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MADRAS: CHAPTER ONE

Updated on June 12, 2012

A story which came to my mind set in colonial India. Hope you enjoy reading this.


He gazed steadily at the telegram unaware of everything, oblivious to all the world! There was a pleasant breeze in the verandah, Janani played with her marbles outside with her friends. The neem tree, ever lush, graced the front yard. But all was chaos in his head.

“Father died. Condolences. Position vacant. Apply per father’s wishes. Colonel Kishore”

His mind was half dazed, he still could not digest the fact but with the steady deaths that he’d already witnessed in the neighbourhood, and with his own matured manhood, he tried desperately to collect himself and take on responsibility now. Yes, Chandru was such an youth, he knew the burdens of living in a plagued nation.

He took a deep breath, shook away all uncertainity and distress and called out, “Janani”.

She left her playful prances and game and ran over to him with fond abandon.

“Give this to mother” he said in an unusually gruff voice.

Janani snatched it playfully and ran into the house. Sadly, he looked at her blue pattu pavadai and hair adorned with jasmines, she had been pampered and used to a happy life, indeed, Janani was born six years after him, by which time, their family had become quite wealthy due to his promotions and inheritance of a small fortune left by his aunt. She had never known a day of hunger, they had curd and milk whenever they’d wanted which was considered a luxury in those days but now it all must change drastically.

It may seem unusual to the readers as to how Chandru, a young youth could calmly contemplate all this after the death of his own dear father, but such was the lot of men in those days. He had long known about the consequences of such an instance and knew how to counter it and carry on or so he thought.

There came a wild wailing from inside the house and he rushed in, eyes welling with tears. His mother had broken down against the wall, rocking pitifully and tearing the air in front of her in an anguished frenzy and he broke down too thudding his back against the wall and swallowing hard! Janani just stared with big naive eyes, crying silently! Yes everything must change and he must go!

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      Sharon Christy 5 years ago from India

      Thank you Mekenzie. So glad you liked it! :)

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      Susan Ream 5 years ago from Michigan

      Sharon, You've got me hooked. Great beginning to what is sure to be a captivating story. Chandru has a lot of responsibility sitting on his shoulders. How will he handle it all ... he is so young.

      I'll look forward to reading chapter 2.

      Voted up and Awesome!

      Mekenzie

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      Sharon Christy 6 years ago from India

      hello Sueswan, lovely to have your comments. Thank you for your votes. Bless you and take care! :) Good eve!

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      Sueswan 6 years ago

      Hi Sharon

      You are a very talented writer. I am looking forward to the next chapter.

      Voted up and away

      Take care :)

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      Sharon Christy 6 years ago from India

      Thank you Helen. I am honoured. Take care and God bless!

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      oceansider 6 years ago

      Sharon,

      I have now read your first hub of this series, and I love it!...You are a wonderful writer, you've expressed so well the emotions and feelings of this family...I can't wait to read #2....Take care,

      Helen

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      Sharon Christy 6 years ago from India

      Thank you Gypsy Rose Lee! Can't wait for your comments either!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Great story Sharon. Can't wait to find our how it all develops.

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      Sharon Christy 6 years ago from India

      I am overjoyed you liked it. Thank you JKenny!

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      James Kenny 6 years ago from Birmingham, England

      Wow, a dramatic beginning, I'm hooked Sharon. On to chapter 2 to find out more about Chandru and what sort of future lies in store for him.

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      Sharon Christy 6 years ago from India

      Thank you so much shiningirisheyes. I was beginning to laugh at myself, you've revived my interest in the story too by being the first commentator! Thank you so much! You don't know how glad you've made me as this is the first story I've published yet! So sweet of you and overjoyed you shall read on! Good day!

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      Shining Irish Eyes 6 years ago from Upstate, New York

      You've grabbed my attention and now I need to read on to find out what Chandru's future is.

      Great write, voting up and reading on

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