The Culprit Heart
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
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
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
Contributing Story Teller: Amita enjoys
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