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""F´m Bâo as\mtP«³ FXphsc h¶ntÃ?'' Abes¯ h\PbpsS sNmZyw sI«mWv imcZ ab¡¯n \nìw DWÀ¶Xv. Adnbs¸Sp¶ Hê ^qSv_mÄ Ifn¡mc\mWv imcZbpsS aI³ at\mPv. {Sbn\n§v CÃm¯ Znhk§fn km[mcW A©p aWnç hcmêÅ at\mPv A¶v Bdp aWn Bbn«pw h¶nê¶nÃ. aIs\ Im¯p knäu«n CcnçIbmbnêì imcZ. ""Cà FXphsc h¶nÃ. \n§Ä FhnsS s]mæhm? '' "" Bip]{Xnbn s]mæhm.\oXpsamÄç sNdnb ]\n. hnPb\v AXymhiyambn HcnSw hsc s]mImëÅXv sIm−v Rmëw IqsS s]mImw Fì hnNmcn¨p.''h\PbpsS A¨³ BWv adp]Sn ]dªXv. h\PbpsS `À¯mhv hnPb³ Zp_mbnbn \n¶pw h¶n«p c−p Znhksa BbnêìÅp. Iq«pImtc ImWm³ s]mImë−mbncnçw. imcZ BßKXw sNbvXp. ssIçªns\bpw sIm−v h\Pbpw AhfpsS A¨ëw s]mæ¶Xp I−s¸mÄ imcZ Xsâ aIs\çdn¨v HmÀ¯pt]mbn. at\mPnsâ hnhml¯n\mbn s]¬Ip«nbv¡pth−nbpÅ Xnc¨n imcZ XpS§nbncp¶p. Hìw CXphsc H¯p h¶nÃ. Cê]¯mdp hbksà Abn«pÅp C\nbpw kabw D−sÃm. imcZ Bizkn¨p. imcZsb I−m Cê]¯mdv hbkpÅ Hê aI³ Ds−¶v Bêw Xs¶ ]dbnÃ. hSnshm¯ icocambncp¶p AhcptSXv. A©Sn \men©v Dbcw hêw. Aev]w XSn¨ hbdpw kmam\y¯n Ihnª hen¸apÅ amdpw sImgp¯pê−v cq]sam¯ N´nIfpw AhÀ¡v Hê ap¸XpImcnbpsS {]uVn \ÂIn. imcZbpsS hnhml PohnX¯nsâ XpS¡w Xs¶ Hcp Zpc´ambncp¶p. at\mPn\v aq¶p hbÊpÅt¸mÄ AhêsS `À¯mhv Hcp A]IS¯n acn¨p. AXn\p tijw at\mPn\v AÑ\pw A½bpsaÃmw imcZbmbncp¶p. Ab¡mcn am[hnbpw AhcpsS aIÄ h\Pbpambncp¶p Hgnhpkab§fnse imcZbpsS GI B{ibw. at\mPv hê¶Xp hsc am[hnbpsS ho«n s]mbnê¶v sIm¨phÀ¯am\w ]dbmw Fì IêXn imcZ hoSpw ]q«n am[hnbpsS hoSv e£yam¡n \Sì. hoSnsâ ]Snªmdphi¯pIqSn ]qapt¯¡v \Sçt¼mÄ AI¯v\nìw am[hnbpsS AS¡n¸nSn¨pÅ kwkmcw tI«p. imcZ iÐap−m¡msX P\meí F¯n ImtXmÀ¯p. IqsS thtd Btcm D−v.. AhÀ P\mebpsS hmXn iIew IqSn Xpd¶v IÀ«sâ tImWnÂIqSn AIs¯¡v t\m¡n. am[hn [rXnbn kmcn DucpIbmWv. AhêsS I\¯ apeIÄ »ukpw {_mbpw s]m«n¨v ]pd¯p NmSm³ sh¼Â sIm−p \nÂçì. "H¶p thKw thtW. h\P h¶m Ipg¸amIpw.' am[hn »uknsâ lp¡gnt¨m−v ]dªp. BtcmSmWv am[hn kwkmcn¡p¶Xv F¶v imcZ¡v ImWm³ IgnªnÃ. am[hn »ukqcnbt¸mtg¡pw P«n am{Xw [cn¨ Hcp ]pcpj³ ASp¯p h¶p Ahsc hcnªp apdp¡n. ]s£ Ah³ ]pdw Xncnªp \n¶ncp¶Xn\m AXv BcmsW¶v imcZ¡v a\knembnÃ. "BÀ¯n ImWn¡msX hnPbm.' am[hn C¡nfnsbSp¯v InWp§n¨ncn¨psIm−v ]dªp. imcZ sR«nt¸mbn. am[hnbpw AhêsS aêaIëambn C§s\sbmê _Ôaps−¶v AhÄ¡v hnizkn¡m\mbnÃ. AXymhiysa¶v ]dªv h\Psbbpw A¨s\bpw Bip]{Xnbn¡v Ab¨Xv CXn\mbnês¶m? hnPb³ A½mbnb½bpsS »ukpw {_mbpw Agn¨pamän apeIÄ c−pw kzX{´am¡n. Ah³ AhcpsS kar²amb apeIfn D½ sh¡pIbpw Du¼pIbpw apesR«pIfn ISn¡pIbpw sNbvXp. am[hnbmsW¦n aêaIsâ Hmtcm ]Wnbnepw tImÄabnÀsIm−v ASp¯pÅ taibn ssINmcn \n¶v kpJn¡pIbmWv. ""B..B..B.. At¿m'' Fs¶ms¡ AhÀ Nne¼m³ XpS§n. imcZ¡v Xsâ I®pIsf hnizkn¡m³ ]änbnÃ. At¸mtg¡pw hnPb³ Xsâ A½mbnb½bpsS ]mhmSbpsS NcSgn¨p. ]mhmS DuÀ¶v \ne¯phoWp. hnPb³ Ahsâ A½mbnb½sb s]m¡nsbSpXv taita Cê¯n. am[hn Hê sIm¨pæ«nsb s]mse aêaIsâ CwKnX¯në hg§ns¡m−nêì. aêaI³ Xsâ ImepIÄ ]nSn¨v AI¯nbs¸mÄ am[hn ]pdInte¡v æ\nªv c−p I¿pw taibn æ¯n ImepI ]camh[n AI¯nsImSp¯p. am[hnbpsS XSn¨ XpSIÄ hnPb³ Cê ssIIfpw sIm−v DbÀ¯n¸nSn¨p. AXnëtijw ap«pIp¯n\n¶v B XSn¨ tbm\napJw Npw_n¨p. hnPb³ AhêsS sbm\nbpsS Np−pIÄ ]nfÀ¯n Ahsâ \mhv AXnëÅnte¡v IS¯n \¡m³ XpS§n. tNmc XpSnç¶ am[hnbpsS I´v Ah³ Xsâ Np−nëw ]Ãnëw CSbnem¡n ]Xnsb ëWbm³ XpS§n. AXn\ëÊcn¨v am[hn Xsâ ImepI IqSpX Ih¨p sImSp¯p. aämsc¦nepw Xs¶ {i²nbv¡p¶pt−m F¶dnbm³ imcZ Npäpwt\m¡n.


am[hnbpsS I®n Imamthiw Cc¨pIbdp¶Xv imcZ I−p. I®pIÄ c−pw AS¨v]nSn¨v am[hn kpJn¡m³ XpS§n, Aåw t\cw Ignªs¸mÄ am[hn Xs¶ aêaIs\ apSnbn ]nSn¨p s]m¡n Fgps¶åv]n¨p. "tamt\..Xn¶Xp aXn.. thKw \nsâ km[\w FSp¯v AIt¯m«v sh¡v."" hnPb³ Xsâ P«n Ducnamän Xsâ enwKw I¿nseSp¯v XgpIn. hnPb³ A½mbnb½bpsS c−p ImepIfnepw ]nSn¨p s]m¡n AhêsS tbm\n Xsâ enwK¯nsâ seshen hê¯n. am[hn ætd¡qSn Xmsg¡v \nc§n \o§n InS¶n«vv ImepIÄ ætd¡qSn hncn¨p ]nSn¨p. hnPb³ Xsâ Acs¡«v am[hnbpsS ImepIÄ¡nSbnse¡v Xmgv¯n. Ah³ Xsâ enwKw am[hnbpsS ]nfÀ¶nê¶ tbm\nbpsS Np−pIfn c−p aqì {]mhiyw Dc¨p. ]ns¶ ]Xps¡ B Np−pIÄ¡nSbn h¨v AaÀ¯n. aêaIsâ enwKw apgph³ AIs¯¯n¡gnªt¸mÄ am[hn Imev s]m¡n Ahsâ Acs¡«n hcnªpapdp¡n. Ah³ sasà N´n s]m¡n enwKw ]pdt¯¡v hen¨p. tX\n Ipfn¨ enwKw ]pdt¯¡v henªt¸mÄ am[hn tX§n. hnPb³ InX¨psIm−v DucnbSním³ XpS§n. Ahsâ Hmtcm ASn¡pw H¯v am[hn N´n s]m¡n apIfnte¡Sn¡m³ XpS§n. c−pt]À¡pw Ima{`m´v tIdn¡gnªncp¶p. ""samt\ F\n¡v hcmdmbn, \ndp¯msX ASn¡Sm'' am[hn InX¨vsIm−v ]pe¼n. A½mbn¡v hêì F¶v a\Ênem¡nb hnPb³ Xsâ c−v ssI sIm−pw AhcqsS XSn¨ XpSIfn ]nSn¨p sIm−v Bthit¯msS Xsâ enwKw AhêsS tbm\nbn ASn¨pIbäns¡m−nêì.. imcZ¡v ]n¶oShnsS \n¡m³ IgnªnÃ. Bsc¦nepw Iméw F¶ `bhpw Xsâ XpSIfpsS CSbneë`hs¸« Xcn¸pw ImcWw AhÀ Xncn¨v ho«nte¡v t]mì. A¶p cm{Xn imcZ¡pd¡w h¶nÃ. am[hnbpw acpaI\qambpÅ thgv¨bpsS Zriy§Ä AhêsS a\Ên Hmf§Ä krjvSn¨p. hÀj§fmbn AS¡nsh¨nê¶ hnImc§Ä AWs]m«n¨v ]pd¯phcm³ XpS§n. tbm\nçÅnse sNmdn¨n AhÀ¡v kln¡m³ IgnªnÃ. imcZ ]Xps¡ »uknë apIfnÂIqSn Xsâ apeIÄ ]nSn¨p Xnê½m³ XpS§n. »ukpw {_mbpw Ducnamän ]Xps¡ ssI hncepIfm ape¡®pIfn¸nSn¨v sRcn¨p. Blm Fs´mcp kpJw. Bsc¦nepw C§ns\ ]nSn¨pXcm³ D−mbncps¶¦n F¶hÀ Bin¨p. ]mhmSbpw kmcnbpw Acs¡«phsc DbÀ¯nsh¨p. tbm\nXS¯n AhÀ AdnbmsX I¿pIÄ HmSn¨p. Xsâ ImepIfpsS CSbn ]Xps¡ Hcp hnc sIm−p Dckn. AhêsS sNdphnc tbm\n¡pÅn X«nbt¸mÄ AhnsS \\hp−mbncp¶p. imcZ ]Xps¡ Xsâ ]qÀNp−pIfn hnctemSn¨psIm−p kzbw ad¡m³ Xocpam\n¨p. Xsâ apeIfn Hs¶Sp¯p kzbw \pWbm³ t\m¡n. apeIfpsS I®pIfn \m¡p \o«n ]Xps¡ \¡n. hncepIÄ Xsâ sbm\nbnte¡v Ibän.]Xps¡ hnc DÅnteçw ]pds¯çw Nen¸n¨p. cXnaqÀÑ hcp¶Xphsc AhÀ hncenSo XpSÀ¶p. Ibv hncepIÄ IqSpX IqSpX tbm\nbnte¡p IS¯nb imcZ Xsâ I®pIÄ AS¨v icocw Hcp hnÃpt]mse hf¨p kpJ¯nsâ ]dpZok X¶¯m³ Is−¯n.]t£ imcZbpsS tbm\n Hcp apgp¯ enwK¯n\mbn tIWp. hnPbsâ B\enwK¯nsâ D{K³ D¡ns\ HmÀ¯v AhÀ tbm\nbn hnceaÀ¯ns¡m−v InS¶pd§n. ]n¶oSpÅ cm{XnIfn kzbwt`mKw sNbvXv imcZ Xsâ Imaw ian¸n¡m³ {ian¨p. apgp¯ Iymcäv Ibänbnd¡nbn«pw imcZ¡v XpSIÄ¡nSbnse ISn ian¨nÃ. Nnet¸msgms¡ hncen\p ]Icw hnPbsâ apgp¯ enwKamWv tbm\nbnte¡v Ibdn Cd§p¶sX¶v k¦Â¸n¨p. I¼n¸mct¸mepÅ Hê enwKw Ibdnbnd§p¶ kpJw Hìv thsd Xs¶bmév. `À¯mhnsâ acWtijw CXphsc AXnëÅ `mKyap−mbn«nÃ. AXpam{Xaà aI³ at\mPv am{Xambncp¶tÃm AhêsS PohnX¯nse asämcp ]pcpj³. A©Sn H³]Xv C©vNv Dbchpw AXns\m¯ h®hpw Dcp¡pt]mse Dd¨ icochpw DÅ Xsâ aIs\¡pdn¨v HmÀ¯t¸mÄ AhêsS Nn´IÄ ImSp Ibdm³ XpS§n. "hnPbsâ enwK¯n\p]Icw at\mPnsâ enwKamsW¦nÂ... F´vsIm−v X\nív at\mPns\ D]tbmKn¨v Zmlia\w hê¯n¡qSm?.. 'B Nn´ imcZbpsS ImaZmls¯ Cc«nbm¡n. A§s¶ ]e cm{XnIfnepw imcZ Xsâ aIs\çdn¨v HmÀ¯v hncen«pw Iycäv Ibänbpw Xsâ ImaZmls¯ ætdsbms¡ ian¸n¨p. ]s£ AhÀ¡mhiyw Hê ]pêjsâ kmao]yambnêì. ImaZmlw AXnsâ FÃm hc¼pIfpw ewJn¨ Hê cm{Xnbn F§s\sb¦nepw aIs\ {]sem`n¸n¨v Xsâ B{Klw km[n¡m³ AhÀ Xoêam\n¨p.B cm{Xn hfscNn´n¨Xn\p tijw imcZ Hê Xoêam\w FSp¯p.]ntÁìv Ime¯v Fgpt¶Át¸mÄ imcZ¡v ]Xnhn Ihnª Dt·jambnêì. ***** {]`mXIrXy§Ä Ignªv imcZ Hcp t\À¯ ap−pw CdpIn InS¡p¶ Hcp »ukpw [cn¨p. Xsâ t]mÀapeIfpsS apIÄ`mKw »uknë ]pds¯¡v hc¯¡h®w XÅnh¨p. apSn NoIn apJ¯v ]uUdn«p.N´nbpsS apgp¸pw XpSp¸pw ap−nsâ ]pd¯v sXfnªp ImWmambncp¶p.\S¡pt¼mÄ CfInbmSp¶ B XSn¨p´nb N´nbpsS at\mlmcnX GsXmcp ]pcpjt\bpw hÃmsX shdfn ]nSn¸n¡pw F¶v imcZ Duln¨p. aIsâ I®pIÄ Xsâ XpÅns¯dnç¶ N´nIfnemcnçsa¶v imcZ¡v Dd¸mbnêì.thKw Im¸nbpw ]elmc§fpw D−m¡n. IpfnIgnªv {]mX Ign¡m\ncp¶t¸mÄ at\mPv Ahsâ A½sb {i²n¨p. Ah³ AXphsc B thj¯n Xsâ A½sb I−n«nÃmbncp¶p.A½sb Ct¸mÄ ImWm³ Fs´mcp `wKn !!! \à amwkfamb icocw. Aekambn sI«n h¨ncn¡p¶ apSn..Aåw ]uUdn« XpSp¯ IhnfpIÄ, aeÀ¶p Aåw hnSÀ¶ Cfw Npa¸mÀ¶ Np−pIÄ.. Cd¡nsh«nb »uknsâ DÅn AaÀ¶p Ignbp¶ cq]sam¯ shfp¯v Dê− apeIÄ Ct¸mÄ ]pd¯phêw t¶ a«n »ukp s]m«n¨p \nÂçIbmé. ap−n\pw »ukn\pw CSíp e£vWsam¯ B s]m¡nÄIpgn. s]m¡nfnëv hesd Xmsgbmév ap−v æ¯nbncnípXv. AXn\m N´nbpsS hnShv XpS§p¶nSw \ÃXpt]mse ]pd¯v ImWmambnêì.]pdtIm«p XÅn \n¡p¶


B henb e£Wsam¯ N´n. tPmen¡p t]mIpt¼mÄ at\mPnsâ a\Ên Ahsâ A½bpsS cq]ambncp¶p. CXnë ap¼v Ahsâ A½ Hcn¡epw CXps]mse hkv{X[mcWw sNbvXn«nÃmbnêì. Xsâ A½bpsS icoc¯n\v C{Xbpw as\mlmcnX D−mæsa¶v Ah\v AdnbnÃmbnêì. Almcw Ignçs¼mÄ aIsâ I®v Xsâ icoc¯n HmSn\Sç¶Xv I− imcZ¡v Xsâ {iaw ]mgmhnsöv tXm¶n. A¶v sshIpt¶cw at\mPv ASp¡fbn shffw FSp¡m³ sN¶t¸mÄ A½ ASp¡fbn Im¸nív Ft´m ]elmcap−m¡m\mbn tX§m Nncæ¶Xmév I−Xv. æ\nªv Cêìv tX§ Nncæt¼mÄ ASnbn {_mbnSm¯Xn\m »ukn\pÅn apeIÄ CfInbmSpì−mbnêì. B B«¯n\v B¡w Iq«m³ imcZ a\]qÀhw Xsâ icocw iànbmbn Cfçì−mbnêì. kmcnbpsS Xe¸v amdn¡nS¶Xn\m sImgp¯ apeIfpsS ap¡m `mKhpw »uknsâ apIfn IqSn ]pd¯p ImWmambnêp. hfsc t\À¯ XpWnbmbXn\m shfp¯ »uknëÅneqsS Idq¯v \o− apesª«p Ifpw ImWmambnêì. kmcn sXdp¯v Ibän h¨nê¶Xn\m XpSbpsS `qcn`mKhpw \áambnêì. kz´w A½bpsS apgpapgp¯ amdnShpw ISsªSp¯t]mes¯ shfp¯ Nμ\ XpSIfpw hyIvXambn I− t¸mÄ Ahsâ XpSIÄ¡nSbnse¡v càw Cc¨pIbdn. Xsâ sImgp¯ icoc¯n BÀ¯nsbmsS Xpdn¨v t\mç¶ aIs\ I−t¸mÄ imcZbpsS Np−n Hcp aμlmkw hnSÀ¶p. AhÀ s]s«¶v Xsâ ap−p icnbm¡p¶Xp t]mse \Sn¨p. "F´m tams\' imcZ tNmZn¨p. " sh... shffw...' at\mPv hn¡nhn¡n ]dªp. AhÀ Ccn¡ps¶S¯p \n¶p FWoÁp {^nUvPn \n¶pw shffw FSp¡m³ t]mbn. imcZbpsS N´nIÄ¡nSbn ap−v Ibdnbnêì. AXn\m Xsâ A½bpsS c−v N´nIfpw CSbnse Nmepw Ah\v \ÃXpt]mse ImWm³ Ignªp. Ahs\ NqSm¡m³ imcZ Acs¡«v C«v \Ãt]mse sh«n¨mév \S¶Xv. Xsâ A½sb H¶p sI«nhcnbm³ Ahsâ IbvIÄ Xcn¨p. Ah³ hfsc ]mSps]«p Xs¶ \nb{´n¨p. imcZ {^nUvPn \n¶pw shffw \nd¨ Ip¸n FSp¯p sIm−p Xncn¨p h¶p. at\mPv Ip¸nbpw sIm−p apdbnte¡v Xncn¨p \S¶p. ]s£ at\mPnsâ a\Êp apgph³ Ah³ I− ImgvNbmbncp¶p. Ahsâ A½bpsS apeIfpw XpSIfpw Ahs\ a¯p ]nSn¸n¨ncp¶p. æfnapdnbn Ibdn ssI{]sbmKw \S¯n Ah³ Xsâ Zmlw ian¸n¡m³ Xoêam\n¨p. c−p XhW ]m Noän¨Xnë tijamWv Ah³ ]pds¯¡v h¶Xv. aI³ AI¯pIbdn IXIv AS¨Xv F´n\ms\¶v imcZ¡v a\knembn.FÃmw Xm³ IêXnbXpt]mse \Sç¶Xn AhÀ kt´mjn¨p. AI¯v aIsâ kzbwt`mKw ]ptcmKançs¼mÄ Xs¶ imcZ Xsâ ASp¯ ]²Xnbnse¡v ISì.]pd¯p h¶t¸m I− ImgvN Ahsâ enwK¯ns\ ho−pw D[vZcn¸n¨p. imcZ Ahsâ apdn XpWn \\¨p XpSípIbmbncp¶p. ^m³ CSmXnê¶Xv sIm−v imcZ hnbÀ¯p æfn¨nêì. Ip´n¨ncn¡p¶ imcZbpsS ap−v tIÁn XpSív tase Ip¯nbncn¡p¶p. »uknsâ apIfnes¯ Hê lp¡v Ducnbn«nê¶Xn\m sImgp¯pê− apeIÄ »ukns\ amdn \n¶pw XÅnbI¯nbncn¡p¶p. »ukv hnbÀ¸n \\ªv icoct¯msSm«nbncp¶p. A½bpsS apesR«pIÄ »ukn\nSnbn IqSn IqSpX hyàambn ImWm³ Ah\p Ignªp. imcZbpsS apeIÄ ssIIfpsS Ne\§Ä¡ëkcn¨v apt¶m«pw ]nt¶m«pw BSn. ""tams\, æd¨pIqSn shÅw FSp¯psIm−p hm'' aIs\ I−bpS³ imcZ ]dªp. at\mPv æfnapdnbn \nìw shÅw Hê _¡än sIm−ph¶v Ahsâ A½bpsS ASp¡Â sh¨p.imcZ ætd¡qSn ImepIÄ AI¯nsh¨p. as\mPn\v Ahsâ A½bpsS XpSIÄ c−pw ]qÀ®ambpw \áambn ImWmambnêì. ImepIÄ¡nSbn¡qSn t\m¡nbt¸mÄ DÅnse P«nbpw Ah\v ImWm³ Ignªp. ]¨ \nd¯nepÅ B P«n tbm\oapJs¯ s]mXnªncnçì. tbm\oapJw P«nçÅn ]pdt¯¡v D´n \nÂçì. as\mPn\v AXp I−v {`m´nfIn. A½bpsS apgp¯Xpw sh®t]mepÅXpamb apeIfn ]nSn¨v sRcnçhm³ Ahsâ ssIIÄ Xcn¨p. CSív A½ Xs¶ GdpI®n«p t\mç¶Xpw Ah³ I−p. Ah³ A½bpsS ImepIÄ¡nSbnseçÅ Xsâ t\m«w ]n³hen¨p.. "Ct¸mÄ XoÀt¯¡mw..' aI\v icnçw CfIn F¶v a\knem¡nb imcZ ]dªp. DÅn AhÀ¡v hoÀ¸pap«pIbmbncp¶p. AhÀ XpSíp¶Xn\nSbn at\mPnsâ Acs¡«nte¡v t\m¡n. Ahsâ enwK¯nsâ `mK¯v ssIen DbÀ¶p \n¡p¶Xv AhÀ I−p. imcZ tImcn¯cn¨p. AhêsS tbm\n sNmdnªp tIdpIbmbncp¶p. AhÀ Hcp AShpIqSn ]bÁn. AhÀ Adnbm¯ `mh¯n ImÂap«v sIm−v apeIÄ ætd¡qSn apIfnse¡v XÅnsh¨p. AtXmsS apesª«pIÄç NpäpapÅ Idp¯ hebw »uknë ]pd¯mbn. A½ Xs¶ ImWn¡m³ th−n Xs¶bmWv Cu ]Wnsbms¡ ImWn¨Xv F¶v at\mPn\v tXm¶n.C¶v C{Xbpw aXn F¶p hnNmcn¨v XpSbv¡Â aXnbm¡n imcZ ASp¡fbnte¡v t]mbn. at\mPv IXIv AS¨Xn\p tijw ssIenbpw P«nbpw Ducnamän. Ah³ AdnbmsX Ahsâ ssIIÄ Ahsâ enwK¯nse¡p \o§n, ]Xps¡ ]Xps¡ Ah³ s]m´n \n¶p BSp¶ enwK¯n ]nSn¨p Ipep¡m³ XpS§n. ]ns¶ Ipep¡Â thK¯n Bbn, Ahsâ enwK¯nse sXmen Xmgv¶p aIpS¯n\p Xmsg Bbn \n¶p. AsnbpsS thKX IqSn IqSn h¶p, Ah³ c−p I®pIfpw AS¨p ]nSn¨p. Ah³ A½sb Du¡p¶Xmbn a\kn hnNmcn¨p. Ahsâ ssIIÄ A½bpsS icoc¯p HmSn \S¡p¶Xpw, A½ Xsâ tbm\n Xpd¶p sImSp¡p¶Xpw FÃmw Ahsâ ASª I®neqsS Ah³ I−p.


A½ Hcp ]t£ Xs¶s¡m−v Du¡n¡phm³ BWv B{Kln¡p¶Xv. . C\n kabw ]mgm¡nbm ]Wn \S¡nÃ. ss[cyambn Fs´¦nepw sN¿Ww. Ah³ Xocpam\n¨p. A½bpsS apdnbnteçv sNìv B apeçv tIdn¸nSn¨mtem Fìv BtemNn¨p. Ct¸mÄ tIdn¸nSn¨m Hcp]t£ A½ k½Xnt¨çw. Asæn th−. Hê]t£ A½ FXnÀ¯msem? FÃmw Xs¶ ]co£n¡m³ th−n BsW¦nsem? Ah\v Hê Xoêam\¯nse¯m³ IgnªnÃ. ]ntä¶v FXm−v aqì aWnsbmSSp¯ kabw. at\mPv ]Xnhps]mse A½sb HmÀ¯v hmWaSn¨Xnëtijw Xsâ I«nen InSçIbmbncnì.s]«¶mWv ]pd¯v ag s]¿m³ XpS§nbXv. sSdÊn XpWnIÄ DW¡m\n«ncnç¶ Icyw HmÀ¯ at\mPv XpWnIÄ FSp¡\mbn apIfnseç s]mbn.sImWn¸SnI Ibdps¼m Xsâ A½ XpWnIfpambn Xmsgç hê¶Xm\v Ah³ I−Xv. ag \ÃXps]mse \\ª tijamWv imcZ Xmsg¡v h¶Xv. imcZbpsS XpWnIÄ icocs¯msSm«n¡nSçIbmbnêì. ssIenbpw »ukpambnêì AhêsS thjw. \\ªp æXnÀ¶ »uknsâ DÅn shfp¯v XpSp¯ B henb apeItfmsSm«n¡nSç¶ Idp¯ {_m. at\mPv A½bpsS apeIfn t\m¡mXncn¡m³ {i²n¨p. XpWnIÄ as\mPnsâ I¿n sImSp¯n«v imcZ ]dªp. "" tam³ Cu XpWnIsfÃmw AIs¯ apdnbn sIm−v sN¶v hncn¡v. Rm³ Cu XpWnsbÃmw Hì amds«.' imcZ XpWn amdm\mbn apdnbneoç t]bn. at\mPv XpWn apdnbn sIm−n«Xnë tijw A½pbpsS InS¸papdn e£yam¡n \Sì.InS¸papdnbqsS hmXnÂ]gpXneqsS AIt¯¡v t\m¡n.AI¯v Ahsâ A½bt¸mÄ AhêsS »ukv DucpIbmbncp¶p. t{_knbdpw ASn¸mhmSbpambn \n¡p¶ AhcpsS hbÀ \áambncp¶p.t{_knbdmsI \\ªp IpXnÀ¶ncp¶p. adhnÃmsX at\mPn\p Ahsâ A½bpsS hbdpw AXnsâ \Sp¡pÅ s]m¡nÄ Npgnbpw ImWmambncp¶p. ASn¸mhmSbpw t{_knbdpw am{Xw [cn¨ A½sb I−t¸mÄ at\mPv ep¦n¡Snbn I¿n«p Xsâ enwK¯n Bªp ]nSn¡phm³ XpS§n.Ahsâ I¿n enwKw Xcn¨p s]cp¯p hndsIm−p.imcZ Xsâ ASn¸mhmSbpsS NcSpIÄ Agn¨p AXp Xe¡paosX DuÀ¯nsbSp¯p. AXn\p ]pdsI Xsâ t{_knbdpw AhÀ DucnamÁn.. AhfpsS Ió apeIÄ {_mbpsS XS¦enÂ\n¶pw tamNnXambn. A¸w CSnªpXmWncps¶¦n IqSn Ahb¡p Hcp {]tXyI kuμcyw D−mbncp¶p. ]e cm{XnIfnepw Xsâ Dd¡w sISp¯nb B apeIÄ A\m{hXambn I−t¸mÄ at\mPnsâ kncIfnse cà Hm«w hÀ[n¨p.tXmÀs¯Sp¯v AhÀ Xsâ ]rãhpw N´nbpsS CSIfpw XpS¨p.. A½bpsS XSn¨pcp−v sImgp¯ ]n³`mKhpw B sRmdnhbdpw Hs¡¡qSn at\mPnsâ enwKs¯ Hcp kvt^mS\¯nsâ h¡nse¯n¨p. Ah³ ho−pw A½bpsS N´nIfnepw, N´n¡p XmsgbpÅ sNdnb Idp¸pcminbnepw sImXntbmsS t\m¡n, shfpshsf XpSp¯pcp− A½bpsS N´nIfn I− \\p¯ tcma]mfnIÄ Ahs\ tImcn¯cn¸n¨p. imcZ æ\nªv \n¶v ImÂsh®IÄ XpS¨t¸mÄ AhêsS N´nbpw AXnsâ \Sp¡pÅ KpZZzmchpw Ah³ hyàambnI−p. \à shfp¯p Nph¶ XpSbnSp¡pIÄ!!! tdmkm¸qt]mse \ndapÅ N´nIÄ Xmf¯n Deªp.s]s«¶p imcZ IXIn\pt\sc Xncnªp. Ah³ H¶p ]pdtIm«v Bªp. ]t£ imcZ¡v Xsâ aI³ Xsâ kuμcyw BkzZn¡p¶ hnhcw Adnbmambncp¶p. Ct¸mÄ X\n¡p hcpw F¶p IcpXn Ah³ Bªv hmWw ASn¡m³ XpS§n. Ahsâ enwK¯nÂ\n¶pw NqSpÅ ip¢w ]pdtX¡p NoÁn XdbnemsI XpÅnIÄ sXdn¨phoWp. Bthiw AS§nbt¸mÄ at\mPv Ahsâ apdnbnte¡v Xncn¨ph¶p.Ah³ A½bpsS \áX HmÀ¯p H¶pIqSn hmWw ASn¡msa¶p IcpXn. Xsâ ep¦n Agn¨p Zqsc¡fªp. Ah³ Xsâ enwKs¯ FSp¯v XtemSm³ XpS§n. A½bpsS apdnbnse ImgvNIÄ Ahs\ \¶mbn NqSv ]nSn¸n¨ncp¶q. A½bpsS B s\¿v apÁnb N´nbpw, s\¿v CÁphcp¶ ]p¶mctbm\oapJhpw HmÀ¯v I¿n ]nSn¨v Ipep¡n¡fbphm³ Ah³ XoÀ¨s¸Sp¯n. Ah³ _Ín Ih¨ncp¶v heXp ssI enwK¯n h«w ]nSn¨v Ipep¡n¯pS§n. DSs\ shÅw NoÁpsa¶mbn . [rXnbn Ah³ A½bpsS B\N´n HmÀ¯v ]nSn¨p. A½sb \ndp¯nbpw, InS¯nbpw, æ\n¨pw Hs¡ ]e t]mkpIfn t`mKn¡p¶Xv Ah³ `mh\bn¡−p. kz´w A½bpsS KplyXbnte¡mWv Xsâ enwKw Ibdnbnd§p¶Xv F¶ k¦å¯n Ah³ Bªp ]nSn¨p ip¢w sXdn¸n¨p. cXnaqÀ¨bpsS Bthiw AS§nbs¸mÄ Ah³ Xsâ I®pIÄ ]Xps¡ Xpdì. hmXn¡ Ahsâ A½ sX¶namdp¶Xv Ah³ I−p. hmXn ASím³ ad¶sXmÀ¯v Ah³ kzbw i]n¨p. A½ FÃmw I−pIméw.C\o F§s\ A½bpsS apJ¯v t\mçw? Asæn Xs¶ A½btà FÃm¯nëw ImcWw. Ah³ Bizkn¨p.B InS¶ InS¸n at\mPv Ft¸mtgm Dd§nt¸mbn. aIsâ kzbwt`mKw I− imcZ¡v C\nbpw Im¯ncnç¶Xv sIm−v {]tbmP\w Cà F¶v sXm¶n. as\mPn\v Xs¶mSv Xmåcyw D−v F¶ Imcyw Dd¸bn. ]s£ Fs´¦nepw \S¡Wsa¦n Xm³ Xs¶ ap³ Is¿Sp¡Wsa¶v AhÀ¡v a\knembn. \Sçhm³ t]mæ¶ Imcy§Ä HmÀ¯t¸mÄ imcZ¡v a\kn `bhpw AsXmsSm¸w Xs¶ hÃm¯ Hê DÕmlhpw tXm¶n. at\mPnsâ apdnbpsS hmXn Xpdçt¼mÄ AhêsS icocw hndípì−mbnnêì. **** apJ¯v Btcm XShp¶Xmbn tXm¶nbt¸mgmWvv at\mPv DWÀ¶Xv. Btcm Xsâ I«nen CcnçXmbn Ahë tXm¶n.I«nen CcnçXv Xsâ A½bmW¶v Ah\v a\Ênembn. Ah³ A½bpsS apIt¯ç t\m¡m\mhmsX Xncnªp InSì. imcZ Hìw an−msX aIsâ apSnIfn hnctemSn¨p. F´v sN¿Wsa¶v AhÀ¡v Hê cq]hpap−mbnê¶nÃ. aI\n \nìw {]XnIcWw Hìw CÃmXmbs¸m imcZ Xsâ ssIIÄ ]Xps¡ Xmtg¡v HmSn¨p. Xsâ s]m¡nfn A½bpsS hnc sXm«s¸mÄ Ah³ B ssI ]Xps¡ FSp¯p amänbn«v I«nen Fgpt¶äv Cêì. F´p sN¿Ww F¶v Ah\v Hê F¯pw ]nSnbpw In«nbnÃ. imcZ c−pw Iåv]n¨v aIsâ Is¿Sp¯v Xsâ CSt¯ apebn sh¨v sNdpXmbn AaÀ¯n.Xobn sXm«t]mse Ah³ ssI ]n³hen¨p. ""]ns¶´n\m Rm³ XpWn amdnbt¸mÄ Hfnªv t\m¡nbXv?'' imcZ a\¸mSw sNbvXXp t]mse tNmZn¨p.


""At½ Rm³ ... AXv... '' As¸mtgçw at\mPv hnbÀ¯v XpS§nbnêì. ""tamt\, A½¡v C\n \otb DÅp'' imcZ aIsâ XeapSnbn XgpIns¡m−v ]dªp. "\o hnjan¡êXv.\nsâ Aѳ acn¨n«v ho−pw hnhmlw Ign¡msX tam\pth−nbmWv Rm³ Pohn¨Xv. F\nçantà B{Kl§fpw A`nemj§fpw?.. ' AhÀ XpSÀì "Hê `À¯mhnsâ ISa F\n¡v Bcn \nìv e`nçw? C{Xbqw Imew ]nSn¨p \n¶p. \ns¶ ImWp¼w... F\n¡v \nâ AÑsâ HmÀ½IÄ hcpì..C\n h¿tams\ ' imcZ hndíp¶ kzc¯n Fs´s¡msbm ]pe¼ns¡m−nêì. at\mPv Hìw ]dbmsX Ahsâ A½ ]dbp¶Xv {i²n¨p. Aѳ acn¨n«v Ct¸mÄ F{Xtbm hÀj§fmbn . shdpw \mep hÀjw am{XamWv AhÀ Hcpan¨v Pohn¨Xv. kpμcnbmb Xsâ A½¡v ho−pw Hcp hnhmlw Ign¡mambncq¶p. ]t£ A½ X\n¡p th−n C¶pw hn[hbmbn Ignbp¶q. Ah³ HmÀ¯p. "" At½... AXv...Rm³.....'' at\mPv Ahsâ A½bpsS apJ¯v s\m¡msX ]dbm³ XpS§n. Ah³ Fs´¦nepw XpSÀ¶v ]dbpXnë ap³]v, imcZbpsS Np−pIÄ Ahsâ Np−pIfn AaÀì.imcZ Xsâ aIs\ tZlt¯ç tNÀ¯p sI«n¸nSn¨p sIm−v Hê \o− Npw_\¯n apgpIn. Hìw an−m³ ]änbnsænepw Xsâ A½bpsS NpSp \nizmkw apJ¯SnçIbpw Xsâ hmbnte¡v A½bpsS \m¡v IbdpIbpw sNbvXt¸mÄ, Ahsâ ]pêjXzw DWêhm³ XpS§n. ]s£ Xsâ icoc¯nse¡v ]Sdvì Ibdp¶ kv{Xo Xsâ A½bmsWìÅ Nn´ Aht\ Fs´¦nepw sN¿p¶Xn \nìw ]n´ncn¸n¨p. ""At½ ... th−... AXv... "" F´p ]db\w F¶dnbmsX Ah³ hnjan¨p. aIsâ {]bmkw a\knem¡nb imcZ Xsâ ImepI c−pw AI¯nbXnë tijw ap−pw ]mhmSbpw Acs¡t«mfw sXdp¯p sh¨p.F¶n«v aIsâ ssI ]nSn¨v XpSIÄ¡nSbn sh¨aÀ¯n. A½bpsS ImepIÄ¡nSbnse tcmacmPnIÄ¡nSbnepÅ aZ\IhmS¯nsâ NqSv I¿n X«nbt¸m Ah³ s\SphoÀ¸n«p. aI³ IogS§n Fì a\knem¡nb imcZ Xsâ sImgp¯ apeIÄ aIsâ amdn tNÀ¯aÀ¯n Ahs\ BenwK\w sNbvXp. Athis¯msS AhÀ aIsâ IhnfpIfn Npw_n¡m³ XpS§n. AsXmsS as\mPnsâ kt¦mNsaÃmw amdn. A½bpsS ssIIÄ Xs¶ hcnªp apdpç¶Xmbn Ah\v tXm¶n. AtXmsSm¸w A½bpsS sImgp¯ apeIÄ Xsâ tZl¯v AaêI IqSn sNbvXt¸mÄ, Xsâ enwKw ]Xps¡ DWê¶Xv at\mPv Adnªp. imcZ Npw_\w aXnbm¡n aIsâ I®pIfnte¡v t\m¡n. s]«¶v at\mPv Ahsâ A½bpsS Ihnf¯v D½ sh¨p. Ah³ Igp¯nep½ sh¨p XpS§nbt¸mÄ imcZ Ahs\ sI«n]nSn¨v AhêsS icoc¯nte¡v AaÀ¯n . at\mPv thKw thKw Xsâ A½bpsS Np−¯pw, Ihnf¯psaÃmw {`m´amb Hê Athis¯msS D½ sh¨p XpS§n . AhÀ c−p ssIIfpw sIm−v Ahsâ Xebn ]nSn¨p. \nanj§ÄçÅn A½bpw aIëw hnbÀ¸n æfn¨p. Xsâ icoc¯nsâ NpSv, aIsâ icoc¯nse¡v, ]IÀ¶t¸mÄ imcZbpsS icoc¯neqsS FtXm kpJapÅ Hcë`qXn HgpIn. at\mPv Ahsâ A½sb CdpsI sI«n¸nSn¨v AhêsS IogvNp−n ISn¨p. AhêsS Ihnfnepw s\Ánbnepw ImXpIfnepw Igp¯nepsaÃmw Ahsâ Np−pIÄ Cgªp \S¶p. as\mPnsâ ssIIÄ A½bpsS apeIfn Hê abhpanÃmsX sRcnçIbmbnêì. CXv aIsâ BZys¯ Aë`hamsW¶v imcZ¡v tXm¶n. ]e Imcy§fpw X\n¡v aIs\ ]Tn¸ns¡−n hêw F¶v AhÀ¡v a\knembn. AhÀ Xsâ aIsâ Npw_\§fpsS NqSpw kpJhpw AsXmsSm¸w thZ\bpw sIm−p s\SphoÀ¸nSm³ XpS§n. ""tams\ .. A½¡v thZ\nçs¶Sm... "" imcZ aIsâ ssIIÄ Xsâ apeIfn \nìw hnSphn¨psIm−v ]dªp. at\mPv F´p sN¿Ww F¶dnbmsX A½bpsS apJs¯¡v s\m¡n. ""A½ F§pw t]mhnÃ. tam³ A½ ]dbp¶Xpt]mse ]Xps¡ sNbvXm aXn. "" imcZ Aåw sIm©temsS ]dªp. Cê]¯mdp hbknsâ ]IzX C¡mcy¯n aI\nsÃìÅ Imcyw AhÀ¡v a\knembn. A\nÃm¯Xn\m hfsc A¨S¡s¯msS A½amêsS \nb{´W¯n hfê¶ FsXmê ]pêjsâbpw AhkvX CXp Xs¶ F¶hÀ¡dnbmambnêì. ""C\n tam³ A½bpsS hbän D½ shív'' imcZ \nÀtZin¨p. at\mPv A½bpsS D¯chv inckm hln¨v B Benehbdn D½ sh¡m³ XpS§n. kmam\yw apgp¸pÅ ]p¡nÄ Npgn, \à Acs¡«v, HXp§nb CS, at\mlcamb hbÀ FÃmw I−n«v Ahsâ hmbn shÅaqdn . Xsâ A½bpsS at\mlcamb s]m¡nfn at\mPv AaÀ¯n Npw_n¨p.imcZ tImÄabnÀs¡m− t]mse Hì sª«n . s]m¡nfnsâ Xmtgbv¡v t\À¯ Idp¯ tcmacmPnIÄ \ncbmbn«v t]mæ¶Xv hyàambn ImWmambnêì. AhnsS Ah³ ]Xps¡ ISn¨p.


imcZ ]mhmSbpsS NcSgn¨pamänbn«v Acs¡«v ]Xps¡ DbÀ¯n. s]«ì Xs¶ at\mPv ]mhmS Ducn I«nenë Xmsgbn«p. imcZ P«n C«n«nÃmbnêì. X\n¡v P·w \ÂInb Xsâ A½bpsS tbm\n Is¿¯p¶ Zqc¯v at\mPv BZyambn I−p. XSn¨pbÀì \n¡p¶ Xsâ A½bpsS tbm\oapJw I−t¸mÄ Ahsâ enwKw H¶pIqSn sh«n hepXmbn. at\mPv Ahsâ A½bpsS tbm\nbn Xsâ hndç¶ Np−pIÄ ap«n¨p. BZyambn«v Hê ]pêjsâ AXpw kz´w aIsâ, Np−pIÄ B a·Z]oU¯n kv]Àin¨t¸mep−mb kpJw ]dªdnbn¡m\mhm¯Xmbnêì.imcZ æfnê tImcnbXp t]mse hnd¨p.aq¡v sIm−v at\mPv XpSbnSp¡n aW¯p t\m¡n .Nμ\¯nsâ aWw!!!!.imcZ s_Un InS¶v H¶v ]pfªp. at\mPv A½bpsS XpSIfn D½ shbv¡m³ XpS§n . A½bpsS icocw tImcn¯cn¡p¶Xv Ah\vv a\knembn . anëkapÅ XpSIfn IqsS Ahsâ Np−pIÄ Cgªp \Sì. c−p XpSIfpsSbpw CSbn IqSn at\mPv \mt¡mSn¨p. \oeNn{X§fn I−n«pÅsXÃmw Xsâ A½bpsS tZl¯v ]co£nçhm³ Ah³ Xoêam\n¨nêì. CXphsc A½bpsS »ukv Ducnbn«nsö Imcyw HmÀ¯t¸m Ahsâ {i[vZ ho−pw B amwktKmf§fnembn. Ah³ »ukn\p apIfn IqSn hogm³ Iq«m¡msX XebpbÀ¯n \n¶ Xsâ A½bpsS aqeIsf XtemSnbpw sR¡nbpw t\m¡n. Fs´mcp ZrVX. hÃmsX I\w h¨ncn¡p¶p c−pw. »ukns\ s]m«n¡m³ t]m¶ Xc¯n B t]mÀ apeIÄ apt¼m«p hfÀ¶p XÅnbncn¡p¶p. C¯hW hesc ab¯nemWv Ah³ s]êamdnbXv. aI³ C{Xsbfp¸w Imcy§Â a\knem¡nbXn imcZbpw kt´mjn¨p. Ah³ »uknsâ lq¡n ssI h¨t¸mÄ imcZ ]Xnsb Hì Rc§n . lq¡pIÄ Hmtcm¶mbn Ah³ Ducnamän.F¶n«v imcZbpsS »ukv at\mPv ]Xnsb Ducm³ XpS§n.imcZ \Sphv s]m¡ns¡mSp¯p aIs\ klmbn¨p ,at\mPv »ukv DucnsbSp¯t¸mÄ I− Imgv¨ Ahs\ D·¯\m¡n. Idp¯\ndapÅ {_mbv¡pÅn XÅn \n¡v¶ Dcp− ]´pIÄ t]msebpÅ apgp¯ apeIÄ Xpfp¼n sRcp§n \n¡pì. Ah\m X¦¡pS§Ä¡p apIfn IqSn IbvIÄ HmSn¨p. kz´w aIsâ Ic§Ä Xsâ apebn sR¡m³ XpS§nbt¸mÄ imcZbpsS ImepIÄ¡nSbnep−mb Xcn¸v AhÀ¡v kln¡mhp¶Xnepw A[nIambnêì.AhÀ I®S¨p. B XtemS AhÀ¡nãs¸«p F¶v Ah\v a\Ênembn. kz´w aIsâ IbvIÄ Ahtf XtemSpt¼mgpÅ B \ndzrXnbn AhÀ ab§n¡nS¶p. {_mbpsS apIfnÂIqSn B kvX\Zzb§fpsS XÅ Dcp−p IqSn \n¶p. AhÀ AdnbmsX aIsâ Xe]nSn¨p Xsâ apeIfnte¡v AaÀ¯n. at\mPv A½bpsS ASp¯v InSì.imcZ I®S¨p InS¡pIbmWv.at\mPv Ahsf Ahsâ sskUntebv¡v Xncn¨p InS¯n .CSXp ssI sIm−v Ah³ imcZsb sI«n¸nSn¨p.heXp ssI AhêsS XebpsS ASnbnepw sh¨p .AhêsS apeIÄ Ahsâ s\©n AaÀì. Xsâ A½bpsS sNdn¸gw t]mepÅ Np−n at\mPv D½ sh¨p. imcZ Hì tImcn¯cn¨p.AhêsS s\ÁnbnÂ,ASªnê¶ I®pIfnÂ,at\mlcamb IhnįS§fnÂ,XmSnbn FÃmw at\mPv Npw_\hÀjw sNmcnªp.imcZmbpsS sNhnbn at\mPv ]Xps¡sbmì ISn¨t¸mÄ AhÀ C¡nfnsbSp¯v Nncn¨p. AhêsS sNhnbpsS ]pdIn at\mPv hnc sIm−v ]Xnsb akmPv sNbvXp. imcZbpsS Igp¯n D½ sh¨n«v AhnsS at\mPv ]Xps¡ H¶v ISn¨p.Idâv ASn¨ t]mse AhÀ ]pfªp. imcZbpsS apJw Npa¡m³ XpS§nbnêì. ]Xnsb Xsâ A½bpsS Nph¶ Np−pIÄ at\mPv hmbnem¡n .Fs´mê êNnbpÅ Np−pIÄ!. B Nph¶ Np−pIÄ at\mPv ]Xnsb ëWbm³ XpS§n .imcZ heXp ssI sIm−v aIs\ sI«n¸nSn¨p. Fs´mê a[pcamWv A½bpsS Np−pIÄ¡v.AÂ]kabw Ignªt¸mÄ imcZbpsS A[c§Ä Ahsâ A[c§sf AhêsS hmbnem¡n . Ahsâ CSXpssI imcZbpsS ]pd¯pw apgp¯ æ−nIfnepw an\pkapÅ XpSIfnepw XtemSns¡m−nêì AhêsS apgp¯ æ−nIfn at\mPv ]Xnsb sR¡ns¡m−nêì. Np−pIÄ At§m«pant§m«pw hmbnem¡m³-- AhÀ aÂkcn¨p. AhcpsS \mhpIÄ ]ckv]cw XgpIn .AÂ]kabw Ignªv at\mPv imcZbpsS {_mbpsS lp¡gn¨p. {_m Ducn amÁn .imcZbpsS apgp¯ apeIÄ XpÅn Xpfp¼n .at\mPv B Hma\¡pìIfn Hmtcm D½ sImSp¯p. Ahsâ ssIIÄ AhêsS apeIsf XgpIn. imcZ Hì ]pfªp. B Hma\¡pS§fn H¶n sXm«p. XSn¨ B apeIÄ¡v \à an\pkw tXm¶n. _eq¬ t]mse hoÀ¯p Iq¼nb ape¡®n hnctemSn¨t¸m AhÀ C¡nfnbpw tcmam©hpw kpJhpw sIm−v Rc§n. Ahsâ ssI sXm«t¸msgíp B ape¡®v IÃpt]msebmbn. Ah\Xn sRcSn.Ah³ \o−p Ip¯m³ \n¡p¶ t]mes¯ Xhn«v \nd¯nepÅ c−p apeI®pIfpw hmbnen«p N¸m³ XpS§n .AhÀ GtXm amb semI¯nse¶ t]mse I®paS¨psIm−p Ahsâ {InbIÄ¡p hnt[bmbn ckn¡m³ XpS§n. AhêsS Igp¯nÂ, XmSnbnÂ,XpSp¯ IhnfpIfnÂ,ASªnê¶ I®pIfnÂ, s\ÁnbnÂ, sNhnIfn FÃmw Ahsâ Np−pIÄ HgpIn \Sì.Cfw {_u¬ \nd¯nepÅ AhêsS apesR«pIfn Np−pIÄ XgpInbt¸mÄ imcZ \SpshmìbÀ¯n .B X¦¡pS§Ä XpÅn Xpfp¼n .B apgp¯ apeIfn Np−pIÄsIm−v at\mPv Nn{Xw hc¨p.apeIfn \nìw Xmtgm«nd§n Xsâ A½bpsS hbdnÂ,B at\mlcamb s]m¡nfnÂ, XpSbnSp¡nÂ,]mÂ\ndapÅ anëkamÀ¶ XpSIfn ,ImÂh®IfnÂ, ]mZ§fn FÃmw Ahsâ Np−pIÄ Cgªp \Sì .imcZ C¡nfn sIm−v ]pfbpì−mbnêì. XSn¨ XpSIfpsS CSbn¡qsS Np−pIÄ HgpIn \S¶t¸mÄ imcZ ImepIÄ ]nW¨p sh¨p ]pfªp. At¸mÄ AhêsS apgp¯ apeIÄ DbÀì Xmgvì XpÅn Xpfp¼n . AhêsS XSn¨nê¶ tbm\nbn Ah³ D½ sh¨t¸mÄ imcZ s_Un¡nS¶v Rc§n. Ah³ AhêsS tX³IpS¯n\p apIfn I− tcmacmPnIfn ]nSn¨p hen¡pIbpw hcbn hnc h¨p XgpIpIbpw sNbvXp. at\mPv hfsc ]IzXbpÅ Hê ImapIs\t¸mse s]êamdm³ XpS§nbt¸mÄ imcZç−mb ks´mjw AhêsS Rc¡§fn {]Xn^en¨p.Hcp kv{XobpsS kmao]yw BZyambn A\p`hn¡p¶ as\mPnëw ]dbm³ h¿m¯ kpJw tXm¶p¶p−mbncp¶p. at\mPv Ahsâ A½sb ]Xnsb Iagv¯n¡nS¯n . DbÀì \n¡p¶ at\mlcamb N´nIÄ I−n«v Ahsâ enwKw Xebm«n. sh® t]mepÅ B N´nIfn at\mPv AaÀ¯n Npw_n¨p. sNdpXmbn ISn¨p.imcZ Xsâ N´n CSbv¡nsS hmbphn DbÀ¯pì−mbnêì. Xsâ A½bpsS ]pdw XpSIfnÂ,ImÂh®IfnÂ,DÅwImen FÃmw at\mPv D½


sh¨p.Ah³ A½bpsS \áamb ]pdhpw XSn¨p XpÅnbmSp¶ æ−nIfpw N´nIfpw t\m¡n BkzZn¨p. hnbÀ¸pXpÅnIÄ \ndª A½bpsS apXpIpw N´nbpw AhÀ \¡n XpS¨p. s]s«¶v imcZ Xncnªp InS¶n«v Xsâ aIs\ KmVambn sI«n¸pWÀ¶p. imcZbpsS ssI hncepIÄ Ahsâ ]pd¯p ]cXn \S¶p. Ah\p izmkw ap«p¶ Xc¯n Hcmthit¯msS imcZ Ahs\ sI«n¸nSn¨p. Ahsâ I®nepw Ihnfnepw AhÀ Hcmbncw D½IÄ sNmcnªp. aIsâ IchnêXn imcZ Xfcm³ XpS§nbnêì.. AhêsS tbm\nbn \nìw sImgp¯ ImaPew shfnbnte¡v, Hen¨nd§m³ XpS§n AhêsS apgp¯p \n¡q apeIfn Ahsâ ssI ayZphmbn XtemSm³ XpS§n. Ahsâ Np−pIÄ AhêsS Igp¯nepsS Cgbpt¯mÄ Ahsâ NpSp\nizktaäv imcZ NpSmhm³ XpS§n. at\mPv imcZbpsS Hê ]mZw ssI¿nseSp¯v Npw_n¨p.Im hncepIÄ hmbnem¡n ]Xnsb \pWªp. imcZ s_Un InS¶v H¶v ]pfªp.imcZbpsS apgp¯ apeIÄ DbÀì Xmgp¶Xp I−t¸mÄ Ahsâ enwKw Hì sh«n . at\mPv AhêsS hncepIÄ ëWbp¶Xns\m¸w ImÂh®IÄ Xmtemen¡m\pw XpS§n. \à shfp¯ ]mÂ\ndapÅ ImÂh®IÄ. HÁ tcmaw t]mepanÃ.Fs´mê anëkw!!!.at\mPv imcZsb t\m¡n .I®pIÄ AS¨v kpJn¨v InS¡pIbmWv AhÀ.Im ]mZ¯nepw D¸qÁnbqsS c−p hi§fnepapÅ XSh Xsâ A½bpsS tbm\nbn hnImc¯nsâ \oÀ¨mepIÄ krjvSn¡psa¶v Ah\dnbmambnêì. ""Fsâ s]mìtamt\...."" imcZ hnImc`cnXkzc¯n Rc§n. at\mPv ho−pw A½bpsS Np−pIÄ ISn¨q¼m³ XpS§nbt¸mÄ AhÀ Ahs\ KmUambn BenwK\w sNbvXp. A½ icnçw NqSmbn F¶v Ah\v a\knembn. A½bpsS ssIIfnÂ\n¶pw kzX{´\mbXn\ptijw at\mPv Ahsâ P«n Ducnamän.F¶n«v Ahsâ A½bqsS ssIIÄ FSp¯vv Ipe¨p \n¶ncp¶ Xsâ Xsâ apgp¯ enwK¯n sh¨aÀ¯n. A½bpsS I¿psS kv]Àiw GätXmsS Ahsâ enwKw icnípw I¼n¸mc s]mse Bbn. imcZ sR«nt¸mbn. "Gsâ `KhXo....a\pjy\p Ct{Xw henb enwKsam−mIpthm? C{Xbpw henb km[\w Ibdnbm Xsâ kmam\w s]mfnbqw. Hìv Bªv XÅnbm CXv Xsâ h³æSenteív IbdnbXv Xs¶' AhÀ BtemNn¨p. AXv hfsc hepXpw Dd¨Xpambnêp. AhêsS `À¯mhnsâ km[\¯nsâ Cc«ntbmfap−mbnêp AXv. imcZ Xsâ aIsâ enwKw ]nSn¨p XgpIns¡m−v ]dªp. "As¿m... Fs´mcp ht®mw \otfmw.....' A½ Xsâ enwK¯nsâ hen¸w I−v `b¶tXmÀ¯t¸mÄ at\mPn\v Xsâ F«c C©v hen¸aqÅ km[\s¯¡pdnt¨mÀ¯v A`nam\w tXm¶n. at\mPv imcZbpsS apesR«pIfn ]nSn¨p sRcSns¡m−v AhêsS Np−pIÄ ISns¨Sp¯p F¶n«p sasà AhêsS ImXpIfn tNmZn¨p. "Fsâ km[\w A½¡nãs¸t«m?..' " Mqw... ' Xsâ aIsâ enwK¯n \n¶pw ssIs¿Sp¡msX imcZ aqfn. at\mPv A½bpsS tbm\nbnse Idp¯nê− tcma§Ä hIªpamÁn, XSn¨ tbm\oNp−pIÄ ]nfÀ¯n ]nSn¨p AhêsS tbm\oZzmcw Ah\nt¸mÄ \¶mbn ImWmambnêì. X\n¡p P³aw \ÂInb Xsâ A½bpsS tbm\nbpsS A´cwKw Ahs\ hnImc hn{Öw`nX\m¡n. ]pdt¯m«v h¶ B hgnbneqsS ho−pw AIt¯m«v Ibdphm³ Ahëv tamlw tXm¶n. Ah³ \Ãh®w A½bpsS tbm\nbpsS AI¨pfIÄ s]mf¯n ]nSn¨p. B tbm\nbpsS amkvac iàn Hìv thsd Xs¶bmbnêì. Hcn¡Â t]mepw tjhv sN¿m¯ B aZ\]oTw XSn¨p´n \n¶nêì. AhnShnsSbmbn IdpIdp¯ ]«ptcma§Ä. AhÀ Rc§pIbpw ImepIÄ AI¯pIbpw ASp¸n¡pIbpw sNbvXp sIm−ncp¶p. at\mPv Ahsâ c−p XÅhncepIÄ sIm−p tbm\nbpsS Xmgv `mKw H¶I¯n. Hcp hnc AIt¯¡p tIÁn. AhÀ kpJw sIm−mhpw, DÅn Cdp¡n, Fs´mdp Cdp¡w H¶p c−p {]hiyw Ah³ hnc tIÁnbnd¡n hens¨Sp¯p. hnceqcnbt¸mÄ tbm\o`n¯nIfn \n¶pw sImgp¯ tbm\nt¯³ \qep t]mse henªp \n¶p. apIfn ]Xp§n¡nS¶ I´nsâ apIfn at\mPv sXm«t¸mÄ imcZbpsS Acs¡s«m¶p sh«n. Ah³ Xsâ A½bpsS apJt¯¡p t\m¡n. B I®pIÄ Iq¼nbncn¡p¶p, Np−pIÄ hnImcw sIm−p hndím³ XpS§nbncn¡p¶p. Ahsâ hncepI AhêsS I´ns\ CSbn \n¶pw hen¨p s]m¡n, ]Xps¡ sRcSm³ XpS§n. tbm\nbpsS hnShn hncen«p tXs\Sp¯v I´n ]pc«n sRcSn. imcZ icn¡pw NqSmbn¯pS§n. " t\mhp¶p.......]Xps¡.....]Xps¡ sN¿v...' AhÀ XfÀ¶ kzc¯n ]dªp. Ipd¨p Ignªt¸mÄ imcZbpsS Acs¡«p tatem«pbÀ¶p. at\mPnsâ hncepIÄ AhêsS tbm\n AÅn¸nSn¨p. ]ns¶bhÄ s]s«¶S§n.... Ipsd hÀj§fmbn AS¡n sh¨ hnImcw AWs]m«n Ahsâ I¿nÂIqSn HgpIn. Ahsâ A½bpsS Acs¡«nsâ ]nSb Xocpw hsc at\mPv Ahsâ ssI{]tbmKw XpSÀ¶p. Ahkm\w AhÀ ImepIfndp¡n.]ns¶ Xe Hcp hit¯ín«p H¶p \nizkn¨p. I®S¨p InS¡p¶ A½bpsS Np−n at\mPv D½ sh¨p. " At½... Rm³ AI¯p sht¨ms«?.. ' Ah³ Xsâ A½tbmSv aSn¨p aSn¨p tNmZn¨p.


"CXv F§s\ AI¯p tIdpw ? Fsâ s]mfnªp t]mIphtÃm tamt\?..' F¦nepw imcZ AdnbmsX Xs¶ AhêsS ImepIÄ AI¶p. Ahsâ enwK¯n\p ap¼n AhêsS tbm\n \ÃXpt]mse hnSÀ¶ncp¶p.]Xps¡ Ah³ A½bpsS Acs¡«v Xsâ Acs¡«nteív ASp¸n¨p. H¶p c−p {]mhiyw Ah³ B {Xkn¡p¶ tbm\nbn hnc tIÁpIbpw Cd¡pIbpw sNbvXp.]ns¶ Ah³ hnc ]pdt¯s¡Sp¯p. \\ªp Ipgªncp¶ enwKaæSw sIm−v AhêsS I´n H¶p c−p {]mhiyw Dc¨p. F¶n«v Xsâ enwKaæSw A½bpsS tbm\nbpsS Xpf `mK¯p sh¨p. hncepIÄ sIm−v AIt¯ sX¶p¶ NpfIÄ c−p hit¯ípw hen¨I¯n sh¨p. B AI¨p−pIÄ Ahsâ enwK¯nsâ apJw s]mXnªp. ssI sIm−v A½bpsS ]rã`mKw]nSn¨v Ahsâ t\À¡v hen¨Sp¸n¨p. Ahsâ enwKaæSw AhêsS tbm\oZzmc¯n sN¶v ap«n apdpIn \n¶p. BZyambn tbm\nbpsS NqSdnª aIsâ enwKw Xsâ sbm\nçÅn Ibdnbt¸mÄ Hê Cê¼v Z−v ImepIÄ¡nSbn CSn¨pIbänbXpt]mse imcZ¡v tXm¶n. Ah³ ho−pw Aåw IqSn XÅn. At½.... Fs¶mê BÀ¯ \mZw imcZbn \nìv DbÀs¶¦nepw, at\mPnsâ Np−pIÄ AXv H¸nsbSp¯p. Ah³ Aåw ]pdtIm«p Ncnªp. F¶n«p iànbmbn AhêsS Ip−nbn ]nSn¨p Ahsâ t\À¡p hen¨p. " lmmmm.. ' Ahsfm¶p Rc§n, ]s£ \ndsªmgpIp¶ tbm\n tX\n Ipgªncp¶Xp sIm−v enwKw ]IpXn AI¯mbn, Fs´mcp apdp¡w. sNdpNqSpÅ F® \nd¨ t]mepÅ B tbm\o \mfnbnse kpJw ]dªdnbn¡m³ h¿m¯Xmbnêì. "F´m At½....? thZ\n¡pt¶m ?... ' " At¿m... th− C\n XÅ− At{Xw AaÀ¯msX .. ' ]t£ kzbwad¶v AhÀ Xsâ Acs¡«p apIfnteíp XÅm³ XpS§n.. at\mPv Xsâ enwKw Aåw Ducn. F¶n«v apt¶m«p XÅn. AtXmsSm¸w AhêsS N´nIfn ]nSn¨v Ah³ Bsªmcp hen hen¨p. " lt¿m....lmmmm..." Fs¶mcp iÐw imcZbpsS sXm−bn \n¶pw ]pds¸«psh¦nepw enwK¯nsâ ap¡mÂ`mKhpw B tbm\n¡pÅnembn. imcZ¡p Xsâ aIsâ enwKw AhêsS KÀ`]m{Xw hsc tIdnbXmbn tXm¶n. Ah³ DucnbSn¡m³ {ian¨p XpS§n. BZyw Aåw Ducn, ]ns¶ ]ns¶ IptdtÈ Bªp XpS§n, ]ns¶bh\p ckw tIdn. AhÀ Xsâ Acs¡«p XÅns¡mSp¯p. CSíp I¿n«p Ah³ H¶p c−p {]mhiyw B hoÀ¯ I´n Xncp½n. Ahsâ s\©n X«n \n¡p¶ B apeItf H¶p ]nSn¡m\pw Ah³ ad¶nÃ. ]ns¶ ]ns¶ Xoh−nbpsS thKw IqSp¶ amXncn Ah³ \n¶qcnbSn¡m³ XpS§n.I®S¨p sIm−v AhÀ ASnbpsS iàn Iq«n. imcZ Xsâ aIs\ sI«n]nSn¨psIm−v apIfnte¡pbÀ¶p. Ahsâ s\©n apJw iànbmbn AaÀ¯n. AhêsS ImepIÄ c−pw s]m§n hmbphn DbÀ¶p \n¶p. at\mPn\p a\Ênembn Ahsâ A½ cXnaqÀObnteív ASp¡pIbmsW¶v. Ah³ ASnbpsS kv]oUp Iq«n. AhêsS tbm\nAhsâ enwK¯ns\ apdp¡n ]nSn¨p. " Fsâ s]m¶ptamt\ Cu ASn \à ckamsWSm.... F´p kpJw.... Fsâ ssZhta CXv t\cs¯ Rm\dnªnÃtÃm.... F\n¡v kpJw hcp¶p tamt\.... Fsâ At½.... lt¿m.... F\n¡v ht¿.....lmmm....." AhÀ ]pe¼ns¡m−v InS¶p ]pfªp. " BªSn¡v tamt\......' AhÀ Ahsâ N´nIfn sR¡n¸nSn¨psIm−v Acs¡«p apt¼m«p XÅns¡mSp¯p. " Fsâ tamt\,.... F\n¡p hcp¶p.... C\n F\n¡p h¿....lmmmm.....h¶qqqq......" AhÀ Ahs\ iànbmbn sI«n¸nSn¨p. Ahsâ Np−n ISn¨p ]nSn¨p. AhêsS cXn aqÀOí\pkcn¨v AhêsS Acs¡«nte aknepIÄ hn«p hn«v Ahsâ enwKs¯ hcnªp sI«ns¡m−ncp¶p. AhcpsS Acs¡«pIÄ H¶mbn. F¶n«pw at\mPv ASn XpSÀ¶p. AhÀ kpJ¯nsâ AXyp¶X§fn IqSn ]d¡m³ XpS§nsb¶v AhêsS ]ÃpISnbpw Np−pISnbpw I−t¸mÄ Ah\p a\Ênembn. AhêsS Np−pIÄ Ah³ hmbnem¡n hen¨p IpSn¨p. kpJw sIm−hÄ ImepIÄ Ahsâ Ac¡p ]q«n¸nSn¨p. At¸mtgípw Ah\pw cXnaqÀO {]m]n¨v kpcXkpJ¯nsâ ]catImSnbnse¯n. " A½¨o.. F\n¡pw hcp¶p ' F¶ AeÀ¨tbmsS Ahsâ hrjW§fn Xnf¨p sIm−ncp¶ ]m Ah³ kz´w A½bqsS I¯p¶ tbm\nbnteív Xqhn. B ]mensâ hgphgp¡¯n Ah³ ASn XpSÀ¶v Ahkm\ XpÅnbpw Hgpæ¶Xp hsc Du¡n. ]ns¶ ]Xnsb ]Xnsb FÃmw XWp¯p. AhêsS ImepIÄ Abªp. Ahs\ sI«n¸nSn¨ncp¶ AhêsS ssIIÄ hi§fnteíp hoWp. at\mPv Ahsâ A½bpsS tase Hê cmPyw ]nSn¨S¡nb BXvakwXr]vXntbmsS v InSìv InX¨p. t`mKkpJ¯nsâ êNn At¸mgpw Ah³ BkzZnçIbmbnêì. Ahsâ apJw ]nSn¨v AaÀ¯n Hcp½ Ahsâ Ihnfn AhÀ sImSp¯p. ]ns¶ I®S¨p Xe sNcn¨p InS¶p. Ah³ A½bqsS hnbÀ¸p s]mSnª B s\Ánbn Npw_n¨p. Acan\n«v A§s\ AhÀ InS¶p, ]ns¶ Ahsâ enwKw Ah³


]Xnsb hen¨qcnbt¸mÄ tbm\o Zzmc¯n \n¶pw AhcpsS tX\pw ]mepw ]pdt¯ív HgpIn Ahsâ Imen¶nSbn hoWp. Ima¯nsâ ê]hpw KÔhpw `mhhpw \ndhpw B cm{Xnbn BZyambn Aë`hn¨dnª at\mPv ip¢¯nÂIpgªncp¶ Ahsâ enwKw A½bqsS XpSIÄ¡nSbnÂh¨n«v AhêsS sImgp¯ amwktKmf§fn XeNmbv¨v InSì.. Hcp IbvsIm−v Ah³ A½bpsS tbm\nbpsS hmXn XShn. Ahsâ IínSbn IqSn AhêsS kzÀ¤hmXnen \n¶pw aZ\XoÀYw shfnbnteíp Hen¨p sIm−ncp¶p. imcZbpsS a\Êv \ndsb XnIª kwXr]vXn D−mbn. AhêsS `À¯mhn \n¶qw Ct¸mÄ AhÀ¡v e`yamb Cu kpJw In«nbn«nsöv AhÀ HmÀ¯p. at\mPv Xm³ hnNmcn¨Xp t]mse tIa³ Xs¶. BZyambn«mWv F¶p hnizkn¡m³ {]bmkw. AhÀ¡v Xsâ aIs\¡pdn¨v \à aXn¸v tXm¶n. B InS¶ InS¸n ]ns¶ Ft¸mtgm, B A½bpw aI\pw kwXr]vXnsbmSpIqSn Dd§n. **** sshIpt¶cw \mepaWn¡mWv at\mPv DWÀ¶Xv. DSs\Xs¶ _m¯vdqan Ibdn æfn¨p. Ah\v a\kn hÃm¯ æÁt_m[w tXm¶n. sNbvXXv sXämsW¶v Ah\v tXm¶n. C\n F§s\ A½bqsS apJ¯v t\m¡pw?.. Ah³ a\Ên Nn´n¨p. imcZ At¸mtg¡pw `£Ww X¿md¡nbncp¶p. taibn tNmdpw IdnIfpw \nc¯n sh¨Xn\ptijw AhÀ apdnbnse¯n at\mPns\ hnfn¨p. " tamt\....hm... h¶p tNmdp®v. ' imcZ Xncn¨pt]mIpt¼mÄ AhêsS \nXw_¯nte¡v at\mPv DÁpt\m¡n. A½bqsS CSwhew sh«n¡fn¡p¶ B Dcp− N´nIÄ I−t¸mÄ. Ahsâ a\Ênse æÁt_m[saÃmw ]¼IS¶p. tNmdv hnf¼ns¡mSp¯ imcZbpsS N´nbn ]nSn¨p sR¡ns¡m−v at\mPv tNmZn¨p. " A½ D®p¶ntÃ...?... ' " C¨nsc Ignbs«... BZyw tam³ Ign¡v... ' imcZ Ahsâ Ihnfn Hcp½ sImSp¯p sIm−p ]dªp. imcZbpsS »uknëÅn hoÀ¸pap«p¶ apeIÄ I−t¸mÄ Xs¶ Ah\v I¼nbmbn. AXv a\Ênem¡nb imcZ ]dªp. " Ct¸mÄ th− tamt\.... Rm³ tNmdp−n«v tamsâ apdnbnte¡v hcmw.... ' c−pt]êw A½bpw aIëw X½nepÅ _Ôw ad¶v ImapInþImapIsct¸mse s]êamdm³ XpS§n¡gnªncnì. at\mPv s]s«¶p `£Ww Ign¨n«v a\ÊnÃma\tÊmsS Ahsâ apdnbnte¡v t]mbn. æd¨p Ignªt¸mÄ imcZ at\mPnsâ apdnbnte¡v sN¶p.\oe\nd¯nepÅ t\cnb Ku¬ Bbncp¶p AhêsS thjw. A½ Ipfn¨p thjw amdnbn«mWp h¶Xv F¶v Ah\v a\knembn. AhÀ ]Xps¡ \S¶v Ahsâ I«nensâ AcnIn Hcp \hh[phns\ t]mse Ccp¶p. at\mPv Ca sh«msX Ahsâ A½sb AwK{]XywKw t\m¡n. F¶n«v Ahsc tNÀ¯p ]nSn¨v B apJ¯pw Np−nepw sXcpsXsc D½ sh¨p. Ahsâ ssIIÄ AhêsS tZl¯p s]cpamdm³ XpS§n.B amdnS§Ä XebnW t]mse Ahsâ amdn AaÀ¶p.at\mPv A½bpsS Ku¬ Ducn amän . ASnbn Hìw [cn¡m¯Xn\m ]qÀW\ábmbn, AhÀ Ahsâ aIsâ ap¶n \nì. sh®t]mes¯ B icocw I−v at\mPv Xcn¨p\nì. sNdp¸ambncp¶t¸mÄ Xm³ ]m Du¼n¡pSn¨ B sImgp¯pê− apeIÄ Ahs\ amSnhnfnçì. at\mPv Ahsâ A½sb aeÀ¯n¡nS¯n . ImepIÄ c−pw ]nSn¨v s]m¡n h¨p. Ih¨v Imep aS¡nç¯n InSç¶ A½bpsS apJt¯¡v Ah³ t\m¡n . ]æXnbSª B I®pIfn ImaZmlw I¯nPzençì−mbnêì. Ah³ A½bpsS ImÂap«n c−nepw ]nSn¨v AI¯n. imcZ N´n s]m¡n, Xsâ aZ\]oUw aIsâ hmbnte¡v hc¯¡h®w InSì. knÂçv tcma§fm AewIrXamb B tbm\oapJw Ahs\ lcw sImÅn¨p. tX³ Cäp \nevç¶ B tbm\nbn Ah³ XtemSn . AXp ]Xps¡ s]m§pIbpw XmgpIbpw sN¿p¶Xv Ah³ t\m¡n \nì. at\mPv Is¿¯n¨v A½bpsS sImgp¯ apeIfn XtemSn . apeIÄ hmbnen«p ëWbm³ XpS§n. AtXmsS Hê s]ê¸p imcZbpsS Hmtcm icoc sImi§fnepw \ndªp.Fgpì \nevç¶ B apesR«n Ah³ hncepIÄ sIm−v arZphmbn sRcSn . aIsâ XtemSepI imcZbpsS ape¡®pIsf tImcn¯cn¸n¨p. at\mPv Ahsâ apJw A½bpsS Acs¡«nteív ASp¸n¨p. Ah\m tbm\n apIÀìv AXn I\nbv¶ tX³ XpÅnIÄ \¡nsbSp¡m³ sImXn¨p.AXpI−t¸mÄ imcZ Ahsâ heXp I¿nsâ \Sphncepw Nq−p hncepw sbm\nbpsS hc¼pIfpsS Cê]pd¯pambn sh¨pv ]Xnsb AI¯n AhêsS KplyXbpsS Ax´cwKw aeÀs¡ Xpdì. AXnâ DÄ`mK¯nsâ càhÀ®¯nepÅ tbm\ot]inIÄ ao\nsâ sNInf t]mse hnIknçIbpw, kt¦mNnípIbpw sN¿p¶vXv I−t¸mÄ Ahsâ lrZbw s]ê¼d sIm«n. Ah³ AXn apJw AaÀ¯n Npw_n¨p. imcZ I®pIfS¨v aIsâ A[c{]tbmKw BkzZn¡m³ XpS§n. at\mPv FÃmw adìv A½bpsS Acs¡«n Npän¸nSn¨v Nphì XpSp¯ B IogvNp−pIfn apJw AaÀ¯n \¡n¯pS¡m³ XpS§n. at\mPv \mç IqÀ¸n¨v A½bpsS tbm\ohnShnte¡v Cd¡n . tbm\nbpsS CXfpIÄ


at\mPv \mç sIm−p hnSÀ¯n .imcZ Hì ]nSªp. AXv AhÀ¡v Hcp ]pXnb A\p`hambncp¶p. Ahsâ `À¯mhv sNbvXn«nÃm¯ ImcyamWv Ahsâ aI³ sN¿p¶Xv.. Ahsâ A½bpsS tbm\nbn Ahsâ \m¡v Bªp ]WnXp. AhnSps¯ aZKÔw Ahs\ a¯p]nSn¸n¨p. AhêsS Hma\¡´ns\ Ahsâ \m¡v \¡n¯pS¨p. Ah³ AXv hmbnen«v Ddp©nbt¸mÄ AhÀ ko¡mcw ]pds¸Sphn¨p. imcZ kpJelcnbn sRfn]ncn sImÅpIbmbnêì. AhÀ Acs¡«v DbÀ¯pIbpw Ahsâ aIsâ Xe ]nSn¨v Xsâ tbm\nbnte¡v AaÀ¯pIbpw sN¿vXp. A½bpsS ISn icnçw CfIn F¶v at\mPnë a\Ênembn . C\n Ahsâ km[\w A½bpsS kmam\¯n Ibdnbnd§nbmte AXp amdq F¶v Ah³ Dd¸n¨p. Ah³ Bªv \¡ns¡m−nêì. at\mPv Ahsâ A½bpsS I´v Np−pIÄ sIm−p hen¨p \o«n. Hcp IbvsIm−v AXnsâ sXmen tatem«p sX¶n¨n«v AXns\ \¡n. AXn \n¶pw NqSp tX³ Ahsâ \mhntesímen¨nd§n. Ah³ B Np−pIÄ¡nSbn \n¶pw tX³ hen¨o¼n. iv..iv..iv... Fs¶mcp iÐw imcZbn \n¶pw ]pds¸«p. Im s]m¡n sh¨hÄ \n¶p ]pfªmSn. imcZbpsS tbm\nbpsS DÅn Rc¼pIÄ sh«ns¯dním³ XpS§n. AhnsSbmsI Hcp sh«epw henbepw. at\mPnsâ apJ¯p IqSn AhêsS tbm\nbnse tX\pdh HgpIm³ XpS§n. Ahsâ Xe]nSn¨v B Ipgª tbm\nbnen«hfpc¨p. \m¡psIm−v BImhp¶ iànbn Ah\m tbm\nbnemsI \¡n¯pS¨p. imcZbpsS I´v amÀ±htadn Nph¶p XpSp¯p hepXmbn. AXn Ahsâ aIsâ \m¡p sXmSp¶ Hmtcm kv]Ài\¯nepw ImcZ \n¶p sR«n. " tamt\ \nÀ¯tÃSm. A½ç hê¶q... Bªp \¡v tamt\..' imcZ ]pe¼n. " Du..Du..Du..Du.Du.. Ahsâ... s]m..¶p...tam...t\.....Hm...Hm....Hm..." HSphn Hê ]pf¨ntemsS imcZ aZPew Npc¯n.Acs¡«p sam¯w sh«n¨psIm−v XpSsc¯pSsc \n¶p sR«n. AhêsS B hnImc¯ncXÅen imcZ at\mPnsâ Xe ]nSn¨v Ahsâ tbm\nbnte¡v AaÀ¯n h¨p. A½bpsS Hmtcm sR«epw Ahsâ apJ¯aÀ¶ncníp¶ tbm\oapJ¯n Ah\dnªp.at\mPn\p izmkw ap«nsb¦nepw A½bpsS hnImcaqÀ¨ Ah³ sicnípw BkzZn¨p. Hcp an\n«p t\ct¯ sh«en\p tijw AhêsS ssI Abªp. F¶n«pw Ah\m I´n \¡n\pWªpsIm−ncp¶p. imcZ sRfn]ncnsIm−v InS¶p InX¨p. A©p an\ns«¦nepw Ahc§s\ InS¶p ImWpw. ]ns¶ Ahsâ aIsâ t\tc Xncnªv Ah\v izmkw ap«p¶ Xc¯n Hcmthit¯msS iànbmbn sI«n¸nSn¨p. Ahsâ I®nepw Ihnfnepw Ahfp½IÄ sNmcnªp. imcZ at\mPns\ hen¨p tate InS¯n . AhêsS \ndª amdnS¯nsâ arZpeXbn at\mPv ap§n¯¸m³ Bcw`n¨p. B ape¡®pIÄ Ah³ amdnamdn hmbn C«p Ddp©n . Ahsb N¸n hençt¼mÄ imcZ ]pfªp. imcZ iàntbmsS apesR«v Ahsâ hmbnteç XÅns¡m−nêì. at\mPnsâ enwKw imcZbpsS XpSbpsS aÀ±\taäv hnizcq]w {]m]n¨p Ignªnêì. Ahsâ Dd¨ enwK¯nsâ IS¡Â imcZ ]nSp¯an«p. " aXn tamt\.. C\n tamsâ km[\w A½bpsS DÅnte¡v tIäv... ' ImeI¯n h¨v imcZ Ahsâ km[\w ]nSn¨v Ahsâ tbm\nbn ap«n¨p. at\mPv A½bpsS tbm\nbnte¡v Bªp XÅn . B Ime³ enwKw CSn¨p Ibdnbt¸mÄ imcZ kzÀKw I−p. CdpInbpcªv AXv DÅnteç Ibdnbt¸mÄ at\mPv kpJ¯n BdmSn . I¬ap¶n Imé¶ N¡apeIÄ Ah³ hmbnem¡n N¸Â XpSÀì. at\mPv enwKw Aäw hsc Ducnbn«v HäbSn¡v enwKw apgph\pw DÅnte¡v XÅnt¡än. Ahsâ icocamkIew Hê hndb ]SÀ¶v Ibdn.. " At¿m Fât½!! At¿m F\níp ht¿... F\n¡p t\mhpt¶..' imcZ hnfn¨pIqhn imcZ Ahs\ XÅnamäm³ t\m¡n. ]t£ IgnªnÃ. " At¿m.... \nÀ¯v..... slm... thZ\níp¶p... ' imcZ I®S¨v \nehnfn¨p. imcZ Im ap«p aS¡m³ t\m¡n. Ah\m ImepIÄ¡nSbn Ahsâ Acs¡«v iànbmbn AaÀ¯n ]nSn¨p. A½bpsS thZ\ a\Ênem¡nb at\mPv hfsc ]Xps¡ enwKw DuêIbpw IbäpIbpw sNbvXpsIm−nêì.imcZ at\mPnsâ Acs¡«n ]nSn¨v XÅnamäm³ {iançì−mbnêì. Ahsâ DÅn s]m«ns¯dnbpsS kabambn F¶v Ah\v a\Ênembt¸mÄ at\mPv ASnbpsS kv]oUv Iq«n. c−p I¿pw æ¯n Ah³ Ahsâ A½bpsS tase InSìv s]m§n¯mgvì. imcZ thZ\sIm−v ]pfªp. " Fsâ s]m¶½¨o...' NoÁns¯dn¸n¨p.

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" F\nív C¸gpw thZ\ amdnbn«nÃ. Fsâ km[\w \ocp sh¨q¶m tXm¶pt¶... Acs¡«p apgph³ \à thZ\..." imcZ ]dªp. " Rms\m¶p t\m¡s«...' F¶p]dªpsIm−v at\mPv A½bpsS ap−v Actbmfw tIÁn sh¨p. F¶n«v \ocv sh¨pXpS§nb Ahsâ A½bpsS tbm\nbn sXm«p t\m¡n.thZ\n¨Xp sIm−v imcZ Ahsâ Ibv X«n amÁn. " AhnsSsbms¡ thZ\níp¶p tamt\.... sXmSmsX... ' imcZ ]dªp. ]mhw A½.Ignª cm{Xnbn F´p thZ\ kln¨pImWpw. at\mPn\v a\Ên hÃm¯ Hcp s\m¼cw tXm¶n. " A½. Ft¶mSp £an¡Ww. Fsâ a\Êp ]nSn¨n«p \n¶nÃ.. C¶sekw`hn¨Xp t]mse C\o Hcn¡epw D−mInà 'at\mPv Ahsâ A½bpsS Ihnfn Hcp½ sImSp¯p sIm−p ]dªp. t{_Iv^kväp Ign¨Xn\ptijw at\mPv Ahsâ A½sb Ahsâ apdnbnte¡p sIm−p t]mbn I«nen Ccp¯n. hnImcthit¯msS sI«n¸nSn¨psIm−v Ah³ B s\dpIbn Npw_n¨p. AhêsS Np−pIÄ Ahsâ Igp¯n AaÀ¶p.Ah³ Ahsâ A½sb c−p ssI sIm−pw hcnªp apdp¡n, Ahsâ ssIIfpsS _ewsIm−v imcZ sRfnªp t]mbn. B sNs´m−n¸g¨p−pIÄ Ah³ Ahsâ Np−pIfnem¡n. Hcp \n{Zbnse¶t]mse imcZ Ahsâ I¿n ab§n¡nS¶p. Ah³ Ahsâ A½bpsS c−p apeIfpw »uknë ]pd¯pIqSn sR¡ns¡mSp¯p. imcZ aI\v kuIcy¯n\mbn Nmªv Ccp¶psImSp¯p. ]ns¶ Ah³ AhêsS »uknsâ lp¡pIÄ Ducnbn«v aIs\ AhêsS U¬e¸v sa¯t]mepÅ icoct¯mSv tNÀ¯v ]nSn¨p. B Ihnfnepw Np−nepsams¡ imcZ BÀ¯ntbmsS Npw_n¨p. imcZbpsS icocw NqSmbns¡m−ncp¶p AhêsS {_mbn at\mPv ]nSnIqSn . AXnsâ {Ìm¸pIfn Ah³ hnctemSn¨p. B \áamb Igp¯n Ah³ Npw_n¨p . Ahsâ Np−pIÄ imcZbpsS sNdp tcma§Ä hcnbn« \s«Ãnsâ apIfn \n¶pw AhêsS hmcnsbÃpIfnepw {_mbpsS {Ìm¸pIÄ sIm−p adª amwkXe§fnepw Hs¡ Npw_\hÀj§Ä s]mXnªp. AhêsS apeIÄ {_mbv¡pÅn hepXmbn hoÀ¸pap«n . AhbpsS AkuIcyw a\Ênem¡nbXp t]mse at\mPv {_mbpsS ]n¶nse lq¡gn¨p. AXp AhêsS icoc¯n \n¶pw \o¡n . imcZ AÀ[\ábmbn, I\¯ apeIfn Ahsâ I¿pIÄ AaÀ¶p. at\mPv B ape¡®pIÄ sRcn¨p. Ah³ AhêsS apeIfn \¡m³ XpS§n . AhêsS aWw Ahs\ a¯p ]nSn¸n¨p Ahsâ Npcp− apSnbngIÄ AhêsS amdn Dcªt¸mÄ imcZ Xs¶Xs¶ ad¶p. Ahsâ Np−pIÄ Xmtg¡p h¶p. apeIÄ At¸mÄ I¿pIÄ sIm−p XtemSn . Ah³ AhêsS ]mhmSbpsS NcSpIÄ Agn¡m³ XpS§n.. " th− tamt\... sImd¨p \mft¯íp AI¯v sh¡−... ' imcZ ]dªp. aIsâ B\enwKhpambn s]mê¯s¸Sm³ Xsâ tbm\n¡v ætd kabamæsa¶v AhÀ¡dnbmambnêì. at\mPv Xdbnend§n\n¶psIm−v hkv{X§Ä Agn¨pamänbn«v Ahsâ A½bpsS t\sc Xncnªp \n¶p. at\mPv Ahsâ enwKw heXp I¿v sIm−v ]nSn¨v sXmen¨p. A§ns\ sXmen¨v hfb¯n AaÀ¯n¸nSn¨v sIm−vv sXmen Xmtg¡v AaÀ¯n¸nSn¨p. Ahsâ enwK¯nsâ aIpSw IqSpX càw XpSn¨v hoÀ¯p\nì. At¸mÄ Ahsâ enwKw I«nen Ccp¶ncp¶ Ahsâ A½bpsS Np−pIÄçv t\sc Bbnêì. " A½¨o.. ChnsS Hìv D½sh¡mtam? ... ' Ah³ Ahsâ enwKs¯ Nq−n aSn¨v aSn¨v tNmZn¨p.


A½ Xsâ km[\¯ns\ H¶p hmbnseSp¡tW F¶v Ah³ B{Kln¨p. imcZ¡pw aIsâ Dt±iw a\knembn. Bé§fpsS km[\w hmbnseSpç¶Xv No¯ kv{XoIfmWv F¶mbnêì imcZbpsS A`n{]m¿w. ]s£ aIsâ tNmc apänb enwKw I−s¸mÄ AXv hmbn sh¡m³ imcZ¡v sImXn tXm¶n. " tam\v Fsâ hmbn shíW¶p tXm¶Wpt−m...." imcZ Aåw \mWs¯msS aIt\mSv tNmZn¨p. "CXphsc Rm³ sNbvXn«nÃ... ]ns¶ tam\v thWsa¦nÂ..." imcZ ]dªp Xocp¶Xn\pap¼v at\mPv Ahsâ enwKw FSp¯p A½bpsS Np−n sh¨v Dc¨p. imcZ I®S¨p]nSn¨psIm−v aIsâ enwK¯n \¡m³ XpS§n. Ah³ Rc§n. ]ns¶ enwKaæSw ]Xps¡ hmbnem¡n. enwK aæSw sIm−p Xs¶ AhêsS hm \ndªp. \m¡p sIm−p aIsâ enwKw Dgnbm\m\pw ssI sIm−p Ahsâ D−Ifn XtemSm\pw XpS§n. hfsc hnjan¨v imcZ B enwKw hmbnen«v hen¨p IpSn¡m³ XpS§n. PohnX¯nemZyambn sN¿p¶Xn\m BZysams¡ Aåw _p²n ap«nsb¦nepw, ]n¶oSv AXp amdn. imcZ aIsâ sXmen¨ enwK¯nëNpäpw \m¡n«p NpgÁm\pw XpS§n. sasà sasà Ahsâ enwKw ]IpXn imcZ hmbnem¡n. B NqSp hZ\¯n\pÅn {]thinípt´mdpw Ahsâ enwK¯nsâ hen¸hpw ZrVXbpw IqSn¡qSnh¶p. " F§s\bp−v... A½¨o..... cksamt−m...? ' kpJw sIm−v Acs¡«p sh«n¨psIm−v Ah³ tNmZn¨p. "Mqw.." imcZ Ahsâ t\sc I®pbÀ¯ns¡m−p aqfn. Ahsâ ssI AdnbmsX A½bpsS Xq§nbmSp¶ apeIfn ]nSn¨p sR¡m\mcw`n¨p. imcZ Ahsâ enwKw hmbn \n¶pw amÁn izmksaSp¯n«p ]dªp. "]t£... tam\v hcmdmIp¼w ]dbWw.Fsâ hmbnsem«v Hgn¡tÃ... ' Ah³ adp]Sn H¶pw ]dªnÃ. imcZ ho−pw Ahsâ enwKw FSp¯v hmbnen«n«v Du¼phm³ XpS§nbt¸mÄ Ah³ Acs¡«v ]Xps¡ apt¼m«p XÅm³ XpS§n. At¸mÄ imcZ ]pdtIm«p adnbm³ `mhn¨p. Ah³ HcpIbv FSp¯v A½bpsS XebpsS ]pdIn Xm§n¸nSn¨p. atÁ¡bv amdn amdn apeIfn HmSn¨p XgpIn. imcZ ]IpXn enwKw hmbn sh¨psIm−v IbvsIm−p XtemSm\pw hmWaSním\pw XpS§n. ]pXnb A\p`hambncp¶XpsIm−mImw s]«ìXs¶ Ahë hì.. Ah³ A½bpsS hmbn \n¶pw enwKw hen¨qcn.Ah³ I®S¨p \n¶psIm−v A½bpsS apJt¯¡qw apeIfnse¡qw Ahsâ NqSp ]m NoÁn¨psImSp¯p.imcZ s]s«¶v apJw sh«namän. Ahsâ ip¢w I«nente¡ v sXdn¨phoWp. A¶p cm{Xn A¯mgw Ignªv at\mPv Ahsâ A½bpsS hchpw {]Xo£n¨p I«nen Dd§msX InS¶p.Iptdt\cw Ignªt¸mÄ imcZ Ahsâ apdnbnte¡v h¶p. AhÀ Hcp ASn¸mhmSbpw »hpkpw am{Xta [cn¨ncp¶pÅq. Ahsâ A½bpsS kuμcyw Ahsâ I®pIsf aªfn¸n¨p. at\mPv Fgpt¶äv sN¶v Ahsâ A½sb sI«n¸nSn¨v Np−pIfn D½sh¨p. Ah³ A½bpsS XSn¨ Iogv Np−pIÄ ISn¨p hen¨p.ssIen¡pÅn Ahsâ enwKw At¸mÄ Hcp s]cp¼m¼ns\t¸mse h®w sh¨p. imcZ Ahsâ enwK¯n Ibdn ]nSn¨t¸mÄ Ahsâ ssIen DuÀ¶p Xmsg hoWp. imcZ aIsâ Igp¯nepw s\©nepw Hcp {`m´nsbt¸me D½sh¡m³ XpS§n. at\mPv Ahsâ A½bpsS Xe ]nSn¨v Ahsâ Acs¡«nteív Xmgv¯n. A½bpsS Du¼Â Hcn¡ÂIqSn Aë`hn¡m³ Ahsâ enwKw X¿msdSp¯pIgnªnêì. AXp a\Ênem¡nb imcZ Xdbn thKw ap«p æ¯nbnêìv hmbs]mfn¨v æe¨p \nÂç¶ Ahsâ enwKs¯ DÅnem¡n Du¼m³ XpS§n .Ah\p kt´mjw kln¨nÃ. A½bpsS NqSpÅ hmbnteív Ahsâ enwKw Ibdnbnd§m³ XpS§nbt¸mÄ at\mPv B\μ¯n aXnadì t]mbn . C{Xbpw \¶mbn hZ\kpcXw\S¯p¶ A½sb C{Xbpw \mÄ D]tbmKn¡m³ IgnbmsX t]mbXn Ahëv \jvSt_m[w tXm¶n . A½bpsS hmbv Ahsâ enwK¯n\v Fs´¶nÃm¯ kpJw sImSpçì−mbnêì. Ah³ A½bpsS Xe c−v ssIIfnepw ]nSn¨psIm−v Ahsâ enwKs¯ B NqSpw CuÀ¸hpw \ndª hmbnteív Bªmªv ]®n . imcZ Xsâ Np−pIÄ sIm−v aIsâ apgp¯ enwKw Cdp¡n¸nSn¨p DÅnteív hen¨p sIm−nêì.Ah\v Xm³ kzÀ¤¯nteív ]dìbê¶ t]mse tXm¶n . Ah³ AhêsS Xe Acs¡«nteív AaÀ¯n¸nSn¨p sIm−v Aedn hnfn¨p.... "A½¨o.. \nÀ¯sà F\níp hêì... ' imcZbpsS A®m¡nteív ip¢w Nodn¸mªp. Gsg«v {]mhiyw sh«n sh«n sXdn¨p sIm−v Ahsâ enwKw A½bpsS sXm−bnteív ip¢m`ntjIw \S¯n . aIsâ NqSpÅ B ]m æSnípI AÃmsX imcZív thsd \nhr¯nbnÃmbnêì. C{Xb[nIw ]m Ahsâ ip¢k©nbnep−mbnês¶ìv Ahëv hnizkn¡m\mbnÃ. Ahkm\s¯ XpÅnIÄ Noän Ignªn«pw Ahëv A½bpsS Xe hnSm³ tXm¶nbnÃ. A½bpsS apSníp Ip¯n¸nSn¨v Ah³ Ahsâ enwKw _eambn hmbn AaÀ¯n¸nSn¨p. izmkw ap«nb imcZ _eambn Ahsâ ssIIÄ hnSphn¨v Xebqcn . Dan\ocpw ip¢hpw IqSn¡pgª enwKw ]IpXn _e¯n ]pd¯p h¶p.hmbn \ndªncp¶ ip¢w imcZ \net¯íp Xp¸n. "F´p ]Wnbm \o C¡mWnt¨?..' imcZbpsS kzcanSdn.shdpw thiyItfmSp sN¿p¶ t]msebtà Fsâ hmbnsemgn¨Xv F¶mtemNn¨psIm−v imcZ Ipfnapdnbnte¡v t]mbn.Ipfnapdn¡pÅn Ahsâ A½ iÀ±n¡p¶ i_vZw tI«t¸mÄ Ah\v hÃmXmbn. t]mIm³ t\cw hen¨qcWsas¶v IêXnbnê¶XmWv, \S¶nÃ.


]ntä¶v Hm^okn t]mIm\mbn t{UmbnwKv dqanse¯nb at\mPnsâ ]mâvknsâ ap³`mKw DbÀ¶p \n¡p¶Xv imcZ {i²n¨p. imcZ¡p AXn \n¶pw t\m«w ]n³hen¡m³ IgnªnÃ.Ahsâ A½bpsS t\m«w I− at\mPn\v IqSpX I¼nbmbn. "A½ ImcWam Ch³ s]m§nbXv C\n A½ Xs¶ Chs\ H¶p Xmgv¯nXcWw. Ch³ XmgmsX F\n¡v Hm^okn t]mIm³ ]Á¯nÃ... ' F¶p ]dªpsIm−v at\mPv Ahsâ ]mâvknsâ kn_v Ducn Ahsâ enwKw ]pds¯Sp¯p.F¶n«v Ahsâ A½bpsS I¿p ]nSn¨p Ahsâ DWÀ¶p \n¶ enwK¯n h¨p. aIsâ Dcp¡penwK¯nsâ `wKnbpw Dd¸pw _ehpw imcZsb Iogvs¸Sp¯n. s]s«¶p imcZ¡p ]cnkcw HmÀ½ h¶p. P\epIÄ AS¨n«p−mbnê¶nÃ. imcZ ssI amÁnbn«p ]dªp. "Bsc¦nepw ImWpw. hcq \ap¡v tamsâ apdnbnÂt]mImw.' Ahsâ I®pIÄ A½bpsS hSnshm¯ icoc¯nembnêì. I−mepw I−mepw aXnhcm¯ `wKnbmbnêì Ahsâ A½bpsS icoc¯n\v. shfp¯ Ikhv ap−nëÅn D´n \nÂç¶ N´nIÂ. »uknëÅnÄ XpÅnXpfp¼n apeI aps¶m«v XÅn\nì. at\mPv s]«¶v AXnsemsc®¯ns\ ]nSn¨p ssIIfnen«v Ii¡nsªcn¡m³ XpS§n. apdnbn Ibdnb]msS imcZ ap−pw ]mhmSbpw Ducn I«nenen«p. aIsâ ap¶n \mWw F¶ hnImc¯n\v CSanÃmXmbnêì. imcZ aIsâ]mâvkpw jÀ«pw P«nbpw Ducnamän. I«nen Ibdn InS¶ imcZ aIs\ Xsâ tateív hen¨p InS¯n sI«n¸nSn¨v D½sh¡m³ XpS§n. at\mPv ]Xps¡ Ahsâ A½bpsS »uknsâ lp¡pIÄ hnSphn¨v »ukv Ducnamän. H«pw kabw IfbmsX A½bpsS {_mbpw Ah³ Ducn amÁn. AhêsS henb XSn¨ apeIÄ Ahsâ ap¶n InS¶v BSnIfn¨p. Ah³ Bthit¯mSpIqSn A½bpsS apeIsf ]nSn¨p DS¡m³ XpS§n . imcZ Ahsâ aIsâ apJ¯p t\m¡n Nncn¨p. AhêsS I®pIfn Imamthiw XncXÃpIbmbnêì. at\mPv Ahsâ A½sb FWo¸n¨v AhêsS Im Xmtgm«m¡n I«nen Cê¯n. Ah³ Xmsg ap«pIp¯n \n¶v A½bpsS XpSbnSp¡nte¡v apJw tNÀ¯p.imcZ XpSIÄ \ÃXpt]mse AIÁn Ih¨nêì. at\mPv B XpSIfn c−pw ]nSn¨aÀ¯ns¡m−v A½bpsS tbm\oapJ¯v D½sh¨p. ]Xps¡ B tbm\nbn \¡m³ XpS§n Ah³ ho−pw ho−pw B tbm\oNmen \¡nbt¸mÄ AhêsS thZ\sbÃmw Ft§m t]mbn adªp. Ah³ a\¸qÀÆw AhêsS tbm\nbnteív [mcmfw Dan\oÀ Xp¸n¡bÁn. Ahsâ Dan\ocpw AhêsS sImgp¯ aZ\\oêw B tbm\nbn IqSnIeÀì. CXn\Iw imcZçw \à NqSmbn¡gnªnêì. imcZ Acs¡«v s]m¡n Xsâ aZ\]oTw aIsâ apJ¯n«v Dc¡m³ XpS§n. AhêsS `À¯mhv Hcn¡epw AXpt]mepÅ kpJwAhÀ¡v \ÂInbnênÃ. "]Xps¡ \¡nbm aXn... ' imcZ Ahsâ apSnbn XtemSns¡m−p ]dªp. \nanj§Ä¡pÅn imcZ¡v ]eXhW cXnaqÀÑ D−mbn. imcZ Bthit¯msS Acs¡«v s]m¡n ]e A]kzc§fpw D−m¡n. at\mPv XfÀ¨tbmsS Fgpt¶äv I«nen InS¶p. Bthiw sI«S§nbt¸mÄ C\n Xsâ DugamsW¶v imcZ¡v a\knembn imcZ aIsâ km[\w I¿nseSp¯v]nSn¨v hmWaSn¡m³ XpS§n. hmbnseSp¯m aIsâ ]m æSnt¡−nhêsa¶v AhÀ¡dnbmambnêì.Ah\v AXn henb ckw tXm¶nbnÃ. "shdpsX I¿n ]nSn¨m kpJanÃ. A½ hmsbm¶p Xpdt¶..' " th−.. hmbn Hgn¡m\tÃ?..Rm³ ssIbn sh¨p hcp¯mw... ' "Fsâ s]m¶½¨nbtà hm Xpd¡v.. Cu Hê {]mhiyw am{Xw aXn ' at\mPv sI©n]dªp. A½bpsS adp]Sn¡p Im¯p\n¡msX Ah³ Xsâ Nq−phnc IS¯n AhêsS hmb Xpd¶p. F¶n«p Ahsâ enwK¯nsâ aIpSw hmbnte¡p XÅns¡mSp¯p. imcZ IpXdnamdp¶Xn\pap³t] Ah³ AhêsS apSnbn NpÁn¸nSn¨p. imcZ Ahsâ enwKaIpS¯n Hcp aSntbmsS \¡m³ XpS§n. hnNmcn¨Xnt\¡mÄ FXnÀ¸pIpdhmsW¶p I− Ah³ A½bpsS ssI ]nSn¨p Ahsâ D−Ifn ]nSn¸n¨p. Ah³ c−p ssI sIm−v A½bpsS Xe]nSn¨v Ahsâ enwK¯nte¡v _eambn AaÀ¯n. kÀhiànbpsaSp¯v Ah³ A½bpsS hmbn t`mKn¡m³ XpS§n. A½¨o F\n¡p hcp¶p. hmbntes¡mgn¡t«..." enwKw ]m Npc¯mdmbt¸mÄ Ah³ tNmZn¨p. k½Xn¡pIbÃmsX thsd hgnbnöv imcZ¡v Adnbmambncp¶p. " Mqw......."hmbv Xpd¡msX imcZ k½Xw aqfn. at\mPv AhêsS hmbnte¡p Xs¶ Ahsâ \ndsbmgn¨p. sh«nbpw BSnbpw Ah³ AhêsS hm \ndsb ]msemgn¨p. Hcp XpÅn t]mepw imcZ shfnbn XqhnbnÃ. BZyt¯ Hgp¡nsâ iàn HXp§n¡gnªt¸mÄ imcZ enwKw hmbnÂ


\ns¶Sp¯p, hmbn \ndªp \n¶ ip¢w shfnbnteíp Xp¸n. ho−pw Ahs\ hmbnen«p hen¨p Du¼n. Ahsâ Acs¡«nsâ Ne\w \neíp¶Xp htc imcZ Ahs\ hmbn C«p \pWªp. Ah³ kzÀ¤w I−p. Aåt\cw AhÀ c−pt]cpw A\§msX InSì. imcZ¡ ho−pw CfIn¯pS§n. imcZ XfÀì XpS§nb aIsâ enwKw heXpI¿n ]nSn¨v ]Xnsb ASn¡phm³ XpS§n. A§ns\ Aåw ]nSn¨p Ipep¡nbt¸mÄ B XSnb³ enwKw ho−pw _ew sh¨p. imcZ AhêsS h®n¨ XpSIÄ AI¯n sh¨n«v CêssIIfpw sIm−v ssaêIÄ Cêhit¯ív hIªp amÁn tbm\oapJw {]ZÀin¸n¨psIm−v ]dªp. "tamt\... thKw H¶I¯psh¨v ASn¨v Xm........" " A½¡v t\mhqtÃ?..' " apgph\pw XÅntIÁmsX ]Xps¡ sNbvXm thZ\n¡nÃ. .. ' imcZ aIs\ kam[m\n¸n¨p. imcZ Xsâ XpSbIÁnbn«v aIsâ enwK¯nsâ Xe]nSn¨v tbm\n¡pÅnte¡v sh¨p. at\mPv Ahsâ enwKaæSw sIm−v A½bpsS tbm\nNmen ætd XhW Xpgªp. c−pI¿pw sIm−hÄ aIsâ Acs¡«n h«w NpÁn¸nSn¨p. tbm\n¡pÅnte¡v enwKw tId¯¡hn[¯n imcZ Xsâ Acs¡«v aIsâ Acs¡«nte¡v tNÀ¯v ]Xps¡ AaÀ¯nsImSp¯p. Ahsâ enwKw A½bpsS NpSpÅ tbm\nbnteív ]Xps¡ Ibdn. C¯hW imcZ¡v henb thZ\ tXm¶nbnÃ. as\mPn\v Ahsâ A½bpsS tbm\n Ahsâ enwK¯ns\ AIt¯m«v heníp¶Xp t]mse tXm¶n. Ah³ A½bpsS tbm\nbnteív Ahsâ enwKw tIÁns¡mSp¯v \ndp¯n \ndp¯n ASn¡m³ XpS§n.. imcZ Ahsâ Acs¡«n h«w NpÁn¸nSn¨v \Sphv tNÀ¯v Bªmªv XÅn. AhêsS XSn¨p sImgp¯v XÅns¯dn¨p \n¡p¶ B apeIÄ hi§fnte¡pw ]pdInte¡pw InSì Ipep§n. PohnX¯nenXphsc Aë`hn¨nÃm¯{X Hê kpJw imcZ¡v e`n¨p. GItZiw ]¯p an\ntämfw imcZ aIsâ Acs¡«nsâ CSntbäv InS¶v ]pfªp. Ahkm\w Ah³ A½sb hmcn]pWÀ¶v B sImgp¯ apeIsfbpw Np−pIsfbpw D½sh¨v Ahsc cXnaqÀ¨bn F¯n¨p.]t£ Ah\v A[nI kabw ]nSn¨p \n¡m\mbnÃ. FÃmw Ignªt¸mÄ at\mPv Ahsâ XfÀì Xp§nb enwKw A½bpsS tbm\nbn \nìw Ducnamän. imcZ B\μI®otcmSp IqSn aIsâ s\Ánbnepw apJ¯pw, Ihnfnepw Np−nepw Hcp·mZn\ntbt¸mse D½ sh¨p. Ahs\ amtdmSp tNÀ¯v sI«n¸nSn¨p sRcn¨p. at\mPv Ahsâ A½bpsS B\ N´nIÄ NpÁn¸nSn¨p. hnc F¯ns]«Xv AhêsS aeZzmc¯nembncpì. Ah³ ]Xnsb AhnsS hncens«m¶v A\¡n t\m¡n, \à NqSv.. ]ns¶ kwibn¨nà Nq−phnc apgph³ B NqSpÅ KpZ¯nte¡v Ah³ ]ncn¨v IbÁn . Oo... At¿... F´m Cu ImWn¡pt¶.. Fìw ]dªv imcZ aIsâ ssI ]nSn¨p amÁn. ]t£ at\mPv Xoêam\n¨pd¸n¨Xpt]mse Ahsâ A½sb Iagv¯n¡nS¯n, ImepIÄ \ÃXpt]mse ]nSn¨I¯n. Npcp§nb B KpZZzmc¯n\pw, tbm\n¡pw CSípÅ kvYe¯v D½ sh¨p. At¸mÄ imcZ kpJw sIm−p ]pfªp t]mbn.A½¡v kt´mjambn F¶p a\knem¡nb Ah³ AhêsS hncnªp \n¶ N´nIÄ¡nSbn Npfnªncp¶ B Ccp− KpZZzmc¯n \m¡n«pc¨p. imcZ sR«n¯ncnªv ]pdtIm«p I¿n«v Ahsâ Xe XÅn amÁn. F¶n«v ]dªp.... "F´m tamt\...C¡mWn¡pt¶... Cu Hcp kvYeta DtÅm \n\¡p \¡m³..th− tamt\.... th−... AhnsS \o \¡−m... Np½m D½ sh¨m aXn..." " Mqw ? F´m \¡nbmev...." " AXv... hr¯ntISpÅ kvYeam AXv... " "... ]t£ F\n¡nhnSw AarXm.. A½bpsS Hcn©p kvYew t]mepw Rm³ Ifb¯nÃ. F\n¡v A½sb A{Xbv¡njvSam... Fsâ s]m¶½¨nbtÃ.. ¹okv.. ' AXptI« imcZ a\ÊnÃma\tÊmsS k½Xw aqfn . at\mPn\v kt´mjambn " F¶m H¶p Ip\nªp \n¶p Xm A½¨o ..." imcZ I«nen Iangvì, XebnWbn Xe AaÀ¯n, ap«pIm æ¯n N´n s]m¡n¡m«n.


Ah³ c−p ssIIfpw sIm−v A½bpsS N´nIfn XÅn¸nSn¨p. AtXmsS N´nIÄ \¶mbn hnSÀ¶p. Ah³ amwkfamb Acs¡«nte¡p apJw Ip\n¨v N´nbn D½ shím³ XpS§n. imcZ Hê hcmens\ t]mse ]nS¡m³ XpS§n.A½bpsS tbm\nbpsS aWw Ahs\ D·¯\m¡n. ]Ãp sIm−v B tbm\n¨mensâ Xoc§Ä Iq«n ISn¨p. kpJw sIm−hÄ AhêsS ImepIÄ IqSpX AI¯n. Ah³ ASªp tNÀ¶ncp¶ B ]qÀ¨mensâ ASn apX tatem«p \¡m³ XpS§n. At¸mfm hnShp IpsdsÈ Xpd¶p h¶p. AXn \n¶pw AhêsS amZI tX³ XpÅnIÄ HgpIn Cd§m³ XpS§n. B tX³ Ah³ \¡nsbSp¯p IpSn¨p. Ah³ Hcp ssI sIm−v AhêsS I´n Dcp½ns¡mSp¯p. ssIIÄ sIm−p tbm\n \¶mbn hnSÀ¯n ]nSn¨n«v tX³ sIm−v \\ªp IpXnÀ¶ Nph¶ I´v Np−pIÄ sIm−p ISns¨Sp¯p hmbnem¡n sRm«n \pWªp. imcZ hnImcw sIm−v ioÂImc iÐ§Ä D−m¡n¯pS§n. Ig¸nfInb imcZ ssIIÄ ]n¶nteív \o«n N´nIÄ ]nfÀ¯n Im«n Ahsâ \m¡n\p IqSpX IqSpX AIt¯¡p Ibdm³ kuIcyw sNbvXpsImSp¯p. Ah³ I´nse {]tbmK¯n\p iàn Iq«n. Ahsâ apJw apgph³ AhêsS tbm\nt¯³ sIm−p \ndªp., Ahsâ A½bpsS tbm\nbnÂ\ns¶mgpInb a[pc tX³ Ah³ IpSn¨nd¡n. " \nsâ A¨³ F\n¡v C§s\sbmìw sNbvXp X¶n«nÃ." imcZ InXç¶Xn\nSbn ]dªp. kt¦mNn¡bpw hnIknçIbpw sN¿p¶ A½bpsS KpZZzmc¯n Ahsâ enwKw XÅn¡bäp¶tXmÀ¯t¸mÄ Ahsâ enwKw IqSpX ZrVambn. Ah³ \¡Â aXnbm¡n Fgpt¶äp. ap«pIp¯n \n¶psIm−v Ahsâ A½bpsS KpZZzmc¯n Ahsâ enwKw sh¨aÀ¯n. imcZ¡v aIsâ Dt±iw a\Ênembn. " At¿m AhnsS sN¿−... AsX\n¡nãaÃ. thZ\n¡pw, AhnsS IbÁtÃ. Rm³ tamsâ hmbn sh¨v sN¿mw...... ' imcZ ]dªp. c−ph«w ip¢w NoänbXn\m at\mPn\pw A{X henb Bthisam¶pw D−mbncp¶nÃ.. KpZssaYp\w ]n¶osSmcn¡Â B¡mw F¶p IcpXn .at\mPv Ahsâ A½bpsS Xe ]Sn¨v Xmgv¯nAhsâ enwK¯nsâ AÁ¯pÅ sam« `mKw A½bpsS hmbn h¨psImSp¯p. B Np−pIÄ hndsImÅp¶p−mbncp¶p.KpZt`mKw Hgnhmb kt´mjt¯msS imcZ Hcp thiysbt¸mse aIsâ enwKw Ddp©m³ XpS§n. Ah³ AhêsS Xebn ]nSn¨v AhêsS hmbnteív Acs¡«v Cf¡ns¡mSp¯p. A½bpsS B hmbv sIm−pÅ{]tbmK¯n at\mPv FÃmw adì Iptdt\cw Ignªt¸mÄ Ahsâ \s«Ãnsâ ASnbn Hcp s]cp¸p tXm¶n. s]s«¶v Ah³ H¶p ]nSªp. Ahsâ ]m Ahsâ A½bpsS hmbn XpÅnIfmbn hoWXp Ah\dnªp. Ah\p aXnbmbt¸mÄ Ah³ Ahsâ enwKw A½bpsS hmbn \n¶pw Ducn. ***** A§s\ ]e cm{XnIfpw ]IepIfpw IS¶pt]mbn.. ]n¶oSpÅ FÃm cm{XnIfnepw AhÀ c−pt]cpw H¶n¨mWp InS¶X.v Xsâ ssewKnIPohnXw Xncn¨pIn«nbXn imcZ AIagnªp BËmZn¨p. A¶p apX ho«nÂh¶m A½sb kpJn¸n¡Â Bbn as\mPnsâ {][m\ tPmen. imcZt¡m aIsâ apgp¯ enwKw tIdmsX Hcp Znhkw t]mepw Ignbm³ ]Á¯nà F¶ AhkvXbpw. AhêsS apeIfpw ape¡®pIfpw aIsâ ssIhf¯m hnSÀì hnIkn¨p. Ahsâ `oa³enwKw apgph\pw AI¯pIbd¯¡coXnbn AhêsS tbm\nbpw eqkmbn¡gnªncp¶p. Ah[nZnhk§fn ]I apgphëw A½bpw aI\pw cXn eoeIfmSn kpJn¨p. Znhk§Ä sNÃpw tXmdpw AhcpsS kwt`mK¯nsâ a«pw `mhhpw amdm³ XpS§n. imcZ ]mNIw sN¿pt¼tmÄ Ah³ ASp¡fbn Ibdn A½bpsS apeIfn s]êamdns¡m−ncnípw.ASp¡fbn h¨p Xs¶ kmcns]m¡n Ip\n¨p\nÀ¯n ASn¡pw. taita æ\n¨v InS¯nbpw, ap«pæ¯n N´ns]m¡n \nÀ¯nbpw, aeÀ¯n InS¯nbpw,ap«pImen æ\n¨v \nÀ¯nbpw, s]m¡nsbSp¯p Ffo h¨pw F¶pth− FÃmhn[¯nepw at\mPv Ahsâ A½sb t`mKn¨p kpJn¸n¨p. imcZ aIs\ aeÀ¯n¡nS¯n Acs¡«n tIdnbncp¶v t`mKn¨pw hZ\ kpcXw sNbvXpw Xsâ ISa \nÀhln¨p. KpZssaYp\w am{Xw Ah³v Hcp kz]v\ambn Ahtijn¨p. ]e XhW {ians¨¦nepw A½ív Xmåcyw Cà F¶v I−t¸mÄ Ah³ ]n·mdpIbmbnêì.]t£ \¡nbpw hncen«pw A½bpsS KpZZzmcs¯ Ahsâ enwK¯nsâ BLmXw Xm§m³ th−n Ah³ X¿mdm¡nsIm−ncp¶p. A§s\bncns¡ at\mPv, tKmhbn \Sç¶ Hê SqÀWsaân ]s¦Sp¡m³ t]mbn. c−mgvN IgnªmWv Xncn¨p h¶Xv.B Imea{Xbpw imcZ hncen«pw Iymcäv Ibänbpw Xsâ Zmlw ian¸n¨p. SqÀWsaâv Ignªv at\mPv Xncns¨¯nbXv Ahsâ c−v Iq«pImêsS IqsS Bbnêì. imcZ AhscmSv Nmb æSn¨n«v t]mbm aXn Gì ]dªXv at\mPn\v CãambnÃ. HcmgvNbmbn A½sb ]ncnªnê¶Xn\m Ahsâ icocsaÃmw NqSp]nSn¨nêì. ]m³knëÅn Ahsâ enwKw DbÀì h¶Xv imcZbpw {i[vZn¡mXnê¶nÃ. ]s£ \m«p\S¸ëkcn¨v ho«n h¶hsc Hê Nmb t]mepw sImSp¡msX aS¡n Abç¶sX§s\? Iq«pImscbpw as\mPns\bpw knäu«n Ccn¡m³ ]dªn«v imcZ ASp¡fbnte¡v s]mbn. æd¨p Ignªt¸m sImdn¡ms\s´¦nepw FSp¯n«v hcmw Fì ]dªv as\mPpw AIt¯¡v hì. AI¯v imcZ Nmb D−mç¶ Xnc¡nembnêì.at\mPv AI¯p h¶]msS A½sb ]pdIn \n¶qw sI«n¸nSn¨v Igp¯n Hê½ sImSp¯p. B iàamb BenwK\¯n aIsâ enwKw Xsâ ]pd¯v Aaê¶XvimcZ Xncn¨dnªp.imcZ s]s«¶v Hì sR«n.AhÀ aIsâ I¿v X«namän.


""th− samt\ , AhÀ Iméw''. icZ AS¡nb kzc¯n ]dªp. ""CÃt½ AhÀ knäu«nemWv. AIt¯m«v hcnÃ.'' Fì ]dªpsIm−v at\mPv imcZbpsS Np−pIfn AaÀ¯n Npw_n¨p. ""sh−m , Ahcv s]mbn«p aXn."" Fì ]dªpsIm−v imcZ aIs\ ]nSn¨p amäm³ s\m¡n. As¸msgçw at\mPv A½bpsS Np−papgph³ hmíI¯m¡n N¸nhen¨pXpS§nbnêì. at\mPv Hê ssIsIm−v A½bpsS N´nbn ]nSn¨aÀ¯n X¶nse¡v ASp¸n¨p.Hê ssI kmcn¡Snbn¡qSn IS¯n B henb apeIfn XtemSm³ XpS§n.imcZ aIsâ ssIIfn \nìw kzX{´bmI³ ]cah[n {ian¨p. ]s£ IgnªnÃ. imcZbpsS apJ¯nepw Igp¯nepw Ahsâ Np−pIÄ {`m´amb Hcmthit¯msä HmSn\Sì. sRfn]ncn sImÅp¶ A½bpsS apeIenfpw N´nbnepw Ah³ Hê abhpanÃsX sR¡m³ XpS§n. imcZbpw Hcmgv¨bmbn aIsâ kmao]yanÃmXnê¶Xn\m Imashdn aq¯ncnçIbmbnêì. elcnaq¯t¸mÄ imcZ ]cnkcw adì. AhêsS izmkKXnbn amÁw h¶q. AhêsS apgp¯ apeIÄ thK¯n DbÀì Xmgm³ XpS§n . AhÀ aIs\ KmVw ]pWÀì. A½bpsS FXnÀ¸v amdnbXdnªs¸mÄ as\mPn\v kt´mjambn. ]s£ A[nIt\cw B Ifn XpSêXv B]¯msWìv Ah\dnbmambnêì. F{Xbpw Ffp¸w Imcyw km[n¡Ww. at\mPv A½sb Xncn¨p \nÀ¯n.Igp¯n Npw_n¨psIm−v A½tbmSv æ\nªp \n¡m³ ]dªp. aIsâ Dt±iw a\knem¡nb imcZ Ac`n¯nbn ssIæ¯n æ\nªp \nì. at\mPv A½bpsS kmcnbpw ]mhmSbpw Acs¡s«mfw DbÀ¯n]nSn¨p.imcZ ASnbn Hìw C«nê¶nÃ.at\mPv A½bpsS sbm\nbnteív hncepIÄ Ibän. imcZ bmsXmê anSnbpanÃmsX ImepIÄ AI¯nh¨v I®pIÄ AS¨v aIsâ hncÂssaYp\w BkzZnçhm³ XpS§n.at\mPv A½bpsS sbm\nbn \nìw tX³ ]pc− hnc hens¨Sp¯v Xsâ hmbn sh¨v Dudn. F¶n«v ho−pw A½bpsZ \¶mbn hnSÀìv hnIkn¨p aZ\Pew sIm−v \ndªnêì \n¶ aZ\sN¸n hncepI iànsbmsS æ¯nIbän B hnc {]tbmK¯m imcZ¡v lcw Ibdm³ XpS§n. AhÀ Xsâ N´nIÄ DbÀ¯n]nSn¨psIm−v apçhmëw aqfphmëw XpS§n. imcZ Acs¡«v tatem«v s]m¡n Xcm³ XpS§nbtXmsS at\mPv kIe iànbpsaSp¯v AhêsS sbm\nbn Xsâ hncen«v æ¯n. at\mPv A½bpsS sbm\nbn \nìw hnc Ducnamän. F¶n«v Hê hnc B sIm¨p KpZZzmc¯nte¡v Xncn¨ptIän DÅnteçw ]pdt¯çw sIm−phcm³ XpS§n. . imcZíXv \¶mbn Cãs¸«p. imcZ N´n aIsâ hncente¡v XÅnsIm−v B hnc apgphëw Xsâ aeZzmc¯nteç DÄs¡m−p. Xsâ DÅn Fs´ms¡tbm I¯n¸Sê¶Xv AhÀ Adnªp. AhêsS icocamkIew Hê hnImc¯ncXÅ D−mbn. AhêsS sbm\n hn§phm³ XpS§n. ""Hì thKamIs«.."" imcZ AaÀ¯nb kzc¯n aIs\mSv ]dªp. aIsâ Cê¼penwK¯nsâ XmU\¯n\mbn AhêsS tbm\n Xcn¨p. at\mPv A½bpsS aeZzmc¯n \nìw hnc Ducnamänbn«v ]m³knsâ kn¸v Ducn P«n Xmsgç XÅnamänbn«v Ahsâ enwKw ]pds¯Sp¯p. imcZ Imepc−pw ætd¡qSn AI¯n sh¨v AhêsS N´n apIfnteçv s]m´n¨v aIsâ enwKs¯ kzoIcnçhm³ X¿mdmbn. at\mPv D²cn¨p \n¶ Ahsâ enwK¯n ]nSn¨v Hìc−p XhW XgpIn aæS¯nse sXmen ]n¶nseç \o¡n. Aåw æ\nªv \n¶n«v B `oa³ enwKs¯ A½bpsS tbm\nIhmSXn ap«n¨p. imcZ aIsâ kuIcy¯n\mbn Im hncepI am{Xw Xdbn æ¯n N´n æsd¡qSn DbÀ¯ns¡mäq¯p. at\mPv ]Xps¡ Xsâ enwKw aZ\Pew sIm−v \ndªnê¶ A½bpsS tbm\nbnse¡v XÅnIbän.B XÅen AhÀ Mvlm.. At¿m.. Fìv ]dªp t]mbn. F¦nepw aIsâ enwKw apgph\mbn Ibdn¡gnªt¸mÄ iÐw ]pd¯v hcmXncn¡³ Np−pIÄ ISn¨p]nSn¨p. ASnbpsS iànbn A½ aps¶m«mbp¶Xv I− at\mPv imcZbpsS Acs¡«n apdpsI ]nSnNv Xt¶mSSp¸n¨p. Acs¡«v ]n¶nteçw ap¶nteçw XÅn Hcp abhpanÃmsX at\mPv Xsâ A½sb t`mKn¡m³ XpS§n. AhÀ B ASnbpsS elcnbn AhêsS Acs¡«v ]n¶nteçv XÅm³ XpS§n. kz´w A½bpsS hgphgp¯ sbm\n¡t¯çw ]pdt¯çw Xsâ enwKw Ibdnbnd§phm³ XpS§nbt¸mÄ at\mPv kpJw sIm−v ]pfªp.A[nIt\cw A§s\ ASn¡m³ Ignbnöv Ah\v Adnbmambnêì. ]m hcm³ XpS§nbt¸mÄ a\mPv ASnbpsS iàn Iq«n. imcZ ImÂhncepIÄ am{Xw Xdbn æ¯n \n¶v aIsâ XmU\w kln¨p. AhÀ I®pIÄ Cdp¡nbS¨v Np−pIÄ _eambn ISn¨p]nSn¨psIm−v cXnaqÀ¨bpsS amZI kpJw Aë`hn¨Xnsâ sXm«p ]pdtI as\mPpw NqSp]m Ahsâ A½bpsS tbm\nçÅnse¡v Hgn¨p. Ahkm\XpÅnbpw Noän¨Xnëtijw ip¢w Hen¨nd§p¶ A½bpsS tbm\nbnÂ\nìw Ah³ Xsâ XfÀ¶ enwKw hen¨qcn. hnbÀs¯men¨ icochpambn at\mPv t\sc Ahsâ apdnbnseçt]mbn hnbÀs¸Ãmw XpS¨pIfªXnë tijw ]pds¯ç hì. æsd t\cw Ignªt¸mÄ imcZbpw Hìw kw`hn¡m¯Xps]mte Nmbbpamsb¯n. sshæt¶cs¯ ]mÀ«nç ad¡msX hcWw Fì as\mPns\ HmÀan¸n¨n«v Ahsâ Iq«pImÀ bm{Xbmbn. Iq«pImÀ t]mbbpS³ A½bpw aIëw ho−pw ImatIfnIÄ Bcw`n¨p.HmcmgvNs¯ \jSw GXmëw aWn¡qdpIfn AhÀ XoÀ¯p. ]mÀ«n Ignªv at\mPv h¶Xv \ÃXpt]mse aZy]n¨n«mbnêì. A½sb I−]mbpS³ at\mPv Ahsc Hê s]ê¼m¼ns\ t]mse Npänhcnªp. aI³ aZy]n¨n«v h¶Xv imcZ¡v CãambnÃ. AhÀ Ahsâ ssIIfn \nìw kzX{´bmI³ Hê {iaw \S¯ns\m¡n. ]s£ aIsâ ssIIÄ Xsâ apeIsf ]nSn¨v Ii¡³ XpS§nbt¸mÄ imcZ Hê sIm¨pæ«nsbs¸mse Ahë hg§ns¡mSp¯p. A½bpsS XpWnsbÃmw Dcnªv \ábm¡n I«nen InS¯nbXnëtijw at\mPv, DSs\ hcmw Fì ]cªv apdn¡v ]pds¯ç t]mbn. Ah³ Xncn¨ph¶Xv shfns¨®æ¸nbpambn«mbnêì. æ¸n I−bpS³ imcZ tNmZn¨p.


""F´n\m shfns¨®?'' "At½ , Cì Rm³ ]pdIn sh¡mw. shfns¨® tX¨m ]ns¶ thZ\n¡nÃ"" Znhtk\bpÅ \¡epw hncenSoepw ImcWw Xsâ KpZZzmcw eqkmbn¡gnªncp¶XpsIm−v A[nIw thZ\n¡nà F¶vv imcZ¡pw tXm¶n. HscmÁ {]mhiyw aXn A½¨o.... Ah³ sI©n. " Dw..Fs¶ thZ\n¸n¡mXncp¶m aXn .. ' imcZ aSn¨v aSn¨v k½Xw aqfn. aIsâ apgp¯ enwK¯nt\mS¸w `bw imcZ¡v At¸mgpap−mbncp¶p . Ah³ A½bpsS KpZw H¶p abs¸Sp¯n FSp¡mëÅ {iaw XpS§n. Ah³ A½sb ]nSn¨v Iagv¯n InS¯n. imcZ AhêsS XpÅn¯pfp¼p¶ shfp¯ at\mlc§fmb N´n DbÀ¯n¸nSn¨p. Ah³ Ahsâ A½bpsS aeZzmc¯n Hcp hnc apgph³ ]ncn¨p IbÁn . imcZ At¸m Ipd¨pIqSn N´n hncnbn¨p \nì. AhêsS KpZ¯n\p NpÁpapÅ tcma§Ä Ahsâ \m¡nsâ kv]Ài\¯m IpXncp¶Xp imcZ Adnªp.Ahsâ enwKaæSw tIdWsa¦n A½bpsS aeZzmcw C\nbpw \Ãh®w hnIknt¡−nbncnípì F¶v Ah\v a\knembn. Ah³ Aåw Dan\oscSp¯v B KpZZzmc¯n tX¨p. hnIkn¨p \n¶ aeZzmc¯nëÅnte¡v Ahsâ hncepIÄ IqSnIp¯nIS¯nbt¸mÄ imcZ kzÀ¤ob kpJw Aë`hn¨p XpS§nbncpì. imcZ N´n \¶mbn hncnbn¨v XÅn¸nSn¨v \nì. Ah³ B Cdp¡apÅ KpZZzmc¯nte¡v hncepIÄ Id¡nbpw tIÁnbpw ASn¨pXpS§n. AhêsS KpZZzmcw eqkmIm³ XpS§n.imcZ Ahsâ hncepIfnteív Ahsâ KpZw sIm−v XÅm³ XpS§nbt¸mÄ Ahë a\Ênembn A½bpsS FXnÀs¸Ãmw amdnsb¶v Ah³ XoÀ¨s¸Sp¯n. Ahsâ A½bpsS Bk\¯n \nìv hncepIÄ hen¨qcnbXn\ptijw shfns¨®¡p¸n Xpd¶v F® IptdsbSp¯v A½bpsS KpZZzmc¯n hnc IS¯n Id¡n tX¨v ]nSn¸n¨p. at\mPv A½bpsS tbm\nbn hncen«v AhnsS Ddªp IqSnbnê¶ tX³ tXm−nsbSp¯v, AXpw AhêsS KpZZzmc¯n æ¯n \nd¨p. A§ns\ sNbvXp Ignªt¸mÄ Ahsâ A½ icn¡pw KpZssaYp\¯n\v sdUnbmbn¡gnªp F¶v Ah\v tXm¶n. Ah³ hnc amÁn ]Xnsb Ahsâ enwKs¯ B N´nhnSteív ASp¸n¨p. Ahsâ A½bpsS \¶mbn hnIkn¨p\n¶ KpZZzmc¯nteív Ah³ Ahsâ enwKaæSw Hì ap«n¨p t\m¡n. F¶n«v ]Xnsb H¶aÀ¯n. imcZ H¶p ]nSªp. Ipd¨pIqSn iIvXambn AaÀ¯nbt¸mÄ imcZ ]dªp. " At¿m ]Xps¡ ...tams\ thZ\n¡p¶p... ' Ah³ Ahsâ enwK¯n Iptd G® hmcnt¯¨p. F¶n«v ho−pw A½bpsS KpZZzmc¯n sh¨v iIvXambn AaÀ¯n.F´ph¶mepw C¶v A½bpsS KpZZzmcw Xpf¡Ww G¶v XoÀ¨s¸Sp¯ns¡m−v AhêsS KpZZzmc¯nte¡p Ahsâ apgp¯ enwKw IbÁn. hfsc IjvSs¸«v Ahsâ enwKw B Zzmc¯nteív ]qgv¶nd§n. Cdp¡apÅ NqSpw hghgp¸pamÀ¶ B aeZzmc¯nse sRcp¡w Ahë ]IÀ¶ Aë`qXn AhÀ®\obambncpì. AIt¯m«p h¶ Ahsâ aIsâ enwK¯ns\ imcZ Ahsâ t]inIÄ kt¦mNn¸n¨v ætdsÈ CdpçIbpw hnSpIbpw sN¿pì−mbnêì. Ah\v A½bpsS KpZZzmc¯nsâ NqSv \¶mbn CjvSs¸«p. AhêsS aeZzmcw Ahsâ æ®sb ]ngnbm³ XpS§nbnêì. ASípIbpw XpdçIbpw sNbvXpsIm−nê¶ B Bk\ hmbnteív Ahsâ enwKw aμw aμw ëgªp Ibdm³ XpS§n . imcZ _p²nap«n, ap¡nbpw aqfnbpw ]Ãp ISn¨p ]nSn¨v B apgp¯ enwKs¯ kln¨p. A½bpsS tX§Â tI«t¸mÄ Ahsâ enwKhpambn B KpZZzmcw ]qÀ®ambpw s]mcp¯s¸«p Ignªnsöv Ah\qw a\Ênembn. Ahsâ enwKw ]IpXntbmfw AI¯mbn¡gnªncp¶p. imcZ¡v thZ\ Aklyambn XpS§nbt¸mÄ Aht\mSv Ducm³ ]dªp. ]s£ A½bpsS At]£ tIÄç¶ Hê am\knI\nebnembnê¶nà Ah³. Ah³ Hä¯Ån\v A½bpsS KpZ¯nte¡p Ahsâ enwK¯nsâ Ahkm\s¯ C©pw ASn¨p IbÁn. slsâ At½ F¶ Zo\ tcmZ\w imcZbn \nìv DbÀì. "At¿m At¿m... F\n¡p \odp¶p.. Fsâ s]m¶p tam\tÃ.. Fs¶ sImÃmsX..Fât½... aXo.... \nÀ¯ntí.... At¿m aXn.. ' imcZbpsS I®p \ndªp. ]t£ Ah³ Hcn©pt]mepw amdnbnà Imaelcn Ah\v Hcp {`m´mbn amdnbncp¶p. Ah³ A½bpsS Acs¡«n _eambn ]nSn¨psIm−v ]d¶Sn¡m³ XpS§n.


"At¿m Fs¶ hnSq" imcZ Icªp]dªp. A½bpsS iÐw IqSnhê¶Xdnª at\mPv Hê ssIsIm−v AhêsS hmbv s]m¯n¸nSn¨p. C\n c£bnöv a\knem¡nb imcZ thZ\ ISn¨nd¡ns¡m−v hg§m³ XpS§n.Ah³ DucnbSn¡m³ XpS§nbt¸mÄ Ahsâ enwK¯n \à \oä A\p`hs¸«p. at\mPv IpXn¨psIm−v Ahsâ A½bpsS KpZZzmc¯n Ahsâ apgp¯ enwKw Ducn Ducn ASn¨p. temI¯pXs¶ hfsc Npê¡w am{Xw t]À¡v e`nç¶ B kphÀWmhkcw, kz´w amXmhnsâ KpZZzmcw kz´am¡mëÅ `mKyw, at\mPv , aZyelcnbnembncn¶n«pIqSn BkzZn¡m³ XnS§n. imcZ¡p ASnhbÁn \n¶pw Ft´m ]pIªp tatem«pbcp¶Xpt]mse tXm¶n. AhêsS KpZZzmc¯n hÃm¯ Hê \oä Aë`hs¸Spì−mbnêì. ASnbpsS Du¡p IqSpwtXmdpw Xsâ A½bpsS Ic¨n tX§epIfmbn amdp¶Xv at\mPv Adnªp. A[nIw XmaknbmsX at\mPv Xsâ A½bpsS KpZ¯nëÅn ip¢hÀjw \S¯n. apgph³ ]mepw A½bpsS aemib¯nse¡v Hgn¨Xnëtijw at\mPv Ahsâ enwKw a\ÊnÃma\tÊmsS ]Xps¡ Ducn shfnbnseSp¯p. F¶n«v A½bpsS ]pd¯p\nìw Cd§n Xmsg I«nen InSì.imcZ As¸mgpw tX§n¡cbpì−mbnêì. aZyelcnbn A½sb Aizkn¸n¡\sas¶mìw Ah\v tXm¶nbnÃ. As¸mgpw imcZbpsS KpZZzmc¯n \nìw tNmcbpw ip¢hpw IeÀ¶ an{inXw InS¡bnteív HgpIn hogpì−mbnêì. Hê ]m]{InbbpsS A´yhncmasa¶s]mse.. Hê ]pXnb XpS¡w..


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