apeI Hp IqSn IbvIfnseSpv D hp. tNn FXnn. ]s, Rm sRpI
hmbnemm XpSnbtm Nncnp sImp Fs apJw amn. Rm shfnbnendn. tNn
IpfnapdnbpsS IXISp.
apdnbnencpp Rm Nnnp. Cu tNnbpsS Dn Fsmstbm clky Dv. hnNmcn
A{X ]mhw A. Acniw, ]ns kmz\w, ]ns Hcp tKm], ]ns Hcp kzbw t`mKw, CSp
XomcnbmbXns Aipw. Fmw IqSn Hcp Ipgn. B, FpamIs, tNnbpsS hmbneSns
hcpnbXp. AtXmtm s]mnb Ip ImennSbn XncpIn. Inentep Nmp, abn.
HmI - 7
ASp cp Znhkw \ ASns]mfnbmbncpp. tNn FhnsS t]mbmepw Ccpmepw Rm
ASppmhpw. Xcw Innbm apep ]nSnpw. ASpp Innbm s]mn \np
IpsbSpp Ipntb apnpw. tNnpw AsXmcp ckambn amdn. cm{Xnbn Hcp cbpan.
Amh hp Ignm ]ns tNn Fs I `mhw \Snn. Fsmcp ipmmhv !
ImWptm Nncn hcpw. ]I apgph Fs Ipbnepw ]nSnp Dbpw Xp, cknp Ignbp
B hbnIptcamIptm ]msS amdn. cp Znhkhpw Ipfnapdnbn IqsS Ibdm t\mn.
\Sn.
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]nsXns ]nt Znhkw \mWnb ]Wnp hp. Rm hnNmcnp `qIw DmIpsav. Hpw
Dmbn. Xsbpa. Rm AhcpsS ASpncpm tNn Atmp t\mpItb C.
Rm \mWnbtbmSp Fmw ]dp. AhcpsS Dcw CXmbncpp.
" Bcpw AdnbmsX \o Rsmcp D]Imcam sNpXv "
F\np apgph a\nembnsnepw, Hp hyambn. AhcpsS ISnp sNmdnbm Fs
s]cpwIp C\nbpw thWw. ]t tNnp hmp sImSpp t]mbn, Rm BsI shnepambn.
C\n tNn Xs icWw.
Hcn Rm tNntbmSp ]dp.
" Fs tNn, CXns\ Fsmgpw hSn t]mse \nphm. HpIn tNn Fsnepw sNv.
Asn Rm Cw hmWw ASnpw "
" As\ \nIs. F\np Chs\ apgph hocytmsS InWw. AhfpamcpsS ASpp
t]mbotm hmWaSnqtm Rm Adnm ]ns \n\ss ]qS t]mepw ImWm Inn.
]dtmw."
Rm ]Xps ]dp.
" CsXmcp abnscS]mSbntmbsm. ]qsdmp XcptIan, shw Ifbm kXntan."
" FmSm \o {]mIpt. Fp thsWepw sNbvtXm. ]ns Fs ASptp t]mc."
" Ct C. tNnqdp Xs icWw..."
Rm apnte XpWn amn As\ Ccnpw. AXp Iv Nncnp sImv tNn tPmenI sNpw.
CSp Rm \mWnb ]pdIp his apw ASnp sImncptm Hp hmbn sImSpm
t\mn. Ah hmbn hpIbpw sNbvXp. Dum XpSnbtmtgpw hnfn Ipfnapdov.
" hnPbm, \o FhnsS t]mbnsSphmSm..."
Rm \mWnbttS hmbop DucnsmtmSn.
Ipfnapdnbn sNtm tNn Ip\np \np XpWn IgpIpIbmbncpp.
" tNn XpWn \mWnb IgpIptIte.....Fn\m hnfnt ?"
" F\ndnbmw, \o AhcpsS XpWn s]mm t]mbncnpw Fp. AXp sImm hnfnXv. Ahp
Cp Rm thsd ]Wn sImSpnsmv...."
" tlbv...R AhcpsS ASpsmpw t]mbn."
" t]mS Rm BWpsf Csmpa ImWps..\ns XpWnsbmp amnt...Rm t\ms..."
CXpw ]dv Ah Fs epn amn t\mn. In Bbn \mWnbtsS Xpepw sXmp \nIp
Fs Ipmc ]nSnp t\mnbnp ]dp.
" \o AhcpsS hmbneSnphmcpp At... \n\p Rm hnsmv. "
" C tNn kXyambnpw C. Cw tNn Ip\np \nIpXp Iw Ch s]mnbXm. tNo....
... tNo...........Rm B sXmSstS Hp htmt ?...."
" A{X \n_amtW htm, ]t... hcpm ]n. "
" Cs\ t]mbm F\np hp ]nSnpw.."
" ]nSnt sImtd kpJnXs... Ahfpamcpambnv..."
Rm ]Xps kmcn s]mn, \ shfp hmgnn t]met XSn B XpSInSbntep
Fs Kpems\ XncpIn. tIdm Aw {]bmkw tXmnbtm Ah XpSI HIn \np. Ah
AhcpsS apneqsS Inv Ahs Xe henp s]mn t\sc hp XpSI cpw ASpnp \np.
Rm Ip\np. AhcpsS In IqsS Inp apeIfn ]nSnp sRnsmv ASnm
t\mn. Aw _pnapmbncpp. AXp sImp apeI Rm hnp, kmcnbpw ]mhmSbpw \mbn
s]mn apIfntep hp. Fnp Ipnbn ]nSnp sRm XpSn. A[nIw hgp
CmXncpXp sImp ASn henb {]bmkambncpp. Fnepw Ip sXmenbpIbpw ASbpIbpw
sNbvXncpXp sImv Hcp ]ens {]XoXn Dmbn. XpWn XncppXnnSbn Fs X
sImv aptmpw ]ntmpw BSnsmv tNn ]dp. Ah ]dp.
" sNdp\p `bc IgmWtm... CtmSp sImphmSm...Ipmtc.."
tNn Xncnp t\tc \np. Ip XpSnSbn \npw Ducntmp. XpWn Xmsgbnnp Ah Fs
`oa KZ InseSpp. Hcp In Aw tkmsSpp ]pcn ]Xnv ]dntb ]pcn. Fnp
hmWaSnm XpSn. F\np kpJw tIdn. cp Ibv sImpw Rm B h apeIfn ]nSnp
sRn cknp. Ipbn tkmp ]Xp, \ hgphgpembn. "p...p..." Fsmcp sNdnb iw
tIm XpSn. Ahs Nphntep sXmen amn Ddnp ]nSnnp aIpSn Ah Dgnbm
XpSn. AsXmcp hm ]nSpambncpp. kpJw sImp Rm ]pfp t]mbn.
Fs Acsn sh XpSn, F\np DmZw hp XpSn. cp Znhkambn
AannSnncp hnImcw AWs]mmdmbn. tNnbmIs Fs apJp t\mn ]pncnp
sImp hmWaSnp XIpIbmWp. Rm ]dp.
" F\np Hcp Xm tNo....."
tNn AhcpsS apJw ASpnp Fs NppIfn ISnp. Rm B NppI hmbnemn Ddpn.
Rm kpJw sImp RcnpSn. Fs ImepI Rm\dnbmsX s]mn. Acsp aptmp
Xn. Ah Fs sNhnbn tNmZnp.
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" hcmdmtbmSm...?"
" Bbn....tNn sXcpsXsc ]nSnv....." Ah hmWns kv]oUp Iqn.
" ...F\np hcpp ....tNo...........h.....q......lm.........hq........."
Fs Ip _ew ]nSnp. ]mpnI anbnepI t]mse sXdnp. tNnbpsS Inepw
kmcnbnepw Xdbn ipw NnXdn. tNn Ibv Nennp sImtbncpp. Fs _ew Ipdtm
tNmZnp.
" aXntbm....."
" aXn..." Rm Hp cp {]mhiyw IqSn sRngntm tNn Ipbn \npw IsSpp.
tkmpw iphpw Iencp In t\mnsmp ]dp.
" shdptX Ifp. kmcan...\n\p kam[m\ambsm. C\n CXpw s]mnsmv AhcpsS ]pdsI
\ScpXv tItm.."
" sImdp kam[m\ambn. Fmepw tNnbpsS Ipn ImWpw C\nbpw s]mpw..."
" C\n s]mnbm Rm NpIw ]gpnp hpw ...]dtmw..."
Hpw anmsX Rm AhnsS \nep Ipnbncpp. Ipdp Ignp, Rm tNmZnp.
" tNn......Bcm Cu tKm] ...
" ]ns ....DuWp Ignbpw ]dbmw. Cw ASptftemp sNs....\o Cu XpWn Hp
hncnnSv...AtXm shw t]mbsm oWaptm....? "
"Gbv...Hcp otWman...Rm hncnntmfmw......Rm XpWnI FSpp. Hcp jn FSpp
t\mnbnp ]dp.
" `Khmt\...Cu jnbmbnp P\nmepw aXnbmbncpp...FXns Hcp tbmKw..."
" sicnbm, amksamd hcpw \mhpw ]nSnp sISmhtm..."
" Fmepw B \mw Hcp kpJam tNn...{]tXyInp tNnbpsS..."
" Fmepw DtjsS At{Xw kpJw hcptamSm........"
" AXv Rms\s\ Adnbm\m......tNn shdptX AXpanXpw ]dbmsX...."
" Mqw....F\ndnbmw Fmw Dj FtmSp Fmw ]dp. \o AhfpsS jow {_mbpw FSpp
\nbXpw aWnXpw Fmw..."
" Hm.. AXs\ Hcp Znhkw......As{Xbpp..."
" Fmepw C{X sNdpnte C{Xbpw Igv....\n\ss\ DmsbSm...."
" tNn....t]mbn Fs AOt\mSp tNmZnp t\mv.....l ]ns......"
F\np tZjyw hp. Hw A]am\ t_m[hpw. B t]mncnsp Fmw ChnsS hnfnbncnpp.
Ahkcw hct, Ahsf Rm shdptX hnSn. Rm Ddnp, ]ns XpWn hncnm t]mbn.
DbqWp Ignv tNn abm tIdnbtm Rm\pw IqsS apdnbn tIdn InSp.
" Mqw.....Fn\m \ns `mhw......"
" Npm.....tNosS IqsSsSm......]ns tKm]...."
" Hm, IY tIm\m.....At......sicn....]dbmw......clkyam....shfnbn hnm ]ns Rm
Pohnncnn....Hmtm..."
" Css s]mp tNo.....]d."
tNn XebnW FSpv `nnbntev Nmcnhp. Fnv NmcnnSp. Rm Fgptv tNnbpsS
IqsS Hw B XebnWbpsS Ap tNntb sXmp Nmcn InSp. tNnbpsS tZlp sXmtm
Xs Ip s]mm XpSn. apn\pn IqSmcambn. Ah AXp Ip.
" IY tIm Zm Hcp\pw IqsS Fgptp hcpp. Cs\bptm Hcp ]dn. Cnsc apv Hcp
sImSw ]mep Rm Idp IftX Dp. ]ntw tZ s]mn hcpp.."
tNn Isnp, epn amn Fs Iptb ]nSnp. InsemXpm B Inmcbpw ]nSnv
Bnsmv IY ]dbm XpSn. Rm Aw sNcnp InSnp tNnbpsS Hcp apebn
XShm\pw XpSn.
" Fs s]mp samt\...Fs \o Cw NqSmtSm. tZmip apgph hrntISm...\o
IsSpv..."
]t Rm IsSpn. Rm cp apeIfpw amdn amdn XShpIbpw ]Xps sRpIbpw sNbvXp
sImncpp. Fs\ sNmXncnpw. tNnbpsS In InSp Fs Kpem hnn shpIbt.
B an\p Ihnfv Hcp NqSp D IqSn Rm sImSpp. F\nhtcmSv Atm `bc Cw
tXmn.
Hcp kz]v\nsetmWw Ah ]dp XpSn.
" Rm\pw tKm]\pw sNdpnte Xs IqpImcmbncpp. hepXmIptm IeymWw Ignv Hcpanp
Pohnm\pw B{KlnXm. ]t hon Cambncpn.."
" AsXm..."
" R cp PmXnbn s]hcmbXp sImv....]Wapmbncpsnepw tKm] PmXnbn XmW
\mbcmbncpp."
" tNntb tKm] tN D hnsmtm...."

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" Hncn Hncn.....{]oUn{Knp R cv t]cpw knnbnte tImtfPnepw tlmenepw
Bbncpp. Fpw R ImWpw..]mn t]mIpw. BfpI tIdm Hcp ]mpmbncpp,
apgph ImSp ]nSnp sISXv. Rsftmse Nne ]mnI Imcyw ImWm hcpXmsX AhnsS
Bcpw hcmdnmbncpp. ]mnte hb hmp CSnSp tKm] Aw Imip
sImSpncpp. Hgn tImWn Ccpp kz]v\w ImWpw, sInnSnp D hpw. Fs apeIsf
Ct{Xw hfnbXv Fs tKm]s IbvIfm...."
" tNn Xncnv Hpw sNbvXnnt..."
" ]nt........Rm\pw sNpambncpp.. Zm CXpt]mse Xs....\ns Cu ]dnbpw tKm]s ]dnbpw
Htct]msebm...hnepw \ofnepw Fmw.....tKm]s........ sImptKm]s Hmtcm RcpIfpw
F\ndnbmw ....B Int]mes Ahs aknepw...B Xebpw.. ]ppS \nh t]msebmcpp
Ahs Xe, Fsmcp henw.....Fs In sISp F{X {]mhiyw hcmep s]Sp t]mse
sISp s]SXm. ]mns knp amn Ahs\ ]nSnm F\np hfsc Ffpambncpp. \ ioa
t]cm amXncnbmbncpp tKm]s DI, Hmtcmpw Hcp Ibv \ndsb. B AnngnI In
FSpp Rm tNmZnnpv CXn\IsmWp Cs\ abn \ndp hncnpXv Fp. Aw
tKm] ]dbpw Fs h\ptamfpsS IhnSbn Hfnp InSp Hcp tZhnbns, tbm\otZhn,
Ahp A`ntjIns\m ]memsWp..... Rm\ns\ Znhkhpw Ibv ]nSnp AXp Xop
Ifmtem....Css anst AXp Ddh t]msebm....]ntw DmIpw.. tKm]s IhnS
apgph \ Inbp Idp tcmaambncpp. hnctemSnm \ ckambncpp. khmdnsbpw
jnbpsSbpw apIfn IqSn Fs kmam\n sXmSm ]mhw tKm]\p henb _pnapmbncpp.
tKm]s km[\w \ hopn t]se s]mn \npw, ]s Fs ]qdns Imcyw
Iambncpp......"
" ]mhw tNosS ]qdns Imcyw...." Rm klX]np.
" sInnSnpw Fssmp hmWaSnnpw, samepw ]nSnpw XpWosS tamfnqSn Fs
IhnSbn Xncpnbpw Hs R cp t]cpw Hncn {]mhiyw kpJnnpv. Ap Rp
cn\pw \ Igpw ISnbpambncpp. Fsm tKm]\p InbmIpw, tKm] Hp sXmm
Fs IhntSp ]bmdp amXncn HgpIm XpSpw. ]ns Fs\sbnepw Igp XoWw.
Nnetm ]mnse s_nepw tKm]s ]m Hgnnpv. amscnepw AXns apIfn
hncnp Imcyw Hmp R Hncn Nncnnpv. Fs jn \\p IpXncm
Znhkfn. Nnew Fs Zpbntep tKm]s sImgp Ipm Rm Ibv]nSnsmgnpw.
Fp am{Xw ]memcpp hXv.. cm{Xn hSn t]mse DWnb Zpbpw sInnp Rm\pdpw."
" Atm.....tNosS ]qtd CtX htc tKmt] sXmnn As....\np h temUvPntem atm
s]mqSmcptm...kpJambnp Ifnsw sNmw ISow Igpw XocptIw sNpw.." Rm Fs
ipamb a\p Imnb D]mbw ]dp.
" t]mSm am.....Rm...AXn\p hgn Ip ]nSnp."
tNn CXpw ]dv ukns lqpI Agnp hnSnbnp. \nhnp ]pdIn Inp {_mbpw
Abp. Fnp {_m apeIp apIfntep s]mn hp. ape sRpI cpw Nphp
honcpp. apepI Idpp XpSpncpp. tNnp ISn CfInsbs\np a\nembn.
" Fs tam CXp cpw Hp henp IpSnt. .....]nSnpw XShnbpw \osbs
Cfn....Rm\n\nsbs\ Hp Xopw Fs tKm]m....tamt\..."
" tNnp Rm Ifnp Xcmw... Asn \ncmw...... tNosS ]qsdmp sXmdp Xm......"
" thSm....Hcp Znhkw IqSn anv...."
" tNosS Cw....CncqsS kv]oUn ]nSnmthm tNn..... F\np \ ckw hcpq...."
" AS...\n\p aqp Ct... ]nSnmw....C\ow hcpnbm...s\\p oWamIpw...."
" HpamIn... tNsS Cu samsew ]pnfpw Iposams Hmv Znhkw cpw aqpw
hmWaSnnsmXm....]nsbm...Cw.. ....... tNn Bsmp ]nSnt......."
tNn ]nSpns kv]oUp Iqn. IptsS Xebn ]nSnp sRnbnp ]dp.
" tZsSm tamt\ Ah Icbpp...." tNn Fs IpbpsS Ap \nqdnb tX XpnI
hnc sImv tXmnsbSpp kzw \mhn hp cpNnp.
" \ Dp...t\mnt...." hnc Fs hmbnenp sImp tNmZnp.
" \mWnbtsS ]qnte tX\n\p Dmcptm...AtXm... ]pfnbmcptm...."
" FmtWepw tNnsm tNXw.... tNn IY ]d. Fp hgnbm tNn Ip ]nSnXv....?" F\np
AX{X ]nSnn.
Rm hopw B apeIfntep Xncnp. tNn Fs apJw ]nSnv apebntep tNp
]nSnpsImp Fs Kpemt\ep hmWaSn XpSp. Rm B sRpw apepw tNp Nm
XpSn, CSp sRnt Hcp ISnbpw.
" Mm...]Xps...t\mshmmsX IpSnsSm......tams\........Mm....Fnp.................... kln sIp Hcp Znhkw
Rm Fs khmdns IhnSbn Hcp aqnp \ofn X FSpp Ifp.
tlmente Fs dqw tav CXp Ip tNmZnp, Fn\m CXp hnSphnpXv Fp. Rm ]dp,

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`bc NqSp ImcWw sNmdnbpp. t]mcmnv Fgpw \\ncnp kvYeat........ Aw Imp
ISm thnbmsWp."
Rm apebn \npw Npp amn ]dp.
" tNosS _pn A]mcw Xs..."
" \o IpSn \nmsX Fs tamt\...."
hopw tNn Fs apJw ]nSnp at apetbmSp tNp ]dp.
" C\n Chtf IpSnv...Ahtf ]nSnv....cp t]tcbpw Hcp t]mse t\mWw ...Csn Hcm
]nWpw...." Rm ]d t]mse sNm XpSn.
" Ap R ]mn Ccptm tKm]s Ibv ]nSnp khmdns hnShp ImWnp
sImSpp. tKm]s Ip Xntmbn. Fsmcp ktmjambncpp B apJv. tKm] B
hnShn IqSn AItp Inp, \\p IpXnncp jnbpsS hitp amn Fs
]qn BZyambp Inp, Atm Rm A\p`hn kpJw.....slm....Cpw AtXmpw Fs
]qdp Npcpw. AhnsS samw Ibv sImp Xn, XShn tKm] FtmSp tNmZnp, h\q, \ns
IfnkvYew apgph\pw AnSn ]pp tIdn hftmSn, CXn\Ip \np Rm Fs\ Fs Ip
tamsf Ip ]nSnpw Fp. Fs icocw tcmamw sImp hndpIIbmbncpp. Rm ]dp
Bhiyaptmcp Ip ]nSntmWw Fp. Ahkm\w ]qSnSbn Xn Xn Fs Ip tKm]
Ip ]nSnp. Ap tKm] Fs It hncepI sImp ]nSnp henp. sRcSn, Rm
kpJns Cutcgp ]Xnmep temIhpw Ip. Fs ]qdns hnShn\p apIfn IqSn
hnctemSnw Fs tZlw apgph\pw IdSnp t]membncpp. cv hncepI AItnp
tKm] Fs ]qhnXfpI henp ]pdtsSpsSm.. Fnp ]dp \ hb\mS shne
t]mse hnkvXmcsam CebmWtm tamsf, F\np Cu ]qhnXfpI Hp aWWatm Fs
h\q. Rm Nppw t\mnbnp ]dp, Cw t]mse aWtm, Fs tKm]s kzw s]ns
ImenstSse {hpmh\nse ]qht. tKm] Ip\nv Fs ImennSbntep apJw Cp, Rm
Fs Jaokns Aw sImp tKm]s Xe aqSnnSnp. Fnp ImepI Ihp. s_n Aw
Nmncpp. tKm] Fs ap hit Iod Hp IqSn henp Iodn hepXmn, Fs jn
hitp amn, \mItnp Fs ...Fs ...tXs\mgp ]qn tatempw Iotgmpw \n,
aqnpcp, aWp, Fs hncn ]qhns aWw aqntep Bp henp tIn. AIp
hncenp, Fs ]qdn \npw sicnpw shw HgpIn tKm]s Ipw Nppw aqpw apgph
\\p. Rm tKm]s Xe ]nSnan, ImcWw F\np hcm XpSnbncpp. kvYeIme
t`ZadnbmsX Rm hnImchpw kpJhpw sImp ap{Ibnp, Rcn., ]ns Rm hndp F\np
`mcanmsXbmbn Fs IpI Iqntmbn. F\np shw hp. Igp Xow Rm Fs
IhnSbn \npw tKm]s apJw hensSpp, ImcWw F\nv Cnfn BIm XpSnbncpp.
Hcp \nanjw Ignp Rm Ip Xpdp t\mnbtm I ImgN Btcbpw
NncnnpXmbncpp. ImSnen Xebn ]iphns tam amXncn Fs tKm]s apJw. Fs
]qnse sImgp ImSnbn Ipfn tKm]s apJw Iv Rm Nncnp. kpJw A\p`hn Hcp
s]ns a\ns Nncn. B apJw ]nSnp Rm Fs NptmSp tNp. Fs tbm\nt\n\p
Ap F\np IqSpX cpNn tXmn. tKm] ]dbpIm \ns kmam\ov Dcpfp s]mnb
amXncnbm tXs\mgpIpXv. AXp tItm Fs IhnSbn \npw hopw HgpIpXp
Rm\dnp. Ap Rm BZyambn tKm]s Ip Dun Xnp. hmbn sImm
]mSmbncpsnepw Xe Hcp hn[n AImn \mhp sImp \n \n Hcp hn[n Rm
tKm]s\ kzw ImWnp. Ap Rm ipns cpNn Adnp.............. "
" tNn C\n ]Xps ]nSnm aXn ...Csn Fs Ip inpw..... F\np hcm t]mIphm
tNn..........."tNnbpsS hnhcWw tI F\np GXmp hXp t]msebmbn.
" ]ns R anhmdpw Znhkfn At\ym\yw kpJnnpambncpp. R ]etmgpw
mn IbdmsX ]mn Npn \Sp Bfnm kvYew Xn Hfnncpp kpJnp. ]msap
]etmgpw tKm] ]dp, ]t B]p t]Snp Rm kXnn. Fs ]Tnw Dgn. Hcp
Znhkw AO tImtfPn htm IY sbmw Adnp, RfpsS t{]aw tImsfPn
]mmbncpp. Ap sImp Fs ]Tnw \nn, AO \ns Amh\p Fs ]nSnp
sImSpp. ]s, tKm] Fs kpJnn B kpJw Hcp Imepw Fs a\n \npw
t]mIn....Fs tKm]s\ Hmm \ns Amhs ]en Rm kpJnpXv.. ...................
C\n \o Hsgptt..."
Rm AhcpsS s\n \npw Xe s]mn. apeIsf kzX{ambn hnp. Ah s\Rn InSp
Xpfpnsmncpp. Hcp Ibv Fs Ipbn ]nSn apdpntmp Xs, as Ibv
kmcnnSbntep \on. Ah IhnSbntep Ibv sImp t]mbn. Fnp FhnsStbm, In
Bbncnmw, Xncpm\pw aqfm\pw XpSn. Rm hopw Ip\np apeI Nm\pw ]nSnm\pw
XpSn. tNnbpsS kmcnSnbnte Xncpens thKw IqSm XpSn.
" Fs tKm]m.....tams\...henp IpSnsSm...... sRn s]mnsSm.... F\np...hcpsSm...tamt\....
lmbo........"

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Ah ImepI Iqnncpm XpSn. Rm tNnbpsS kmcnSnbntev Hcp Ibv ISm
t\mn.
" thm....\o....IsSpv......F\np hcpm F\ndnbmw..........Fs tKm]m...."
tNn ImenSnp. Fs Ipbnte ]nSpw hmsX apdpIn tNn hmWaSn adp.. Hcp Ibv
sImp Rm tNnbpsS Ibv klnXw Fs Ipbn hmWaSnp.
Rcnsmp tNn IhnSbn thKw thKw Xncpm XpSn.
" Mqw.....Mqw....F\np tKm]s Ip thWw... Fs kmam\w IpsSm...... lbo....F\np
hcpsSm........samte Aan ]nSn sSm.......lbo... F\np klnpnt........."
P\nSbn tNnbpsS Actp tasemsmp s]mn _eambn cp skp \np.
]ns Xmtgmp hoWp. F\np a\nembn tNnbpsS Dcpfp s]mn, Acsnse tbm\npfn
\npw tX\ns Ipsmgpp XpSn Fp. Ctm Fs apJw B HgpIp kmam\nemsWp
Rm knp. B sImgp sImgp Ip Fs hmbnemsWp Rm hnNmcnp. Hcp \nanjw.....
Fs Ipbpw inp. Rm tNnbpsS Ibv amn Fs Ibv sImp hmWaSnp. Aanp
s]mp t]mse ipw hmbphn IqSn sXdnv kmcnbnepw IbvIfnepw hoWp NnXdn. cp t]cpw ISn
ASpXp hsc Xncpepw ]nSphpw XpSp sImncpp.
Aw Ignp tNnbpsS hnImcsgntm tNn kmcnSnbn \npw IsSpp. Rm
Fs Ipbn \npw ]nSn hnp. Ah Fs epnbnepw tNnbpsS kmcnbnepw Fmw
A{apXm`ntjIw \Snbncpp. A t\cw R AXp t]mse InSp. tNn Fs s\nbn
Hcp Xp. Ah Hcp Ibv FSpv Fs Iptb Xn t\mn. Ah Xmgm XpSnbncpp.
Rm kmcnSnbnencp tNnbpsS Ibv FSpv t\mn, hncepIfn sImgp aZ\ckw
]nbncpp. Rm\m B hnc Hp aWp t\mn. Hcp hm aWw. ]qdns am{Xa, attXm
Hcp \mw IqSn F\np A\p`hsp.. hnImcw ASnbXp sImmhmw F\nXp A{X Csn.
tNn ]ns Fgptp _mpdqantep t]mbn, Aw Ignp Xncnp hp htm
XpWnsbms t\scbmbncpp. B IpfnapeI ukn\pn InSp ktmjw sImp
Ipepn Nncnppmbncpv..
" \ns epn AnSn hrntISmbn, t]mbn amdn DSpv. "
Rm Fgpstm tNn InSbntep Nmp. Rm epn ]dnp Ifnp tNnbpsS IqsS
tIdn InSp. Hcp Im tNnbpsS Acsntep Ibn hp. sNcnp InSp Hcp Ibv Dbp
\n apeIfn shp. tNn Hcp Ibv sImp Fs Xf Ip InseSpp ]nSnp.
Rm tNmZnp.
" tKm]ntN Ctm FhnsSbm..."
]Tnw Dgn, tXmp t]mbn. ]ns Fs IeymWw Bbtm \mSp hnp. ]mhw Fs tKm]
......Cw .........." Aw Ignv Rm hopw tNmZnp.
" tNo... Atm......tNnp Amhs\ Cant....\nfp cp t]cpw Ifnpnt..."
" Cam...Ifnbpsamv....s]ptf kpJnnm \ns Amh\p \ hncpXm. Ap \o ASptf
shp Int...."
"Atm...At ]cn]mSn kq...Ip \n F\np....Rm\dnbmsXbm F\np shw t]mbXv.."
" A\s Hncn ]WnI Dv Gs In...]t......"
" Fm tNo Hcp ]t....?
" Hpan...\o anmsX InSv, F\npdw hcpp, Hp abs."
]ns Rm annbn. Hp IqSn apdps sIn]nSnp InSp.
A \nanjpn cp t]cpw Ddntmbn.
BcptSsbm kwkmcw tImWp R DWXv. DW ]mtS Rm Fgptv Xmsg InS
epnbpsaSpv Fs apdnbntetmSn. Hcp epn FSppSpp. tNn XeapSnbpw hmcnpn tImp
hmbnp sImp ]Xps Fgptp. Rm Ipw Xncpn sNp IXIp Xpdp.
AXv henbmbnbpw Djbpw Bbncpp. cp t]cpw NqSn hnbp Ipfnncpp. Ambn
kmcnbpsS Aw sImv hoin apdnbntep Ibdn. Atmtgpw tNnbpw Fgptp hncpp.
" CXmcv tNntbm... ]XnhnmsX...FSm \obm ^ms\mnt... Dtj CcnsSo..."
tNn Ahsc kzoIcnncpn. Rm ^m HmWmn, Hcp \nanjw Djtb t\mn. Ahfpw
hnbncpp. Iw apX apehtc ukv \\smnbncpp. AXp ImWm F\np Hcp
IuXpIw tXmn. ]t Rm AhfpsS apJp t\mnbn. ZmhWn sImv Ah apJw Hn.
Rm ]Xps Fs apdnbntep henp.
" Mm... ]XnhnmsXbm...cp t]cpw \ Ddambncpp At.."
" AsX tNn....DuWp Ignv Hp abn...As{Xbpp. hnPbm...FSm Cp ht.." tZ.. Cu
_msKSpp \ns apdotemp ht..."
Rm sNp AhcpsS _mKpsaSpv Fs apdnbntep t]mp. Ah ham\w XpSn.
" ]ns Fsms Dv hntij tNo.......Atmp hcWw Fp hnNmcnm XpSnbnp
sImsd Znhkfmbn..CtX hsc Hn.."
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"Rfpw Ctmp hcWsap hnNmcnpw.. ]t Chp mpmbncpXp sImv CtX hsc
]nbn. "
" ]ns Dtj...]dsbSo....tNn Chfp oWnp t]mbtm. ..."
" Hm.. AXp h\Pp tXmpXm...Ah \mbXm Ctm..."
" tNn CfbO Fgm hcpt..." Dj tNmZnp.
" G hcptm HXp aWnbmIpw. "
" AXp htc tNn HmtWm...."
" Gbv... Cw hnPb\pw Dtm...Ahs\mXv shenb Hcp klmbam F\nv....."
" Aht\mSv Atmp hcWsap ]dm Av hnXv....Cw Ah\p \ns Ap ]nSn amWtm.
R Xncnp t]mIptm Ah\pw t]mtmt....At tamtf...."
AXp tI Rm Fs apdnbn \npw hnfnp ]dp.
" Rm\nw hcpn..F\nnhnsS \nm aXn..."
Atm Dj hnfnp tNmZnp.
" \ns apdsns hon hcm \n\nantSm..." Fnh s]mnncnp.
" \o Fgpw Ahs\ IfnbmmsXs Dtj....Ah sImt....."
" Mqw...sImm....Fmepw Ah\p apdsdps AhImiw ]dbm\dnbmw....."
Dj Fs hnSp an. F\np tZjyw Ccp tIdn. Hpw hm AhkvY. Fn\m Chtf
Ctm Ctmp sInsbSpXv.
" t]ms Dtj....Aht\ hntcv...\o Aht\ Hncn Ifnbmppv......hm \app Imn Hmmw.
...\nfo hnb XpWnsbms Hp amdn hm...thtW Hp Ipfntm....."
tNn CSs]p hnjbw amn. km[\ns\ ]nSnp IcWsmp s]mnm tXmn. Csn
]ns Ftmsgnepw. Xcw Innbm csw sImSppw Fp {]iv\w Dmbmepw icn. Rm
a\nepdp.
Dj Fs apdnbntep hp.
" GXmbmepw Fs apdsdps\mp ]pdtp Cdnt. Rm XpWnsbmp amds."
Rm Hpw anmsX shfnbntendn. Cdptm Ah ]Xps ]dp.
" Hfnp \np t\mntbcpXp tItm...\ns hnIrXn AdnbmhpXp sImp ]dXm. " ]ns
Aw IqSn iw Xmgvn tNmZnp.
" ]ns \ns ]gb aWn Irjn Ctmgpw Dtm......Ip ]mham ...AXp sImp \n\p
Ffpambncnpw....." hopw Ah s]mnncnp. F\np Ien tIdn. Fnepw Hpw annbn. Xo
]mdp Hcp t\mw t\mn, Rm ]pdtndn.
" Fs `mhn hc Fs t\mn t]Snnphm" Fp ]dp Ah IXISp.
Rm ASpfbntep sNp. tNn Acn smSn FSpp ]elmcw Dmm Hcppp. Rm
s_nencpp.
" \osbm hnPbm ]ns Atmp hcmXncps......."
" Hm, Ah\nw ChnSw ]nSnp tNn. h ItS t]mIm\pw ]ns sNdnb sNdnb tPmenpw
Hs hnPb F\np shenb klmbam......" CXpw ]dv tNn Fs Hp t\mn ]pncnp.
Intn, ISn tIdpw Cw Rm henb klmbw Xsbm Fp a\ntemp.
" h\tP \app \sS Ams ]mdpAs\ Hp ImWm t]mIWw. Ahnw Xosc h. C\n
Xmaknm sNew ImWm ]nsbp hcn. ChnsS ASpt. \ntbpw Iqn t]mImsap hm
R CdnbXv "
" AXns\m...\msf cmhnse t]mImw...hnPbm \o t]mcptm....."
" Hm....Rm\n tNn...F\nmscbpw Adnbn.....Rm ChnsS Ccptmfmw......."
Atmtgpw Dj XpWn amdn Xncnsn. Rm Fgptp t]mIm XpSn.
" AhnsS Ccnss `mhn `mth.....Imn IpSnnp s]mtm..." Dj Fs tXmfn ]nSnv
s_n Ccpn. Rm Xo\ense t]mse Ccpp.
" \osbmp anmXncnp Dtj..Aht\ ipnsbSpnmsX..." henbmbn ]dp.
]ns Dj Hpw ]dn. s]p ham\w XpSp.
cm{Xn Djbpw Abpw Fs apdnbnse Inen InSp. Rm sSenhnj\n Hcp ZqcZi lnn
]Sw Ip sImncpp. Ah Ddnbnp apdnbn tIdmsap hnNmcnp. ]Sw Hpw a\nembn.
Xotm ]mXncm Bbn.
Rm Fs apdnbntep sNp ebnnp. Ambn sNcnp InSp Iqw henv Ddppv.
cp t]cpw \ DdamWp. Dj t\sc aemWp InSpXv. Ah Hcp Im AmbnbpsS
Acp apIfn tInbmWp hncnpXv. AXp sImv ]mhmS B Imens apn\p apIfntep
tIdnbmWp InSpXv. shfp, Ipp tcmafp amwkfamb an\pkap XpSI ]IpXnbn
IqSpX ImWmw. Hmdp apeI ukn\pn henp apdpIn s]mn \npp. Dbp
Xmgp B apeppI Fs amSn hnfnbmsWp tXmn. ]nSnp sRcnpSm Fs
IbvI Xcnp. ]pn NpgnbpsS `wKn Hp thsd XsbmWp. s\np apIfn cp aqp
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Npcp apSnI Imn ]mdnfnpp. `wKnbp apJw, HXpnb hbdpw hnS Acspw. \
hnkvXmcap ]qdmbncnpw Fp Xo. XpSIfn tcmaap kvYnXnv ]qnepw tcma
ImWpw. samn Ahsfmcp Ncp Xs. Chsf IeymWw Ignphs tbmKw. F\np
t\mn hmWaSnm\pw ASnpWnI aWm\pw am{Xw hn[n. Aw hnS NppI, Hcp sNdp
]pncn Dtm Fp kwibw. tImtfPnse GsXnepw \mdnbpambn irwKcnp kz]v\w
ImWpIbmbncnpw. Acnihpw hnImchpw sImp Rm hndp. Fnepw Rm Fs \nb{np.
C\n Hp IqSn \mWw tISm h. klnpI Xs.
^m\psnepw NqSp sImmbncnmw s]p IhmWp InSpXp. ]mhmS henp \npXp
Itm F\nsmcp AbnUnbm tXmn. Inens Im `mKp sNp Ccpp Ip\np
]mhmSpntep t\mn. Aw Ih XpSInSbn IqSn GXmp shfp ]qfp jn
Acnndp shfnn ImWmw. \ _p amXncn XSnpnb ]qdmWp. XpSnSbn jn
XnbmWp \npXv. jnbpsS \Sphnte Npfpw ]qdns hnShmsWp a\nembn.
Insmp ]nSnm a\p shn. ]mhmS Aw IqSn s]mnbmsem Fp kwibnncnptm,
Ahsfm\n. Ibv Xmtgp sImp hp ]mhmS Iqn ]qsdmp sNmdnp. Fnp ]mhmS Hp
Xmtgmp hennp. AXv s]p Fsmgpw AdnbmsX sNp Hcp ]WnbmsWp F\ndnbmw,
]mhmSbpw ukpw kmcnbpsams Ah Fsmgpw hennp sImncnpw. ]t Dj Ctm
]nSnntm Hpw kw`hnn. sNmdnXp ImcWw ]hmS Aw IqSn Dbp Fp am{Xw,
F\np ap`mKw Ipdp IqSn hyambn ImWmw. Rm\dnbmsX Fs Ibv Fs Ipbnsen.
Ah A\m XpSn. Hp cp Xmtementmtgpw Ah Inbmbn \np. Dbp
\np tbm\oXehpw CSbnse shpw ]qSbpw Fmw Rm jnp apIfn IqSn a\n
Ip. AXpw t\mn Ip Xncpptm, Ambn H\n. DjbpsS Im Ah FSpp Xmsg
hp Ah t\sc InSp. Dj sNcnp InSnp atIm AhcpsS apIfn hp Fnp
XpSbn \npw amdntmb ]mhmS apn\p Xmtgp hennp. Atbbpw sIn]nSnp Ddw
XpSp. Fs Zriyw amp. Ip XmWp. Aw IqSn AhnsS Ccpnp Rm Fgptp. Aeamcn
Xpdp Hcp josSpp. ebnv Hm^mn. tkm^bn s]mbnnSpdn.
HmI - 8
]nt Znhkw Ambnam cp t]cpw IqSn As\ ImWm t]mIms\mcpn. Fs tNn
hopw hnfnp. Rm hcpn Fp Xop ]dp, AXpw B Dj]nimNns Iqn, AhnsS
sNmepw Ah Fs hnSn. sheymbn Djtb Iqp hnfnp. Ah ]dp.
" AhnsS AnSn Ipgntbpw GbptSbpw aWambncnpw. Fs, Rm ChnsS InSp
kpJambnsmp Dds." Atm Rm hnNmcnp, B \miw t]mIpnsn Rm t]mImw
Fp.
" tNn Rm\pw hcmw."
" thsSm, Ch ChnsS Hs. R XmaknmsX hcmw. DuWn\p app Xncnspw.
\mWnb hcpImsWn ]m{Xfpw XpWnbpw IgpInbnSm ]d. "
" \np Iqmbnv Rm\pw hcpXp \Xt" Rm Hp IqSn tNmZnp.
" As\ Cw t]mI. Fs apdsdp Fsbpw t\mn ChnsS Ccpm aXn." Dj FSpp
NmSndp.
" Dtj, AXpanXpw ]dp cpw IqSn hgmIcpXp tItm." sheymbn Djsb t\mn ]dp.
" ]nt....... Ch FtmSp hgSnmt\m...? Hpan \n thKw t]mbn hm...."
Fs tZjyw Rm\Sn. cmhnse Xs IpnnimNv Fs t\tc CdnbncnbmWp. slm,
Chscmp t]mbnnnbm aXnbmcpp. Rm a\w s\mp {]mYnp.
Ah ]pds DS Xs Dj ]dp.
" FSm Rm hnkvXcnsmp Ipfnm t]mIphm. "
" Ftmp hnkvXcnp...AIp tIdn hncenp cknm\mbncnpw..." Rm a\n ]dp.
Ahsfmcp aqfnmpw ]mSn Ipfnm tIdn.
Rm Ipdp t\cw NpmXncpp Nnnp. C\n Ch t]mImsX Hcp ckhpan. Mm, kab tZmjw.
Fm ]ns Rm\pw Hp Ipfnmtem. Ahfnds. B t\cn\p Aw F tXncnmw.
Xesmcp kpJhpw Inpw. t\sc ASpfbn tIdn, shfns XnsbSpp. F In
Hgntm Hcp _pn. ]Xps epn amn, Ips\ InseSpp, Ahs tZlamkIew F
tXnp. Ibv sImp Hp cp s]cpamdnbtm Ah ]S \mbIs\ t]mse sXmnbpw hv
Fgptp \np. sXmn Fbn Xnfn, ItmSntm \ kpJw. a\ntemp,
tbmKaph\m, Znhkpnet Asbbpw tamsfbpw ]nbXv, kzw AmbnbpsS
hmbn
InSp
hneknbnt.
heymbnbpw
Djbpw
hnmbncpsn,
Cnh
IpmbnbpsS she]qdn ipm`ntjIw \Sntbt\. Mm, anv, HcpZnhkw IqSn.......

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Nnnncpp Ip XShn kpJnncnptm ASpf hmXn tZ \mWnb. XpWn t\scbnp,
Fnepw Ah kwKXn a\nemn.
Rm ]dp. " Ahcv t]mbn....]ns Dj Ipfnm\pw tIdn....Atm ]ns... Npm Hcp ckw...
\mWntn, ]mt{Xmw XpWow IgpInbnSm tNn ]dp. "
" F\ndnbmsas hnPbm, \obm apsmp amnt, Rms\mp ImWs. AtXn ]ns,
F\np Hdm ]nbnn. C\nsbm \ns Hp InpI Fp hnNmcnncnpgm h\P
t]mIp Imcyw ]dXv. Rm HmSn t]mcpImcpp, kabw IfbmsX. "
Rm XpWn AcnIntep amn. Bhiymcn hp Fdntm Fs Ip {]Xm]tmsS
Fgptp \np keyqSnm XpSn. Rm Ahs\ ]Xps XShn ImWnp sImSpp.
" Hcp oWhpan, \ anSp\mbnncnpp "
Fpw ]dp Ah ASpp hp Aht\ InseSpp. BsI samw Hp Xncpn.
" In t]mebsm...Fp sNm\mbncpp tams Dtiw, ]nSnpIfbmt\m......Rm\nt Apdp,
h\tP shnp hm t]mtc.."
" AXnw Cnsc _pnapm, tNn Fsmgpw Fs ]ndsIbpv. "
" t]mSm, \obmcnpw AhfpsS sImXhpw aWnp \SpXv....h\tPm GXp BWpfpw
Hp t\mn sImXnpw...A{Xp \ Ncm \ns Ambn....kXyw ]d \obhsf Ifntm ?..."
" \mWntNo, tZ...]dp ]dp Fs tNosS IhstS hncenSs...... thtW Ctm
Chs\ Hp Duntm......" Rm Kpems\ s]mnmWnv Hcp Xami ]dp.
" Cp Dums\mpw kaban, Chs Imcyw Hmtg Fs IhssS Ipsmgpp
XpSnbXm...tams\msgptt..."
Rm Fgptp \np. \mWnb apn \npw XpWn hitp amn, H app am{Xta Dp.
Rm tNmZnp,
" tNn Cp XmdpSpnnt....."
" Cp Xmdp ]dnsdnnp ]qdpw hncnsmm Rm hncnps...."
Ah Fs sInnSnp Fs Npn D shp, Npp hmbnemn Ddpn IpSnm XpSn.
F\np NqSmbn. Rm AhcpsS apeI InseSpp sRm XpSn. Ah Fs Hcp
IsSpp AhcpsS ImennSbntep sImpt]mbn, AhcpsS kmam\n\p apIfn shnp.
Rm Xn t\mn karamb ]qS hncepI sImv AcnIntep hIp amn. hnShntep Hcp
hnc Ibn. At...AXn\Ip \np ]i HgpIn XpSInSbntep HgpIm XpSnbncpp.
" Fs tNo, ag s]pXn\p app Xs Ipfw \ndsmgpIptm.."
" CSnanep t]mse \np shp Cu ]mcp Im agbnmsXbpw s]pMsS ]qdp
sImfamIpw tamt\...."
Rm cv hncepI AItnp. Ah Rm Ccpncp s_ns apIfn Hcp ImseSpp
hp. Ctm AhcpsS ]qdp \ Xpd ]pkvXIw t]msebmbn, CXfpI hnSp tX\n
IpXnv. \ofap IcnqS NIncn {_jv t]mse Fgptp hnSp \np. Rm hncepI
AItp Ibn. Ah kpJw sImv elcnbmb t]mse \nmSn. Fs NppInSbneqsS
]dp.
" Fs tams\.......slm.....\o anSp\msWSm Ipm........."
Ah Fs In ]nSnp hncepI AIp \npw hensSpp. Fnp, Imep s]mnbXp
sImp shfnbntep Xn h AhcpsS Npcp It ]nSnnp. Fnp ]ndp]ndpp.
" ]nSnv.....]nSnv sRcSv......tNn Hp kpJns.....F{X Znhkambn.....Rm Xs Xncppp......."
Rm In ]nSnm t\mn. AXp In \npw sXn sXn t]mIpp. ]nSn Xcpn Fs
hnc AhcpsS tX\n IpfnncnbmWp. CXn\nsS Ah ukns ASnbnes ]np ]dnp
Ifp, Fnp _eambn ukv apIfntep s]mn,
kv{]nv NmSn hcp t]mse cp Ipfm apeI shfn NmSn InSp Xpfpn. Foizcm,
Ah ASnbnsempw Cnnmcpp, HcpnXsbmWp hncnpXv. Rm apncnm amXncn
Fgptp \n Hcp ape sRp hmbnemn henp IpSnp. CXn\nsS Ipw Fs hncepIfpambnv
akcw \SpIbmWp. Hcp Xcnepw ]nSn Xcpn, Xsbpa \nanjw tXmdpw ]qdn \npw
sImgp tX IqSpX ]pdtv HgpIpIbmWp. Rm apebn \npw NpsSpnp ]dp.
" tNn Chtf ]nSnm ]pn"
" kmcansSm..... Xncpnbmepw aXnsbSm.....Xncpv.........Aan Xncpv.......AhsS sImXn Xocs......."
Ah Rcm XpSn.
AhcpsS Ah Hcp Ibv sImv AhcpsS kmam\ns apIn _eambn CSnp \n Fs
IpcmPs XesbSpnp AhcpsS ]qdn Xmtgmpw apIfntempw Dcm XpSn. \\p
IpXn ]qdns apIfn IqSn Ah sXn sXn \ncm XpSn. F\npw \ kpJhpw
Cnfnbpw, ImcWw Nnetm Ahs Hp AhcpsS ]qSbnepcppw.
" \ ckamb ]cn]mSnbm......" CXp ]dXpw Ah Ahs Xe ]nSnp ]qdn\Itp
IbnbXpw Hcpanmbncpp. hmbpw s]mfnp Xnfp \nIp B Icnqdn\Itp Fs
Ipe Ibdnbtm Fs icocamsI s]cpp Ibdn.
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" ASnp tams\....ASnp......" Rm ASnm XpSn. Aw Ip\np \ntn hsnepw
Rm Imf ]pXp t]mse ASnm {ianp. ASnptm Ah AhcpsS Ipn IqSn
Ahs\ ]qntep Ibpw. FSpptm Aht\ s]mn Ins taepcpw. Fsmcp Ie
Ifn. ]t Ah s]sv ]cn]mSn \nn.
" Fp ]n.. tNn....htm...."
" CsSm....CXp icnbmIn.....\o Cu s_ntep InSt......"
Rm s_ntep InSp. Fs Ip \ inhenwKw t]mse \ sUnbmbn apIfntep
t\mn tbm\nmbkn Ipfnv Xnfn \np. \mWnb app Acp tase hsc s]mn ]nSnp
Fnp Ihp Fs Acp apIfn Fs IpbpsS aotX \np. hndp Ip InseSpp.
s]mfnp \nIp ]qdns hmXn hp. H Ccpv. "sm....bmsXmcp DckepanmsX
]mbkm{Xn kv]q hogp amXncn Fs s]cpwIp AhcpsS aZ\Xpcns Dn
CSnp tIdn \np. Hcp \njw Ah B Ccpv Ccpp. Fs ]dnbpsS ASnn AhcpsS ]qdns
]pdt CXfpI cp hitpw hncnp InSpXp ImWmambncpp. Nfpnb aqns
Aw amXncn AhcpsS ho Npcp Iv sNcnncnpXv Rm Ip. Rm Fs
Isnp, aq hcn N XSnbn ]n]nSnXp t]mse InS Hcp ape sRp klnXw ]nSnp
Inemn XShn sRm XpSn. Ah cp apnepw Iqn s]mm\pw Xmgm\pw XpSn. B
Iqn Rm Hcp Ibv sImp In DcpnsmSpp. \nanj t\cw sImp ASnbpsS kv]oUp
IqSn. Ah AXpanXpw ]pem\pw koImc iw ]pdsSphnm\pw XpSn.
"
Fsmcp km[\amSm
CXp....Fs hmbnsepatmSm.... Fs ]qdp s]mfnp
s]mIpw.....lhq......It Aan XncpsSm......\nt....F\np hcm t]msWSm........Fs
tamt\......samte Aan ]nSnv.......tm.........Mqv.....Mqw........."
AhcpsS XSn Ipn Fs Acsn hnSnptmgpmIp v_v...._v....._v....Fs iw
sXcp sXsc tIm XpSn. ASn\pkcnv B hpeI tatempw Xmtgmpw XpnmSm\pw
XpSn. ImWm\pw kpJnm\pw \ tNep tXm s]mXn. AhcpsSbpw Fsbpw ]iI
IqSnev Fs Acsn ]XsmgpIm XpSn. ]qdp s]mptm B ]i \qep t]mse
henp \npXp ImWm \ ckambncpp. Rm In Aan XncpnsmSpp.
"Fs tams\......F\np hcpsSm...... A... A...A... .A..t\........A t\....... lmbn.... .hq.........."
Ah Fs ]pdtp hoWp InXp. izmkw hensSpp. Rm Ibv cpw hensSpv Ahtc
sIn]nSnp. Ah Fs apJhpw IhnfnIfpw DI sImp s]mXnp. AhcpsS N apeI
Fs amdp InSan hifntep XnmSn InSp.. Rm Fs Acsp ]Xps
A\nsmncpp. F\np ISn CfIn hcm XpSnbtX Dp. AXn\p apv AhcpsS AW
s]mn. AhcpsS ]qdp Fs Ipsb s]mXnncpp hnp hnp hnn. B hnepIfpsS Fw
{ItaW Ipdp hp. Ah Fs apJsp Xe Nmbvp InSp.
" tNnp aXnbmtbm....."
" aXnbmsbSm Ncpm.....Fs ]pmc Ip.....tam\p Cw tNn kpJnnp Xcmw...tItm....."
Ah Xe s]mn Fs hopw inbmbn D hp. Fnp ]Xpt Fgptp. Hcp Im
s_ns apIfn hp Ah apns Aw InseSpp. tdmkmq t]mse hnSp hmbpw
s]mfnp \nIp tbm\nbpsS Nppw shfp ]Xbpmbncpp. tX Asmgpw HgpIn AhcpsS
XpSbnSpntep Henppmbncpp. Nppap tcmamSv ]XsmnnSnncpp.
" \np tNo ....\np...."
Rm Fgptp. s_nencpp. knwlns hm amXncn s]mfnncp ]qdn\pntep t\mn.
Fs Ibv AItnp t\mn.
" th tams\....InSn NobmIpw...." Rm IsSpp. Fnp Ip\np B Xpdncp
hnShn aqp apnp aWp t\mn. Hcp ]pXnb aWw As\np Inn. HgpInsmncp
aZPens Ddhbn \np aWw. Iv Atmgpw hop \npIbmbncpp. Rm In
Hp \n. \ Dp ckw.
" C\n Cw \....F\np hmsX hcpp. Fs Ifn IgnXp sImm."
Ah Fs apJw amn, apns Aw sImp. ]qdp \mbn XpSp. XpSnv app anbtm
F`pXw ! ]qdp \mbn Hnbncnpp. Rm AtX ItmSnp t\mn. hm \mbn ASv
tNncnpp.
"
Cs\
t\mnbncpm
aXntbm....tam\p
kpJnt.....Ap
h
shw
Ifnsn.....]dnp tISm..... Ctmp Ihncnv."
Rm s_n ImepI Ccphitpanp Ihncpp. Ahcpw F\n`napJambn Ihncpp.
Ipfnnp tXmm adp t]mb IpnbpsS amXncn Fs Ip BsI \\smnbncpp. Ah
Fs Ips\ BZcthmsS InseSpp. Rm AhcpsS Atmgpw Xpdp InS apeIfn Ibv
hp, AhcpsS apJtp t\mn.
" ]nSntm Cw t]mse Fs tam ]nSntm.... Fs Ipbn Ah XShm XpSn. Rm
IpaSncpp kpJnm XpSn. ASn apX apSn hsc kuayambn Ah Ip XShm XpSn.
F\np s_n Ccnm\pw \nm\pw hm amXncn Acsp XntmIm XpSn.
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" Fs\bpp tams\...... Camtbm..... Cs\ aXntbm AtXm....s]sp thtWm....."
" Cs\ aXn.....tNn tNotS app apop amn Ct.....Cw F\np ]qdp
t\mnbncnWw.......\ ckw......." Rm aqfntmv kpJnncpp.
s]sp Ipfn apdnbpsS IXIp XpdSbp iw tIp. cp t]pw kvYe Ime t_m[apmbn.
" Atm...tNo....Dj Ipfn Ignp ]pdndn..."
R NmSnsbgptp. Rm s_n s\scbncpp. epn t\scbnp. Fnepw Fs Kpem
Xmgm Iqmnbn. \mWnb HmSn, hmjvt_kns ASpp sNp, apeI Xn Dnemn,
cp ]m{X Atmpw Ctmpw Dcpn iapmn.
Dj Xe tXmnsmp ASpf hmXn hp t\mn.
" Mm...\mWnbtbm.....Fsm hp.....kpJmtWm..? kckp FsSppp........"
H izmkn Iptd tNmZy tNmZnp.
" Rm\nsm htbpp tamsf.... " \mWnbbpsS kzcn Hcp hndbepmbncptm Fp
kwibw.
" Blm...Fs apdsdp ChnsS CcnpImtWm...."
" Dtjn s]mbn kzw tPmen t\mv.....Fs hnSv......" F\np Fsnm tZjyapmbn.
" FSm...\ns F\ns\ \ns hnSm ]pthm.....hm \app h hmt\mw
]dncnmw....hmSm......." CXpw ]dv Ah Xncnp \Sp.
" sNv tams\ sNv...." \mWnb ]dp. Fnp Ip ImWnp s]mnb ukv ImWnp. Rm
Fgptv AhfpsS ]pdsI sNp. R Fs apdnbntep Ibdn.
Ah F\np ]pdw Xncnp \np ImXn I XncpIn IbpIbmbncpp. Hcp shfp
Ac jpw aptmfw Fp anUnbpambncpp thjw. cpw ]ebnSpw \\ncpXp
sImp \mbn tXmnbn Fp tXmn. \ofap XeapSnbn \npw shw Cnp
hoWncpp. AXp AhfpsS jns ]pdw \\ncpp. CWn\p Ah IhnSbpw ]qdpw
tXmnmWntm
Fp
Rmt\mp. AhnsS \npw
shpnI Cp
hogppmbncnpw. s]sp Ah Fs ASpp hnp kzImcyn ]dp.
" Fs jn Rm Ducn AhnsS Cnpv. Cse apX CXm. \ aWw ImWpw. thtW
s]msbSpv aWtm.." CXpw ]dv Ah s]mn s]mn Nncnp. Fs ASn apX s]cpp
Ibdn. tZjyw sImp Rm hndp. Ah hopw Nncnp sImp taicnIn t]mbn \np
I CSm XpSn.
" sNdps Hcp hv.....Mm...Fm sNdpmcpw Cs\bmtWm....tlbv....A...CXp \ns am{Xw
hm...." Ah hopw Nncnp.
" lbv...CsXtmp hoWp ?....Ah Ip\nv Ftm Xmsg XpXp Ip.
" FSm..Fs Iens Hcp sImS Xmsg s]mbn...Hp t\msSm....."
" thtW t\mnsbSv....F\np a\n........"
"GSm...Fs `mhn `mshp ]dp \Sm t]mc.....CXns\ms `mhn `mcysb
klmbnWw....sImih......"
Ah hopw Xmsg Ccpp Xm XpSn. knap XdbmbXp sImv sXdnv t]mbnmWpw. Rm
t\mm t]mbn.
Aw Igntm Ah appIpn AhnSpmbncp taibpsS ASnbntep Xe \on Ibdn,
AhnsSsbms Xn.
" \miw...CsXhnsStmbn....]cXpXn\nSp Ah ]ndp]ndpp.
s]sp Fs sNIpm _pn {]hnp. F\np Imen Hcp hndb Ibdn.
iapmmsX AhfpsS ]pdIn sNp app Ipn. Ah taiSnbn \mepImen apn
\nIpIbmbncpp. Hcp hip Aeamcn, adphip taibpsS t{UmbdpI. A\m\pw
Xncnbm\pw kvYean.
Hpw aSnn. anUn apIfntep s]mn Ipnp apIfn hp. t\mnbtm jn Cnn.
]Xps CSmsap hnNmcnp ImWpw. ]iphns amXncn \nIp IpnnSbn Xn\np
]qdns AcnIpI Rm Ip. F\np lcw tIdn. Xepw hnepw Nmp InSp
tcmafp Ccp ]qdns hnShp hyw. AXn\p apIfn Npcpn \np Idp IqXn samv.
\ sNdnb ^pSv_m t]mes an\pkap NnI.
s]sp Nnbn \npw DSpp s]mnbtm Ahsfmp sRn.
" lmcmSm...hnPb\mtWmSm....FmSm \o ImWnps.....\ns Rm...."
Ah ]ndtImp \ncn \om {ianp. Ah Hcp Ibv ]pdtImp sImp hp. Rm AXn
HcSn sImSptm Ah Ibv aptmsSpp. Rm cp IbvI sImpw AhfpsS
IpnIfn XnnSnp. AtXmsS IpnI \mbn hnSp. \Sphn ]qdp IpdpIqSn hnSp.
hnShp IqSpXembn. Nmen\pnte Nphpw Fsm Hcp CebpsS Ahpw Zriyambn.
"GSm...hrnsIht\ ....FmSm \o Cu ImWnpt....amsdSm...Rm\nds...."

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Ah tZjyw sImedn. s]mdtImp Xm XpSn. Hcp Im sImv Fs Nhnn. Rm B
AIw XpSbn Aan Hcp \pp sImSpp. " lm..." thZ\ sImh hnfnp t]mbn. Hcp Ibv
sImp Ipnbn Xn]nSnnp heXp IpsS Nqp hnc Rm B ]qdn\pntep Ibn.
"lm...At.....Asm....Fp
t]m{IncamSm....\mdo
\obnmWnpt....F\np
izmkw
appsSm......FSm...IsSpsSm........Atm F\np t\mhpp..... FSm amdm "
CXpw ]dp sImv Ah ]pdtImp Xn. Atm _eambn Dntep XnnSnncp Fs
hnc Ipdp IqSn AhfpsS Inqdns Dnembn.
{]mbn Ftm Ah aqXmbncnmw, ]s icoc hennepw inbnepw Rm
Xs aqXv. F\np \njv{]bmkw Ahsf IogvsSpm km[np.
" Rm amdn....FSo \n\p Almcw Ipdp IqSpXem....\ns Cp Rm t\scbmpw....Fs
Xe t]mbmepw icn......" Rm ]pen.
" FSm....\osbm sNps Fp \n\dnbmthmSm..... Fs Cuizcm...Chs\s _emkwKw
sNpImtW.....FSm...amsdSm......" Ah Bt{Iminp.
]nSnhenbnbn AhfpsS Xe taimen sNnSnp.
" Asm...As.... \ns Rm ImWnp XcmsaSm..." Ah ]nsbpw ]pdtImp Xn t\mn.
ChW hnc apgph Dnembn. tbm\oaknepI sImv CdpnnSnncp AhfpsS
sNcnqhns NqSv Fs hncen IqSn Rm\dnp. Fs RcpIfpw NqSmbn Rm hnc
AInsmp Idn.
" Atm...F\np t\mIpsSm....." AhfpsS tbm\n aknepI Ah _etmsS ]nSnncpXp
sImp F\np \ ckw tXmn. shw t]mImsX izmkw apn InS Fs Ip s]mn \np.
]qn Ibdn \n hnc Xn]nSnp sImp Xs Rm AhfpsS IqXnbn CSXp Ibv hnc
Xn. XncpIn Ibm t\mn. ]t Ibdnbn. IqXn \ _eambn ASncnbmbncpp.
Ahp s\mp ImWpw.
"" slSm...\osbp sNpImSm... FSm F\np apm\pw Xqdm\pw ]nsSm.... "
" FSo Dtj... abntc..... \nt Rm _emkwKw sNm s]mIpIm.... Rm samdsdp
XsbmSo...."
Rm IqXnbn \np hncseSpp. Fnp B hncepw IqSn ]qntep ISn. Ah hmhnp
Icp.
" Fs s]mp hnPb\s....FSm...F Hpw sNtSm....Rm ]mhamSm........ Rm \ns
tNnbtSm......Fs hnsSSm...."
Hpw Fs sNhnbn Ibdnbn. Rm sXmqdp Un{Knbn \n Fs Ip AhfpsS hnSp
\n Nphp ]qhns hmXnen sImp shp. Atmgpw Ah AdnbmsX ]pdtImp
XnsmncnpIbmbncpp.
cp Ipw Iqn ]qdp Rm AIn]nSnp, Fnp Fs IpbpsS Xe hmXnen\Itp
Ibn. H Xv. shfnsbpsS sagppmbncpXp sImmImw ]IpXntbmfw AIp Ibdn.
" slt...." Ah \nehnfnp. ]s iw A[nIw ]pdp hn.
" Hbpmp ]qdn tamtf....\ns Cu ISqdp Rm Iodnfbpw.."
Rm `ojWnsSpn. ]ns Ah iapmnbn. Icp sImncpp. Fs Ip Ipsds
aptmv Bn Xnsmp Rm tNmZnp.
" C\n Fs Ifnbmpthm..."
" C....."
" CXmtcmsSnepw ]dbpthm"
" C....F\np t\mIpst...."
" AXp amdntmfpw....."
" C\nsbs hnsscSm...Rm Hpw ]dbn......"
Atmsgpw Fs Ip apmepw AhfpsS ]qn \ndp Ignncpp. Ibdp sImp
hcnp sInb amXncn Fs Inptb AhfpsS tbm\n CdpnnSnncpp. ]ns Rm
Xnbn. F\np shw hcptam Fp kwibw tXmn. Rm hopw tNmZnp.
" F\np \ns Hp Ifnm Xcpsam...?..."
" Fm Ifnbm...."
" FSo Cu...Ifn Xs...\ns ]m Xcpthmp.....]dsbSo Igpthdn tamtf....."
" Atm...Xcmw......kXyambnpw Xcmw..... Fs hnSv...Fs hnPbm......"
" C\n Fs D]{Zhnm Fs kz`mhw a\nembtm....."
" Mqw....a\nembn...."
Rm ]pdtImp amdn. Hcp "]vv" itmsS Ip AhfpsS ]qn \npw Ducntmp. Rm
Fgptp amdn ]pdtImp Xncnp. Rm Hp sRn. AhnsS hmXn \mWnb
\npmbncpp. Fs kIe `mhfpw amdn. Rm ]gb hnPb\mbn. Fs Ip Xms\ XmWp.
\mWnb Fs Hncpn t\mnbnp ASpfbntep henp.

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Dj Icp sImv ]pdtImp \ncn \on, AhnsS \nep Xs Ccpp. Ipdp t\cw
AhnsSbncpp Icp. Rm AXp t\mn \np. F\nv Hpw sNm\mbn. F\npw Dn
hfsc thZ\ Dmbn. Rms\n\nXp sNbvXp. AhfpsS Icn Itm F\np
klnm\mbn. Ipdp t\cw Icnp Ah Fgptp. Fgpttm Ah hogm
t]msbnepw Ah \nhp \np. \Sm XpSn. ImennSbn thZ\bpsp
apJ`mhnepw \Snepw \npw a\nembn. Rm Xmm\mbn Ibv \on. inbmbn Ahfm Ibv
Xnfp. Fnp thp thv Inen t]mbn InSv GeSnp Icbm XpSn. Rm
hmXn t\mn \np. Aw Ignv Rm ASpfbntep sNp. \mWnb Fs t\sc
t\mnbn.
" \mWntn...." Rm hnfnp.
" FtmSp anm............\ns Cs\b Rm hnNmcnXp. "
" tNn Rm tZjyw aqtm.....AdnbmsX......."
" FSm....arK t]mepw CanmX Hcp s]ns s]mdp tIdn.....\o AXns\m
tamiambnsmbtm tamt\....."
" tNo.....Rm Adnp sIm...... ]ntmbn...."
F\np Icn hp. Rm hnnsmntmbn....taibn NmcnnSv Rm Icp.
\mWnb hss ASpncpp.
Fs Icn XocpXp hsc Ah Hpw annbn. a\ns `mcw Ipdtm. Rm Xe
s]mn. Fs ]pdp XtemSn Ah ]dp.
" kmcan. C\n AtXmp hnjans. BtcmSpw ]dbptIw th. adp If. ...B sImnt\mSp
t]mbn amp ]d."
"
Ahss ]t shdpmbncpp. CXpw IqSnbmbtm....C\n Ahsfs t\mpI
t]mepan.......t]ms....Ahsfp sNpImp t\ms....."
Rm apdnbntep sNp. antep Ipw \p InSpIbm\p. Ip\o Asmgpw HgpIppv.
Fs Ah t\mnbn.
" Dtjo..." Rm hnfnp. Ah annbn. Rm InencnIn appIpnbncpp.
"tNo....Rm....tZjyhpw Acntimw IqSnbw .....Fs tNn.... FtmSp s]mdpv.. .Rms\m
thtWepw sNmw......"
Ah antep t\mn HnSmWp. Io HgpIppv. F\np hfsc hnjaambn.
Rm AhfpsS Hcp Ibv ]nSnnp ]dp.
" F\nv Atcw Hcp t_mt[manmcpp tNo.......Fs XptIm sImptIm sNbvtXm...Fmepw
FtmSp Hp anv tNo..."
Rm ]Xps Imtep \ncn. Fnp B Imen sInnSnp Icp. Fs Dn
DjtbmSp C{Xbpw kvt\lapmbncpsp Ap F\np a\nembn. Ipnmev Hncn
IfnptIw Xp IqSptIw sNbvXnpXbncpp. apXntm Ah amdntmbXp AhfpsS
Ipatm.
Ipdp Igntm Ah Im hensSpp. Fnp hnn hnn ]dp.
" \ntmSp F\ns{X Camcpp Fp \n\dnbmsam...B FtmSm \o IntmcbnmsX CXv
sNbvXXv.... Zp\m \o...."
" F\npw tNntb hnamcpp....]s tNn Fs Hncn Ifnbmnbw.... F\np
Acniambntmbn...."
" Mv lm.... Hcp IWn\p Rm\m sXpImcn....\ns Hncn.....Rm D]{Zhnp......"
" Fs s]mp tNo...Fs Fp thtWepw C\n ]dtm....... FtmSp s]mdpp Fsmp
]d......Csn Rm ChnsSInSp NmIpw....kXyam ]dt....." F\np Icn \npn.
a\nte Cujy Fmw Iocmbn Henp t]mIs.
" B... F\np \ntmSp Hpw tZjyan......... Fmw Fs hn[n......" C{Xbpw tItXmsS
F\nmizmkambn, Rm AhfpsS Ibv ]nSnp.
"At{Xw tIm aXn... hm Fgptp apJw IgpIv....I Rm XnsbSpp Xcmw..."
" \o ChnSncnv....."
Rm hopw \nep app Ipnbncpp.
" C\n \osbs tNn Fp hnfnt Bhiyan.....t]cp hnfnm aXn...thWsan FSopw
hnfnmw......"
" Asm, AsXs\bm...Rm tNosS CfbXs..."
" CfbXm....]t Cp apX \obm..Fs `mhm......"
" Atm ...tNnp Fp ]n..... Cs\sbms ]dbm.." F\np ]cn{`aambn.
" F\np ]nbXv \n\dnbtWm.....Zm...t\mv...." Ah anUn henp apIfntep amn, Fnp
ImepI Aw AIn. Rm AhfpsS ImennSbntep t\mn. Ccp\ndnep AhfpsS
Hma\]qdp ]cp InSpv. AhnsS Hn]nSnncnp tbm\nZffpw \\pv Ccp \ndnep
tcmafpw. ]ns tcma hf XSnpnb tbm\o Xehpw Rm Ip. Hntncnp
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\o hnShns ta`mKmbn DdnnSp Ipw Ip. hnShncnIn Xepw hnepw
sNdnb tcma ]nWp InSpp. Cse cm{Xn jnSnbn I A ImgvN Ctm Rm
icnp Xpdp ImWpp. ]t F\np hnImcapmbn.
" ChnsS.....{]tXyInv Hpantm tNo.........]ns tcmaw hXpw ]dnp t]mbnmWpw....AXm
thZ\npXv......."
" Asnepw \osbmpw ImWn...... Rm ImWnp Xcmw...\ntmSv C\nbpw F\nsmpw Hfnp
shm\ntm...Fmw henp ]dnp sXmdp IXt. tZ...t\mv....Ip sXmdp t\msSm....."
Ah Fgptp Hcp Ibv ]pdtImp Ipn Nmncpp. Fnp at Ibv sImv ]qdns
Zf Aw AIn. Atm B hnShn \npw cp aqp c XpnI HgpIn
shfnbntendn. Hcp hnc sImv Rm AXp tXmnsbSpp t\mn. Rm t]Snp t]mbn.
" Atm...CXv tNmcbs......" Rm hmXmbn.
" AsX....tNmc Xs.....\o Cp Fs I\yImXzw \innp. ....Adntbm \n\p. Fs `mhns
AhImiamcpp. AXv.... AXp sImm ]dXv..\o Fs `mhmsWp... " Ah hopw
Icbm XpSn. " C\nsb\nsmpan. Fmw \inp. Fmw ...\o ImcWw..."
F\npw hnjaambn. Fs iw hndp. Rm ]dp.
" IcbmsX tNn.... FtmSp anv.....thn hm Rm tNntb sIpw...Fmepw tNn
hnjanmsX... Fssmv C\n bmsXmcp ieyhpw DmIn. Rm Cw Fs hon
s]msmfmw..."
Rm AhfpsS ]mhmS t\scbnp. F\np Ahtf Ibv ]nSnsgptnp. tXmfn Xmn,
Ipfnapdnbn sImp t]mbn. Xmn ]nSnp.
Ah aqp Non, apJw IgpIn, s{^jv Bbn shfnbn hp, apJw XpSm Rm
tXmsSpp sImSpp. Xmm XpSnbtm Ah thsp ]dp.
Ah Inen sNncpp. Rm\pw ASpncpp. hndp IsSpp AhfpsS Xebn XShn.
Fs IpI \ndncpp. Ah Atmgpw aqp Non, anUnbn XpSp. Fs t\sc t\mn.
agnSbn shbnse t]mse Hcp ]pncnbpsS anemw Rm B apJp Ip. Hcp
Ip\opn hopw In s]mSnbpp. Rm AXp Fs hnc sImv XpSp Ifp.
Fnp B apJw ]Xps Fntep Nmbvp. bmsXmscXnpw CmsX Ah Fs tXmftp
Nmp.
" tNn Hp InStmfp......." Fgpsp ^m\ns kv]oUp Iqn, Rm Ahsf Hcp ]qhns\sb
t]mse Xmn InSbntep InSn. InSp sImhsfs t\mn. Rm Ip\nv B
s\nbn Hcp shp. Fnp ]Xps a{np.
" Fs ]mhw s]mpj tNn "
" Mqlpw.....tNnb.....s]mpj Fp ]d......" Rm annbn.
Ah Fs apJw s\ntbmSan ]nSnp ]dp.
" ]d....s]mpj......"
" Mqw......s]mpj...." Rm t\scbncpp. InIn t\mn, Ahfpdn.
Rm IXIp Nmcn ASpfbntep sNp.
HmI - 9
ASpfbn \mWnb Ftm hdpItbm s]mcnpItbm Hs sNpp. Rm sNp
s_n Ccpp.
" Djsbty hnPbm ?.."
" tNn Hdn" Rm ]dp.
" thZt\w otWmw ImWpw. Hdntmt." Ah ]dp.
" \mWnto... tNn CXdnbcpXv tItm..... ]ns Rm ....F\nv......"
" Css tamt\......Rm\nsX{X IXm.... hnPb\nXp adp If.....Dmdmtbm...tNmdp hnfmw.."
" th......Ahcv hcpthmp t\mt..."
Hcp aWnbmbtmtgpw Ambnam Xncnp hp. `bc NqSmbncpp. Ipdp \Spw ImWpw.
Atmtgpw \mWnb `Ww Xmdnbncpp.
" Fmen\n DuWp Ignnp aXn, Ipfnbpw _mnsbmt.." shenbmbn Xocpam\np. Fmhcpw
DuWp Ignm\ncpp.
" DjsbhnsS..." h\tPn tNmZnp.
" Dtjn HdpIm...." Rm ]dp.
" CsXm ]Xnhnm Hdw..." sheybmbn Fgptp apdnbntep t]mbn. Aw Ignp
Xncnp hp.
" Ahp \ Hdw...tNmdp tht{X...."

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" sISs......\n t]mbngnv ChnsS \ tafambncpp." \mWnb XpSn. Rm Ipw
angnncpp. Cuizcm, Chscn\m `mhw.
" cpw IqsS `bc _ltfmw , Hmhpw Xpw.......Ahkm\w Djtam Imep FhnsStbm Xn hoWp.
]ns Rm sNp Xncpn....Cw \Sm Cnsc shjaw. Rm ]dv sIStmfm. HWcpw
sicnbmIpw."
" F\np tXmnbXm, cnt\w IqSn hntp t]mbm Fsnepw HmIpsap. Cs\ Hcp
hmbmSnsv. tams\ hnPbm, \n\p anp IqsS...." shenbmbn tamsf IpsSpn.
Rm Hpw anmsX `Ww sXmSmsX Fgptp. s]p In In t\mn
angnncpp.
t\sc apdnbnsen. Djtb hnfnp. Ah Ip Xpdp.
" Dtjn....hm... hp tNmdpv."
" F\np shin...\n Igntmfp..."
" Fp ]dm ]n. ht ]q....hm..." Rm Ahtf ]nSnsgptnp.
" F\np thsp ]dnt..." Dj tZjytmsS ]dp. Fs `mhw amdn.
" " FgptsSo...." Rm isamXpn Bt{Iminp. Ah Fs apJp t\mn, Fnp
]Xps Fgptp. Rm Ahtf \Sm klmbnp. Ipfnapdnbn tIdn Ah hmXneSp. Aw
Ignp Ah shfnbn hp. apJsams IgpIn, s{^jmbnv. Rm Xmm Ibv \on. Ah
thm Fp BwKyw ImWnp. R DuWp apdnbntep sNp.
" Blm...Ch hnfntm Ah hqtem....Atm cpw IqSn ASpp Fp kmcw..."
shenbmbnbpsS Iav. DSs\ h\tPnbpsS hI.
" Fs Go, ]nmcs, Cs\ Hsbm..."
" tamfp hoWtg Rm ]nSnp s]mn Xncpn, At ImWmcpp Imte Ct{Xw henb
\ocv...Cw Imens thZ\ Dsm tamtf...? \mWnb tNmZnp. Dj BZyw Hp Amfnp.
\mWnbbpsS apJp t\mnbtm Ftm a\nembn. ]ns ]dp.
" thZ\ Ctm hfsc Ipdhpv.....\Sm Cnsc shjaw..."
" AXp kmcan. shbnemdpw amdntmfpw."
Ibv IgpInsmncptm Dj HXpn FtmSp tNmZnp.
" Fmw \mWnbtbmSp hnfn At.."?
" A, Ahcv Fmw Ip....."
Dj Hp sRn.
" Cuizcm...\mWtSmbsm..... Fs Hcp \mns KpWw... hn[n Xs......" Ah Icbpsa
ambn.
" Cto, Ahcv ]mham...BtcmSpw ]dbnsp FtmSp kXyw sNbvXnsmv..."
" B......Bdnbmw..." Dj s\Sphonp.
DuWp Igntm shenbmbn t]mIms\mcpn.
Dj Hcpnbn, Ah AtbmSp ]dp.
" At,...Rm cp Znhkw ChnsS \nnp hcmw..."
" \n\smncn ]Tnm\nt tamtf..."
" kmcan...AXp Rm amt\Pv sNbvtXmfmw..." IptsS IqsS Rm cp Znhkw \ntmt..."
" ChnsS \nt Go...." h\tPnbpw ]nmn. ]ns henbmbn Hpw ]dn.
t]mIm t\cp Ah Djsbbpw Ftbpw hnfnp \nn ]dp.
" tamtf...\ns hmbmSnw ]dp...Chs\ shjanncpXv.... AXp t]mse...tam\pw Hpw
Imcyam tItm.... Chsfmcp shInfnsm...hgsmpw Dmp..... cp t]pw Hmtcm D
Xp Ah bm{Xbmbn.
cm{Xn sISm t\cw tNn ]dp.
" Djp hmXs....Ah \ns Inse sIStmt.... hgp ]nSn. \o Cp Cu
tkm^mbn InSm aXn."
DjtbmSp ]dp.
" \o IXISp sIStm...Ch tZjyw ]nSnncnym.. tZjyw hm Fn\pw aSnmtm\m...."
Ah Hpw ]dn. apdnbn tIdn IXISp, ebnWp. Rm knnv dqanse tkm^mbn
Ccpp nhn Hm sNbvXp, ZqcZi\n Ftm Hcp lnn ]cn]mSn. Rm AXpw t\mnbncpp.
Fs a\p ashnsS Hstbm kcnbmbncpp. Rm Hcp Zp\mbn amdpIbmtWm.. Fs
a\p Imbn amdptm. Ctm F\np s]ns hnNmcw am{Xta Dq. AhcpsS apeIfpw
Acspw Fs Zu_eyw Bbn amdnsmncnpp. FmWp ImcWw...Fs Akm[mcW
henap Fs enwKamtWm...AtXm Rm Hcp ]pcpj Btbm....Fs NnI ImSp
IbdnsImncpp. Hw Snhnbnse ihpw... kabw t]mbXv Rm\dnn.

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Fs cp tXmfnepw Hcp XtemS htm Rm Nnbn \npw sRnbpWp ]pdtImp
t\mn. Fs ]pdIn Dj. ]mhmSbpw ukpw, apSn Agnv hnXnnncnpp. apJp {]k
`mhw.
" Dtjn Ddnbnt...?" Rm tNmZnp.
" iv iv iv......... ]Xps.." Amhs InS apdnbpsS hmXn Nqn Ah Nqp hnc Npn
hp BwKyw ImWnp. Fnp Fs IqsS tkm^bn hncpp.
" Dtjn CXp htc Ddnbnt...?"
" Ddw hn..."
" Fp ]n..."
" F\ndnbn...Ddw hn....." Ah Fs tXmfnsep Xe Nmbnp.
" DjtnstmSp tZjyaptm..."
" C. \ntmSv F\np Hcnepw tZjysSm km[nptIe.."
" Fn tNn Fs aSnbn InSpdntm..."
" th....Rm Cv Ddpn..."
" ]ns tNn Cu cm{Xn X]ncnm t]mIphm...?..."
" Fs tNn Fp hnfncpsXp Rm ]dXt.."
" ]ns Rm Fp hnfnpw.."
" `mcytb hnfnpXp t]mse hnfntm..."
" hnfnmw...FSo Dtj....\o Fn\m Ddanfps..?.."
" Fs `mhp hcq...Rm ]dbmw..."
Ah Fgptp Fs Ibv ]nSnsgptnp. Fs apdnbntep sImpt]mbn. Inen Fs
]nSnncpn, hmXn ASp Ipnbnp. ebnnp. Fs Hw Inen hncpp, Fs Hcp Ibv
]nSnp XShn.smncpp, Hpw anmsX.... F\nsmcp hndb.... Hcp kvYePe{`aw. Rm
t]Snp t]mbn, ]IetXns {]XnImcw sNm\mtWm `mhw. h Intbm atm InSSnbn
Hfnp shnmtWm Cu {]IS\w. Aw Ignp...Hcp Hmbn \ns t]mse Ah ]dp.
" F\nss `mhn\p sImSp hmp ]menWw.."
" hmtm... F\ntm ?..."
" C{X s]sp adtm.. ?."
" B....F\n{X ....Hm.....hcpn...."
Fs tXmfntep Nmcn sNhnbn Ah ]dp.
" Fs Ip\np \nn..... kq{Xw sImv taiSnbn Xdp \nn kXyw sNnXp adtm...?..."
" tM...AtXm..... AXn\p..............Rm\pw ]ns hgn\p hntm.." Rm Hcp kam[m\
kvYm]I\mbn.
" Atm...AX...."
" ]ns ?...."
Ah Fs Ibv hnp. cp Ibv sImpw Fs apJw Xmgvn Fs Ihnfn apJapcpn,
AhfpsS NqSp izmkw Fs IhnfneSnp, Hw AhfpsS apJns Kw Fs aqnepw. Ah
sNhnbntep ]dp.
" Ftm Ifnm Xcmsap Fssmp kXyw sNntX..... Cw AXp Xcm Rm
sdUnbm...."
" AXv...Rm....Acniw htm.....Fsmstbm ]dp.... F\np Dtj t{ZmlnWsap Hcp
tXmepw Cmbncpp. ...As\ ]ntmbn.....F\np Ctm DjtbmSp Hpw ]nWan...Cta
Dp..."
" Cw am{Xta Dp....?...]ns Fs sImsap ]dtXm...."
" AXv...thn hm ............Ftbpp.... Ctm Djp sImgw Hpantm...."
" Hv....F\nnw sImgsamv....sImgw am{Xta Dp...."
" CXp sImgw A....Igm...\n\p...."
" AtX, Igsn Igp Xs....." CXpw ]dv Ahsft Inentep adnnp, Fs
s\nsep InSnp Fs s\nbnepw Ihnfpw D hp, Fnp ]dp.
" Fmte.... Fs \o sInbm aXn..."
" Fn\m Dtj... \fp....Rm...\nsmfpw sNdpXt....{]mbnepw ]Tnnepw Fmw..."
Ahsfs s\ntep apeI apnm XpSn. Fs t\tc apIfntep tIdnnSp. Fsbpw
AhfpsSbpw IhnfpI HnbmWp InSpXv. Fs Kpem s]mnpSn. AXp AhfpsS
]mhmSp apIfn XpSIfn appXp Rm\dnp.
" ]t hnPb Ftmfpw Bfp F{Xtbm hepXm.....Fsm Rm \nsm
aqXmsWp Bscnepw ]dbptam..."
Fs s\n AhfpsS apeI IqSpX Aap XpSn. apSnpcpfpI Imn Fs
apJtpw ]dm XpSn.

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" F\np \ns aXn..... " Ah ]ndp]ndpp, Fnv Fs NppI hmbnemn. Fs Hpw
]dbm A\phZnn. Fs IbvI Rm\dnbmsX Ahsf sInnSnp. Fs apnSnbn Ip
_ew ]nSnp, ]t AhfpsS ]mhmSSnbn Ah\p kzmX{yanmbncpp.
izmkw apnbtm RfpsS NppI AIp. Ah IbvappI s_n Ipn \nhp,
Fnp ]dp.
" \ns Cu _ew F\nsgpw Cambncpp. ]t Rm AXp ]pdv ImWnnn. Rm
aqXt. Bm Fp ]dbpw.... \ns Rm AXp sImm Fgpw ipTn ]nSnnXp.....Fs
Cw sImp am{Xw...." Rm annbn, Fp adp]Sn ]dbpw. Ah hopw Ip\nv Fs
Npn D hp.
" FmSm s]mm.....\o Hpw anms..... Fs Casnepw Cp Rm \ns _emkwKw
sNpw. Fs \o Dp sNbvX t]mse...."
" F\np Dtj ]t Cm....\ns aWw htc..... \o DSp XpWn htc...Rm ......."
" F\ndnbmw Fs sImp Im.... "
Ah hopw Fs apJtp hoWp, Fs apJp sXcp sXsc D shm XpSn. AhfpsS
izmktatm F\npw elcn tIdn. Rm Ahtf adnnp apIfn tIdn, AhfpsS cp
hipw ImepIfnp app Ipnbncpp. Ah C\nsbv F `mhn Fs t\mn.
" Fs _emkwKw sNm s]mIphmtWm...? Ah Hcp hm `mhn tNmZnp.
" AtXSo... `mtcy...."
" Fm Hp thKw sNSm..... apmfm "
Rm Ip\np AhfpsS s\n apX Xmtgmv D shm XpSn. Ahsfs DdpSw
sInnSnp. ISp InSp Fs Npw_\ Gp hmn. ]mXn ae B ]hng NppI
hndncpp.
" Fs hnPbm....Fs Ipm...." Ah IpdpIn.
Rm Ipdp IqSn Xmtgmncpp Fs NppI AhfpsS Igpnepw sNhnnSbnepw HmSn \Sp.
Ah ]nSenbnpcpn, Fs DIp thn. Fs NppI Xmtgmndn amdp Fn,
ukn\p apIfn IqSn Rm\m Ips\ Dbp \n \ndIpSfpsS apIfn arZphmbn ISnp.
" iv iv iv....Mqw.....Mqw....."
hnImcw sImh ioImc iapmn. ImepI IqnXncpn. ]mhmS Ah apIfntep
henp. Xgp \n Fs sImphnPb AhfpsS appInSbnembn. Ah Aht\ ImepI
sImp sRcnp. Ah Xsm AhfpsS apeIfn Xncpm XpSn. Ah Xnfm
XpSnbncpp. Rm AhfpsS ukns lppI Ducm {ianp. Ah AsXmw s]sp
Ducn Xp. Rm ukv cp hitpw Xpdp. Ahftm {_m [cnncpn. apdnIp Hcp
{]tXyI {]Imiw ]cnsmv B shpeI Fs apn Xnfn. Rm ukv apIfntep
henp. Ah Xebpbn IbvI s]mnXp. Rm AXqcn amn. Fsmcp Imgv. \mfpIfmbn
Rm kn Ip sImncp B I, Idp tcma \nd, Fs kn
am{Xw Incp, Kn IqSn am{Xw Adnncp I. B Imgv Fs IqSpX
D\mn. Hfnp t\mn Fpw sImXnncp, Fs Fpw {`mp ]nSnnncp s\nte B
amXfg Fs apn F\nmbn am{Xw Ctm...Rm Hcp an\pv AhbpsS `wKn BkzZnp.
shfp tXmapdnI Iagvn sht]mse. Ctmgpw hfp sImncnp kbnskm
apeI. ukn\pn C{Xbpw henw tXmnbncpn. Xhnp \ndn Xnfp apepI
\Sphn DWapncn amXncn Idp sNdnb sRpI. Acp apIfn \bmbn shfpp Iq
apeIfpw Imn aep InSp Ahtf ImWm \ `wKnbmbncpp. A\sampw
ImWmXncpXn\m Bhmw Ah Ip Xpdp tNmZnp.
" Fm \nn Ift...?..."
" Rm \ns Cu Nc apeI Hp ImWphmcpp..."
" Im am{Xw aXntbm..."
" t]mcm...F\nnXv cpw ISnp XnWw...."
" Xntm...Cw t]mse Xntm...AXn\t sXmdp XXv.... thKw XnsSm...... s]mp Ipm...."
Ahsfs XeapSnbn ]nSnv Fs apJw Xmgvn apeIfn shan. Rm apeIfpsS \Sphn
\mhan t\mn. s]mSnp \n AhfpsS hnbp XpnIp Fsmcp cpNn. B hnbns
amZIKn AhfpsS {_mbpsS aWw F\ntm hp. C\nsbn\p {_m. CSt apebn
]nSnp sImv AhfpsS het Ipbn Intep Fs aqp tNp. B amZI Kw
Fs Xetmdnse a Cfn. hnImcw sImp \\p hnb B Idp tcmafn
Rm \n. Fsmcpv. Fsmcp elcn. CXmbncpp Rm Hfnpw ]mpw aWncp elcn. B
Ifn Rm \nbtm Ahnnfnbmbn.
" Fm Cu ImWnps....AsXs Iam..... hnbXm....aWpw..."
" aWsSo...Cu aWam F\np thXv.... \ns Cu apSn aWw Fs hp
]nSnnXm...\n\dnbmatm..."
" F\ndnbmw...Fs {_mbpw jnbpw aWp \S t]mncn... \ntm... Cw t]mse..."
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Ah hop apnsmp InSp Xp. Ipdp Igntm Ah tNmZnp.
" \n\p Iw am{Xw aXntbmSm...Im...? "
" t]mcm... Fmepw Fs sImXn Xonn..... "
Rm ]Xps AhfpsS amdtp hopw apJw Nmbvp. B Ipfn apeI amdn amdn
InsemXpn Aan. Ahp AXnsp. Ah kpJw sImp Rcm XpSn. Rm
AhbpsS ta\nIfn Fs IhnfpI Dcp. Fsmcp an\pkw, Fsmcp amhw. Ah AhfpsS
IbvI sImp B apesRpI Xncpn henp \onbnp ]dp.
" Fs ape IpSnmthm... s]mp Ipm.... "
Ahfm sRpI Fs hmbntep shp Xp. sNdnb sRpIfmbncpXp sImv hmbn
Innbn. Rm apepIfpsS hmbn hp henon. Ah apeIfpsS Nppw Ibv sImp
Xn Fs hmbntep IqSpX hp Xnp ]dp.
" slm...Fsmcp kpJw.... hnSmsX IpSnsSm... lqw....." Fnp apJapbn Fs apSnbn D
shp sImncpp. Ipdp Igntm Ah ]dp.
" F\nnXp t]mcm....Fs Fsnepw sNSm... Csn Rm\nw...."
Ah InSp sRfn]ncn sImp.
s]v Igns aq[\ynsen Fs\np a\nembn. C\n Imcyambnssnepw
sNbvXnsn Ah Fs sImpw. Rm Xe Xmtgmp henp. ]pn pgnbn \man.
Fs \mv ]pnfn \npw hbdp hgn Xmtgmngp. Ah InSp ]pfp. ]mhmS Fs
\mhns\ XSp. Rm ]mhmSbpsS sIgnm t\mn. AXdn Ah Isnv sIgnp.
Rm AXv ImepIfn IqSn Xmtgp henp amn.
Bene hbdn\p Xmtg, asmcp BenebpsS BIrXnbn {XntImWn apdnp h Inw
t]mse AhfpsS Hma\]qdp Rm Ip. XSnp s]mn \n B ]oT`qanbn Idp tcma
Npcpv Aan InSncpp. BZyambn
Hcp sImp s]ns\ Rm \bmbn t\cn
ImWpIbmWp. hnImc]chibmbn AatbmsS Fs IbvIfpsS IpkrXnIp thn ISp
InSp cXotZhn. Hcp \nanjw Rm t\mnbncpp t]mbn. BIrXnsbm A sh apeI B
icocn\p IqSpX AgtIIn. XSnpnb tbm\o Xens \Sphn \npw XpSn B
shpSIfpsS kwKa kvYm\tp t]mbn tNcp, Xoc Dcpncp, sNdptcma
Ie, AhfpsS ]qm B I\yIbpsS \ta\nbpsS amZIXzw ]XnSmn.
\mWnbbpsStbm, kckphnstbm t]mse Iodens \Sphn Hpw Xn \nncpn. Bcpw
sXmSm Inqdt. Fs Ip Dp Hp sXmXp am{Xw. FhnsS XpSWw FdnbmsX
Rm ]Incpp. Ch, Cu cXn tZhXtb F\np am{Xambn thWw, Rm a\nepdp.
A\sampw ImWmsX Ip Xpdp t\mnb Dj IXp InamsX AhfpsS ]qdntep
t\mn ]cnkcw adp \np FsbmWp. kv{XoklPamb e sImmImw Hcp Ibv
FSpp Ah ]qdp s]mn ]nSnp. at Ibv sImv Ipw s]mn InSp. ]ns Rm
Xmaknn. Fs app ]dnp Ifp. InsemXpm Fs Ip InseSpp Rm hnfnp.
" Dtj... Ctmp t\mnt......\n\nXp thtWm......"
Ah Ip Xpdp t\mn. XpembpsS \Spngp amXncn \np Fs Ip Ih
Amfnp.
" Foizcm...CsXm CumWtW.... CsXp sNm\m...?
" Ip X....FSo CXv Cv Dp \ns sImXn tIdnb AtX km[\w Xsbm..."
Rm AhfpsS ]qdp s]mnbncp Ibv ]nSnp amn.
" Atm....hnPbm...F\np t]SnbmIpp. Fs hncep Xs Inm tIdps....]ns CsXs\...?
" Aw \o hncenSpw Cs......"
".....AXv.....htmgpw \ns....Hmpw... IqpImcnI \o Fs apdsdps\p ]dbpw...]ns
\o Fs XpWn aWptXmpw.... F\nhnsS sNmdnnep t]mse tXmpw ...Atcw... "
" Gstbmp \o hncenSpw AtSn....InIpdno....."
Rm AhfpsS Acsntep apJw Ip\np. s]mnnSnncp Ibv henp amn. AhnSamsI
D shm XpSn. hbdnepw ]qXSnepw tcmafnepw Hs. AhfpsS tbm\nbpsS ]pXp aWw
Fs D\mn. ]p sImv B tbm\nmens Xoc Iqn ISnp. \mhnp \n. kpJw
sImh ImepI Iqnin. Rm\m ImepI AIn. Fnp t\sc apnencpv ASp
tNncp ]qmens ASn apX tatemp \m XpSn. Atmfm hnShp Ipsds Xpdp
hp. AXn \npw AhfpsS amZI tX XpnI HgpIn Cdm XpSn. B tX IW
Rm \nsbSpp IpSnp. AhfpsS IqXn s]mpw Rm hnn. Hpw Npfnhnm IqXn s]mv.
AhnsS \nbtm Ah Fs apJw Xnamm {ianp sImp ]dp.
" At... AXp XqdpnSam....AhnsS hrntISm....\m.... hnPbm....."
" Aw appnSp \mw Ct.......Cw CsXms F\np \ hrnbm....\o A\msX
InSSo s]t........."
Xpdp h ]qdn \npw tX XpnI s]mnsbmgpIn. Rm AXp \npSnp
sImtbncpp. \mItp Xnbtm B s]m ]qdns Zf Fgptp hp.
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Rm\hbn ISnp tatmp henp. Ah kpJw sImp XpnmSn. Rm hopw apIfntep
\p XpSp. Insenbtmtgpw AhfpsS ]qdns {]tZiw apgph tX sImv \\p
IpXnp Ignncpp. In Rm aqpw \mpanpckn. IbvI sImp ]qdp \mbn
hnSn ]nSnp. Fnp Rm\m Nph hnS tdmkmqdn s]mnb Nph Iv NppI
sImp ISnsSpp hmbnemn sRmn \pWp..
" Fs hnPbm....Fs kpJw sImp sImss Ipm..... AtX Hncn \v....Atm...\
kpJw....Fs At..... F\np shWw ....\ns kq{Xw FSpItmp tIv....."
" \n\p t\mIpw tamtf......Dp \ns km[\w Iodnbncnphm..... \app ]ns shmw......"
" \osbSpp shnsn....Rm ]nSnIp shpw.... FSpp shSm...... F\np IhntS
AXpt]mse IgpsSm....."
" shmw [rXn ]nSnmsX...C\ow ]Wn sISpssbmsSo abntc.....hp Xcmw...... ..."
Ahp ISn klnm hmXmbn Fs\np a\nembn. Ahsfs Xe]nSnv
]qntean. tatempw Iotgmpw Dcp. ImepI sImss hcnp. Rm Hcp Ibv
Fnp apeIfn amdn amdn XShn. sRpI sRcSn. at IpsS \Sphnc ]Xps ]qdntep
Xnbn. hgphgp tX HgpIppmbncpsnepw ]qdn\tmgpw \ Cdpambncpp.
kmam\yw hap Fs hnc Rm\m In ]qdn Ibnbndn. AsXmcp sNdnb IpbpsS
^ew sNpw Fs\ndnbmambncpp. Fnpw Ah ]dp.
" hncseSpnp...\ns kq{Xw tIsSm.....AXmp shncnbmSm.... Igpthdo... "
]qtX \nIpSnpXn\nSbn Rm ]dsmnp.
" AXp \n\p XsbmSo....abntc...... ]ns Xcmw ASv...."
" Fm Hcp hncep IqSn tISm......" Rm Nqp hnc IqSn AItp Xn.
" Asm....th....\odpp..... " Rm Nqp hnc ]pdsSpp. Fnp \Sp hnc sImp thKw
thKw ]m XpSn. In Aan \m\pw XpSn. apeI amdn amdn sRcnp.
" Fs hnPbm.....\ntSm....Atm...F\nssmstbm....Fs At....lmhq...."
Ah Acsp shnm XpSn. Fs hncen AhfpsS tbm\nbpsS apdpw IqSpXp
Rm\dnp.
" Fs s]mp....hnPbm.....F\np AXn\Ip hmsX ISnpsSm....sXcp sXsc...BSm.... "
AhfpsS ImepI Fs ]nSenbn Aan ]nSnncpp. Ah Acsp tatemp s]mm
XpSn. Inse Fs {]tbmKn\p Rm in Iqn. Fs apJw apgph AhfpsS tbm\nt
sImp \ndp. hmbn apbpsS shfp Dn \nd t]msebmbn. a[pchpw Dpw D, Fs
s]ns Hma\]qn \nsmgpInb, a[pc tX Rm IpSnndnsImncpp.
" F\np hmsX hcpsSm.... Atm... F\np hcps..... Fs At....lmbo....
...Atm......Ignq.... lmmmm ............"
Ah Acsp s]mn tatemp hfp Ipn Hcp \nanjw \nnv Xmtgmp hoWp. Fnss
Xe Aan ImennSbn ]nSnp. Fs hnc AhfpsS kvJenp ]qdn hcnp apdpIn.
IpI Iqn. AhfpsS {Xknp tbm\npn \npw Fs apJtpw Intepw B
kvJe\tX Non sXdnp. aqp \mep {]mhiyw AhfpsS Acsp Fs apJw klnXw
sRnsXdnp.
Hcp \nanjn\p tijw Fmw Abp. ImepI Abp Xmtgp hoWp. Fs apJw Ah
]Xps Xn amn. apeIfn \npw Fs Ibv henp amn. IbvI hncnp ImepI AIn.
Ne\ap InSp, ZoL izmkw henp. ^m\pmbnpw, B apJp hnbp NmepIfmbn HgpIn.
Rms\mw t\mnbncpp. Fs Ip Atmgpw hn{Ppw`np \np shpIbmbncpp. Rm
Inen \npw Xmsg Cdn \np. Fs s]p AhfpsS BZy kpcXns B\mekyn
InSpXp ImkzZnp. Hcp s]ns\ Ggmw kzKn Ibnbndnb kw{Xp]vXn, AXp
]pcpjs Hcp kwt`mKn\p Xpeyamb kmbqPyamWp. AXp Rm A\p`hnp.
At\cw Ignh sasIp Xpdp. B IpIfn \mWtam, \ntbm, \n{dzpXntbm,
Fsmstbm amdn amdn Ip. Ah Fs t\tc IbvI \on. Rm Ip\np. Fs apJw
]nSnp Xmgvn Ah KmVambn D shp.
" Fs s]mp Ip. ...Fs sIntbm Xs...." Rm\pw B Ihnfn D hp.
" \o Xs Fs sIntbm...."
Rm t\tc \np. AhfpsS IhnSbntep t\mn. Fs apJp t\mnb Ah Xs Ibv
IhnSbnensmp Xn. Ibv apgph sImgp tbm\nt.
" At...CXmsI {hpntISmbtm.... Ct{Xbpw CXp \\sXns\bm...?..."
" Fp {hpntISv....\o hncenSpw shw hcpsXmpw Innt..."
" Hm...AXs\ t\mnbnsmpan... ]mhmS sImsm tXmp sImsm XpSp Ifbpw....]s
C{Xbpw \\smenpXv CXmZyam..."
" FSo.. AXmWp ...\ns `mhns Ignhv........"

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"Fnp Fs `mhns kq{Xw tInbntm.... Fm ...`mmcpw... Cs\...hncep
tInbmsWm kwt`mKw sNpt...?
" Cp CXp tInbm \ns s]mfn ]qdp ]nsbpw s]mfnbpw ...ChnsS BsI
tNmc{]fbamtbs\.... \msf BIptmsgpw Fmw t\scbmIpw... Fnp \ns IpbpsS kpJw
ImWnp Xcmw..."
Ah Inen Fgptp, ImepI Xmtgnncpp. Ipn Ipep \n Fs Fs Ip
]nSnp Nppw XgpIn, hnc sImp hw t\mn, \ofw Afp t\mn. Ihnfn Hp Dckn
t\mn. IpSpI t]mse InS DIfn ]nSnp t\mn. Fnp tNmZnp.
" Fsmcp henam...CXp....Imhnte sIm\m\ htm, AXns ImenstS CXp t]mse
XqnnSp IXm.. Ap hStse AnWn ]dp. shey BWpsSw ImenstS CXp
t]mes km[\w Hsp.... s]psS appsSp tIm\msWp.. ....Ap Rm
hnizknn....."
" Cw hnizmkambtm...AXp aXn..."
" CsXm hnPbm CXv Cgpw s]mn \npt..?.. Xmgnt ...."
: CXn\Ism shw s]mdp t]mbn...AXp sImm....."
" Atm...Aw hnPb\p shw hnt....C\nsb\m....Fs kmam\n shtWm....."
" thWsan....hmWaSnmepw aXn....ASnp Xcmtam...?
" Fs\bmsWp ]dm ASnp Xcmw...."
Rm Hp cp {]mhiyw hmWaSnp ImWnp sImSpp. AhfpsS Hcp In Fs Kpems
hw HXppIbn, AXp sImv Fs Ip cp Ibv sImpw ]nSnp hmWaSnp XpSn.
AhfpsS {apZpeamb Ipn Ah Ccptm Fs kpJw Ccnp. CSp AhfpsS
IhnSbn Inp Aw sImgp tX FSpp ]pcnmWnp. Atm \ hgphgp,
Ahp ]nSnm\pw \ Ffpw. ]ns Ah Xs CSnSv ImeIn]qn Inp
tXs\Spv ]pcn ]nSnm XpSn.
" hmWaSnp sImSpm\pw ]Tntm....." Ah alknp sImp IpbpsS Xebn D hp.
" Cht\ Rm \msf Cs\ _pn apnptIe. C\n Ch Fs kmam\op
shfnbnendpXp F\nsmp ImWWw..."
" ham\w \nn kv]oUn ASnv....CSp Dtepw Hp ]nSnv. " F\np Cfw
XpSnbncpp. Ah kv]oUp Iqn. IpepnbmSnbncp DIfn XgpIn. sXdnp \n AhfpsS
apeI Rm IbvIfnseSpv XgpIn. F\np hcmdmbn.
" F\np hcpsSo....\nmsX ]nSnv..... Zm hcpsSo..... Mqw.....tZ hq........"
Fs Acsp shn. Ip ]ocnbn \npw ]mepI s]mnsdnp. BZytXp hoWXp
AhfpsS s\nbn Xs...]ns AhfpsS apJhpw Igppw apeIfpw Fmw Ipmen Ipfnp.
Ah sRnsdnpsImncp Ipbn \npw ]nSnhnSmsX hmWaSnp sImtbncpp.
" Foizcm...CsXgm Xocps....]nsw ]nsw ]mep hcpImWtm....."
" Cvw Xocpw.....aXn....."
AhfpsS Ibv apgph\pw Fs Ip apgph\pw shfp sImgp ipw sImv Ipgncpp.
apJp hoW XpnI Henp AhfpsS Npntendn. Hp cp XpnI Ah
\nsbSpp cpNnp t\mn.
" Fs\bpp....sImmthm....." Rm tNmZnp.
" Mqw....Dm...]ns \ sImgp ]mem...."
Rm AhfpsS apJw sIn]nSnp Fs Acsnt\mSp tNp. AhfpsS apJp Ipgbm
XpSnb Fs IpsbSpv Dckn. Ah Fs Ipnbn sIn]nSnp Ahs\
apJappcknsmncpp. ]s ]s Ah XmWp.
" kpJamtbm Fs sIntbm\p...? Ah ]Xps tNmZnp.
" \ kpJw......" Rm\pw Inencpp, ipn Ipfnp \n B apJw Fs apJtmSp tNp.
ipibn RfpsS IhnfpI Hmbn. XmWp InS Fs IpsbSpp t\mnbnp Ah
]dp.
" tZ, CtX tNmcbmsWm tXmpt...."
Rm t\mn ]dntb Nph ]mSpI ]nbncnpp.... AhfpsS ]qdn \npw hmWaSnm
tXs\Sptm ]nbXmbncnpw.
" Cgpw Iodnbncnphm.....Fnpw Ahv Amdp shcep tIWw, Asn Ip tIWw
....tIncpsn Cw ImWmambncpp......"
" Hm, Hp Npmbncn Fs a\pjym...Atcw Fp Innbmepw Xntntbt\...."
" ]nssbm, ASp hncenw sISp IcXv..... Hcp shey tIpImcn....."
" AXp Rm \msf ImWnp Xcmw.....tItmSm......ap\mtS..."
Inencppdp Ippnt\ t\mn Ah tNmZnp.
" ]ntcpdn......C\n \pw Ddmw At?..."

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AhfpsS shfp apebpsS apIfn ]nnSnp InSncp ]m XpnI apeIfn
tXpsImp Rm ]dp.
" C\n \appdmsSo... Fs s]mp Nct..."
Fgptp \n AhfpsS ]qtd Ibv HtmSnp t\mn Rm ]dp.
" Cgpw Hgpp \nnntmSo.......AIp shSnmtem...."
" Rm sdUn....." Ah hopw Inentep aep hoWp, ImepI Ihp shp.
" th CnXp aXn....F\np \ns km[\w \msfbpw thXm....Fgpsv..."
Ah Ibv sImp ]qdp henp Xpdnp sIm\w Imn., Fgptp. Rm ]ns Atmp
t\mnbn.
tXmsSpv R icocw XpSp. Ah ]mhmSbpw ukpanp. Rm epnbpSpp, Hcp
josSpp shfnbnendms\mcpn. Ah Fs In ]nSnnp tNmZnp.
" \apsmcpanv ChnsS sISmtem.....?..."
" s]n\p ]qXn tIdn...... Cw Hp sISm aXn...... cm{Xnbn Ahcmscnepw DWp
t\mnbm...]ns Adnbmhtm. "
" Mqw....." Ah Fs sInnSnv Hcp IqSn Xp. Fnv a\nm a\tmsS Inentencpp.
Rm hmXn Nmcn, knnMv dqantendn. shdptX Hm BbnInS Snhn \nn.
tkm^bn t]mbn InSp. Fmw adpdntmbn.
HmI - 10
]ns Znhkw cmhnse Hpw kw`hnm amXncn kqcy DZnp, Rfpw DWp. Amh
cmhnse ISbnsep Xncnp. Imn IpSnp sImncptm, Dj tNmZnp.
"Ips, Fs apdsdp\nw F{X hbp {]mbw ImWpw."
"AXnsm..... Ahs AtbmSp tNmZnWw"
"Fmepw IpbpsS t\mn F{X ImWpw ?...."
"t\mw th, Chs Imcyw Hmtm Hp ]dncpp, Ch\p Hcp hey ]\n hp.
NmImdmbXmbncpt{X cp hjw ]nqSn t]mbn. ]ns htey Ap hSs
Ctyp Ftm Hcp Iqp acpp sImv hp. Bdp amkw sImv Ch ]gbXns Ccn Bbn
hfp. ]s, ]ns B acpp Innbn. AXpmnb Bkman Np t]mbn. Csn Ch
Cw KpkvXnmc [mcmknns amXncn Bsbs\"
"Atepw ImenstS [mcmknp Xsbm XqnsSps " Dj ]Xps ]ndp]ndpp.
"\o hXpw ]dtmSn Dtj...?..." tNn sNmZnp.
"C...... Atm, IWp IqSn hcpsm, hnPb Ftm Hcp hbn\p Cfw....Mqw, AXp
{]iv\am......."
"FmSo Hcp IWp Iq ?..."
"hnPbs\ Rm IeymWw Ignm Hcp {]iv\hpan, As Ipt...?..."
"Fp {]iv\w..... Ah\p \ns CamsWn Hcp {]iv\hpan..... ]t \o
i{XphmWsm.....Fs s]s. \o Ahs\ shdpsX DuinbmmsX...Ahs\mcp
AtXm...\n\s\ h Ctmw tXmn XpStym....? .."

Ahs
]mhw...

"Cnsc Cw tXmn Fp shtm... "


"Fn \o tbmKaphfmSo....."
"AsXm Ipt..."
"AtXbv....AtXbv...Ahs\mcp anSp BIpnbm.... AtSm.... hnPbm...?...
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Rm Hpw ]dn. Nncnp sImncptX Dp. tNn Xncnp ASpptep \Sp. Dj


Fs t\p Xncnp, Ibv apn at Ibv hv \ofw Afp ImWnp sImp ]dp.
"BIpn Xs...kwiban...."
Rm AhfpsS t\sc Fs \Sp hnc s]mn Xn IbpXp amXncn ImWnp Ipcpn. B
N AhnsS Xop. Dp tNmdpw IdnIfpw Xbmdmbngntm Dj ]dp.
"C\n Rms\mp Ipfnm t]mIphm... Hcp sNdnb Ipnbn Ipdp shfns Xcmtam tNn..."
"Ipfnapdnbnepv tamtf... Cse Rm Ipdp tXp. _mn ImWpw... F\nn\n \msf aXn..."
"M...sicn ...Fm Rm Ipfns....\n Atmsgpw ]Sw Imv......"
Dj Ipfnapdnbn tIdn IXISp. tNn ]Sw Imm\mbn No\n ASpp shp, Fsbmgnp.
Rm ]Sspambn AcnIn \np. Fs ASpv, kmcn Aw Ffnbn tIn Ipn,
NpIhpambn tNn \np. Rm Fs B kz]v\ aZmektb t\mn shandn. Hw Fs
ImennSbnepw Ne\w XpSn. Fs\ A\mXncnpw AXp t]mep ImgvNbntbm ImWpXv.
apJv Hp cp hnbp XpnI, Npcp B apSn s\nbntep Aekambn hoWp InSpp.
kvYm\w
sXnnSp
kmcnpv
B
hpeIfpsS
CSbn
IqSn
Aekambn
tXmfntenncnpp. amdp \ndp InSp B apeI XesbSpp \npXv Im GXp
k\ymknpw Ibv Xcnpw Hp ]nSnm hnb I, apeIfpsS Xmgvhmc
\\ncnpXp ukv hnbXp sImv AcnIn IqSn ImWmw. Rm Ipdp IqSn ASpp.
F\nm hnbns amZI Kw A\p`hsp. kbnUn IqSn Rm\hsc t\mn. Hcp {]tXyI
`wKn, F\np Fs kncIfn Hcp XpSnp A\p`hsp. Fs Kpem Ipep s]mn. Rm
sNp ASpfbpsS ]pdtp IXISp.
"Fn\m IXISXv tams\, Aw Imp tIds..."
"\mWnb Nnew hcpw..."
"htmt, AXns\m...." Hpw ]dbmsX Rm AhcpsS ]pdIn sNp. ]Ssp
taibntetdnp. Rm tNnbpsS Igpn\p ]ndIn Fs Npp apnp. AhcpsS sNhnp
]ndIn aqp sImp XgpIn. cp IbvIfpw AhcpsS In IqsS Cp IbvI
s]mntm hnb Ifn \npw tNnbptSXp am{Xamb B ap]nSnnp Kw
Fs aqneSnp. tNntb I Ap apX Cu Kw Fnte BWns Ima{`mnfnbncpp.
Rm AhcpsS apeIp Xmsg Ahsc sIn]nSnp. Fs Kpem AhcpsS NnInSbn
CSnpcpn. tNn apJw ]pdtImp Xncnp, Hcp Ibv ]pdtImnv IpnnSbn CSnp sImncp
Fs KZbpsS \Sphn ]nSnan, ]Xps tNmZnp.
"FmSm cmhnte Cu `oa KZbpw s]mnsmv...? Fm \ns Dtiw hnPbm, Dj
ChnsSbpXv \o adtm...?
"Ah Ipfn IgnbtW Cnsc Xmaknpw... tNosS samtew
F\np........Cs\ \npXp ImWpw ISnp Xnm tXmpp "

Ipow,.........

tNntb...

"Aw ]Sw ImtSm Ipm ? AtXm Fs Ipn ISnp Xnm aXntbm ?..."
Igpp Xncnp Fs NppIfn Npw_np sImv Ah tNmZnp. Rm B apeIfn ]nSnp.
XtemSm XpSn. ]Xps sRm\pw.
"AXp ]ns Immw... Rm tNnbpsS ]Sw Hp Imntmt..." ukns apIfn IqSn Rm
B apeIfn ]nSnp sRm\mcw`np. apepI sRcSn. B apepI In]nSnp s]mn
hcpp.
"Atm... Ctmtgm.... ChnsS htm...?....Ahsfm\pw Im ]ns ..."
"Fn ]ns ...Av..... Amh sNbvX t]mse, Rm sNosS ]Sw, ]p Xntmt...?"
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Rm Hcp Ibv hbdn\pw kmcn]mhmSpanSbn IqSn Xmtgp Xmgvn. Fs Ibv B


]pnIpgnbn XgpIn, XpSn hbdn IqSn Xmtgngtm tNn CnfnsImv ]pfp.
AXp tNnbpsS hnimeamb IfnkvYesn. B tcmamSpIfn Fs hncepI ]cXn \Sp.
tNn NpIw Xmsg shp. ASpnse Xo sISpn. AhcptS aZ\ s]mbvIbn, ]qS sIp ]nWv
InSp XSn hnShns apIfv Fs Isn. Atmgpw Fs Hcp Ibv B apeIfn
]nSnp sImncnbmbncpp. BZyw Xs B henb ]Iv Fs hncepInSbn XSp.
Rm AXn ]Xps sRcSm XpSn. Ah ImepI AIn \np. Fnp ]Xps ]dp.
"Imev Fgpt ]Snbm....IgpInbnn, \ aWw ImWpw, aqt{Xmw aWpw...."
In sRcSptXmsSmw, tcmafn ]nSnp sas henp sImp Rm ]dp.
"tNosS hnbns aWw F\np shnam... tNosS kmam\ns aWw Fp ckam..." Rm
B Igpn \n.
Ah Hcp Ibv ]pdtImnv Fs apJw hfp AhcpsS Ihnfntep tNpcpn. tcma
XtemSnsmncp Fs Ibv Rm Xmsg AhcpsS tbm\nbpsS hnShntendn. \Sphnc B
NqSp ]qdnsep Xmgvn.
"Fs ...Ipm...cmhnte Xs \o Fs s]mcnphmtWmSm....?" ISp \np tNn ]pen. B
]pe Fs hncen\p IqSpX DtP\w \In.
NqSp emh {]hlnp B ]qdp XcnpXp Rm Fs hncen Adnp. B ]qdn \npw NqSp
tX Henndn hgphgpmbngnncpp. Fs Ipbnte AhcpsS ]nSn apdpIn. AInb
ImepI Ah ASpnp Iqn Xncpn, ]qdn\pn Fs hncens\ Cdpn ]nSnp. Rm hnfnp.
"tNo..?"
"Mqw...FmSm tamt\....?"
"Rm tNosS ]Sw Xnt..... Csn AXp \\v Aenp t]mIpw.."
"F{X Aenmepw \n\p Xnms\mXv AhnsS ImWpw... IgpIn Xct..."
"th ....IgpImXm F\nnw..."
Rm ]qdn \npw Ibv hensSpv aWp t\mn. Fnp AXp AhcpsS aqnteSpnp.
"Atm...Fsmcp \mw..... Rm Hp IgpInbnv Fp thtWepw sNbvtXmSm tamt\..."
"tNnbpsS kzw BbXp sImm tNnp \mw tXmps.... F\nnXp `bIc Cm..."
Rm hopw kmcnSnbntev B Ibv Cdn. cp hncepI B hnShntep Xmgvn Hnfn.
tbm\oZzmcntep hnc Xntn t\mn, NqSp ]mbkn In t]mse tXmn. CSbn
Npcpncp Zf ]nSnp ]pdtp henp. Htc kabw apeIfnepw Inepw Ipnbnepw
\Sp {]IS\w ImcWw AhcpsS hnImc XSmIns Dn \npw Npc NqSp tX
IhnsmgpIm XpSn.
"tNo tZs, CXp IhnsmgpIphm..."
"\o sXmXp sImm... kabw IfbmsX thKw XnsSm......"
"Hm, tNnp ISn sXmSn, At..." Rm tNmZnp.
"sNmdnsfov \np Inmcw ]dbmsX...thKw sXmSv \obv..."
Rm IbvIsfSpp. Ahtc Xncnp \nn. kmcnbpw ]mhmSbpw apn\p apIfn htc Ibn hp.
tNn AXp Ffnbn Ipn XncpIn shp. Rm Xmsg Ipnbncpp, Fnp kmcnbpsS aphiw
s]mn Xe AItnp. Fs Xe XpWn sImp adncpp, Av Amh sNbvXXp t]mse.
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AhnsS BsI Ccpmbncpp AXp sImp \ndw FmsWp ]nSn Innbn. Xgp \nncp
]qSIqw Fs apJpckn. tNn ImepIfIn. Asmtgpw XpWn apgph s]mmXncpXp
sImv Acsn Xs Xn \n, ]qdns B ap ]nSnnp, IgpIm aZ\sNneSncp
B kpKw, apnbnv IgpImsX aq{XpnIfpw tbm\ockhpw IqSnpgncp aWw, tbm\o
XSn Xnn hfncp ]qSIfpsS CSbnse hnbns B Kw, Fs aqnsep, Fs
Xetmdntep Ccp Ibdn. tjmSnXp t]mse Fs Imaw ]XnSmbn, Ip apnSnbn
Fgptp \np InXp. Fsmcp aWw, CXmWp A ]qdns aWw. Rm\Xp Bthmfw henp
Ibn. ]qSI sImp \ndncp XpSbnSpnse A hnShp Ip ]nSnm BZyw Aw ]mSp
s]p.
"CsXm tNo Cu ImSp ]nSn ]qS sNcp IfbmXv...?.."
"\ns Amh\p \o ]qSbm Cw. ]qS Iqn Xnm\m Amh\p ]qXn..."
"Aw Rm\pw Amh\pw Htc ]qXnmcm,...At..."
"\mhSnp thKw AXp Xnp XosSm....F\np klnm ]pn.... cmhnse \o Ft...."
tNn Fs apJw ]nSnv IhnSbntep Aan.
]ns Rm annbn. BZyw Rm cp hncepI AItnp Hp Idn. tNn Hp
sRfn]ncn sImp.
"thKw sXmSv.... F\np h...." tNn ISp sImp apcp.
tNnbpsS ImennSbn B aZ\ ]qdp XnnbncnpIbmbncpp. AXp sImv B XSn hmgnn
XpSIfn ]nSnv Rm\In, Ah hopw ImepIfIn Xp. Rm cp Ibv sImpw B
Icnqdp hnSn Fs \mv IqXnpw tbm\npw CSp `mKp \npw Dns kzmZp
A\p`hnp, ]ns sXmp apIfn sbm\oZzmcntep Cdn. AXn _eambn \mhnsmp
Npgn..
"iv iv iv iv.... Atm....\ ckw.... AXp t]mse C\ow sNv..... thKw sNv..." Ah IpdpIn ]dp.
Rm Xmsg apX apIfntep \m XpSn. AhcpsS shne sNhnI cpw hmbnemn
henv Cun. AXp d t]mse \op hp. Rm\Xn ISnp henp. "Cnsc IqsS apIfn.......
It ]nSnp...\v...thKw...." Rm A\pkcnp. Fs \mns\ apIfntep \bnp. At...
tNnbpsS Iv A]mcw, Acbnp \ofn Hp InSpXp t]mse AXntm \nhp
hepXmbn, \ abhpw.. shdpsXb, tNnn{Xbpw ISn, tKm]\pw Amh\pw F\npw C\n F{X
t]p thtWepw Xnm D{Xbpw henb Iv. NppI sImv hensSpm A[nIw
]WnstSn hn. B aWn Iv Rm Fs
NppI sImv henp \on, \mp
sIman \n. \nbtmtgpw AXv tbm\nmdn Ipgp. X hnc sImv Ins
sXmen tatemp \on. AIp \npw s]mnh Ipn Ipcphn \mns A{Kw sIman
\n.
"Fs tamt\.... AhnsSs \Sm.. AtX henp IpSnsbSm..... thKw... \nmsX IpSnv... "
Rm kv]oUn \m XpSn. cp hncepI sImp ]qn Ibnbndm\pw. Fs cp
hncepI tNnbpsS B s]cpw ]qdn hfsc Abhmbncpp, Fnepw B tX {]fbn,
sNdnb Kpfp Kpfp itmsS Fs hncepI B {Xknp ]qn Ibdnbndn, AtXmsSmw
tNn tbm\o `nnI sImv Fs hncepItf CdpnnSnm XpSn. hnbsbpw
aq{Xnsbpw Kns IqsS ]p tbm\ntX\ns aWw IqSnbmbtm elcn sImv Fs
Xe s]cpm XpSn. Fs Acsnte RcpI s]mptam, F\np Xmt\ kvJe\w
DmIptam Fs Ip ]m Noptam Fp tXmntmbn, A{Xp ap ]nSnnpXmbncpp
AhcpsS ]qnte Atmgs Kw. Fs Xe tNn ]nSnv IhnSbntean. Fs \mp
t]mcmntm Ftm, Fs apJw ]nSnv tNn ]qtd Cpcm XpSn.
"F\np.. hcpss tamt\... hcpp... ltm....\v.... sRp...Hcvvv......Fs... Ipvvm....."
tNn Fs Xe Hcp \nanjw AhnsS Aan ]nSnp. Fs hncepI ]qdn\pn InSp
sRcnp. B apdpnepw Rm hnc t`mKw XpSp. Hcp \nanjw As\ Xs \nXn\p
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tijw AhcpsS ImepI Abp. Fs Xebnte ]nSn hnp. Fnpw Rm Fs apJw ]n
henn. HgpIn hcp tX Rm abn \nsbSpp sImncpp. kmcnImbXn\m
AhcpsS IhnSbnse cXnckmb\ns aZKw Hpw \sSmsX Rm BkzZnp. Aw
Igntm tNn ]dp
"aXn...hncseSptm.... C\n \nbm F\np t\mIpw .... "
Rm Fgptp, Fnepw Hcp Ibv sImv Rm B ]qdp s]mn ]nSnncpp, \Sphnc B
hnShn Ibn A\msX hncpp. AtX \npw IsSpm F\np a\p hn.
\\smn Fs Ibv AhnsS Xsbncpp. CSnSv ]Xps A\n.
"Fsmcp ckmbncpp..... cmhnte \o Fs icnpw kpJnnp Xp. "
Ah Fs Npn D hnp ]dp.
"aWpp, s]mbn apJw IgpIv..."
"Hm, AXhnsS Ccptms, F\nnm.. tNosS kmam\nte ]mbkat.."
"tlm....Cu sNdp....."
"tNo... C\n...Amh\p sNbvXp sImSp t]mse....FtXpw hmbn.... shv..."
"AXns\mSm Ipm.... tNn sNbvXp Xcmtm..." epn hIp amn, Ah Fs ]mctmen
]nSpanp. Ahs apJp Ibv sImp XShn t\mn.
"]IpXn h eWsamtm... Hncn HgpInbncnpp..."
"tNosS IhstSse aWw sImm..."
tNn \nep Ipnbncpp, Xqdm\ncnp Ht]mse, Fnss Ip hmbnemm XpSn.
"CsXs hmbnsemXppntmSm..... s]sp hepXmtbm..."
tNn GXmbmepw Ahs\ hmbnemn, Ahs IS ]nSnp sXmen Xmtgp henp ]nSnv
Dum XpSn. Rm BImin NndInmsX ]dm XpSn. tNnbpsS \mhns hncpXp
Fs Acsns shepIf\pkcnp kv]oUn BIm XpSn.
"tNo ....thKw .........\ ckw....... CSp hmWaSnv..... As\...." Rm ISp. hcm t]mIp
kpJns XpSw Rm\dnp.
s]sv, IpfnapdnbpsS hmXn Xpdp iw. R sRn, Rm Fs Ip tNnbpsS
hmbn \npw hensSpp. HmSn s_ntep hncpp. tNn NmSnsbgptp, Acp tIn
Ipnbncp ]mhmSbpw kmcnbpw sh{]mfn henp Xmsgbnp t\scbmpXn\nSbn Dj
ASpf hmXnen Fngnncpp. Xebpw tXmnsmv hcpXn\nSbn Ah ]dp.
"Dbmbnpw shn\p Fsmcp XWpv.....hndpp."
Ahv ChnsS Ftm ]ntISv amXncn. Rm s_n Ip\nncnpp. ASpn Xobn.
Fnbpv Xm\pw.
"Am...]Sw hdnt...cpt]cpw IqsS FsSpphmcpp "
"Imm sXmSphmcpp. " tNn ]dp.
"Cu IXsIn\m ASnXv... Dt\cv.. .......NqsSSpnt...."
"Hcp s]mSnmp t]mse hw ASnXm... \o AXp sXmdtv. "

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Dj t]mbn hmXn Xpdp."
"Mqw... cp t]cpw IqSn hgntm.... Ip Ctmp amdnt.... tZ, Rm\nw ]Sw Imntbmw.
Ip hmsX hnbtm.... thtW t]mbn Ipfntm... hnPb IpfnpntSm... "
"Hm, Rm kyt Ipfnptmp. Cs ]ntw hnbpw.."
Dj Xo InpXnSbn tNn Fs Hp t\mn, Hcp ZoLizmkw hnp. ]I apgph Dj
Fs ]nmse Dmbncpp. tNn Rsf {inppmbncptm Fp kwibw. cm{XnbmIm
Rm Imncpp. Amh\pw tNnbpw apdnpn tIdn. Xte Znhkt t]mse, FtmSp
tkm^bn InSm\pw tNn ]dp. Rm Snhn Incpp. Hcp aebmf ]Sw Apmbncpp.
_lZqdpw ASq `mknbpw Hs D Hcp ]Sw. ]t Rm ]Sw In, Fs In Htc Hcp
\mbnI am{Xw, Dj. Ahsfs a\n {\pw sNpIbmbncpp. ]I tNnbpambn \S
XocmXncp ]WnbpsS Hmnv Kpems\sbSpv XtemSnsmncpp. Ahs `mKyttSmv
Ah Icp. Hn \npw sImgp \opnI In\np. GXmp ]Xns\mp aWn
Bbtm Dj Fs ASpp hp, Fnp ]dp
"ChnsSs CcptmWw... DdcpXv.." Ah hopw apdnbntep t]mbn. hcm t]mIp B\
\nanjsf Ipdntmv Fs Ipsb hopw XtemSm XpSn. Rm Ahs\ ]Xps
Xmtemenp. B Iqn joebpsS N apeI kv{Io\n Itm Ah Hp IqsS
Inbmbn.
Aw Igntm tNn sas IXIp Xpdp ]pdp hp, Fs apn hp \np. Rm
AhcpsS IpnIfn sInnSnp kmcnp apIfn kwKa kvYm\v apJw Aan.
"\o DdpntSm...?"
"Hm, Ddw hcpn tNn...."
Rm tNnbpsS In ]nSnp henp, Fs IqsS tkm^bn Ccpn.
"tNn ChnsS Ccnv......" Rm ]Xps tNnbpsS \amb ASnhbdn sXmp, XtemSn. tNn
Fs AhcpsS aSnbntep InSn. aep InStm kv{Io\nse shfnn Ah Fs
s]mn \np ap hiw Ip.
"AXp sicn, sImphnPbt\ ]nSnp sImncnbmbncpp At. Ahs\ OnntmSm.
"C..., tNnsb Hmp ]Xps.... Xsbpa...Dp tNnbpsS Aw XntXmw Xmt\ Xe
s]mn... ]nt Xmgpn. Fsmcp ckap aWam tNosS km[\ns... Hmnp
klnpn. Rm hmWaSnm t]mIphm..." Rm Ip In FSpp. DSs\ tNn _eambn
Fs Ibv ]nSnp amn, Ip InseSpv Hcp sImSpnp ]dp.
"F\ndnbmw Fs Ip\p hcm sXmSphmcpp....Atcat Ahfp tIdn hXv...... Fp
IcpXn..CXn \npw Hcp Xpn shdptX Ifm \ns Rm Mv lm...."
Fnv Ah Ahs XSnbn sas XShn. Ahs sXmen aIpSn \npw aptmpw ]pdtImpw
sXnp cknp. Hcp \nanjw, Rm Djtb adp. AXnepw aZmekbmb Hcp s]p Fs Xnbpw
XgpInbpw sImXn ]nSnnp sImncnpp. F\np hmsX lcw tIdn. Hcp sNdnb sR Fs
Acsnepmbn. Fs Ip ktmjo HgppXv F\nX\p`hsp.
"Hm, F\np h, Ah IcbptmSm... Rms\m sNbvI.... IcbmsX... Fs s]mp tam\t......"
Ah Ahs Hn \n Ahs Io XpSp \pWp. F\np AhcpsS hmbntep
XnsmSpm tXmn. Rm AhcpsS Npn ISnp sImv bmNnp kzcn ]Xps
]dp.
"\app Cw \apv sNmw tNn..... F\np klnpn Fs s]mp tNnbt... tNn......"
"Ctm th tams\, Amh sicnv Hdnbnn.." tNn Fs apJw ]nSnp amn. Rm
tNnbpsS Ibv Fs Ipbn \npw amn. Fgptp \np. Fnp Aht\ \on AhcpsS
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apJp sImp apnp. Ah Ahs\ InseSpp B {apZphmb IhnfpIfn Ahs Xebnp
XgpIn. Ahs aIpSn Npw_np. Fs DIfnn sXmp XtemSn. ]Xps sRn. Fs
s]mp ]cphn Bn.
"tNn, F\np sNWw..... "
"Atm, Amhs\m\pw HWm...... Dj apms\m\pw Fgptm... .thSm, anv."
tNn Fs tkm^bn ]nSnncpn, Fs Ihnfn D hp. Rm tkm^bn Ccpp. Fnp
]dp.
"Fm ]ns, F\nnsXnepw Xm.....Cse Xcmsap ]dXm..."
Rm kmcnp apIfn IqSn AhcpsS Hcp apebn ]nSnp, Han. hbdnnSbneqsS
AItp Inp. s]smbncpXp sImv tNnp FXnm ]nbn. tNnbpsS
IhnSbnte tcma Fs In XSp. F\np Hcp Ipfncv. Rm Aw IqSn Ibv hncepI
Xmgvn. AXm \\ hnShntep NmSn. AhnSw \\bm XpSnbncpp. Rm IpdpIqSn
Xmtgp hncepI Xmgvn. AhnSw BsI IpXnncpp. NXpp\nen ImepI t]mbt]mse
Fs hncepI Dntep t]mbn. Rm AItp hncepI ]qgvn, AtX F\np Atm
tXmnbpp. AhnsS sNdp NqSpw \ \\hpw hgpepw.
"Ctm th tams\, \msf Dj t]mbngnnp aXn, Fs s]mp tam\s... "
tNn Fs Ibv hensSpp. Fs hncepI \\p Ipgncpp.. Rm AXp tNnbpsS
Npn sImp s]mbn apnp. Fnp Fs hmbnenp \pWp.
"sanp tams\ Hcp Znhkw IqSn... F\nnw \ns tamfntemp tIdWsapv... ]t Ahfp
Akpc hnm....Fmw Ah s]mbnp aXn...."
tNn Fgptp Ip\nv Fs Npn Hcp Xp.
"Amh HWm Fs t\mpw. \o ChnsSs InSpdntm...tItm..."
Fnv ImepI Aw AIn \np, kmcn Iqn IhnSbn Han Xncpn. ]qn
\nsmgpInb Nc]m\n XpSXmbncnpw. Fs Ihnfn Hp Xn, s\Sphonp, FnItp
ISp hmXneSp. tNn s]mbngnp ]p an\np Igntm Dj hopw Fs ASpp
hp.
"Rm {]Xon t]mse Xs. FmcpsSm ChnsS `bc IpipIpip....... "
AtmgmWp Ah Fs s]mnb Kpem IXv. Ah Ahs\ ]nSnp Hp sRn t\mn.
"\ InbnemWsm kq{Xns \nv... FSm CXv tNn Imcptm...."
"Gbv....C.... Rm Cht\ ImenstS Aan hncnphmcpp..."
"F\n{X tXmpntm....tNn CtXsemp ]nSn ap ImWpptm. \nsf cns\bpw
F\nnw F\np kwibsamv...."
Ahp hnizmkw hcm t]mse Fs Hp t\mn. ]ns Snhn Hm^v sNbvXp....?
"GXmbmepw Fs tam Cw hm... iw HmmsX...]Xps...."
R apdnbn tIdn Ah hmXneSp Ipnbnp. ebnnp. Rm Ahsf Ca shmsX t\mn
\np. ukns ]IpXn Xpdnncpp. ]mhmSSnbn Cp Ah Hpw [cnpIbnsdnbmw.
hnSnbn apSn Ahtf IqSpX kpcnbmn. t\mn \ns AhfpsS apJw ImXcambn.
]Xps Fs kao]np. Fs cp tXmfnepw Inp Fn henp, Fs Npn Hcp hp,
]ns Ihnfn, ]ns amdv, ]ns Fs apebn, Ahp hnImco ]nSnp XpSn. Fs
]nSnp Inentencpn. ]ns InSn, InencpIn Ah \nep Ipnncpp. Fnp
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]Xps Fs XpWn amn. Fnp Ipep \n Fs Ip InseSpp. AhfpsS
Ickv]i\ta Ah sImSnacw t]mse \np hndp. Ah cp Ibv sImpw B
sImSnacns Xe apX IS hsc XgpIm XpSn, ]ns Ip\np Ahs\ Xs IhntfmSp
tNp, ]ns Ahs\ D shm XpSn.
"CsX\np Fpw XcpthmSm...
Ipeppp...Ip...."

tlm...Fsmcp

`wKn.....Ahs

XesbSpv....

\np

Xe

Ah Ahs\ CStmpw hetmpw Bn, IpnI Cjvs Ifnmw In Innbm sNp


t]mse. DI InseSpp ]cntim[np, hfp hcp ]qSI henp t\mn. IpbpsS \ofw
Afp. AhfpsS Ip Hcp NmWn IqSpX Dv. ]ns Ahs sXmen ASp, hopw henp
amn., ]ns Hp cmhnp. Xe apX Xmsg htc hmWaSnp t\mn. Rm ISp InSp
Fmw cknp. AhfpsS B Xmtemenen Rm `qantb adp, \{Xsan.
"Rm Ibv ]nSnp Xct...? " Ah tNmZnp.
"Mqw..."

Rm AdnbmsX aqfn.

"AS.... ]nSnp Xcmw....sIStm....]ns Rms\m sNpw.... Ahssbmcp ]qXn..."


"Fm th... \o Ctmp tIdn hm.... Fnp \ns ]qsd\npw Xm...Rm\pw Xns..."
AXp tIm Xmakw, Ah NmSntdn Inen Fs apJn\p apIfn apn Ihncpp.
]mhmS Xep apIfn IqSn Ducn AcnIntenp. ukpw Inensen. {_m Cmbncpp. AhfpsS
XqapeIfpsS lcw ]nSnnp ImgvN, Fsmcp `vwKn, Hpw hogm, hfcp Iqp apeI. ioa
t]c apdnp sh amXncn Iqp \npp. Rm B apepIfn hnc sImsmp Xn.
"iv..iv iv.... Ah ISv ioImc iapmn. cp Ibv sImpw Rm\htc XgpIn, Fp
amhw, an\pkw, AtX kabw Inbpw tXmn.
"AtXsemp ]nSnt...."
Ah ]Xps ]dp. Rm cp apeIfpw IbvIfn s]mnnSnp, ]Xps sRn. Ah
s\s\nv Bn.
"sNv... Mqw... sXmdp shtm...Xmaknm..."
Ah ]Xps ]dp. Rm apeIfn \npw aSnv aSnv IbvIsfSpp. Ah kzw IbvI
sImp apeI Iim XpSn. \m t\mn, ]s A{Xbpw Ip\nbm ]pn,
t]mcmnv henp \ofm sNdnb apeIfpw. CXn\nsS Rm AhfpsS hncn Inqdn
apJw Aanbncpp. Fsmcp NqSv. AhfpsS aZ\ ]qhn \npw Hcp {]tXyI kpKw
hanncpp. ISn CfInb Npcm XpSnb tbm\nbpsS ]pXp aWw. sNdnb ]qSI AcnIntep
Rm hIp amn. B sImcphnbpsS Xoc Rm IbvI sImIn. sNcnq
\ndap tbm\nbpsS D hiw, \\bm XpSn, B \\hp shfnn Xnfn. Rm\Xn\pntep
apJw ]qgvn. Fs NppIfpw aqpw AXn\pnsemn.
"Fs ...At... F\np hss Ipm.... \o FXmSm sNps....?
"Rm \ns ImenstSte Nphephm Xnm t]mIphmSo..."
"Fm thKw Xnv... F\nssmstbm tXmpsSm......" Ah Acsnp hn Fs
apJpcp.
Rm \m XpSn. AcnIpIfpw apI `mKhpw, \Sphnte sNdnb Xpfbpw Fmw Rm \n
\pWp. AhvfpsS ]q tX Npcm XpSn. AXns NqSpw Dpw Rm cpNnm XpSn.
Gepw Rcfpw Ahfn \npbp. Dn Aancp sImp Ze Rm ISnp
henp hmbnenp \pWp. ASpXp Intep Ibdn. B Ipnn Rm Aan
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"Fs hnPbm...F\np hsSm Fs Ipm....Fsmcp kpJw...AhnsS IqSpX \....F\np
s]mnt]mIpw... F\np \ns kq{Xw Dn tIWw...aXn.."
Ah AhfpsS Acsp Fs apJp \npw s]mnp ]nSnp apn \np. Ah Fs
apIfn Xncnncpp. Ctm AhfpsS ]qdns at\mlcamb Hcp t]mkv Zriyambn. B hncn
Nph ]qdp IpS s]mse Fs apJn\p apIfn \np. Rm\Xn Hcp hnc Xnbn. \
Cdpambncpp. Aw t]mepw Npfnhnm Idp IqXn Hcp Idp s]mp t]mse. Rm\m
s]mn\p Nppw hnctemSnp. Atm Ah Cnfn sImmImw Nn Hp shnp. AhnSw Aw
hnbncpp. Rm Hcp Nnc B IqXnpfbn Xn t\mn. AXv Aw t]mepw Xpdn.
]Icw AXp Npfpn AItp henp \np.
"AhnsS thm...No kvYem AXv......aWw ImWpw......." Ah hnen. Rm\Xv hIhn. _eambn
Hcp hnc Xntn.
Ah Fs Ibv _eambn ]nSnp amn. Ah Ip\np Fs Acsntep apJw Nmbnp.
s]mn \nmSp Fs IpbpsS aIpSn Ah \n, Ahs Xe _pnapn Ah
hmbnemn \pWp. Ipdp t\cw Ah Fs Ip Xnp. Rm hncenp ]n, Xpf hepXmIs
Fp IcpXn.
"CXn\Iss\ Fs Cu henb Ip tIdpw samtf...\ns ]qdp IodpatmSo......"
Rm tNmZnp. ]qdn Xnbncp Fs CdpInb hnc B Xpfbnsemp Idnsmv Rm
tNmZnp.
"AXn\p hgnsbmv..." Ah Xe s]mn ]dp. ]nsbh Fgptp, Xmsgbndn,
InenSnbn \npw Hcp IpnsbSpp. AXp Ipfnapdnbn shncp shfnspnbmbncpp.
"ASn anSpo..." .Rm hm s]mfnp t]mbn, _pnaXnbmWnh
"Fgpsp \nv..." Ah ]dp.
Rm Fgptp \np. Fs epn ]dnp Ah hensdnp, Ipn Xpdp In
shfnssbSpv cp Ibv sImpw Ipbn tXp ]nSnnp, shfnn Ah \np
Xnfn hndp. s]sp Xs Ah Inentep Ibdn aep InSp, ImepI Ihp ]nSnv
In ]nbncp _mn F AhfpsS ]qdn\pnepw Nppw tXp. IbvI s]mn hncnp
]nSnpsImh hnfnp.
"t\mn \nmsX thKw hm..."
Rm ]ns Xmaknn. tIdn, AhfpsS Ccp hipambn Ibv Ipn apn \mep Imen \np.
Ah Fs Ip ]nSnv AhfpsS aencp aZ\IhmSn apnp. Fnp ]dp.
"C\n Xn t\mv.."
Rm Hcp Ibv Ipn \np. at Ibv sImv Ip ]nSnp. AhfpsS \\ hnShn tatempw
Iotgmpw hnepw Hpcp. hnShw AIp. Ah cp Ibv sImpw Xs ]qppI
henIn ]nSnp. Rm Xmtgman. NXpp \nev hoWp Xmgp Ip t]mse tkmpIbn
In Xmgp t]mse, B Nphp hncn Inqdn Fs s]cpwIp aw aw Xmgvp.
"Blv...Blv...Blvlv. As\...]Xps ]Xps... Xv....C\ow..."
\ apdpambncpsnepw F tXncpXp sImpw tX Npcn \ndncpXp sImpw,
bmsXmcp {]bmkhpw IqSmsX AXp IS hsc Dn Cdn. Ah ]pnStmfw ImepIfIn,
]p ISnv ISp _ew ]nSnp InSp.
"Xv...tIds.... C\ow tIds...." Fs Ipm, Fsmcp kpJw..." RfpsS AcspI Xnsemn.
Fs DI AhfpsS ]qdns Xmgp apnbap.
"C\ow tIdm\nsSo...." Rm ]dp.
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"lmhq....Fm..Cnsc t\cw Ah\hnsS Ccns...." Ahsfmcp ZoL izmkw hnp, Fnss


sIn]nSnp, Fs NppI hmbnemn, RfpsS \mpI ]ckv]cw tX ]p shp cpNnp.
Rm\hfpsS sNhnbn tNmZnp.
"ASnt...."
"Mqw. ASntm...]Xps thWw..."
Rm Fs ]n apIfntep Aw henp, ]ns Xmgvn. ]ns IqSpX henp, Xmgvn,
As\ Fs ASnbpsS \ofhpw thKXbpw IqSn. AXn\\pkcnp AhfpsS P\fpsS ihpw
IqSn.
"sXcp sXsc ASnv... \nmsX ASnv... henSnv.... As\...Mv..Mv...Mv.. " Ah Fs
ASnsmnv Acsp s]mncm XpSn. apeIfn kzw Ibv sImp sRn Iim
XpSn. ape sRpIfn sRcSn.
"Fs... Fs...hnPbm...
Fs s]mt...Mv..Mv..Mv.... Fsmcp kpJam.
sXcpsXcp
ASnv...Atm...Fs At F\nssmstbm tXmpt..... "
"Dtj... ]Xps.... ]Xps ]d... anmsX InSp kpJnv..... anmsX..." ASnpXn\nSbn Rm
]dp. Bcp tIm. Adnbm kpJfpsS temItp BZyambh ]dp Ibdptm
Fp tIm, FSn hm.
"Asm...Rm\nw Iqhpw...Fs Atm....F\np Ftm hcpt...lm..lbn...tZ ASn...ASn.........Mv..
Mv.. Mv.. Mv......." Hmtcm ASnpw Ah Xmfn Rcn.
Cdphpw shfnsbpw ]qt\ns hgpepw Fs Ip]m\nbpsS \\hpw IqSnbmbtm,
Hcp sNdnb vKv...vKv... iw, ]ptm tIm kpJap, Bp ]m Bthiw Xcp
B iw AhfpsS tbm\nbn \npw Dbp. Ah Npp IqnSnp. Xe s]mn Fs
apJtp ASpnp. Fs DdpSw sInnSnp. Rm Fs NppI sImv AhfpsS
hmbSp. Ah Dn Rcm XpSn. Fs Ipp Nppw AhfpsS tbm\o t]inI
apdpIpXp Rm\dnp. AtXmsS F\npw NcSp s]mmdmbn. Rm Ip apgph\pw
henqcnsbSpSnp. Rm ]dp.
"Djpo.....F\nnw hcpw.... ]mep hcpw... "
"hcss s]mp tamt\... F\npw.... Fs.... At... hcpq..... Atm.. lbo......ltm...Ignp.....
Kv..Kv...Kv....."
]nsbh annbn. henp apdpIn Fs sIn]nSnp \nebmbn. Hcp \nanjw AhfpsS
Acsp _eambn s]mn \np. F\n\m Ignn. ]ns Ah Abp. Atm
Rm Fs Iemi Xp Xn. Fs IpbpsS A{Kw AIshnsStbm thsdmcp hfbn
tIdn apdpIn \np. Fs ]mpnbpsS ASp sXdnp. hnn hnn AhfpsS ]qdp Fs
Ipsb CdppXn\nSbn Ah k{apambn B In ]m{Xntep \ Inbp NqSp ]m
Hgnp sImSpp. D apX NpcmsX sIn\nncp ]m apgph\pw AhfpsS tbm\n Gp
hmn. Hcp an\np t\cw AhfpsS ]qdp hnn sImncpp, Rm ]m Hgnp sImpancpp.
RcpIfpsS sIpI Abtm Ah sas Ip Xpdp, Hp ]pncnp, Fnss
Npn Hcp, Rm ]Ip sImSp BZy kpcXns kpJn\p \n. Rm AhfpsS
icocp \npw Xmsgp sNcnp InSp. Fs Ip Atmgpw AhfpsS ]qdn
apdpInbncnpIbmbncpp.
"Fs\ Dmbncpp \psS Ifn... kpJntm..? " Rm tNmZnp.
"hnPbm..\ns kq{Xw A]mcam....Cu
\apsgpw Cu Ifn IfnWw...."

Ifnns{Xw cksammcpsv

Rm\dnn. .....C\n

"Djpo...kq{Xa...Ip...]d... Ip......."
"Mqw.. Ipm....B\p...."
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"\n\hnsS IodptIm....h thZ\tbm...Dmtbm..."


"AXn\t Fs Ipm.... Rm ....FsbSpp \nsbo.. s]cppt tXp ]nSnns.... At
F\ndnbmambncpp \o Fs IhnsS CSnp Iodpsap.... "
"Atm..As\ htmw hmcps Fs s]mt \o Fs\ \msf apphmcpp..?
"Atepw \msf appw \odpw AXp Xobm... FhnsSsbmstbm henp s]mosmv..."
"Atm .....]mhw Fs Djpn....."
F\np AhtfmSv klXm]w tXmn. Ah Nncnp. Rm AhfpsS Ihnfn Aan D hp.
Rm AhfpsS apebn Ibv hp, Fnp ISp. Ah apebn \npw Fs Ibv amn,
AhfpsS Ibv Iangvp InSp Fs ]pdtnp. Ipdp kabw R As\ InSp, Fs
Ip AhfpsS ]qdn InSp NpcpnsImncpp. abw RfpsS IpIfn Ibdm XpSn.
S]v...S]v...S]v.....
hmXnen app iw. R Xe s]mn At\ym\yw t\mn. hopw app iw. IqsS
tNnbpsS ihpw.
"Dtj...tamtf...Fgptt....hmXn Hp sXmdt..."
"tM...Bcm...tNnbmtWm.... " Fm tNo.... Cu ]mXncmv..?
"tamfp hmXnsemp sXmdt...AXymhiyam...thKw sXmdv..."
Hcp an\np Zm...hcpp....lpB....Blv...."
Dj Dds Hcp tImp hmbnp tInp. Rm Xfp InS Fs Ip [rXnbn henqcn,
Atmgpw \ apdpambncpXp sImp Hcp sNdnb vKv itmsS AXqcntmp. IqsS Ipsd
sImgp ]mepw. Fs Ip BsI ]men Ipfnncpp. Ah Inen InS uskSpv tIn
Hp cp lppIfnp, ]mhmS Fns\tbm tIn Acbnsemnp shp s]sp AXpsImp
]qtdsemp Aan tXmn.. sabntepw ]m Henp hoWncpp, Rm AXp ]pXnp aqSn.
Rm Fs app Xn. AXp ImWpn, ISn aqtm Ah ]dnstmtm FdnXmWp.
Fs hndm XpSn. Djpw hm ]cn{`aw. Rm Hfnm CSw tXSn. InenSnbnsep
tIdn t\mn. AhnsS Ftm s]nbpw km[\fpw Dmbncpp. Hcp hn[n AXn\nSbn tIdn
HXpnbncpp. hopw appw hnfnbpw.
"Zm... hcpp... tNn "
Dj ebnv AWp. Fnp hmXnens IpnsbSpp Xpdp. tNn AItp Ibdn, ebnnp.
Fnp Djtb BsI Hp t\mn, Nppw t\mn.
"Fm tNo...?" DjbpsS kzcn hndbepmbncpp
HmI - 11
" Xmaknp sIS sImmbncnpw Ddw hcpn. Npm ]pdndn, Hp apntbp
sISmsap IcpXn. t\mnbw hnPbt\ tkm^bn ImWpn...." tNn Hcp {]tXyI kzcXn
]dp.
" sNew _mp dqan...... " Dj \np hnn.
" C AXn\In. C\n Cu ]mXncmv Ah shfnbn t]mtbmp kwibw..."
Fs \mbn hndppmbncpp. Inen\p Iosg Hcp kuIcyhpan Xm\pw. henb icocap
F\np AhnSw Hpw t]mcmbncpp. ]nSnsSpXnep t]Snb, adnp tNntbmSp
hnizmkh\ sNbvXXns t]cn F\np tNn \sSpasm F hnjaambncpp apn.
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amcpambpw _sScpsXp tNnbpsS apdnbnp B hmns NqSmdpw apv ewLnp. C\n
tNnbpsS icocns NqSp kz]v\w ImWmt\ ]q. AhcpsS aZ\sNp IIpfns Hp
ImWm ]nbntm Fp hnjaw. Mm..t]ms....Djsbmsm, t]mscn kckphpw, ]ns
A{X ]nWnbmsWn \mWnbbpw. " appw apnbpw sImw" Fp kvIqfn hp
hmkymb\ Kpcp ]dbpXp tInpp. tNn ]nsbpw CcnpIbmWp.
" C\n Ah ChnsSsbm\pw hp apntbmSn Dtj.." tNn ASnnSnv tNmZnpp.
" Aht\m...C....." Dj hopw hnn. AtmgmWp Fs epnbpsS Aw Inens\ Av Xmsg
tNn IXv.
" CXv Ch DSp epnbmWtm..."
DjbpsS apJw hnfdn. IImen\p F\np Xpm\pw apn. Inen\p Xmsg Ccp s]nbpw
km[\fpw apgph\pw s]mSnbmbncpp. aqp s]mnnSn Fs Xp Hcp Aadembn ]pdp
hp.
" hnPb AhnsSs Ccpm aXn. Rm ]dnp ]pdp hm aXn tItm."
ASnnSnv tNn ]dp. Fs hnbp. In ]nSnsp Ignp.
" Dtj, tamfo Inentemsmp sISt....."
" Fn\m Ipt...? Dj Icbp kzcn tNmZnp.
" l, tamsfmp sISt....." Dj Inen sISp.
tNn DjbpsS ]mhmS s]mm Xp\np. Dj Ibv sImXp XSbm {ianp. Rm ]Xps
Inens Iosg \npw Xe ]pdtnp t\mn.
" \o IsSpv tamsf...Rm\psamcp s]t...."
" A Ipt......Fn\m...Cw......."
" anmsX sISSo AhnsS...." tNn tZjysp.
]ns Dj XSn. tNn AhfpsS ]mhmS Acp tase hsc s]mn hp. Dj IbvI sImv
IhnS s]mnnSnp. ImepI ASpnp ]nSnp sISp. tNn AhfpsS Ibv _eambn ]nSnp
amn. sNdpXmsWnepw \ndncp ]qSI shfnn Xnfn. tNn Cen t]mse t]mse
XSn {XntImWn B ]qS\ncIfpsS tase Hp ItmSnp t\mn. Fnp ]dp.
" s]n\p {]mbambn, taaoibpw ASn]qSbpw At\ym\y ]qcI FmWp {]amWw. aoi h
BWpw ]qS h s]pw ASptIem ]gamcp ]tdXv...... tamfp ImsemInt...."
" Ip FXm Cu ImWnpt...? Djp Acniw hp.
" anmsX sIStmWw..... Fs \n\dnbn..... Mv lm...."
tNn _eambn DjbpsS ImepIfIn. IhnSbn \np Atmgpw Hp cp ippnI
Henndpmbncpp. ImennSbnte ]qSI ipibn HnnSnncpp. Ah AhfpsS
HnnSn tbm\oZf hncepI sImIn t\mn. Atm AXn \npw AW s]mnbXp
t]mse XpnI HgpIm XpSn. Fnv AXn \npw Hcp Xpn tXmnsbSpv aWp
kwib \nhrn hcpn. hnc DjbpsS ]mhmSbn XpSp. Dj ImeIn A\msX
InStXbpp. B XpnIfn Aw Nph \ndw IqSn Iencpp.
" \obnw s]mdmtWmSo...."
" Mqw Mqw....A......" Dj ]dp.
" Mqw, AXp sicn, Atm Ah CSnp s]mfnmtWepw AItp Xs \nt]np AtSo,
\obXp Imepw Ihp Ap taSnptIw sNbvXp..." tNn Hcp ]cnlmkn ]dp.
" Ipt.... hnPb..... Fs....AIv...htm...."
" th..\ns ]pfp Hpw F\np tI. Hcp hbn\p am{Xw Ffw, IeymWn\p {]iv\an,
Fsms ]dsnepw \o C{X s]sp Ahs shw AIp henp tIpsap Rm
IcpXnbn.... FSo... \o C{Xsmcp s]mnsmbntmbtmSo. Fsnepw ]ntmbm ]ns,
\nssbms Xtw Xsw PohnncnpthmSo, AXp \o Hcp \nanjw Nnntm.... Fn\m....,
Fsdm aXn. t]mImp ]dp ]nSnp \nnbXp, AXpw Fh, Cu sIm\mSv ChnsS
Dw.....""
tNn ]XpsbmWp ]dsXnepw AlmkambmWp Rp tXmnbXv, AXpw kXy.
" Ipt.... ]nsmbn.... " Dj Icbm XpSn. tNn AhfpsS ]mhmS henp t\scbnp.
" {]nb `msh.. Ctmndntmcv....." tNn FtmSp ]dp.
" F\np ......apn..... "
" tZs...FSppSpv.... "
tNn apsSpv Inens Iosgsdnp. Rm\Xp sImv ap hiw adv ]nSnv shfnbn hp.
Fnp icnpSpp. Dj Atmgpw sNcnp InSp GeSnpIbmbncpp.
" C\n Fm ImWm \nphmSm...... Imcyw km[nnt... C\n t]mbn sISsmdp....
ktmjambtm." Fs ImepI ]Xps apdnp ]pdtngp. tNn DjtbmSv tNmZnpp
" FmSo \obn\n IpfnpXp..? "
" cp aqp Znhkw IqSn Ignm...."

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" slm, kam[m\ambn, AXns\tS ]nSnt Fs `KhXo..... GXmbmepw CXmcpw Adnb.
hXp hp. C\nsbnepw \o, AXmbXp s]p kqnWw. BWpfp hp tIdn
tanp Gmbpw Xqn ASphfpsS ASptp t]mIpw. \fm ]ns ASnhbdpw Xmn
\StXv... Adnbmthm....."
" Fmepw \o ]np IftmSo...." tNn ]nsbpw aqp hnc shp ]dp.
" Ipt...." Dj ]Xps hnfnp.
" Mqw... Fm..."
" CXv BtcmSpw ]dbtt..." AOt\m Atbm Adnm ]ns.......Rm Np Itfw.."
Dj aqp Non.
" C... Rm ]dbn..... Fnmcpw NmI.... sISsmdntm.. AXn\p apv t]mbn AIp
Inv \mbnp shsamgnsmp IgpIntbcv.... IenImeam.... "
Djtb tNn ]nSnsgptnp.
Xncnp t\mnbtm Rm hmXn Xs Dv.
" C\nsbm ImWm\mSm hmbpw s]mfnp \nps.... Imcyw km[nnt..... t]mSm....." Rm s]sp
shfnbn ISp tkm^bn t]mbn Ccpp.
tNnbpw Djbpw IqSn _mp dqan tIdn hmXn Nmcn. shw tImcn Hgnp iw tIp. Rm
sas hmXnen\Spp t]mbn \np sNhntbmp.
" Atm Ipt, ]Xps,...\odpp... " DjbpsS iw.
" CSnp tInbw HmWamcpp CXp apm\pw IqSn DXmsWv.... Cnsc \odnbmepw
kmcan, AIw {hpnbmIs.... "
" ]Xps InSv Ipt......At Rm Inp IgpIntmfmw...."
" Fm IgpIv.... XWp shambnm \odps.... Fnepw B Bt\sS Amw Imep Fs\ \o
AImn Fs s]t......AXpw Inbmbnp ..... AtXm t\ct Xs hhcpambnp Npnfn
hXpw ?...."
tNn`pXw. Atm DjbpsS tNmZyw.
" As\sbmpw F\nn... ]ns CXv.. Aht\mSv.... shem tXmnbn... Rms\mcp
anbmbntmbn....."
" C\nsbnepw kqntW Fs tamtf.... \ s]pm K`]m{Xw Innbncnpt..."
." Ip AcnisScpXv.. Hcp Imcyw tNmZnm....hnPbtXv..... Amw ImemsWp ......
Ipss\ Adnbmw... Insmtm...." tNn Hp Nncnp.
" ]nt...F{X {]mhiyw... shfpm Imep Aen t]mbn Hp sXmgmsap hnNmcnp
Fgptp t\mpww... IWn ImWpXp ap inhenwKw...ChnsS..... XpWoan...tImWm\panmsX
At sISpt... Aente inhenwKw tXmp t]mIpw. Fs\ Inn C{X sNdpnte Ch\o
hntijs km[\w Fm a\nemImt....." Djp Nncn hp.
" InWn... ]nSnIp tIn Ihbpw Iodnbnp Nncnpp....
t]mbnnSpdv... C\n
A_sampw ImWntt Fs Ipo...."
tNn Bizknnpp. Rm t]mbn
tkm^bnencpp. tNn Ahsf In ]nSnp sImpt]mbn apdnImn. IXIp ]pdp \npw
ASp. Fnv Fs ASpp hp Fs sNhnbn ]dp.
" C\n htp FSptp s]mdow s]mntmv.... Xcmw \n\p..... C\o CXp Im Rm
Inp Zqscsbdnbpw... " Ah AIp Ibdn IXISp. Rm An t]mb Amt\tmse
AhnsS Ccpp.
F\npdw hn. shfpm Imestmsgm Hp abn. henb Hcp \t_m[w. Amh
ISbntep t]mIm\ndptmgm\p Ip XpdXv. ]XnhnmsX Amh ]pdtp IXIp
]pdp \npw ]qnbnp t]mIpp. Rm Fgptp t\mn, tNn DW an, IXIp
Nmcnbnpv. DjbpsS IXIv Xn t\mn AIp \npw Ipn Cncnpp. Ahpw {]bmkw
ImWpw. Dds. Fmepw F\np \sampan, DjbpsS koep s]mnms\mtm.
kam[m\np. ASpfbn t\mn, Amh Imn Cnpv. s]sp {]`mXIrXysfmw Ignv
Hcp I Imn IpSnp. tkm^bnencpp, Snhn Imtem, thm Ddph Dds....]Xps,
apn\Snbn \npw Ips\ shfnbn FSpp. shdptX InSptm Xsbpv Anp.
]Xps Ahs\ ]nSnp s]mn, DdmXncpp icocw NqSmbXp sImv Ah s]sp s]mn
Fn\pw sdUnbmbn \np. _mp dqan hp IgpInbtm Hcp sNdnb \o tXmnbncpp.
t\mnbtm sXmnp Xmtg sXmen sNdpXmbn s]mnbnpv. DjbpsS Inqdn InSp
henXpsImmbncnpw. Fmepw Hcp Xr]vXn tXmn. Almcnbmbncp apdsns\
IpmSmn amnb am{nIhSn. sicnpw B\p Xs, A`nam\w tXmn. Ahs\
kvt\l]qdzw Xmtemenp sImncpp, Ggnp \ofn dqSn t]mse Ah \np InXp,
B\ Ioscmgpn. kmcansSm Ipm, \n\n\n DjbpsS ]pXp amfw kzamsWSm, tNnbpsS
Nqdp t]ms tIdm tbmKansp kam[m\nsSm. Fmepw AsXmcp kz J\nbmbncpp,

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sImXnp sImXnp \Snp Bsmp ]m ]nbntm Fp a\p hne]np. t]mt
_mnsbmw sNbvXnt, \ntmn, ISnp Xnnt, K`]m{Xw htc hncennt. aXn.
Iptd t\cw Ignnpw Bcpw DWcpn. Fm tNntbs hnfnp t\mmw.
tZjyambncnpw, As\bmsWn Djtbbpw Iqn AhfpsS hontep t]mImw C\n GXmp
]p ]{p Znhktabpp, Ah[n Xocm. ]Xps tNnbpsS apdnbpsS IXIp Xn t\mn.
Ipnbnnn, ]Xps Xpdp. AeamcbpsS adhpXp ImcWw AcnIn IqSn tNnbpsS ImepI
am{Xw ImWmw \ Ddambncnpw. AItp tIdn iw tInmsX hmXn Nmcn
InenSptp \Sp. B Imgv Fs BsI XInSw adnp Ifp.
At, Fsmcp InSv, Ip Xntmbn. Agn {_mbpw henp tInb ]mhmSbpw am{Xw. B
hpeI cpw shfnbn Xs. Hcp Ibv Xep apIfntep hncpp. Inte Idp
tcma Itm Xs s]mn \n Ip \np sRm XpSn. sNdpXmbn Iqw
henp amXncn iapv. amdn ]memS Icpsn Iagvnb amXncnbp hpeI Aw
]cp InSpp. Hscw Hcp hitp Aw Nmnpv. izmkns Xmfns\mnp B
XmgnIpS DbcpIbpw XmgpIbpw sNpp. Idpncp apepI {]`mX shfnn
Xnfn. ]nSnpSmtWm ISnp hentWm, AtXm t\mn\np Hcp hmWaSnsmgnmtem. ]cnkcw
adpdm Fp ]n.. Hm, Ces Ddanfp sImmbncnpw.
]mXn hnS B NppIfn Hcp ]pncn Ct Fp kwibw, AXp Ins\np B
aeNppI ISnom Bthiw. AXp Rm ]WnsSn. XnSpw IqSnbm Cu Akpe`
ImgvN \ssntem. B IpfnapeIpw, shpSIp anSbnembn kmcnmhmS Npcpp
tIdn InSpp. XpSIp apIfn Hcp Sn tXmp InSpv. ImepI \mbn Ihp
{^obmbnmWp InSv. XpSI ]IpXnbpw IWmepIfpw \w. IWmense \\p tcma Hcp
t\cnb Idpp Omb krnpp. Rm ]Xps Fs Ip InseSpp. hmWaSn XpSn, ]ns
\nn, hfsc kmh[m\n tZlv Dckm hn[n B Sn Shz FSpp amn. tlm,
CsmgmWp B kz hmXn {ZpiyambXv. Idp InqSI \nd tNnbpsS cXnkzw
BZyambmWp IIpfps ImWpXp. GtmWnp InSp ]mhmSbpsS AcnIpI ImcWw
B ImSnsbpw Nmensbpw ]IpXntb ImWm ]ppp. Rm ]Xps ]mhmS hfsc kqnv
apIfntep amn. lmbv, ImWm sImXnncp A Imgv CXm ]I shfnn, GsXmcp
tbmKnbpw ISp \np hmWaSnm t]mcp ImgvN. Xgp hfcp tcmamSv, Amhs
{]nbs Ifnfw, Cu ASp Imespw hSn eWan, A{Xp Xgp hfcp tcmamSp,
A{Xbpw Ihp aep InSnpw ]qm H t\mn ]nSnInpIbn. apIfn hnShp
XpSpnSp Icn amXncn ]qS Xnn In]nSnp InSpp, B IcnmdnSbn Ftm Hcp
X, AsX tNnbpsS ]dnp Xs ]pdtp Ccp \ndn Xn \npp, henb Hcp
Hp Iagvp InSp t]mse.. HnnSnncnp ]qppInSbn Fnt Hstbm
A ]pdsp ImWmw. ]ns Xmtgmp hcptmdpw tcma Ipdp hcpp. XpSI
XSnXmbXp sImv hnShns Ahpw IqXnbpw ImWm ]pn. Hcp Imcyw Xobmbn,
]qdns \ndw CcpXmWp, AXmbXp kmm Icnqdp Xs. Cu shfp \ndap tNnbpsS
ImennSbn Icnqtdm? {_]vamhns Ifn A]mcw Xs. hnimeamb Ccp ]h ImSns
\Sphn C{Xbpw \ofap ]qdcphn, CXmbncnpw, kvIqfnse Kpcp ]dXv Nne s]pv Ac
\ndsb ]qdmsWv. Cu Imn\Ip \np CXns Xpf Ip ]nSnp Ip tIn ]p
Amhs\ kXnWw.
Rm ]Xps Ip\nv Fs apJw B IhnSbnteSpnp. Hp aWp t\mn,
hnbnsbpw Ipmensbpw Ahn aWw, AsXs Xetmdnt\ ap]nSnnp. Fpw
]qdns aWw F\nsmcp lcambncptm. kqnp t\mnbtm ImWmw ]qmens Xmgs
Iptd ]qSI ]i ]nSn amXncn Hnbncnpp. AXp sicn, \ Hcp ] Ignnp A[nI
t\cambnn. AXns kpJmekyn XfpdpIbmWp shfpm Imet kz]v\n
Btcm a\nepv, AXmWm sNdp ]pncnbpsS Aw. anhmdpw tKm] Ctm khmdns
CSbneqsS In ]nSnp henp kpJnnbmbncnpw. HnnSnncnp ]qNppI hnSn
t\mm Fs hncepI shn. C{Xbpw \ Imgv Inp hmWaSnmsX Fs\ \nm
]pw, ]nSnv B IhnSbntep B ]qSh\ntep Xs Hgnmw, Rm Xocpam\np.
AsmgmsWs _pn icnpWXv, C\n CXp t]mse Hchkcw Inn, Djtb ]nbXp
ImcWw tNnbpsS Cu ]qmh\w C\n F\np IWn ImWm Inpsap tXmpn. CXn\Iv
Fs Ip Hp XntpIsbnepw thWw. hcpnbnsnepw th. Rm hfsc ]Xps
kqnv sabntep Ibv Ipn, Ihp tNnbpsS Acsn\ncphipambn appIpn \np.
B hnS Acsn sXmSmsX \nm ]mSps]p. Fs Kpems\ ]nSnv B Icnqdns
hnShn\p t\sc \nn, IpbpsS Aw B hnShn apnp. Fnp Ip\nv ]Xps B
sNhnbnsep a{np.
" h\q, CXv Rm\m... \ns tKm]....Fs h\q..."
" Mqw...." tNnbpsS NppI Ahyambn ]ndp]ndpp. "Fs tKm]m" FmbncnWw.

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Rm\m In Hp aqp apnp, B Kw \pItm Fs a\pw Phm\pw Djmdmbn.
]ns Dbp \n CSt apesRp ISnp ]nSnp. Ibv Ipn B ta\nbntep Nmp. Hcp
Ibv Ipn \nnv B hnShntep Ip ]nSnp s]ssmpcp, Atm hnSshmp Xpdp Inn.
Bsmp Xn. Hcp {]bmkhpw IqSmsX ]qZffpsS Hepw Xpdp Ah Amh
hgpnbnnp t]mb B aZ\smmcns `nnInSbn IqSn hgpXn AItp CSnp
Ibdn. B shs\bv]qdn\pn Fsmcp NqSpw kpJhpw, Ahscm\n IpI henp
Xpdp. Rm Hcp Ibv sImv AhcpsS XeSnbn IqSn Inp apJw FtXnt\mSSpnp.
" lmcmXv... " Ah iapbn. Rm B NppI hmbnemn. Ah apcp.
" Rm\m h\q, \ns tKm]..." NptmSSpnv Rm ]ndp]ndpp. s]ns icocnse Ghpw
skknohv Bb Ahbhn\pn A\yamb Ftm Hcp km[\ns ISp tIn
Ah sRnbpWp. Atmtgpw Ahmfp a\nembn. IbvI s]mn Fs Xn amm
{ianp.
" \otbm..?..FmSm \mdo.. \obn ImWnps. Fgptp amsdSm ]o....." Ah Bt{Iminp.
Rm Xebnse ]nSn apdpn, Ip Hp IqSn inbmbn ]qntean, asIbv sImv heXp
apebn ]nSnan. Fs s\n sImhcpsS s\n Aan ]nSnnp ]dp.
" A\msX sISm ]n kpJnnp Xcmw... sImXnnpw sImXnpw.... Fs...tNn sImtd
Ifnnp..."
" Fs ]qS t]mepw s\\p XcnsSm.... \o I AhfpamcpsS Fmw sImXn tIdn
s\cntbp Cw Ft thWw...tM....amsdSm..." Ah hopw Fs Xn amm {ianp.
" Hsbmmt tNo, Rm Hp Ifntmt...Hcp {]mhiyw..... am{Xw.... " Rm HqcnbSnp.
ipw \ndp InS B ]qdns ASnn Fs IpbpsS Aw CSnp \np. tNn Im
app aSm t\mn. Rm\m ImepInSbn Fs Acsv inbmbn Aan ]nSnp.
" Rm kXnn... Nmepw \n\p Rm sISp Xcn..."
" Cu ]qn B tKm]\p Insfmsan Rms\mp Ifnm CsXm tXp t]mIpthm.."
Rm sXcp sXsc cSn DucnbSnp.
" AsXs CamSm.... \o t]mbn In ]nSnp s\dptIsemgnv.... CXp s\\p InnsSm... " Fs
a sIp. Fs kzcw amdn.
" Cu Icnqdns tamfn sISp Nmepw sicn, Cp \ns IfnmsX hnSnsSo ]qdntamtf,
A\msX sISnt sImp Ifbpw..." Rm\m Igpnte ]nSn apdpn, Hw apebn inbmbn
AnnSnp. Fnte sNIpm DWncpp.
Fs in h amhpw ]nSphpw IqSn Bbtm tNnp izmkw apnmWpw.
AhcSn, Rm\pw Fs ]nSn Abp, Atm
Ah Hp Npap hnn izmksaSpp,
Fn\msX InSp. Npatm B ]qdns ASnn \npw tatemv h X Fs
]dnbn Xn. Rm Hcp \nanjw A\msX InSp. apebnsebpw Igpnsebpw IbvIsfSpp
InSbn Ipn \np. Fnp ]dp.
" A\msX sISm Rms\mp ]ntbp s]msmfmw... Asn....."
tNn Fs Intesmp kqnp t\mn.
]ns apJw Hcp hitp sNcnp ]nSnp Ipw Xpdp Zqtcp t\mn A\msX InSp. Rm
t\sc \mepImen \np, Ibv ]nSnp B NqSp ]qdn\Ip ]dnbnsmnfn, ASn XpSn. CSp
cp aqp an\np Igntm Rm\mhiysp.
" Fs D shv... Fnp Im Cnsc IqsS AInm...."
Ah apJw Xncnp Fs Npn Npp apnp. Fnp ImeIn. Ctm \ kpJw, Hcp
_pnappw IqSmsX \ p p Hbpambn Fs Ip AhcpsS ]qn Ibdnbndn. ASn
aqtm hopw Rm ]dp.
" ImeSpnp ]nSnv... Fnss sInnSnv.." Ah ImeSpnp ]nSnp, Fs ]pdp IqSn
IbvIfnp sInnSnp.
Rm ASn thKX ]Xpsbmn. Npp]tbmKnv AhcpsS hmbv _eambn Xpdp \mn \mp
apnp. AtmfhcpsS Fs sIn]nSnpcp IbvIsmcp amw h s]mse F\np tXmn.
\mpI IY ]dbptmdpw AhcpsS IbvI _eamIm XpSn. Acsp ]Xps A\m
XpSn. Rm Hcp IsSpv het apebpsS sRp ]nSnp \pm XpSn. Hw ]Xps
apen \Janpcp, kuayambn apebn sRn. Fs sInnSnncp tNnbpsS CSt
Ibv CSt apebntep amdn, AXn sXcpnSnm XpSn. F\np a\nembn, tNn CfIn
XpSnsbv. C\n \mbnsmnfInbm CsXmcp ] BIpw. Rm Hp sNcnp Fnp Xe
Ip\np Hcp apesRp hmbn Bn. sNcn hip Ibv app Ipn, Fs Hcp Im sImv
AhcpsS Im Aw AIn, hbdnnSbn IqSn Fs atIbv Xmtgnp. AhcpsS tcmaw
\nd aY app IqSn Fs Ibv AhcpsS Insen. AXp \\ncpp. Fs IpbpsS
IqsS Rm Ibv AItnp t\mn, \mbn \\npv, AhnsS Rm Fs cp hncepI
tXp, Fs Ipbn Fs hncepI apn. tX hncepI In sImp hp, B sXtemSp
IqSn Rm In Dcm XpSn, Hbv apn Ipn \np sImv ] Rm
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DuPnXamn. ASnsbmsSmw AhcpsS Ipg In Xmfnean Xncpm\pw XpSn.
Acsn\nSbn Ibv AancpXp sImv B \nebn In ]nSnm km[nn. Xncpepw
ASnbpw aqtm tNnbn \npw Rc Dbcm XpSn. Ah Xe s]mn, Fs
s\ntep ASpm {ianp. IpI Iqn. apn aqfn Ah ]dp.
" \osbsmcp sNIpm\mSm.... tlm.... Fs As....\o....Fs.... Fn\mSm Cs\ kpJnnp
sImps..."
" Fs s]mns\ Rm kpJnnp sImpw....Cw ctkmtm..? kpJsamtm..."
" " Mqw Hv....\.... kpJw......Hv.. .\o \np....ASn...Hcp.... samtew IqsS IpSnsSm...."
hnjanmsWnepw Rm apJw Ip\np AhcpsS Hcp ape hmbnemn.
" Fs tamt\....IpSnv... thKw ....thKw ...ASnp
tamt\....Itp ...hnSmsX Xncpp
.tlm....Fsmcp kpJw....."
" Mqw..." apebn \npw hmsbSpmsX Rm aqfn.
" F\np hcpw....... ASnv..... Mv...Mv...Mv......" Ah hnn, Fs ASnsmw, Acsp s]mncm
XpSn. Ap an\np t\cw \ Xmfn Rm DucnbSnp ]n. Htcm ASnpw Inepw
XncpnsmSpp. tNn Ibv ImepIfnpcp. CSp ImepI s]mn Fs hcnp ]nSnm
t\mn, \Sn. Fsm thKn Ah Acsp s]mn XncnSnm XpSn.
" Atm... F\np hcpsSm..... Mv Mv Mv Mv Mv Du....." lbo.... hq.....Ftm...."
Ah tatemp _eambn s]mn. AhcpsS tbm\n CdpIn, AsXs Ipsb Cdpn]nSnp. Rm
BSn XpSp. D]tbmKnp Ipg XpfbmbXp sImmbncnw apdppwtXmdpw ASnm \
kpJw. HSphn Ah InSbnteap. ]nsbpw AmdSn Igntm F\npw shw
hp.
" F\npw .....hss .....tNo... Mqw Mqw....tlm......"
sRn sRn Rm ASnp, sRn sRn AhcpsS tbm\n Fs Hmtcm ASnbpw ]mepw Gp
hmn. p p iw IqSn. Fnpw Rm In Xncp XpSp. AhnSamsI BhWs Hgn
amXncn \\p Ipgp.
" C\n aXn....IsSpv.... " Ah Inencp Fs IsSpp amn. Rm B Ismp aWnp
AhcpsS Npn apnp. AhcXp ]nSpp Fs Npntep shp. ITn\amb tPmen Ign amXncn
Ah InSp InXp.
" \n IpSntm....cmhnet \nthZyam...." Hcp ]pncn B Npn. Fnst Cdpn sIn]nSnp,
Ihnfsmcp Xp, Ihnfn Ihnfp tNp hp, A t\cw. ]ns Xf in tNmZnp.
" \o FhnSp ]TnsSm Cu hnZysbms... C{Xbpw Imeambnv CXp t]msemcp kpJw BZyam...."
" s]mkvXIop hmbnXm....."
" \o thsd Bnsms CXp {]tbmKnp...? "
" kXyambnpw Fs tNnsbmSv am{Xw.... \ ckamcptm.... At..."
AXns adp]Sn Ihnfv Aan Hcp Npw_\ambncpp. R Ap an\np As\ InSp.
Fs Kpem AIncpp Npcpnsmncpp.
" ]pdtsmenm sXmSnsmv... InS apgph\pw BIpw....\o Fgptt..."
Rm Ibv Ipn Fgptp. AhcpsS AcsIn Hncpp. ]qSmSns Xmgt ]IpXn ]men
]Xv Hnbncpp. Rm Fs Ips\ B ]mpgnbn \npw DucnsbSpp., Hcp sNdnb
itmsS Ah Xfp ]pdp hp. Rm\m ]qntep t\mn. AXp hm Xpdncpp.
hmbn \npw sImgpp ]X ]m XpSbnSpntep HgpInsmncpp. Rm Sn
ShzseSpp AhnsS s]mn ]nSnp sImSpp. Ah s]mn ]nSnp sImv Fgptp Ipn
amn t\mn.
" Foizcm...InS apgph\pw ]n. ...F{X endmSm \ns kop HgpInbXv...? "
" Rms\m sNbvXnm.... tNosS kmam\w sXmdp t]mbnt.... Cgpw AXp hm s]mfnmcnpw
Ccnps..."
" s]mtmWw .... Hgnp htpw..." Ah at Ibv Fs t\tc Hmn. Rm\m Ibv ]nSnp Fs
Ipbn apnp.
" lt...CsXmSm Ipmbw tX t]mse...]Xncnpt...?
" Htc kabv cp t]cpsSbpw IqSnbmbtm ... ]m ASnp ]XXm... Fmepw Amh Cu
shfpn\p..."
" B...F\ndnbn...shfpm Imev Atp ]Xnhnm Hcp ]qXn. AXpw \ Hdw
hcp t\cp, iIew t]mepw Hdnbnn. AXp Ignw \ns hI... Dcpp tIhpw....
F\nss kIeam\hpw sNmdnp hXm....sImm\p tZjysammcpp \ntmSv.... "
tNn XpWn DSpp sImv ]dp. IhnSbn Shz Npcpn hp, ]mhmS DSpp, Atmgpw
Rm\m apeIfn t\mn \np. Fsmcp `wKn. Ah uknp kmcnsbSppSpp. Rm Fs
epn Inen \npw FSppSpp. ]dn tNnbpsS kmcnbn XpSp.
" ]nsm sImmXncpXv....Fs Fsmw ]dstmsbmtm...?..."

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" AtX... F{X Acniw hmepw s]pfpsS av Nne BWp sXmm CfIntmIpw.
AXm s]v. "
Rm Ahsc sInnSnp. B IpIfntep Dp t\mn, Fnp tNmZnp.
" kXyw ]d... tNnstmSp hntcm[w Dtm...?..."
" tZjyw Hv.... Fmepw \ns shdpm F\np Hpw ]pn..."
" Rm\pw tZjyw htm...Atcw tNntb Fsmstbm sXdn hnfnp.... FtmSp Hpw
tXmv...Atcw F\np Indpmbncpp"
" CsSm...Ipm..." Fs apJw tNp sImp ]dp.
" R Cp Nnetm DtjsS hontemp t]mIpw... F\np t]mIm a\n.... Fnepw.."
" \o HscSpw t]mIpn... kvIqfp sXmdnt t]mIpsmp... Atm ]d t]mse Dj
Fty... "
" Fgptnn... IXIp Ipn Cp sISphm.... tNn Ahsf Cse Hncn hgp ]dp. "
" ]ns Rm Ahsf ]pIgvtWm... Fsnepw ]nbm... \o Dcw ]dbptam..."
" F\nhtf Cm...Hc_n As\..."
R apdnp ]pdndn. DjbpsS apdn hmXn Xpdp InSncpp. R ASpfbntep
sNp. ASpn, ]m{Xn shw Xnfpp.
]pdndn t\mnbtm ASpf hit Xbnsns Nphn \np Dj ]p
tXpIbmbncpp.
tNn tNmZnp.
" \o Fgm HWt..?.... IXIpw ]qn HdpImcpsp hnPb ]dp..."
" Cw FgpttX Hp...."
Rm\pw tNnbpw In In t\mn. Dj Zqscp t\mn ]p tX XpSp.
HmI - 12
tNn AItp Ibdntmbn. Rm Xqnbnncp IpSpbn \npw Aw DancnsbSpp
DjbpsS ASpp sNp ]p tXm XpSn. CSp tNmZnp.
" Dj Cw DWtX Htm..?..."
" Mqw.."
" Rm hnfnm hXm. Atcw IXIv Ipnbnncnphmcpp. ]ns hnfnsmp IcpXn..."
" Mqw"
" \fnp hon t]msWmtm..?"
" Mqw"
Dj InWdn\Spp sNp sXmnbnencp shsaSpv apJw IgpIn AItp Ibdntmbn.
Ftm Hcp henb `mhw. Rm ]p tXp. ]ns apdnbn hp ]{Xnse ]Ssfms Ip.
Icm\w t{Xn Fmw Dkhw. Ap Umkv ]cn]mSn. DjtbmSpw tNntbmSpw ]dbmw.
Ipdp Igntm Fs ImnIpSnm tNn hnfnp. ASpfbn sNp t\mn. tZmibpw
kvs]jy apdnbpw Xbm. tNn F\npw Djpw hnfn. Dj Ip\np Ccpp Ignpp,
" tNn Cp Fmw Dkham. \app t]mImw Umskmv... "
" t]mImw.. IeymWw Igntns Dkhn\pw Bdmn\psampw t]mbnn. tN hcptm
kybmIpw, ]ns ...aSnbm..."
" Dj \msf t]mbm aXn... Fm..." Rm Djtb t\mn. Ah Hpw anpn. Ip\nncpp
a\nma\tmsS \pn XnpIbmWp. cmasXmcp ap IqSn tNn Fs ]m{Xn hp.
Fnp DjtbmSp tNmZnp.
" Hcp ap IqSn ht...?.."
" F\np th...AXymhiyaptmp sImSv...."
" AXmcm Cw ChnsS As\..?
" Ah\p sImSpv..."
" ItmSm ..\ntmSp Ahp kvt\lw...IeymWw Ignn Aw Ct{Xw Cw ...Aw
IeymWw Ignmtem..." tNn Djsb t\mn.
Dj Fsbpw tNntbbpw Hp t\mn Fnp ]dp.
" lpw...Cht\sbm...Rmt\m... \Spw..."
" AsXm Cw \ns a\p amdntbm...?.. Cse \o ]dXv..."
" Cht\ F\np th... Ipp thtW...... GSptm...." Dj KuchnemWXp ]dXv.
" \o FmSo CtdXv....." tNn Hp hncp.
" Ch\p ap\mSns kz`mham..... Xcw Innbm AtsS s]mdpw NmSntdnfbpw...?
" Dtj ...\osbm .. Cs\..? tNnbpw Djbpw Fgptp. AhfpsS In Xosmcn.
" s]mdta Abpw aI\pw.... aptmcpsS Ip sXnbm ]ns..... Rms\mpw ]tdn...."
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Ah Fgptp. Ibv IgpIn.
" Rm Fs hontmIphm..." C\n F\nnhnsS \n..." AhfpsS Ip \ndp.
" Dtj tamtf...." tNnbpsS iw ]Xdn.
" Cse Fs Ip Fsmw ]dp. Rm hnNmcnp, ]ntsc \mm\m ]dbpsXv.
B \nfp Cp cmhnte Xs....Ch\pambnp....... Fnv IeymWw Igntmfm.... F\ns\
]qXnsbmpan.... htmcptSw Fnep Xnm....."
tNn CSnsht t]mse \np t]mbn. Rm Ip\nncpp ]m{Xn Xnsmncpp.
Ah apdnbntep Ibdn. _msKSpp, XpWnsbms aSn AImn. tNn thKw Ibv IgpIn.
apdnbnsen. Rm\pw ]pdsI sNp. tNn AIp Ibdn, IXISp. Rm hmXn inp
\np. AIp hfsc ]Xps IpipIpippXp tImw, Hpw Xncnbpn. cpw Inp
hmXn Xnpdp. tNn Xncnp tZjyn Aedn.
" hmXneSsSm....."
Rm t]Snp hmXneSp. AIp ]Xnsbbp kwkmchpw, CSp tNnbpsS Icnepw tIp.
Acapm aWnq Ignp hmXn Xpdp cmfpw shfnbn hp. cmfpsSbpw IpI
Icp Ienbncpp. F\nsmpw a\nembn. Rm ]Xps tNmZnp.
" Fp ]n tNn..?.."
" Hpw ]nbn..."
" ]nsn\m \nfp IcXv..."
" Rp a\smmbnp...\o \ns ]Wn t\mv hnPbm..." ]ns Rms\mpw tNmZnn. Fs
apdnbn s]mbn InSp. Ipdp Ignp Ddntmbn.
Btcm Fs tXmfn Xn hnfnnmWp Rm Ip XpdXv. Dj Fs Inen Ccnpp. apJp
{]k `mhw. cmhnse I bntb A.
" hm.. tNmdpmw.." Ah hnfnp.
" Rm ]ns Dtmfmw.." Rm Xncnp InSp.
" Ipt, hnPb\p tNmdp thmp.." Dj hnfnp ]dp.
" Blm....thmtm...AXh\tm Xocpam\npXv... " tNn apdnbntep hp.
FgptSm....]nWn sISnp Atmp sNm \mq Fsbm IpsSppI..." tNn Fs
Ibv ]nSnp henp.
" Rm ]ns Dtmfmw... F\npdw hcpp.."
" Ignnsmdnbm aXn..." tNn Fs In Inp Cnfnbnp. Rm NmSnsbgptp. Dj
\np Nncnpp.
" cp t]pw FtmSp Fsmcp tZjyamcpp... anm\pw IqSn h... Fnp Dm..."
" Rfp tZjysSpw Nncnpw, Icbpw, AsXmpw \obdnb... hp Xntmv t]m..."
tNn Fs Ibv ]nSnp henp. Dj Fs ]pdIop Xn.
DpsImncptm Fsmcp Nncnbpw ham\hpw. cmhnse I s]ptf A. Rm
s]ms\ t]mse t\mnbncpp.
Nncnbpw ham\hpw Dkhn\p t]mIm\p BtemN\ ]cn]mSnbpambn DuWp Ignp,
Ah cp t]cpw tNnbpsS apdnbntep t]mbn. Rm tkm^bnencpp sabvamkNqSp
klnpn. ]p {KmaambXp sImv NqSv IqSpX Adnbpn Fp am{Xw.
" hmSm hnPbm, Ctmp hm..." Dj hnfnp. Rm Atmp sNp.
" \p h hmt\mw ]dncnmw, Hcp Znhkw IqSnbs Dp..." Dj Fs t\mn.
" Hm F\np Dd oWw... Ipfnnv Hp abWw. " tNn tImphmbnp.
" Fs s]mp Ipbt... cm{Xn Ddmsat..."
Dj tNnbpsS apSn t\mnbnp ]dp.
" IptsS apSnsbms sNS ]nSnp, \ apSnbm, kqnnt s]mgnp t]mIpw.."
Dj tNnbpsS ]pdIn Inen Ccpp apSn tImXm XpSn.
" Fm \o Cnsc F ]pcn Hp tImXn Xm, FSm, \obm BgvNXnnsSpt. Rm awKfw
hmcnI FSpp sImSpp.
" hnPbm, \o B Fpn CsSpt...." Dj ]dp, Fnv Ah tNn ImWmsX apdnbntep
Ip ImWnp. Rm apdnbntep Xncntm tNn ]dp.
" FSm, Fpn Ipfnapdnbnem..."
" AhnsS...A... Ipt..AXv... Cse ..cm{Xo......RsfSpmcpp.."
" FSo `bco..... sImmasm cpw..." tNn ]pdtImp Ibv Xncnp DjbpsS Dcn HcSn
sImSpp. Dj Ipepnncnp.
Dj F InseSpv apSn tImXm XpSn. tNn BgvNXnn Ipw \ncpp. Rm \nep
N{aw ]Snncpp, Fnp tNnbpsS ]mZsaSpp Fs aSnbn hp XShm XpSn.
" As\ Fs tam \ Imcyw hXpw sNv. \ kpJw. .." tNn ]dp sImp ImseSpv
Fs aSnbn hp. NhnnbXp Fs Kpems apIfn. B ]mZ kv]itaXpw Fs Kpem
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s]mm XpSn. tNnXp a\nembn. Ah s]cphnc sImv Ahs\ Xncpm XpSn.
Rm Djsb t\mn, Ah HpadnbmsX Fsmstbm NnepsImv apSn tImXpp. Rm
]Xps epn s]mn tNnbpsS Im XpWnIv Fs Kpems t\sc apnp hp. tNn
]Xps XShm XpSn. tNnbpsS s]cphnc Ahs\ Nhnn ASnapSn XShm XpSn. tNnbpsS
IWment D Fs Xncp F\np kpJw aqpX\pkcnp inbmIm XpSn.
" kpJw Dv.. Ct tNo... Rm tNmZnp."
" Hp...]t C{Xbpw AamsX... t\mhpp. ..."
AtmgmWp Dj Rtf t\mpXp. Ahp Ftm a\nembn.
" aXn \ns Im Xncp...C\n Rm XncpnsmSpmw..." Ah Inen \npw Xmtgndn.
Fnp Fs XpWnIp \npw Im hensSpp. Iqn Fs Ipep \n Ipbn
Hp sRm\pw adn.
" CXn\ntX ]Wnsbmtm..." Dj Xsm tNmZnp. Rm annbn.
" GXn\mSo..?.." tNn Hpadnbmt]mse tNmZnp.
" \sS B\v... XSn henmt\..""
tNn Hcp INncntbmsS awKfn t\mnbncpp.
" Fm Rm apSn tImXmw..."
Fp ]dp Rm Inen Ibdn tNnbpsS ]pdp Nmcn apn \np. apSn InseSpp.
tNnbpsS ]pdtp Fs hSnbmb IpsbSpp apnpcm XpSn. tNn AX\pkcnv
]pdtImp BSnbmSn ]pdw Xnp sImpancpp. \ kpJsam ]Wn. CSp tXmfnIqSn
Inp s]sp ukn\Itp Inv apebnsemp ]nSnpw, tNn Hpw Adnbm an
kpJnncpp.
" Cs\ apSn tImXpXv tNnnamtWm...." Rm tNmZnp.
" \nfmsWn Cam..."
CXn\nSp Dj tNnbpsS ]mZw AhfpsS ]mhmSpnemnbncpp. Rm tNnbpsS Ihnfn
D hpsImv Xmtgp t\mn. tNn Fs Kpems\ sNbvX t]mse DjbpsS IhnSbnepw
Xncpn sImSppp. Ah kpJw aqtm eyanmsX kmcnSnbn IqSn tNnbpsS
Imenepw apnepw Fmw Xncppp.
" Atm, IptsS Imsemw s]mcnp ]nSnncnpp. Fabanmnm, sXmen hcp
t]mIpw... B Fbnp Xt hnPbm, Rm Aw ]pcnsmSpmw. .."
DjbpsS klm\p`qXn tInp F\npn Nncn hp. Rm Fpn FSpp sImSpp. Ah
kmcn s]mn apn hp Fnv Aw FsbSpp In ]pcn ImepIfn XShm XpSn.
Rm Fs Ip apIfntemp s]mn hp tNnbpsS ]pdpcpn cknp. samn Hcp
cmktIfockw.
Ipdp Igntm Rm Hcp t`ZKXn sNbvXp. IpsbSpp tNnbpsS CSXp In
kmcnpns ASnbntep shp sImSpp. tNn AXp hSn CdppXp t]mse Cdpn ]nSnp
Bw XpSn, ]pdp DcpXnepw ckw CXmWp. Hcp hip ukmbXpsImv t]mc.
Ipdp Igntm Dj tNmZnp.
" tatempw ]pctWm Ipt..."
" \ns Ibv Igpnsn ]pcntm..."
" F\np aptmcpsS At{Xw Igpn...." CXpw ]dp Ah henp \nv kmcnpp H
hen.
Fs Ipe tNnbpsS In Ccpp AhfpsS t\tc Hp angnp t\mn.
" Rms\mpw Insm hnNmcw. IpbmbXp sImv Rm Hpw ]dnstbpp.."
Ah Inp Kpems Xebn ]nSnp aptmp henp. In FbmbXpsImv ]nSn Innbn.
Rm Aht\ In \npw hensSpp.
" th... \Sntm...."
Ah kmcnsbSpv tNnbpsS tXmfntenp.
Ah appIpn \np, tNnbptS kmcn Ac htc s]mn hp. Ah tNnbpsS
XpSbnSpntep t\mn Hcp \nanjw \np. Fnp ]dp.
" Xebntemfpw apSnbmWsm _mnsbmtSp.. t] ]nSnpw Ipt... CXp shnf.."
" AXns HtSmc\p shpXna... ]ns t] cv hjw apv ]nSnp t]mbXm..."
" Ipt.. Rm CXp shncmw..."
" Fm hnPbm t]mbn \ns apdo t]mbnsStm... Rfnnsc ]Wn sNs.."
" Fn\m Ipt... Ah tIdn saXnXt... Ah\pw Ccptms..."
" At...Fmepw..." tNnp ]Xnhnm Hcp \mWw.
" Hm, IptsS Hcp \mWw.... FSm \o t]mbn Amhs tjhnMv sksSpsmp hm... aoi
shp I{XntIw.."
" Atm \n\nsXms \ ]cnNbam...? " tNn A`pXsp.

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" Ign hjw t] tIdnbw sXmp Rm cmgvN IqSpw sNpw... Cw \ kpJam..
sNmdnnepw C. {hpnbmIptIw sNpw.."
" FSo \o hey ]cnjvImcnbmbtmSo...."
F\np DjbpsS XpdSnp kwkmcw tInp A`pXw. Ah ]t As\bmWp.
shnpdp ]dbpw Hcp \mWhpan. Ftbpw Iptd \mWw sISpnbXmWtm.
" t]mbn FSptmv hmSm hmbpw s]mfnp \nmsX..." Dj ]dp.
Rm t]mbn tjhnMv skpw I{XnIbpw sImp hp.
" Ip Atmp sISt...." tNn aep sISp. Rm t\mn \np.
" C\n ImeIn shv..." tNn A\pkcnp.
Ctm tNnbpsS ]q \ hnSncnpp. Idpncpv, HnbmsWnepw ImWm \ ckw,
Fs Ip sXmqdp Un{Knbn \np Xpn. Hp aWm F\np sImXn hp.
" t\mn \np shandmsX Hcp t]sdSptmp hmSm..."
Rm Ipbn ]nSnp sImp Xs HF \yqkvt] sImp hp.
" C\n tNn B Ipnsbmp s]mnt.. FSm \obm t]dp Iotgmp ht...Csn InS
apgph\pw apSn hogpw..."
At, Fsmcp _pn Cu s]ns, Rmt\mp.
Rm t] B hIpnIfpsS Iotg hp sImSpp. AIhip Hcp \oe Omb Hgnm Hcp
]mtSm adptIm Cm `wKnbp IpnI. Ctm tNnbpsS aZ\sNp apgph\pw \mbn
ImWmw. Idpncnpp. \ \ofap ]qdns Ioden\p Xmsg shdptX Hcp hc, IqXn htc ImWmw,
AhnsS Hcp \\hns, hnbnsbmhpw, Xnfhpw. F\np klnn, Rm apJw Ip\np B
Idpp hncn ]pjv]n Hcp D hp, Fnmv aqnsemp henp tIn. Fsmcp
Kw... F\np apJw FSpm tXmnbn. ckw sImtm Cnfn sImtm, tNn AdnbmsX
Atm ImepI ASpnp aSn. Dj Fs XensmcSn Xp. Fnp ]dp.
" \o Cs\ s]psS sImXw aWp NmItsbmp. Xe amsSm, Csn Rm
shfosedn hmXneSpw. "
F\np Cu Akpe`mhkcw Iep Ipfnm Canmbncpp. AXpsImv Rm apJw amn.
" kmcan tamtf Ah sNdpat... F{X Innbmepw sImXn amdn... thtW HqtS
aWtmt. "
" Rms\mp sXmtmt..? " Rm tNmZnp.
" Cw AMs\ sXmS... Ip ImeIv.." Dj hnen.
tNn A\pkcnp. Rm Fs Ipbn ]nSnp sImcnIn Ccpp.
" tamtf tjhp sN... \ofw sImdm aXn... At Amh\nsSn.."
" Hm C\ow Amhs Ctmw t\mn Ip\nncptm..." Dj AcnitmsS ]dp.
Chsn\m Amht\mScniw ? F\np ]nSnInnbn.
" Fs hnPbm, \obm AmwImtep IsSpv.. Fgpw s]mnnSntmncpm AXn\p h
G\tSpw ]nSnpw.." Dj ]dp.
" ]ns CXp Im Bm s]mmt...\nfmbXp sImm Csn Cw...Rm.." Rm
hmWaSnm sXmSn.
" AXn\p hgnsbmmmw. \o Cw Hp klmbnv.... Cu CumSv Hp sXfnm ]mSm.... \o
t]mbn Hcp Nop IqsS FSptmp hm.." Rms\s NosSpp sImSpp.
Dj BZyw Nop sImv tcmasfms \mbn NoIn, cp aqnp \ofap Npcpp sIp
]nW tcma hentm tNn BZysams lm, lq, Fsms iw shp. ]ns
awKfsaSpp hmb\ XpSn. Rm CSp B tcma \ncIfn ItmSnp cknp. Hcp {]mhiyw
Hnbncp Zf AIn t\mn, Atm Dj Fs Ibv henp amn. Hcp \ pcIs
hncptXmtS Ah Iptdt tcma henp s]mn shnsbSpp t]dnenp. NnesXms Rm
FSpp aWp t\mn, tcman\p aWan. tNnbpsS Ccp aZ\qmh\w Iptdt sXfnp
hp. apI `mKp IpgnbpsS Dugambtm Dj ]dp.
" \o ChnSw HIn ]nSnt"
Rm cp Ibv sImpw AhnSw AInsmSpp. Fs At, AhnsS Ccpv Idpp
CumSp t]mse Xg ]qS. AXpw Ins sXmp apIfn. Rm ]dp.
Dtj hfsc kqnv..."
" \o t]mSm.. Ct{Xw heyXsnepw Fs IhstSepw CXp t]mse Hscw Hnp shnsmsSm...
\o IXt...."
" AX... Cu Ip hepXmbXp sImv sNew I{XnI appw... t\mn thWw... sNm..."
AhnSt shp Ign DSt\, Rm B Ins sXmenbn hnc shp tatemp s]mn
t\mn. hnfdnb \ndn tNnbpsS h]b Ip Xnfn. Rm AXn hncsemp sXmp.
Hpp, Fnp aWp t\mn. Hcp hm ap ]nSnnp aWw... klnm ]pn, ISnp
Xnm\p Bthiw. ]qS amdngntm hnShnnSbn ]pdtp Xe \oncp CXfpIfpsS
]e ]e A hyambn.
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" C\n Xmsg AInnSnv.. Ipt Hgpp sXmSn...s]sp Xonsn ChnsS {]fbw
DmIpw... ]ns ]Wn \Sn..."
" F\np.... ]nSnnp \npnsSo... cpw IqsS Fsmsbm sNpt..." tNn hmb\nSbn
]ndp]ndpp.
Rm HnnSn ]qppI AInsmSpp. tNn Atmtgpw ImepI ASpnm\pw
AIm\pw XpSnbncpp. Iptds \\hpw. AInbtm \qep amXncn ]i henp hp.
" tNn ImeSpnmsX sISv..." Dj ]dp.
" AXn\Itmp htmw XntIn hv, Aw ASpptIe... AmsXssmv h..."
" CXn\Ip \ndp ]Wan Chs hndIpapn Xt thWw..." Dj Fs t\mn Hp
]pncnp.
CSbntep Nmp InS Npcp ]qSI Dj hncenp hensSpv shn. AXp Ignv hopw
Xmtgmv... Hcp Ibv sImIn ]nSnnv, AXn\pn sRmdnv Npcpp IqSnbncp CXfpI
Rm henp cknp.
" hensfmsX Fs hnPbm... \\m ]ns \sS ]Wn \Sn..." Dj ]dp.
" hentmsSo, Ahs B{Klat..." tNn Fs ]nmn.
" Hm, Ahs B{Klsampa... Ipp \mbnp kpJnppv... In...t\ms..."
AhfXpw ]dv tNnbpsS ]nf hnShntep Hcp hnc Xn. AXp ]n htc
sXnbndntmbn. hensSptm AXp tbm\nt\n Ipgncpp.
"Atm.... tZ Itm....Hgpp sXmSn... HSs\ Dcpfp s]mpw thKw \psS ]Wn XomsaSm.."
Dj [rXn Iqn. Ahfm hnc ]mhmSbn XpSpXv sImXntbmsS Rm t\mnbncpp.
]qdns Iodep Xotm IqXnbn sXmpsImv Dj ]dp.
" ChnsS Amsdtabpp Ipt.. AXhnsS \ntms shnbm sNew sNmdnbpw.." CSp
Rm Npcpnbncp Idp IqXnbn hncsemp Xn. Dj InsmcSn Xnp ]dp.
" {hpnbnm ihw... XqdpstSmw aq{Xpgow Hcpt]mse \pw aWpw.. tlm.. "
Rm Ibv henp aWp t\mn, F\nnsp, B aWw.
" \ns Cw.... Atm Igntm...? tNn tNmZnp.
" Hcp an\nv...."
Dj NosSpv samw ]qdns apIfn NoIn, XpSnSbnepw ]qdns ]pdpw NnXdnnS shnb
apSnsbms amn, ISemkn Cp. Ctm tNnbpsS ]qtd Rmdp \ amXncn Ipn tcma
t\sc \np. Iodens AcnIpI \ \oe \ndw, _mn`mKn\p Ccp\ndw. X\n Icnqd. ImSp
shnbtm tNnbpsS aZ\h\w {XntImWmIrXnbn \np Xnfn, A \ndw hp.. Dj
Nnosg \npw t] henp. tNn NnI s]mn sImSpp Atm B ]qdp Inw
t]mse s]mn \np. AXntemp hoWp \m\pw D shm\pw Fs a\p shn.
" CsXmw FSpp XncnsI shsSm.. " Dj ]dp.
" \o sImp shv... Rm\nsXmp sicnp ImWs..."
" ISnp Xnv... Ipp apm\pw IqSn DXm Cu km[\w.." CXpw ]dnp Dj t]dpw
km[\fpw FSptmp t]mbn.
" tNn Rm\nXp ISnp Xntmt...F\np AmsX C\n ]n..."
" Fs tam Xntm... Cw t]mse Xntm..." tIm Xmakw. Rm\m ImennSbntencpp
Xe Xmgvn AhnSsamw Hpcpn, cv Ibv sImpw ]qdIn henp ]nSnnv Ip hmbntep
hensSpv CunpSnm XpSn. Acbnp \ofap Ip NnpSnpw tXmdpw tNnbn
\npw Rc Dbp. Acs\m\pw XpSn. Ipsd t\cw R cp t]cpw IbvImcyw
sNbvXXp sImmImw, tNn s]sp sRfn]ncn sImm XpSn. hmcnI Xmsgbnp cp Ibv
sImpw apeI kzbw sRcnm XpSn.
" thKw \n XosSm... F\np klnpn... F\nnw .....hcpw.. henp IpSnv..." HcpIbv
sImv tNn Fs Xe Aan ]nSnp.
" lXp sImw, ChnsS sXmSntbm... \St..." Dj CXpw ]dp t\mn \np ]mhmS s]mn.
IhnSbn Xncpm XpSn.
" Dtj... Fs tamfnp ht.... Dj ASpp sNp. tNn AhfpsS apJw ]nSnSpnnp B
NppIfn D shm XpSn. Dj Inenencpv Ip\np sImSpp.
" Mqw.. hcppsSm....... sXcp sXsc ... sNv... Aan \v........ lm... Ignq......" tNn Acsp
shnp \nn. InSp InXp.
" lsm... s]sp Ignp.... aXn tams\...." tNn Fs Xe ]nSnp amn. Rm Xe s]mn.
t\mnbtm DjbpsS Iv ]mhmSSnbn. Rm NmSn Xmsgbndn, epn ]dnsdnp,
DjbpsS Ibv ]mhmS s]mnamn, AhfpsS sImp ]qdn \m XpSn. Dj FXnn,
RfpsS ]cn]mSn Iv Ahp ISn CfInmWpw. Rm AhfpsS Hcp Im s]mn Fs
tXmfp shp Fnp Ihv Xpdncp B hnShn \m XpSn. hmNIaSnsnepw AhfpsS
aq{Xpgnbpw \\p IpXnncpp. apIfn Intep Fs ]cn]mSn Rm \on. Ah
IpaSp kpJnp \np. an\np thn hn AhfpsS tbm\n apdpIpXp Rm\dnp. ]IpXn
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Fs tXmfn Ccpp sImv Dj AhfpsS ]qdp Fs apJtan. Rm CSp tNntb
t\mn Ah RfpsS ]Wn t\mn aep InSp ImepIfpw Ihp \\ ]qdpw Xpdp
]nSnp. Atm Dj a{npp.
" F\nv Bbn hnPbm..... thKw....Mqw....Mqw.....aXn.. aXn...." Ah Fs Xe Aarn ]nSnp. ]ns
`nnbntep Nmp. Im Fs tXmfn \nsSpp. cp NphSp ]Xps \Sp, Inentep
adnp. tNntbmSp sXmp InSp, IhnfpI apnp Ah InSp. cp ]qdns aWhpw kpJhpw
\epw IqSnbmbtm Fs RcpIfpw s]mmdmbncpp. Rm Inentep Ibdn tNnbpsS
ImennSbn apn \np. hmWaSnm XpSn.
" Dtj ]mhmSsbmp s]mv...." Rm ]dp.
tNn Isnp DjbpsS ]mhmS Acp tate henp shp. lmbv.. Fsmcp Imgv. Hcp sImp
]qdpw Hcp henb ]qdpw cpw \\p IpgXp, AXpw Rm \nbXp. cpw Aw hmbv
XpdncnpXp, F\np ]cakpJw hcm XpSn. Fs AnpS Xnfp. AXn \npw
NpSp emh Iphgn {]hlnpXp Rm\dnp.
" AIp hsWmSm... samt\..." tNn tNmZnp.
" thm ... F\np ... hp...." Rm ]p ISnp ISp ]nSnp sImp ]dXpw BZys ]m
Kpv sXdnp. ]ns Ah hnp hnp Non XocpXp htc Rm Ibv ]nSnp sImncpp.
RcpI Abtm Rm Ip Xpdp. cp t]cpsSbpw hbdnepw ]qdnepw XpSIfnepw,
Fn\p, tNnbpsS apebn ukn\p ]pdv htc XpnI sXdnp hoWncpp. cp t]cpw
]pncnp sImv Fs {]IS\w ImWpp.
" " Igntm...? aXntbm..?" tNn tNmZnp.
" Mqw... aXn...CtmfnXp aXn...."
" tM.... Asm ...C\ow thWsamtWm... " Dj hm s]mfnp.
Mqw.. thWw.. ]ns...."
Rm Inen InS epnsbSpp Ip XpSp Acbn Npn InSbntep hoWp.
Atm s]p Fgptp.
" Dj ]mhmsSw ukpw amv.... Rm kmcn amds... Fp am{Xw ]mem Non sXdnnXp......tlm..."
tNn Nncnp sImp ]dp.
Ah XpWn amdn htmsgpw Rm abw ]nSnncpp. Ah hp Fs Ccphipw InSp
Fs sIn]nSnp. R Ftmtgm Ddntmbn.
Rm\pWtm Ap aWnbmbn. Ah InSbn Cmbncpp. Rm Ipw Xncpn
ASpfbntep sNp. AhnsS \mWnbbpw tNnbpw Djbpw IqSn henb ham\w.
" hnPb Cp t]mIphmp Dj Cse ]dncpp. Hp ImWmsap IcpXn hXm.."
\mWnb ]dp.
" kckp Fntb.." tNn tNmZnp.
" Ah amn\np t]mbn. henb kn\nam {`mnbm.. Hcp kn\na Xs Apw Bdpw {]mhiyw
ImWpw... sIntbm tXmop Imip Abp sImSppw AXp apgph Ahfns\ Xopw..."
" Cse kyp \mWnbtw kn\nap t]mbncptm..." tNn Imn Fs t\sc \onsmp
tNmZnp.
" B t]mbn, ]pcmWamp ]dm t]mtb... sNw \ ]p ]Sw, ]t F\np ]nSnn.
cp doep Ignw Rms\mdntmbn. Ahfp apgph\mn Fp ]dp...."
tNnp Nncn s]mpp. AhcXSm ]mSp s]p.
" Aw \mWnb, Htm ctm doep ImWpw, _mnsbms kckphpw ImWpw... \ tbmPnsm
Atw tamfpw.. " Dj Nncnp sImp ]dp.
" A \mWnbt,... \nfp sNpw Hncn Bfp ImWpthm.... ]cnNbmcpw \mpImcpw
HmIpthm..."
" sNew ...." \mWnb ]ns Hpw ]dn. Imn IpSnp.
" C\nsbm hnPb...Ctmtms... Ah[n Inpw Cp t]mcv.. h\Pp \ns shnam...
Fm Rm t]ms... kckp sXcpw..." \mWnb Cdn.
R Amgw Hcpm XpSn. ImcWw Cp Dkhn\p t]mIm BWp ]Xn... F\npw
Dkmlambn. At\ym\yw Dnbpw Xnbpw CSnpw sRnbpw ]nSnpw R tPmen sNbvXp.
ASpfbnepw \ Dkh tafw. DjbpsSbpw tNnbpsSbpw Ipnbpw apebpw Rm amdn amdn
s]cpamdn. s]pp \ lcw tIdn.
CXn\nsS tNn DjtbmSp tNmZnp.
" Djtamtf.. \o F\mSo Cu _m_ tPmen C{X \mbn sNm ]TnXv..?"
" AXp Hcp ko{Im... "
" Fmepw CXp Rm\t.. ]dsbSo... \fp Xn ctm aqtm hbp hyXymkat Hp.
]nsp ko{Iv..?"

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" bphPt\mkhw hw aqmep Znhkw Rm tlmen \nmcpp. Ap, tlmense Hcp
IqpImcn AhfpsS dqw tan\p sNbvXp sImSpXp Fs ImWnXm. "
." Fnp \n\hcv sNbvXp Xnt....?.."
" F\np Ap Ct{Xw Cmbncpp. ]ns AXpp Hcp \mtWmw Cmbncpp. Fs
ImWnm thn am{Xw Ahcp sNbvXXmcpp..."
" Cuizcm... Fp hnizknm.. Cu ]nmtc tlmen \nps..."
" AXp Fmcpw C Ipt... Htm ctm hp ]nSnXp ImWpw, tZ, Cht\tmse..." Ah
Fs t\mn ]dp.
" hp \ns....Mm..... " F\np tZjyw hp.
" B hsSm s]mm..." Ah Fs sIm\w Imn. tNn \np Nncnp.
ASpftPmen s]sp Xop. ]Wn Igntm Ah Ipfnm tIdn. Atm Rm ]dp.
" \apsmcpanp Ipfnmtem..."
" As\ Cw Ipfnp kpJn.... " Dj ]dp.
" Atepw C\n Cs\npw h.... \msf Ipfnm aXn. IqSpXep Ipfnmse tamt\ ]bnp tISmIpw
shtmw Xop t]mIpw.." tNn Djtb t\mn Nncnp sImp ]dp.
" AXn\p \fp shw tImcn As IpfnpXp.."
" t]mSm s]mm.." tNn Fs HmSnp.
Ap Ggp aWn Igntm, t\ct Xs, Amh hp. IqsS Hcmfpw Dmbncpp.
amcpa, Fs AO.... ! !
HmI - 13
Amh tIdn hXp Xs AmbnbpsS t]cp hnfnp sImmbncpp.
"h\tP, FSo, CXmcm hncnpsp t\mntb..."
Rm\pw tNnbpw Djbpw ap hitp sNp. Fp amkp tijw Rm Fs AOt\
ImWpIbmWp. Hcp amhpan, B ISm aoibpsS In Hgnv, AXp Aw IqSnbnpv. AO
InencpXn Hcp s]mXnsv tNntb Gnp.
"Ch Aw \mbnpp tItm...." Fnv Amhs tXmfn Hp Xn. ]ns Fs t\sc
Xncnp. Nncnp sImp tNmZnp.
"Ah[nsbms \o ASnp s]mfnppv Ct..? \ns Nq sImp hnptmSm...?..."
Rms\mp Nqfn.
AXn\n\nhnsS ]pg Zqscbt tNm...? " tNn Dcw ]dp. CXn\nsS Amh tNnsb Nne
s]mXnspI Gnp. tNnbpw Djbpw AXpambn ASpfbntep t]mbn. Rm\pw ]pdtI
sNp. Fmw Iptd Ip jmnte Cdnbpw ao\pw sImp IdnI.
"FSno \o CsXmw Hp an\pksSpnt, Afnb hnNmcnmsX hXpsImv \o _pnapm
Fp IcpXn hmnbXm...."
Amh hopw ]pdtp sNp, Rm\pw.
"Fsmcp NqSm ChnsS. hSt Cy Xs t`Zw...."
"CsXmcp kpJm Rp...."
Amhs Iav. AO _mKp XpdpXv Rm t\mn \np. Ipdp s{UpI, ]ns Hcp
Ipnbpw. F\ndnbmw, dw. AO hm dpmIpw, Ip NphpXp htc IpSnpw, ]ns
AbpsS tXmfn ]nSnpsImv AIsp t]mIpw. ]ns Dnse tafw, Rm {inmdn,
Fs AbpsS kphZnhk cp aqmgvNI sImv Xocpw, ]nsbpw Imncnv.
Fnepw ]Wnsbpw IpSpw_nsbpw Imcyn AO {imephmbncpp. ]dnse
hcpam\w aXnbmbncpsnepw As amkSn AbpsS t]cn IrXyambn Fnbncpp,
Fsbpw A\nbnamcpsSbpw Fm Bhiypw Hcp appw Dmbncpn. PohnXw ASns]mfn.
AXn\m F\nOs\ _lpam\hpambncpp. XmaknbmsX Xs Ipn s]mn, ASpfbn \npw
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A\pkmcnI FnbtXmsS cm{Xnp sImgpp IqSn, s]mnncnIfpw ]mfYIfpw sImv
]pdn apJcnXambn. Rm Fw t\mnsmncpp. tNnbpw Djbpw ASpfbn
Xncmbncpp. CSv Amh tNmZnp.
"Fs Afnbm, Fmepw Fs\ AhnsS Hv Ignbpp, kXnp XcWw. "
"AXn\t hgn [mcmfw DXv. Bt, tKm]me\fnb Csmgpw apnshSnp t]mImdptm. Rm
NnesXms tInpv, AXp sImv tNmZnXm.."
"slbv, As\sbmpan, ]ns Aw ]dhbndn thWsap tXmptm.... .. Hcp IqpImcs
tXmpv, AXpambn Hp Idpw."
"Rfpw At{Xbnp, ]dhbndn thWsap tXmptm.... ]Xps semmennbnsemp
Idpw, tXmpw s]mn, A{XXs...."
"Atm Afnb Imcy Hnppv....

" cp t]cpw s]mnncnp. Aw Ipgbppapv.

Atm Rm tNmZnp.
"Amhm \v Cp apnshSnp t]mbmsem ...?"
AO ]dp.
"FSm, Rfp Imtmmcv kwkmcnpnSv ]ntcv CSs]S. t]mbn h nhnbpw Itm...
sNv... t]m..s]m..t]m... " Rm hfnv Fgptp t]mbn hmXnen Nmcn \np.
"Afnbm, hnPb\p Hcp tUmkp sImSpmtem...? " Amh tNmZnp.
"tlbv.. thm th.... Ah t_mUnv kvIqfn t]mIm\pXm, IpSnm ]ntcpsS _pn
sIp t]mIpw..." Atmtgpw tNnbpw Djbpw Xnbntep hp. Rm\pw AhcpsS IqsS IqSn.
]ns AhcpsS kwkmcn \npw a\nembn AOs hchns Dtiw. Fs Zqsc
FhnsStbm t_mUnv kvIqfn tNm\mWp AO s]sp hXv, ]mfns t]cn
Ftm kuP\yfpw Hs Dv. Cwojv aoUnbw kvIqfmWp, ]Tnp ]mmbm `mhnp
\XmWp. \msf Xs hon t]mbnp kvIqfn t]mbn AUvanj\p th GmSpI sNWw.
tI Fs a\n Hcp shnSn shn. s]p Inn t\mn. tNnbpsS apJt
{]kX t]mbn, Djbpw BsI aqUuv Bb t]mse. tNn tNmZnp.
"tNm, hnPb ChnsSbpw \mbn ]Tnpptm... ]ns Fn\m Aht\ Zqsc hnSps...?"
"\mppdp sISp s]pv Fdnbmw.... C\nbp Imew ]nmv \ ]Tnp
sImSpWw, Rm Xocpam\np Ignp...."
R tNnbpsS apdnbntep t]mbn. tNnp Ctm Icn hcpw F amXncn.
"hnPbm..."
"tNo F\np \nsf hnv Fpw t]mIm..." F\npw Icn hp. AOt\mSp F\nmZyambn
tZjyw tXmn. Fs kzw XIm\mbn hncnpp. Rm tNnbpsS aSnbntep InSp. Dj
tNnbpsS tXmfn Nmcn Ccpp. ivaim\ aqIX. ]pdp Nncnbpw Almkhpw. Ipdp
Igntm Amh tNntb tNmdp hnfm hnfnp. DuWp Igntm Amh ]dp.
"FSo, R ]pdssmp t]mIphm, Nnetm ]mSv apnshSnp t]mtbpw, ]ns
Aenepw Hp tIdWw, Afnb hXt.. \n Hdnsm, R Xmakntpw...."
"Cu cm{Xn C{Xbpw IpSntv........" tNn ]mXnbn \nn. Amh tNntb Hp t\mn, ]ns
tNn annbn. Ah cp t]cpw tSmpsaSpv bm{Xbmbn. tNn IXISp.
Ambn At\cw B t]mp t\mn \np. `W kabv Bcpw Hpw annbn. Amgw
Ignv R tNnbpsS apdnbn IqSn.
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"tNo, \p Aen Umkv ImWm t]mImw...." Rm tNmZnp.


"Chs\mcp s]m Xs. FSm AhnsS shp \tf Ahcp Im ]ns IpbpsS IY
Ignpw Amh." Dj Hmnnp. A t\cw Nnnncpnv tNn ]dp.
"Fn\m Aen t]mIps. \p ChnsS Umkv Ifnmatm... hnPb t]mIpht, Aw
\v ChnsS aXn."
"Fmepw Aente ]cn]mSnbm kpJw. " F\np hnjaw tXmn.
"Rms\mp taep IgpInbnp hcmw, hmsX hnbp...." tNn Ipfnapdnbntep t]mbn.
Rm Djtb sInnSnnp tNmZnp.
"Rm t]mbm ]ns Fs Dj Hmpthm...."
"acnpXp htc F\np \ns adm ]nsSm. \obt Fs BZyw............"
"C\n Fm Ans\ Hp \ sNpt...." Rm tNmZnp.
"C\n Cu Hcp cm{Xn IqSntb Dp \apv...." Fp sNm\mtWepw....." Ah Fs sInnSnp,
Fs Ihnfnepw s\nbnepw D shp sImp ]dp. Rm\pw Ahtf D shm XpSn.
"Dtj Fs \ns AhnSw Hp ImWnmthm... Hp ImWm sImXn......"
"Fs s]mt Itm... Cw t]mse Itm...." CXpw ]dp Ah ]mhmS Acp tase
s]mnbnp Inentep aep InSp. Rm BZyw AhfpsS Im Aw AIn. sNdp]qSI
\ndp \np B Hma\ Ifnapp sas XShn, DjbpsS IpI Iqn. Rm B
an\pkam AIw XpSIfn app apX CSpp htc XShn. HnnSnncp AhfpsS Hma\qdp
hnSn, tdmkv \ndn AXp hmbIn \np. sNdp ]qsamp t]mse Ip Xn \np, \\
AIZffpsS Aw shfnn Xnfn. Ah ukn\p tase IqSn kzw apeIsf XtemSm
XpSn. Rm ]Xps Ip\nv B aZ\aU]n Fs NppIfan. hnbpIe B
sImpkmam\ns ]pXp Kw Fs Acsntep hnZypXcwK ]mbnp. AhnsS
DWdzpmbn. \mnp sas B hnShp Rm hepXmn. AhfpsS sNqdn \nsmen
tX\pdhbnse XpnI Fs \mn Aenp. ]ns Rm\m IcnqhnXfpI Ibv sImv
hnSn \n, ISnp. Fp sNWsadnbmsX apJanpcp. aqnp Inepcp. Ah DWcm
XpSnbncpp. ImepI A\n Rcm\pw Acsp shnm\pw XpSn. Rm In \m
XpSn. Ah ISp ]dp.
"Fs hnPbm \o t]mbm ]ns F\nv Cs\ sNm BcpsSm.... "
Rm Xebpbn Xncnp AhfpsS Npp hmbvIImn AhfpsS Cf\ocns cpNn AhfpsS
\mhntep ]Ip sImSpp. AhfXp \pWp. AhfpsS tbm\o XSw Hcp IbvsImv s]mn
]nSnp apIfntep hennp Rm tNmZnp
"Fs s]mptj... Rm\nXpw IqSn sImp s]msmt.... "
Ah Fs apnnSbn Inp s]mn \np hne]np Fs Ips\sbSpp In
sRn ]nSnp ]dp.
"sImps]mtm.... \obnmsX F\nsn\m CXp... apm F\nsmcp Ipp sXmf aXn...
Fmepw... Rm\nhs\ \n\p Xp hnSn. Fht\ F\np thWw..."
Ah Fs sXcp sXsc D shp. Rm sas AhfpsS tasep Ibdn, AhfpsS
XpSbnSpnsep Ahsfs IpsbSpp aIpSw hnShntep tNp shp, Rm AhfpsS
ukv Xpdm {ianp. AhfXp Xpdp Xp. Rm\m Hmdp apeItf D shp. BntbmsS
sRpI henp IpSnp. sRn XShn. Ah hbdn\nSp IqsS Isnp Fs Ip AhfpsS
aZ\IhmSn apnp Xmtgmpw tatempw Dcp sImp ]dp.
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"F\np sNWw.... C\n Fm t\mm\m... ASnItmp tISm....." Rm ]Xpt Fs


Acsan.
"Blm.... ChnsS Umkv sXmSntbm... Rm\nmsX.... " tNn hmXn. Rm s]sp DjbpsS
apIfn \nsgptp. Dj ]mhmS henp Xmgvn. ukv tNp ]nSnp. Fgptp
Ip\nncpp, Ftm A_w ImWn t]mse. Rm Inen \npw Xmsgbndn.
"Hcp \nanjw Innbtm Fs cp t]cpw adp.... At... C{Xsbmstb Rm \n\pp
At Dtj...." tNn AhfpsS Ihnfn Hp \pnbnp ]dp.
"AXv Ipt,... Ch
t]mIphWtmtmtm..... Fmw adp t]mbn...." Iptb
a\]qdzw adX...." Dj sas ]dp. Rm Hpw annbn. tNntb t\mn BkzZnp sImp
Fs s]mn \n Kpems\ ]nSnp XShnsmncpp. Ah Atmgpw appw s]mn
\nbmbncpp. tNn ]mhmSbpw lpp hnSnbn {_mbpw am{Xta [cnncppp. shdptX
InSp {_mSnbn apeI Xpfpn InSncpp. tNn Inenencpp. Fnv Fs Ibv ]nSnp
amn Fs hndp Ip InseSpp t\mnbnp ]dp.
"I s]mnbtX Dtm AtXm, XmUhw sXmSnbmcptm....."
"Ip hcm Xmaknncpsn {Kpl{]thihpw ]mepImpw \Sts\.. F\nv A{Xp
hop apemcpp. ... C\n Chs\ Fm ImWm Inps...."
tNn {_m Ducn Inentenp, Fnp Fs s]cpp cp IbvsImpw ]nSnp aptmp henp
AhcpsS Hma\apeIfn amdn amdn apnp, Fnp tNmZnp.
"Dtj \ns apdsdps Cu IStImep sImp Cp Rm\nnsc s\bv IStms, \n\p
CtsSmtm....."
"Cu IStImep Fs Ip apgph\pambnsSptm, Fmepw F\nsmcp hntcms[man.
htmgpw F\npw IqSn Hp Xm aXn...."
"\nfpsS IeymWw Ignm ]ns, Rm \ns D]{Zhnn....." tNnbpsS Ip \ndbptm...?
Rm Fs Kpems\ AhcpsS apeIfpsS \Sphn shp B DpwK apeI tNan.
Fnp... Ip\np B koappIfn D shnp ]dp.
"tNnp Xnt Chp Rm sImSpsmp.... aXntbm........"
"AXp tIm aXn.... Fm \app Umkv sXmSmw... " tNn tNmZnp. Rm\pw Djbpw In
In t\mn.
"cp t]cpw XpWn Agnp Ift....." tNn sRfnp kzw apeIfn sXcpnSnnp sImv
]dp.
"Atm Ahscm\pw hm......" Dj tNmZnp.
"Ahcv apnsb shSn shm FhnsSbm t]mIpsXp F\ndnbmw. hcpw t\cw shfppw....
Hdm... \o t]SnmsX XpWnbgnp If tamtf...."
"Fmepw IptsS apn ...F\np \mWam...."
"ASo,......\ns Hcp \mWw.... Fs Ip sXnbw sXmdp aen Chs Iotgmp sISmw.....
.Rm ]dbpw....... Rm\nw sicnbmncmw..." Nn DjtbmSSpp. Dj cp Ibv sImpw Ip
s]mn \np.
Rm hmbpw s]mfnp s]mn \n Ipbpambn cp hnImc ]dzXnSbn \np. tNn
Hcp \nanjw sImv DjbpsS apn \np kzw ]mhmSbpsS NcSgnp. B kmcnmhmS Dup
Xmsg hoWp. aZmekbmb tNn, Ip hnImcXnantmsS Fs t\mn. \mWtam hnjatam
Hpw Rm\m IpIfn In, adnv Hcp {]XnImc ZmlnbpsS hnPbns lpmcw Rm\hbn
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Ip. ]s Fs apn tNn F s]ns\bmWp Rm ImWpXv. tamlnnp apeI,
s]ntXp am{Xamb acfnm Ccp {XntImW IhmSv, ImSn\p tasebp Bene hb,
hbdnse Nm ]pn, ImSn\p Xmsg Aw am{Xw ImWp ]pcpjs _elo\Xbmb B
hn, Cse R shn\ncnbXp sImv am{Xw ZriyambXv, AXn\p Xmsg GXp
]pcpj\pt\bpw Xmm sIp an\pkam hmgnn XpSmpI, Fs am{Xw
_elo\Xbmb, aSnb Ip shfnbn Fnt\mp Idp tcma. Rm
Fss adp. Fs apv Rm ]dnsdnp. Rm tNnbpsS ASptp AdnbmsX
\on. AhcpsS IbvIfn Rm Fs Ibv tImp. NpSp \nizmkapXncp B apJtp Fs
apJw ASpp. R Hcp KmV Npw_\n Hp tNp. RfpsS \mhpI ]ckv]cw IY
]dp. AXns aqfepI Acon apgn. Fs Ipep \np Ip tNnbpsS
XpSnSbn Xntdm\mhmsX aSn \np. tNn Aht\ Xs ImepIfIn CSmn
Aan ]nSnp. lbv, Fsmcp kpJw, Rm Ans\ \np aptmpw ]ntmpw BSn.
Ftm kw`hnpsap IcpXn t]Snp Ip s]mnb Dj Aw Ignp Ip Xpdtm
IXv hnizknm\mhm ImgvN. ]cn]q \cmbn BenwK\n tNp BSn \np
\np RsfbmWp. ]nsbh aSnn, ]mhmSbpsS sIgnv Xmsgnp. ukqcn Fdnp.
t\c hp Inen tIdn aep InSp. ISp, IbvI sImp, apeIfn XgpIn. ImepI Iqn
tNan.
"hnPbm.... \nfntmp hm..."
Ah hnfnp. Rm\pw tNnbpw ths]p. tNn Inen hncpp, Ip\np DjbpsS
NppIfn Npan. AhfpsS IbvI apeIfn \npw FSpp amn B Ipp Ipfn
apeItf Xmtemenm XpSn, tNnbpsS NppI Hcp ]pcpjt\tmse, AhfpsS Igpp hgn,
apeI hgn Xmtgmndn. AhnsS \npw ]pn hgn AhfpsS tcmamhrXamb ISnXSntep.
tNn Ahtf NqSmpIbmbncpp. tNn AhfpsS s]mn \n An D shp. Xmtgp
\onbncpv AhfpsS ]qdp Ibv sImp hnSn, B hncn ZfnSbn Xs \mhp ISn
\m XpSn. app Ipn Ip\np \n tNnbpsS IpnInSbn tNnbpsS Aacqdp
Icphmfnp hnn \npp. Rm ]ndIn sNncpp, tNnbpsS B ]qmfnI Ibv
sImIn AXn \n, sImgp NmsdmgpIm XpSnb B ]qdns ]p aWw Fs
kncIptjw \In.
sXmp apIfnembn Npcpn \n AhcpsS Xhnp \ndnep
IqTnsmn Rm BZyw Dhp, ]ns AhnsS \mhan \n. B s]mp Hp IqSn Npfpn,
]ns \nhp. aqen\pw ]qcmSn\pw CSp R Cse hnpIf \ofap tcma
Fs \mhnepSn. CXn\nsS tNnbpsS \mhns {]h\w Djtb hnImcns
]ctamXfn Fnncpp.
"Fs IpRt... F\np klnnWnt... Hp IqSn apIfn.... AhnsS AXns\ ]nSnp \v.....
Fsmcp kpJw...Fsnepw AXn\Isp tInmtbm... Ft....Atm..."
Ah Acspbn ]pfp XpSn. tNn AhfpsS ImepI cpw s]mn AhcpsS
tXmfnsep shp, \ Hp IqSp Djmdmn. CSnSp ]qNppI henp IpSnp ihpw
tImambncpp. Rm \ aXnbmn. appIpn \np, tNnbpsS KpZw Aw
s]mnbncpXp sImv Rm AhcpsS ImepI AIn, s]mw icnbmn, Fs KZ t\tc
\nn, IbvI sImv B h IpnI AIn Fnv hmbIp \n B Icnqdnsep
Ahs aIpSw tNp hv Hcp Xp Xn. ]pWymlw NpcsmgpIn hgphgpp InS B
tbm\nbn Fs Ip Iv F Hcp itmsS CSnp Ibdn. Hp cv DucnbSntmtgpw
AXp IShsc, tNnbpsS K`]m{Xw hsc tIdn, ]ns Hcp tafambncpp. Rm Imf ]p
t]mse DucnbSnp. Fs Acspw tNnbpsS amwkfamb NnIfpw Xn IqnbSnp\\ ]fIv
]fIv iw tIpXp Xs RfpsS hnImcmnp Bw IqSpIbmbncpp. tNnbpsS
tbm\npn tX\pdh s]mnsbmgpInbXp sImv ] hfsc Ffpambncpp, Fs
s]cppp Abhp tXm hn[n tNnbpsS aZ\ Kpl hnIknp. CXn\nsS Dj InSp
tXpIbmbncpp.
"Fs Ipt... F\np ht..... Fsmcp..... ISnp Xnss Ipt... "
Atm tNn hnfnp]dp.
"Ctmqcnsmp hmSm.... ChnsS AXp AXymhiyamsbSm... ... thKw...Mqw..."

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Rm Fs KZ henqcn, Iv F itmsS AXp shfnbn hp. tNn DjbpsS
kmam\n \npw Xe s]mn HccpIntep amdn. Dj XebnpcppIbmbncpp, HcpmZn\ntb
t]mse, apeIfn Ah Iinsmncpp. Rm AhfpsS hnS ImepInSbn
appIpnbncpp. tNnbpsS ]dqnte ]pWymln \\p Ipgncp Ahs\ DjbpsS
Npcnsbmenp IShmXnentep tNp shp. tNn B sImp]qdns NndIpI cp Ibv
sImpw hifntep henp ]nSnp. Fnp ]dp.
"ASnp tISm Atmv..... Ahsfmp kpJns... Fs Dj tamsf.... ]n HdsSm samt\......"
Rm Bp Xn. Hcp _pnappw IqSmsX Fs Iq KZ B Ipnqdntep Bgvndn.
Fnp DjbpsS tatep InSms\mcpn.
"thSm... Ibv Ipn \nSnm aXn. Rm AX\pkcnp. ]Xps ]Xps DucnbSn
XpSn.apdpInb B Ipntmdn Fs Ip Hcp ]n t]mse Ibdnbndn. CXn\nsS tNn
DjbpsS amdntep Ncnp InSp. Hcp ape hmbnseSpp IpSnm XpSn. AhfpsS ]qdp
hnSn X Ibv ammsX tNn AhfpsS IpXnp s]mnb sImp Irkcnbn Xncpm
XpSn. Hcp Ibv sImv AhfpsS at apesRn Xncpn. cp t]cpw aqfm\pw apdpm\pw
XpSn. Fs ASnbpsS thKw IqSn. C{Xbpw kpJamb ] DjmZyambncpp.
"Fs Ipt... CsXXm Cu ImWnpt... Rm\nw ]dpw... Fs Ipm BSnsSm...
thKw.... Asm.. Fsmcp kpJw... Mqw.. Mqv..."
"ASnphmSo tamtf.. CXp Rm s]mfnp XcmsaSo...." Rm bmsXmcp ZmnWyhpanmsX
]dSnp.
"kpJtamtmSo tamtf.... \ns Ipnv heyXmsbSo.... .... " tNnbpsS P\w.
"Fs Ipt F\nnw hcpw.... Bcpw \nt.. ...... thKw... thKw.. B...B...Blv.Blv. "
Ah tNnbpsS Igpn\nSbn IqSn Inp apJw A[ctmSp tNSpnp sIn]nSnp Hcp
_ens\t]mse. ImepI Fs ]pdtnp Ft hcnp ]nSnp, Fs ASnbpsS Bw
Ipdp.
" ltm... hq.....Du...Du..... aXn,... aXn....F\np ht..... aXntb....."
Fsbpw tNnsbbpw tNan ]nSnp sImv Ah hnfnp ]dp. AhfpsS tbm\o
`nnI Fs KZtb ]nSnp sRcnpXp Rm\dnp. F\n\m taemXmbn. ]ns
AhfpsS ImepIfpw Ipw Abp. ]t tNn ]dp.
"hnPbm... \nmsX ASnsSm..... \n\p hcpmsX t\mn ASnv....."
"Atm Ipt....... F\np h.... aXn... \nv...."
"kmcansSo tamtf... A\msX InShnsS..... \o Cp ]Xnmep temIhpw ImWm t]mIphm.... "
Ah hopw AhfpsS In Xncpepw ape ISnepw XpSp. AhfpsS ape sRpI hopw
Ip t]msebmbn. Rm hopw ]qdzm[nIw intbmsS ASn XpSn, F\np Fs Acsn
`qIw hcp amXncn tXmn.
"Fs ... Ipt CnfnbmIpp ..... t\mhpp..... Atm...."
"AXnw amdpw..... \o \ns kmam\w Cdpn ASpnv ]nSnp sImSpsSo... Ah\pw Ifnp
hcps....."
]ns Ah imbmbn. AmdSn Igntm Ah ]dp.
"Ipt F\np hopw hcpp..... Atm... Fp ckw... Ft.... lmhqH..

ht....."

Ah BsI Hp sRn, AhfpsS ]qdp Fs Iptb hopw hcnp apdpn. Aw


Igntm ]nsbpw Ah Abp. Xf in Ah ]dp.
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"C\n... B Ccpsme...... AXov.......Hqcm .....]d .....Fs ...Ipt...... At Rm Np


t]mIpw..."
"Hcp s]pw Cu De sImv NmInss tamtf.... \o A\msX Cdpn sImSpp sISv....
kpJw hcp ImWmw..."
tNn AhfpsS NppI henonsmp ]dv. Rm hopw ASn XpSn, Fs Acsnse
Aann\p Xo sImfpnb amXncn tXmn.
"Fmepw CXnnsc ..... Inbm.... Fs.... Atm ...Mv...Mv...Mv.... F\np hopw hcpp Ipt. ...."
Ah hopw ]pfp. Fs Iptb Cdpn. Rm CdpInbnpw DucnbSnp, ImcWw F\np
]m Nonbnsn Fs Ip s]mnsdnpw F ]cphambncpp. Hp cSn, Rm hnfnp
]dp.
"tNo ... F\np hcpp. Fs tNo... Fs D....vtj..... Mqw..."
"ASnv Xoss tamt\..." tNn AhfpsS Inte ]nSn hnnv s]mn mWp sImncp Fs
Iptb Npn ]nSnp. Fs Aanp s]mn. Ah hnn hnn ]m Non DjbpsS
hnnsmncp Acpa ]qdns AKm[Xbntep. tNn IsSpp. Rm Fs Acsv
AhfpsS ISnXSntep tNp hv Aan, Fs IpbpsS ]nv Xocpthmfw. ]me`ntjIw
]qambn Fp tXmnbtm Rm ]Xps Fgptp. Fs inhenwKw DucnsbSpp.
tmbv... F Hcp itmsS AXp shfnbn hp ipw Hennp sImv. Rm Djtb t\mn.
Ah Ipw hncnp, N an InSpIbmbncpp. Rm tNntb t\mn. tNn Fs Ip
t\mn BkzZnpIbmWp.
"tNn .... Dj...."
"Hp ansSm... AhfhnsSnSs..." Ah Fs amn Ip\np DjbpsS In Aan Hcp
hp. .
"Mm......Mm.... sXmSt........." " Dj ISv Rcn.
Rm Inen Imep aSnbncpp. tNn Fs ImennSbn \npw Fs Xf
Ips\sbSpp, Ipmepw tbm\nb`ntjIhpw tNp Ipgv ]nnSnpcp Ahs XSnbn
XtemSn. FnstmSp tNmZnp.
"aSptmSm tamt\... ImWpw... Fsmcp Ifnbmcpp cp t]cpw IqsS.....? "
"Hshzmhz... tNnbmcpp CXn sicnbmbn IfnXv.... Chs\mcp oWhpan.... tNn Hp sXmm
aXn.... Ah... NmSn hcpw..." Rm ]dp.
"Cnsc Ignbs.... \ns oWsamp amds. Fvp aXn.... cm{Xn sISpht C\nbpw...... "
"tNntb CXp t]mse kpJnnnt Cp Rms\mdsmp. "
"Fs s]mp tam...." tNn F\nsmcp Xp.
"Dsj... tamsf.... \n\p IpSnm hXpw thtWm....."
Dj ]Xnsb Ip Xpdp, ImepIfIn \nhp InSp. IhnSbn \npw Fs sh Nmdp
]pdtsmenppmbncpp.
"Mqw... thWw .... Ahs B Ccppe aXnbmthmfw Cp Nn IpSnWw Ipt... Ah
t]mbm ]ns....."
"slm.... Cu s]ns Hcmn....
AhfpsS ]qdnsemp Ipn.

H Ifnp \mep {]mhiyw kpJnp.... Fnpw..."

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"Atm Ipt... AhnsS C\n sXmSt ... AXp samw sImfamsbm tXmps... Fmepw
Fsmcp Ifnbmcpp. Cs\bpw s]pp kpJw hcptam.... tNn kpJnnen Hcmimn
Xs. "
"FSo... BZys {]mhiyw Hcp Znhksp appw Cnsc _pnapp ImWpw ... ]ns ]ns
CsXmcp ioeamIpw.... \obpw sIngnbs...."
CXn\nsS Rm tNnbpsS ]mhmSsbSpv Fs Ip XpSp hrnbmn.
Igntmtgpw Ah\p hopw Poh shm sXmSn. tNn AXp Ip.

sXmp

"hnPb tam aptsemp \nt...... Chs\ Rms\mp Xns....". Rm tNnbpsS apn apn
\np. tNn Iangvp InSp. Fnp Kpems\sbSpv apJanpcp. AsXmcp {]bmkap
InSmbncpp. Rm ]dp.
"tNn aep InSt...... "
tNn \op \nhp aep InSp. Rm tNnbpsS apIfn Xe Xncnp Ihncpp. Fnp
tNnbpsS apJtp Fs Kpemt\ apnp. tNn Aht\ emfnm XpSnbtm Ah In
hFm XpSn. Rm tNnbpsS IhnSbntep Fs apJw ]qgvn. B tbm\o apJw
hnbsmnbncpp. Rm\m IodeIn. tX XpnI shp Xnfn. Rm Fs
]Wnbmc`np. Rm\hcpsS ImepI XhfbptSXp t]mse AIn aSn shp. Fn XpSbnSpp
apX Dshm XpSn. Fs hbdn AhcpsS hpeI AacpXv Rm\dnp. AhcpsS
aq{Xpgnbn Rm \mpckn. Cnfn sImv tNn ]pfp, ImeSpnm XpSn. Rm\m
ImepI AIn ]nSnp. Ahscs Ip hmbnemnbncpp. Ahs sXmnbpsS ASnhiv
an Nppw Ah \n. CSp Ahs\ shfnbnseSpnp ]dp.
"t\csbp Hgpv CtX htc \nn. apSnhs sIm s\dp ]mem...."
Fnh Ahs\ t]p sRnsbSppXp t]mse Xmsg apX Aw hsc sRn.
"t\mnt ]ntw Dudn hcpIm... AhcXp \n \pWndnbnp hopw Ahs\ hmbnemn.
]ns Ddpm\pw hmWaSnm\pw XpSn.
"sImmw tNn.... AXp Xs .... \ cksamv...."
"anmsX \n IpSnsSm..."
tNn ]dp. Rm Intep Ibdn. Atmtgpw Hcp sNdnb enwKns BIrXnbn B
aWnp s]mn hncpp. AXv Rm hmbnemn henp IpSnm XpSn. AhcpsS IqXnbn
Hcp hncenp sImSpp, Hw cp hncepI B \\ tbm\nItp XncpIm\pw adn.
CXn\nsS Dj ]Xps Fgptncpp Fs ImennSbn Aancp AhcpsS apeIfn
]nSnp sRm XpSn. tNn apcp XpSn.
" Mqw.... Mqw....Mq Mqw.... Mqw "
Hw ImepIfSpnv Fs Xe XpSnSbnemn.
"ImeIv..... Csn Rm ISnpw... tItm......." Rm\m ]qdns AcnIpI IqnSnp. Dpckw
Ie tbm\nt Fs hmbn \ndp. Atmtgpw Fs KZ hopw ]gb ]Sn Ccpp
Inbmbn Ignncpp. tNn Aht\ ]pdsSpnp ]dp.
"C\n \app sXmSmw... Dtj... hsn \o sIStm...."
]t Ah tNnbpsS apeIfnte ]nSn hnn. Rm Fgptp. tNnbpsS ImennSbn
Ihncpp. Fnp KZsbSpv {iotImhnens hmXnen apnp. tNn Ahs\ InteSpv
In\p apIfn HAp apDp {]mhiyw Dcp. Fnp at Ibv sImv ]qppIfIn. Xe
AItp hp.
"C\n ASntmfq...."
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Rm Hcp Xp Xn. B H Xn\p Ah apgph\pw AIp tIdn, H\nbtmtgpw Ah


tNnbpsS BamibnenSn amXncn.
"apgph tIdn... C\n ASnp ]ss tamt\...."
Dj aptmp hp, t\cs tNn InS amXncn tNnbpsS apeIp ta InSp, Hcp ape
sRp hmbnemn. Hcp Ibv sImv at apebpsS sRp ]nSnpSm XpSn. tNn AhfpsS
XeapSnbn ]nSnp henv Xebn D shm XpSn. Dj Hcp Ibv Fs hbdn\p CSbn IqSn
ISn. tNnbpsS Dn ]nSpanp.
"Ibv Ipn sNSm, t\cs \osbs sNbvX t]mse..." Rm Aw \nhSnm XpSn. Hw
Djv Iv sRcnm\pw sRm\pw. ASnbpsS Ipepn\nSbn tNn ]dp.
"t\cw shfpnt ASn \nmhq... Nmepw thn Cp kpJnnt Dp..... tItmSm tamt\..."
"Fs s]mp tNn ]dmepw Rm \nn....."
ASnbpw Ip {]tbmKhpw apeWnbpw ]ptcmKantXmtS tNnnfIn, ImepI sImss
hcnnp ]dp.
"F\np hcpsmv... BSnv, tInbSn.... Xncpv. Djtamtf... Aan XncpsSo.......
Mpw...Mpw...Mpw...Mpw..... A... ....Sm.... hcpp ...\ kpJw.... lvlm... hq..."
Rm ASn XpSp. tNnbpsS ImepI Fs intbmsS Cdpn. Djtb Aan ]nSnp.
Fnpw Dj Hpw \nnbn...
"Ft.... F\np hSm..... Cnfn....Atm... \nv...."
R \nnbn. hopw XpSp. cp an\np Igntm hopw tNnp cXn
aqObpmbn. tZlw sRn hndp. Cnfn FSppp, t\mhpp Fsms hnfnp ]dp.
Atmgpw R tI `mhw \Snn. F\nmsWn hcp bmsXmcp eWhpan. D{K Hcp
Ifn IgnXt. aqp {]mhiyw sRnIgntm tNn ]dp.
"kXyambnpw ..... F\nn\n .....h.... Icm\w `KhXnbmtW..... F\np aXn....."
"AhnsSnSp Ipt.... Rm Np Fp tXmnbXm.... ]nsbmsWm Ip...." Dj
]Xps sNhnbntep
"AsSo tamtf... F\np ....hopw... Atm... hcpsmv... h....h.... tlm... AXqscSm.... "
"tNn Fnpw Fs Cdppsmtm.... kpJnp tNn kpJnv.... Rm\Snp Xcmw... t\cw
shfpmepw..."
"FSm... AXdnbmsX ]nSnp t]mIpXm.... C\n ... aXn..... Ct Rm Nhnpw... "
"tNo... F\np hn...... ]ns... Rm..."
"Atm aXntb... aXn... ItSpss Dtj.... Ct AXp NXp t]mIpw.... hnsSs tamtf..
DuscSm... hnPbm...."
tNn Icbm XpSn. ChW Rm \nn. Ip DucnsbSpp. Dp Nph ]qdp
Xpdncpp. Fs KZ apgph\pw tNnbpsS ]pWymlw In ]nSnncpp.Djbpw IsSpp. Ah
B Ibv \mn shpXp Rm Ip.
"At, Fs Ipt..... Ct{Xbptm... Rm\nXnsems F{X t`Zm.... At hnPbm...."
"FSo, AsXs Ins sImgw sImm tamtf... AXp s]sp Aenbpw... ]ns F\np
klnm ]n..." InXpXn\nSbn tNn ]dp. " C\nbpw \nnbnmcpt Rm
kXyambnpw Ntt\....."
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"]mhw Ip....." Dj IpbpsS hnbsmgpIp s\nbn XShn.


"C\n Rms\p sNpw.... Ibv ]nSnp Ifbmw... At..." Rm cp t]cpsSbpw apJtp t\mn.
"th, Dtj, Fs tamfhs\mp ]nSnp sImSv... ]mep sIn \nm Anp tISm...."
Dj aptmp hp, Fs apJp t\mnbnp, Ahs\sbSpp hmWaSnm XpSn. tNn AXp
t\mn InSp, ]mXn Xpd IpItfmtS. Ap an\np ]nSnnpw F\nsmcp A\hpan.
"Fs Ipt Fs IsmSnmepw Cu Ccpp km[\w Onp eWan. Insemv
HXpptIan." Dj Ibv amdnbnp ]dp.
"kmcan, AXn\p hgnsbmmmw..." tNn Inen \npw ]s Fgptp, ]ns thp thp
Ipfnapdnbntep t]mbn. Xncnp htm In Fpnbpmbncpp.
"CmSm, CXp \mbn tXv...... tXp ]nSnnsSo, \n\p \ hiat..."
Dj Hpw anmsX FsbSpv A\mmd t]mse \np sRp Ipbn ]pcn.
"C\n F\np BsIsbm Hcp sXmf Fs sImXam... Cm CSnp tIntm.... shdptX Ibv
sa\sSpm..."
CXpw ]dp Inen Ip\np \np XebnWbn apJaan InSp. sXmdp \np
]ipqXn Itm F\nsmcp amw Fs Ipsmcp ]pXpa.Rm B IqXnbn Hcp hncenp
t\mn tIdpn. DjbpsS In \npw Ipn hmn, IpsdsbSpp Npcpnbncp s]mn\p
Nppw tXp ]nSnnp. Ipsd Xncpnbtm Npcpw \nhp. Abhp hp. Cu kaba{Xbpw Dj
Fs KZ XShnsmncnbmbncpp. Rm Hcp hnc Ab B KpZ Zzmcntep tIn,
apdpInbmsWnepw AXp tIdn. ASpXp cp hncenp. AXpw tIdn. tNn Hp Rcn. ]ns
Rm Kpems\ DjbpsS In \npw hmn IpXe IqXnsmntep hnp inbmbn sas
Xn. B\ XSn henp amXncn Ahs Xe AIp Ibdn. tNn Hp \on Rcn, Indpn
Npp ISnp ]nSnp InSp. aptmpw ]ntmpw c\n, ]ns AItp Xn. sImXw Xpdp
]dn apmepw AImbn. tlm, Fsmcp NqSpw kpJhpw. \ apdphpw, AsXmcp ]pXnb
A\p`qXnbmbncpp. ISp As\ Xs \np Rms\mcp ZoLizmkw hnp.
"ASntms tNo.... Rm tNmZnp....."
"thKw ASnp hcpv....Csn sImXw Iodpw.... \msf Xqdms\mXm......"
Rm ASn XpSn.. ASnpw tXmdpw tNnbpsS Hma\smXw Abp hp. kpJhpw IqSn.
tNnbpsS apJw XebnWbnepckn. Ah aqfm\pw Rcm\pw XpSn. Dj Fs AnpSfn
XtemSm\pw ]Xps sRm\pw XpSn, AXpw Fs Imans ]ncnapdpw Iqn. Rm Hcp Ibv
sImv DjbpsS apeIfn ]nSnp sRn cknp. in IqSnbtm Ah ]dp.
"]Xps ]nSnv..." ]ns Ah Fgptp Ip\np \np Fs NppI henp IpSnp. Ipdp
Igntm \mbn Ip apgph\pw hgpXntdm\pw Cdm\pw XpSn.
"FSo, CXp \ kpJsam ]WnbmSo... ASnp tamt\.. lm..... thKw ASntmSm......"
tNnp ISn CfIn, kpJw aqp, AtXmsSmw sImXns Cdpw IqSm\pw XpSn. apdpInb
sImXnse ASn aqtm Fs knbnse ]mS CfIm XpSn. AXn \npw Hcp
tdmv Fs Ipbntep kmcw XpSn.
"tNo.... F\np hcmdmbn... Hp t\tc \ns... Cw hcpw...."
"F\npw hcpsmsSm... ASnv..... ASnv..."
"tNn C{Xbpw apdpnbm.... Rms\s\.... ASnm\m.. Abp Xm..."

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"CXn IqSpX......].....n......m.......F\np hcpp....lSm... Dtj... F\np hsSo....."
tNnbpsS sImXw apdpIn Fs Ipsb hcnp. Rm BSnp. Fs tdmv Fs
KZbpsS Aw hgn tNnbpsS KpZZzmcntep {]thinp. AXn \ndsb ipambncpp. AhnsS
hXp s]mn. tNnbpsS aeZzmcn Fs ]me`ntjIw \Sp. cXnaq IgntXmsS s]sp
IqXn Abp. ]ns Rm ASnp apgph\pw AIp Xfnp. A t\cw Rm AXn hp Xs
apn \np. Dj Fs AnpS hnp. Rm Ip shfnbnseSpp, Hp cp Xpn Xpdp
Xs \n B Zzmcn \npw ]pdtsmgpIn.
"IgntmSm...." tNn tNmZnp, ]ns Ah InSbntep Nmp. InStm Xpdncpv A
IqXnbn \npw ipw [mcbmbn shfnbntesmgpIn, AXp sabn hoWp Xpfpn.
"tNn CsXm ASbms..." F\n`pXw. ]mhmSsbSpv Ip XpSpXn\nSbn Rm
AhnsS Xs t\mnbncpp. ]t tNn ImeSpntm AXp Xmt\ ASp, tNnbpsS
Icnqdns\mw. CXn\nsS Dj InSp Ignncpp. cp s]p ]nd ]Sn ]qSqdpIfpw
aen, sNdp apebpw hpebpw Imn, ]nf NppIfpambn InSp ImgvN t\mn Rm\m
Inencpp. C\nsbmWp CXpt]msemcp ImgvN, CXpt]msemcp tIfo kpJw. cp t]cpw Fs
t\mn ]pncnp. ]ns sas B IpI ASp. Rm CgRp \on Xpdncp DjbpsS
saqdn Hcp shp. Ah ]Wnsp Ip Xpdp Fs Xebn XtemSn Ncnp InSp.
]ns Rm Fs IpmbnbpsS XSnpnb aIc]qdn\p tase Fs Npan. Ahscs
Xe ]nSnhnsS hp. Rm\m iptX\pIfpsS kn{i Kw \pIp sImhnsS Xe hp InSp,
]ns Ftmtgm abntmbn.

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tNn ImepI A\nbnmhmw Rm\pWXv. ssepmbncpp. Ip Xpd Rm t\mnbXv
Atmgpw t_m[anmsX InSpdp tNnbpsS Xpd IhnSbntembncpp. HnnSn B
Icnqdns taembncpp Rm Npan InSncpXv. B InSv Bscnepw Incpsntem.
kz`mhw sImmbncnmw AsXmp aWp t\mn. AXn\p Imcyamb bmsXmcp
Khpanmbncpp. ^m\ns Ipfncp sImmImw, DjbpsS Ipnp apIfn Hcp joh
hennnpmbncpp. sNcnp InS AhfpsS apIfnet shfp ape XmgtXnt\mSp
tNp InSpXv \ tNep ImgvNbmbncpp. tNnbpsS Hma\ apepS Xpemt\I
amXncn Aw ]cp InSncpp. t\ct A\p`hn AanXamb cXnkpJw sImmbncnmw cp
t]cpw t_m[w hnpdpXv. B kpJw tNn Ctmgpw kz]v\n Abhndppsp AhcpsS
]pncnp NppI Imednbmw. s]sv F\nv kvYeIme t_m[apmbn. taipdncp
ssSw]okn t\mn. aWn \mteIm.
Rm XmsgnSncp Fs apsSppSpp. Fnp cp t]scbpw hnfnp. bmsXmcp
cbpan. tXmfn Ipepn hnfnp. A\an. Dj Xncnp t\sc ImepIfn InSp. CSp
]qtdsemp sNmdnp. Fnp Rw Rw Fp Ftm ]ndp]ndpp sImv hopw Ddambn.
cnt\bpw DWn XpWn DSpnp InSnbnsn, Amh\pw AO\pw Fptm FmIpw
KXn. hopw Rm tNntb apeIfn Ipepn hnfnp. AdnbmsX Fs Ibv Xn amnbXmsX
bmsXmcp. amhpan. cpw Inv Rm\m ]qdnnSbntep hncenp. Fn In Han
sRn. tNn sRnbpWp. Ip Xpdp t\mnbtm Rm.
" Fssmp Cw hsSm. sISsmdv.."
Ah hopw sNcnpInSp ISp. Rm\htc Dcpn aen InSnbnp ]dp.
" Atm. tNn, F\np ]m\, Fgptp XpWnbpSpv InSv, Ahcnw hcpw.."
" tM.., "
tNn NmSnsbgptp. Nppw t\mn, kzw tZltp t\mn. Hcp PmfyX t]mse. Inen
InS ]mhmSsbSpv Ah Acsp adp. F\np a\n Nncn s]mn, Hcp \mWw shfpm
Imev. Hcpdn\p apv Fsmcp aZ\XmUhambncpp cpt]cpw IqSn Cu apdnbn
ActdnbXv.
]ns tNn Djtb Xn hnfnp.
" Dtj... FSo..tamtf Fgptt.... FSo Fgptm...."
Dj ]Xps Fgptp, Hcp tImphmbnp, Fnp ISncpp. F\ncniw hp. Rm\m
apebn ]nSnsmcp sRp sImSpp. Ah sRnp Xpdnp tNmZnp.
" FXmbnXp Ipt...."
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s]smWp Ahp t_m[apmbXp, Xm ]q \bmsWp. Ah Imen InS
josSpv amdpw IqSn adv Fsbpw tNntbbpw Xpdnp t\mn.
" FSo... \ns XpWnsbSppSpv.. Ahcp hcmdmbn..."
cp s]cpw thKw Fgptp Xmsgbndn. Aeamcn Xpdp Fsmstbm henp Xmsgbnp.
]ns tNn InennS {_msbSpp [cnp. Ah XpWn amdptm Rm InS hncnbntep
t\mn, AXn ]ebnSpw GjybpsSbpw B{^nbpsSbpw `q]S hyambn
]Xnnpmbncpp, R Cse tbm\nt\pw Ipmepw sImp hc ]S. Rm
tNntb tXmn B ]S Nqn ImWnp. DSs\ tNn, AXp amn Aeamcnbn \npw thsd
josSpv hncnp.
" \o t]mbn tkm^bn InSsm, Ahcp hcpsm apdnbn sISs, GXp tImenem hcptv
Bdnbmw. apn shSn Ignbpsm sImtd oWw ImWpw..." ]nsbpw tNn Fsmstbm
]ndp]ndpp. ssep sISpn, cp t]cpw Inentep hoWp, Rm tkm^bntepw.
Amh\pw AO\pw htm Fp aWn Ignncpp. AXn\p apt R DWncpp. h
]msS AO Fs apdnbnepw Amh AhcpsS apdnbnepw tIdn InSp Iqw hen XpSn.
Imn IpSn Ign DSt\ tNn DuWn\p Hcp XpSn. CSp \mWnbbpw hp.
Dj tNmZnp.
" Ipt, R Hp tXmcnIn htc s]mtmt..?"
" Fm ImWm\mSo, tXmn shw hn. Cw apgph ImSm.."
" Hm Npm, sImtdmeambnt ChnSsams Inv...."
" t]mtbp s]sp hcWw... a\pjyhmkanm kvYeam... kqnWw...."
" Mm sicn, hmSm hnPbm, Hp Idnbnp hcmw...."
R ]e ]dpIfpw ]nnp tXmp htp \Sp. Iptd t\ctv Dj Hpw annbn.
]ns, Ah tNmZnp.
" FSm hnPbm, \fo sNpXp sicnbmtWm..?"
" GXv..?
" \ cp t]cpw Ipbpambnp Cu FS]mSv..?.."
" B, AsXmpw F\ndnbn... Hs\ndnbmw, \nsf F\nstmgpw sNWw.. A{X
Xs.."
" Fp ]dm \o Hcp arKambn amdn Fp At.."
" Aw \otbm, ... ? ]p \n\ss ImWpXv NXpnbmcptm..., Cw Fs apgpht\msS
FSpv Dntep tIptXm.. ASn.."
" sicnbmcnpw, Rm\pw sXpImcn Xs.... ]s Cu Ip Fs\ \sS amXncnbmbn Fp
\o Hcnsenepw Nnnnptm.."
" AXnw... sNew.. IptsS icoc{]IrXn sImmcnpw, kvIqfnse Fs Kpcp ]dnsmv,
shey Ism s]pp ISn IqSpsav.."
" t]mSm..... t]mgcw ]dbmsX...AXp \ns amXncnsbm ImtfsS Hs Nnbm..."
" ]ns \n\sm Cw Cs\ Hcp tXm ? Cet \nfpsS ]Wn Im temIw
Chkm\np ambncptm..."
" AXp ]ns... \osbmp amdn \nt... F\nsmp apWw... "
Rm Xncnp \np. Ah Hcp acn\p adncpp aq{Xsamgnnp hp.
" appw AhnsS BsI Hcp ISnem... Cte \nssbmcp Ipnadnnep ImcWw...."
" Atcw IWn\p kpJnnt...."
" t]mSm........ \ sNpXp sXmsWp Fs a\p Cw ]dbpp. Fp sImv Ip
CXn\p Iqp \npp Fp \n\dnbn.."
" B Rm Nnnnn, Cw F\nv tNntbmWpw.... ]ns ISnp XnWsap tXmpw.
GXmv Hcp hp ]nSn amXncn. "
" Aw Rm \ns IeymWw Ignp Imcyw Nnnt, At..."
" B, F\ndnbn F\np \ntw hnam... IeymWw Ignm\pw..."
" AXp ]ns t\mmw.... Cw Rm \ntmSp Hcp Imcyw ]dm AXp amcpw AdnbcpXv...
Fn ]dbmw..."
" A{X clkyamsWn Fn\m ]tdt...?"
" FSm t]mt... AXp \o IqSn AdnbWw.."
" Fm ]d... Rm\mtcmSpw ]dbmtmWn.."
Atmsgpw R tXmp hsnbncpp, tXmSns Ccphipw henb ac hfp
]enp tXmntepw Icbntepw \nncpp. R Hcp \ kvYew Xn \Sp. HSphn,
tXmn ]pInSnbp Hcp Xpv R Isn. Nppw ac, shbnep t]mepw hcn.
Im ]I t]mepw t]Sn tXmpw. a\pjy hmkanm kvYew Xt. Ipdpdp

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DWnnSp hb. th\ens NqSp Hpw Adnbm Hcp kvYew. R AhnsS Ccpp. Dj
]dp XpSn.
" \psS sNdnbmh Ct... Atcv Hcp {hpnsI a\pjy\m.. Bsfmpw sicnb..."
" Npmbncn... hp ]dbmsX...AXp Djp tXmpXm... Fm.. Amh \ns tIdn ]nSntm...?.."
" AXn. Amhs Iqv BcmsWdnbmtam.. \psS Aen\Spv Hcp shey \mb hoSpv...
AhnSs Hcp Xe sXdnh\m... Hncn kzsmv.. s]p sInbnn.. Xmakw Hv... \mnse
tXhnSnnIfm AhnSt kvYnchmkw... Bmcv... "
" ]ns ]ns.. shdpsX h Akqbmcpw ]dbpXmcnpw..."
" AsSm \psS Ipbm FtmSp ]dt..."
" tNntbm, h Imepw ]pdndp tNn Fs\bm CsXms Adnbps...?
" Abmsfmm AhnsS, Iqn\p AI _nsem Hcp Xsbmp, shp
shfnsmSpm, BcpanmXm... Ahcv Hcp Znhkw Aen shp Iptb Iw
]dp, Ipt \ns \mbtc Hp kqnm \XmsWp, ]ns _mn IYIfpw.. ]ns
]nsbmbnv \ns tNn Fpw Aen t]mIpXv AhtcmWm\m."
" F\np tXmWn Ipmh Cs\sbmcp...."
" sicnbmSm, Iptw BZyw hnizknn. B X sXfnhp klnXw ImnsmSpp. Hcn
Amh apnshSnspw ]dp t]mbXns ]nt Znhkw shfpns\ Iptb
Aeop Ahcv Cu hoSns hmXns sImp t]mbn. AhnSp BZyw B tXhnSnntb
BZyw Imdn tIn hnp ]ns, Amhs\ Abmfp Ibv sImSpp ]dp hnp. Av Amh
IptbmSp ]dp, Aenn Ignp shSnp t]mbn kzw ISnp, ]ns Nop
Ifnp t\cw t]mbXdnn Fsms. AXnte {][m\ In BcmsWdnbmthm..? \sS
kckp..
" Atm.. kctkntbm...?.."
" AtXt.....Ahfm Amhs Fmw Ctm. Hpw hmXp sImv tNn A\pn. tNn
CXdnqv Chfpamdnbn, AXpsImm \mWnb Cgpw Hcp Dfppw CmsX tIdn
hcpXv. "
" Atm, Fm ]ns tNnp CXp t\cnp tNmZnp IqsS.. Fn\m aSnps...."
" B, Hcn tNn tNmZns{X... Ap Amh tNnbpsS ]gb tImtfPp Ncn{Xw ]dp
t]Snnp. thWsan _w Hgntmfm\pw ]dp. ..\mWtSp t]Snv tNn ]ns Hn\pw
s]mbn, Fmw klnpp..."
" Fmepw.... F\np hnizknm IgnbWn... Fs Dtj Rm Fs Ip sImv IXm Hcp
kw`hw....."
Rm ]ns Ap ASpfbn hv ]cnkcw adp Ah cp t]cpw IqSn \Snb
hZ\kpcXns Iybpw, AsXmfnp t\mn \np hmWaSnv IXIn sXdnn Fs Imcyhpw,
AXp tNn hp hncepsImv tXmn aWv sXmn klnXw Fs a\nemnbXpw, AhtfmSp
hnhcnp sImSpp. AXp tIp sImncp Ah CSnsS ]mhmSp apIfn IqSn IhnSbn
XShpXpw Rm Ip.
" AXns ImcWw F\np tXmpXv...... Rm ]dbmw... " Ahsfmp \nn.
" BZyw Rm Hp apntms... Cp cmhnse samXep aq{Xw sicnp t]mbnn. Ces
\ns HSps sNep ImcWw AhnSsams achnp t]msbm tXmpt... Fm, cp aqp
{]mhiyw hbdnfIptIw sNbvXp. jmnse Idn IqnbXp sImmbncnpw.."
Ah Fgptp Aw Zqsc amdnbncpp aq{Xsamgnp. ]mhmS sImv aphiw Aan XpSp
sImv hopw Fs ASpp hncpp.
" AtXbv... \n\p s]ns\ Adnbn CXp htc... F\np \ns CambncpXp sImpw,
]ns Fs \o IpnbnfnbXp sImpw Rm hoWp t]mbn. AXp s]ns KXntISv.
IpbpsS KXnbpw AXp Xt. \o tNmZn AtX tNmZyw Rm\pw IptbmSp tNmZnXm..
Ahcv ]dXp..... Hp,..... cp IpSpw_nsbpw \mWtSv... IqSmsX....]ns..."
AhfhnsS \nn, Fs In t\mn.
" ]nssbmSo... ]dt..."
Ahsfmp \mWnnp ]dp.
" \psS Amh\p s]ptf kpJnnm\p ]Xns\ShpIfpw Adnbmw... AXp IpbpsS
Hcp Zu_eyw. ]ns \ns Innbw Hcp {]XnImc _pntbmsS \ntmSSpp.... \ns Inepw
Dtm, thXne[nIw hentmw _temw DsXms.... IptsS GtXm IqpImcs AtX
km[\w ..."
Ah s]mn Nncnp. Rm Ahtf Hp sInnSnp, Fnp AhfpsS Ihnfp sas HcSn
sImSpnp ]dp.
" ASo tIanItf, Aw Fs ImenstS XqnoSpXn\p shesbmv..."

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" HsSm... Cw F\npw Fsmstbm tXmppapv... AhcpsS ASpf ]pcmWw tIw
samXep.... ]t F\np h.... hm, \app t]mImw... Ip At\zjnpw. ]ns F\nsmp
Iqkn t]mIptIw thWw..."
" ChnsSsbm\pw km[nss Dtj..."
" ChnsS shanSm... GXmbmepw.. \o hm Xncnv t]mImw..."
" Fm \o s]msm.... F\nv BsI Hcp sImgn.... Rm\nhnsS Cnsc t\cw Ccpnp
htmfmw..."
Dj t]mbngnv Rm AhnsS \op \nhp InSp, HmtcmmtemNnp sImp ISp
InSp. Fs a\n IqSn Hncn Nn{X ISp t]mbn. Hcp sNdnb Ah[nmew. AXn\nsS
Fsmw Imcy, kw`h, Rm Hcp Imam\mbn amdpI. sNdnb s]msWnepw
AbpsS kvYm\ap Hcp kv{Xobpambn ImaqpI, kzw apdsns\ _emkwKw sNpI,
Fnv cp t]cpambn Htc InSbn Ima tIfnIfmSpI. F\np Fss ]nSnInpn.
Fs a\p Ibvhnp t]mtbm. t\mhepIfn hmbn t]mse Rms\mcp kv{XoeS\mtWm. Fs
icocns, Fs enwKns {]tXyIXbmsWm CXns\ms ImcWw. Hscpw ]nSnbpw
Inpn. Fmbmepw Fs t]mp sicnbsp a\n \nmtcm ]dbpp. Hmizknmw,
Cp sImv Cu Ifn Ahkm\npw Fp Xo. C\n apX Hcp ]pXnb BfmIWw, Csn
F\nsss ]nSnp \nm ]pIbn.
Fnepw tNnns\ Hcp KXn htm... Mm.. sNdpn tKm]\pambn \Stm Hmn,
Cs\ Hcp in hcpsap, AhcpsS hn[n. Fnepw Ah Fmw adXmbncpp, ]pXnsbmcp
PohnXns Bibpambn IpSpw_ PohnXXntep ISnpw, AhnsSbpw Ahp in Xs
_mn.
`mhns
IomsWdnnpw
kckphnt\bpw
apw
klntnhcp
tNntbmsS\np klXm]w tXmn. Fmepw kckp Amhs\s hognp Iftm. Hm,
Ahsm \w, ]Ww thWw. kckphnt\ Rm i]np. \mWw sI tXhnSnn.
Amht\msS\np ]pOhpw tZjyhpw tXmn.
Hcp Imscpamw tImWp Ip XpdXv. t\mptm apn kckp. Ibnenappw ukpw
thjw, amds FSpm s]mm apeI XesbSpp \npp. Ibnenpw ukn\panSp
Actb kvYew shdptX InSpp. XSmIw t]mes ]pn Npgn. H aSp
XpWnpns aosX XnnSp Bene hb. AekambnnSp apSn. Bcp Imepw
sIn]nSnv henp IpSnm tXmp ae NppI. In Aw DdShp DXp t]mse.
AXp Ahp IqSpX hiyXtbIpp. aZmekbmsWnepw Chsfmcp thiybmsWp Bcpw
]dbpIbn. Fnepw F\nhtfmSp shdpmWp tXmnbXv. Fs tNnbpsS PohnXw Cp
]mSph.
Rm hopw ISp InSp.
" DdamtWm... cmfpw IqSn Ctmp t]mcpXp Itm hnNmcnp, t]mIpXn\p apv Hcn
IqSn Hp IpXncIfnm\msWp. hp t\mnbtmgs cpw IqSn skmpIbmcpsp
a\nembXv... Fn\m shdptX kabw sa\sSpntb.. D t\cn\p AhfpsS IhsS Hp
IqSn Xm taemcptm.. "
Ah Ipepnncnp.
" F\np \ntf ImW, \ntf Ca.."
" Hm, Bfp shey tZjynemWtm.... Ismp sXmdt... "
Ah Fs s\nbn aSn shncp IsSpp amn. Fnp Ip\np \np hopw
tNmZnp.
" Fm C{X shey CtSv.. Fs shey Camcptm BZyw, Hm Cw apdsptm
sNdp\p IqsSnSm... koep s]mnp himnbnt...... anSp Ipn..."
Ip\np \ntm Cfw Nphp \ndap ukn\pn \npw B h apeI shfnbntep
NmSn.
" \nsfn\m Fs Amhs\ himntb..?.." Rm tZjyn tNmZnp.
Ah s]mnncnp sImp ]dp
" Fs a sNdpm, ChnsSbmcpw Hcptcw hfp shnn. Ahcv Fs ]pdtI Imipambn
hcptm Xnfbm Rm\n, AXpw Ibv\ndtb Imiv Xcpw..."
" Imip Xm \nfmcpsS IqsSbpw t]mIptam.."
" ]nsm ]t kckphn\p tXmWw, A{XtbDp... AXncns \o Fgm t]mIpXv... \ns
thsd FhnsStbm shey kvIqfn tNm t]mIphmp tItm..?"
Rm annbn. FXnhitp t\mnnSp. Ah Fs AcnInencpp. Fnp ]dp.
" kckp Bscbpw a\p sImnsnn. Rm Hmp Npcpw Nnecn HcmfmWp \o..."
Ah Fs s\n Ibv hp.

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" ImcysamsWsm... Fs Cu kmam\n BZyambnp \ndp tIdnbXp \ns Ipbm...
\ns t]mse Xs \ns AO\pw... CXns U_n sskkp tXmm AtcpsS..."
" tM.... AOt\m...? "
" AtXSm, Cse Fs Cu Ct{Xw sXmd IhnS Cte s]mfnp t]msbm Rm
hnNmcnt. slm...CWn\p \ns AtsS Imcyw...."
" tZ... Ft hntcv....Fs AO \nsS ASpp hstm...?..."
" hsSm... \ns AO hXv {]amWnv Fsbpw Fs Atbbpw kvs]jyembnp hnfnXm,
B \mbcpsS hontemv....... Rfp t]mIpw \nsfmdnbnn, ssev Hmbncpp. \ns
Amh\p s]ptf IbvImcyw sNm \ hiam... F\np ]pntb Cam.... C\nbpw \o
tItmfq... Fs Xbnmcpt \ns AO Fs sImts\... Ipw IpSntp tIdn
saXnpImcptm. B\dnsbp tInsbpp. Cse Fs X t]mepw shw IpSnp
t]mbn."
Rm Xcnp t]mbn. Fs AO\pw apn shSnmc. AXpw Abpw aIfpambn. sO... Rm
AOs X\n aI\msWp sXfnp, Rm\pw ChnsS Ambnbpw s]fpambn. ...........
" asmp sImpa Rm ]dbpXv.. \o Cp t]mIphm.. h hgtm hnhmltamN\tam..
\Sqp tIm \o sRm Fp IcpXnbm.. Fp \Smepw kckphns\mpan. IpSpw_w
t\mtXv sInbhmcm. Fs sIntbm h XangnIfpsSbpw ]pdtI \Spp. ]ns
Rms\n\m CXpw s]mXnp sIn \Sp Fs PohnXw Xpept. Fm BWpfpw IWm..
F\npw Pohnt.... F\npw kpJnt.... AtXm Chmcp am{Xw Imf Ifnp \Sp kpJnm
aXntbm.... s]pfp sXmtfw sInbSncpm aXntbm... ?.."
Rm hmbpw s]mfnp InSp tIpsImncpp.
" FSm \o ]d, F\npw \ns Apw Ambnpw Fns Ipdhpmbnm RsS
sInsbmmcp thsd s]psS s]mdtI t]mIps..
At Xs \n\sm Xsetemp
tIdm\m.. {]mbambn \o sIpw a\nemIpw"..."
Ipdp t\cw Ah anmXncpp. F\nsmscpw ]nSnbpw Inpn. BZyw kckp
Ipmcnsbp tXmn. ]ns Ambn ]ngp Fp tXmn. Bscbm ]gnpI. Fmhpw
AhchcpsS \ymb. AO\p s]Spnm Ipgamcnpw. Amh\p AmbnbpsS
]gbImeambncnpw ImcWw, F\ntm. Fp sImp s]ns\ ImWpw IgsfIpXv. B,
FsnepamIs.
Ipdp Ignp tcmjw HSnbtm kckp Ip\nv Fs sNhnbn tNmZnp
" hnPbm, \n\p t]mIpXn\p apv Fs Hp IfntWm...?...."
Rm au\w ]menp. Rm hopw DcpIm XpSpp.
" Asn th, t]mIpXn\p apv F\np \ns Hp IfnWw Fsmcm{Klw. Cs
BWp tZlp sXmSpXp t]mepw s]n\p lcam.. F\np \ns Fp sImtm shnam..
Hsn F\np \ns Hcp sImns\ thWw.."
AdXv Fs Dn Xn. AmbnbpsS K`]m{Xn Fs shw Hncn hoWnpv,
AsXm\pw tIdn ]nSnptam... `Khmt\. DjbpsS Imcyw kmcan. Hp cp Znhkn\Iw Fmw
nbdmIpsav Ah ]dnpv. Ambntbm ? Hm, Hpw kw`hnm\n. Fpw IqsSnSp
Amh\ptm.
Rm ]nsbpw AhfpsS apJtp t\mn anmsX InSp. Ah Ip\nv Fs s\nbn
D shp. Rm\\nbn. Ah Fs tZlp IqSn Xmsgp ItmSnp. aep InSp Fs
ImennSbn Inp. Fs Kpems\ shfnbnseSpp. henb A\sampan. Aht\ AhnsS
hnp Ahsfgptp. Fnss s\n\p apIfn Ihp \np, Nppw t\mn. apv Acp
tate s]mn ]nSnp. Fnp ]dp.
" FSm Ctmp t\mv. \ns AO\pw Amh\pw Cse Iagvp InSv \n \n Xn
km[\am CXv. \n\p thWsan Xnv. kckp CXp htcbpw Hcp abncsbpw apn CXp htc
]m sInbnn... t]mIps\p apv Hp Ip sXmdp Itm..."
Ah app s]mn ]nSnp Ihp \np. AsXmcp hm Imgvbmbncpp. t\sc Xep apIfn
hnimeamsbmcp IpnabncpI \nd Idp Iqdp Npp ]nfn \npp. ]m
Wnp sImv. Idpncp XmfpI \nd, AIp Nph Nn{X \nd XSn Hcp
]pkvXIw Xpdp sh t]mse. Fs Kpem sas A\m XpSn.
Rm AhnsSt t\mnbXp sImmImw Ah AXp t]mse Xs Iotgmncpp. B hnShp
Ah Fs aqn sImp apnp. hnSncp B Ioden Fs aqns Aw Cdn.
Ihncptm B ISqdp Hp IqSn hnSncpp. ]qdns aWw Fpw Fs
_elo\XbmWtm. Ihncptm ths]p \n B tbm\o Zffn Fs NppI apn,
\n{hpnbnmsX Rm Ah DdpnpSnm XpSn. Hpw aq{Xns aWanm ]qdp. B
ssaXm\t IpnqS Fs apJpcp. Ah app Xmgvn Fs apJw adp. s]sv
Atm Fs a\n Hcp cwKw sXfnp. Rm Hdp, \nn, apJw ]nhenp.. Fnp
]mhmSpn \np Xs tNmZnp.
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" At... AO\pw Amh\p... at Bfpw Fmhcpw Cse HgnXmcnpw... \p thtd
Fsnepw..."
Ah CSp NmSn ]dp.
" \o ss[cyambnp henp IpSntm.. \nO\pw Amh\pw H Xpn t]mepw AhnsS hognnn.
Ahp Fs hmbnepw tZlpw Hgnp Ifnm\mcpp IqSpX ckw. ]ns Ahcpw Hncn
\n XnsSm, t]Snt, \ hrnbmbn IgpInbXm... As\ Xs Xntm... "
" Atmns AhschnSym shpI..?
Rm XpWn s]mn Fs \ymbamb kwibw tNmZnp.
" FSm.. tamt\... Ahscms ]qneSnp aSphcm... Ahnw Fs hmbpw sImtXmw Itmw
aXn.. ]ns Hp ]dbmsm.. \nO Hcp ah\m.. Atss sXmS hmXp
]nSnpt]mbn....]ns FtsS B\qdpw.....]pcmWw ]ns ]dbmw... \o Fsnepw sNv...
thKw... ISn aqpgm Inmcw..."
Ah Fs apJw ]nSnv hopw {XntImWntean Ipdp IqSn ImepIfn. kckp
AXpanXpw, Cse Ah sNbvXXpw ]dp sImtbncpp. Rm B\shn t]mse \op
InS DZf \n henp IpSnp sImncpp. Ah Acsv Fs apJpcp Idn.
Ipn tcma sImv thZ\ntm Rm Nnbn ]nSnp tatemp s]mn. Fnp In
]nSpanp. AXp s]mn hncpp. F\np Npp sImv ISnp henm am{Xw \ofap Iv.
Cdn IjWnSbn s\bvIjWw t]mse \ abn AXp hfp hepXmbn. Rm AXv
\n, ISnp henp. kckphns Dqdp Npcnb tX\pdh Fs apJp HgpIn hoWp \\p.
" Fs hnPbm... \ns F\np Fpw Inphmcpsn Rm Hcp \mdotSw
IqsSsSnmcpsSm. henp IpSnv.. \n Xnv..."
Ah Iv Fs apJan, F\np izmkw apm XpSn. Actb hnkvYmcap Hcp
]qtZiw Fs apJp \ndancnIpp. Ah ]pdtImp Inp Fs Acbn Xn t\mn.
Fs Ip ]qtcmKyhm\mbn IpXnp tIdm Xbmdmbn \np hndpp. Rm Nnbn ]nSnp
s]mn. Atmfh Fgptp. Xncnncpp. Fs ]dnbn XtemSn, AnpSfn sRn,
Fs Acsntep Nmp, Fnss Kpems aIpSn\p Nppw \mtmSnp. Rm ]Xps
]dp.
" hmbn shv..."
" [rXn shmsX... Cw \o ]ens Bim\msWs\ndnbmw..."
Rm\hfpsS app s]mn. apn Ip\np \np AhfpsS Nnp tase tIn hp.
]pdtImp Xn\n B ]ipqdn hopw Rm \man, AhnSsamw \\p HgpInbncpp.
hopw ]p\pdh s]mnsbmgpInsmncpp. kckp CXnsS Fs Ip hmbnseSpp
Ignncpp. hfsc {itbmsS Ahfhs XSnbn ]IpXnbpw AIp Ibn. \mnp
Npgnsmncpp. F\np lcw tIdn. Rm B ampnI Ibv sImIn, ]qdn\pw
IqXnpanSp Ccpp Icphmfn sNdpIcbn ISnp.
" Mqw... Mqw...." Ah aqfn apcp. sImXanp Idn.
Rm Npcp B IqXnbn \mnpckn, hnImcw In \nXp sImv, B sImXnte hnbp
Ipg aWw F\nv, Fs kncIv elcntbIn. Hcp Ibv ImennSbnenp In Aan
Xncpn. Ah Fs apJn\p apIfn ]qdan InSp ]pfp. knnip NpcpXp
t]mse tbm\nts\mgpIn. Fs Ipw apJhpw Fmw B tX\n Ipfnp. Ipdp t\cw In
Xncpngntm, Ah Ibv ]pdtImp sImp hv Fs Ibv FSpp amn.
" Fp ]n....?" Rm tNmZnp. Ah Fs Ip hmbn \npw amn izmksaSpnp ]dp.
" C\n AhnsS tXm F\np sNew hp t]mIpw. F\np AIp shWw. \ns
]meIsmgnWw....."
Ah Fgptp app hIp amn, \netp aep ImepIfIn InSp. ImennS
apgph ]i tXt]msebncpp. sNcnq t]mse hnS B kmam\ns apIfn Cfw
Nphm Ip hnnsmn \np.
" hm, thKw AIp shv...."
Ah cp Ipw s]mn Fs amSnhnfnp. Rm Fs app sskUntep amn, B
ImepInSbn appIpn, Hcp sNdnb ]mdv apn\Snbn Ipcpn, Aw thZ\np,
Rm\sXSpp amn. ]ns Ip\nv B tZltp Nmp. Fs Ip hnSncp B
aZ\qhns hmXnen hp. Ah cp Ipw sImp Zf hifntep AIn ]nSnp.
" C\n Xv.... "
" Rm Xn. bmsXmcp hnjahpw IqSmsX Fs Ime Ip IS htc Dnembn.
" lm... C\n ASnv..."
" Rm IbvIpn s]mn. Fnp ]dp.
" uskmp sXmdt..."
" Atm.... AXp adp.... F\nhnSw hnpImcpp.."

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AXpw ]dp ukns cp aqp lppIsfSpp. {_m s]mn henv cpw IqsS apeIp
apIfntep tIn hp. B Ipfm apeI ]pdp NmSn B s\p Xpfpn InSp. Rm
Ip\np Hcp ape sRp hmbnseSpp, henp IpSnm XpSn. at ape kckp Xs
InSpp. Aw Ignp Ah Xebnv Dcpn XpSn. hbdnnSbn IqSn Hcp Ibv sImp
AhfpsS kmam\t Xncpm XpSn. Fs Ip AhfpsS NqSp ]qdnencpp hnn.
" Fs tamt\... \o... Fn\mSm Cw t]mIpt.... \ns Rm t]mntmfmsaSm....." apJapbn
Ahsfs Xebn D shpsImncpp.
" thKw Ifnp Xov... F\np Cw thWw.... tam\SnsSm..."
Rm Ibv Ipn \nSn XpSn. F\np NqSmbn hcptXbpp. cm{Xnbn cp Dinc ]
IgnXpsImv Ipmsmcp Ka t]mse. F\np hntepw thn, kckphns sImXn
Xotmw.
" ASnp tamt\... henSn...F\nv Cw ....s]sp Ignbpw... \nmsX thKw....thKw....."
ASnbpsS Ipepn tXnsmp Ah ]dp. Rm ASnbpsS kv]oUpw inbpw Iqn.
Atmsf\np Ces Imcyw Hm hp. Rm Ibvapp Hcp hitp Ipn, Hcp ape
hmbnseSpp. ]ns hbdnnSbntep Inp, AhfpsS Ibv amn, Fs Ibv sImp In
Xncpm XpSn.
" tlm.. Fsmcp ]WnbmSm CXv..... \o anSp\mSm.... Fmw IqsS .....Fsmcp kpJw... "
Rm B tZltp Iagvp InSp sImmSnp. Xncpepw apeIpSnbpw IqSn Bbtm
AhfpsS ]qdns `nnI apdpIm XpSn.
" Fs Ipm... F\np hcpsSm.. tamt\... ASnv.... ASnp.... thKw... \nv...... Atm...
h.....q....hq....ASn... s]mdp Ifbv.. apgph.... AIv.... Hgnv...."
kckphns ImepI s]mn Fs Acsn ]qnp ]nSnp. Rm Fnpw ASn XpSp.
" Mv...Mv...Mv.... lmbv... aXn.... F\np aXn..... Atm....Itp hntSm..... "
Fs apJw Ah apebn \npw ]nSnp s]mm {ianp. Rm ISnp ]nSnp. AhfpsS
ImepI ]s Abp.
" kctkn F\np hn.... Rms\mSnp hcps... " CXpw ]dp. Rm ASn XpSp.
Ab B ]qdn \npw tX\n Ipg ]ens \mZw Dbp.
" ASnp hcpntm... FSm...Fs Itp IsSpv.... "
" IsSpm F\np hcn...."
" Fm Rm hmbn shp hcpncmw... \nv..."
" Aw AIsmgnt...?".."
" thWw.... Fm thKw ASnp hcpsSm Imem.... .."
Ah ISp ]pI ISnp ]nSnp InSp ]pfp. B ]pfb Itm F\np Cfw
hp XpSn.
" thKw hcpsSm.... F\nnnfn..... t\mhpp...."
" tZ Cw hcpw.... " Rm DucnbSnp ]n.
" Atm... F\nv... Cnfn..... hcpp.....Hm....Hm....l..l.."
Ah ]pfp Cnfn sImp s]mn Nncnm XpSn. AhfpsS tbm\o `nnI hopw apdpIn.
AsXs Ipbn _eambndpn. Fsbpw sImhfpsS Acsp hnp t]mse s]mn. ]ns
F\np ]nSnp \nm ]nbn. Fs Acsnepw t_mw_p s]mn. kvt^mS\n\p tijw
Htm ctm ASn am{Xta \Spp. Rm\dnbmsX Fs Ibv In \npw amdn, \nep Ipn
\np. Rsfmcpanp Xmtgap. AhfpsS tbm\nbpsS ASnn Rm Fs Ipt\
Aan tNp shp. CSnSp Ah\p ]m Nom\mbn am{Xw Acsp shnp. NqSp ]m
sImv B tbm\n Rm \ndp.
" Fsmcp NqSmSm.. \ns ]men\nv..."
Ahsfs sInnSnp. Rm AhfpsS apJsp hoWp InSp InXp. InXSnbtm Ah
Fs apJw ]nSnpbnbnp tNmZnp.
" FmSm.. samt\ .. sNIpm ]p t]msebmcptm \ns Ifn... CsXhnSp ]Tnp...?..."
" AIsmgnWsav Fn\m ]dt... hcpmsX Hgnm ]pthm..."
" Fmepw \o Fs shw IpSnnp IftmSm......F\np cp {]mhiyw hp. tlm..
Ifnm \o ]Tnp..."
Ah Fs hopw D hp. R hnbp Ipfnncpp.
" Rm Ducn FSptms..."
" Cntc t\cw AhnsS InSsSm... "
Ipdp \nanjw R ISp sInnSnp InSp. ]ns Rm hnfnp.
" kcsko...?
" Mqw..."
" Cte Amh\pw AO\pw IqsS Ifnnpw tNnp Csm s]sp hXp..."
" FSm... tamt\...." Ahsfmp \nn.
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" Mqw ....]d... Fp sImm...
" Ahp Rm shdpw tXhnSnnbmSm... Pohnm thn.. thjw sInbh... Ahp Fs
kpJw {]iv\asSm... Hcp\pw.. Fs kpJw t\mnbnn.. Fs sXmfI aXn Ahv..."
" Fm ]ns CXp \nnqsS.."
" \nWw... \n\ss IqsS sImv t]mImthm... Asn F\np cs]Sm ]n.
Rm AhmcpsS ASnabmbntmbn. C\n F\np cbn....... AXp t]ms Fs hn[np
hntcv.." Ah InSp sImp Ip XpSp.
" Mm... C\n DucnsbSptm.."
Ah ImeSpnp ]nSnp. Imp t]mb _eq t]mse Fs Ip B ImennSbn \nqcn
t]mp. Ipgp ]nbncp ipw Rm apn XpSp. hnSncp B ISqdp Rm
Ahkm\ambn Hp IqSn t\mnp. Ah app t\scbnp ap hiw sImv ]qdp XpSp..
ukpw {_mbpw henp Xmgvn. lppIfnp. Rm t\mn \npXp Itm Ah
]dp.
" \o s]mtm, Rm\nhnsS Cnsc t\cw InSnp s]mtmfmw... Ahfnw \ns sXcppmIpw...
\o Cp ht..."
Rm ASpncpp. Ah Fs Npn Aan D shp. Fnp ]dp.
" Fs adcpXv... \ns Rm Hcnepw adn. \n\p \Xp hcpw... Hsn... \ns
sImns\ Rm s]dpw.."
]ns Ah apJw Xncnp InSp.
t]mcp hgn Rm Hmp. thiybpw lrZbap a\p a\pjy kv{Xo Xs. s]dm\pw
t]mm\pw B{Klnp\h, ]t {]khnnm NpaXesh Xncnp t\mpn.
Atmns hgnbn Inphs sImns\ Innbmepw aXn... Fsmcp hntcm[m`mkw. \
sXmngw t]met s]p, AXpw XpWnbgnm ]qS t]mepw Ifbm\nm{X cknI
NcpI honeptm Cu BWpsfn\m ]mhshs sN s]mm\pw, I
]mnnIfptSbpw tXhnSnnIfpsSbpw ]pdsIbpw t]mIpXv. F\np a\nemIpn.
hopw BtemNntm F\np Xsm Nncn hp. Rm\mscbm Ipw ]dbpXv ? Ifnm
Innnbmepw s]ns hnb Itmw Ihbpw ImensSbpw
aWpXt F\np
IqSpX Cw. ]ns Btc Ipw ]dbm ?
Rm hon sNptm tNnbpw \mWnbbpw ASpfbn. Djsb shfnbn In.
AO\pw Amh\pw Ihebntep t]mbs{X.
" \o FsSpphmcpsSm AhnsS..?.. tNn At\zjnp.
" Hm, B ]pppdv sISw \ kpJw... Cnsc Hdntmbn.... Dj Fntb..?.."
" Ahfp sISphm.. hbdp thZ\.... "
" Ces jmpIdn ]nSnnmcnpw......" Rm ]dp.
" sicnbm, F\npw ]nSnn..." \mWnbbpw kXnp.
tNn \mWnbtb kqnp t\mn. Ah Ftm A_w ]d an Zqtcp t\mn. tNn
Inencp Xhn Xmsgbnnp apdnbntep t]mbn. \mWnb Hpw anmsX Idn
Cfnsmncpp. Rm apdnbntep sNp. AhnsS XmSnp Ipw sImSpv Inen tNn, Dj
InSpp. Fs IbpSs\ Ah kwkmcw \nn.
" hbdp thZ\ Fs\bpp .. Ipdhptm...? Rm tNmZnp.
Dj Hp aqfn. Rm shfnbn hp Snhn shp AXn t\mnbncpp.
D shbnens ImTn\yw Ipdtm R ]pdsSms\mcpn. AO _mKpIsfms
Xbmdmn. tNn Fsbpw DjbpsSbpw XpWnI _mKnemn Gnp. Atmtgpw Amh Hcp
Imdpamsbn. Djsb tNn Xmn]nSnv Imdnencpnbnv AItp t]mbn. Amh\pw AO\pw
Imdn Ibdms\mcpn. Atm tNn apdnbn \npw Fs hnfnp. Rm AItp sNp.
Ah Fs sIn]nSnp, KmVambn Fs BenwK\w sNbvXp, Fs Npnepw apJpw Hcp
{`mntbsmse D shp. Fnp ]dp.
" \o C\n Fm hcnI Fs\ndnbn, Nnetm Rm ChnsS ImWnmbncnp, Fs
adcpXv...."
AhcpsS iw CSdnbncpp. hnjaw tXmnsbnepw Rm annbn, {]iv\ A{Xtmfw
t]mIcptX `Khmt\ Fp a\n B{Klnp. Ah Hcp s]mXn Fs In Gnp.
" CsXm tNo..."
" Ipdp cq]bm... \n\p tlmen kzw Bhiyw hcptm FSpmtm..."
" F\np ss]kb thXv... tNntb Hmm Hcp Imcyw am{Xw.."
Ah Fs tNmZycq]n t\mn. Rm AhcpsS kmcn s]mn, Ipnbncpv B
ImennSbntep apJw tNp, Ah ImeIn Xp. Rm\hnSt hnbns Kw
kmh[m\w aqntep henp. FnhnsS Aan Hcpbpw sImSpp. Ah Fs

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]nSnsgptnp. Fs Kpems apIfn Ibv shnp Ip \ocn IpXn
IpkrXnncntbmsS ]dp.
" tam Hncn kqnWw, Cht\ \nb{nWw, Csn `mhnbn B]m...."
" FSm hnPbm..."
]pdp \npw AOs hnfn. tNn Fs Hp IqSn D shp, Fnp hmXn Xpdp.

Hcp

Rm Imdn tIdn, kckphns hoSns hmXn \mWnbbpw kckphpw \npmbncpp.


Rm AhtcmSv Ipbn mm ]dp. kckp Nncnp sImv Ibv hoin.
" FmcpsSm AhnsS..? \nmbnp hnjaw Htm..." AO tNmZnp.
" Hv... .. ]ns Ambn Ipdp cq] Xp..." Rm s]mXn AOt\ Gnp.
" th, \o Xs shtm... AXymhiyn\p sNehmmw...." AO AXp Xncnp Xp. Rm
Xncnv Djtb t\mn, Ah \nhnImcbmbn Ccnpp.
shfnbntep Xebnp Rm ]pdtImp t\mn. Ign Iptd Znhkfnembn F\nv Hcp ]pXnb
amkvactemIw ImWnp X B hoSpIfpw {Kmahpw s]mSn]Sefn Ahyambn AIp t]mbn.
Rmt\mp, C\nsbmWns\sbmcp Ah[nmew hopw DmhpI.....?

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