Not Just Games
and Chandru, both 10 years young could never tire of playing with
marbles and tops. At a nice courtyard that separated the nice little
houses of these two, everyday the sight of the revolving top and
noise of marbles caught attention of passers by.
Every day, from morning
to dusk, Chinkesh and Chandru, clad in shorts and summer tee shirts
immersed themselves in these two games. When there was a reason
to celebrate, the activities continued a little longer.
For example, when
Chinkesh scored the first rank, his idea of celebrating it was to
release the top ‘Anand’ from the
string which was wound around it and then with a stroke, pull it
directly to his palm.
Chandru decided to
strike a marble at a faraway distance with his special
white coloured marble, which he affectionately
whenever he wanted to celebrate his success.
Many years passed.
Chandru and Chinkesh now were now in their junior college, -but
continued to be in touch through these games - though as much as
their busy schedules could accommodate. These two activities meant
more to them than just being childhood games.
Anand and Charmy continued
to be part of their lives day in and day out. After their college
was over, a sudden phase of trying times hit both the friends. Their
lives became busier, they found little time for their games and
even to meet each other, once in a while. Moreover, with the pressure
of studies mounting on them, they seemed to become more irritable
with family members. Somehow, slowly and gradually, joy seemed to
be moving out from their lives like air vanishes from an open balloon.
The sadness could be read on their faces every day.
Once, the two of them decided to meet as they felt that would help
them sort things out. The two of them met at one of their favourite
hangouts affectionately called ‘Find yourself-unwind yourself’.
Chandru started off first-‘Chinkesh, since the past couple of years,
life is not all that great. In fact I strongly feel something is
Chinkesh echoed similar feelings saying, “Yes, Chandru. We are both
keen to get the life we had earlier.” Both of them asked each other
- what is missing from our lives? Chandru asked Chinkesh whether
he used to spend time with ‘Anand’ anymore? Chinkesh said that he
didn’t know where he misplaced Anand two years back. Chinkesh asked
Chandru whether he still shared his success with ‘charmy’?
Chandru said his life had left him with little time for ‘charmy’.
Both of them realized that what earlier used to be an integral part
of their lives was now missing. They decided to once again find
time for their ‘faithful friends’- Anand and charmy in the hope
that life would once again smile at them. It did. However, Chandru
and Chinkesh were both confused - was the remedy to their problem
so simple - a top and a few marbles?
They were discussing this once again at ‘Find yourself-unwind yourself’,
when their school professor ‘Vidyasagar’ passed by. He recognised
Chandru and Chinkesh immediately and shared warm greetings with
Chandru and Chinkesh asked their query to Vidyasagar, to which he
said, “Chandru, I remember how charmy used to hit out other marbles
as a way to celebrate your success. Chinkesh, I also remember how
every moment of joy used to find itself wound around ‘Anand’ your
beloved top. Let me tell you, charmy wasn’t just a marble and Anand
wasn’t just a top.
Charmy was Chandru’s
confidence - his self-belief while Anand was Chinkesh’s heart dancing
round and round in joy. Tell me guys, how can a person’s life
be happy without his confidence and a happy heart? Chandru and
Chinkesh took blessings from Vidyasagar and from thereon, Anand
and charmy were attached to the two friends forever
Contributing Story Teller
Saurabh Niranjan Turakhia is a 28 year young poet
and has lately been dabbling in short story writing. I am thankful
for providing a good platform for writers like me