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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Sun will rise Tomorrow also...

It’s a short and simple story… but one of the funniest and embarrassing one for the Hero of the story… I am no where in the below story…But I am closely related to the characters of this funny incident...

An Introduction

Back home, there is this traditional belief that a woman’s first delivery is the responsibility of her own family…that means, all the expenses should be taken care of by the girl’s parents…As per that, if a woman is pregnant for first time, once she starts the third trimester, her parents will go to her marital house and bring her to her parent’s house. This usually happens during the 07th month of pregnancy…and once she delivers, she will be at her parent’s house for atleast 28days and she will return to her marital house only after the naming ceremony (something like Baptism) of the baby…When the girl’s parent’s go to her marital house to bring her home, they usually take with them a number of food items…mostly sweet…and the number of dishes depended on the month she was in…Therefore, if she was 07 months pregnant, her parents will bring along 7 types of dishes…

When, Where and Who???

This happened years before…maybe somewhere around 1989-1990…in the backdrops of an one and a half days long train journey…Now, the main character is my own maternal Uncle who was still very young…The Supporting Actor would be my maternal Grandfather and the Old Lady who shared the compartment in the train is aptly the Villain…lol!!!

Why???

The situation is my aunt was then some 6 or 7 months pregnant expecting her first baby. Following the tradition, my grandpa accompanied by my uncle set out to my aunt’s marital house…which was some 1327km away from my home city…and naturally it would take almost more than 1 and ½ days journey by train…The main aim was to give her the food items as per custom and then bring her home…

What???

Now my uncle and grandpa started their journey with big packs of different types of food items…To avoid the ‘not so wonderful food’ served in the trains, they had packed lunch and dinner for the long journey ahead…Their compartment was not so full, but still an old lady with her husband sat in the seat just against them in the train…

Time passed by and by dinner time, my grandpa took out the dinner pack and they finished off the dinner pack…But Alas, the food somehow couldn’t satisfy my uncle… He started grumbling with complaints about how hungry he was feeling…After much grunts, finally my grandpa agreed to let him have a small share of the dishes they were taking with them for my pregnant aunt…

My uncle’s face lit with happiness…its been quite some time that he was laying his eyes on the packets of food…he was trying hard not to let out his desperation to put his hungry hands into those packs…The green signal from my grandpa made my uncle no more thoughts….he just tore open one of the packs and started devouring from it…In between my grandpa had left the compartment for the toilets…ofcourse warning my uncle not to eat too much…

The much awaited freedom was welcomed well by my uncle and he just couldn’t stop himself from opening the packs, one after another…taking one from this and one from that, he was taking maximum advantage of the time…(Poor Uncle, little did he know, that soon he was going to be the laughing stock of a whole compartment of travelers and it’s gonna stick to him through out his life…)

Bcoz, this eating frenzy of my uncle was being watched by the fellow lady in the compartment…She was alarmed to see the way this small thin boy eating out the packs…She had already started wondering, if there would be any food left that would reach its real destination…After much time, she couldn’t bear the sight anymore…Finally, she blurted out…

“Dear Son, Surely, THE SUN WILL RISE TOMORROW ALSO...”

My uncle was a bit surprised and confused on what did she really mean…and that’s when my grandpa returned to his seat…and my uncle enthusiastically asked…

“Dad, what does it mean… THE SUN WILL RISE TOMORROW ALSO...”

My granddad wondered “Why such a question…”…and the lady cleared his doubt…

Grandpa couldn’t control his laugh…and he explained …

“Son, she meant…Tomorrow also will come…don’t just finish off everything today…keep some for tomorrow also…She said that seeing the way you were greedily eating all the food without even thinking about your own stomach or health…that was the best way to explain the way you were gulping your food…NONSTOP…hahaha!!!”

You can imagine my uncle’s face then…even we could, when grandpa narrated this incident to us once they came back from the journey…and till date, my uncle feels sorry for that day…bcoz, we, his dear relatives, never let one chance to go off without teasing him with the lady’s dialogue…

“Son, THE SUN WILL RISE TOMORROW ALSO…”

3 comments:

Jogi said...

ha ha :D
good one !!!

whatagem said...

Very cute story! I like your writing style, a bit different and I love the layout. It definetely caught my eye.

PS--you'd left a comment on my blog, something about your comment nowhere to be seen. I moderate comments because on an old blog I had abandoned like a poor orphan kept getting spam in the comments & I just wasn't having that on my new blog :-D

Your comments are now visible to the world. Or at least, my 2 readers. ha ha

KParthasarathi said...

funny incident well narrated