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R§sf IqSmsX R§fpsS apdnbn D−mbncp¶Xv Xncph\´]pc¯pÅ Hcp B³tacnbpw, ]¯\wXn«¡mcn epephpw Bbncp¶p. B³, AhfpsS ho«nse GI k´Xn. \{kmWn. AhfpsS ]¸, Khs×âv kÀÆokn F³Pn\obÀ. epep, aq¶v a¡fn Gähpw CfbXv. AhÄ¡v Hcp C¡mbpw, C¯mbpw IqSn D−v. AhfpsS _m¸bpw, C¡bpw KÄ^nÂ. C¯, hnhmlnX. C¯bpsS `À¯mhv s]mXpacma¯v hIp¸n HmhÀknbÀ. AhfpsS ho«n ]pcpj·mÀ CÃm¯Xn\mÂ, AhfpsS C¯bpw, `À¯mhpw (Abmsf AhÄ a¨m F¶mWv hnfn¡p¶Xv) epephnsâ ho«n Xs¶bmWv Xmakw. epephnt\bpw, B\nt\bpw R§Ä ]Xps¡ hfs¨Sp¯p. ARvP\bmWv AXn\v ap³ssI FSp¯Xv. epephmWv BZyw hebnembXv. AhÄ hebnembn¡gnªt¸mgmWv, AhfpsS a¨m Ahsf Du¡nbn«p−v F¶v AdnªXv. R§fpsS tlmÌense ]IpXn apdnIÄ _m¯v Aäm¨vUv BWv. B apdnIÄ¡v hmSI IqSpXemWv. R§fpsS apdn _m¯v Aäm¨vUv BWv. Hcp Znhkw sshIpt¶cw tImtfPn \n¶pw aS§n h¶n«v, epep Ipfn¡m³ Ibdn. epep Ipfn Ignªv ]pd¯v h¶DS³ B³ Ipfn¡m³ Ibdn. epep Ipfn Ignªv Hcp SuÆ am{Xw NpänbmWv ]pd¯v h¶Xv. AhÄ hkv{Xw [cn¡m³ XpS§n. BZy]Snbmbn AhÄ ]mâokv [cn¨p. AhÄ ]mâokv apIfntebv¡v hen¨p Ibänbt¸mÄ SuÆ hi§fntebv¡v \o§nbn«v AhfpsS DbÀ¶ncp¶ A¸w `mKnIambn I−p. ]t£, AhnsS Idp¯ncp− Hcp tcma¡mSv I−n«v, ARvP\ AXn ssI h¨psIm−v tNmZn¨p: F´mSo CXv? GXm−v sskeâv hmen t]mep−tÃmSo. \n\¡v CXv sh«n hr¯nbm¡n h¨pIqtSSo ? epep: “At¿! Rm³ AsXm¶pw CXphsc sh«nbn«nÃ.” ARvP\: “FSo, \n\¡v AhnsS sNmdnb¯ntÃSo. sa³kÊv BIpt¼mÄ AhnsS apgph³ hr¯ntISmI¯ntÃSo.” epep: “AXv \¶mbn«v IgpInbm t]mtc.”

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Rm³: “FSo F¶mepw AXv A{X \¶mbn hr¯nbmI¯nÃ. AhnSsaÃmw \à sslPo\n¡mbn h¨nsæn hà AWp_m[bpw D−mIpw. \nsâ D½mbpw C¯mbpsam¶pw CXv \n\¡v ]dªp X¶n«ntÃ?” epep: “R§fmcpw AsXms¡ hr¯ntIStÃ?”

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ARvP\: “AXnse´mSo hr¯ntISv? \o C§s\ ImSpw hfÀ¯ns¡m−v \S¡p¶XmWv hr¯ntISv.” epep: “\n§sfms¡ AXv F§s\bmWv sh«p¶Xv?” ARvP\: “FSo AXn\tà Cu tjhnwKv skäpw, slbÀ dnaqhdpsams¡ DÅXv.” epep: “Fsâ I¿n AsXm¶panÃ.” Rm³: “AsXms¡ \ap¡v kwLSn¸n¡mw. \o klIcn¨m aXn.” epep: “\n§Ä ]dªm aXn. Rm³ F§s\ thWsa¦nepw klIcn¡mw.” Cu kaba{Xbpw ARvP\bpsS Hcp ssI, epephnsâ A¸¯n XgpIpIbmbncp¶p. AXnsâ ^eambn epep NqSmbn XpS§nbncp¶p. AhÄ, AhfpsS ap¶n \n¶ ARvP\bpsS anUn DbÀ¯nbn«v, ]mâokv Xmtgbv¡v \o¡n AhfpsS IfnØew t\m¡n. AhnSw \à shSn¸mbn sN¯n an\p¡n h¨ncn¡pIbmbncp¶p. epep AhnsS ssI sIm−v XgpIn. Cu kab¯v B³ Ipfn Ignªv IXIv Xpd¡p¶ i_vZw tI«v AhÀ c−mfpw s]s«¶v AI¶p amdn. ]ns¶ epep hkv{X§Ä [cn¨p. CXnsâ XpSÀ¨bmbn ]n¶oSpÅ Znhk§fnepw B\nsâ A`mh¯n epephns\ aq¸n¡m³ XpS§n. B shÅnbmgvN sshIpt¶cw, B³ AhfpsS ho«n t]mbn. A¶v AhÄ tImtfPn \n¶pw sshIpt¶cw t\tc AhfpsS ho«ntebv¡v t]mbn. sshIpt¶cw R§Ä ¢mÊv Ignªv h¶mepS³ Hcp Nmbbpw, Fs´¦nepw Hcp kv\mIvkpw D−mIpw. A¶v sshIpt¶cw tImtfPn \n¶pw h¶ R§Ä, ]Xnhp t]mse t\tc ssU\nwKv lmfn sN¶v Nmb IpSn¨p. ]ns¶ R§Ä dpan F¯nbn«v hkv{X§Ä amän. t\hn»q ]mâvkpw, kvssI»q jÀ«pamWv R§fpsS tImtfPnse bqWnt^mw. ]ns¶ s]¬Ip«nIÄ¡v Hcp HmhÀtIm«pw IqSpXembn D−v. R§fpsS dqanse \mept]cpw km[mcWbmbn IXIv AS¨n«v, FÃmhcpw Im¬sI ]ckyambn«mWv thjw amdp¶Xv. R§Ä, jÀ«pw ]mâvkpw Ducnbn«v, ]mâokpw t{_knbdpw am{Xambn \n¶n«v, ]ns¶bmWv km[mcW {UÊv [cn¡p¶Xv. ]t£, Rm³ CXnÂ\n¶v hyXykvXambn, ]mâv Ducp¶Xns\m¸w anUn [cn¡pambncp¶p.


AXpsIm−v Fsâ hnNn{Xamb Ahbhw aäpÅhÀ I−n«nÃ. Rm³ ]pcpj·mcpsS P«n [cn¡pXns\¡pdn¨v Hcn¡Â epep tNmZn¨n«p−v. F\n¡v AXmWv CjvSsa¶v ]dªv A¶v ]Xps¡ XSnX¸n. ]Xnhn\v hn]coXambn, A¶v epep ]mâokpw t{_knbdpambn \n¶t¸mÄ, ARvP\ AhfpsS ASp¯v sN¶n«v epephnsâ t{_knbdnsâ lq¡v Cf¡n AXv DucnsbSp¯p. F¶n«v AhÄ epephnsâ apebn XgpIn. Epep, anUnbpw t{_knbdpambn \n¶ Fsâ apebn ]nSn¨p. Rm³ ]n¶neqsS ssI IS¯n Fsâ t{_knbdnsâ lq¡v FSp¯n«v Fsâ apeIÄ kzX{´am¡n. epep c−p ssI sIm−pw AXv ]nSn¨v sRcn¨p. CXn\nsS ARvP\ Ip\nªv, epephnsâ apeIÄ amdn amdn hmbn h¨v hen¨p IpSn¨psIm−ncp¶p. Rm³ epephnsâ ]mâokn\pÅn ssI IS¯n AhfpsS A¸¯n XgpIn. AhfpsS B ]©h³ Im«n XgpIns¡m−v Rm³ B tcma§fn ]nSn¨v hen¨p. AhÄ ImepIÄ AIÀ¯n h¨p. Rm³ Fsâ hnc AhfpsS ]qÀNmeneqsS HmSn¨p. ]ns¶ Rm³ AhfpsS ap¶n Ip¯nbncp¶psIm−v AhfpsS ]mâokv Xmtgbv¡v Ducn amän. Fsâ apebnse ]nSn hn«t¸mÄ, epep, ARvP\bpsS t{_knbdnsâ lq¡v FSp¯v AXv Ducn amän. ]ns¶ AhÄ AXn ]nSn¨v sRcn¨p. Rm³ AhnsS Ccp¶psIm−v epephnsâ ]qän hnc Ibän. AhÄ ImepIÄ AIÀ¯n h¨p. Rm³ AhfpsS ]qÀNmensâ apIfä¯mbn I− _Zmw]cn¸nsâ hen¸¯nepÅ I´v Fsâ Nq−phncen\pw s]cphncen\pw CSbnem¡n sRcSns¡m−ncp¶p. AtXmsS AhÄ Hcp Im DbÀ¯n AhnsS InS¶ Itkcbn Nhp«n. Rm³ Fsâ atä I¿nse \Sphnc AhfpsS ]qÀXpfbn Ip¯nbnd¡n. AhÄ s]s«¶v hnImcw aq¯n«v, ARvP\sb sI«n¸nSn¨p. AhcpsS Np−pIfpw \m¡pIfpw ]ckv]cw tImÀ¯p. Rm³ Fsâ \Sphnc Ibän ASn¨psIm−ncp¶p. epep, ARP\sb sI«n¸n¨v sRcn¨v AaÀ¯n. HSphn AhfpsS ]qÀ, tX³ Npc¯n. AtXmsS AhÄ XfÀ¶v ARvP\bpsS tXmfn Xeh¨p InS¶p. Fsâ Ip«³ P«n¡pÅn InS¶p hoÀ¸pap«n. F\n¡v Ahs\ ]pds¯Sp¯v hmWaSn¡Wsa¶v B{Klaps−¦nepw, epep ImWpsa¶Xn\m Rm³ B B{Klw Dt]£n¨p. ARvP\, epephns\ ]Xps¡ I«nen ]nSn¨p InS¯n. ARvP\: “FSo \ap¡v ChfpsS Cu tcmaw \o¡w sN¿msaSo. \o BZyw Hcp I{XnI FSp¯v AsXÃmw H¶p sh«n amäv. ]ns¶ \ap¡v slbÀ dnaqhÀ tX¨v AXv \o¡w sN¿mw. Rm³ AhfpsS N´n¡Snbn Hcp t]¸À FSp¯v hncn¨p. ]ns¶ Hcp I{XnI FSp¯v ]Xps¡ c−v Ct©mfw \ofapÅ AhfpsS tcma§Ä sh«n. Ahkm\w AhnsS Dan¡cn hnXdnb t]mse Ipäntcma§Ä am{Xambn. CXn\nsS ARvP\, Ipd¨v slbÀ dnaqhÀ FSp¯v epephnsâ XpSbn tX¨v AeÀPn Dt−m F¶v ]cntim[n¨p.


Ipg¸§sfm¶pw Cà F¶v a\Ênembt¸mÄ AhÄ {Iow ]Xps¡ epephnsâ A¸¯n\v ]pds¯ tcma§fn tX¨p ]nSn¸n¨p. ]ns¶ AXv Icnbp¶Xn\v Im¯ncp¶p. B kab¯v AhÄ ARvP\tbmSv tNmZn¨p : “FSo ARvPp, ChnsS \½Ä c−mfpw C§s\ XpWnbpw tImWm\psam¶panÃmsX InS¡pt¼mÄ ChÄ am{Xsa´m Cu anUnsbms¡ C«v \n¡p¶Xv. AhÄs¡´m Imensâ CSbn \ap¡pÅXn IqSpXembn hÃXpapt−m?” ARvP\: “FSo sNbvXncn¡p¶Xv.”

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epep: “AsX´mSo AhÄ¡v H¶n IqSpX kmam\w Dt−mSo?” ARvP\: “F¶v tNmZn¨m AhÄ¡v AhnsS GXm−v aqs¶®ap−v.” epep: “BWp§Ä¡tÃSo h¨ncn¡p¶Xv?”

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ARvP\: “AsXmcp clkyamSo. \o ]pd¯v ]dbnsæn AXv \ns¶ ImWn¨pXcmw.” epep: “AsX´mSo A§s\ ]dªXv. Rm³ Fsâ FÃmw \n§fpsS ap¶n Xpd¶p ImWn¨ntÃ. Rm³ Cu clkysam¶pw ]pd¯v ]dbnÃ. Asæn CsXms¡ F§s\bm ]pd¯v ]dbp¶Xv.” ARvP\: “FSo CsXm¶paà clkyw. CXns\sbms¡¡mÄ henb Hcp clkyamWv AhÄ Hfn¸n¨p h¨ncn¡p¶Xv. \o AXv I−v t]Sn¡nsæn ImWn¡mw.” epep: “FSo \o Fs¶ HcpamXncn h«p tIämsX Imcyw ]dsbSo.” Rm³: “FSo AXv Rm³ ]dbmw. ]t£, AXv Hcp Ime¯pw ]pd¯v ]dbcpXv.” epep: “\o Fs¶ A§s\bmtWm IcpXnbncn¡p¶Xv. Rm³ ]dªv \nsâ clkyw ]pd¯v Bcpw AdnbnÃ. \o AsXm¶v ]d.” Rm³: “F¦n Rm³ Fsâ IY apgph³ ]dbmw. FSo Rm³ Hcp B¬Ip«n Bbn«mWv P\n¨Xv. ]t£, F«mw ¢mÊn ]Tn¡pt¼mÄ F\n¡v s]®p§sf t]mse ape hfcm³ XpS§n. A§s\ ]cntim[n¨t¸mgmWv ]pcpj tlmÀtamWn\v ]Icw kv{Xo tlmÀtamWmWv Fsâ icoc¯n Dev]mZn¸n¡s¸Sp¶sX¶v a\ÊnembXv. A§s\ Rm³ _mlyambn Hcp kv{Xo Bbn. ]t£ Fsâ ssewKnI Ahbhw ]pcpjtâXmWv.”


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Rm³: “AXpsIm−v {]tbmP\anà F¶v tUmIvSÀ ]dªp. ImcWw F\n¡v KÀ`]m{Xtam, AWvVmibtam H¶pw CÃmbncp¶p. Xs¶bpaÃ, Fsâ enwKw At¸mtgbv¡pw hfÀ¨ {]m]n¨ncp¶p.” epep: “AXv sImÅmatÃmSo. FSo AXpsIm−v R§Ä¡v {]tbmP\s¸SptamSo?” Rm³: “]ns¶´m. Rm³ AXpsIm−v Chsf Ifn¨n«p−v.” epep ARvP\tbmSv: “FSo IÅo! \o F¶n«v CsXm¶pw ]pd¯v ]dªnÃtÃmSo.” ARvP\: “A§s\ ]pd¯p ]dbmhp¶ ImcyamtWmSo CXv. R§Ä ¹Êv h®n ]Tn¡pt¼mgmWv ]cnNbs¸«Xv. A¶papX R§Ä Ifn¡mdp−v.” epep: “FSo, Chsfs¡m−v Ifn¸n¨m KÀ`w D−mI¯ntÃ?” Rm³: “CsÃSo. Rm³ ]dªntÃ, Fsâ icoc¯n ]pcpj tlmÀtam¬ Dev]mZn¸n¡p¶nà F¶v. Rm³ Fsâ ip¢w ]cntim[n¨v Ipg¸anà F¶v Dd¸v hcp¯nbn«p−v.” epep: “F¦n ]ns¶ \nsâ B kmam\w Fs¶¡qSn ImWn¨p XmSo.” CXn\nSbn ARvP\, epephnsâ ]qänse tcma§sfÃmw XpS¨v \o¡nbncp¶p. AtXmsS AhfpsS ]qÀXSw sh«n Xnf§n. ]ns¶ ARvP\ Fgpt¶äp h¶v Fsâ anUn Ducn amän. At¸mÄ Fsâ Ip«³ P«n¡pÅn apg¨p \n¶p. epep ssI F¯n B apgbn XShn. Rm³: “\o ap¼v Hcn¡Â tNmZn¨ntà Rm³ C§s\ BWp§fpsS P«n [cn¡p¶Xv F´msW¶v. BWp§fpsS P«n Ds−¦nte Chs\ Bcpw AdnbmsX sI«n s]mXnªv hbv¡m³ ]äq.” epep: “AXv icnbm. ]mâokv BsW¦n Ah³ AXpw s]m«n¨v ]pd¯v NmSpw.” epep s]s«¶v InS¶nS¯p \n¶pw Fgpt¶än«v, Fsâ P«n Xmtgbv¡v ]nSn¨v Xmgv¯nbn«v Ip® ]pds¯Sp¯p. AhÄ Ahs\ Xncn¨pw adn¨pw t\m¡n. ]ns¶ AhÄ Fsâ ap¶n Ip¯nbncp¶v Ahs\ ]cntim[n¨p. ARvP\: “FSo \ap¡v aq¶p t]À¡pw IqSn t]mbn Ipfn¡msaSo. BsI hnbÀ¯v \mdn Ccn¡pIbtÃ. `wKnbmbn H¶p Ipfn¨n«v \ap¡v CXv H¶v


BtLmjn¡mw. Rm³ Iptd Znhkambn Chsfs¡m−v H¶p Ifn¸n¨n«v. \osbms¡ AdnbmsX Ifn¡m³ ChnsS kuIcyw In«nbnÃ.” epep: “F¦n s]s«¶v hm. F\n¡v CsXm¶v ISn¨v hen¡Ww.” A§s\ R§Ä aq¶pw IqSn _m¯vdqan Ibdn Ipfn¨p. aq¶pt]cpw IqSn sI«n¸nSn¨v jhdn\v Iogn \n¶v Ipfn¨p. ]ckv]cw tkm¸v tX¨v IgpIn. epephmWv Fsâ Ip® IgpInbXv. Ip® IgpIn Ignªv AhÄ Ipfnapdnbn h¨p Xs¶ Fsâ ap¶n Ip¯nbncp¶v Ip® hmbnem¡n. Fsâ Ip®bpsS ap¶nse sXmen I−n«v AhÄ tNmZn¨p: “CsX´mSo C§s\bncn¡p¶Xv. km[mcW sXmen ImW¯nÃtÃmSo.” ARvP\: “AXv \n\s¡§s\ Adnbmw. \o CXn\v ap¼v thtd Ip®IÄ I−n«pt−m?” AhÄ A¡nSn ]änbXpt]mse ]cp§n. R§Ä ho−pw tNmZn¨t¸mÄ AhÄ AhfpsS a¨mbpsS Ip® I−n«ps−¶v ]dªp. AXv F§s\sb¶v tNmZn¨n«v AhÄ ]ns¶ ]dbmsa¶v ]dªv Hgnªp amdn. HSphn R§Ä Ipfn Ignªv ]nd¶]Sn Xs¶ ]pd¯p h¶p. Fsâ Ip® At¸mgpw hSnbmbn Xs¶ \n¡pIbmbncp¶p. “FSo \n§Ä apÉo§Ä¡nSbn kp¶¯v sN¿p¶ NS§v CtÃ. AXv BWp§fpsS Ip®bpsS Aäs¯ sXmen sh«n¡fbp¶ ]WnbmWv. AXpsIm−mWv \nsâ a¨mbpsS Ip®bn sXmen ImWm¯Xv.” apdnbn F¯nb DS³ epep Fsâ Ip® ]nSn¨v hmWaSn¨p. AtXmsS AhÄ¡v hmWaSnbpw ]cnNnXamsW¶v a\Ênembn. R§Ä c−p I«nepIÄ tNÀ¯n«p. ]ns¶ AXn Ibdn InS¶p. Fs¶ I«nensâ a²y¯v InS¯nbn«v, AhÀ c−mfpw Fsâ Ccp hi§fnepambn InS¶p. aeÀ¶p InS¶ Fsâ Ip®, sImSnacw t]mse apIfntebv¡v DbÀ¶p \n¶p sh«n hnd¨p. epep, Fsâ ASpt¯bv¡v Ncnªp InS¶n«v, ssI F¯n AXn ]nSn¨p. ARvP\, Fsâ ASpt¯bv¡v Ncnªp InS¶psIm−v Fsâ apeIfn XgpIn. epep Fgpt¶äv Ccp¶psIm−v, Ip\nªv Fsâ Ip®bn \¡n. ]ns¶ AhÄ ]Xps¡ AXnsâ Xebv¡v Npäpw \m¡psIm−v hr¯w hc¨p. kmh[m\w Ip®bpsS Xe AhfpsS hmbv¡pÅnembn. AhÄ Ip®bpsS aq{XZzmc¯n \m¡psIm−v Ip¯n. ]ns¶ Ip® apgph\mbn AhÄ hmbv¡pÅnem¡n. Rm³ AhfpsS apeIfn XgpIn. AhfpsS ape¡®pIÄ _ew h¨v, sNdphncensâ h®¯n DbÀ¶p \n¶p. Fsâ Ip® hmbv¡pÅn h¨psIm−v, AhfpsS Xe ]Xps¡ DbÀ¶p Xmgm³ XpS§n. AhÄ¡v Ip® aq©nbpÅ ap³


]cnNbaps−¶v F\n¡v a\Ênembn. ARvP\, Fsâ apeIfn apJw AaÀ¯n. AhÄ Fsâ ape¡®v, AhfpsS hmbv¡pÅnem¡n \pWªp. c−p t]cptSbpw IqSn Iq«mbpÅ B{IaW¯nsâ ^eambn Fsâ Xebv¡pÅn Bbncw a¯m¸pIÄ I¯p¶ Hcp {]XoXn D−mbn. Rm³ AdnbmsX Xs¶ Fsâ Acs¡«v, hnÃpt]mse DbÀ¶p h¶p. AXv I−n«v, epep Ip® hmbn \n¶pw ]pd¯Sp¯n«v Ft¶mSv tNmZn¨p: “FSo \n\¡v hcmdmtbmSo ? \n\¡v ]m hcptamSo?” Rm³: “]n¶nÃmsX. F\n¡v ]m hcpw. ]t£ AXn ]pcpj _oPw D−mInà F¶p am{Xw.” epep: “F¦n B ]m apgph³ F\n¡v IpSn¡Ww.” CXv ]dªpsIm−v AhÄ ho−pw Fsâ Ip® hmbv¡pÅnem¡n Du¼n hen¨p. A[nIw XmaknbmsX Ah³ AhfpsS hmbv¡pÅntebv¡v \ndsbmgn¨p. AXv AhfpsS hmbv¡pÅnencp¶v A©mdv {]mhiyw sh«nhnd¨p. AhÄ Fsâ Ip® ]m apgph³ hen¨p IpSn¨p. Ahkm\ XpÅn hsc \¡nsbSp¯n«v, AhÄ Fsâ Ip® kzX{´am¡n. AXv ]IpXn XfÀ¶v Fsâ ASnhbäntebv¡v Ncnªp hoWp. epep Fsâ ASp¯v InS¶p. Rm³ AhfpsS apebn XgpIn. AhÄ Xe DbÀ¯nbn«v, Hcp ape Fsâ hmbntebv¡v XÅnh¨p. Rm³ B ape Fsâ hmbv¡pÅnem¡n hen¨p IpSn¨p. Rm³ AhfpsS atä apebn ]nSn¨v sRcn¨p. Cu kab¯v, ARvP\, epephnsâ ]qän apJw AaÀ¯n. epep ImepIÄ AIÀ¯n h¨p. ARvP\, epephnsâ ]qÀ N¸n hen¨p. epep, Hcp ssI sIm−v Fsâ Ip®bn ]nSn¨v hmWaSn¨p. AhÄ Fsâ Ip®bn Ipd¨p kabw hmWaSn¨t¸mtgbv¡pw Ah³ kSIpSªv Fgpt¶äp. Fsâ apebn ]nSn¯hpw, ARvP\bpsS ]qÀ N¸epw aqew epep NqSmbn. AhÄ aeÀ¶p InS¶n«v Fs¶ AhfpsS ]pdt¯bv¡v ]nSn¨p Ibän. Rm³ AhfpsS ImepIÄ ]nSn¨v AIÀ¯n h¨n«v, ImepIÄ¡nSbn ap«pIp¯n DbÀ¶p \n¶p. ARvP\ Fsâ Ip® ]nSn¨v epephnsâ ]qän ap«n¨p h¨p. Rm³ epephnsâ hi§fnembn ssI Ip¯n \n¶psIm−v ]Xps¡ Fsâ Acs¡«v Xmgv¯n. AtXmsS Fsâ Ip®bpsS Xe AhfpsS ]qÀXpfbn Ibdn. AtXmsS epep ImepIÄ Iptd¡qSn AIÀ¯n h¨p. Rm³ ho−pw Acs¡«v Xmgv¯nbt¸mÄ AhÄ thZ\ sIm−v ]pfªp. F¦nepw Ip® ]qÀ®ambn AI¯v IS¶p. Rm³ Ipd¨pkabw A\§msX InS¶p. epephnsâ apJs¯ thZ\bpsS \ngepIÄ kmh[m\w amdn amdn h¶p. HSphn AhnsS Hcp kwXr]vXnbpsS \ngem«w an¶n adªp. AXv I−n«v Rm³ ]Xps¡ Fsâ Ip® Ducn ASn¡m³ XpS§n. ARvP\, epephnsâ apeIfn ]nSn¨v sRcn¨pS¨p. {Ioansâ hgphgp¸pw, epephnsâ


]qän \n¶pw HgpInbnd§nb tX\pw IeÀ¶v Ip®bv¡v XSÊanÃmsX Ibdnbnd§m³ hgnsbmcp¡n. Rm³ ASnbpsS thKX Iq«n. epephnsâ ImepIÄ DbÀ¶p h¶v Fsâ Acs¡«n ]nSn apdp¡n. H¸w AhÄ ssIIÄ DbÀ¯n Fsâ tXmfn AaÀ¯n ]nSn¨p. AhfpsS Acs¡«v hnÃp t]mse DbÀ¶p h¶p. HSphn AhfpsS aZckw s]m«n Hen¨p. AtXmsS AhÄ XfÀ¶p. AhfpsS Acs¡«v sh«nbn«Xp t]mse I«nen hoWp. ssIbpw Imepw _ew £bn¨,v ]nSnhn«v c−p hi§fnepambn ]Xn¨p. Fsâ Ip® At¸mgpw aZbm\sb t]mse XpÅn hnd¨psIm−ncp¶p. ARvP\, s]s«¶v Fs¶ epephnsâ ]pd¯p \n¶pw XÅn adn¨n«p. At¸mÄ Fsâ Ip®bn AhfpsS ko s]m«nbXnsâ Hcp e£Whpw ImWm\nÃmbncp¶p. AtXmsS, H¶pIn Ahsf Bsc¦nepw Du¡nbn«p−v. Asæn AhÄ Fs´¦nepw Ibän ASn¡mdp−v F¶v F\n¡v a\Ênembn. Fs¶ aeÀ¯n InS¯nbn«v ARvP\ Fsâ Ip®bn Ibdnbncp¶v s]mXn¡Â XpS§n. HSphn Fsâ Ip® AhfpsS ]qän Aan«pIÄ s]m«n¨p. B kab¯v Xs¶ Ahfpw XfÀ¶v Fsâ apIfn hoWp. Rm³ Ahsf sI«n]nSn¨psIm−v InS¶p. R§Ä c−mfpw hnbÀ¸n ap§nbncp¶p. Ipd¨p kabw IqSn AhÄ Fsâ ]pd¯v InS¶n«v Fgpt¶äp amdn. ]ns¶ R§Ä aq¶mfpw Fgpt¶äv _m¯vdqan t]mbn IgpIn hr¯nbm¡n. ]ns¶ thj§Ä [cn¨p. At¸mÄ kabw Ggv aWn BImdmbncp¶p. `£W¯n\v t]mIm³ ]ns¶bpw kabap−v. F«p aWn¡mWv `£Ww. R§Ä ]Tn¡m\pÅ _p¡pIÄ FSps¯¦nepw ]Tn¡m³ Hcp aqUv CÃmbncp¶p. A§s\ R§Ä ]Xps¡ kwkmc¯ntebv¡v IS¶p. Rm³ epephnt\mSv AhfpsS IYIÄ tNmZn¨p. Rm³: “FSo epep, \o \nsâ a¨mbpsS Ip® I−n«ps−¶v ]dªtÃm. AsX§s\bmSo ? \nsâ C¶s¯ {]IS\w I−n«v \o AXv shdptX ImWpI am{Xaà sNbvXsX¶v a\Ênembn. \nsâ hmWaSnbpw, Ip® Du¼epsams¡ I−n«v \n\¡v AsXs¡ \à ]cnNbapÅXp t]mse tXm¶p¶p. Xs¶bpaÃ, \nsâ ]qänse ko CXn\v ap¼v Xs¶ s]m«nbn«ps−¶v F\n¡v a\Ênembn.” ARvP\: “]dsbSo. \o F§s\bm \nsâ a¨mbpsS kmam\w I−Xv?” epep: “AXv henb Hcp IYbmsWSo.” Rm³: “AXv F{X henb IYbmsW¦nepw \o ]d. C{Xsbms¡ Bb ØnXn¡v R§fpw AsXms¡ Adnªncn¡s«So.”


ARvP\: “FSo \½fpsS CSbn C\n Hcp clkyhpw th−. \nsâ apgph³ IYbpw R§fpw IqSn Adnªncn¡s«So. \n\¡v R§fpsS IY Fs´¦nepw AdnbWsa¦n AXv R§fpw ]dbmw.” A§s\ epep AhfpsS IY ]dbm³ XpS§n. B IY, AhfpsS hm¡pIfn Xs¶ Rm³ hnhcn¡mw.

epephnsâ IY: FSo Rm³ Fsâ IpSpw_ ]Ým¯ew \n§tfmSv ]dªn«p−tÃm. ho«n Fsâ hm¸mbv¡pw D½mbv¡pw R§Ä aq¶v a¡fmWv. aq¯Xv Fsâ C¡m. kpÄ^n¡À. C¡m, Fsâ hm¸mbpsS IqsS KÄ^nemWv. c−ma¯Xv Fsâ C¯. kpÂ_¯v (kpep.) Rm³ ]¯n ]Tn¡pt¼mÄ Bbncp¶p C¯mbpsS \n¡mlv. C¯mbv¡v Ft¶¡mÄ \mev hbÊv IqSpXep−v. C¯msb \n¡mlv Ign¨Xv s]mXpacma¯v hIp¸n HmhÀknbÀ Bb jmPlm³ (jmPn) BWv. R§fpsS ho«n Rm\pw D½mbpw am{Xw BbXn\mÂ, C¯m, a¨msbbpw Iq«n R§fpsS ho«ntebv¡v Xmakw amän. A§s\ {]iv\§sfm¶panÃmsX \mfpIÄ IS¶p t]mbn. a¨m Fs¶ kz´w ktlmZcnsb t]msebmWv I−ncp¶Xv. Rm³ a¨mbpambn \à kulrZ¯nembncp¶p. a¨mbpw Ft¶mSv ASp¯v CS]gInbncp¶p. D½mbvt¡m, C¯mbvt¡m AXn Hcp A]mIXbpw tXm¶nbncp¶nÃ. A§s\bncns¡, C¯m KÀ`nWnbmbn. aq¶mw amkw apX C¯mbv¡v _Uv dÌv FSp¡Wsa¶v tUmIvSÀ \nÀt±in¨p. A§s\ \mfpIÄ IS¶p t]mbn. C¯mbpsS {]kh XobXn¡v c−v BgvN apt¼ Xs¶ C¯msb Bip]{Xnbn AUvanäv sNbvXp. C¯msb Hcp Xn¦fmgvNbmWv Bip]{Xnbn AUvanäv sNbvXXv. klmb¯n\v aämcpw CÃm¯Xn\mÂ, D½mbv¡v, C¯mbpsS IqsS Bip]{Xnbn \nÂt¡−n h¶p. Rm³ ho«n X\n¨mbn. a¨m cm{Xnbn ho«n hcpw. A¶v Rm³ ¹Êv h®n ]Tn¡p¶p. cmhnse R§Ä c−pw IqSn Blmc§Ä X¿mdm¡pw. a¨m B^okn t]mIp¶ hgn Bip]{Xnbn `£Ww sImSp¯n«v t]mIpw. Rm³ sshIpt¶cw kv¡qÄ hn«v Bip]{Xnbn t]mIpw. kÔy¡v apt¶ Rm³ XncnsI ho«n F¯pw. ]ns¶ ]Tn¯hpw, ASp¡f ]Wnbpw Ignbpt¼mtgbv¡pw a¨mbpw F¯pw. R§Ä `£Ww Ignªv InS¡pw. B Znhk§fn a¨m F\n¡v Ign¡m³ Fs´¦nepsams¡ kvs]jyembn hm§ns¡m−p hcpambncp¶p. cm{Xn R§Ä c−pt]cpw IqSn AXv Ign¡pw. C¯m Bip]{Xnbn AUvanämbXnsâ ASp¯ Znhkw, a¨m F\n¡v hneIqSnb Hcp NpcnZmÀ hm§ns¡m−p h¶p. AXv Fsâ I¿n X¶n«v, Rm³ AXv H¶p C«p ImWn¡m³ ]dªp. Rm³ NpcnZmÀ In«nb kt´mj¯n s]s«¶v Xs¶ Fsâ apdnbn Ibdn AXv [cn¨p ]pd¯p h¶v a¨msb ImWn¨p.


a¨m BZyw Zqsc \n¶v AXv t\m¡n. ]ns¶ Fsâ ASp¯v h¶n«v, NpcnZmdn ]nSn¨v t\m¡n. AXn\nSbn Adnbm¯ t]mse Fsâ apebnepw, N´nbnepsams¡ sXm«p. Rm³ AXv Imcyambn FSp¯nÃ. ASp¯ Znhkw a¨m F\n¡v ho«n \n¡pt¼mÄ [cn¡m\mbn c−v anUnbpw tSm¸pw hm§n X¶p. A¶pw Fs¶s¡m−v AXv c−pw [cn¨n¨p t\m¡n. Xte Znhks¯t¸mse X«epw ap«epsams¡ \S¶p. A§s\ c−p Znhkw IqSn IS¶pt]mbn. a¨m Ft¶mSv IqSpX kzmX{´yw ImWn¡m³ XpS§n. Nne Znhk§fn ASp¡fbn Fs¶ klmbn¡p¶ Iq«¯n Fs¶ X«m\pw ap«m\psams¡ XpS§n. BZyw Rm³ AXv Imcyambn FSp¯nÃ. Fsâ `mK¯p\n¶v FXnÀ¸v D−mIm¯ kmlNcy¯nÂ, a¨m IqSpX kzmX{´yw Im«n XpS§n. AtXmsS, a¨mbpsS t]m¡v Ft§m«mWv F¶v F\n¡v a\Ênembn. B i\nbmgvN, a¨m, Fs¶bpw ss_¡n\v ]pdIn Ccp¯nbmWv Bip]{Xnbn t]mbXv. A¶v F\n¡v kv¡qÄ CÃm¯Xn\m ]I Rm³ Bip]{Xnbn \n¶p. B kabw, D½m ho«n t]mbn. D½m ]ns¶ sshIpt¶camWv XncnsI h¶Xv. D½m h¶pIgnªv, Rm³ XncnsI ho«ntebv¡v t]mIm³ Cd§nb kab¯mWv a¨m h¶Xv. B kab¯v a¨m Fs¶ XncnsI hnfn¨n«v, Rm³ Ipd¨p kabw IqSn \n¶n«v, a¨mbpsS IqsS XncnsI t]mImsa¶v ]dªp. C¯mbpw AXpaXn F¶v ]dªXn\m Rm³ AhnsS \n¶p. Ggp aWntbmsS, R§Ä XncnsI t]mIm\mbn Cd§n. XncnsI t]mIp¶ hgn, a¨m Fs¶bpw Iq«n Hcp tlm«en Ibdn, cm{Xn `£Ww Ign¨p. ]ns¶ ASp¯pÅ Hcp XpWn¡Sbn Ibdn. F\n¡v CjvSapÅsXms¡ hm§m³ ]dªp. Rm³ H¶pw th− F¶v ]dsª¦nepw, a¨m \nÀºÔambn Hcp Po³kpw SojÀ«pw hm§n X¶p. ]ns¶ Fs¶s¡m−v \nÀºÔn¸n¨v ]mâokpw t{_knbdpw hm§n¸n¨p. \mWw ImcWw Rm³ aSn¨p \ns¶¦nepw, a¨m \nÀºÔambn Fs¶s¡m−v AsXms¡ FSp¸n¨p. a¨mbv¡v Fsâ Afhv Adnbm¯XpsIm−mWv a¨m t\ct¯ AXv hm§mXncp¶Xv F¶v ]dªpsIm−v a¨m \mev tPmUn ]mâokpw t{_knbdpw FSp¯p. ]Xnhv t]mse, A¶pw a¨m AXv Fs¶s¡m−v CSo¨p t\m¡n. Rm³ Po³kpw SojÀ«pw [cn¨p h¶t¸mÄ a¨m ]Xnhpt]mse ASp¯v h¶p AsXms¡ ]nSn¨p t\m¡n. F¶m H«pw {]Xo£n¡msX, a¨m s]s«¶v Fsâ SojÀ«v ]nSn¨v DbÀ¯n, Rm³ [cn¨ncp¶ t{_knbÀ t\m¡n. hfsc s]s«¶v, {]Xo£n¡m¯ Hcp \o¡ambncp¶p a¨mbn \n¶pw D−mbXv. AXn\m F\n¡v s]s«¶v AXv XSbm³ Ignªncp¶nÃ. F´mWv kw`hn¨Xv F¶v a\ÊnemIp¶Xn\v ap¼v Xs¶ ]pXnb t{_knbdn\pÅn sRcp§n \ndªp \n¶ Fsâ apeIÄ a¨mbv¡v ap¶n Xpd¶p I−p. Rm³ s]s«¶v SojÀ«v ]nSn¨v Xmgv¯m³ {ians¨¦nepw, a¨m AXv IW¡m¡n Xs¶ ]nSn¨ncp¶Xn\mÂ, Fsâ {iaw ^en¨nÃ. Rm³ s]s«¶v c−p ssI sIm−pw apJw ad¨p.


a¨m :þ “F´m tamtf, tamÄ t]Sn¨p t]mtbm? a¨m tamfpsS ]pXnb {_m Afhv Xs¶bmtWm F¶v t\m¡nbXtÃ.” B X¡¯n\v a¨m t{_knbdn\v ]pd¯pIqSn Fsâ c−p apeIfpw ]nSn¨p sRcn¨p. Fsâ icoc¯neqsS Hcp an¶Â ]mªp t]mbn. s]s«¶v a¨m Fs¶ sI«n¸nSn¨v a¨mbpsS s\©n tNÀ¯p h¨p. SojÀ«v At¸mgpw Npcp−v apIfn Xs¶ Ccp¶Xn\mÂ, Fsâ apeIÄ a¨mbpsS s\©n AaÀ¶p sRcnªp. s]s«¶v a¨m Fsâ s\änbn Npw_n¨p. Fsâ icocw Xfcp¶Xpt]mse tXm¶n. Rm³ a¨mbpsS s\©n apJw AaÀ¯n. Aev]kabw A§s\ \n¶t¸mÄ Rm³ a¨mbpsS ]nSn hn«v AI¶pamdn. a¨m ssI F¯n Fsâ SojÀ«v apIfntebv¡v Ducn amän. Rm³ c−p ssIIfpw amdn\v IpdpsI ]nW¨p h¨p. a¨m ]n¶neqsS ssI IS¯n t{_knbdnsâ lq¡v Cf¡n. a¨m :þ “tamtf, CXv Ducnbn«v, _m¡nbpÅXpw IqSn Fs¶ C«p ImWnt¨.” Rm³ :þ “th− a¨m. F\n¡v \mWamIp¶p.” a¨m :þ “tamtf, CXv Rm\tÃ. ]ns¶ tamsf´n\m \mWn¡p¶Xv. Rm³ H¶p Is−¶p IcpXn Ipg¸sam¶panÃ.” Rm³ :þ “th− a¨m. C¯mbpw D½mbpsams¡ Adnªm \½sf c−nt\bpw sImÃpw. a¨msb hnizmkapÅXpsIm−tà Fs¶ a¨mbpsS IqsS ChnsS Häbv¡v B¡nbn«v t]mbXv. B hnizmkw sXän¡−.” a¨m :þ “tamtf, A§s\ H¶pw hnNmcn¡−. CXv \½Ä c−pt]cpaÃmsX aämcpw AdnbnÃ.” Rm³ :þ “F¶mepw th− a¨m. F\n¡v Fsâ C¯msb h©n¡m³ h¿.” a¨m :þ “tamtf CXn h©\ H¶panÃ. \½Ä am{Xta CXv Adnbp¶pÅp. ]ns¶ tamÄ F´n\m t]Sn¡p¶Xv ?” CXv ]dªpsIm−v a¨m Fs¶bpw ]nSn¨psIm−v Fsâ apdnbntebv¡v t]mbn. _m¡nbpÅ XpWnIÄ Fsâ apdnbnemWv Ccp¶Xv. Rm³ t{_knbÀ FSp¯p amämsX At¸mgpw s\©n Xs¶ AaÀ¯n h¨ncn¡pIbmbncp¶p. apdnbn sN¶ DS³ a¨m Xs¶ Fsâ ssI ]nSn¨p amänbn«v t{_knbÀ FSp¯p amän. Rm³ ho−pw ssI sIm−v Fsâ apeIÄ ad¨p ]nSn¨p. a¨m, I¿nencp¶ t{_knbÀ I«nen C«n«v, ]pXnb Hcp t{_knbÀ FSp¯psIm−p h¶p. ]ns¶ Fsâ ssI ]nSn¨p amänbn«v AXv Fs¶ [cn¸n¨p.


Rm³ \mWn¨v Ip\nªp t\m¡n \n¶p. s]s«¶v a¨m Fsâ apJw ]nSn¨v DbÀ¯nbn«v, Fsâ Np−pIfn Npw_n¨p. B Npw_\w GXm−v A©v an\n«v \o−p \n¶p. HSphn F\n¡v izmkw ap«nbt¸mÄ, Rm³ _eambn a¨mbpsS apJw ]nSn¨p amän. a¨m ]ns¶ Fsâ Po³knsâ lq¡v Cf¡nbn«v, knºv Xmtgbv¡v ]nSn¨p Xpd¶p. Rm³ AXv sNdp¡m³ {ians¨¦nepw, km[n¨nÃ. AtXmsS Fsâ ]mâokv ]pd¯p I−p. Rm³ t\ct¯ [cn¨ncp¶ ]mâokv amän ]pXnb ]mâokv [cn¨ncp¶nÃ. AXv I−n«v a¨m :þ “tamÄ F´m ]pXnb ]mâokv C«p t\m¡mªXv ? AXv ]mIamtWm F¶v t\m¡t− ?” “AXv ]mIamtWm F¶v t\m¡ms\m¶panÃ. AXv Afhv Xs¶.” “F¶mepw Hsc®w Fs¶sbm¶v C«v ImWnt¨.” “a¨m ]pd¯v Cd§n \nÃv. Rm³ ]pXnbXv C«n«v hnfn¡mw.” “AXn\v Rms\´n\m ]pd¯v \n¡p¶Xv. tamÄ ss[cyambn CXv Ducnbn«v ]pXnbXv CSv. Rm³ I−m Ipg¸anÃ.” “th− a¨m. F\n¡v \mWam.” “tamfpsS \mWsams¡ C¶v Rm³ amän Xcmw.” CXv ]dªpsIm−v a¨m Ip\nªv Fsâ Po³kv Xmtgbv¡v ]nSn¨v Ducn. F\n¡v a¨msb A\pkcn¡mt\ Ignbpambncp¶pÅp. a¨m Xdbn Ip¯nbncp¶n«v, Po³kns\m¸w Xs¶ ]mâokpw Xmtgbv¡v ]nSn¨v Ducn, c−pw IqSn H¶n¨v Fsâ ImepIfneqsS Ducn amän. a¨m s]s«¶v Fsâ tcmamhrXamb ]qän Npw_n¨p. Rm³ C¡nfn sIm−v ]pfªp. Rm³ a¨mbpsS Xe ]nSn¨p amäm³ {ians¨¦nepw, Fsâ ssIIÄ¡v Rm³ {]Xo£n¨Xpt]mse iàn In«p¶p−mbncp¶nÃ. AtXmsS, Fsâ DÅn Rm\dnbmsX Xs¶ a¨mbpsS {]hr¯nIÄ CjvSs¸«p XpS§n F¶v F\n¡v a\Ênembn. Fsâ icoc¯n At¸mÄ BsI Ahtijn¨Xv Hcp t{_knbÀ am{XamWv. a¨m Fgpt¶äp \n¶psIm−v Fsâ t{_knbdnsâ lq¡v Cf¡nbn«v, AXv Ducn amän. Rm³ ]qÀ® \ábmbn. a¨m Fs¶ sI«n¸nSn¨v Npw_n¨p. a¨m At¸mÄ Hcp ep¦n am{XamWv [cn¨ncp¶Xv. jÀ«v [cn¨ncp¶nÃ. a¨mbpsS Bbp[w, ep¦nbn Hcp IqSmcw XoÀ¯v DbÀ¶p \n¶ncp¶p. AXv Fsâ ASnhbän Ip¯p¶p−mbncp¶p. Aev]kab¯n\v tijw, a¨m I«nen Ccp¶p. ap¶n \n¶ Fs¶ a¨mbpsS ImepIÄ¡v CSbnembn ]nSn¨v \ndp¯nbn«v, c−p ssI sIm−pw Fsâ apeIfn XgpIn. A¶v Fsâ apeIÄ \à Ddt¸msS, Aev]wt]mepw Xmtgbv¡v NcnbmsX


DbÀ¶p \n¶ncp¶p. apesR«pIÄ _ew h¨v DbÀ¶p h¶p. AXv GXm−v Hcp a©mSn hen¸¯n DbÀ¶p \n¶p. ]ns¶ a¨m kmh[m\w Xsâ apJw Fsâ amdn AaÀ¯n. Hcp apesR«n \m¡psIm−v \¡n. ]Xps¡ apesR«v hmbv¡pÅnem¡n \pWªp. atä apebn Hcp ssI sIm−v ]nSn¨v sRcn¨p. Fsâ DÅn A¶phsc e`n¡m¯ Hcp Ipfncv A\p`hs¸«p XpS§n. Fsâ icocw NqSp]nSn¨p. Rm³ a¨mbpsS Xe Fsâ amdntebv¡v ]nSn¨v AaÀ¯n. CXn\nsS a¨m Hcp ssI sIm−v DSp¯ncp¶ ep¦n Dcnªv amän. a¨mbpsS kmam\w Fsâ XpSbn ap«n. Np«p]gp¯ Hcp Ccp¼v ZWvVv sXmSp¶Xp t]msebmWv F\n¡v tXm¶nbXv. a¨m s]s«¶v Fs¶ sI«n¸nSn¨psIm−v I«nentebv¡v aeÀ¶p InS¶p. AtXmsS Rm³ a¨mbpsS apIfn Bbn. Fsâ apeIÄ a¨mbpsS tcmamhrXamb amdn sRcnªv AaÀ¶p. a¨mbpsSbpw, Ftâbpw ImepIÄ I«nen\v shfnbn Bbncp¶p. B InS¸n a¨m Fs¶ sI«n¸nSn¨psIm−v I«nen InS¶v Dcp−p. Aev] kab¯n\vtijw, a¨m I«nen \n¶pw Fgpt¶äp. Fsâ IpepIfpsS ap«n\v XmsgbpÅ `mKw I«nen \n¶v Xmtgbv¡v Xq§n InS¡pIbmbncp¶p. a¨m, Xdbn ap«pIp¯n \n¶psIm−v Fsâ ImepIÄ ]nSn¨v AIÀ¯nbn«v Fsâ ]qän apJw AaÀ¯n. Fsâ ]qÀXS¯n hfÀ¶p InS¶ kar²amb tcma§fn a¨m apJan«v Dcp«n. Rm³ C¡nfn sIm−v ]nSªp. Rm³ a¨mbpsS apJw ]nSn¨p amäm³ {ian¨p. ]t£, Rm³ ]nSn¨p amänbmepw a¨m ho−pw ]qÀÆm[nIw iànbn ho−pw apJw AaÀ¯n. AtXmsS Rm³ B {iaw Dt]£n¨p. a¨m apJw DbÀ¯nbn«v, c−p ssI sIm−pw tcma§Ä Ccphit¯bv¡pw hI¶p amänbn«v, \m¡v sIm−v ]qÀNmen Iogäw apX apIfäw hsc \¡n. Rm\dnbmsX Xs¶ Fsâ Acs¡«v apIfntebv¡v DbÀ¶ph¶p. a¨mbpsS \m¡v, ]qÀNmensâ apIfä¯mbn Hcp _Zmw ]cn¸nsâ hen¸¯n ]pdt¯bv¡v XÅn\n¶ I´n sXm«t¸mÄ Rm³ tjm¡Sn¨Xpt]mse sR«nhnd¨p. a¨m Fsâ I´v, Np−pIÄ¡nSbnem¡nbn«v, AXn \m¡psIm−v XgpIn. Rm³ kzÀ¤w I−p. Fsâ Acs¡«v Rm\dnbmsX DbÀ¶p h¶p. Rm³ a¨mbpsS Xe Fsâ ]qäntebv¡v AaÀ¯n ]nSn¨p. a¨m ssI F¯n Fsâ c−v apeIfpw ]nSn¨v sRcn¨pS¨p. Fsâ sXm−bn \n¶pw Fs´ms¡tbm Ahyàamb Nne A]kzc§Ä ]pd¯p h¶p. a¨mbpsS \m¡v Fsâ ]qÀXpfbn Ip¯nbnd¡n. a¨m Fsâ ]qÀ BsI N¸nhen¨p. Fsâ DÅn Hcp henb DcpÄs]m«Â cq]wsImÅp¶Xv Rm³ Adnbp¶p−mbncp¶p. Rm³ kzÀ¤¯n \o´n XpSn¡p¶Xp t]mse A\p`hs¸«p. HSphn AXv kw`hn¨p : Fsâ DÅn cq]wsIm− B DcpÄ s]m«nsbmgpIn. Fsâ PohPew ]qÀXpfbneqsS HgpInbnd§n. a¨m AXv apgph³ \¡n IpSn¨p. HSphn Rm³ Hcp InXt¸msS XfÀ¶p InS¶p. Fsâ ]qÀtX³ Ahkm\ XpÅnhsc \¡nsbSp¯n«v a¨m Fsâ ASp¯v h¶pInS¶p. \mWw aqew F\n¡v a¨mbpsS


apJ¯v t\m¡m³ IgnbmsX Rm³ apJw s]m¯n InS¶p. a¨m Fsâ ssIIÄ ]nSn¨p amänbn«v Fsâ Np−n Npw_n¨p. Rm³ I®pIÄ AS¨p InS¶psIm−v B NpSpNpw_\§Ä Gäphm§n. a¨m : “tamtf I®v Xpd¡v. Rm³ sNbvXXv tamÄ¡v CjvSambntÃ. tamsf´m C§s\ Fs¶ t\m¡msX I®paS¨v InS¡p¶Xv ? Fsâ s]m¶ptamÄ a¨msb shdp¡cpXv. AXv a¨mbv¡v kln¡m³ BhnÃ. tamfpsS C¯m KÀ`nWnbmbn«v C¶phsc R§ÄX½n _Ôs¸«n«nÃ. AhÄ¡v _UvsdÌv BbXpsIm−v Ahfpambn _Ôs¸ScpsX¶v tUmIvSÀ {]tXyIw ]dªncp¶p. AXpsIm−mWv C¶v tamsf I−t¸mÄ Fsâ \nb{´Ww hn«pt]mbXv. tamÄ I®v Xpd¶v a¨msb H¶p t\m¡v. Asæn Fs¶ hg¡v ]d. AÃmsX tamÄ C§s\ InS¶m F\n¡v kln¡nÃ.” C{Xbpambt¸mtgbv¡pw Rm³ ]Xps¡ I®v Xpd¶v a¨msb t\m¡n. Fsâ apJ¯v \mW¯n s]mXnª Hcp Nncn hnSÀ¶p. AXv I−n«v a¨m Fsâ apJw c−p ssI sIm−pw Xm§n ]nSn¨n«v, Fsâ apJ¯nsâ Hmtcm kqjvamWphnepw Npw_n¨p. Rm³ c−v I¿pw DbÀ¯n a¨msb sI«n¸nSn¨p. a¨m Fs¶ sI«n¸nSn¨psIm−v H¶p ae¡w adnªp. AtXmsS Rm³ a¨mbpsS apIfnembn. Fsâ apeIÄ a¨mbpsS amdn AaÀ¶p sRcnªp. Rm³ Xe DbÀ¯n a¨mbpsS apJ¯v t\m¡n. R§fpsS I®pIÄ aqIambn kwkmcn¨p. R§Ä¡nSbnse AIew Ipdªp hcp¶Xv Rm³ Adnbp¶p−mbncp¶p. HSphn Rm³ Ip\nªv a¨mbpsS apJ¯v Npw_n¨p. a¨m Fsâ icocw a¨mbpsS s\©n tNÀ¯v sRcn¨p. Fsâ AkvXnIÄ \pdp§p¶Xpt]mse tXm¶n. HSphn Fsâ Np−pIÄ Nen¨pXpS§n. “a¨m H¶p ab¯n ]nSn. Fsâ hmcn FÃpIÄ HSnbp¶t]mse thZ\n¡p¶p. Rm³ a¨mbpsS I¿n \n¶v c£s¸«v HmSp¶nÃtÃm. ]ns¶´n\m C{X B{Im´w ImWn¡p¶Xv ?” “tamtf C¸gmWv a¨mbv¡v kam[m\ambXv. Rm³ sNbvXsXm¶pw tamÄ¡v CjvSambnsæntem F¶v hnNmcn¨v F\n¡v t]Snbmbncp¶p. At¶cs¯ Bthi¯n Fs´ms¡tbm sNbvXp. H¶pw Fsâ kzt_m[t¯msS Bbncp¶nÃ. tamÄ¡v \à kpJw In«ntbm?” “]n¶nÃmsX. Fsâ PohnX¯nse BZy A\p`hambncp¶p AXv. Rm³ icn¡pw kzÀ¤¯neqsS HgpIn \S¡pIbmbncp¶p.” “tamtf, CXv shdpw km¼nftÃ. icnbv¡pÅ kpJw C\n ImWm\ncn¡p¶tX DÅp. C¶v cm{XnsIm−v Rm³ tamsf FÃm kpJ§fpw A\p`hn¸n¨v Adnbn¡pw.”


CXn\nsS, Fsâ XpSIfn XgnIns¡m−ncp¶ a¨mbpsS ]Wnbmbp[w a¨m Fsâ ImepIÄ AIÀ¯n, Fsâ XpSIÄ¡nSbnem¡n. Rm³ ImepIÄ ASp¸n¨t¸mÄ Ah³ Fsâ XpSIÄ¡nSbnencp¶v sRcnªp. AtXmsS a¨m Fsâ N´nbn Xm§n ]nSn¨n«v, a¨mbpsS Acs¡«v Nen¸n¨p. AtXmsS Ah³ Fsâ XpSIÄ¡nSbnÂ, ]qÀNmeneqsS Dckns¡m−v Ibdnbnd§n. F\n¡v ]dªdnbn¡m³ Ignbm¯ kpJw A\p`hs¸«p. Fsâ apeIfn Hcp Xcn¸v A\p`hs¸«p. Rm³ AXv a¨mbpsS s\©n tNÀ¯p h¨v Dc¨p. A§s\ Ipd¨p kabw InS¶p Ignªt¸mÄ, a¨m Fs¶ I«nen aeÀ¯n InS¯nbn«v Fsâ ]pd¯v Ibdn InS¶p. a¨m Fsâ ]qÀXS¯nse tcma§fn XgpIn. C{Xbpsams¡ Bbt¸mtgbv¡pw Fsâ \mWw ]qÀ®ambn amdnbncp¶p. a¨m Fsâ ]qÀXS¯nse tcma§fn ho−pw XgpIn. ]ns¶ ]qÀNmeneqsS hnctemSn¨p. F\n¡v C¡nfnbmbn. Rm³ AXv a¨mtbmSv ]dªp. “a¨m AhnsS sXm«n«v F\n¡v C¡nfn BIp¶p.” “FhnsS sXm«n«v ?” “AhnsS Xs¶. a¨m Ct¸mÄ sXm« Øe¯v.” “B Øe¯n\v t]cntà ? F´m AXnsâ t]cv ?” “Ipdn¨n.” “tamtf AXnsâ t]cv Ipdn¨n F¶Ã. CXmWv ]qdv.” “At¿ a¨m AXv No¯btà ?” “AXv No¯sbm¶paÃ. \½Ä aq¡v, sNhn, \m¡v Fs¶ms¡ ]db¯ntÃ. AXpt]mse CXv ]qdv.” “F¶mepw AXv ]dbm³ Hcp aSn.” “aSn¡p¶sX´n\v. tamfv ]dtª þ ]qdv.” “]qqq . . . F\n¡v h¿.” “]d tamfq.... ]qdv.” “]qdv.” “C\n tamÄ¡v BWp§fpsS Cu km[\¯nsâ t]cv Adnbmtam ? CXmWv Ip®.”


“Ip®. CXv Fs´ms¡ t]cpIfmWv. Ip®, ]qdv.” “AsXms¡bm tamtf CXnsâsbms¡ t]cpIfv.” a¨m Fsâ ASp¯v Ibdn InS¶psIm−v Fsâ ]qän XShn. Rm³ ImepIÄ AIÀ¯n h¨p. a¨mbpsS ssI hncepIÄ ]Xps¡ ]qÀNmeneqsS Cgªp. Nq−p hncen\pw s]cp hncen\panSbn I´v IpSp§n. ]ns¶ hm¨n\v Io sImSp¡p¶Xp amXncn Hcp sRcSÂ. Rm³ kzÀ¤w I−p. Rm³ Xe DbÀ¯n a¨ms\ Npw_n¨p. a¨m Fsâ ssI ]nSn¨v a¨mbpsS Ip®bn ]nSn¸n¨p. C{Xbpw kab¯n\pÅn Rm³ BZyambn«mWv AXn ]nSn¡p¶Xv. AXv GXm−v Bdn©v \of¯n Dcp¡p t]mse ZrVamb Hcp km[\w. AXn\v kmam\yw \à NqSv D−mbncp¶p. Rm³ Xe DbÀ¯n B Ip®bn t\m¡n. AXnsâ Aäw X¡mfn t]mse Nph¶v, Hcp _eq¬ t]mse hoÀ¯ncp¶p. AXnsâ a²y¯nepÅ kpjnc¯n Hcp XpÅn \ndanÃm¯ {ZmhIw Xpfp¼n \n¶p. AXn sXm«t¸mÄ hncen Hcp \qÂI¼n t]mse AXv \o−p h¶p. s]s«¶v a¨m Fsâ apIfn Ibdn InS¶p. ]ns¶ Fsâ ImepIÄ ]nSn¨v AIÀ¯nbn«v a¨mbpsS Ip®bpsS Xe, Fsâ ]qÀNmen ]nSn¨p h¨v Dc¨p. HSphn AXv ]qÀ Xpfbn tNÀ¯p h¨n«v ]Xps¡ DÅntebv¡v XÅn. Ip®bpsS Xe Fsâ Xpfbn Ibdnbt¸mtgbv¡pw Rm³ thZ\ sIm−v \nehnfn¨p. s]s«¶v a¨m Fsâ ]pd¯p\n¶pw \nc§n amdn InS¶p. ]ns¶ a¨m Fgpt¶äp t]mbn ASp¡fbn \n¶pw shfns¨®¡p¸n FSp¯psIm−p h¶p. Ipd¨v shfns¨® a¨m I¿n Hgn¨n«v AXv Ip®bn \¶mbn tX¨p ]nSn¸n¨p. ]ns¶ Ipd¨v Fsâ ]qänepw tX¨p. HSphn a¨m F® ]pc− ssIbnse \Sphnc Fsâ ]qÀXpfbn Ip¯nbnd¡n. a¨mbpsS hnc Ibdnbt¸mÄ F\n¡v t\cnb thZ\ A\p`hs¸«p. a¨mbpsS hnc DÅn FhnsStbm sN¶v ap«n \n¶p. ]ns¶ a¨m kmh[m\w Bhnc ]qÀXpfbn Ibänbnd¡m³ XpS§n. Ipd¨p kabw Ibdnbt¸mtgbv¡pw Xpf Ipd¨v Abªp. ]ns¶ a¨m \Sphncens\m¸w Nq−p hnc IqSn DÅntebv¡v IS¯n. c−p hncepw IqSn Ipd¨p kabw Ibdnbnd§nbt¸mtgbv¡pw Xpf Iptd¡qSn Abªp. AtXmsS a¨m hncepIÄ amänbn«v, Fsâ apIfn henªp Ibdn. ho−pw ]gbXpt]mse Ip® ]qÀXpfbn Ibäm³ XpS§n. Ip®bpsS Xe sRcp§n DÅnembn. Rm³ thZ\ ISn¨aÀ¯n InS¶p. a¨m Ipd¨pkabw A\§msX InS¶n«v, ho−pw iànbmbn Ip® DÅntebv¡v XÅn. Fsâ ]qÀ`n¯nIsf Iodns¡m−v Ip®bpsS ]IpXn AI¯mbn. Rm³ thZ\ sIm−v ]pfªp. AXv a\Ênem¡nbn«v a¨m Ipd¨p kabw ho−pw A\§msX InS¶psIm−v Fsâ apeIÄ hmbnem¡n N¸n hen¨p.


Fsâ thZ\ amdnbn«v Rm³ aqfm\pw Rc§m\pw XpS§n. AtXmsS a¨m Ip® Ipd¨v ]pdt¯bv¡v hen¨n«v iànbmbn apt¶m«v Hä XÅÂ. Fsâ ]qÀ aqgph³ Iodnapdn¨psIm−v AXv e£y¯nse¯n. Fsâ I®neqsS s]m¶o¨ ]d¶p. Rm³ thZ\ sIm−v \nehnfn¨p. Fsâ I®neqsS I®p\oÀ ]pd¯p NmSn. B kabs¯ sh{]mf¯n Rm³ a¨msb XÅnamäm³ {ians¨¦nepw km[n¨nÃ. a¨m Np−pIÄ sIm−v Fsâ I®p\oÀ H¸nsbSp¯p. HSphn AXv Npw_\ambn. A§s\ Ipd¨pkabw IS¶pt]mbn. Fsâ thZ\ Ipdªp h¶p. Fsâ apJ¯p\n¶pw AXv a\Ênem¡nb a¨m ]Xps¡ Fsâ Ccphi§fnepw ssI Ip¯n DbÀ¶p \n¶n«v, Acs¡«v DbÀ¯n Ip® Ducn ASn¡m³ XpS§n. BZysams¡ F\n¡v \¶mbn thZ\n¡p¶p−mbncp¶p. Rm³ B hnhcw ]dªXn\m a¨m BZysams¡ hfsc kmh[m\¯nembncp¶p ASn¨ncp¶Xv. Gsg«v ASn ASn¨p Ignªt¸mtgbv¡pw ]qÀXpf Ipd¨v Abªp. F\n¡v kpJw e`n¨p XpS§n. Rm³ ssIIÄ DbÀ¯n a¨mbpsS tXmfn ]nSn¨p. Imcyw a\Ênem¡nb a¨m ASnbpsS thKX Iq«n. Rm³ thZ\bv¡nSbnepw kzÀ¤w I−p. Fsâ DÅn Fs´ms¡tbm Dcp−p IqSp¶Xv Rm³ Adnªp. Fsâ Acs¡«v hnÃv t]mse DbÀ¶p h¶p. HSphn Fsâ DÅn Hcp tX³ag s]bvXnd§n. AXnsâ A´y¯n Fsâ Acs¡«v sh«nbn«Xp t]mse I«nen ]Xn¨p. a¨mbpsS ASnbpsS thKX At¸mgpw XpSÀ¶p. HSphn a¨m tNmZn¨p : “tamtf, tamÄ¡v sa³kkv Bbn«v F{X Znhkambn ?” “C¯msb Bip]{Xnbn sIm−p t]mIp¶Xnsâ Xte ZnhkamWv F\n¡v sa³kkv BbXv. At¸mÄ C¶v Bdv Znhkambn.” AXv tI«Xpw a¨m ASnbpsS thKX ho−pw Iq«n. HSphn a¨mbpsS Ip®bn \n¶pw GtXm NqSpÅ {ZmhIw Fsâ DÅn HgpInbnd§p¶Xv Rm³ Adnªp. Ip®bpsS Ne\w \ne¨p. ]ns¶ AXv ]Xnsb sX¶n ]pd¯p h¶p. Xe DbÀ¯n t\m¡nb Rm³, a¨mbpsS Ip®bn Nph¸v \ndw ]änbncn¡p¶Xv Hcp an¶mbw t]mse I−p. AXv I−v Rm³ `b¶p. AXv I− a¨m Fs¶ kam[m\n¸n¨p. “tamfv t]Sn¡−. km[mcWbmbn s]¬Ip«nIfpsS ]qän\pÅn Hcp ko D−mbncn¡pw. Fsâ Ip® IS¶t¸mÄ AXv s]m«nbXmWv. AXmWv tNmc I−Xv.” “a¨m F´n\m Fsâ sa³kkv XobXn tNmZn¨Xv ?” “tamtf, \½Ä C§s\ Ip® Ibän ASn¡pt¼mÄ, BWp§fpsS Ip®bn \n¶v Hcp ]m hcpw. AXv tamfpsS DÅn hogpt¼mgmWv s]®p§Ä¡v KÀ`w D−mIp¶Xv.”


“At¿m a¨m, a¨m AXv AI¯v Hgnt¨m ? F\n¡v KÀ`w D−mIptam ?” “Cà tamtf. sa³kkv BIp¶Xnsâ A¶p apX ]¯v Znhkw hscbpw, sa³kkv BIp¶Xnsâap¼pÅ ]¯v Znhk§fnepw Cu shÅw AI¯v hoWm KÀ`w D−mInÃ. AXn\v CSbv¡pÅ Znhk§fmWv Ipg¸w. AXmWv Rm³ tamfpsS sa³kkv XobXn tNmZn¨Xv. tamÄ¡v Ct¸mÄ sa³kkv Bbn«v ]¯v Znhkw Bbn«nÃ. AXpsIm−v C\nbpw Hcp aq¶p \mev Znhkw IqSn Ipg¸anÃ.” “AXv sImÅmatÃm. F\n¡v CsXm¶pw AdnbnÃmbncp¶p. Rm³ IcpXnbncp¶Xv IÃymWw Ign¨mte KÀ`w D−mIq F¶mWv. km[mcW IÃymWw Ignbpt¼mgtà s]®p§Ä KÀ`nWn BIp¶Xv. AXn C§s\ Hcp Ifn D−v F¶v F\n¡v AdnbnÃmbncp¶p.” “tamÄ¡v FÃm Imcy§fpw Cu a¨m ]Tn¸n¨p Xcmw. AXp t]ms«. tamÄ¡v a¨mbpsS Ifn CjvSs¸t«m ? tamÄ icn¡pw kpJnt¨m?” “At¿m! BZysams¡ `b¦c thZ\bmbncp¶p. ]t£ ]ns¶ Ipd¨v Ignªt¸mÄ B thZ\bpsS CSbnepw \à kpJw In«n. Rm³ icn¡pw kzÀ¤¯nembncp¶p.” “tamÄ¡v CXpt]mse C\nbpw thtd kzÀ¤§Ä Rm³ ImWn¨p Xcmw. C¸w tamfv Fgpt¶äp ht¶. \ap¡v CsXms¡ IgpIn hr¯nbm¡mw.” AXv ]dªpsIm−v a¨m Fs¶ c−p I¿nepambn Xm§nsbSp¯v _m¯vdqan sIm−p t]mbn. Rm³ c−p I¿pw a¨mbpsS Igp¯neqsS Npän a¨msb apdpsI ]nSn¨p. a¨m Fs¶ bqtdm]y³ t¢mskän Ccp¯nbn«v, jhÀ(^mskäv) FSp¯v Fsâ ]qän shÅw Hgn¨p. XWp¯ shÅw hoWt¸mÄ Rm³ \oäseSp¯v ]pfªp. Fsâ ]qän \n¶pw Fs´ms¡tbm Nph¶v sImgp¯ {ZmhIw shůn IeÀ¶v HgpIn. a¨m Xs¶ Fsâ ]qdv IgpIn hr¯nbm¡n X¶p. ]ns¶ sUtämfpw ]pc«n X¶p. AXv Ignªv Rm³ jhÀ hm§n a¨mbpsS Ip®bpw IgpIn sImSp¯p. a¨mbpsS Ip®bn tNmc ]änbncn¡p¶p−mbncp¶p. Rm³ AsXÃmw \¶mbn IgpIn hr¯nbm¡n. ]ns¶ a¨m Fs¶ ho−pw s]m¡nsbSp¯v apdnbn sIm−p h¶p. a¨m Fs¶ I«nen Ccp¯nbn«v, P¤nencp¶ shÅw FSp¯v F\n¡v IpSn¡m³ X¶p. ]ns¶ a¨mbpw Iptd shÅw IpSn¨p. At¸mÄ kabw ]¯v aWn Ignªnt« D−mbncp¶pÅp. “tamtf, tamÄ¡v \½Ä Ct¸mÄ sNbvXXv t]msebpÅ ^nenw ImWtWm?” “a¨m AsXms¡ tÌm¡v sNbvXv h¨ncn¡pIbmtWm?”


“A§s\sbm¶panà tamtf. Iptd \mfmbn Rm³ ]«nWn InS¡pIbtÃ. At¸mÄ C§\s¯ kn\na I−v hmWaSn¡pI am{XamWv BsI Hcp Bizmkw. tamfpsS C¯m¡v _UvsdÌv BbXp apX AhÄ D½mbpsS IqsS ChnsS Xmgs¯ apdnbnetà InS¡p¶Xv. apIfnes¯ apdnbn Rm³ Häbv¡tÃ. At¸mÄ cm{Xn AsXms¡ I−v hmWaSn¨v InS¶v Dd§pw.” “AsX´mWv a¨m Cu hmWaSn ?” “tamtf \½Ä Ct¸mÄ tamfpsS ]qän Ip® Ibänbn«v, Rm³ AXv Ducn ASn¨ntÃ. AXn\v ]Icw, Ip® Zm C§s\ I¿n FSp¯n«v, ]qän tIän ASn¡pIbmsW¶v hnNmcn¨psIm− C§s\ ssI sIm−v apt¶m«pw ]pdtIm«pw Nen¸n¡pw. At¸mÄ shÅw hcpw. shÅw t]mbn Ignªm ]ns¶ XfÀ¶p InS¶v Dd§pw.” “ C¯mbpsS ]qän Ip® Ibän ASn¡p¶p F¶v hnNmcn¨mtWm a¨m hmWaSn¡p¶Xv ?” “A§s\sbm¶panÃ. ImWm³ sImÅmhp¶ GsX¦nepw s]®p§sf a\Ên hnNmcn¨v hmWaSn¡pw.” “a¨m Bscsbms¡ BtemNn¨v hmWaSn¨n«p−v.” “Nnet¸mÄ At¸mÄ ImWp¶ kn\nabnse s]®p§Ä, Nnet¸mÄ ]pd¯ph¨v I− s]®p§Ä, A§s\ Bsc¦nepw.” “a¨m Fs¶ hnNmcn¨v hmWw ASn¨n«pt−m ?” “Dt−m F¶v tNmZn¨m D−v. tamfpsS ASp¯v Rms\´n\m IÅw ]dbp¶Xv. CSbv¡v Nne Znhk§fn tamsf hnNmcn¨v hmWaSn¨n«p−v. ]t£, ChnsS \½Ä c−mfpw am{Xamb Znhkw apX Rm³ tamsf hnNmcn¨v am{Xta hmWaSn¨n«pÅp.” “kXyw ]dªm CsXms¡ F\n¡v ]pXnb AdnhpIfmWv.” “]ns¶ Nn´n¡m³ ]äm¯ Hcmsf HmÀ¯v Hcp Znhkw Rm³ hmWaSn¨n«p−v. ]t£ AXv ]pd¯v ]dbm³ sImÅnÃ.” “AXmcmWv A{X henb Bfv ?” “tamÄ thsdm¶pw hnNmcn¡cpXv. ]pd¯v BtcmSpw ]dbpIbpw sN¿cpXv. AXv ]ns¶ tamfpsS D½m Xs¶. Hcp Znhkw Rm³ B^okn \n¶pw h¶p Ibdnbt¸mÄ tamfpsS D½m, Ipfn Ignªv Acbn Hcp tXmÀ¯pw DSp¯v hcp¶Xv I−p. apIÄ


`mK¯v Hcp t{_knbÀ am{Xhpw. DSps¸m¶pw C«n«p−mbncp¶nÃ. {_mbn sImÅmsX sXdn¨v apIfntebv¡v \n¡p¶ B apeIÄ I−n«v F\n¡v I¼nbmbn. Rm³ s]s«¶v apdnbn Ibdn Hcp hmWaSn¨p. At¶cw AXÃmsX aäv amÀ¤sam¶pw CÃmbncp¶p. ]ns¶ Hcn¡Ât]mepw Rm³ A§s\ Nn´n¨n«nÃ.” “AXncn¡s«, a¨m Ft¸msgms¡bm Fs¶ HmÀ¯v hmWaSn¨Xv ?” “AXv ]ns¶ tamfv Cd¡w Ipdª anUnbpw [cn¨v Itkcbn Ccn¡pt¼mÄ tamfpsS shfp¯v XpSp¯ XpSIÄ ImWpw. ]ns¶ Nnet¸mÄ tSm¸nsâ _«³kv CfInbn«v {_m ImWpw. AsXms¡ HmÀ¯v Rm³ hmWaSn¨n«p−v. ]t£, Fsâ kz]v\§Ä C§s\ t\cn«v A\p`hn¡psa¶v Hcn¡Ât]mepw hnNmcn¨n«nÃ.” “C\n \ap¡v kn\na I−n«v kwkmcn¡mw.” “F¦n hm. \ap¡v apIfn Fsâ apdnbn t]mImw.” A§s\ R§Ä apIfn t]mIm\mbn Fgpt¶äp. Rm³ anUnbpw tSm¸pw [cn¡m³ FSp¯n«v, a¨m AXv ]nSn¨v hm§n Ifªp. XpWnbpSp¡msX \n¶m aXnsb¶mbncp¶p ]pÅnbpsS A`n{]mbw. A§s\ R§Ä c−mfpw apIfn t]mIm\mbn Cd§n. ]t£, F\n¡v ]qänse thZ\ ImcWw t\tc \S¡m³ IgnªnÃ. Rm³ ImepIÄ AIÀ¯n h¨v apS´nbmWv \S¶Xv. AXv I−n«v a¨m Fs¶ Xm§nsbSp¯p. Rm³ a¨mbpsS Igp¯neqsS c−pI¿pw Npän ]nSn¨p. A§s\ a¨m Fs¶ apIfnse apdnbn sIm−p t]mbn. a¨m Fs¶ I«nen Ccp¯nbn«v, Sn. hn. Hm¬ sNbvXn«v, kn. Un. t¹bdn kn. Un. FSp¯n«p. a¨mbpsS apdnbn kn. Un. t¹bdpw, Hcp sNdnb Sn. hn. bpw D−v. ]Sw HmSn XpS§n. sNdp¸¡mcmb Hcp kmbn¸pw aZm½bpambncp¶p IYm]m{X§Ä. BZyw ZoÀLamb Hcp Npw_\¯n XpS§n. ]ns¶ hkv{X§Ä Hmtcm¶mbn Ducn amän. kmbn¸v, aZm½bpsS apeIÄ XgpIn. ]ns¶ Hcp ape hmbnÂh¨v hen¨p IpSn¨p. Cu kab¯v aZm½, kmbn¸nsâ Ip®bn ]nSn¨p Ipep¡p¶p−mbncp¶p. ]ns¶ AhÀ kmh[m\w Ip\nªv Xdbn ap«pImen \n¶psIm−v, Ip® ]nSn¨v \¡n. ]ns¶ AXv hmbnem¡n \pWbm³ XpS§n. AhÀ hfsc thK¯nÂ, Hcp tement]m¸v \pWbp¶Xp t]mse Ip® hmbnem¡n hen¨v Cu¼n IpSn¨p. Ipd¨v Ignªt¸mtgbv¡pw AhcpsS hmbneqsS sImgp¯v shfp¸v \nd¯n ]m HgpInbnd§n. AhÀ Ip® ]nSn¨v \¶mbn \¡n AXv apgph³ IpSn¨p. AXv I−t¸mÄ F\n¡pw a¨mbpsS ]m IpSn¨m sImÅmsa¶v tX¶n. F¦nepw Rm³ AXv I−psIm−ncp¶p. a¨m Fsâ ASp¯v Ccp¶psIm−v, Fsâ tXmfneqsS ssI C«v Fsâ apebn XgpIns¡m−ncp¶p. Rm³ a¨mbpsS I¼nbmbn \n¶ Ip®bn ]nSn¨p. Cu


kab¯v, kmbn¸v aZm½sb I«nen ]nSn¨v InS¯nbn«v, AhcpsS ]qän \¡m³ XpS§nbncp¶p. Iptd kabw \¡nbn«v, AbmÄ Fgpt¶äp \n¶psIm−v, AhcpsS ImepIÄ ]nSn¨v AIÀ¯nbn«v Ip® kmh[m\w AhcpsS ]qäntebv¡v Cd¡n. AXv henb _p²nap«nÃmsX Ibdn t]mbn. ]ns¶ AbmÄ kmh[m\w Ducn ASn¡m³ XpS§n. CXn\nsS AbmÄ aZm½bpsS Hcp Im DbÀ¯n AbmfpsS tXmfn h¨ncp¶p. ]ns¶bpw Ipd¨p kabw Ignªv AbmÄ Ip® hen¨v Ducnbn«v, Ip®bn ]nSn¨v Ipep¡n. HSphn Ip®¸m AhcpsS ]qÀXS¯nepw, hbänepsams¡bmbn Noän sXdn¨p hoWp. AhÀ ssI sIm−v AXv AhcpsS hbänsems¡ tX¨p\nSn¸n¨p CSbv¡v AhÀ ssI \¡p¶pap−mbncp¶p. ]ns¶bpw AhÀ ]e t]mknepw Ifn¨p. a¨mbpsS XgpI aqew Fsâ icocw henªp apdpIm³ XpS§nbncp¶p. Rm³ Ip\nªv a¨mbpsS Ip®bpsS Xebn Xpfp¼n \n¶ \ndanÃm¯ shÅw \¡nsbSp¯p. AXn\v {]tXyIn¨v cpNn H¶pw tXm¶nbnÃ. AXv I−n«v, a¨m I«nen aeÀ¶p InS¶p. Rm³ Ip\nªv a¨mbpsS Ip®bpsS Xe Np−pIÄ¡nSbnem¡nbn«v, AXnsâ Xebv¡v Npänepambn \m¡psIm−v hr¯mIrXnbn \¡n. ]ns¶ kmh[m\w Ip®bpsS Xe hmbv¡pÅnem¡n. Rm³ B kn\nabn I−Xp t]mse Ip® hen¨v IpSn¡m³ XpS§n. At¸mÄ, a¨m Fsâ Acs¡«v ]nSn¨v a¨mbpsS Xebv¡v ASp¯p sIm−p h¶p. ]ns¶ a¨m ]dªX\pkcn¨v Rm³ a¨mbpsS XebpsS c−p hi¯pambn ap«v Ip¯n \n¶p. At¸mgpw Ip® Fsâ hmbn Xs¶ D−mbncp¶p. a¨m Fsâ Acs¡«v ]nSn¨v Xmgv¯nbn«v, \m¡p \o«n Fsâ ]qÀNmen \¡n. \m¡psIm−v I´n \¡n. HSphn ]qÀ apgph\mbn hmbv¡pÅnem¡n N¸n hen¨p. Rm³ ]qÀ a¨mbpsS apJt¯bv¡v AaÀ¯n h¨p. Rm³ Ip® N¸p¶Xnsâ thKX Iq«n. H¸w a¨m Xmsg\n¶pw Acs¡«v apIfntebv¡v XÅp¶pap−mbncp¶p. HSphn Fsâ Pohckw a¨mbpsS hmbntebv¡v s]m«n HgpInbnd§n. GXm−v AtX kabw Xs¶ a¨mbpsS Ip®bpw Fsâ A®m¡ntebv¡v anssk sXmSp¯p hn«p. Rm³ AXv apgph³ IpSn¨nd¡n. GXm−v Dt¸m, ]pfntbm Hs¡ IeÀ¶ Hcp cpNnbmbncp¶p AXn\v. H¸w GXm−v Hcp ]¨ ap«bptSXp t]mse Hcp KÔhpw. HSphn Ip®bnse Ahkm\ XpÅnbpw \¡nsbSp¯p. AtXmsS Ip®bpsS iucyw Ipdªp. AXv XfÀ¶p XpS§n. Rm³ a¨mbpsS ]pd¯p\n¶pw amdn InS¶p. a¨m Fsâ ASpt¯bv¡v Xncnªp InS¶n«v Fs¶ Npw_n¨p. CXn\nsS kn\na HmSn XoÀ¶ncp¶p. R§Ä A§s\ InS¶v Dd§nt¸mbn. ]ns¶ ]peÀ¨bv¡v F¸tgm BWv Rm³ DWÀ¶Xv. a¨m At¸mgpw ab¡¯nembncp¶p. ]t£, a¨mbpsS Ip®, a− t]mb sX§v Imän BSp¶Xpt]mse apIfntebv¡v DbÀ¶p \n¶v BSp¶p−mbncp¶p. AXv I−n«v Rm³ AXn ]nSn¨p. AtXmsS a¨m DWÀ¶p. “AÃ, CsX´m. \o cmhnte Xs¶ XpS§ntbm ]Wn?”


“Rm³ XpS§nbsXm¶paÃ. I®p Xpd¶p t\m¡nbt¸mÄ Ch³ apIfntebv¡v \n¶v BSp¶p. adnªp hog− F¶p IcpXn Ibdn ]nSn¨XmWv. AXnt¸mÄ Ipäamtbm?” “Hcp IpähpanÃ. \o Ahs\ F´v thWsa¦nepw sNbvtXm. \nsâ kzmX{´y¯n\v hn«p X¶ncn¡p¶p. CSbvs¡ms¡ F\n¡v aq{Xsamgn¡m³ am{Xw X¶m aXn.” “At¸mÄ ]ns¶ C¯m¡v F´m sImSp¡pw.” “Hm! \nsâ C¯m C\n {]khw Ignªv h¶mepw c−v aq¶p amkt¯bv¡v CXpsIm−v H¶pw sN¿m³ ]änÃ. AXphsc CXv \o Xs¶ FSpt¯m.” “At¸mÄ ]ns¶ AXv Ignªm Chs\ F\n¡v Xcntà ?” “\nsâ Bhiyw sImSp¡p¶pÅp.”

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“C¯msb§m\pw AdnbWw AXv. C¸tg CXv apdn Ip®. AXpIqSn C¯mb§v sh«nsbSp¡pw.” CXn\nsS a¨m Fs¶ a¨mbpsS ]pd¯v ]nSn¨p Ibän. Fsâ ap«pIÄ c−pw a¨mbpsS Acs¡«n\v Ccphi¯pambn Ip¯nbn«v, Ip® ]nSn¨v Fsâ ]qän ap«n¨p h¨p. a¨m Xs¶ Ip® ]nSn¨v ]qÀNmeneqsS aq¶p \mev {]mhiyw Dc¨p ]ns¶ Ip®bpsS Xe ]qÀXpfbn ap«n¨p h¨psIm−v apIfntebv¡v XÅn. Ip®bpsS Xe AI¯v Ibdnbt¸mtgbv¡pw F\n¡v thZ\n¡m³ XpS§n. “a¨m ]Xps¡ Ibäv. F\n¡v thZ\n¡p¶p. C¶se Ip¯n Ibänb hIbn AhnsS apgph³ Iodn apdnªncn¡pIbmWv.” “tamtf AXv BZyambn IbänbXpsIm−mWv apdnªXv. ]Xps¡ AXv icnbmIpw. tamÄ thZ\n¡m¯ hn[w ]Xps¡ {i²n¨v Ibäv. Rm³ H¶pw sN¿p¶nÃ.” A§s\, Rm³ a¨mbpsS s\©n ssI Ip¯n \nhÀ¶v Ccp¶psIm−v ]Xps¡ Acs¡«v Xmgv¯n. thZ\bv¡nSbnepw t\cnb Hcp Ipfncv A\p`hs¸Sp¶p−mbncp¶p. A§s\ Ipd¨pkabw sIm−v Ip® ]qÀ®ambn Fsâ sN¸n Hfn¨p. Fsâ N´n, a¨mbpsS Acs¡«n AaÀ¶p. Rm³ Ipd¨pkabw A\§msX Ccp¶p. a¨m ssI F¯n Fsâ apeIÄ ]nSn¨v sRcn¨p. AtXmsS Fsâ ]qän Hcp sNdnb Xcn¸v A\p`hs¸«p XpS§n. Rm³ ]Xps¡ N´n DbÀ¯n ASn¡m³ XpS§n.


kmh[m\w ASnbpsS thKX IqSn. CXn\nsS Fsâ ASns¡m¸w a¨mbpw ASnbn \n¶pw apIfntebv¡v ASn¡p¶p−mbncp¶p. HSphn Rm³ XfÀ¶p a¨mbpsS s\©n hoWp. a¨m, Fsâ N´nIfn ssI sIm−v Xm§n ]nSn¨psIm−v apIfntebv¡v ASn¨p. Gsg«v ASn ASn¨t¸mtgbv¡pw a¨mbpsS Ip® anssk B{IaWw XpS§n. HSphn Ip®bpsS Ne\w \ne¨p. a¨m Fs¶ tNÀ¯p ]nSn¨psIm−v InS¶p. R§Ä ]ns¶bpw ab§n. Ggv aWntbmsS a¨m Fs¶ hnfn¨t¸mgmWv Rm³ DWÀ¶Xv. AXphsc Rm³ a¨mbpsS s\©n Iagv¶p InS¶v Dd§n. a¨mbpsS Ip® Fsâ ]qän \n¶pw Ducn amdnbncp¶p. R§Ä Fgpt¶ät¸mÄ, a¨mbpsS Ip®bnepw AXn\Sp¯psams¡bmbn GXm−v IªnshÅw DW§n ]nSn¨Xp amXncn Ft´m DW§n ]änbncp¶p. R§Ä _m¯vdqan t]mbn AXv apgph³ IgpIn hr¯nbm¡n. F\n¡v \S¡m³ Ignbpambncp¶nÃ. Fsâ ]qän shÅw X«nbt¸mÄ \à \oä A\p`hs¸«p. a¨m Xs¶ Fs¶ FSp¯v Xmsg sIm−ph¶p. R§Ä hkv{X§Ä [cn¨p. Rm³ anUnbpw tSm¸pw am{Xw. ASnhkv{X§Ä [cn¨nÃ. a¨m ep¦n [cn¨p. F\n¡v ASp¡fbn \n¶v thhn¡m³ _p²nap«mbncp¶p. HSphn R§Ä c−mfpw IqSn cmhnes¯ Im¸n am{Xw D−m¡n Ign¨p. Imepw Ih¨p h¨pÅ Fsâ \S¯ I−m D½mbv¡pw C¯mbv¡pw kwibw tXm¶pw F¶ Imcyw Dd¸mWv. Rm³ BsI [À½ k¦S¯nembn. F´v Ifhv ]dªv c£s]Spsa¶v Nn´n¨n«v Hcp ]nSnbpw In«nbnÃ. HSphn a¨m Xs¶ Hcp ]cnlmcw \nÀt±in¨p. “tamÄ C¶v Bip]{Xnbn t]mIp¶nÃ. Rm³ cmhnes¯ Im¸nbpambn t]mbn«v D½msb ]dªphnSmw. D½m h¶n«v tNmdv icnbm¡n D¨bv¡v Bip]{Xnbn hcs«.” “At¸mÄ Fsâ Imcy¯n F´v ]dbpw?” “AXn\v Hcp amÀ¤ap−v. tamÄ C¶se cm{Xnbn _m¯dqan h¨v Im hgpXn hoWp. A§s\ Imen\v sNdnb Hcp Dfp¡p ]än. \S¡m³ h¿. A§s\ ]dªm aXn.” “AXv aXn a¨m. Rm³ hoW hnhcw a¨m cmhnsebmWv AdnªXv.” “AXpaXn. c−pt]cpw Hcpt]msetb ]dbmhq. Rm³ cmhnse Fgpt¶äp h¶t¸mgmWv hnhcw AdnªXv Ft¶ Rm³ ]dbq.” A§s\, R§Ä c−pw IqSn cmhnes¯ `£Ww X¿mdm¡n. ]ns¶ a¨m Bip]{Xnbntebv¡pÅ `£Whpambn t]mbn. AXn\v tijw, D½mbv¡v kwibw D−mImXncn¡m³ Rm³ ASnhkv{X§sfms¡ [cn¨v am\ybmbn \n¶p. D½m hcp¶


kabambt¸mÄ Rm³ Fsâ Imen Ipd¨v s]bn³ _mw ]pc«nbn«v, apdnbn Ibdn InS¶p. D½m h¶p hnfn¨t¸mÄ Rm³ apS´n apS´n sN¶p IXIv Xpd¶p. D½m Ft¶mSv hnhc§sfms¡ tNmZn¨n«v, t]mbn InS¶psImÅm³ ]dªp. D¨bv¡v D½m DuWpw sIm−v Bip]{Xnbn t]mbn. Rm³ AhnsS Xs¶ InS¶m aXnsb¶pw, cm{Xnbntebv¡pÅ tNmdv Ds−¶pw ]dªn«mWv D½m t]mbXv. sshIpt¶cw Rm³ Ipfn¨n«v, ASnhkv{X§fnÃmsX, anUnbpw SojÀ«pw am{Xw [cn¨p. kÔytbmsS a¨m h¶p. a¨m F\n¡v Gähpw {]nbs¸« Nn¡³ss{^ hm§ns¡m−mWv h¶Xv. a¨m Ipfnsbms¡ Ignªv, F«paWntbmsS R§Ä A¯mgw Ign¨p. a¨m, Nn¡³ ss{^ FSp¯v Fsâ hmbn h¨p X¶p. Rm³ Hcp ISn ISn¨n«v, a¨mbpw AXn \n¶p Xs¶ ISn¨p Xn¶p. A§s\ AXv R§Ä c−pt]cpw amdn amdn ISn¨p Xn¶p. ]ns¶ Ipd¨pkabw tNÀ¶ncp¶v Sn. hn. I−p. AXn\nSbn a¨m Fsâ XpWnsbms¡ Ducn amän. Rm³ a¨mbpsS ep¦nbpw DcnsªSp¯p. a¨mbpw ASnbn P«n [cn¨ncp¶nÃ. ]ns¶ sXmSepw XgpIepsams¡bmbn Ifn apdpIn h¶p. HSphn a¨m, skänbn Ccp¶psIm−v Xs¶, Fs¶ ]nSn¨v a¨mbpsS t\tc Xncn¨v, a¨mbpsS aSnbn Ccp¯n. AXn\nsS, a¨m, Ip® Fsâ ]qän ap«n¨p h¨p. Rm³ AaÀ¶v Ccp¶t¸mÄ AXv kmh[m\w Fsâ tX\cphnbn Ibdn adªp. t\cs¯ A\p`hs¸« A{X thZ\ tXm¶nbncp¶nÃ. henb _p²nap«nÃmsX Xs¶ Ip® Ibdnt¸mbn. Rm³ a¨msb sI«n¸nSn¨v Npw_n¨p. Fsâ apeIÄ a¨mbpsS s\©n sRcnªv AaÀ¶p. a¨mbpsS Ip®, Fsâ ]qän \ndªv sRcp§n Ccp¶p. Ipd¨p kabw A§s\ Ccp¶n«v, Rm³ a¨mbpsS Igp¯n Npän ]nSn¨psIm−v ]Xps¡ N´n DbÀ¯n ASn¡m³ XpS§n. Ipd¨p kabw ASn¨n«pw icn¡pÅ kpJw In«m¯XpsIm−mbncn¡pw, a¨m, Ip® DucmsX Xs¶, Fsâ N´nbn Xm§n ]nSn¨psIm−v skänbn \n¶pw Fgpt¶äp. Fs¶ A§s\ Xs¶ sIm−ph¶v ssU\nwKv tS_nfnsâ ]pd¯v Ccp¯n. Ip® At¸mgpw ]qän Xs¶ D−mbncp¶p. Rm³ a¨mbpsS Igp¯nse ]nSn hn«n«v tai¸pd¯v aeÀ¶p InS¶p. AtXmsS a¨m Ip® Ducn ASn¡m³ XpS§n. Rm³ tai¸pd¯v InS¶v ]nSªp. a¨m, Fsâ Hcp Im DbÀ¯n a¨mbpsS tXmfn h¨p. atä Im hnSÀ¯n ASp¯p InS¶ ItkcbpsS ]pdInse Nmcn h¨p. a¨mbpsS ASnbpsS thKX IqSn. HSphn a¨mbpsS ]m Fsâ KÀ`]m{X¯nsâ AKm[XIfn \nt£]n¨p. AtX kabw Xs¶ Fsâ tX³IpShpw s]m«n HgpInbncp¶p. Rm³ XfÀ¶p hoWp. a¨mbpsS Ip® ]Xps¡ Npcp§n Fsâ ]qän \n¶pw ]pd¯p h¶p. a¨m Fs¶ tai¸pd¯p \n¶pw ]nSn¨v Cd¡n. Fsâ DÅn \n¶pw ]qÀtX\pw Ip®¸mepw IqSn IeÀ¶ an{inXw HgpIn Xdbnsems¡ hoWp.


R§Ä _m¯vdqan t]mbn IgpIn hr¯nbm¡n. ]ns¶ Rm³ Hcp ]gb XpWnsbSp¯v Xdbn hoWsXms¡ XpS¨p amän. ]ns¶ Sn. hn. AW¨n«v R§Ä Fsâ apdnbn t]mbn InS¶p. sXm«pw XtemSnbpsams¡ InS¶v Ipd¨p Ignªt¸mÄ R§Ä ho−pw NqSmbn XpS§n. Rm³ a¨mbpsS Ip® hmbnem¡n N¸n. a¨m Fs¶ Xncn¨v InS¯nbn«v Fsâ ]qän \m¡psIm−v Inf¨p adn¨p. kvJe\w \S¡p¶Xn\v ap¼v a¨m, Fs¶ I«nen ap«pIp¯n \ndp¯nbn«v, ]n¶neqsS ASn¨p. ap«pIp¯n \n¶ Fsâ ]n¶nembn a¨mbpw ap«pIp¯n \n¶n«v, Fsâ ImepIÄ ]nSn¨v AIÀ¯n h¨n«v, ]n¶neqsS Ip® ]qän IS¯n. ]ns¶ a¨m Fsâ apeIfn ]nSn¨psIm−v Ip® Ducn ASn¨p. HSphn Rm³ XfÀ¶v hoWp. F¶n«pw a¨m ASn¨psIm−ncp¶p. HSphn a¨m Fsâ KÀ`]m{X¯n ho−pw ]mÂ]pg Hgp¡n. ]ns¶ R§Ä A§s\ Xs¶ XfÀ¶pInS¶v Dd§n. ]peÀs¨ ho−pw Hcp Ifn. AXv Ignªv thhn¸v FÃmw Ignªv Rm³ kv¡qfntebv¡pw a¨m Bip]{Xnbntebv¡pw t]mbn. c−p Znhkw IqSn R§Ä hfbanÃmsX h−n HmSn¨p. ]ns¶ Fsâ kpc£nX Imew IgnªXn\m a¨m aqUvkv hm§n AXv C«psIm−mbncp¶p Ifn. C¯mbpsS {]kh¯n\v ]dªncp¶ XobXnbn {]khw \S¶nÃ. ]ns¶bpw c−p Znhkw IqSn t\m¡nbn«v, kntkdnb\neqsSbmWv Ip«nsb FSp¯Xv. \à Hcp s]¬Ipªv. kntkdnb³ Bbncp¶Xn\m ]ns¶bpw HcmgvN IqSn C¯m Bip]{Xnbn InS¶p. AXp Ignªv UnkvNmÀPv Bbn ho«n h¶p. C¯m hcp¶Xp hsc FÃm Znhkhpw R§Ä c−pw aq¶pw {]mhiyw hoXw ASn¨v kpJn¨p. C¯m Bip]{Xnbn \n¶pw h¶p Ignªn«pw cm{Xnbn D½mbpw C¯mbpw AdnbmsX R§Ä kwKan¨p. C¯m, D½mbpsS apdnbn Xs¶bmWv InS¶ncp¶Xv. AXpsIm−v Ahcmcpw AdnbmsX R§Ä¡v cm{Xnbn H¯ptNcm³ Ignªp. aq¶p amkw hsc C¯m, D½mbpsS apdnbn Bbncp¶Xn\m henb _p²nap«nÃmsX R§fpsS Imcyw \S¶p. aq¶p amkw Ignªv C¯m, a¨mbpsS apdnbntebv¡v amdnbXn\m ]ns¶ R§Ä Bin¨Xpt]mse kwKan¡m³ Ahkcw In«nbnÃ. F¦nepw, Hfn¨pw ]m¯psams¡ Ct¸mgpw hÃt¸mgpsams¡ kwKan¡mdp−v. A§s\ epep AhfpsS hockmlknI IY ]dªv Ahkm\n¸n¨p. “FSo, \nsâ a¨m³ \ns¶ Øncambn ]®nbn«pw Fsâ Ip® Ibdnbt¸mÄ \n\¡v thZ\n¨Xv F´msWSo ?” “FSo, a¨msâ Ip®bv¡v \ntâXnsâ A{X \ofaps−¦nepw, C{X h®anÃ. Xs¶bpaÃ, Ct¸mÄ a¨m Fs¶ ]®nbn«v GXm−v c−v amk¯n IqSpXembn. AXmWv F\n¡v thZ\n¨Xv.” At¸mtgbv¡pw cm{Xn `£W¯nsâ kabambn. A§s\ R§Ä `£Ww Ign¡m\mbn t]mbn. `£Ww Ignªv h¶n«v A¶p cm{Xn GXm−v Hcp aWn hsc


R§Ä ASn¨p XIÀ¯p. Rm³ A¶v cm{Xn c−pt]scbpw ]®n XIÀ¯p. ASp¯ c−p Znhk§fnepw R§Ä icn¡pw BtLmjn¨p. HSphn Xn¦fmgvNbmbn. C¶v B³ F¯pw. Ahsf¡qSn hfs¨Sp¯nsæn C\nbpÅ Znhk§fnse Ifn apS§pw. A§s\ R§Ä aq¶pw IqSn Ahsf hfbv¡m\pÅ ]²XnIsf¡pdn¨v Iq«mbn Nn´n¨p. F¦nepw icnbmb Hcp ]²Xn cq]oIcn¡m³ IgnªnÃ. A§s\ sshIpt¶cw ¢mÊv Ignªv h¶n«v At¸mgs¯ kmlNcy¯n\\pkcn¨v Fs´¦nepw sN¿msa¶v Xocpam\n¨psIm−v R§Ä tImtfPn t]mbn. B³ ho«n \n¶pw t\tc tImtfPn F¯n. sshIpt¶cw tImtfPn \n¶pw h¶n«v R§Ä saÊn t]mbn Nmb IpSn¨p. ]ns¶ apdnbn h¶v hkv{X§Ä amdm³ XpS§n. FÃmhcpw ]mâokpw, t{_knbdpw am{Xambn. B thj¯nÂ, ]pXnb t{_knbdpw ]mâokpsaSp¯v B³ Ipfn¡m³ Ibdn. ]t£, AhÄ AI¯v Ibdn XpWn Ìmân C«n«v IXIv ASbv¡m³ h¶t¸mtgbv¡pw ARvP\ IqSn s]s«¶v _m¯vdqan Ibdnbn«v, FSo C¶v \½Ä H¶n¨mWv Ipfn F¶p ]dªpsIm−v IXIv AS¨p sImfp¯n«p. B³ Ahsf XSbm³ {ians¨¦nepw, ARvP\ AI¯p Xs¶ \n¶p. ]ns¶ Aev]kabw AI¯v kwkmcw tI«p. ]ns¶ shÅw hogm³ XpS§n. GXmbmepw Ac aWn¡qÀ Ignªt¸mÄ c−pt]cpw IqSn Ipfn Ignªv ]pd¯p h¶p. ]t£, c−p t]cpw ]qÀ® \ácmbn«mWv ]pd¯v h¶Xv. AtXmsS B³ hoWp Ignsª¶v R§Ä¡v a\Ênembn. R§Ä \mep t]cnepw h¨v anI¨ BImchSnhv B³\v Bbncp¶p. AhÄ AhfpsS ho«n Hä aIfmbn hfÀ¶Xnsâ FÃm hfÀ¨bpw AhfpsS icoc¯n ImWp¶p−mbncp¶p. \à shfp¯ \ndw, R§Ä aq¶p t]cptSXnepw anI¨ apeIÄ. hen¸¯nepw, BIrXnbnepw AhfpsS apeIÄ R§fptSXnt\¡mÄ hfsc anI¨Xv. AhfpsS ape¡®pIÄ sNdphncensâ h®¯n Ac C©v \of¯n ]pdt¯bv¡v _ew h¨v DbÀ¶p \n¶ncp¶p. apeIfpsS a²y¯mbn ]n¦v \nd¯n Hcp DbÀ¶ hr¯w. AXn\v \Sphn {_u¬ \nd¯nepÅ B \n¸nfpIÄ ImWp¶Xp Xs¶ Hcp ImgvNbmbncp¶p. F\n¡v Ahsf Fs´¦nepsams¡ sN¿m³ [rXnbmbn. AhfpsS ]qÀXSw tjhv sNbvXv shSn¸m¡n h¨ncp¶p. HXp§nb Acs¡«v. XSn¨v D´nb \nXw_w. ]ns¶ B\bpsS Xp¼nss¡ t]mse XSn¨v sImgp¯ XpSIÄ. \à shfp¯v, tcma§fnÃm¯ B XpSIÄ I−n«v Xs¶ Fsâ Ip«³ P«n¡pÅn C¦znem_v hnfn XpS§nbncp¶p. Fsâ izmkw \ne¨p t]mIpsa¶p t]mepw tXm¶nt¸mbn. s]s«¶v, ARvP\ Fsâ ASp¯v h¶n«v Fsâ anUn Xmtgbv¡v hen¨v Ducn. Fsâ Ip®, P«nbpw XIÀ¯psIm−v ]pd¯p hcm³ XnSp¡w Im«n \n¡pIbmbncp¶p. B apg I−n«v, B³ HmSn Fsâ ASp¯v h¶p sP«nbpsS ]pd¯pIqSn Ip®bn X¸n t\m¡n. B kab¯v, ARvP\ Fsâ P«n Xmtgbv¡v


]nSn¨v Cd¡n. AtXmsS Ip® Hcp kv{]nwKv t]mse DbÀ¶p h¶p. B³ s]s«¶v sR«n ]n¶ntebv¡v amdn. ]ns¶ kmh[m\w ASp¯v h¶v AXn ]nSn¨p. ]ns¶ AhÄ Fsâ t{_knbdnsâ lq¡v FSp¯n«v Fsâ ape ]cntim[n¨p. “F´mSo \n\¡v hnizmkw hcp¶ntà ? Rm³ BWp§sfm¶paÃ. icn¡pw Ip®bpÅ s]®v Xs¶.”

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“F¶mepw F\n¡v At§m«v hnizmkw hcp¶nÃ. \ns¶ I−m s]®mWv F¶v Xs¶ tXm¶pw. ]t£, Cu ^nänwKv A{X s]mcp¯s¸Sp¶nÃ.” “AXmWv tamtf Fsâ `mKyw. Hcp s]®v BbXpsIm−v F\n¡v ss[cyambn \ns¶sbms¡ ASn¨v acn¡mw. Bcpw kwibn¡nÃ.” “\o CXpsIm−v Iptd t]sc ]®nbn«pt−mSo ?” “AXn\pw Hcp `mKyw thWsaSo. ]¯mw ¢mÊn ]Tn¡pt¼mÄ BZyambn Rm³ Hcp Iq«pImcnbpsS ko s]m«n¨psIm−mbncp¶p tKmZmbn Cd§nbXv. ]ns¶ CXn\Iw Gsg«v t]sc ASn¨v ]Xw hcp¯nbn«p−v.” “\nsâ Hcp kabw. F¶mepw \o CXpw Imensâ CSbn h¨psIm−v R§sfsbm¶pw Adnbn¡msX ChnsS IgnªtÃmSo. \o F§s\bmSo Cu Ip®bpw sIm−v s]®mbn Pohn¨Xv ? \nsâ Cu IY apgph³ H¶p ]dsbSo. R§Ä AXv apgph³ Adnªncn¡s«So.” “Rm³ P\n¨Xv Hcp km[mcW B¬Ip«n Bbn«mWv. ]t£, F«mw ¢mÊn ]Tn¡pt¼mÄ F\n¡v ape hfcm³ XpS§n. A§s\ ]pdta Rm³ Hcp s]®mbn XoÀ¶p. ]t£, ape hfÀ¶Xns\m¸w Fsâ Ip®bpw hfÀ¶p h¶p. F«mw ¢mÊv apX Xs¶ Rm³ hmWaSn XpS§nbncp¶p. AXnsâ ^eambn«msW¶p tXm¶p¶p, Ip® hfÀ¶Xv. Ct¸mÄ CXn\v Bdn©v \ofap−v. ]¯n ]Tn¡pt¼mÄ Fsâ Hcp Iq«pImcn ISn aq¯n«v Fsâ apebnsems¡ ]nSn¡m³ XpS§n. Xncn¨v Rm\pw AhfpsS apebn ]nSn¡pambncp¶p. At¸mgpw Rm³ Fsâ Cu km[\w clkyambn kq£n¨ncp¶p. HSphn AhÄ Fsâ Imensâ CSbn X¸m³ XpS§nbt¸mÄ Rm³ Cu clkyw AhtfmSv ]dªp. A§s\ Rm³ Ahsf Ifn¨p. ]ns¶ AhÄ hgn, AhfpsS Hcp Iq«pImcnsbs¡m−v Fsâ ip¢w ]cntim[n¸n¨p. A§s\ Ahsfbpw Ifn¨p. ]ns¶bmWv ChÄ ARvP\sb In«nbXv. Chfpambn ASp¯t¸mÄ, ChÄ KÄ^n h¨v Hcp ]¿\pambn ]pdw IfnIÄ \S¯nb IY AhÄ ]dªp. A§s\ Rm³ Fsâ clkyw AhtfmSv ]dªp. A§s\ Ahsf Ifn¨p. ]ns¶ Fsâ A½mhsâ c−v a¡fpamsc Ifn¨p. Rm³ s]®v BbXn\ptijw Fsâ ho«n \n¶pw amdn A½mhsâ ho«n \n¶mWv H³]Xmw ¢mÊv


apX ]Tn¨Xv. A¶v Rm³ AhfpamcpsS IqsS Htc I«nen InS¶mWv Dd§nbncp¶Xv. F¦nepw Iptd\mÄ Ahscsbm¶pw Adnbn¡msX clkyw sIm−p \S¶p. HSphn AhcpsS Iq«¯n hfÀ¨ IqSnb Cfbhsf Rm³ hfs¨Sp¯p. ]t£, Ahsf ]pdw Ifn am{Xta Ifn¨ncp¶pÅp. Rm³ Ahsf hfbv¡m³ XpS§nb Ime¯v AhÄ {]mb]qÀ¯n Bbncp¶nÃ. AXpsIm−v Ahsf AI¯v Ibän ASn¡msX, apebn ]nSp¯hpw, ]qdv N¸epw, Ip® aq©epsams¡bmbn Ignªp hcsh, AhÄ Xs¶ ap³ssI FSp¯v AhfpsS tN«¯nsb hebnem¡n. A§s\ tN«¯nsb IfnXpS§nbn«v, tN«¯n Xs¶ ap³ssI FSp¯n«v Fs¶s¡m−v A\nb¯nsb ]®n¨p. ]ns¶ ChnsS h¶n«v \n§Ä AdnbmsX ARvP\sb Ifn¡p¶Xv henb dnkvIv Bbncp¶p. A§s\ \o CÃmXncp¶ C¡gnª shÅnbmgvN cm{Xnbn R§Ä c−pw IqSn epephns\ sskkm¡n. CXn epep HgnsI asäÃmhcptSbpw ko s]m«n¨Xv Rm³ Bbncp¶p. ]t£, Cu IÅn epep, Hcp hnfª hn¯mbncp¶p. AhÄ AhfpsS tN¨nbpsS `À¯mhpambn Øncw Ifn¡mdp−mbncp¶p. Ct¸mÄ ]ns¶ Chfpamsc c−nt\bpw kuIcyambn ASn¡Wsa¦n \ns¶ Hfn¨v ]änÃmbncp¶p. A§s\bmWv \ns¶ IqSn Cu I¼\nbn Iq«m³ R§Ä Xocpam\n¨Xv. C\n ARvP\ Chsf Nm¡nem¡nbXv F§s\sb¶v ]dsbSo.” A§s\ ARvP\ B IY ]dªp. “Rm³ C¶v a\x]qÀÆw Xs¶bmWv ChfpsS IqsS Ipfn¡m³ IbdnbXv. Chsf¡qSn \½psS I¼\nbn Iq«nbnsæn \ap¡v Chsf t]Sn¨v kam[m\ambn Ifn¡m³ ]äpambncp¶nÃ. A§s\ Rm³ Chsf sacp¡m³ th−nbmWv AhfpsS IqsS Ipfn¡m³ IbdnbXv. BZysams¡ ChÄ¡v henb \mWambncp¶p. Rm³ BZyta Xs¶ Fsâ XpWnIÄ Ducn \ábmbn. ChtfmSv ]mâokpw t{_knbdpsams¡ Ducm³ ]dªn«v AhÄ¡v `b¦c \mWw. AhfpsS I¿n \½psS I¿n DÅXnt\¡mÄ IqSnb kmam\w DÅXp t]mse. ]ns¶ Rm³ Xs¶ AhfpsS XpWnIÄ Ducn amän. F¶n«pw AhÄ \mWn¨v ]qdpw s]m¯n ]nSn¨psIm−v \n¶p. Rm³ _ew {]tbmKn¨v AhfpsS ssI ]nSn¨v amänbn«v Rm³ AhfpsS apebnepw ]qänepsams¡ Hcp Ifn \S¯n. AtXmsS AhfpsS \mWsams¡ amdn. ]ns¶ AhÄ klIcn¨p XpS§n. A§s\ AhÄ Fsâ apebnepw ]qänepsams¡ AXpt]mse Xncn¨pw sNbvXp. A§s\, AhfpsS ]qän C¶v \à Hcp Ip® Ibän ASn¨psImSp¡msa¶v Rm³ AhÄ¡v hm¡p sImSp¯p. BZyw AXv UnÂtUm Bbncn¡psa¶mWv ChÄ IcpXnbXv. ]ns¶ Rm³ AhfpsS [mcW Xncp¯n sImSp¯p. UnÂtUm AÃ, \à HdnPn\ a\pjy Ip® Xs¶ Ibän ASn¸n¡msa¶v ]dªn«v AhÄ¡v hnizmkambnÃ.


HSphn Rm³ kXyw apgph³ AhtfmSv ]dªp. A§s\ R§Ä sI«n¸nSn¨p \n¶v Ipfn¨p. AhÄ Fsâ ]qdpw, Rm³ AhfpsS ]qdpw \¡n Nmdv FSp¯p. F¶n«mWv ]pd¯v h¶Xv. Ct¸mÄ CXv t\cn«v I−n«mWv AhÄ¡v hnizmkambXv. C\n Ct¸mÄ \ap¡v Bscbpw t]Sn¡msX \mep hÀjhpw ASn¨p s]mfn¨v Ignbmw. ]t£, Cu kXyw \½Ä \mept]cÃmsX ]pXpXmbn asämcmfpw AdnbcpXv. IqSpX BfpIsf I¼\nbn tNÀ¯m ChfpsS Ip®bv¡v AXv Xm§m³ tijnbp−mInÃ. C\n taen ChfpsS Ip® XfcmsX kq£nt¡−Xv \½psS ISabmWv. AXpt]mse Xs¶ Ip®bpsS DSabpsS BtcmKyhpw \½Ä Xs¶ Im¯p kq£n¡Ww. C\n Chfpw ChfpsS Ip®bpw \½psS s]mXp kz¯mbncn¡pw.” Cu kaba{Xbpw B³ Fsâ Ip® ]nSn¨v kq£vaambn ]cntim[n¡pIbpw, \¡pIbpsams¡ sNbvXpsIm−ncp¶p. Rm³ AhfpsS kar²amb apebnepw, hnNn{Xamb ape¡®nepsams¡ XgpIns¡m−ncp¶p. ]ns¶ Rm³ epephnt\bpw Iq«n Ipfn¡m³ Ibdn. R§fpw Ipfn Ignªv h¶Xv ]qÀ® \ácmbn Xs¶bmbncp¶p. A§s\ \mep \á kpµcnIÄ H¯pIqSn. aäp c−p t]cpw IqSn klIcn¨v, A¶v BZyambn B³ sâ ko s]m«n¡Â NS§v \nÀÆln¡m³ Xocpam\n¨p. Fsâ Ip® At¸mgpw 90 Un{Kn¡v apIfn s]m§n \n¡pIbmbncp¶p. CXn\nsS, R§Ä Ipfn¡m³ Ibdnb kab¯v, ARvP\, B\ns\ I«nen InS¯n AhfpsS ]qänepw I´nepsams¡ XgpInbpw, ]qÀ Xpfbn hncep Ibän ASn¨psams¡ Ahsf NqSm¡n h¨n«p−mbncp¶p. Fs¶ I− DS³, ARvP\ Fs¶ ]nSn¨v B\nsâ apIfn InS¯n. epep, B\nsâ apeIÄ ]nSn¨v DS¨p. ARvP\, Fsâ Ip®bn Ipd¨v {Iow FSp¯v ]pc«nbn«v, ]Xps¡ B³sâ ]qän h¨v Dc¨p. Rm³ ssI c−pw AhfpsS Ccphi§fnepw Ip¯n DbÀ¶p \n¶p. ARvP\, ]Xps¡ Ip®bpsS Xe B³sâ ]qän ap«n¨p h¨p. Rm³ ]Xps¡ Acs¡«v Xmgv¯n. Ip®bpsS Xe AhfpsS ]qän\pÅn Ibdn. AhÄ thZ\n¡p¶p Fs¶ms¡ ]dbp¶p−mbncp¶p. Rm³ Ipd¨p kabw A\§msX InS¶p. ARvP\, R§fpsS CSbneqsS ssI IS¯n AhfpsS I´n ]nSn¨v sRcn¨p. epephnsâ ape ]nSp¯w XpScp¶p−mbncp¶p. Ipd¨p kab¯n\v tijw Rm³ Ip® Ipd¨pIqSn Ibän. B³ I®pIÄ apdpsI AS¨v, Np−pw ISn¨p ]nSn¨psIm−v InS¶p. CXn\nsS thZ\ kln¡msX AhÄ Fs¶ XÅn amäm\pw {ian¡p¶p−mbncp¶p. Rm³ ho−pw A\§msX InS¶p. ]ns¶ Ip\nªv AhfpsS Np−pIÄ Fsâ hmbv¡pÅnem¡n. Fsâ ASp¯ Ibä¯n AhÄ thZ\sIm−v \nehnfn¨mepw i_vZw ]pd¯p hcmXncn¡m\pÅ Hcp ap³IcpX Bbncp¶p AXv. ]ns¶ Ipd¨p kabw Ignªv Rm³ ]Xps¡ Ip® Ipd¨v ]pdt¯bv¡v Ducnbn«v, iànbmbn AIt¯bv¡v Hä XÅv XÅn. AtXmsS Ip® AhfpsS ]qÀ`n¯nIsf Xpf¨p Iodns¡m−v ]qÀ®ambn AI¯v Ibdn. B³ thZ\ sIm−p ]pfªv \nehnfns¨¦nepw AhfpsS Np−pIÄ Rm³ N§ebv¡n«ncp¶Xn\m i_vZw


]pd¯p tI«nÃ. F¦nepw AhÄ kÀÆ iànbpsaSp¯v Fs¶ XÅnamäm³ {ian¡p¶p−mbncp¶p. ARvP\bpw, epephpw Fs¶ Xmtgbv¡v AaÀ¯n ]nSn¨ncp¶Xn\m AhfpsS {iaw hnPbn¨nÃ. AhfpsS sh{]mfw H¶p Ipdªt¸mÄ Rm³ AhfpsS Np−pIÄ kzX{´am¡n. AtXmsS AhÄ hmbn h¶ sXdn apgph³ Fs¶ hnfn¨p. “]¶ Ip®¯mtbmfn, Fsâ ]qdp apgph³ Ip¯n Iodn. FSo ]qdnÃm¯ ]qdotamtf, CXn\I¯v Ip¯n Iodp¶Xnsâ thZ\ \n\¡v AdnbnÃ. AXmWv \o C§s\ abanÃmsX Ip¯n IbänbXv.” ARvP\ : “FSo shŨo, \nsâ ]qän F¶mbmepw Ip® BZyw Ibdpt¼mÄ Cu amXncn thZ\ ImWpw. \ns¶ sI«ns¡m−p t]mIp¶h³ \ns¶ ]qhn«v ]qPn¡ms\m¶paà sIm−p t]mIp¶Xv. Ah\pw BZyw C§s\ Xs¶bmWv sN¿p¶Xv. A¶v \o \nehnfn¡m\pÅXv Ct¸mÄ hnfn¨Xmbn Iq«nbm aXn.” epep : “C¸w ChÄ InS¶v \nehnfn¡p¶p. Ipd¨p Ignªv CXnsâ kpJw In«n¡gnªm ChÄ ]ns¶ Cu Ip® ]pd¯v ImWn¡¯nÃ. AhÄ Øncambn A§v AI¯v Ibän hbv¡pw.” ARvP\ : “]nt¶, A§s\ Hcp¯nIfpw CXv A§s\ kz´am¡−. CXv \½psS s]mXp kz¯mWv. CXv \½Ä FÃmhcpw XpÃyambn A\p`hn¡pw.” B³ : “C§\s¯ thZ\bpÅ ]WnbmsW¦n \osbms¡ Xs¶ A§v FSpt¯m−m aXn. Fsâ Poh³ t]mbn.” ARvP\ : “CXnsâ kpJw In«n Ignbpt¼mgpw \o C§s\ Xs¶ ]dbWw.” epep : “FSo t]mt¯, Cu thZ\ BZyta DÅp. ]ns¶ ]camµ kpJamWv. \o AXv A\p`hn¨v Adnbm³ t]mIp¶tX DÅp. FSo _nµq, \o C\n ]Xps¡ \nsâ ]Wnbmbp[w Ducn ASn¡m³ XpS§v.” ARvP\ : “C¸w ImWmw ChfpsS kzÀ¤mtcmlWw.” A§s\ Rm³ ]Xps¡ ssI Ip¯n DbÀ¶p \n¶psIm−v Ip® Ducn ASn¡m³ XpS§n. BZysams¡ henb {]bmkambncp¶p. ]t£, At©m, Btdm ASn Ignªt¸mtgbv¡pw ]qÀ Ipd¨v eqkmbn. Ip® Ipd¨v kzX{´ambn Ibdnbnd§m³ XpS§n. B³ thZ\ ad¶v kpJIcamb Hcp A\p`qXnbneqsS HgpIm³ XpS§n. Rm³ ASnbpsS thKX Iq«n. HSphn AhfpsS tX³IpSw s]m«n. AhÄ XfÀ¶p hoWp. F\n¡v At¸mgpw shÅw t]mbn«nÃmbncp¶p. AXv I−n«v, epep Fs¶ aeÀ¯n InS¯n. AhÄ Hcp XpWn FSp¯v, Fsâ Ip®bn ]änbncp¶ tNmc XpS¨n«v apIfnÂ


Ibdn s]mXn¨p. HSphn c−mfpw XfÀ¶p hoWp. At¸mtgbv¡pw B³ I«nen \n¶pw Fgpt¶äv Ih¨v Ih¨v \S¶v _m¯vdqan t]mbn. AXv I−n«v Rm\pw AhfpsS ]pdtI t]mbn. R§Ä c−pw IgpIn hr¯nbm¡nbn«v ]pd¯p h¶p. ASp¯ Dugw ARvP\bptSXmbncp¶p. AhÄ Fsâ Ip® hmbn FSp¯v N¸n. HSphn Ah³ I¼n Bbt¸mÄ AhÄ Fs¶s¡m−v ]®n¨p. ]ns¶ FÃmhcpw hkv{Xw [cn¨p. HSphn AXv R§fpsS Hcp Zn\Ncy Bbn amdn. A§s\ AhÀ aq¶mtfbpw Rm³ Øncambn ASn¨p. an¡ Znhk§fnepw IpdªXv c−p t]scsb¦nepw Rm³ ]®pambncp¶p. Hcp amk¯n Hcp {]mhiyw Rm³ ho«n t]mIpambncp¶p. B i\nbpw Rmbdpw Rm³ KwK þ bap\ amsc ]®n XIÀ¡pw. A§s\ Fsâ Zn\§Ä Hcp ]mecphnbmbn XSʧfnÃmsX HgpIns¡m−ncp¶p. Fsâ ImapInamÀ Fsâ clkyw Im¯pkq£n¨p. ]pXpXmbn Hcp a\pjy\pw Fsâ Ip®clkyw Adnªncp¶nÃ. HSphn R§Ä Ahkm\ hÀjw F¯n. R§fnÂ, epep HgnsI asäÃmhÀ¡pw Im¼Êv ske£³ hgn sF. Sn. I¼\nIfn tPmen In«n. epep knhn F³Pn\obdnwKv Bbncp¶p. B t{SUv ImÀ¡v ]änb I¼\nIsfm¶pw Im¼Êv CâÀhyqhn\v h¶ncp¶nÃ. ]co£ Ignªm DS³ tPmenbn {]thin¡Ww. R§Ä¡v aq¶p t]À¡pw Htc I¼\nbnemWv tPmen In«nbXv.

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