The Culprit Heart
Minnie decided to ignore
Monica, Vandana and the rest of the gang today. As soon as she entered the
classroom 11c, she immediately went to her desk, sat down and concentrated
on her books. As usual, Monica and the rest were creating chaos throughout
the classroom, shouting, screaming, shrieking, singing, dancing and
cracking silly, stupid jokes. Minnie had to use all her willpower to
control herself. She was dying to turn around and say ďshut up, you fools,
is this the way youíve been taught to behave by your parents and
guardians?Ē It took all her inner strength to remain detached from all the
hooliganism going on around her.
Just then Supriya, her best friend walked in and sat next to her. "Whatís
wrong Minnie? Oh! I guess it is Monica who has made your face look so
gloomy. Just forget about them. Act as if they donít exist. Let me tell
you what Iím going to do on my birthday. Please Supriya, I just canít
think of anything except giving one slap to Monica and her devotees. How
can you be so cool? Why donít we do something about all thisĒ.
ďMinnie, learn to mind your own business. These days nothing should hurt.
Learn to take all kinds of behavior in your stride. Just then Mrs. Verma,
the class teacher walked in and everyone chorused ďGood Morning Ma'amĒ as
she opened the attendance register.
Next day, it was in the games period that Miss Mukherjee, the games
teacher, was A little late and this gave Monica and her friends time to
psychologically molest the simple straight-forward Sumita and her five
friends, Sameera, Priya, Rita, Sunanda and Leena. Vandana came to Sumita
and pushed her rather hard saying, Hey Sumi, I guess you can play
basketball. Come letís play. No Vandana, I donít want to play with you. I
want to play badminton with my friends. Just then, Monica arrived with the
others. Arre, kya bola! You said no to Vandu, Iíll show you what a no to
us means and she dragged Sumita by her shoulders saying yeh le Vandu sheís
all yours. The gang pushed and pulled Sumiís friends and kept hitting them
with the ball on purpose. All this was being witnessed by the fuming
Minnie, the cool Supriya and the smiling twins Nidhi and Vidhi.
Another group led by Anita were sitting near by talking about a new film
to Vandu and the twins. No one paid any attention to the plight of Sumita
and her friends. Suddenly, Supriya noticed the angry face of her friend
and shook herí come on Minnie, why get upsetí chod yaar, let them be. Come
letís take a stroll around the grounds.
My God! Supriya! How can you remain so aloof? I just canít be like you. My
heart wonít permit it. I know, Minnie, I feel the same but itís better to
follow your mind and not your heart these days. In any case, if we
intervene, theyíll come after us. At least they donít bother us much so
why should we take panga with them yarr? Just then Sumita fell. As the
ball hit her hard on her chest, the gang laughed mercilessly calling
Sumita a softie, spineless creature. It was the last straw. Minnie
couldnít take any more. She got up, dashed the length of the ground and
picked up Sumi to the nearest bench. The gang laughed even more and
continued fooling around.
Minnie collected all her strength and pushed Monica so she fell face
downwards on the hard brittle playground. The suddenness of the jolt took
her unawares and she lay panting in front of everyone. Her helpers came
running towards her but it was Minnie who picked her up saying kaisa laga
Monica? Did you enjoy being hurt? This was just to let you know that you
have the same skin as us, which got grazed and the same red blood, which I
see on both, yours as well as Sumitaís hands. Iím sure you are a nice
person. It is just that you are being dictated by your egoistical mind.
Follow your heart and you will never want to hurt anyone physically or
mentally. The atmosphere was pulsating with doom. Everyone expected Monica
to react, as she was wont to, shouting, abusing and hitting her opponent.
Suddenly, the culprit heart inside her changed and she came and said,
ďsorry, Minnie, Iím really sorry. Letís be friends from to-day.Ē Minnie
smiled and knew the culprit had left Monicaís heart.
Contributing Story Teller: Amita enjoys
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