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ij gj jkst blh rjg
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ij viuk uke vkSj
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fe[+kkbZy 'kksyks[+kkso

ftu lksfo;r jpukdkjksa us efDle xksdhZ ds thou&dky esa gh Lo;a dks


mudk lq;ksX; mÙkjkfèkdkjh fl¼ dj fn;k Fkk] muesa vysDlkUnz iQnss;so]
dksULrkfUru iQsfnu vkSj vysDlsbZ rksYLrks; ds lkFk fe[kkby 'kksyks[+kkso dk
uke lcls vkxs vkrk gSA buesa Hkh] egkdkO;kRed foLrkj ,oa xgjkbZ rFkk
oSfoè; dh n`f"V ls 'kksyks[k+kso dk uke lcls igys fy;k tk ldrk gSA
fe[kkby vysDlkUnzksfop 'kksyks[+kkso dk tUe ,d fuEu eè;oxhZ; :lh
fdlku ifjokj esa 24 ebZ 1905 dks gqvk FkkA muds firk us [ksrh vkSj i'kqvksa
ds O;kikj ls ysdj diM+k cquus rd dbZ dke fd;sA mudh vf'kf{kr ek¡ ,d
mØbuh fdlku ifjokj dh FkhaA 1918 esa tc Åijh nksu {ks=k Hkh x`g;q¼ dh
pisV esa vk x;k rks 'kksyks[+kkso dh i<+kbZ dk flyflyk vle; gh lekIr gks
x;kA 'kksyks[+kkso us cksY'ksfodksa dk i{k fy;k vkSj yky lsuk esa 'kkfey gksdj
izfrfØ;kokfn;ksa ls yksgk fy;kA bu vuqHkoksa dk bLrseky vkxs pydj mUgksaus
viuh d`fr;ksa esa fd;kA
x`g;q¼ dh lekfIr ds ckn 'kksyks[+kkso ekLdks pys vk;s tgk¡ mUgksaus
1922&24 ds chp tgkt+h dqyh vkSj laxrjk'k ls ysdj vdkm.Vs.V rd dk
dke fd;kA blds lkFk gh] chp&chp esa os ys[kdksa dh lHkkvksa&laxksf"B;ksa
esa Hkh fgLlk ysrs jgrs FksA mudh igyh dgkuh ^tUefpg~u* tc izdkf'kr gqbZ
rks 'kksyks[kkso dh mez ek=k mUuhl o"kZ FkhA 1924 esa mUgksaus iwjk le;
lkfgR;&ys[ku dks nsus dk iQSlyk fy;k vkSj os'ksULdk;k ykSV x;sA 'kksyks[+kkso
dh igyh iqLrd ^nksu dh dgkfu;k¡* 1926 esa vkSj nwljk dgkuh laxzg ^uhyh
Lrsih* Hkh blh o"kZ izdkf'kr gqvkA
blls ,d o"kZ iwoZ] 1925 esa] os viuh egkure Ñfr ^èkhjs cgs nksu js*
dk ys[ku 'kq: dj pqds FksA bldk igyk [k.M 1928 esa rFkk pkSFkk vkSj
vfUre [k.M 1940 esa izdkf'kr gqvkA rhljs [k.M esa dT+t+kdksa ds lkFk
dE;qfuLVksa ds ¶nqO;Zogkj¸ ds o.kZu ds dkj.k tc ,d if=kdk us 1929 esa
bldk izdk'ku LFkfxr dj fn;k rks Lrkfyu us Lo;a gLr{ksi djds bldk
izdk'ku 'kq: djk;kA 'kksyks[+kkso dk nwljk egkdkO;kRed miU;kl ^dq¡okjh
èkjrh* Fkk ftldk igyk [k.M ^vkus okys dy ds cht* 1932 esa vkSj nwljk
[k.M ^nksu ij iQly&dVkbZ* 1960 esa izdkf'kr gqvkA miU;kl 1930 esa ,d
nksu dT+t+kd xk¡o esa Ñf"k ds lkewfgdhdj.k dh izfØ;k vkSj lkekftd thou
ij mlds lw{e ,oa O;kid izHkkoksa dk ltho fp=k mifLFkr djrk gSA
1942 esa izdkf'kr mudh dgkuh ^?k`.kk ds foKku* dki+Qh pfpZr jghA
ukfRl;ksa ds fo#¼ :lh turk ds egku izfrjksèk&la?k"kZ ij vkèkkfjr mudk
rhljk miU;kl ^os ns'k ds fy, yM+s* 1959 esa izdkf'kr gqvkA 1956&57 esa
izdkf'kr 'kksyks[+kkso dh dgkuh ^balku dk ulhck* lektoknh dyk dh ,d
egRoiw.kZ ?kVuk ekuh tkrh gSA

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gjkeh

eh'dk us LoIu esa ns[kk fd nknk us cxhps esa psjh dh ,d vPNh deph dkV
yh gSA os deph fgykrs gq, mldh rji+Q vk jgs gSa vkSj Mk¡Vrs gq, dg jgs
gSa %
¶gk¡] bèkj rks vk t+jk fe[k+kbZy i+Qksehp! vxj rsjs pwrM+ksa ij ekj&ekjdj
;g deph u rksM+h rks dguk!¸
¶fdlfy, nknk\¸ eh'dk us iwNkA
¶blfy, fd rwus dy¡xhokyh eqxhZ ds njcs ls lkjs v.Ms pEir dj fn;s
vkSj mUgsa ys x;k fg.Mksys ij >wyus ds fy,!¸
¶nknk] bl lky rks eSa fg.Mksys ij ,d ckj Hkh ugha >wyk!¸ eh'dk Mj
ds ekjs ph[k mBkA
exj nknk us vdM+dj viuh nk<+h ij xEHkhj <ax ls gkFk iQsjk vkSj ik¡o
iVddj èkedkrs gq, cksys %
¶'kjkjrh dgha dk! dj iktkek <hyk] rsjh peM+h mèksMw+!¸
eh'dk ph[k mBk vkSj mldh vk¡[k [kqy x;hA mldk fny t+ksj ls
èkd&èkd dj jgk Fkk ekuks lpeqp gh defp;ksa ls [kcj yh x;h gksA cM+h
gksf'k;kjh ls mlus ckb± vk¡[k [kksyhA ns[kk fd ?kj eas mtkyk gks pqdk gSA lqcg
dh fdj.ksa f[kM+fd;ksa ls >k¡d jgh FkhaA eh'dk us flj mBk;k rks mls M~;ks<+h
eas ls dbZ vkokt+sa lqukbZ nhaμek¡ [kq'kh ls ph[k jgh Fkh] oqQN dgrh tk jgh
Fkh] g¡lh ds ekjs mldk cqjk gky gqvk tk jgk Fkk] nknk [kk¡l jgs Fks vkSj ,d
vtuch&lh vkokt+ vkSj Hkh lqukbZ ns jgh Fkh] ¶cw&cw&cw---¸
eh'dk us vk¡[ksa eyha vkSj ns[kkμnjokt++k [kqyk] t+ksj ls cUn gqvk] nknk
yiddj Hkhrj vk;s] mNyrs gq,A mudk p'ek mudh ukd ij ukp jgk FkkA
eh'dk us lkspk fd Hktuhdksa ds lkFk iknjh vk;s gksaxs (bZLVj ds fnuksa eas tc
iknjh vkrs Fks rks nknk blh rjg Hkkxs&Hkkxs fiQjk djrs Fks)A nknk ds ihNs&ihNs
,d yEck&rM+xa k vkSj gV~Vk&dV~Vk i+QkSth vUnj vk;kA og dkyk i+QkSth dksV

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vkSj iQhrksa okyh Vksih igus FkkA ek¡ mlds xys ls fyiVdj jks jgh FkhA
?kj ds Bhd chp esa bl vtuch us ek¡ dks >Vddj xys ls vyx fd;k
vkSj Å¡ph vkokt+ essa iwNk %
¶dgk¡ gS esjh lUrku\¸
eh'dk ?kcjkdj dEcy ds uhps nqcd x;kA
¶rqe D;k lks jgs gks\ vjs csVk] rsjk cki i+QkSt ls vk;k gS]¸ ek¡ us iqdkjdj
dgkA
eh'dk vk¡[k Hkh u >id ik;k fd i+QkSth us mls tk nckstk] Nr rd
mNky fn;k vkSj fiQj lhus ls fpidk fy;kA og tc mls viuh yky&yky
ew¡Nksa ls I;kj djus yxk rks cl oqQN u iwfN;s μ gksaBksa] xkyksa vkSj vk¡[kksa dh
eqlhcr gh vk x;hA ew¡Nsa mldh oqQN&oqQN ue Fkha] uedhu&lhA eh'dk us
NwV fudyus dh iwjh dksf'k'k dh] exj mldh ,d u pyhA
¶vjs okg] rw rks vPNk&[kklk cksY'ksfod gks x;k gS! tYn gh cki ls
ckth ekj tk;sxk! gks&gks&gks!¸ cki t+ksj ls g¡lk vkSj yxk eh'dk dks
>qykusμdHkh gkFkksa ij fcBk pDdj fnyk;s vkSj fiQj dHkh Nr rd mNky
nsA
eh'dk lgu djrk jgk] lgrk jgk vkSj fiQj nknk dh rjg mlus HkkSgsa
fldksM+ha vkSj 'kjhj dks vdM+k fy;kA mlus cki dh ew¡Nsa idM+ yhaA
¶NksM+ nks eq>s ckiw!¸
¶ugha NksM+us dk!¸
¶NksM+ nks! eSa cM+k gks x;k gw¡ vkSj rqe eq>s fcYoqQy NksVs cPps dh rjg
mNky jgs gks!¸
cki us csVs dks ?kqVuksa ij fcBk fy;k vkSj eqLdjkrs gq, iwNk %
¶fdrus lky dk gks x;k gS js fiLrkSy rw\¸
¶vkBok¡ py jgk gS]¸ fldksMh+ gqbZ vk¡[kksa ls ns[krs gq, eh'dk us vfuPNk
ls dgkA
¶;kn gS u csVs fd nks lky igys tc eSa vk;k Fkk rks dSls eSaus rq>s tgkt
cuk&cukdj fn;s Fks\ dSls geus rkykc esa os tgkt pyk;s Fks\¸
¶;kn gS!¸ eh'dk us >V ls tokc fn;k vkSj oqQN f>>drs gq, viuh
nksuksa ck¡gas cki ds xys esa Mky nhaA
cl fiQj D;k Fkk [kwc jax tekA cki us eh'dk dks dUèks ij fcBk;k] iSjksa
ls idM+k vkSj dejs esa ns pDdj ij pDdjA dHkh og nqydh pys rks dHkh
?kksM+s dh rjg fgufguk;sA eh'dk rks [kq'kh ds ekjs gk¡iQus yxkA ek¡ mldh

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vkLrhu [khapus vkSj t+ksj&t+ksj ls fpYykdj dgus yxh %
¶vjs tk] ckgj tkdj [ksy!-- vjs lqurk ugha nq"V] dg jgh gw¡ fd ckgj
tkdj [ksy!¸ fiQj mlus cki ls dgk] ¶NksM+ nks vc bls iQksek vdhfep!
NksM+ Hkh nks!--- og rks rqEgsa] esjs fiz; dks] vk¡[k Hkjdj ns[kus Hkh ugha nsxkA nks
cjl ls vk¡[ksa rjl x;h gSa rqEgsa ns[kus dks] vkSj rqe gks fd blh essa my>s gq,
gks!¸
cki us eh'dk dks uhps mrkj fn;k vkSj dgk %
¶tk Hkkx] tkdj vius nksLrksa ls [ksy&owQnA tc ykSVsxk rks rq>s feBkbZ
f[kykÅ¡xkA¸
eh'dk us njokt+k [kksyk vkSj ckgj! igys rks ;g [+;ky vk;k fd M~;ks<+h
esa [kM+k jgdj dku yxk;s vkSj lqus fd dejs esa D;k ckrphr gksrh gSA exj
rHkh ;kn vk;k fd cki ds ?kj ykSVus dh [kcj rks fdlh Hkh cPps dks ekywe
ughaA ,slh [kcj u crkbZ tk;s Hkyk\ vkSj cl og ut+j vk;k vgkrs esa] vkSj
fiQj ?kj ds cxhps esa yxs vkyqvksa ds ikSèkksa dks iQk¡nrk gqvk rkykc ij tk
igqp¡ kA
rkykc ds Bgjs gq, vkSj cncwnkj ikuh esa eh'dk us xksrs ij xksrs yxk;sA
fiQj og jsr ij yksVk&iksVk vkSj mlus vkf[+kjh ckj xksrk yxk;kA fiQj og ,d
Vk¡x ij owQnk vkSj mlus iktkek Åij [khapkA og ?kj tkus dks fcYoqQy rS;kj
gh Fkk fd iknjh dk csVk ohRdk mlds ikl vk igq¡pkA
¶eh'dk] FkksMh+ nsj vkSj #d tk! vk] ge lkFk&lkFk xksrs yxk;sa vkSj fiQj
gekjs ?kj pydj [ksysaxsA ekrk th rq>s gekjs ?kj vkus ls ugha jksdrhaA¸
eh'dk us f[kld jgs iktkes dks ck;sa gkFk ls [khapk] dUèks ij dh iV~Vh
Bhd dh vkSj dgk %
¶eSa rsjs lkFk [ksyuk ugha pkgrkA rsjs dku lM+s jgrs gSa!¸
ohRdk us cnyss dh Hkkouk ls vk¡[k fldksM+h vkSj vius gM+hys dUèks ls
[khapdj o+Qeht+ mrkjrs gq, dgk %
¶;g rks duisM+k gSA ij rw fdl eq¡g ls ckr djrk gS js x¡okj] rsjh ek¡
us rks rq>s ckM+ ds uhps tuk Fkk!¸
¶rw ns[kus x;k Fkk u\¸
¶lquk gS eSSaus rksA gekjh ckofpZu us crk;k Fkk esjh ekrk th dksA¸
eh'dk us ik¡o ls feV~Vh oqQjsnh vkSj ohRdk dks flj ls ik¡o rd ns[kkA
¶co+Qokl djrh gS rsjh ekrk th! esjs ckiw rks yM+kbZ yM+dj vk;s gSa vkSj
rsjk cki gjke[+kksj gS] cSBk&cSBk ijk;k eky gM+irk jgrk gS!¸

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¶gjkeh!¸ iknjh ds csVs us #vk¡lk gksdj dgkA
eh'dk us tSls gh ikuh ls f?klk gqvk&lk ,d iRFkj mBk;k fd iknjh dk
csVk vius vk¡lqvksa dks jksdrk gqvk eèkqjrk ls eqLdjk;k %
¶yM+ ughaa eq> ls eh'dk] cqjk ugha eku! vxj rw pkgs rks eSSa rq>s viuk
pkowQ ns ldrk gw¡A vPNs yksgs dk cuk gqvk gS og!¸
eh'dk dh rks [kq'kh ls ckNsa f[ky xb±A mlus iRFkj ,d rji+Q dks iQsad
fn;kA exj rHkh mls vius cki ds ?kj ykSVus dh ckr ;kn vk;hA mlus xoZ
ls dgk %
¶esjs ckiw rsjs pkowQ ls Hkh cf<+;k pkowQ yk;s gSa esjs fy, yM+kbZ ds ekspsZ
ls!¸
¶>w&Å&B cksyrk gS!¸ fo'okl u djrs gq, ohRdk us ¶>w¸ v{kj dks
cgqr [khapdj dgkA
¶rw [kqn gS >wBk!-- tc dg jgk gw¡ fd yk;s gSa rks bldk eryc gS fd
yk;s gSa! lpeqp dh cUnwo+Q Hkh yk;s gSa---¸
¶vjs okg] rc rks rsjs cM+s BkB gSa!¸ ohRdk us mldh f[kYyh mM+kbZA
¶muds ikl rks ,d Vksih Hkh gS ftl ij iQhrs yVds gq, gSa vkSj lqugjs
v{kj fy[ks gSa] Bhd oSls gh] tSls rsjh fdrkcksa esa gSa!¸
ohRdk nsj rd lksprk jgk fd D;k dgs fd eh'dk naax jg tk;sA mlus
ekFks ij cy Mkyk vkSj viuk isV [kqtk;kA vkf[+kj ckr lw>hA
¶esjs firk th rks cl tYnh gh cM+s iknjh cuus okys gSa vkSj rsjk cki μ
og rks Fkk pjokgk] <ksj pjkrk FkkA vc cksy\---¸
eh'dk rax vk x;k FkkA og eqM+k vkSj cxhps dh rji+Q py fn;kA iknjh
ds csVs us mls iqdkjk %
¶eh'dk] js eh'dk! lqu rq>s ,d ckr crkÅ¡!*
¶crkA¸
¶;gk¡ vk] esjs ikl!¸
eh'dk mlds ikl x;k vkSj vk'kadk ls mls ns[kus yxk %
¶gk¡ rks crk!¸
iknjh dk csVk viuh iryh vkSj Vs<h+ &es<h+ Vk¡xksa ls jsr ij ukpk] eqLdjk;k
vkSj eh'dk dks fp<+kus dh uh;r ls Å¡ps Loj esa dg mBk %
¶rsjk cki dE;qfuLV gS! tSls gh rw ejsxk vkSj rsjh vkRek mM+dj vkleku
esa igq¡psxh rks Hkxoku dgsxk μ ^pw¡fd rsjk cki dE;qfuLV Fkk] blfy, rsjh
txg tgUuqe eas gS!* ogk¡ 'kSrku rq>s idM+dj dM+kgh esa Hkwuuk 'kq: dj nsxa !s ¸

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¶vkSj rw ;g le>rk gS fd 'kSrku rq>s NksM+ nsaxs\¸
¶esjs firk rks iknjh gSa!-- rw fcYoqQy cq¼w gS] vui<+ x¡okj gS! oqQN Hkh
rks ugha le>rk---¸
eh'dk dks Mj us vk nckspkA og eqM+k vkSj pqipki ?kj dh vksj nkSM+
pykA
vgkrs dh ckM+ ds o+Qjhc igqq¡pdj og #d x;kA ogk¡ ls mlus ph[kdj
iknjh ds csVs dks vkokt+ nh vkSj ?kw¡lk fn[kkrs gq, dgk %
¶vHkh tkdj iwNrk gw¡ nknk lsA vxj >wB fudyk rks cl fiQj dHkh gekjss
vgkrs ds ikl ls er xqT+kjuk!¸
eh'dk ckM+ yk¡?kdj vgkrs esa igq¡pk] ?kj dh rji+Q yidkA mldh vk¡[kksa
ds lkeus ?kwe jgh Fkh dM+kgh vkSj dM+kgh esa Hkwuk tk jgk Fkk og [kqn eh'dk-
-- og xeZ&xeZ dM+kgh esa cSBk gS vkSj pkjksa vksj eykbZ mHkM+&mHkM+ Hkki NksM+
jgh gSA mls Mj ds ekjs ihB ij phafV;k¡&lh jsaxrh vuqHko gqb±A tYnh ls tkuk
pkfg;s nknk ds ikl] iwNuk rks pkfg;s---
iQkVd esa rks tSls tku&cw>dj lwvj iQ¡lk gqvk FkkA mldh xnZu ,d
rji+Q Fkh vkSj cko+Qh fgLlk Fkk nwljh rji+QA og [kqjksa dks t+ehu ij Vsds Fkk]
nqe fgykrk gqvk cqjh rjg fpYyk jgk FkkA eh'dk us pkgk fd lwvj dks
eqlhcr ls cpk;saA mlus iQkVd [kksyuk pkgk] exj lwvj dh xnZu iQ¡lh gqbZ
Fkh mlesaA og cgqr t+ksj ls [kj[kjkus yxkA og lwvj dh ihB ij p<+ cSBkA
lwvj us viuk iwjk t+ksj yxk;k] iQkVd VwVdj vyx tk fxjkA lwvj ogk¡ ls
Hkkxk] vgkrk yk¡?krk gqvk [kfygku dh vksj c<+ pykA eh'dk us mlds isV
eas ,fM+;k¡ ekjuh 'kq: dhaA lwvj mM+ pyk] eh'dk ds cky gok esa ygjkus yxsA
eh'dk [kfygku ds ikl ig¡qpdj lwvj dh ihB ls owQndj uhps mrjkA mlus
ns[kk fd nknk M~;ks<+h dh nsgjh ij [kM+s gSa vkSj m¡xyh ls b'kkjk djds mls
cqyk jgs gSaA
¶bèkj vkuk t+jk esjs ikl] esjs csVs!¸
eh'dk le> u ik;k fd nknk mls D;ksa cqyk jgs gSaA exj rHkh mls ujd
dh dM+kgh dh ;kn vk x;hA og rst+h ls Hkkxk nknk dh rji+QA
¶nknk] I;kjs nknk] D;k vkleku ij 'kSrku gksrs gSa\¸
¶Bgj] vHkh p[kkrk gw¡ rq>s 'kSrku dk et+k! vjs vks ikth] rw lwvj ij
D;ksa p<+k fiQj jgk Fkk\¸
nknk us eh'dk ds cky idM+ fy;s vkSj vkokt+ nsdj ?kj ds vUnj ls
ek¡ dks cqyk;kA

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¶t+jk ckgj vkdj vius ykM+ys dks rks ns[kks!¸ ek¡ gM+cM+kbZ gqbZ vk;hA
¶D;ksa rqe mls Mk¡V&MiV jgs gks\¸
¶D;ksa Mk¡V&MiV jgk gw¡\ ;g gt+jr vgkrs esa lwvj dh lokjh dj jgs
Fks] èkwy iQk¡drs fiQj jgs Fks!¸
¶vjs gk;! rw xkfHku eknk&lwvj ij p<+k fiQj jgk Fkk\¸ ek¡ rks ph[k
mBhA
eh'dk viuh li+QkbZ nsus dks eq¡g Hkh u [kksy ik;k fd nknk us dej ls
isVh [kksy yhA ck;sa gkFk ls os dejcUn Fkkes jgs fd dgha iktkek u fiQly
tk;s vkSj nk;sa gkFk ls mUgkasus eh'dk dk flj vius ?kqVukssa esa nck;k vkSj yxs
ejEer djusA fiVk;h djrs tkrs Fks vkSj lkFk gh Mk¡Vrs tkrs Fks %
¶[k+cjnkj tks vc fiQj dHkh lwvj dh lokjh dh--- [kcjnkj!---¸
eh'dk dk eu gqvk fd t+ksj ls ph[ks] exj nknk us Mk¡Vk %
¶gk¡ rks rw oqQÙks dk fiYyk] lksus ugha nsxk vius ckiw dks\ og Fkdk&gkjk
vk;k gS liQj lsA t+jk vk¡[k yxh gS vkSj vc rw xyk iQkM+sxk\¸
et+cjw gksdj pqi jg tkuk iM+kA eh'dk us nknk dks ykr ekjus dh dksf'k'k
dh] exj ;g dksf'k'k Hkh dkjxj u gqbAZ ek¡ us nknk ls eh'dk dk fi.M NqMk+ ;k
vkSj edku ds vUnj èkdsy fn;kA
¶cSB ;gk¡] rsjh ek¡ dks 'kSrku ys tk;sa! ,slh peM+h mèksMw¡xh rsjh fd nknk
dh ekj Hkwy tk;sxk!¸
nknk jlksbZ?kj esa r[+rs ij cSBs FksA os jg&jgdj eh'dk dh ihB dks ns[k
jgs FksA
eh'dk nknk dh vksj ?kwek] eqVB~ h ls eydj mlus vkf[+kjh vk¡lw iksN a k vkSj
njokt+s ds lkFk ihB lVkdj dgk %
¶vPNk nknk--- rqe Hkh ;kn j[kuk!¸
¶vjs ikth] rw D;k vius nknk dks Mjkuk&èkedkuk pkgrk gS\¸
eh'dk us ns[kk fd nknk fiQj ls isVh [kksyus yxss gSaA mlus Hkh gksf'k;kjh
ls FkksM+k&lk njokt+k [kksy fy;kA
¶gk¡] rks rw eq>s Mjkus&èkedkus pyk gS\¸ nknk us fiQj ls iwNkA
eh'dk >ViV njokt+s ds ihNs xk;c gks x;kA og njokt+s dh njkj ds lkFk
vk¡[k yxkdj nknk dh gj xfrfofèk dks è;ku ls ns[kus yxkA fiQj cksy mBk
%
¶oqQN fnu vkSj Bgj tkvkss] oqQN fnu vkSj] nknk th!-- fiQj rqEgkjs nk¡r
fxj tk;saxsA rc eSa rqEgsa dkSj pck&pckdj ugha nw¡xk!--- rc rqe eq> ls dguk

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Hkh ugha!¸
nknk ckgj pkS[kV ij vk;sA ns[kk fd cxhps esa iVqvk ds >cjhys ikSèkksa ds
chp ls eh'dk dk flj vkSj uhyh lyokj >yd fn[kk jgh gSA nknk nsj rd
mls cSlk[kh fn[kk&fn[kkdj èkedkrs vkSj nk<+h esa viuh eqLdku fNikrs jgssA

cki ds fy, eh'dkμeh'dk FkkA ek¡ mls cqykrh Fkha μ ehU;q'dkA nknk dks
tc I;kj vkrk rks og mudh ut+j eas 'kjkjrh yM+dk gksrkA cko+Qh le; tc
nknk dh eqj>kbZ&lh li+Qsn HkkSagsa vk¡[kksa ij yVdh&lh jgrha rks og mls iqdkjrs
vkSj dgrs] ¶vjs fe[k+kbZy iQksehp bèkj vk] t+jk rsjs dku xeZ dj nw¡!¸
cko+Qh yksx] tSls fd bèkj&mèkj dh ckrsa mM+kusokyh iM+ksflusa] Nksdjs vkSj
xyh&eksgYysokys mls eh'dk ;k ¶gjkeh¸ dgdj cqykrsA
ek¡ oqQ¡okjh gh Fkh fd eh'dk us tUe fy;k FkkA eghus Hkj ckn cs'kd
iQksek pjokgs ls mldh 'kknh gks x;h FkhA mlh dk ;g cPpk FkkA exj cnukeh
Hkjk ;g ¶gjkeh¸ 'kCn lnk ds fy, eh'dk ds uke ds lkFk tqM+dj jg x;k
FkkA
eh'dk lh[k&lykbZ&lk FkkA olUr ds fnuksa esa eh'dk ds cky f[kyrs gq,
lwjteq[kh ds iwQy dh i¡[kqfM+;ksa dh rjg ihys iM+ tkrsA twu eghus dk lwjt
mUgasa >qylk dj my>s&>cjhys cuk nsrkA eh'dk ds xky fpfM+;k ds v.Mksa
tSls yxrs] tgk¡&rgk¡ cqUnfd;k¡ iM+h gqb±A jgh ukd rks og rst+ èkwi vkSj rkykc
esa ckj&ckj xksrs yxkus ls fNyh jgrh vkSj mldh peM+h iQVh jgrhA bl
èkuq"kkdkj Vk¡xksaokys eh'dk dh fli+QZ vk¡[ksa gh lqUnj FkhaA rax iiksVksa esa ls
mldh uhyh vkSj 'kjkjrh vk¡[ksa ;ksa pedrha tSls unh esa ci+QZ ds os VqdM+s tks
vHkh fi?kys u gksaA
cki dks eh'dk dh nks pht+sa ilUn Fkhaμ,d rks mldh lqUnj vk¡[ksa vkSj
nwljk mldk ?kM+h Hkj dks Hkh fVddj u cSBukA i+QkSt ls og mlds fy, nks
migkj yk;k Fkk μ ,d rks ehBh fVfd;k tks dki+Qh le; rd j[kh jgus ds
dkj.k lw[kdj iRFkj gks x;h Fkh vkSj nwljk] FkksM+h&lh f?klh gqbZ Å¡ph twfr;ksa
dk tksM+kA twfr;k¡ rks ek¡ us rkSfy;s esa yisVdj lUnwo+Q eas j[k nha vkSj fVfd;k
dks eh'dk us nsgyh ij j[kdj gFkkSM+s ls rksM+k vkSj mldk vkf[+kjh d.k rd
gM+i x;kA
nwljs fnu tSls gh lwjt fudyk fd eh'dk Hkh mB cSBkA mlus yksgs ds

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irhys esa ls pqYyw Hkj xeZ ikuh fy;k vkSj fiNys fnu dk eSy eSys&oqQpSys
xkyksa ij iQSyk MkykA eq¡g lq[kkus ds fy, og ckgj nkSM+ x;kA
ek¡ xk; dh lsok esa tqVh gqbZ Fkh] nknk iq'rs ij cSBs FksA eh'dk ij ut+j
iM+rs gh mls vkokt+ nh %
¶vjs 'kjkjrh] tk Hkkxdj [kÙkh esa tkA ogk¡ eqxhZ oqQM+oQq M+kbZ gS] v.Mk fn;k
gksxkA¸
eh'dk nknk dk gqD+e ctkus dks lnk rS;kj jgrk Fkk μ gkFkksa&iSjksa ds cy
vku dh vku esa tk igq¡pk [kÙkh esaA bèkj ls x;k] mèkj ls jsaxk vkSj ;g tk
vkSj og tk! Hkkx fy;k rkykc dh vksj! Hkkxrk Fkk vkSj ns[krk tkrk Fkk fd
dgha nknk rks ugha ns[k jgs gSa\ ckM+ rd igq¡prs fcPNw cwVh us dkV fy;k] Vk¡xsa
tSls ty gh rks xb±A nknk cSBs jgs jkg ns[krs gq,] [kh>rs gq,A tc lcz dk I;kyk
Nyd x;k rks [kqn ?kqls [kÙkh esaA txg&txg eqfxZ;ksa dh chV fpid x;hA
Hkhrj ?kqi v¡èksjk FkkA cM+s fe;k¡ VVksyrs gq, tks vkxs c<+s rks 'kgrhjksa ls t+ksj
ls flj Vdjk;kA vkf[+kj jsaxdj nwljh vksj ds fljs ij tk ig¡qpsA
¶vjs vks mYyw js] eh'dk] D;k dgw¡ rq>s!--- <w¡<+ jgk gS] <w¡<+ jgk gS vkSj
oqQN iYys ugha iM+sxk rsjs!--- vjs ew[kZ] eqxhZ D;k ogk¡ vkdj v.Mk nsxh\ ;gha
iRFkj ds uhps gksxk v.MkA rw dgk¡ jsaxrk fiQj jgk gS 'kjkjrh\¸
nknk dgrs x;s] exj tokc esa NkbZ jgh [kkeks'khA mUgksaus vius diM+ksa ls
chV >kM+h vkSj [kÙkh ls fudy vk;sA vk¡[ksa fldksM+dj nsj rd rkykc dh
vksj ns[krs jgsA vkf[+kj eh'dk dks ns[k fy;k vkSj grk'k gksdj gkFk >Vd
fn;k---
ckydksa us rkykc ds fudV eh'dk dks ?ksj fy;k vkSj yxs iwNus %
¶rsjk cki yM+kbZ ij x;k Fkk\¸
¶x;k FkkA¸
¶D;k djrk jgk og ogk¡\¸
¶djrk D;k jgk] yM+rk jgk!¸
¶rw cdrk gS! og ogk¡ tw,¡ ekjrk vkSj jlksbZ?kj esa gfì;k¡ pwlrk jgk!--¸
ckydksa us t+ksj dk Bgkdk yxk;k] eh'dk ds ft+Le esa m¡xfy;k¡ Hkksadus
vkSj mlds fxnZ myNus&owQnus yxsA [kh> vkSj vieku ls eh'dk dh vk¡[kksa
esa vk¡lw vk x;sA frl ij iknjh ds csVs ohRdk us ,d vkSj rhj NksM+k %
¶rsjk cki dE;qfuLV gS u\¸ mlus iwNkA
¶ekywe ugha---¸
¶eSa tkurk gw¡ fd og dE;qfuLV gSA esjs firkth vkt lqcg dg jgs Fks

gjkeh @ 57
fd rsjs cki us 'kSrkuksa ds gkFk viuh vkRek csp nh gSA mUgksaus ;g Hkh dgk
Fkk fd lHkh dE;qfuLVksa dks 'kh?kz gh iQk¡lh nh tk;sxh!¸
ckyd pqi gks x;s] eh'dk dk fny cSB x;kA esjs ckiw dks iQk¡lh nh
tk;sxh μ ij fdlfy;s\ mlus t+ksj ls nk¡r ihls vkSj dgk %
¶esjs ckiw ds ikl cgqr cM+h cUnwo+Q gS] lHkh cqtqZvk dks mM+k nsxk!¸
ohRdk us ,d iSj vkxs dh rji+Q c<+kdj cM+h 'kku ls cksyk %
¶oqQN ugha cusxk mlds fd;s&èkjs! esjs firkth mls vk'kh"k gh ugha nsaxsA
fcuk vk'kh"k ds og oqQN ugha dj ik;sxk!¸
nqdkunkj ds csVs izks'dk us uFkqus iQqykdj eh'dk dh Nkrh esa eqDdk ekjk
vkSj ph[kdj dgk %
¶rw vius cki dh 'kku easa er jguk! tc ØkfUr gqbZ Fkh rks og esjs cki
dk eky mBk ys x;k FkkA esjs firk us dgk Fkk μ ^ljdkj ykSV vk;sxh rks
eSa pjokgs iQksek dks gh lclss igys [+kRe d:¡xk!*¸
izks'dk dh cgu urk'kk us iSj iVddj dgk %
¶djks bldh ejEer] cPpks] ns[k D;k jgs gks\¸
¶ekjks bl dE;qfuLV ds csVs dks!¸
¶gjkeh!¸
¶izks'dk] fn[kkvks bls rkjs!¸
izks'dk us deph ?kqekbZ vkSj dldj eh'dk ds dUèks ij jlhn dhA iknjh
ds csVs ohRdk us y¡xM+h ekjh vkSj eh'dk jsr ij pkjksa [kkus fpr gks x;kA
ckyd [kwc t+kjs ls fpYyk;s vkSj eh'dk ij VwV iM+As urk'kk viuh ckjhd
vkokt+ esa 'kksj epkrh gqbZ >iVh vkSj eh'dk dh xnZu ukspus yxhA fdlh us
dldj eh'dk ds isV esa ykr tekbZA
eh'dk us t+ksj yxkdj izks'dk dks vius Åij ls èkdsyk] mNydj [kM+k
gqvk vkSj f'kdkjh oqQÙkksa ls cpdj Hkkxrs gq, [kjxks'k dh rjg ?kj dh rji+Q
>iVkA mlds ihNs lhfV;k¡ ctrh jgha] ml ij iRFkj iQsadk x;kA exj mldk
ihNk fdlh us ugha fd;kA
eh'dk us iVq, ds gjs Hkjs oqQat esa igq¡pdj gh ne fy;kA iVq, ds ikSèks
mlds flj ls Å¡ps FksA og lhyh vkSj lksaèkh t+ehu ij cSB x;k vkSj
uksph&[klksVh gqbZ xnZu ls [+kwu lki+Q djrs gq, jks iM+kA Åij] ifÙk;ksa ds chp
ls èkwi Nu jgh FkhA èkwi us mlds xkyksa ls vk¡lw lks[k fy;s vkSj mlds mBs
gq, yky ckyksa dks ek¡ dh rjg I;kj ls pwerh jghA
eh'dk nsj rd blh rjg ogk¡ cSBk jgkA tc vk¡[ksa lw[k xb± rks ogk¡ ls

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mBk vkSj pqipki vk¡xu esa ig¡qpkA
firk Nkuh esa cSBk gqvk NdM+s ds ifg;s dks rsy yxk jgk FkkA mldh Vksih
f[klddj xqíh ij ig¡qp x;h Fkh] iQhrs yVd jgs Fks vkSj og li+Qsn èkkfj;ksa
okyh uhyh o+Qeht++ igus FkkA eh'dk ut+j cpkdj firk ds ikl igq¡pk vkSj
NdM+s ds o+Qjhc vkdj [kM+k gks x;kA nsj rd og pqIih lkèks jgkA fiQj mlus
fgEer djds cki dk gkFk Nqvk vkSj iqQliqQlkrs gq, iwNk %
¶ckiw] rqe yM+kbZ ij x;s Fks rks ogk¡ D;k djrs jgs\¸
viuh yky ew¡Nksa ds chp eqLdjkrs gq, firk us tokc fn;k %
¶yM+kbZ yM+rk jgk csVs!¸
¶exj ckyd--- ckyd dgrs gSa fd rqe ogk¡ fli+QZ tw,¡ ekjrs jgs!¸
vk¡lvq ksa ls eh'dk dk xyk #¡èk x;kA cki g¡l fn;k vkSj mlus eh'dk dks
gkFkksa ij mBk fy;kA
¶esjs csVs] os cdrs gSSa! eSa rks tgkt ij FkkA ml cM+s tgkt ij tks leqnz
esa vkrk gSA eSa mlh esa Fkk vkSj fiQj yM+us x;kA¸
¶fdlls rqeus yM+kbZ yM+h\¸
¶èku&nkSyrokyksa ls] esjs yky! rw vHkh cgqr NksVk gSA blfy, eq>s yM+uk
iM+k rsjs ctk;A blds ckjs esa rks xkuk Hkh xk;k tkrk gSA
cki eqLdjk;k] eh'dk dh vksj ns[krs gqq, iSjksa ls rky nsdj xkus yxk %
vjs fe[k+kbZy] esjs csVs]
er tk js rw yke ij
esjh lk¡l vHkh cko+Qh gS
thou dh eSa lHkh cgkjsa ns[k jgk gw¡]
rw rks f[kyrk iwQy vHkh gS
vHkh rq>s 'kknh djuh gS
esjs yky] esjs yky---
ckydksa dh gjo+Qr ls eh'dk dks tks nq[k gqvk Fkk] vc og mls Hkwy
x;kA vc mls bl ckr ij g¡lh vk x;h fd cki dh ew¡Nsa mlds gksaBksa ij ew¡t
ds mu js'kksa dh Hkk¡fr vdM+h gqbZ Fkha ftuls ek¡ >kMw cukrh gSA ew¡Nksa ds uhps
tc gksaB fgyrs&Mqyrs Fks rks ns[kus ls g¡lh vkrh Fkh vkSj tc eqq¡g [kqyrk Fkk
rks vUnj ,d xksy vkSj dkyk&lk Nsn ut+j vkrk FkkA
¶rw bl oD+r esjs dke esa [kyy ugha Mky ehUdk]¸ cki us dgk] ¶vHkh
eq>s NdM+s dh ejEer dj ysus ns vkSj jkr dks lksrs oD+r eSa rq>s yM+kbZ dh
lHkh ckrsa lqukÅ¡xkA¸

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fnu yEck gksrk pyk x;k] Lrsih ls lqulku yEcs jkLrs dh rjgA lwjt us viuk
fdj.ktky lesVk vkSj ?kksM+ksa dk >q.M xk¡o ls xqT+kj x;kA èkwy cSB x;h vkSj
l¡oyk;s gq, vkdk'k ls igys flrkjs us ytkrs gq, èkjrh dh vksj ns[kkA
eh'dk ds eu dks pSu ugha Fkk] vkSj ek¡ tSls fd tku&cw>dj nsj djrh
tk jgh FkhA og nsj rd nwèk nqgrh jgh] nsj rd mls Nkurh jgh] fiQj rg[k+kus
esa x;h rks ogha ?k.Vk&Hkj xqe jghA eh'dk dks o+Qjkj ugha Fkk] og ek¡ ds
bnZ&fxnZ pDdj dkVrk jgk FkkA
¶tYn gh [kkuk nksxh u ek¡\¸
¶t+jk lcz dj js! fey tk;sxk [kkuk] ejk D;ksa tk jgk gS!¸
exj eh'dk mlds ihNs&ihNs yxk jgkA ek¡ rg[k+kus easa tk;s rks og Hkh
mlds ihNs] ek¡ jlksbZ?kj esa tk;s rks og Hkh ogk¡ gkft+jA tksad dh rjg fpid
x;k ek¡ dk nkeu idM+sA
¶ek¡--- ek¡--- t+jk tYnh ls [kkuk ns nks!¸
¶vjs dg rks fn;k! isV esa vkx yxh gS rks tk] tkdj jksVh dk VqdM+k
ysdj [kk ys!¸
exj eh'dk lquh&vulquh djrk jgkA ek¡ us xqíh ij ,d pir tek fn;k]
exj blls Hkh dksbZ i+Qo+QZ ugha iM+kA
eh'dk us jkr dk [kkuk gM+cM+h esa tSls&tSls xys ds uhps mrkjk vkSj
iQVkiQV tk igqq¡pk lksus ds dejs easaA iktkek mrkjdj mlus lUnwo+Q ds ihNs
dki+Qh nwj iQsad fn;k vkSj fcLrj esa ek¡ dh jtkbZ ds uhps tk nqcdkA jtkbZ
jaxfcjaxh diM+ksa ds VqdM+ksa dks tksM+dj cukbZ x;h FkhA fcLrj essa tk ysVk vkSj
eu esa bl ckr dh cspSuh cuh gqbZ Fkh fd dc cki vk;s vkSj yM+kbZ dk gky
lquk;sA
nknk nso ewfrZ;ksa ds lkeus ?kqVus Vsds gq, izkFkZuk dj jgs FksA eh'dk us flj
Å¡pk fd;kA ns[kk fd nknk cM+h dfBukbZ ls vkSj ck;sa gkFk dh m¡xfy;ksa ls
lgkjk ysdj >qds vkSj bruk >qds fd mudk flj iQ'kZ ls tk Vdjk;kA eh'dk
us nhokj ij oqQguh ekjhμBd!
nknk fiQj iQqliqQlkrs gq, izkFkZuk djrs vkSj i+Q'kZ ij ekFkk VsdrsA eh'dk
Hkh nhokj dks BdBdkrk jgkA nknk [kh> mBs] eh'dk dh rji+Q eqM+s vkSj Mk¡Vrs
gq, cksys %

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¶Bgj 'kSrku vHkh crkrk gw¡ rq>s! {kek djuk eq>s Hkxoku! ugha ekurk rks
vHkh rsjh ejEer djrk gw¡!¸
fiVkbZ 'kq: gksus okyh gh Fkh fd firk us Hkhrj o+Qne j[kkA
¶rw ek¡ ds fcLrj esa D;ksa tk ?kqlk js eh'dk\¸ cki us iwNkA
¶eaS ek¡ ds lkFk gh rks lksrk gw¡A¸
cki fcLrj ij cSB x;k vkSj pqipki ewN ¡ ksa dks cy nsus yxkA oqQN nsj ckn
mlus dgk %
¶exj eSaus rks nknk ds lkFk rsjk fcLrj yxk;k gS---¸
¶eSa nknk ds lkFk ugha lksÅ¡xk!¸
¶exj D;ksa\¸
¶mudh ew¡Nksa ls rEckowQ dh cw vkrh gS!¸
cki us fiQj ew¡Nsa ejksM+h vkSj xgjh lk¡l yh %
¶ugha csVk] rw nknk ds lkFk gh tkdj lks tk---¸
eh'dk us jtkbZ ls flj <¡d fy;k vkSj pksjh&pksjh ,d vk¡[k ls ns[krs gq,
f'kdk;r ds ygt+s esa dgk %
¶dy Hkh rqe esjh txg lks;s jgs vkSj vkt fiQj ogh pkgrs gks--- vkt
rqe lks tkvks nknk ds lkFk!¸
eh'dk fcLrj ij mBdj cSB x;k] cki dk flj gkFkksa esa ys fy;k vkSj
èkhjs ls cksyk %
¶rqe gh lks tkvks nknk ds lkFk! ek¡ rks oSls Hkh rqEgkjs lkFk ugha lks;sxhA
rqEgkjs eq¡g ls rks rEckowQ dh rst+ cw vkrh gS!¸
¶vPNk] eSa gh lks tkÅ¡xk nknk ds lkFk] exj fiQj yM+kbZ dk fdLlk ugha
lqukÅ¡xkA¸
cki mBk vkSj jlksbZ?kj dh rji+Q py fn;kA
¶ckiw!¸
¶D;k gS\¸
¶vPNk rks ;gha lks tkvks---¸ eh'dk us xgjh lk¡l ysdj dgk vkSj mBdj
cSB x;k] ¶exj yM+kbZ ds ckjs esa rks lqukvksxs uk\¸
¶gk¡] lqukÅ¡xkA¸
nknk nhokj dh vksj ysV x;s vkSj eh'dk dks mUgksaus nwljh vksj fyVk
fn;kA oqQN nsj ckn cki vk;kA mlus fcLrj ds o+Qjhc ,d csap [khap yh vkSj
dkx+t+ esa eksVk rEckowQ yisVdj d'k yxkus yxkA
¶gk¡ rks gqvk ;g--- rq>s ;kn gksxk fd gekjs [kfygku ds ihNs dHkh

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nqdkunkj dk ,d [ksr Fkk\¸
eh'dk dks ;kn gks vk;k fd dSls og dHkh lksasèks vkSj Å¡ps&Å¡ps xsgw¡ ds
[ksr esa Hkkxk fiQjk djrk FkkA iRFkj dh eqaMsj iQk¡ndj og bl [ksr esa tk
igq¡prk FkkA xsgw¡ ds ikSèks mlds flj ls Å¡ps&Å¡ps gksrs Fks vkSj Hkjh gqbZ ckysa
eq¡g ij xqnxqnh fd;k djrh FkhaA [ksr ls èkwy&feV~Vh vkSj Lrsih dh gok dh
xUèk Hkh vk;k djrh FkhA ek¡ mls iqdkj&iqdkjdj dgk djrh Fkh %
¶ehU;q'dk] [ksr esa cgqr nwj er tkuk] rw jkLrk Hkwy tk;sxk!*
cki ?kM+h Hkj dks pqi gks x;k vkSj fiQj eh'dk dk flj lgykrs gq,
cksyk %
¶;kn gS rq>s fd rw esjs lkFk jsr ds Vhys rd x;k Fkk\ ogk¡ gekjk [ksr
Fkk---¸
eh'dk dks fiQj ;kn vk;k % jsr ds Vhys ds ihNs] jkLrs ds lkFk&lkFk]
[ksr dh ,d Vs<+h vkSj iryh&lh iV~Vh Fkh rks lghA eh'dk vius cki ds
lkFk ogk¡ x;k Fkk vkSj [ksr dks i'kqvksa ds [kqjksa ls jkSank gqvk ik;k FkkA Hkwfe
ij tgk¡&rgk¡ xsgw¡ dh ckyksa dh xUnh&xUnh <sfj;k¡ yxh gqbZ FkhaA fli+QZ MaBy
gok esa >wy jgs FksA eh'dk dks bl ckr dk Hkh Lej.k gks vk;k fd mlds
gV~Vs&dV~Vs vkSj yEcs&rMa+xs ckiw dk psgjk cgqr Hk;kud :i ls foÑr gks
mBk Fkk vkSj èkwy&feV~Vh ls yFkiFk mlds xkyksa ij #d&#ddj vk¡lw dh
cw¡nsa Vidus yxh FkhaA cki dks jksrk ns[kdj eh'dk Hkh jks fn;k Fkk---
ykSVrs gq, cki us [kssr ds j[kokys ls iwNk Fkk %
¶iQsnksr] tkurs gks fd esjs [ksr dk fdlus ,slk cqjk gky fd;k gS\¸
iQsnksr us t+ksj ls Fkwddj tokc fn;k Fkk %
¶nqdkunkj e.Mh dh vksj vius <ksj&Maxj fy;s tk jgk FkkA tku&cw>dj
mlus mUgasa rqEgkjs [ksr esa NksM+ fn;k Fkk---¸
cki us csap vkSj utnhd [khaph vkSj dgk %
¶nqdkunkj vkSj cko+Qh vehj yksxksa us lkjh t+ehu gfFk;k j[kh Fkh] x+jhcksa
ds ikl cksus ds fy, t+ehu gh ugha FkhA gekjs xk¡o esa gh ugha] lHkh txg ;gh
gky FkkA cqjh rjg ls ukd esa ne dj j[kk Fkk rc mUgksasus gekjk--- thuk nwHkj
Fkk--- eSaus lkspk t+ehu ugha gS] u lgh] nwljksa ds i'kq pjk;k d:¡xkA oqQN vlsZ
ckn eq>s lsuk esa HkrhZ dj fy;k x;kA lsuk dk Hkh ;gh gky fd vi+Qlj yksx
t+jk t+jk&lh ckr ij dldj rekpk yxkrs--- fiQj cksY'ksfod lkeus vk x;sA
buesa tks lcls cM+k Fkk] mls ysfuu dgrs FksA og oSls rks cM+k lhèkk&lknk
vkneh Fkk] exj fnekx+ cgqr cf<+;k ik;k Fkk mlusA T+k:j ge nsgkfr;ksa dh
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uLy dk gh gksxkA cksY'ksfodkssa us gesa ,slh ckrsa crkb± fd ge rks nax jg x;sA
dgk mUgksaus] ^vjs nsgkfr;ks] fdlku&et+nwjks] eq¡g ck;s D;k ns[k jgs gks\ mBks
feydj] liQk;k dj nks bu Jhekuksa dk] bu vi+Qljksa dk! lc oqQN rqEgkjk
gh gS!*
¶muds bu 'kCnksa us gesa pDdj eas Mky fn;kA lkspk&fopkjk rks eglwl
gqvk fd Bhd gh dgrs gSaA rks ge yksxksa us Jhekuksa ls t+ehu&tk;nkn Nhu
yhA exj bu yksxksa us cqjk oD+r Hkyk dc ns[kk Fkk] VwV iM+s ge ij] ge
fdlkuksa vkSj et+nwjksa ij] vkSj cl yM+kbZ 'kq: gks x;h--- le>s csVk\
¶gk¡] vkSj cksY'ksfodksa esas lcls cM+s ;kuh ysfuu us turk dks mBkdj
[kM+k dj fn;kA Bhd oSls gh tSls fd gy dk iQky feV~Vh dks mBkrk pyk
tkrk gSA mUgksaus i+QkSft;ksa vkSj et+nwjksa dks ,dtqV fd;k vkSj vehj yksxksa dh
èkfTt;k¡ mM+kus yxkA èkfTt;k¡ mM+k nha mudhA i+QkSth vkSj et+nwj yky xkMZ
dgykus yxsA eSa Hkh mUgha esa FkkA ,d cM+s&ls ?kj eas jgrs Fks ge μ LeksYuh
uke Fkk mldkA nkyku mldk μ ;g yEck lkjk Fkk vkSj dejs brus Fks fd
vkneh jkLrk Hkwy tk;sA
¶,d ckj D;k gqvk fd jkr dk oD+r Fkk] eSa njokt+s ij igjk ns jgk
FkkA ckgj B.M Fkh vkSj eSa fli+QZ ,d i+QkSth dksV igus FkkA gok ru dks dkV
jgh Fkh-- rHkh bl ?kj ls nks vkneh ckgj fudys vkSj vkxs c<+s rks eSaus ns[kk
fd muesa ls ,d ysfuu gSaA og esjs ikl vk;s vkSj I;kj ls cksys %
¶^lkFkh] lnhZ rks ugha yx jgh\*
¶vkSj eSaus tokc fn;k] ^ugha] lkFkh ysfuu! B.M gh D;k] dksbZ nq'eu Hkh
ugha Mjk ldrk gesa! geus 'kklu dh ckxMksj blfy, rks vius gkFkksa esa ugha
yh gS fd fiQj ls mls cqtqZvk ds gokys dj nssa!*
¶ysfuu eqLdjk fn;s vkSj mUgksaus t+ksj ls esjk gkFk nck;kA fiQj og
èkhjs&èkhjs vkxs c<+s vkSj iQkVd dh vksj pys x;sA¸
cki us tsc ls rEckowQ fudkyk] dkx+t+ esa yisVk vkSj flxjsV cukdj
fn;klykbZ tykbZA ml jks'kuh esa eh'dk us cki dh yky vkSj vdM+h gqbZ ew¡Nksa
esa pedrh gqbZ vk¡lw dh cw¡n ns[kh] vksl dh ml cw¡n tSlh tks lqcg ds oD+r
fcPNw cwVh dh iÙkh ds fljs ij vVdh jg tkrh gSA
¶gk¡ rks ,sls Fks ysfuu! lHkh dh fpUrk djrs FksA ,d&,d i+QkSth jgrk
Fkk muds fny esa--- ml fnu ds ckn eSaus vDlj mUgas ns[kkA esjs utnhd ls
xqT+kjrs] nwj ls gh eqLdjkrs vkSj iwNrs %
¶^rks D;k cqtqZvk feVk rks ugha Mkysaxs gesa\*

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¶^bruk ne muesa dgk¡] lkFkh ysfuu!* eSaus mUgsa ;g tokc fn;kA
¶lksyg vkus lgh fudyh csVk mudh ckrA t+ehusa vkSj dkj[k+kus geus
vehjksa ls] gekjk [+kwu ihus okyksa ls] Nhu fy;s vkSj mudh dej rksM+ Mkyh!
tc cM+k gks tk;sxk rks ;g ;kn j[kuk fd rsjk ckiw tgkth Fkk vkSj pkj cjl
rd mlus dE;wu ds fy, viuk [+kwu cgk;k FkkA rsjs cM+s gksus rd eSa bl
nqfu;k esa ugha jgw¡xk] ysfuu Hkh ugha gksaxs] ij gekjk dke lfn;ksa rd ft;sxk!
cM+k gksus ij rw Hkh vius ckiw dh rjg gh lksfo;r lÙkk ds fy, yM+sxk]
u\¸
¶yMw¡+xk!¸ eh'dk fpYyk mBkA og mNydj fcLrj ij [kM+k gks x;kA
mlus cki dh xnZu ls fyiVuk pkgkA og Hkwy x;k fd o+Qjhc gh nknk lks;s
iM+s gSa] muds isV eas ik¡o yxkA
nknk ph[k mBsA mUgksaus gkFk c<+k;k fd eh'dk dks ckykasa ls idM+ ysaA
exj cki us tYnh ls eh'dk dks gkFkksa ij mBk fy;k vkSj nwljs dejs esa ys
x;sA
eh'dk cki ds gkFkksa ij gh lks x;kA 'kq: esa rks og nsj rd vn~Hkqr
O;fDr ysfuu] cksY'ksfodksa] yM+kbZ vkSj tgktksa ds ckjs esa lksprk jgkA uhan
vkrs le; ?kfV;k rEckowQ dh xUèk vkrh jghA ckn esa iydsa fHkap xb± ekuks
fdlh us gFksfy;ksa ls lgyk&lgykdj mUgsa cUn dj fn;k gksA
eh'dk dks vHkh vPNh rjg ls uhan Hkh u vk;h Fkh fd mlus LoIu esa
,d 'kgj ns[kkA pkSM+h&pkSM+h lM+dsa] jk[k eas yksV&iksV gksrh gqbZ eqfxZ;k¡A xk¡o
esa mudh dki+Qh la[;k gksrh gS] exj uxj esa rks dksbZ fglkc gh ughaA edku
fcYoqQy oSls Fks tSls fd cki us crk;s FksA ,d cM+k&lk edku] ljd.Mksa ls
<¡dk gqvk] mldh fpeuh ij ,d vkSj edku [kM+k gqvk] mldh fpeuh ij
rhljk edku j[kk gqvk vkSj lcls Åij okys edku dh fpeuh vkdk'k dks
Nwrh gqbZA
eh'dk gS fd pyk tk jgk gS bl 'kgj dh lM+d ijA eq¡g Åij dks
fd;s gq, bèkj&mèkj ns[krk tk jgk gSA vpkud brus esa dgha ls ,d
yEck&rM+axk vkneh mlds lkeus vkdj [kM+k gks x;kA og yky o+Qeht+
igus FkkA
¶vjs eh'dk rw lM+d ij cseryc eVjx'rh djrk D;ksa fiQj jgk gS\¸
mlus cM+s I;kj ls iwNkA
¶nknk us eq>s [ksyus dh NqVV~ h nh gSA¸
¶rw tkurk gS fd eSa dkSu gw¡\¸

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¶ugha] eSa ugha tkurk---¸
¶eSa lkFkh ysfuu gww¡!¸
eh'dk dks Mj us ,slk nckspk fd mlds ?kqVus tokc ns x;sA mldk eu
gqvk fd flj ij iSj j[kdj Hkkx ys] exj yky o+Qeht++ okys O;fDr us eh'dk
dh ck¡g idM+ yh vkSj dgk %
¶js eh'dk] 'keZ rks rq>eas jÙkh&Hkj ugha gS! rw [+kwc vPNh rjg ;g tkurk
gS fd eSa x+jhc yksxksa ds fy, yksgk ys jgk gw¡A rw D;ksa esjh i+QkSt esa 'kkfey ugha
gqvk\¸
¶nknk eq>s bldh bt+kt+r ugha nsrs!¸ eh'dk us viuh li+QkbZ is'k dhA
¶[+kSj ns[k ys] tSlh rsjh ethZ]¸ lkFkh ysfuu us dgk] ¶exj rsjs fcuk esjk
dke fljs p<+us dk ughaA rq>s esjh i+QkSt esa uke fy[kkuk gh pkfg;s vkSj cl!¸
eh'dk us ysfuu dk gkFk idM+ fy;k vkSj cgqr n`<+rkiwoZd dgk %
¶vPNk rks ;ksa gh lghA eSa nknk ls iwNs fcuk gh rqEgkjh i+QkSt esa 'kkfey
gks tkrk gw¡ vkSj x+jhc yksxksa ds fy, yM+w¡xkA ,slk djus ds fy, vxj nknk eq>s
Mk¡Vs&MiVsaxs rks muls rqe fuiV ysuk!¸
¶eSa T+k:j rqEgkjh fgek;r d:¡xk!¸ lkFkh ysfuu us dgk vkSj lM+d ij
vkxs c<+ x;sA eh'dk dk rks [+k'q kh ds ekjs ;g gky Fkk fd lk¡l ysuk eqf'dy!
fny cfYy;ksas mNy jgk FkkA mldk eu gks jgk Fkk fd ph[kdj oqQN dgs]
exj tcku lw[kdj jg x;h---
eh'dk fcLrj ij mNy iM+k] nknk dks ykr yxh vkSj eh'dk dh vk¡[k
[kqy x;hA
nknk uhan esa cM+cM+k;s] gksaBksas ls pi&pi dh vkokt+ djus yxsA f[kM+dh
ls jks'kuh >k¡dus yxh FkhA rkykc ds ijs] gYds ihys vkdk'k esa jDro.khZ iQsu
ls feyrs&tqyrs ckny iwoZ dh vksj ls meM+s pys vk jgs FksA

vc rks cki gj 'kke eh'dk dks yM+kbZ vkSj ysfuu ds fdLls lqukus vkSj ;g
crkus yxk fd og fdl&fdl txg yM+us x;kA
'kfuokj dk fnu FkkA 'kke dks dk;Zdkfj.kh lfefr dk pkSdhnkj ,d
ukVs&ls O;fDr dks lkFk fy;s gq, vk;kA ;g O;fDr i+QkSth dksV igus Fkk vkSj
cxy esa peM+s dh iksVyh nck;s FkkA pkSdhnkj us nknk dks vkokt+ nh vkSj
dgk %

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¶nsf[k;s] eSa vkids ?kj ij lksfo;r ds ,d deZpkjh dks ysdj vk;k gw¡aA
;g uxj ls vk;k gS vkSj jkr dks vki gh ds ;gk¡ fVdsxkA jkr dh jksVh dk
izcUèk dj nhft;sxkA¸
¶og rks [+kSj lc gks tk;sxk]¸ nknk us dgk] ¶exj Jheku lkFkh] vki
vkMZj rks yk;s gSa u\¸
nknk dh ;ksX;rk ns[kdj eh'dk rks nax gh jg x;kA og eq¡g esa m¡xyh
Mkydj cgqr è;ku ls ckras lquus yxkA
¶vkMZj&okMZj lc oqQN gS!¸ peM+s dh iksVyh okyk O;fDr g¡l fn;k
vkSj vUnj dh vksj dksBs dh rji+Q py fn;kA
nknk ml vtuch ds ihNs&ihNs gks fy;s vkSj eh'dk nknk ds ihNs&ihNsA
¶fdlh dke ls vki gekjs xk¡o esa vk;s gSa\¸ nknk us jkLrs esa iwNkA
¶eSa ;gk¡ pquko djkus vk;k gwA¡ lksfo;r ds lnL;ksa vkSj vè;{k dk pquko
gksxkA¸
oqQN gh nsj ckn cki Hkh [kfygku ls vk x;kA mlus vtuch ls
nqvk&lyke dh vkSj ek¡ ls [kkus dk izcUèk djus dks dgkA [kkus ds ckn
vtuch vkSj eh'dk dk cki csap ij lkFk&lkFk cSB x;sA vtuch us viuh
peM+s dh iksVyh [kksyh] mlesa ls dkx+t+ksa dk ,d iqfyUnk fudkyk vkSj cki
dks fn[kkus yxkA eh'dk ds eu esa cM+h ftKklk Fkh vkSj og buds vkl&ikl
?kwe jgk Fkk fd fdlh rjg mu dkx+t+ksa ij ,d ut+j Mky ysA cki us ,d
dkx+t+ fy;k vkSj eh'dk dks fn[kkrs gq, dgk %
¶ns[k eh'dk] ;g gSa ysfuu!¸
eh'dk us cki ds gkFk ls rLohj >iV yh] mlh ij ut+j xM+k nh vkSj
mldk eq¡g vk'p;Z ls [kqy x;kA ;g ysfuu dk ,d Nfofp=k FkkA dn cgqr
cM+k ugha] og yky o+Qeht+ Hkh ugha] dksV igus FksA ,d gkFk irywu dh tsc
esa Fkk vkSj nwljk lkeus dh vksj mBk gqqvkA eh'dk bl fp=k ij ut+j fVdk;s
FkkA ,d gh ut+j esa og mls Åij ls uhps rd ns[k x;kA mlds Le`friV ij
ges'kk ds fy;s] cgqr gh vfeV :i esa ysfuu dk ,d&,d uD'k vafdr gksdj
jg x;kA oqQN&oqQN eqM+h gqbZ HkkSagsa vkSj vk¡[kksa vkSj gksaBksa ds dksuksa esa nqcdh gqbZ
eqLdku dh Le`fr mlds eu esa lnk ds fy, tedj jg x;hA
vtuch us eh'dk ds gkFk ls fp=k fy;k] viuh iksVyh esa j[kdj rkyk
yxk;k vkSj lksus dh rS;kjh djus yxkA mlus diM+s mrkjs vkSj i+QkSth dksV
vks<d+ j ysV x;kA mldh vk¡[k yxus gh okyh Fkh fd njokt+k pjpjk;kA mlus
flj Åij mBk;k %

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¶dkSu gS\¸
iQ'kZ ij fdlh ds uaxs iSjksa dh vkgV gqbZA
¶dkSu gS\¸ mlus nksckjk iwNk vkSj fcLrj ds fudV fcYoqQy vizR;kf'kr
gh eh'dk dks [kM+s ik;kA
¶D;k ckr gS csVs\¸
eh'dk ?kM+h&Hkj pqipki [kM+k jgk] fiQj mlus lkgl cVksjk vkSj
iQqliQqlkdj dgk %
¶pkpk] ns[kks ckr ;g gSS--- rqe eq>s--- eq>s ysfuu ns nks!--¸
vtuch pqi jgk] fcLrj ls vkxs dh vksj xnZu c<+kdj mlus yM+ds dks
xkSj ls ns[kkA
eh'dk dks Mj us vk nck;k μ gks ldrk gS fd pkpk datwlh dj tk;s
vkSj fp=k u ns! vkokt+ dk¡i u tk;s bldk iz;kl djrs vkSj #¡èkrs gq, xys
ls mlus tYnh&tYnh iQqliQqlkdj dgk %
¶vki eq>s ns nsa] fcYoqQy ns nsa ;g rLohj--- esjs ikl Vhu dk vPNk&lk
fMCck gS] eSa og ns nw¡xk vki dks vkSj blds vykok ik¡ls Hkh nss nw¡xk vkSj---¸
eh'dk us rax vkdj gkFk >Vdk vkSj dgk] ¶os twrs Hkh ns nw¡xk tks ckiw esjs
fy, yk;s gSa!¸
¶exj rw djsxk D;k ysfuu dk\¸ vtuch us eqLdjkrs gq, iwNkA
¶ugha nsus dk!¸ eh'dk us eu gh eu lkspkA mlus eq¡g nwljh rji+Q iQsj
fy;k rkfd vk¡lw dh cww¡n ut+j u vk;s vkSj VwVrh&lh vkokt+ esa dgk %
¶pkfg;s] cl!¸
vtuch g¡l fn;kA mlus fljgkus ds uhps ls iksVyh fudkyh vkSj eh'dk
dks rLohj ns nhA eh'dk us rLohj yh] mls o+Qeht+ ds uhps] fny ds fcYoqQy
fudV] lhus ij t+ksj ls Hkhapk vkSj dksBs ls Hkkxrk gq, ckgj vk;kA nknk dh
vk¡[k [kqy x;h vkSj mUgksaus iwNk %
¶vjs rw dgk¡ Vkirk fiQj jgk gS vkèkh jkr dks\ dgk Fkk rq>ls fd jkr
dks nwèk er ihμvc ckj&ckj mB&mBdj Hkkxsxk! vjs lqu! vc xUns ikuh dh
;g tks ckYVh iM+h gS] mlh esa viuk dke dj ysA ckgj vgkrs esa ys tkš
rq>s] ;g esjs cl dh ckr ugha!¸
eh'dk pqipki ysV x;k] rLohj dks nksuksa gkFkksa ls Hkhaps jgkA og djoV
ysrs gq, Mjrk fd dgha rLohj eqM+eqM+k u tk;sA blh rjg mldh vk¡[k yx
x;hA
eq¡g v¡èksjs gh eh'dk dh vk¡[k [kqy x;hA ek¡ us xk; nqgdj mls jsoM+ ds

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lkFk cl Hkstk gh FkkA eh'dk dks ns[kk rks nksuksa gkFkksa ls flj Fkke fy;k %
¶vjs rq>s fdlus dkV [kk;k gS! brus lcsjs gh D;ksa mBdj cSB x;k gS\¸
eh'dk us iQksVks dks o+Qeht+ ds uhps nck;k vkSj ek¡ ds o+Qjhc ls >ViV
[kfygku dh rji+Q c<+ x;k vkSj [kÙkh esa xk;c gks x;kA
[kÙkh ds pkjksa vksj cjMkWd dh >kfM+;k¡ [kM+h Fkha vkSj fcPNw cwVh dh gjh
nqxeZ nhokj dk¡Vs iQSyk;s gq, FkhA eh'dk owQn&iQk¡ndj [kÙkh esa tk igqp¡ kA mlus
èkwy vkSj eqfxZ;ksa dh chV gkFkksa ls gVkbZ] cjMkWd dk ,d cM+k&lk vkSj lw[kdj
ihyk iM+k gqvk iÙkk rksM+k] iQksVks dks mlesa yisVk vkSj t+ehu ij j[kdj mlij
,d dadM+ j[k fn;k rkfd og gok ls mM+ u tk;sA
lqcg ls 'kke rd ikuh cjlrk jgkA vkdk'k esa lqjebZ panok Nk;k gqvk
FkkA vgkrs ds x<+ksa esa cww¡nksa dh ViVi gks jgh Fkh vkSj lM+dksa ij NksVs&NksVs
un&ukys cg jgs FksA
eh'dk dks etcwju fnu&Hkj ?kj esa cSBs jguk iM+kA >qViqVk gks pyk Fkk
tc cki vkSj nknk lHkk esa Hkkx ysus ds fy, dk;Zdkfj.kh lfefr ds nÝrj
dh vksj pysA eh'dk us nknk dh vksjhnkj Vksih iguh vkSj muds ihNs&ihNs
gks fy;kA dk;Zdkfj.kh dk nÝ+rj fxjtk?kj ds pkSdhnkj ds >ksaiM+s esa FkkA cM+h
eqf'dy ls Vs<h+ &es<h+ vkSj xUnh&xUnh lhf<+;k¡ p<+dj eh'dk cjlkrh esa igqp ¡ k
vkSj ogk¡ ls dejs esa x;kA dejk [kpk[kp Hkjk Fkk vkSj rEckowQ dk èkqvk¡ Nr
dks Nw jgk FkkA f[kM+dh ds ikl est+ yxk;s ogh vtuch cSBk FkkA og dejs
esa tek gksrs gq, o+QTt+kdksa ls oqQN dg jgk FkkA
eh'dk pqipki lcls ihNs okyh csap ij tk cSBkA
¶lkfFk;ks! vkiesa ls dkSu bl ckr ds go+Q easa gSa fd iQksek dks'kqZukso dks
vè;{k pquk tk;s! Ñi;k vius gkFk mBk;sa!¸
eh'dk ds vkxs nqdkunkj dk nkekn izks[kksj fylsUdkso cSBk FkkA og
fpYyk;k %
¶Hkkb;ks!-- esjh izkFkZuk gS fd bl O;fDr dks mEehnokj u cuk;k tk;sA og
gkFk dk lPpk vkneh ugha gSA og tc gekjs jsoM+ pjk;k djrk Fkk rHkh ;g
ckr lki+Q gks x;h Fkh---¸
eh'dk us eksph iQsnksr dks f[kM+dh ds nkls ls mBrs ns[kkA og nksuksa gkFk
feykdj fpYykus yxk %
¶lkfFk;ks] [kkrs&ihrs yksx ;g lgu ugha dj ldrs fd pjokgk iQksek
lksfo;r dk vè;{k pquk tk;sA exj pw¡fd og izksysrkjh vkSj lksfo;r lÙkk dk
fgek;rh gS blfy,----¸

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eksph iQsnksr viuh ckr iwjh Hkh u dj ik;k fd njokt+s ds ikl lVdj
[kM+s gq, ekynkj o+QTt+kd t+ksj&t+ksj ls ik¡o iVdus vkSj lhfV;k¡ ctkus yxsA
dk;Zdkfj.kh ds nÝ+rj eas xqyxikM+k ep x;kA
¶pjokgk ugha pkgrs!¸
¶ukSdjh ls ykSV vk;k μ yksxksa ds <ksj pjk;k djs!¸
¶HkkM+ esa tk;s iQksek dks'kqZukso!¸
eh'dk us csap ds ikl [kM+s cki ds psgjs ij ut+j Mkyh] mlij gokb;k¡
mM+ jgh FkhaA cki dk ,slk gky ns[kdj [kqn eh'dk ds psgjs dk jax mM+ x;kA
¶[kkeks's k jgks lkfFk;ks! lHkk ls fudky nwx¡ k! est+ ij t+kjs ls eqDdk ekjdj
vtuch fpYyk;kA
¶o+QTt+kdksa esa ls viuk vkneh pqusaxs!¸
¶ugha pkfg;s!¸
¶ugha pk&fg&;s---¸ o+QTt+kd 'kksj epk jgs Fks vkSj lcls T+;knk xyk
iQkM+dj ph[k jgk Fkk nqdkunkj dk nkekn izks[kksjA
,d gV~Vk&dV~Vk vkSj yky nk<+hokyk o+QTt+kd mNydj csap ij [kM+k
gkss x;kA mlds dku esa ckyh Fkh vkSj iQVs gq, dksV ij tgk¡&rgk¡ iScUn yxs
FksA
¶Hkkb;ks!-- ekeyk pkSiV gqvk tk jgk gS!-- gks&gYyk djds ;s vehj yksx
vius vkneh dks vè;{k cuk nsuk pkgrs gSa!-- fiQj ls ogh---¸
ogk¡ bruk 'kksj ep jgk Fkk fd dkuksa ds insZ iQVs tk jgs FksA ckyhokyk
o+QTt+kd ph[k&ph[kdj tks oqQqN dg jgk Fkk mldk dksbZ&dksbZ 'kCn gh
eh'dk dks lqukbZ fn;k %
¶t+ehu--- fiQj c¡VokbZ tk;sxh--- catj gea-s -- cf<+;k t+ehu os [+knq nck ysxas s
---¸
¶izk[s kksj dks vè;{k cuk;k tk;s!¸ njokt+s ds fudV yxkrkj ;gh Loj xwt ¡
jgk FkkA
¶izks[kksj! gks&gks&gks! gk&gk&gk!¸
tSl&s rSls 'kksj de gqvkA vtuch HkkSga as p<+kdj vkSj yky&ihyk gksrk gqvk
nsj rd oqQN ph[krk&fpYykrk jgkA
¶Mk¡V&MiV jgk gksxk!¸ eh'dk us lkspkA
vtuch us Å¡ph vkokt+ esa iwNk %
¶iQksek dks'kqZukso ds go+Q esa dkSu&dkSu gSa\¸
cspksa ds Åij cgqr&ls gkFk mB x;sA eh'dk us Hkh gkFk Å¡pk dj fn;kA

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dksbZ vkneh ,d ds ckn nwljh casp ij owQnrk gqvk Å¡ps&Å¡ps fxurh djus
yxk %
¶frjlB--- pkSlB]¸ eh'dk dh vksj u ns[krs vkSj mlds mBs gkFk dh vksj
m¡xyh ls b'kkjk djrs gq, mlus dgk % ¶iSalB!¸
vtuch us dkx+t+ ij oqQN fy[kk vkSj fiQj Å¡ph vkokt+ esa dgk %
¶tks izks[kksj fylsUdkso ds go+Q esa gSa] gkFk mBk;sa!¸
lÙkkbZl èkuh o+QTt+kdksa vkSj pDdh ds ekfyd ;sxksj us >ViV gkFk Å¡ps
dj fn;sA eh'dk us bnZ&fxnZ ut+j nkSM+kbZ vkSj mlus Hkh gkFk Å¡pk dj fn;kA
fxurh djus okyk O;fDr eh'dk ds cjkcj vk;k vkSj Åij ls mls ns[kdj
mlus t+ksj ls eh'dk dk dku idM+ fy;kA eh'dk dks cM+k nnZ gqvkA
¶vjs ikth dgha ds! py Hkkx ;gk¡ ls ojuk ejEer dj Mkyw¡xk! pyk
gS jk; nsus!¸
bnZ&fxnZ cSBs yksx g¡l fn;sA fxurh djus okyk O;fDr eh'dk dks njokt+s
rd yk;k vkSj ihB ij Bksad fn;kA eh'dk dks ;kn gks vk;k fd nknk vkSj
cki ds chp ro+Qjkj gks tkus ij cki us D;k dgk FkkA xUnh&xUnh vkSj
fiQlyuh lhf<+;ksa ls uhps tkrs gq, eh'dk us Hkh ogh 'kCn nksgjk fn;s %
¶rqEgsa ,slk djus dk go+Q ugha gS!¸
¶Bgj] cM+k vk;k gS eq>s go+Q le>kus okyk!¸
eh'dk dks vieku dk dM+ok ?kw¡V ihuk iM+k] cgqr [kh> vk;hZA
eh'dk us ?kj ykSVdj vk¡lw cgk;s vkSj fiQj ek¡ ls iQfj;kn dhA ek¡ us Mk¡V
fiykbZ %
¶rw gj txg ?kqlrk D;ksa fiQjrk jgrk gS! lHkh txg viuh ukd ?kqlsM+k
djrk gS!--- rsjs dkj.k rks ukd esa ne gS esjk!¸
vxys fnu lqcg lc uk'rk djus cSBsA uk'rk vHkh [+kRe Hkh ugha gqvk Fkk
fd cgqr nwj ls ckts dh <e&<e lqukbZ nhA cki us pepk est ij j[kk vkSj
ew¡Nsa iksaNrs gq, dgk %
¶;g rks i+QkSth cS.M yxrk gS!¸
eh'dk rks gok dh rjg csap ls xk;c gks x;kA M~;ks<+h dk njokt+k cUn
gqvkA f[kM+dh ls rst+ o+Qnekssa dh pi&pi lqukbZ nsrh jgh---
nknk vkSj cki ckgj vgkrs esa vk x;sA ek¡ f[kM+dh ls èkM+ ckgj fudkydj
ns[kus yxhA
lM+d ds fljs ij gjh ygjksa&lh ygjkrh gqbZ yky lsuk dh drkjsa pyh
tk jgh FkhaAa vkxs&vkxs oqQN cS.Mokys fcxqy ctkrs pys vk jgs Fks vkSj <ksyph

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t+ksjksa ls <ksy dks <e<ek jgk FkkA iwjs xk¡o esa cS.M dh vkokt+ xw¡t jgh FkhA
eh'dk dh vk¡[ksa lHkh vksj nkSM+ jgh FkhaaA 'kq: eas rks og [kks;k&[kks;k&lk
,d gh txg ij pDdj dkVrk jgk vkSj fiQj >iVdj cS.Mokykssa ds ikl tk
igq¡pkA mlds ân; esa dksbZ ehBh&ehBh pht+ fgykssjsa ys jgh Fkh] og eq¡g rd
vkus dks cso+Qjkj Fkh--- eh'dk èkwy&feV~Vh ls lus gq, yky lsuk ds i+QkSft;ksa
ds iziQqfYyr psgjksa dks vkSj xky iQqyk iQqykdj cktksa esa ls vkokt+ fudkyrs
gq, cS.Mokykas dks ns[krk jgkA fiQj mlus vpkud vkSj ,dckjxh ;g r;
dj fy;k % ¶eSa Hkh tkÅ¡xk buds lkFk yM+kbZ yM+us!¸
mls viuk liuk ;kn gks vk;kA u tkus dgk¡ ls mlesa fgEer vk x;h fd
fdukjsokys i+QkSth dk FkSyk Fkkedj mlus iwNk %
¶vki dgk¡ tk jgs gSa\ yM+kbZ yM+us\¸
¶rks vkSj D;k\ yM+us gh rks tk jgs gSa!¸
¶fdldh vksj ls vki yM+saxs\¸
¶lksfo;r lÙkk dh vksj ls] ixys! vPNk bèkj vk] chp esaA¸
mlus eh'dk dks i+QkSft;ksa dh drkjksa ds chp [khap fy;k] fdlh us
g¡lrs&g¡lrss mlds xqíh ij pqVdh dkV yh] fdlh vU; us tsc esa iM+k gqvk
xUnk&lk phuh dk NksVk&lk VqdM+k fudkyk vkSj mlds eq¡g esa Bw¡l fn;kA pkSd
esa igq¡apus ij igyh drkj easa ls fdlh us ph[kdj dgk %
¶#d tkvks!¸
yky lsuk ds i+QkSth #ds] pkSd eas bèkj&mèkj fc[kjs vkSj LowQy dh ckM+
dh Nk;k esa B.Mh txg ns[k lVdj ysV x;sA ?kqVs gq, fljokyk yky lsuk dk
,d yEck&rM+axk i+QkSth eh'dk ds ikl vk;kA mldh cxy esa ryokj yVd
jgh FkhA eqLdjkrs gq, mlus iwNk %
¶vjs rw dgk¡ ls vk x;k bèkj\¸
eh'dk us vius psgjs ij cM+Iiu dk Hkko ykdj uhps ljdrs irywu dks
[khapdj Åij fd;kA
¶eSa vki yksxksa ds lkFk yM+kbZ yM+us pyw¡xk!¸
¶lkFkh cVkfy;u dek.Mj] bls Hkh lgk;dksa esa 'kkfey dj yks!¸ ,d
lSfud us Å¡ph vkokt+ esa dgkA
lHkh vksj t+ksj ls dgdgs xw¡t x;sA eh'dk ckj&ckj iydsa >idkrk [kM+k
jgkA exj ¶cVkfy;u dek.Mj¸ ds vthc&ls ukeokys O;fDr us HkkSagsa p<+kb±
vkSj t+ksj ls Mk¡Vrs gq, dgk %
¶g¡lus dh D;k ckr gS ew[kksZ\ Li"V gS fd ge bls vius lkFk ys pysaxs

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--- exj ,d 'krZ ij]¸ cVkfy;u dek.Mj eh'dk dh vksj ?kwek vkSj cksyk]
¶ns[k rsjs irywu esa fli+QZ ,d iV~Vh gSA ,sls dke ugha pysxkA ,sls rks rw vius
gqfy;s ls gekjh gsBh djk;sxk--- ;g ns[k] esjs irywu ds nks ifV~V;k¡ gSa] lHkh
ds irywuksa ds nks gSaA tk Hkkxdj tk] ek¡ ls nwljh iV~Vh flyok ykA ge rsjk
;gha bUrt?kj djsaxs---¸ bruk dgdj dek.Mj ckM+ dh rji+Q ?kwek vkSj vk¡[k
ekjrs gq, mlus Å¡ph vkokt+ esa dgk] ¶rsj's psUdks] tk] yky lsuk ds u;s i+QkSth
ds fy, tYnh ls cUnwo+Q vkSj i+QkSth dksV ysdj vk!¸
ckM+ dh Nk;k esa ysVs gq, i+QkSft;ksa esa ls ,d mBk] Vksi ds NTts rd gkFk
mBkdj mlus lykeh nh vkSj dgk %
¶tks gqD+e!--¸ og tYnh&tYnh o+Qne c<+krk gqvk ckM+ ds lkFk&lkFk
py fn;kA
¶vPNk vc rw mM+dj tk! ek¡ ls >ViV iV~Vh flyokdj ykSV vk!¸
eh'dk us dM+h ut+j ls cVkfy;u dek.Mj dh rji+Q ns[kk %
¶ns[kks] eq>s èkks[kk ugha nsuk!¸
¶D;k ckr djrk gS! dHkh gks ldrk gS\--¸
pkSd ls ?kj rd dki+Qh iQklyk FkkA eh'dk iQkVd rd gh nkSM+k Fkk fd
ne iwQy x;kA lk¡l ysuk dfBu gks x;kA iQkVd ds ikl igq¡pus ij mlus
nkSM+rs&nkSM+rs gh irywu mrkj fy;kA uaxs ik¡o tYnh ls nkSM+rk gqvk rst+ >ksads
dh rjg edku esa tk ?kqlk %
¶ek¡--- irywu dh--- ,d vkSj iV~Vh lh nks!¸
?kj esa [kkeks'kh FkhA rUnwj ds Åij efD[k;k¡ fHkufHkuk jgh FkhaA eh'dk
Hkkxrk gqvk vgkrs esa igq¡pk] [kfygku vkSj cxhps esa x;k μ u cki] u ek¡]
u nknkA Nyk¡xsa ekjrk dksBs esa x;k μ ,d cksjh ij ut+j tk iM+hA mlus pkowQ
fy;k vkSj mldh yEch Mksjh dkV yhA lhus dh iQqjlr eh'dk dks dgk¡ Fkh
vkSj fiQj lhuk vkrk Hkh rks ugha FkkA mlus >ViV mls irywu esa ck¡èk fy;k
vkSj dUèks ij ls ys tkdj lkeus dh rji+Q xk¡B ns nhA og Hkkxdj [kÙkh esa
x;kA
mlus dadM+ gVkdj ysfuu dk fp=k mBk;kA viuh vksj b'kkjk djrs
ysfuu ds mBs gq, gkFk dks mM+rh ut+j ls ns[kk vkSj lk¡l jksddj èkhjs ls
iQqliQqlk;k %
¶ns[k fy;k u\--- eSa Hkh tk jgk gw¡ rqEgkjh i+QkSt esa!¸
cM+h lkoèkkuh ls mlus ysfuu dh rLohj cjMkWd ds iÙks esa yisVh] mls
o+Qeht+ ds uhps nck fy;k vkSj mNyrk&owQnrk lM+d ij vk x;kA og ,d

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gkFk ls fp=k dks Nkrh ls fpidk;s jgk vkSj nwljs ls irywu lEHkkyrk x;kA
tc nkSM+rk gqvk iM+ksflu dh ckM+ ds fudV ls xqT+kjk rks iqdkjdj dgk %
¶vuhfleksOuk!¸
¶D;k gS\¸
¶gekjs ?kjokyksa ls dg nsuk fd [kkus ij esjk bUrt+kj u djsa!¸
¶rw dgk¡ mM+k tk jgk gS] ikth\¸
eh'dk us gkFk fgykdj tokc fn;k %
¶i+QkSth ukSdjh ij tk jgk gw¡!¸
og Hkkxrk gqvk pkSd esa igq¡pk rks mls tSls dkB ekj x;kA pkSd esa rks
vkneh dk ukeks&fu'kku rd ugha FkkA ckM+ ds o+Qjhc flxjsVksa ds VqdM+s] [kkyh
fMCcs vkSj fdlh dh iQVh&iqjkuh ifV~V;k¡ iM+h FkhaA xk¡o ds fcYoqQy nwljs
fljs ls cS.M dh vkokt+ vkSj Bksl feV~Vh dh dPph lM+d ij pyus okyksa
ds iSjksa dh èke&èke lqukbZ ns jgh FkhA
eh'dk dk xyk vk¡lqvksa ls #¡èk x;kA og ph[k mBk vkSj viuh
cph&cpkbZ iwjh rko+Qr lesVdj Hkkx [kM+k gqvkA tk feyrk] T+k:j og muls
tk feyrk] exj pekj ds vgkrs ds lkeus ihys jax dk nqenkj oqQÙkk iQSydj
ysVk gqvk FkkA mlus xqjkZdj nk¡r fn[kk;sA eh'dk tc Hkkxdj nwljh lM+d ij
ig¡qpk rks cktksa dh vkokt+ [kks pqdh Fkh vkSj iSjksa dh èke&èke HkhA

nks fnu ckn xk¡o esa dksbZ pkyhl i+QkSft;ksa dh ,d VqdM+h vk;hA ;s yksx ?kqVuksa
rd ds Hkwjs iQsYV ds cwV vkSj et+nwjksa ds rsy yxs gq, dksV igus FksA cki
dk;Zdkfj.kh lfefr ls nksigj dk [kkuk [kkus ?kj vk;k rks nknk ls cksyk %
¶ckiw] [kÙkh esa vukt rS;kj dj yksA vukt&nLrk vk;k gSA vukt nsuk
gksxkA¸
i+QkSth ,d&,d ?kj eas tkrs Fks] dksBkjksa&[kfÙk;kas eas laxhusa Hkksad&Hkksaddj
tk¡p djrs Fks vkSj fNik;k gqvk vukt fudyokdj ,d lkekftd Hk.Mkj esa
tek djrs tkrs FksA
os xzke&lksfo;r ds vè;{k ds ?kj Hkh vk;sA muesa tks lcls vkxs&vkxs
Fkk] eq¡g esa ikbi yxk;s FkkA mlus nknk ls iwNk %
¶cM+s fe;k¡] vukt fNik j[kk gS D;k\ lp&lp crk nks!¸
nknk us nk<+h ij gkFk iQsjk vkSj cM+s xoZ ls dgk %

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¶vth D;k dgrs gSa] esjk csVk rks [+kqn dE;qfuLV gS!¸
lc [kÙkh esa igqq¡psA ikbiokys i+QkSth us ,d ut+j easa lkjs vukt dks vk¡dk
vkSj eqLdqjk fn;kA
¶cM+s fe;k¡] bleas ls bruk gekjs Hk.Mkj esa igq¡pk nks] cko+Qh vius ifjokj
dh jksVh vkSj cht ds fy, j[k yksA ftudh [kfÙk;k¡ vkSj dksBkj iQkyrw vukt
ls Hkjs iM+s gS]a ge rks muls vukt fudyokrs gSa rkfd Hkw[ks et+njw ksa vkSj fdlkuksa
dk isV Hkj ldsA eSa le>rk gw¡ fd vki rks [+kqn gh gesa FkksM+k&lk vukt ns
nsxa As ¸
nknk us cw<s+ ?kksMs+ dks NdM+s eas tksrk] oqQ<+r&s cM+cM+krs jgs vkSj vkB cksfj;k¡
NdM+s eas ykn nhaA vi+Qlksl ls mUgksaus gkFk >Vdk vkSj lkekftd Hk.Mkj dh
vksj NdM+k c<+k fn;kA ek¡ dks vukt ds bl rjg fudy tkus dk nq[k gqvk]
og oqQN jksbZ&èkksbZA exj eh'dk us vukt dh cksfj;ksa dh ynkbZ esa nknk dk
gkFk c¡Vk;k vkSj fiQj iknjh ds csVs ohRdk ds lkFk [ksyus ds fy, mlds ?kj
pyk x;kA
eh'dk vkSj ohRdk vHkh jlksbZ?kj easa tkdj cSBs gh Fks] mUgksaus dkx+t+ ds
?kksM+s dkV&dkVdj iQ'kZ ij fcNk;s gh Fks fd os gh i+QkSth iknjh ds jlksbZ?kj
esa vk igqq¡psA iknjh lkgc nkSM+&èkwi djus yxsA mudh vkoHkxr dks nkSM+s vk;s]
vknjHkko trkus yxsA mUgkasaus i+QkSft;ksa ls vkjke&dejs essa tkus dks dgkA exj
ikbiokys i+QkSth us dM+kbZ&#[kkbZ ls dgk %
¶[kÙkh esa pfy;s! dgk¡ tekdj j[kk gS vkius vukt\¸
Hkhrjokys dejs ls iknjh dh choh yiddj ogk¡ vk;hA mlds cky
vLr&O;Lr gq, iM+s FksA vius gksaBksa ij pksj dh lh g¡lh ykdj mlus dgk %
¶fo'okl dhft;s tukc] gekjs ?kj eas rks vukt dk ,d nkuk Hkh ugha
gS! esjs ifr us vius J¼kyqvksa ds ?kjksa eas vHkh iQsjk ugha fd;k---¸
¶rg[kkuk gS vkids ;gk¡\¸
¶ugha] gekjs ;gk¡ rg[kkuk ugha gS-- ge rks [kÙkh esa gh igys vukt tek
djrs Fks---¸
eh'dk dks ;kn gks vk;k fd dSls og ohRdk ds lkFk jlksbZ?kj ls ,d
cM+s&ls rg[kkus esa tk;k djrk FkkA iknjh dh choh dh rji+Q eq¡g djds mlus
dgk %
¶jlksbZ?kj ls eaSa vkSj ohRdk rks rg[kkus eas mrjk djrs Fks] vki Hkwy xb±
D;k\¸
iknjh dh choh ds psgjs dk jax iQd gks x;k] exj og g¡l nh %

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¶rw Hkwy jgk gS Nksdjs! ohRdk] rqe yksx ckgj cxhps esa tkdj [ksyks!¸
ikbiokys i+QkSth us vk¡[ksa >idkb± vkSj eh'dk dh vksj ns[kdj eqLdjk;k %
¶yM+ds] fdèkj dks jkLrk gS ml rg[k+kus dk\¸
iknjh dh choh cspSuh ls m¡xfy;k¡ pVdkrh gqbZ cksyh %
¶[kwc gSa vki Hkh] bl csoo+QwiQ Nksdjs dh ckr ij fo'okl dj jgs gSa!
eSa vkidks ;o+Qhu fnykrh gw¡ fd gekjs ?kj esa rg[k+kuk ugha gS!¸
iknjh us vius pksxs ds Nksj >Vdrs gq, dgk %
¶vkb;s] oqQN tyiku dhft;s! pfy;s dejs esa!¸
iknjh dh choh us eh'dk ds ikl ls xqT+kjrs gq, mlds gkFk ij t+ksj dh
pqVdh dkVh vkSj eqLdjkdj cM+s I;kj ls dgk %
¶tkvks cPpks] cxhps esa tkvks! ;gk¡ xM+cM+h ugha djks!¸
i+QkSft;ksa us vk¡[kksa gh vk¡[kksa esa b'kkjs fd;s vkSj jlksbZ?kj esa bèkj&mèkj
pDdj dkVrs gq, cUnwoQ+ ksa ds nLrksa ls iQ'kZ dks Bksd&ctkdj ns[kus yxsA nhokj
ds ikl ls mUgkasaus est+ f[kldkbZ vkSj VkV mBk;kA ikbiokys i+QkSth us iQ'kZ dk
,d r[+rk myVk] rg[kkus esa >k¡dk vkSj flj fgykrs gq, dgk %
¶'keZ ugha vkrh vki yksxksa dks\ dg jgs Fks fd vukt dk ,d nkuk Hkh
ugha gS vkSj rg[kkus esa Åij rd xsgw¡ Hkjk iM+k gS!¸
iknjh dh choh us eh'dk dks ,slh dkVrh ut+j ls ns[kk fd mldk
dystk dk¡i mBkA mldk eu gqvk fd >ViV Hkkx ys ?kj dksA og mBk vkSj
vk¡xu esa vk;kA iknjh dh choh Hkh yidrh gqbZ mlds ihNs&ihNs M~;ks<+h esa
igq¡ph vkSj ml ij >iVhA eh'dk dks ckykasa ls idM+dj og iQ'kZ ij ?klhVus
yxhA
eh'dk us cM+h eqf'dy ls viuss cky NqM+ok;s vkSj tku NksM+dj ?kj dh
rji+Q HkkxkA vk¡lw Fks fd >M+h cudj cjl jgs FksA ek¡ dks mlus jks&jksdj lkjk
gky lquk;k vkSj og rks cl flj Fkkedj jg x;h %
¶gk; js] D;k d:¡ eSa rsjk\--- nwj gks tk esjh vk¡[kksa ds lkeus ls] ojuk
ekj&ekjdj pVuh cuk nw¡xh!---¸
bl fnu ds ckn rks ;g fu;e cu x;k fd tc dksbZ eh'dk dk vieku
djrk] og [kÙkh esa tk ?kqlrkA iRFkj gVkrk] cjMkWd ds iÙks ls fp=k fudkyrk]
vk¡lqvksa ls fp=k dks fHkxksrk vkSj ysfuu dks viuk nq[k&nnZ lqukrk] vieku
djus okys ds f[k+yki+Q f'kdok&f'kdk;r djrkA
blh rjg ,d lIrkg chr x;kA eh'dk dks Åc vuqHko gksus yxhA lkFk
[ksyus okyk dksbZ ugha FkkA vM+ksl&iM+ksl ds cPps dUuh dkVrsA ¶gjkeh¸ ds

gjkeh @ 75
lkFk vc cM+ksa ls lquh&lquk;h ,d mikfèk vkSj tksM+ nh x;h FkhA yM+ds ihNs
ls vkokt+sa dlrs %
¶vjs vks dE;qfuLV! vks lM+s v.Ms] bèkj ns[k!¸
,d fnu D;k gqvk fd eh'dk lk¡> xgjkus ds igys rkykc ls ?kj ykSVkA
og vHkh ?kj ds Hkhrj ugha igq¡pk Fkk fd cki dks rh[kh vkokt+ esa oqQN dgrs
lqukA ek¡ fxM+fxM+krh gqbZ mlh rjg foyki dj jgh Fkh tSls fd fdlh ds ej
tkus ij fd;k tkrk gSA eh'dk us njokt+s esa nkf[ky gksrs gh ns[kk fd cki
viuk i+QkSth dksV rg dj jgk gS vkSj cM+s cwV dl jgk gSA
¶ckiw] rqe dgk¡ pys\¸
cki g¡l fn;kA mlus dgk %
¶csVk] rw viuh ek¡ dks le>k&cq>k--- blds jksus&èkksus ls esjk dystk iQVk
tk jgk gSA eSa yM+kbZ ij tk jgk gw¡ vkSj ;g eq>ls fpidh tk jgh gS!¸
¶eSa Hkh rqEgkjs lkFk pyw¡xk] ckiw!¸
firk us isVh dlh vkSj iQhrksa okyh Vksih iguhA nksuksa dks ugha tkuk
pkfg;s ?kj ls! eSa ykSV vkšxk rc rqe tkuk] ojuk tc iQly idsxh rks
dkSu dkVsxk\ ek¡ rqEgkjh ?kj ds dke&dkt esa my>h jgrh gS vkSj nknk gks
x;s cw<+s---¸
firk ls fonk gksrs le; eh'dk us vius vk¡lw vUnj gh vUnj ih fy;sA
bruk gh ugha] eqLdjk rd fn;kA ek¡] igys dh Hkk¡fr] cki dh xnZu ls
fyiV x;hA cki us tcnZLrh mlls vius dks vkt+kn fd;kA nknk us dsoy
vkg HkjhA yM+kbZ ij tkusokys dks pwers gq, mUgksaus mlds dku esa
iQqliQqlkdj dgk %
¶iQksek--- esjs I;kjs csVs!-- vPNk gks fd rqe u tkvks! rqEgkjs fcuk] 'kk;n
rqEgkjs fcuk Hkh dke py tk;s! vxj rqe ekjs x;s rkss ge dgha ds u jgsaxs!
---¸
¶gVkvks ckiw--- ;g ckr Bhd ugha gSA vxj lHkh chfo;ksa dh xksn esa
fNidj cSBs jgsaxs rks gekjh lÙkk dh j{kk dkSu djsxk\¸
¶vxj ,slk gh Bhd le>rs gks rks tkvksA¸
nknk us eqg¡ nwljh vksj fd;k vkSj pqids&ls vk¡lw iksNa MkysA ?kj ds yksx
cki dks dk;Zdkfj.kh ds nÝ++rj rd igq¡pkus x;sA ogk¡ vk¡xu esa dksbZ chl
vkneh tek Fks] cUnwo+Qsa fy;s gq,A eh'dk ds cki us Hkh cUnwo+Q yh vkSj
vkf[+kjh ckj eh'dk dks pwwek fiQj cko+Qh yksxksa ds lkFk lM+d ij o+Qne
c<+krk gqvk og Hkh xk¡o ds ckgj dh vksj pyk x;kA

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eh'dk nknk ds lkFk ?kj ykSVkA mldh ek¡ eqf'dy ls vius dks
lEHkkyrh vkSj yM+[kM+krh gqbZ ihNs&ihNs pyh vk jgh FkhA xk¡o esa
dgha&dgha oqQÙks HkkSad jgs Fks] dgha&dgha jks'kuh ut+j vk jgh FkhA xk¡o ij
jkr dk v¡èksjk bl rjg Nk;k tk jgk Fkk ekuks fdlh cqf<+;k us dkyh vks<+uh
vks<+ yh gksA cw¡nk&ck¡nh gks jgh Fkh] xk¡o ls oqQN nwj Lrsih esa fctyh
dkSaèk&dkSaèk mBrh Fkh vkSj jg&jgdj cknykssa dh xjt lqukbZ iM+rh FkhA
os ?kj ds fudV igq¡p x;sA eh'dk jkLrs&Hkj pqi jgk] exj vc mlus
iwNk %
¶nknk] ckiw fdlls yM+us x;s gSa\¸
¶vjs] NksM+ Hkh esjk fi.M!¸
¶nknk!¸
¶D;k gS\¸
¶fdlls yM+saxs esjs ckiw\¸
nknk us iQkVd dh pV[kuh yxkrs gq, tokc fn;k %
¶gekjs xk¡o ds ikl oqQN nq"V yksxkas us eqlhcr dj j[kh gSA yksx mls
^fxjksg* crkrs gS]a exj eSa rks ;gh le>rk gw¡ fd dksbZ MkowQ&yqVjs s gksxa -s -- rqEgkjk
cki mUgha ls yM+us x;k gSA¸
¶cgqr gSa D;k os yksx nknk\¸
¶lquk gS fd dksbZ nks lkS gS-a -- vPNk vc tkdj lks tkA rq>s D;k ysuk&nsuk
gS bu ckrkas ls!¸
jkr dks vkokt+ksa dss 'kksj ls eh'dk dh vk¡[k [kqy x;hA mlus viuk
fcLrj VVksyk rks nknk dks xk;c ik;kA
¶nknk] dgk¡ gks rqe\¸
¶pqipki iM+k jg vkSj lks tk!¸
eh'dk mBk vkSj v¡èksjs esa jkLrk VVksyrk gqvk f[kM+dh rd tk ig¡p q kA nknk
fli+QZ v.Mjfo;j igus gq, csap ij cSBs Fks] flj mudk f[kM+dh ls ckgj
fudyk gqvk Fkk vkSj os cgqr x+kSj ls vkokt+sa lqu jgs FksA eh'dk us Hkh dku
yxk fn;sA jkr ds xgjs lUukVs esa mls xk¡o ds ijs ckj&ckj xksyh pyus dh
vkokt+ lki+Q lqukbZ nhA mlds ckn rks xksfy;ksa dh ck<+&lh nkx nh x;hA
¶rM+kd! rM+&rM+&rM+! rM+&rM+&rM+kd!¸
,slk yxrk Fkk ekuks dksbZ dhysa Bksad jgk gksA
eh'dk dk fny ngy mBkA og nknk ls tk fyiVk vkSj mlus iwNk %
¶;g esjs ckiw xksyh pyk jgs gSa u\¸

gjkeh @ 77
nknk pqi gks x;s vkSj ek¡ fiQj ls foyki djus yxhA
ikS iQVus rd xksyh pyrh jgh vkSj mlds ckn lUukVk gks x;kA eh'dk
ogha csap ij fleV&fleVdj ysV x;k vkSj cspSu] cks>y vkSj nq[k dh uhan
lks x;kA mtkyk gqvk rks dk;Zdkfj.kh lfefr ds dk;kZy; dh vksj ?kqM+lokjksa
dk ,d ny rst+h ls vkrk fn[kkbZ fn;kA nknk us eh'dk dks txk;k vkSj [+kqn
ckgj HkkxsA
dk;Zdkfj.kh lfefr ds vk¡xu esa èkq,¡ dk [kEHk&lk mBk vkSj vkx dh
yiyikrh gqbZ yiVas bekjrksa dh vksj c<+ pyhaA lM+dksa ij ?kqM+lokj ?kksM+s
oqQnkrs fiQj jgs FksA ,d ?kqM+lokj ?kksM+k oqQnkrk gqvk vgkrs ds ikl vk;k vkSj
mlus iqdkjdj nknk ls iwNk %
¶cw<+s] ?kksM+k gS\¸
¶gk¡ gS---¸
¶tksrdj xk¡o ds ckgj pyk tk! ogk¡ >kfM+;ksa esa rqEgkjs dE;qfuLV iM+s
gSa! tk] ys vk ykndj! lxs&lEcfUèk;ksa ls dg nsuk mudh feV~Vh fBdkus yx
tk;sxh!¸
nknk us >ViV ?kksM+s dks tksrk] dk¡irs gkFkksa ls yxkesa lEHkkyha vkSj rst+h
ls vgkrs ds ckgj fudy x;sA
xk¡o esa rks gk;&nqgkbZ ep x;hA MkowQ ?kksM+ksa ls mrjdj [kfygkukssa ls
lw[kh ?kkl fudky yk;s] HksM+&cdfj;k¡ dkVus yxsA ,d MkowQ vuhfleksOuk
ds vgkrs ds o+Qjhc ?kksM+s ls uhps owQnk vkSj ?kj esa tk ?kqlkA eh'dk us
vuhfleksOuk dks HkjkZbZ vkokt+ esa jksrs&dyirs lqukA MkowQ ryokj fy;s gq,
èkM+kèkM+ ckgj vk;k] lhf<+;ksa ij cSB x;k vkSj mlus twrs mrkjsA mlus
vuhfleksOuk ds iwQynkj vkSj ioks± ds voljksa ij igus tkus okys 'kkWy ds nks
VqdM+s fd;s] viuh xUnh ifV~V;k¡ mrkjha vkSj mudh txg mUgsa viuh Vk¡xksa
ij yisV fy;kA
eh'dk dksBs esa tkdj fcLrj ij ysV x;kA mlus flj rfd;s esa xM+k
fn;k vkSj rHkh mBk tc iQkVd pjejk mBkA Hkkxk gqvk njokt+s ij x;kA
ns[kk fd nknk dh nk<+h vk¡lqvksa ls rj gS vkSj og ?kksM+s dks vgkrs ds vUnj
yk jgs gSaA
ihNs NdM+s eas ,d vkneh uaxs ik¡o iM+k FkkA mldh ck¡gsa iQSyh gqbZ Fkha]
NdM+k tc fgpdksys [kkrk rks mldk flj nk;sa&ck;sa Vdjkrk vkSj NdM+s ds
r[+rksa ij xk<+k&xk<+k dkyk [+kwu fjl jgk Fkk---
eh'dk dk¡irs iSjksa ls NdM+s ds o+Qjhc x;kA mlus psgjs ij ut+j Mkyh

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tks ryokj ds okjksa ls fcYoqQy VqdM+s&VqdM+s gqvk iM+k FkkA nk¡r ckgj fudys
gq, Fks] gìh lesr dVk gqvk xky yVd jgk Fkk vkSj ckgj dks fudyh] [+kwu
ls yFkiFk vk¡[k ij fgyrh&Mqyrh gqbZ cM+h&lh gjh eD[kh cSBh FkhA
eh'dk ugha igpku ik;k fd og yk'k fdldh gSA og Mj ls
oqQN&oqQN dk¡i jgk FkkA mlus bl O;fDr dh Nkrh dks ns[kk] [+kwu ls
rj&crj uhyh vkSj li+Qsn èkkfj;ksa okyh tgkth o+Qeht++ dh vksj mldk è;ku
x;k vkSj og bl rjg dk¡i mBk ekuks fdlh us ihNs ls mldh Vk¡xksa ij
dldj pksV dh gksA iQVh&iQVh vk¡[kksa ls mlus ,d ckj fiQj ml fu'py
vkSj L;kg iM+s gq, psgjs dks ns[kk vkSj mNydj NdM+s ij tk igq¡pkA
¶mBks ckiw! mBks esjs I;kjs ckiw!¸ og NdM+s ls uhps fxj iM+k] mlus Hkkx
tkuk pkgk exj Vk¡xsa tokc ns xb±A gkFkksa&iSjksa ds cy jsaxrk gqvk og cM+h
eqf'dy ls ?kj ds njokt+s rd ig¡qpk vkSj yq<+d x;kA

nknk dh vk¡[ksa vUnj dks èk¡l x;h FkhaA flj fgyrk vkSj fgpdksys [kk jgk Fkk]
gksaB fgyrs&Mqyrs Fks] exj muls dksbZ vkokt+ ugha fudyrh FkhA
nknk nsj rd pqipki eh'dk dk flj lgykrs jgsA fiQj fcLrj ij vkSaèkh
iM+h gqbZ ek¡ dh vksj ns[krs gq, mUgksaus iQqliQqlkdj eh'dk ls dgk %
¶py csVs] ckgj vgkrs esa pysa---¸
nknk us eh'dk dk gkFk Fkkek vkSj njokt+s dh vksj pysA dksBs dk njokt+k
yk¡?krs gq, eh'dk us vk¡[ksa ew¡n yha] og flgj mBkA dksBs esa est+ ij cki dh
yk'k iM+h Fkh] xqelqe vkSj xEHkhjA mldk [+kwu èkksdj lki+Q fd;k tk pqdk
Fkk] exj eh'dk viuh vk¡[kksa ds lkeus 'kh'ks dh rjg iFkjkbZ vkSj [+kuw ls luh
ogh vk¡[k ns[k jgk Fkk ftlij cM+h gjh eD[kh cSBh FkhA
nknk us dki+Qh nsj yxkdj oqQ,¡ ls jLlh [kksyh] fiQj vLrcy dh vksj
x;s vkSj ?kksM+s dks ckgj yk;sA u tkus D;ksa viuh vkLrhuksa ls mUgksaus ?kkssM+s ds
eq¡g ls >kx iksaNsA fiQj mls yxke igukbZ vkSj dku yxkdj ckgj dh vkokt+sa
lqurs jgsA xk¡o esa [+kwc 'kksj epk gqvk Fkk] Bgkds xw¡t jgs FksA vgkrs ds o+Qjhc
ls nks ?kqM+lokj xqT+kjs] v¡èksjs esa mudh flxjsVksa dh fpaxkfj;k¡ pedha vkSj mudh
;g ckrphr lqukbZ iM+h %
¶D;ksa] dSlh jgh] djok nh u geus Hkw[kksa esa budh c¡VkbZ!--- vc nwljh
nqfu;k esa igq¡pdj ;kn djsaxs fd yksxksa ls vukt Nhuus dk D;k urht+k gksrk

gjkeh @ 79
gS!---¸
?kksM+ksa dh Vkiksa dh vkokt+ tc fcYoqQy cUn gks x;h rks nknk us eh'dk
ds dku eas èkhjs ls dgk %
¶ns[k csVs] eSa gw¡ cw<+k vkneh--- ?kksM+s dh lokjh esjs cl dh ckr ugha---
rq>s bl ij p<+k nsrk gw¡] rw Hkxoku dk uke ysdj izksuhu xk¡o dks pyk tk
--- jkLrk eSa rq>s fn[kk nw¡xk--- ogk¡ i+QkSt ds os toku iM+s gksaxs tks cS.M ctkrs
gq, gekjs xk¡o ls xqTk+ js Fks--- muls dguk fd rqjUr gekjs xk¡o dh vksj pys vk;sa
μ ;gk¡ MkoqQvksa dk fxjksg gS!--- le> x;s\---¸
eh'dk us pqipki flj fgykdj gkeh HkjhA nknk us eh'dk dks ?kksM+s ij
fcBk;k] jLlh ls nksuksa ik¡o thu ds lkFk ck¡èk fn;s rkfd og fxj u iM+s vkSj
[kfygku] rkykc vkSj MkoqQvksa ds vìs ds o+Qjhc ls gksrs gq, ?kksM+s dks Lrsih
esa yk;sA
¶ns[k csVk] ml Vhys dh rji+Q ?kkVh pyh x;h gS] mlds lkFk&lkFk ?kksM+k
pykrs tkuk] bèkj&mèkj ugha eqM+uk! lhèkk xk¡o esa tk igq¡psxkA vPNk vc py
ns esjs yky!¸
nknk us eh'dk dks pwek vkSj ?kksM+s dks èkhjs ls FkiFkik;kA
jkr pk¡nuh Fkh] mtyh&mtyh FkhA ?kksM+k gYds o+Qneksa ls nkSM+us vkSj uFkus
iQqykus yxkA ihB ds cks> dks gYdk eglwl djrs gq, og lEHkkydj o+Qne
j[kus yxkA eh'dk mls yxke Nqvkrk tkrk Fkk] xnZu FkiFkikrk Fkk vkSj èkpdksa
ls mNy&mNy tkrk FkkA
vukt dh gjh ?kuh ckykas ds chp cVsj eLrh esa pgd jgs FksA ?kkVh dh
rg esa >jus dk ikuh viuk >j&>j dk xhr vyki jgk FkkA gok esa oqQN&oqQN
flgju FkhA
Lrsih esa vdsys gksus ls eh'dk dks Mj yxus yxkA mlus nksuksa ck¡gas ?kksM+s
dh xeZ&xeZ xnZu ds fxnZ Mky nha vkSj mldk fBBqjrk&dk¡irk cnu ?kksM+s ls
fpid x;kA
?kkVh Åij dh vksj tkrh] uhps <yrh vkSj fiQj Åij dh vksj Å¡ph
mBrhA eh'dk dks ihNs dh vksj ns[kus ls Mj yxrkA og oqQN iQqliQqlkrk gqvk
;g iz;Ru dj jgk Fkk fd mlds fnekx+ esa fdlh rjg dk Hk;kud fopkj u
vk;sA lUukVk mlds dkuksa esa lk;¡&lk;¡ ct jgk Fkk] mlus vk¡[ksa ew¡n j[kh FkhaA
?kksM+s us flj >Vdk] uFkus iQqyk;s vkSj o+Qne rst+ dj fn;sA eh'dk us
t+jk&lh vk¡[k [kksydj uhps dh vksj ns[kkA igkM+h ds nkeu esa mls ef¼e
jks'kfu;k¡ fn[kkbZ nhaaA gok ds >ksadksa ds lkFk oqQÙkksa ds HkkSadus dh vkokt+ Hkh

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lqukbZ nhA
?kM+h Hkj esa [kq'kh ds ekjs eh'dk ds fny esa xehZ vk x;hA mlus ?kksM+s
dks iSj ls ,M+ yxkbZ vkSj fVVdkjh Hkjh %
¶fVp&V&V&V!¸
oqQÙkksa ds HkkSd
a us dh vkokt+ fudV vk x;hA Vhys ij iou pDdh ds ia[kksa
dh èkq¡èkyh&lh js[kk;sa ut+j vkb±A
¶dkSu tk jgk gS ;g\¸ iou pDdh ls vkokt+ vk;hA
eh'dk us fiQj pqipki ?kksM+s ls vkxs c<+rs jgus dk vkxzg fd;kA Å¡?krs
gq, xk¡o esa eqxks± dh ck¡x lqukbZ nhA
¶#d tkvks!-- dkSu tk jgk gS\--- xksyh ekj nw¡xk!---¸
eh'dk Mj x;k] mlus yxkesa [khaphaA exj ?kksM+s dks o+Qjhc gh ?kksM+ksa dh
mifLFkfr dh xUèk vk x;h] og t+ksj ls fgufguk;k vkSj lokj dh ijokg u
djrs gq, ljiV nkSM+ pykA
¶Bgjks!¸
iou pDdh ds o+Qjhc ls xksfy;ksa dh rM+rM+ lqukbZ nhA eh'dk dh ph[k
?kksM+s dh Vkiksa dh vkokt+ esa Mwc x;hA ?kksM+s dk ne iwQy x;k] og fiNyh
Vk¡xksa ds cy [kM+k gqvk vkSj nk;sa igyw <g iM+kA
eh'dk vc viuh Vk¡x esa cgqr gh t+ksj dk] tkuysok nnZ eglwl dj jgk
FkkA ph[k mlds gksaBksa ij tedj jg x;hA ?kksM+k eh'dk dh Vk¡x ij
vfèkdkfèkd cks> Mkyrk x;kA
?kksM+ksa dh Vkisa o+Qjhc vkb±A ryokjsa ck¡èks gq, nks lokj o+Qjhc igq¡ps] ?kksM+ksa
ls owQns vkSj eh'dk ij >qd x;sA
¶gk; xtc gks x;k] ;g rks cspkjk dksbZ Nksdjk gS!--¸
¶dgha tku rks ugha ys yh\!¸
fdlh us o+Qeht++ ds vUnj gkFk ys tkdj eh'dk ds fny dh èkM+du
tk¡phA eh'dk ds eq¡g ds ikl rEckowQ dh ygjas vk jgh FkhaA fdlh us [kq'k
gksrs gq, dgk %
¶;g ft+Unk gS!--- ?kksM+s us dgha Vk¡x u oqQpy Mkyh gks\---¸
csgks'k gksrk gqvk eh'dk iQqliQqlk;k %
¶xk¡o esa fxjksg gS--- ckiw dks ekj Mkyk--- lfefr dk dk;kZy; tyk fn;k]
nknk us dgk gS vki iQkSju ogk¡ igq¡ps!¸
eh'dk dh èkq¡èkykrh gqbZ vk¡[kksa ds lkeus jaxhu pDdj&ls ?kweus yxs---
vius ckiw dks mlus lkeus ls xqT+kjrs ns[kk] yky ew¡Nksa dks ejksM+rs vkSj g¡lrs

gjkeh @ 81
gq,A exj mldh vk¡[k ij ,d cM+h&lh >wyrh gqbZ gjh eD[kh cSBh FkhA fiQj
nknk lkeus vk;s] flj fgykrs vkSj fcxM+rs gq,A blds ckn ek¡ fn[kkbZ iM+hA
lcds ckn mlds lkeus mHkjk NksVs o+Qn dk pkSM+s ekFksokyk O;fDr ftldk
gkFk mBk FkkA mldk gkFk lhèks eh'dk dh vksj b'kkjk dj jgk FkkA
¶lkFkh ysfuu!---¸ eh'dk viuh iQVh&lh vkokt+ essa iqdkj mBkA t+ksj
yxkdj mlus flj Åij mBk;k] og eqLdjk;k μ vkSj mlus vius nksuksa gkFk
ysfuu dh vksj c<+k fn;sA

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Mikhail Sholokhov

THE BRAT

( Translated by A ssya H umecky and D avid H . Stewart )

MrSHKA DREAMED THAT HIS GRANDFATHER cut a huge branch off the cherry tree in
the garden, walked toward him brandishing it, and said sternly, "Come here, Mik-
h:lilo Fomich, I'm going to lick you where the legs are fastened on."
"What for, granddad?" asked Mishka.
"For stealing all the eggs from the coop, from the tufted hen's nest, and for
spending them on the merry-go-round."
"But granddad, this year I didn't take any rides," Mishka cried in fright.
Grandfather only stroked his beard with dignity, then suddenly stamped his
foot. "Lay down, roughneck, and lake off your pants!"
Mishka cried out and awoke, his heart beating as if he had had a taste of the
branch already. He opened his left eye a little-the hut was light. The morning
star glimmered in the window. Mishka raised his head and heard voices in the
front hall: mother squeaked, babbled something, choked with laughter; grand-
father coughed; a strange voice went "Ho-ho-ho ... "
Mishka rubbed his eyes and saw the door bang open. Grandfather came
hoppin~ in, his glasses jiggling on his nose. Mishka first thought that the priest
and choir had come (at Easter, when the priest came, grandfather was just this
busy); but then behind grandfather a strange, huge soldier shoved into the room
He wore a black greatcoat and had a ribboned cap without a visor. Mom hung on
his neck bellowing.
In the middle of the hut, the stranger threw mom off his neck and whooped,
"Where's my offspring?"
Mishka got scared and crawled under the blankets.
"Mishka dear, son, what're you sleeping for? Daddy'S home from service,"
mom cried.
Mishka hadn't time to blink his eye when the soldier grabbed him, threw him
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up to the ceiling, squeezed him to his chest, and began to scratch his lips, cheeks and
eyes painfully with his red moustache, which was somehow wet and salty. Mishka
tried to tear himself away but in vain.
"Look how big my Bolshevik is. Soon he'll outgrow his father. Ho-Hol"
cried father and kept fondling Mishka-first holding him on his hand, turning him
and then throwing him up again to the ceiling beam. Mishka tolerated this for a
while but then frowned like his grandfather, looked cross and grabbed his father's
moustache. "Let me go, Daddy!"
"What if I won't?"
"Let me...• I'm big already and you make over me like I'm a baby."
Father set Mishka on his lap and asked smiling, "Howald are you then, you
pistol?"
"Going on eight," he snapped, looking from beneath his brows.
"Do you recollect, sonny, the year before last I made steamboats for you?
Remember how we launched them on the pond?"
"1 remember," Mishka cried and timidly hugged father's neck.
Then the merriment really started. Father mounted Mishka on his shoulders
holding his legs, then circled round and round the room and suddenly kicked and
neighed like a horse so that Mishka stopped breathing with delight. Mother pulled
his sleeve and yelled, "Go outside and play. Go on 1 say, you jailbirdl" Then to
father, "Let him go, Foma Akimich; let him, please. He won't even let me see you,
my precious. It's been two years and here you are busy with him!"
Father put Mishka down and said, "Run along and play with the kids. When
you come back I've some presents for you."
Mishka shut the door behind him. First he wanted to stay in the hall and
listen to the conversation inside; then he remembered that none of the kids knew
yet that his dad was back. He raced toward the pond, across the yards and along
the vegetable patch, treading the blooming potato plants. He went for a swim in
the smelly stagnant water, rolled in the sand, then dived one last time. Hopping
on one leg, he pulled on his pants. He was ready to go home when Vitka, the
priest's son, came up.
"Don't go, Mishka. Let's take a swim and go play at my place. My mommy
said you could come."
With his left hand Mishka hiked up his slipping pants, adjusted the shoulder
strap, and said slowly and indifferently, "1 don't want to play with you. Your
ears stink."
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Slyly closing his left eye and pulling his knit shirt off his scrawny shoulder,
Vitka said, "That's because of scrofula-but you're a peasant. Your mother had
you behind a fence."
"Did you see it?"
"I heard our cook tell mommy."
Mishka scraped up some sand with his toe and looked down at Vitka. "Your
mommy lies. But my dad fought in the war and yours is a leech. He gobbles up
other people's food."
"Brat!" said the priest's son, twisting his lips.
Mishka grabbed a water-smoothed pebble but the priest's son held back his
tears and smiled sweetly. "Don't ret's fight, Mishka; don't get mad. Want me to
give you my dagger, the one I made out of iron?"
Mishka's eyes sparkled joyously and he threw aside the pebble, but then re-
membering his father he said proudly, "My dad brought me a better one from the
war."
"No lie?" Vitka drawled incredulously.
"You're the liar! When I say he brought it, he did bring it! And a real gun."
"Well look at you! What a rich one you've become," said Vitka enviously.
"A nd he also's got a hat with ribbons on it and golden worJ~ written on it
like in your books."
For a long time Vitka tried to think of something that would astound Mishka.
He wrinkled his forehead and scratched his white belly. "My pappa will soon be
a bishop and yours was a shepherd. So there!"
Mishka got bored standing so he turned and went toward the vegetable patch.
The priest's son called, "Mishka, Mishka, I'll tell you something."
"Well, say it."
"Come here."
Mishka approached suspiciously. "Well, spit it out."
The priest's son started dancing in the sand on his thin bowed shanks, then
smiled and cried with hateful glee, "Your father's a Commie. The minute you die
and your soul flies to heaven God'll say, 'Since your father's a Communist you go
to hell!' And there the devils will start frying you on skillets!"
"Think they won't fry you too?"
"My pappa's a priest. Oh, you're an uneducated dope; you don't understand
a thing."
Mishka grew frightened. He turned and ran home in silence.
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Near the fence he stopped and shouted, threatening Vitka with his fist, "I'll
ask gramps. If you're lying, don't walk by our yard."
He climbed the fence and ran toward the house. Before his eyes was a skillet
with Mishka frying on it. It was hot to sit on, and all around sour cream boiled
and foamed and bubqled. A quiver ran down his spine. -If he could just get to
grandfather more quickly to ask!
To make things worse, the sow was stuck in the gate, her head through one
side, the rest on the other. She heaved with her legs against the ground twisting
her tail and squealing piercingly. Mishka dashed to the rescue and tried to open
the gate, but the sow was gagging. He got on her back. Gathering all her strength,
she tore out of the gate. With a relieved grunt, she galloped along toward the
threshing floor. Mishka dug her sides with his heels and rode with his hair flying
in the wind. Near the thre~hing floor he jumped down and promptly saw his
grandfather on the porch beckoning with his finger.
"Come here, my boy."
Mishka could not guess why his grandfather called; then he remembered
the devils' skillets and ran toward him. "Grandad, grandad. Are there really
devils in heaven?"
''I'll whale the devils out of you! Oh you're a regular plague. What're you
bronc-busting the pig for?" He grabbed Mishka's hair and called to his mother in
the house. "Come out here and feast your eyes on this brainy one."
Mother ran out. "'What'd he do now?"
"What do you mean, 'do now'? I looked up and there he was galloping the
pig around the yard raising the dust."
"Was it the farrow sow he was on?" she sighecl.
Mishka hadn't time to open his mouth to defend himself when grandfather
took off his belt. With his left hand he held his trousers and with his right he
shoved Mishka's head between his knees. All the while he whipped him, he kept
saying sTernly, "Don't ride pigs! Don't ride pigs!"
Mishka started to bawl but grandfather said, "You son of a bitch-cat, don't
you respect your dad? Here he's worn out, taking a nap, and you're raising a
rumpus."
Mishka fell silent. He tried to kick grandfather but could not reach him.
Mother grabbed him and pushed him into the house. "Sit there! Maya hundred
devils take your mother. If I take hold of you, I'll skin you worse than granddad."
Grandfather sat on the kitchen bench looking at Mishka's back from time to
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time. Mishka turned toward him wiping the last tear with his fist. Pressing his
behind against the door he said, "Well gramps, you just remember this .... "
"What's that, you good-far-nothing? threatening your grandfather?"
Mishka saw granddad unfasten his belt again; he opened the door a little just
in case.
"Threatening me?" he repeated.
Mishka vanished completely through the door. Peeping in, he cautiously
watched grandfather's every move and then announced, "Just wait! Just wait,
gramps. When your teeth fall out I won't chew for you. And don't even beg me
to!"
Grandfather went onto the porch and saw Mishka's head plunging through
the green bushy flax in the patch, his blue trousers flashing. For a long time grand-
father threatened with his cane, but a smile hid beneath his beard.
-
To father he was Minka, to mother Minyushka, to grandfather in a tender
moment he was a little scamp; the rest of the time when grandfather's grey tattered
eyebrows hung over his eyes, then-"Hey Mikhailo Fomich, come here and I'll take
your ears off." And to everybody else-the neighborhood gossips, the kids and the
whole village-he was Mishka and "the brat."
His mother was unwed when she bore him. Although in a month she took
vows in church with the shepherd Foma by whom she had the child, still the name
"brat" stuck to Mishka like a burr and became permanent.
Mishka was scrawny. In the spring his hair was like petals on a blooming
sunflower, but in June the sun burned and ruffled it into brownish tufts. His
cheeks were covered with freckles like a sparrow's egg. His nose pl"eled and crack-
ed from swimming in the sun. The one good thing about bandy-legged Mishka
was his eyes. Peering through narrow slits, they looked out blue and sly, like un-
melted chips of river ice.
It was for his eyes and impetuous fidgeting that his father loved him. As a
gift, father brought his son an ancient, stale Vyazemskii cooky and some worn jack-
boots. Mother wrapped the boots in a blanket and stored them in the trunk, but the
cooky Mishka smashed on the doorstep with a mallet and ate to the last crumb.
The next day Mishka wakened at sunrise. He scooped tepid water from
the iron pot and spread yesterday's dirt across his cheeks. Then he ran into the
yard to dry off. Mother was busy with the cow and grandfather sat by the house.
He called to Mishka: "Get going, you scamp! Under the barn."
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A hen was cackling there probably because she had dropped an egg.
Mishka was always ready to assist grandfather. On all fours he scuttled be-
neath the barn, emerged on the other side and vanished. He cantered along the
garden and ran to the pond looking back to see whether grandfather saw him.
Grandfather waited and sighed; then having waited long enough, he crawled under
the barn. Smeared with chicken droppings, squinting from the steaming darkness,
and painfully cracking his head on the beams, he finally reached the end.
"What a fool, Mishka. Upon my word! You look and look and can't find
anything. Think a hen'd lay here? It's over there by the stone; that's where the
egg should be. Where on earth did you crawl to, you scamp!"
Silence answered him. Brushing bits of dung from his trousers, he crawled
out from beneath the barn. He peered at the pond, saw Mishka, and threw up
his hands.
The kids surrounded Mishka at the pond and asked, "Has your father been
to the war?"
"He was."
"And what'd he do?"
"You ought to know-fought."
"You lie. He killed lice and chewed bones in the field kitchen." They burst
out laughing, pointed their fingers at Mishka, and hopped around. From this
bitter insult, tears filled Mishka's eyes. And Vitka, the priest'S son, hurt him even
more: "And is your father a Communist?"
"I don't know."
"I know he is. Pappa said this morning that he'd sold his soul to the devil
and also that pretty soon they'll start hanging all Communists."
The kids fell silent. Mishka's heart skipped. Hang his dad? Why? Clench-
ing his teeth he said, "Dad has a big rifle, he's going to kill off all the burzhuis."
Vitka, putting one foot out, said triumphantly, "His arms won't reach that
far. Pappa won't bless him and without holiness he won't be able to do anything."
Proshka, the grocer's son, pushed Mishka in the chest and screamed, "You
better not brag about your father. He used to take things from my father when
the revolution started and father says 'If there's a change in government, I'll kill
that Fomka first of all!'"
Natashka, his sister, stamped her foot. "Hit him, kids. What are we waiting
for ?"
"He's the Commie's son!"
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"Brat!"
"Wallop him, Proshka!"
Proshka raised a branch and hit Mishka across the shoulder. Vitka tripped
him and he fell backwards heavily on the sand. The kids howled and leaped at
him. Natashka screamed in a sharp voice and scratched his neck with her nails.
Someone kicked him painfully in the stomach.
Mishka threw Proshka off, jumped up, and weaving across the sand dashed
for home like a rabbit running from the coursers.
They whistled after him and threw a stone but did not pursue.
Mishka caught his breath only when he dived into the green prickly growth of
flax. He sat on the moist, fragrant ground, wiped blood from his scratched neck,
and began to cry. From above, making its way through the leaves, the sun tried
to look into his eyes and dry the tears on his cheeks. Like his mother, it affectionate-
ly kissed his tufty red head.
He sat a long time until his eyes dried, then he rose and wandered slowly into
the yard. By the shed father was tarring the cart wheels, his hat tilted back and the
ribbons hanging. He had on his blue and white striped shirt. Mishka angled up
and stood by the cart. He was silent. Growing bold, he touched his dad's hand and
asked in a whisper, "Father, what did you do in the war?"
Father smiled into his red moustache and said, "I fought, sonny."
"But the kids ... they say you only killed lice." Tears caught Mishka's
throat.
Father laughed and took Mishka into his arms. "They're lyi ng, my sweet, I
was at sea. I went to sea on a big ship, and then I went to fight."
"Fight who?"
"I fought the rich, darling. You're still little and that's why I had to go to
war for you. There's even a song about it." Father smiled, look at Mishka and
sang softly to the tapping of his foot:
"Oh Mikhail, Mikhalya, Mikhalyatko mine!
Don't go to war-let father serve your time.
Father-he's old and has lived a long life
AmI yuu-you're still young and haven't a wife."
Mishka forgot the insult inflicted by the kids and laughed because father's
red moustache stood out from his lip like the brush that mother used to make
brooms. And under the moustache his lips smacked and his mouth opened like a
round black hole.
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"Don't bother me now, Minka," said father. "I've got to fix the cart and
this evening when you go to bed I'll tell you all about the war."

The day stretched out like a long untended road on the steppe. The sun set,
the herd passed through the village, the dust settled, and from the darkening sky
the first star glanced bashfully.
Mishka was very anxious and his mother, as if deliberately, lingered long with
the cow, strained the milk slowly, then went to the cellar and fooled away a whole
hour. Mishka stayed underfoot.
"Are we going to eat soon?"
"Don't be in such a hurry, you ravenous fidget!"
But Mishka wouldn't budge an inch from her: she went to the cellar, he
followed; she went to the kitchen, he followed. He stuck like a leech hanging to
her skirt.
"M-o-m-m-m, let's eat sooner."
"Go on away! You're as bad as mange. If you're so starved go fill your in-
sides with bread."
But Mishka kept it up. Even the slap that mother gave him did no good.
At supper he hastily gulped his stew ana aashed quickly into the living room. Toss-
ing his pants behind the trunk, he took a run and dived into the bed under his
mother's quilt, the one sewn from vari-colored pieces of cloth. Holding his breath
he waited for his father to come tell about the war.
Grandfather was on his knees before the icons whispering prayers and bowing
his head to the floor. Mishka raised his head: grandfather, bending with difficulty
and bracing himself with the fingers of his left hand, bumped his forehead on the
floor. Then Mishka's elbow hit the wall with a bang. Grandfather whispered on
and on, then again bumped to the floor. Mishka banged the wall. Grandfather got
angry and turned.
"Damn you . . . God forgive me. You knock once more like that and I'll
give you a knock."
There would have been a fight but father came in. "Why're you lying there,
Minka?" he asked.
"I'm sleeping with mom."
Father sat on the bed and began to tug his moustache silently. After a
moment's thought, he said, "But I made your place in grandfather's bed."
"I won't sleep with grandpa."
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"And why not?"


"Because his whiskers smell too much like tobacco."
Father again tugged his moustache and sighed, "No son, you'd better stay with
grandfather."
Mishka pulled the quilt over his head and, peering out with one eye, said in
an injured tone, "Yesterday you slept in my place and today too. You go with
grandfather." He sat up on the bed, put his arms around his father's head and
whispered, "You stay with grandpa because mom probably won't sleep with you-
you smell like tobacco too."
"Well all right, I'll go, but I won't tell you about the war." He got up and
went into the kitchen.
"Daddy."
"Well?"
"You can sleep here," sighed Mishka. "Now will you tell about the war?"
"All right."
Grandfather lay down by the wall and put Mishka on the edge of the bed.
Later father came. He sat down on the bench and lit a smelly cigarette.
"Well you see, this is how it was. Remember behind the threshing floor the
grocer used to have a patch?"
Mishka remembered that he used to run in the tall fragrant wheat. He
would climb the stone wall by the threshing floor, then go out into the grain. The
wheat would hide him completely, and the heavy black-bearded ears tickled his
face. It smelled of dust, daisies and steppe wind. Mom would say to him, "Don't
go far or you'll get lost."
Dad was silent; then, stroking Mishka's head, said, "Remember how you
used to ride with me beyond Sandy Hill? Our wheat was there."
Again Mishka recalled that along the road beyond Sandy Hill was a narrow
strip of wheat. Mishka went with his father, and the whole wheat field had been
ruined by livestock. The grain, trampled into the ground. lay in dirty heaps and
the stubble swayed in the wind. Mishb remembered how father, so big and strong,
twisted his face horribly and teardrops ran on his dusty cheeks. Mishka also cried
watching him.
On the way back father asked a gardener, "Tell me, Fedot, who grazed in
my grain?"
The gardener spat at his feet and answered, "The grocer was driving his
cattle to market and let them onto your strip."
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Father moved the bench closer and began:


the poor
"The grocer and the rest of the rich ones had taken all the land, and
village. They
had no place to sow. That's how it was everywhere, not just in our
a shepherd, and
used to push us around. It got to be hard to live, so I hired out as
officers smacke d you in the
then they took me into the service. I had it bad. The
main one is a
mug for any little thing. Then the Bolsheviks turned up, and the
very educated
fellow called Lenin. He don't look so very smart, but he's got a
iks gave us some
brain even though he's of our own peasant blood. The Bolshev
s and workers
riddles that made our mouths fall open. 'What are you peasant
old broom to
standing around for? Drive the overlords and bosses out; take the
'em and sweep 'em away. Everything is yours!"
we began
"With words like that, they argued us to a standstill. And then
to figure things out-it was true. So we took the land
and estates from the over-
came at us
lords, but they got sick of the hard life and raised their hackles and
peasants and workers. Understand, son?"
people
"And that same Lenin- the headman of the Bolsheviks-raised the
worker s and began
like a plowman raises the earth. He gathered the soldiers and
to kick the lords around. The fur and feathers really flew!
The soldiers and work-
ers were called Red Guards. That's where I was-in the Red Guards. We lived
awful long and
in a huge house called Smolny. Son, the front entrance hall so is
there are so many rooms that you could get lost in the place."
I had
"One night I was standing guard at the entrance. It was cold out and
men come out
my greatcoat. The wind blew right through me. Then I saw two
zed one was Lenin. He came
and walk toward me. When they came up, I recogni
up and asked kindly, 'Aren't you cold, Comrade? '"
that
"I told him, 'No, Comrade Lenin. There's no cold and surely no enemy
to the bour-
can break us! We didn't take power into our hands just to give it over
geoises!' "
on to the
··He laughed and shook my hand firmly. Then he went slowly
gate."
cigarette
Father fell silent, took a pouch from his pocket, and rustled the
end of his brisLly whiske rs
paper. Striking a match he began to smoke. On the
on the tip of a
Mishka saw a sparkling tear like a drop of morning dew hangin g
nettle leaf.
for
"That's the way he was. He was worried for us all. His heart pained
from way off
each soldier. After that I saw him a lot. Passing by, he'd see me
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and smile and ask, 'Still think the burzhui won't crush us?'"
"'There ain't one yet that can, Comrade Lenin,' I used to tell him."
"And son, it came out just like he said. We took the land and factories, and
the rich--our bloodsuckers-we booted! When you grow up, don't forget yo ur
father was a sailor and shed his blood for the commune. By then I'll be dead and
Lenin'll be dead, but our job will live forever. When you grow up will you fight
for Soviet power like your dad?"
"I will," shouted Mishka. He jumped on the bed and tried to throw himself
on his father's neck, but he forgot grandfather and put his foot on his stomach.
Grandfather grunted and reached out to grab Mishka's hair, but father lifted
him in his arms and carried him to the other room. Mishka fell asleep in father's
arms. Dozing, he thought first of this wondrous man-Lenin-about Bolsheviks,
war, ships. Through his dozing hc heard hushed voice~, ~el1sed the sweet odor of
sweat and tobacco-then his eyes fell shut as if pressed by a hand.
He barely fell asleep when he saw a city in his dream: broad streets, chickens
on the scattered ashes. In the village there were lots of them, but in the city so
many more. The houses were just as father had described-huge, roofed with
fresh reeds; and on the chimney of one house stood another and on its chimney still
another, and the chimnFY of the topmost house stuck into the sky.
Mishka was going down the street, his head thrown back, looking around;
.and suddenly from nowhere a horribly tall man popped up in a scarlet shirt.
"You Mishka! Why're you loafing around without anything to do?" he asked
kindly.
"My granddad let me play," he answered.
"Do you know who I am?"
No, I don't."
"I'm Comrade Lenin."
Mishka's knees buckled. He wanted to lose himself but the man in the
scarlet shirt took him by the sleeve saying, "Your conscience, Mishka, isn't worth a
broken penny. You know I'm fighting for the poor folks, so why don't you join
my LWUp?"
"Granddad won't allow it," Mishka justified.
"As you wish," says Comrade Lenin, "but without you things aren't right.
You've got to enlist in my troop and that's all there is to it."
Mishka took his arm and said very firmly, "Well okay, without permission
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I'll join and fight for the poor folks. But if granddad starts licking me with a
switch you'll have to stick up for me."
"I sure will," said Comrade Lenin and with that he went on down the street.
Mishka felt choked with joy and couldn't catch his breath. He wanted to yell but
his tongue stuck.
Mishka twitched III bed, kicked grandfather and woke up.
Grandfather made a lowing sound, chewed with his lips. Through the
window the sky was softly brightening beyond the pond, and clouds piled up from
the east in blood-pink foam.

From that time on every evening father told Mishka about the war, Lenin,
and the places he had been.
On Saturday ~v~uing the executive committee watchman brought a short man
into the yard with a greatcoat and leather leggings under his arm. Calling grand-
father he said, "I brought you a roomer, a comrade Soviet fellow-worker. He just
came down from the city, and you have to put him up for the night. Feed him, will
you granddad ?"
"Sure. No reason not to," grandfather said. "Do you have your credentials,
Si r Comrade?"
Mishka was amazed at grandfather's knowledge. Sticking his finger in his
mouth, he stopped to listen.
"I have, granddad; I have everything." The man with the leather leggings
smiled and entered the house. Grandfather followed and Mishka came behind.
"What've you come to do here?" asked grandfather on the way.
"I've come to conduct the election. We're going to elect the Soviet chairman
and members."
A little later father came from the threshing floor. He greeted the stranger
and told mother to get supper. After supper father and the stranger sat together on
a bench. The stranger unbuckled the leggings (actually a briefcase), took out a
packet of papers and showed them to father. Mishka was impatient; he fidgeted
and wanted to peek. Father took one paper and showed it to him. "Look, Mishka,
here's Lenin himself."
Mishka snatched the picture, stared at it and opened his mouth in surprise:
on the paper stood a short man not in a scarlet shirt at all but a coat. One hand
was in his trouser pocket, the other pointed ahead. Mishka glued his eyes to the
figure and took it all in in a moment: firmly and forever he put into his memory
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the arched eyebrows and the smile hidden in the corners of the mouth. He memor-
ized every line of the face.
The stranger took the picture from Mishka's hands, locked the briefcase and
went to bed. Already undressed and in bed with his coat covering him, he was fall-
ing asleep when he heard the door squeak. He raised his head. "Who's that?"
Bare feet smacked the floor.
"Who's there," he asked again and suddenly recognized Mishka near the
bed. "What is it, little one?"
Mishka stood silent for a moment, then gathering courage he whispered,
"Uncle ... you know what? ... let me have Lenin."
The stranger said nothing but lowered his head.
Fear seized Mishka. What if he's stingy and won't give it to me?
Trying to stop the quaver in his voice, hurrying and gulping, he whispered, "You
let me have him for keeps and I ... I'll give you a good tin can and all my knuckle-
bones too, and ...•" With a desperate gesture Mishka said, "And even the boots
dad brought me."
"Why'd you want to have Lenin?" the stranger asked smiling.
He won't! flashed through Mishka's mind. He bent his head to hide his
tears but remembered they couldn't bc scen, thcn said softly, "Because I've got to!"
The stranger laughed, got the briefcase from beneath his pillow and gave
Mishka the picture. Mishka put it under his shirt, pressing it hard to his heart, and
dashed from the room.
Grandfather awoke and asked, "What're you wandering around for, night-
owl? I told you not to drink milk at bedtime. See how you've got to scurry. Go
do it in the garbage; I'm not here just to take you outside."
Mishka lay silent, squeezing the picture with both hands, afraid to turn lest
he crease it. So he fell asleep.
He awoke before daybreak. Mother had just milked the cow and sent her
along with the herd. She saw Mishka and threw up her hands. "What bug's
eating you? What're you up so early for?"
Presstng the picture under his shirt, Mishka dashed past his mother and
started under the barn. Burdock grew around the barn and the sharp nettles
stood in a green impassable wall. Mishka crawled beneath the barn, scraped the
dust and chicken droppings with his hands, tore an age-yellowed burdock leaf,
wrapped the piciture in it, and held it down with a stone so the wind would not
blow it.
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It rained from morning till night. The sky was covered with a dove-colored
canopy. In the yard puddles foamed and streams ran races down the street.
Mishka had to stay at home. Dusk was falling when grandfather and
father dressed and went to the executive committee meeting. Mishka pulled on
grandfather's cap and followed. The executive committee met in the chapel.
Groaning, Mishka climbed onto the crooked dirty steps of the porch and went in.
Tobacco smoke crawled along the ceiling of the packed room. The stranger was
sitting at the table by the window telling the Cossacks something. Mishka stealth-
ily made his way to the back and sat on a bench.
"Comrades, who is for Foma Korshunov as chairman? Please rarse your
hands."
Prokhor Lysenkov, the grocer's son-in-law, who was slttmg in front of
Mishka, shouteJ, "Cilizens. I move the withdrawal of his candidacy. He's dis-
honest. Already when he was a shepherd, this was known."
Mishka saw F edot the shoemaker rise from the window sill and start to yell
waving his hands, "Comrades, it is not to the advantage of the wealthy to have the
shepherd Foma as chairman, but he is proletariat and for Soviet power and . ..."
Crowded near the door, the well-to-do Cossacks began to stamp and whistle.
A racket broke loose in the room.
"No shepherds for us!"
"He came from the service-let him hire out as shepherd to the village."
"To the devil with Foma Korshunov."
Mishka glanced at his father's pale face. He stood near the bench. Mishka
himself turned white from fear for his father.
"Quiet, Comrades. I'll expel you from the meeting," the stranger yelled,
beating the table with his fist.
"We'll elect our man from among the Cossacks."
"We don't need him ...."
"We don't want any ...." A Cossack swore unprintably.
They raised a row, and Prokhor the grocer's son-in-law was the worst of all.
A huge red-bearded Cossack with an ear-ring and dressed in a torn, patched
coat jumped onto a bench. "Brothers! Look how things are going. The rich
want to put the pressure on and seat one of their own men as chairman! And
once that happens, then ...."
Through the squalling Mishka heard only single words shouted by the
Cossack with the ear-ring. "Land ... distribution ... clay and sand to the poor
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peasant ... black soil for themselves .... "


"Prokhor for chairman!" they cheered by the door.
"Pro-o-okhor! ! !"
Finally they quieted down. The stranger, frowning and scattering saliva,
yelled out something over and over.
"Must be swearing," thought Mishka.
The stranger asked loudly, "Who's for Foma Korshunov?"
Many hands raised over the benches. Mishka raised his too. Jumping from
bench to bench someone was counting out loud.
"Sixty-three, sixty-four," and without looking at Mishka he pointed at his
raised hand and shouted, "sixty-five."
The stranger jotted something on a paper and yelled, "Who's for Prokhor
Lysenkov, please raise your hands."
Twenty-seven rich Cossacks and Egor the miller raised their hands together.
Mishka looked around and raised his hand too. The man who was counting carne
to him, looked down and grabbed his ear painfully . "You little rascal. Get, before
I whack you. He's even voting!"
Everyone laughed. The man led Mishka to the exit and shoved him out.
Mishka remembered what his father said when arguing with grandfather; and
sliding down the slick dirty steps, he cried, "You have no rights to do that!"
"I'll show you my rights!"
Like all injuries, this was a bitter one.
Coming home Mishka had a little cry and complained to his mother, but
she said angrily, "Don't go where you're not supposed to. Sticking your nose in
every hole .... You're a real affliction to me!"
Next morning they sat down to breakfast but had no time to finish , when
they heard music muffled by distance. Father put down his spoon and said, wiping
his moustache, "Why, that's a military band!"
As if blown off his bench by the wind, Mishka vanished. The hall door
banged, and beyond the window his footsteps pattered.
Foma and grandfather also went out into the yard, and mom leaned out the
. window. Into the end of the sLreeL ruws u[ Red Army men flowed in green undu-
lating waves. In front musicians were blowing horns, drums boomed. The sound
rang across the village.
Mishka's eyes went everywhere. He hesitated, then started and rushed up to
the musicians. His heart throbbed pleasantly and a lump came into his throat.
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He looked at the gay dusty faces of the Red Army men and at the solemn musicians
with their cheeks bulged out, and in an instant he decided, "I'll go fight with them."
Remembering his dream, he suddenly grew bold. He grabbed the kitbag
of the nearest man. "Where're you going? To fight?"
"Where else? Sure we'll fight!"
"And who're you fighting for?"
"For Soviet power, you little fool! Well, come on here."
He pushed Mishka into the ranks. Someone, laughing, snapped his tufty
head; another took a dirty piece of sugar from his pocket and stuck it into Mishka's
mouth. On the square someone from the front rank yelled, "Halt!"
The Red Army men stopped, scattered about the square, and lay in groups
in the cold shadow of the school fence. A tall clean-shaven Red Army man with
a sword came up to Mishka. He asked, wrinkling his lips into a smile, "How'd
yo u stray in here?"
Mishka looked important and hiked up his sliding pants, ''I'm going with
you to fight."
"Comrade Kombat,* take him as your aide," shouted one of the soldiers.
Everyone roared. Mishka began to blink, but the man with the odd name
frowned and shouted sternly, "What're you neighing about, fools! Of course we'll
take him but on this condition ...." Kombat turned to Mishka and said, "Your
pants only have one strap. That's no good at all. Your appearance will shame us.
Here, look, I've got two straps and so has everybody else. Now scoot and have your
mother sew on another one and we'll wait." He turned toward the fence and
shouted, winking, "Tereshchenko, go bring the new Red Army man a greatcoat
and rifle."
A man lying by the fence got up, raised his hand to his cap, answered "Yes
sir," and quickly went off along the fence.
Mishka sternly looked at Kombat. "Now look, don't fool mel"
"What do you mean? How could I fool you?"
It was a long way to the house. By the time Mishka had run to the gate he
was panting, breathless. Near the gate he pulled off his pants, and with his bare
legs flashing he dashed into the huuse.
"Mom! My pants-sew on a strap!"
The house was silent. Above the stove flies buzzed III a black swarm.

'*' Abbreviated name for Battalion Commander.


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Mishka ran around the yard, the threshing floor and the vegetable patch-no father,
no mother, and no grandfather. He ran back into the room and his eye caught a
sack. He cut off a long strip with his knife but there was no time to sew it on
and besides Mishka did not know how. Quickly he tied it to his pants, put it over
his shoulder, tied it in front, and threw himself under the barn.
He rolled the stone away, saw Lenin's hand pointed at him, and whispered
catching his breath, "See now, I did join your army!" Carefully he wrapped the
picture in the burdock leaf, stuffed it into his shirt, and tore down the street. With
one hand he held the picture and with the other he held up his pants. Passing the
neighbor's fence, he shouted, "Anisimovna!"
"What is it?"
"Tell my folks to eat without me!"
"Where you flying to, scatterbrain? "
Mishka waved. "Into the service! "
He reached th e square and stopped as if rooted. N ot a soul was there.
Cigarette stubs, food cartons, someone's tattered leg wrappings were by the fence.
At the far edge of the village the music sounded. You could hear the tread of the
departing troops rumbling along the beaten road.
A sob tore from Mishka's throaL, Lh~n h~ <.:ri~d out and ran with all his might
to catch them. And certainly he would have, but in front of the tanner's yard by
the street lay a yellow, long-tailed dog baring his teeth. By the time Mishka
went round by another street he could no longer hear music or the marching feet.

About two days later a detachment of forty men entered the village. The
soldiers had grey felt boots and oil-stained working-men's jachts. Father came
from the executive committee for lunch and told grandfather, "Get the grain in
the barn ready, dad. A requisitioning detachment has come. Grain collection is
starting."
Soldiers went round to each yard, stuck their bayonets into the ground in the
hams, dug up buried grain and brought it in cars to the community barn.
They came even to the chairman's. The man in front, puffing his pipe, asked
grandfather, "Bury your grain granddad ? Tell the truth now!"
Grandfather straightened his beard and said proudly, "My son is a Commun-
ist!"
They went to the barn. The soldier with the pipe measured the grain bins
and smiled . "Granddad, we'll take this bin; the rest is yours for feed and seed."
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Groaning and sighing, grandfather harnessed old Savraska to the cart, filled
eight sacks, regretfully waved his hand, and started for the community barn. Mother
was sad about the grain and cried a little. Mishka helped grandfather sack the
grain and then went to play with Vitka, the priest's son.
They had just sat down in the kitchen and spread out their paper horses
when the same soldiers came. The priest, tangled up in his under cassock, ran out
to meet them, scurried about, and invited them into the house. But the soldier
with the pipe said sternly, "Let's go to the barn. Where do you keep your grain?"
The priest's wife, her hair disheveled, dashed in from the next room and
smiled craftily. "Just imagine, gentlemen, we have no grain at all. My husband
hasn't gone round the parish yet."
"Got a cellar?"
"No. We've always kept grain in the barn."
Mishka recalled climbing with Vitka from the kitchen down into a roomy
cellar and said, turning his head to the priest's wife, "But Vitka and I always go
down cellar from the kitchen. Have you forgotten?"
The priest's wife paled and laughed aloud, "Child, you're all mixed up.
Vitka, why don't you go play in the garden."
The soldier with the pipe screwed up his eyes and smiled at Mishka. "Huw'd
you get down there, youngster?"
The priest's wife wrung her hands and said, "Do you actually believe this
stupid little fellow? I assure you, gentlemen, we have no cellar."
The priest, swinging his cassock skirt, said, "Wouldn't you comrades like a
bit to eat? Let's go in."
Passing Mishka, the priest's wife pinched his arm painfully and smiled a
kindly smile. "Go on, children, into the garden. You'll be in the way."
The soldiers winked at each other and went around the kitchen knocking
the floor with their rifle butts. Near the wall, they moved the table and took up
a burlap cover. The soldier with the pipe raised up a floor board and looked down
shaking his head. "Aren't you ashamed! You said there was no grain, and here
the cellar's full right to the top."
The priest's wife looked at Mishka with such an expression that he got
scared and wanted to go home at once. He went out. In the hall she jumped
after him, sobbed, and grabbing his hair began to fling him about the floor.
With difficulty he tore himself loose and ran home without a backward
glance. Choking with tem, he told his mother e\'erythi ng, bur she only threw her
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hands to her head. "What am I to do with you? Get out of my sight before I lick
you."
From then on, after each injury Mishka would crawl under the barn, move
the stone, unwrap the burdock leaf, and wetting the paper with his tears tell Lenin
his grief and complain against the one who had injured him.
A week passed. Mishka was bored. There was no one to play with. The
neighbor children had nothing to do with him. To the name "brat," another was
added, which the children borrowed from the grown-ups. They would cry after
Mishka: "Hey you Commie. You Communist abortion, look here!"
One evening Mishka came home from the pond. Before he entered the
house he heard his father speaking sharply and his mother wailing and grieving as
if someone had d:ed. Mishka sneaked in and saw father roll up his greatcoat and
pull on his boots.
"Where you going, daddy?"
Father laughed and said, "Quiet your mother, sonny. She's breaking my
heart with her howling. I'm going to war and she won't let me."
"Me too, daddy."
Father fastened on his belt and donned his ribboned cap. "You're a funny
one. We can't both leave at once. When I corne back you can go. Otherwise the
grain will ripen and who will harvest? Mother's busy with the house and grand-
father's ald."
Taking leave of his father Mishka held back the tears and even smiled. As
before, mother threw herself upon father's neck, and he finally pulled her off.
Grandfather only croaked, kissed the soldier and whispered in his ear, "Fomushka,
my boy. Maybe you don't have to go? Maybe they'll get along without you some-
how? We'll be lost if you're killed."
"Drop that, father. It's not right. Who'll defend our government if everyone
crawls under a woman's skirt to hide?"
"Well then go on if you've got a just cause."
Grandfather turned away and secretly wiped away a tear. They all went to
the executive committee office to see father off. In the yard there was a crowd of
about twenty people with rifles. Foma too took a rifle and, kissing Mishka for the
last time, began walking with the others toward the edge of the village.
Mishka went back home with grandfather; mother staggered behind. In the
village there was an occasional dog barking and a rare light. The village was
covered with darkness like an old woman in a black shawl. Rain sprinkled down
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and beyond the village in the steppe lightning played and distant thunder boomed
and rattled.
As they approached the house Mishka, who had been silent the whole way,
asked his grandfather, "Gramps, who's father going to fight?"
"Leave me alone."
"Gramps!"
"Well?"
"Who's daddy going to fight?"
Grandfather drew the bar across the gate and answered, "Sinful people've
shown up in our neighborhood. Folks call them a military band but as far as I'm
concerned, they're just bandits. And they're the ones your father went to wage
war on."
"Are there many, Gramps?"
"They say about two hundred. You go on to bed now, scamp; you've had
enough fooling around."
In the night Mishka was awakened by voices. He felt the bed-grandfather
was not there. "Gramps, where are you?"
"Be quiet. Sleep, you restless one."
Mishka got up in the darkness and by feel reached the window. Grandfather
was sitting in his underwear on the bench with his head out of the window listen-
ing. Mishka listened too and in the mute silence he heard distinctly the chatter
of shots beyond the village and then the gunfire as it began to crash regularly. It
was as if someone were hammering nails.
Fright seized Mishka. Pressing up against grandfather, he asked, "Is daddy
shooting ?"
Grandfather did not answer. Mother began to cry and wail.
Until dawn the shooting beyond the village continued; then everything
grew still. Mishka curled up like a doughnut on the bench and fell into a heavy
joyless sleep. At dawn a group of riders galloped along the street toward the exec-
utive committee office. Grandfather woke Mishka and ran into the yard.
Above the executive committee office stretched a black pillar of smoke, and
fire leaped about the buildings. Riders began scurrying down the street. One rode
up and shouted to grandfather, "Got a horse, old man?"
"Yes."
Well harness it and go out beyond the village. Your Communists are laid
up like stacked wood. Load them and let their relatives bury them."
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Grandfather quickly harnessed Savraska, took the rems into his trembling
hands and rode from the yard at a gallop.
Shouting rose over the village. Dismounted bandits were dragging hay from
the threshing £loor and killing sheep. One jumped down near Anisimovna's
yard and ran into the house. Mishka heard Anisimovna howling thickly. His
sword clanking, the bandit ran onto the porch, sat down, took off his boots, tore
Anisimovna's printed holiday shawl in half, threw away his dirty leg wrappings,
and wrapped his legs in the halves of the shawl.
Mishka entered his room, lay on the bed with his head buried in the pillow,
and got up only when the gate squeaked. He ran onto the porch and saw grand-
father, his beard tear-soaked, lead in the horse.
Behind him in the cart lay a barefooted man with his arms outspread. The
head bumped against the tailgate and thick black blood ran along the floor boards.
Mishka stumbled up to the cart and looke~ at the sabre-gashed face; he
could see the bared teeth, one cheek hanging loose sliced off with the bone. On
one blood-covered bulging eye a green fly sat preening itself.
Quivering faintly with horror, he had no need to guess; he turned his eyes
and saw the blue and white stripes-a sailor's bloody shirt on the man's chest. He
jerked as if someone had struck his legs from behind. Wide-eyed, he looked once
more at the motionless black face and jumped into the cart.
"Get up daddy. Daddy dear." He fell from the cart and wanted to run but
his legs caved. He cra.wled on all fours to the porch and fell with his head on the
sand.

Grandfather's eyes had sunk; his head shook, wobbled; his lips whispereo
soundlessly. For a long time he stroked Mishka's head. Looking at mother who
was lying flat on the bed, he whispered, "Let's go out, grandson."
He took Mishka by the hand and led him onto the porch. Passing one of
the doors, Mishka shut his eyes and shivered. In that room on the table daddy lay
silently, solemnly. The blood had been washed away. Before Mishka was daddy's
bloody motionless eye with the big green fly on it.
Grandfather slowly untied a rope by the well; then he went to the stable, led
out Savraska and wiped his foaming lips with his sleeve. He put on the bridle
and listened: in the village shouting and laughter. Two riders passed, their cigar-
ettes sparkling in the darkness. A voice said, "Now we requisitioned them! They'll
remember in the next world how to take grain from people!"
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The sound of horses' hooves passed on. Grandfather bent down to Mishka's
ear and began to whisper, "I'm old ... can't climb on a horse . . . I'll set you on
and you go with God ... to the district town. I'll show you the way. That detach-
ment ought to be there . . . the one that went through with the music. Tell them
to come to the village ... the band of Whites is here. Understand?"
Mishka nodded silently. Grandfather set him on the horse, tied his legs to
the saddle so he would not fall, then led Savraska across the threshing floor, out
by the pond past the bandits' sentry, and into the steppe.
"Over there. Up to that ridge. Just ride along it and don't turn aside.
You'll go straight to town. Go along with you, dear one." Grandfather kissed
Mishka and softly slapped Savraska.
The night was moon-filled and clear. Savraska trotted slowly and whinnied.
Feeling a light burden on his back, he sluwed his pace. Mishka touched the reins,
slapped his neck, and bumped up and down.
A quail whistled gaily in the green thickets of ripening grain. Below the
ridge, spring water tinkled and the wind was cool. For Mishka it was frightening
to be alone on the steppe. He hugged Savraska's warm neck and pressed against
it shivering.
The ridge crawled higher and lower and again higher. Mishka was afraid
to look back. He whispered, trying not to think. Silence thickened in his ears and
his eyes were shut. Savraska shook his head, whinnied and quickened his gait.
Mishka opened his eyes a little and saw a pale yellow light below. Wind brought
the barking of dogs. For a moment joy warmed Mishka's heart. Kicking Savraska
with his legs he yelled, "Get on!"
The barking approached and on the hill the vague outline of a windmill
appeared.
"Who's there?" came a shout from the mill.
Mishka silently spurred on. Roosters began to crow above the sleepy town.
"Halt! Who goes there? I'll shoot!"
Mishka pulled the reins in fright but Savraska, sensing horses nearby, whin-
nied and rushed ahead, disobeying the reins.
"Halt!"
Near the mill shots rang out. Mishka's cry died in the horse's clattering feet.
Savraska groaned, reared and fell heavily to the right. For a moment Mishka felt
a terrible pain in his leg, and his cry froze on his lips. Savraska heaved against the
leg more and more heavily.
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Hoofbeats came nearer. Two men rode up with clanging swords,


jumped
off and bent over Mishka.
"Good Lord, it's a youngster."
"Did we really get him?"
One stuck his hand into Mishka's shirt and blew tobacco into his
face. A
happy voice said, "He's in one piece. Seems like the horse smashe
d his leg."
As he lost consciousness, Mishka whispered, "A band is in the village.
They
killed daddy, burned the executive committee, and grandpa tells you
to come right
away."
Before Mishka's fading gaze colored circles began to swim. Daddy
passed
by twirling his moustache and laughi ng-and on his eye sat the
big green fly
preening. Grandfather walked past shaking his head with disapproval,
then mom,
then a short man with a high brow and his arm outstretched with the
hand pointing
straight at Mishka.
"Comrade Lenin," shouted Mishka in a feeble voice. Gathering his
strength
he lifted his head, smiled, and reached out his arms.