MADRAS: CHAPTER THREE


At the station, he’d met Ram, one of his acquaintances from school who he learned was setting out on the same purpose. Ram was a very cheery and lively fellow who was all excited about making his own fortune in the world, unlike Chandru. Ram had lost his father very early, he had a mother who was a tailor and four sisters, being the only boy child, he was her favourite and a very spoilt child though their family was not all that wealthy. He was not exactly a bumbling idiot, but he was a very inconsiderate, selfish and illogically arduous fellow.

He had many packets of cigarettes which he urged Chandru to try. Chandru found some solace in Ram as a companion for he felt quite lonely at this sudden and unexpected separation.

Ram painted colourful accounts of what he expected and anticipated, he let on an air of knowing all, in general. The village where Ram and Chandru had resided was quite remote, though part of the British Raj, not many English lived there, actually, they thought it was not worth their notice.

His mother had made such a drama of him leaving though she’d known about it for two months. Throughout the journey, Chandru pondered on home, missing the verandah where he would read the evening news as his mother handed him coffee and seeing his sister play nearby, smiling heartily at him from time to time. It was clear she adored and admired him!

He leaned against the metal bars on the train window and felt the brush of the warm wind against his face, listening to the steady and loud rhythm of the train. He looked at the green pastures, the homely farmhouses and yearned for the placidity of his own home and eventually fell asleep, before sighing, “Damn the British, damn this fight for Independence”.

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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

I can't wait for chapter four! To know Chandru and Janani's future.....

Just wonderful

voting up and waiting for more


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

Thank you so much shiningirisheyes. It would be as well to say that Chandru is not the hero of my story, well, he may also be one, perhaps. Hope you like what's about to come or who's about to come!


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JKenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

Sharon- I'm totally transfixed by this story, my heart yearns to know more of Chandru's fate. Ram's an exciting new addition with so many possibilities, it'll be interesting to see how much he influences Chandru.


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Very nicely done. I'll be waiting for the rest of the story as it unfolds...


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

Thank you aviannovice!


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

Yes JKenny. Ram is a very pliable fellow, not much of a strong character so probably, he's the one who shall be influenced by the instances in the story. Thank you for your wonderful reviews and insights! Good morning! :)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Keeps getting better eagerly awaiting the next chapter.


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

Thanks Gypsy Rose Lee.


oceansider 4 years ago

Sharon, I love part three and will look forward to reading part four.

Well done!

Take care,

Helen


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

thank you helen! :)


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Sharon

"He leaned against the metal bars on the train window and felt the brush of the warm wind against his face, listening to the steady and loud rhythm of the train. He looked at the green pastures, the homely farmhouses and yearned for the placidity of his own home and eventually fell asleep, before sighing, “Damn the British, damn this fight for Independence”. "

Beautifully expressed. The imagery is amazing. I can feel the warm breeze and my heart goes out to young Chandru.

Look forward to the next chapter.

Voted up and away


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sharonchristy 4 years ago from India Author

aww... how sweet of you my dear Sueswan... I am so sorry... I love all the comments you kind people give after reading Madras.. but I am really stuck.. been trying to write Chapter 7 for so long but have a lot of research to do... thank you sueswan and God bless you ever!

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