Friday, October 26, 2007

A Story

"How is the patient doctor?" Sai asked the doctor. . .
(Sai was a medical student in the hospital. . )

"Oh! He will be fine in few days. you seem to be very curious! Do you know him?"
"Yeah i know him very well. He is from my village."
"Oh! Then you must also know the old lady who keeps asking about him too. "

"An old lady! Where is she?"
"She is in the waiting hall . . . . but wouldn't tell us how is she related to him."

Suddenly like a storm Sai's mind rolled back into his past. . .
Something told him it was her. . .

He rushed to the waiting hall. . .

She was in her fifties but looked a lot older. . .
her face was wrinkled. . .
eyes holding back a great grief. . .
but like her tears had dried out. . .

but still Sai knew well it was her. . .

Tears trickled down Sai's eyes. . .
The doctor asked "What happened? why are you so sad looking at her?"

"Her name is Shantamma. She is the mother of the patient."


Ten years back . . . .

Madhav Shastri was the head priest of his small village. He was also the sarpanch.
Shantamma was his wife.

The whole village respected Shastri and Shantamma was no less than a goddess to the villagers.

Ramu was the son of satyamma. Satyamma had lost her husband long ago.
She maid for the Shatri's home.

Though Ramu was a son of a maid, but Shantamma loved him just as her son.
Ramu stayed mostly with the Shastri's eating and playing the kids. . .
Shantamma even sent him to school with her children.

Everything was fine till one day. . .

Ramu fell sick terribly. .
his body hot, shivering. . .
in the beginning everyone thought it was a mere fever. .
Shantamma the physician was called. .
he gave few potions mad from the herbs. .

"I have given the medicine but it may take a week or two. . . " said the physician.

A whole week passed but Ramu's health didn't improve. .
Ramu's uncle Ramesh suggested another physician to be called. .

Though Shantamma suggested to wait for a week but no one listened as they grew desperate. . .

Another physician from the nearby village was called . . .
He checked Ramu and said with gloomy face. . .

"The boy is suffering from dosh gunam"

Everyone was shocked. . .
They knew well what it meant. . .

"dosh gunam" was a popular belief of the villagers that if any woman sexually harassed a boy or forced him into sex with her then he would fall ill with this sickness. . .
They believed the only way to cure it was to bring the blood from the thighs of the women and put it on the boy's eyes. . .

Now the question was who did it?

Everyone knew Ramu was always with only two women. . .
His mother and . . . .

Shantamma. . .

Ramesh grew angry. . .

He along with few villagers thronged at Shastri's house. . .

Shastri believed in his wife's innocence and ordered them to leave immediately . . .

Four days passed Ramu's health become even worse. . .
Ramesh was desperate. . .

He again thronged towards Shastr's home. . .

This time he pleaded to save the boy's life. . .

Sashtri believed in his wife but then. . . .

He said. . .

"I will give my wife's blood. . .If it doesn't work i shall have your head cut off. . . "

Shantamma couldn't take this insult. . .
But was forced. . .

The blood was bought and put 9in the eyes of the boy. . .

The night was dreadful . . .
No one could sleep. . .

"What if it were true. . .what if Ramu really gets cured. . .no no!!
This is not possible!!!"
All sorts of thoughts crept Shastri's mind. . .

The doom's day arrived. . .

To everyone's astonishment. .

The boy was cured!!!!

Shantamma was thrown out of the village and she was branded as a bitch. . .

Shastri killed himself out of insult. . .


"So was Shantamma really guilty?" asked the doctor. . . who listened the whole story. . .

"No she was not. . ."

"How do you know it?"

"Because I am Ramu. My full name is Sai Ram.
And I know the truth. . . ."


PS : the story was inspired from an old Telugu movie called "GRAHANAM"

21 comments:

Ashish Dixit said...

it was amazing dude.

is it really true ???

so who was the pateint. and why did he do with her ???

matty said...

the patient in the hospital was her son....
the situation was she couldn't even see her son...directly...

yeah it happened in a small village ...well atleast dats what i heard!!!

Mohan Kumar said...

thats was preety nice

matty said...

@mohan
thanx dude...

Bizarre Kid said...

Dude! Old telugu movie.. I have watched it twice..

matty said...

yeah but see...others didnt knew so put it up for the non-Telugu's...
and u knw something i haven't watched it...really someguy told me d story...

Bizarre Kid said...

I see! It's a wonderful movie.. Worth watching..

raul said...

touch chesav po...

the cloud with the bronze lining said...

hey nice one.. it dosent sound like a love story n ends abruptly... n how does he get cured???
well nice wrk anyway.. rock on

Confusion Confounded said...

real story or movie story doesn't matter.. thng is thez kinda thngs actly happn in our country. innocent ppl r shamed coz of senseless superstitions..

matty said...

@raul
thanx dude

@harini
well thanx once again..

@confusion
well u r right!!
such things still prevail in our damn society...
sometimes even educated people believe in all this crap!!

rOhit said...

Good one Matty..:)
The end was a surprise.. but
Its shocking as well as sad to know that it actually happened..

matty said...

@rohit
well this is what happens in India yaar...

Cold & Silent..... said...

superstitions..........
they have ruined many lives.......
and will continue to do so......
and people who try to rid the society os it..will always be branded as bitches and evil........

matty said...

@pradeep
yeah u r right dude!!!
they really hav ruined many lives!!

zahid said...

A good one on superstitions.....

matty said...

@zahid
thanx dude

Nabila Zehra Zaidi said...

Ouch!

Thats really sad....How I wish some intelligence and enlightenment falls upon the uneducated village people of our country.

Excellent narrative!

matty said...

@nabila
but lots of readers couldn't understand the story..
but good to see at least few who got my point!!
thanx again!!

♥busy_writer♥ said...

arrghhh. this is so not allowed!!
complete the story!!

u got my curiosity all aroused!!!!!

matty said...

@busy writer
well dear!
this is my style...
this is the end!!!