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Saturday, May 26, 2012

my Daughter Kyra

Dehradoon sounds so cool
 I can picture it only as a city full of chaffeur driven cars where the Richie Rich of the country come to pick up thier wards for the summer holidays from the Doon school .
One can also imagine it as  a city in the foothills of Mussoorie all cloudy  dewy and freezing the bones off .

But this summer
The Dehradoon platform I got out was anything but all this
it was the middle of june  summer was at its peak
it was hot and fuming

It seemed like t he whole of India was there in that platform that day !

Its teeming millions was truly represented  in the clamour and confusion  in all its kaledioscopic glory .

jostled and ribbed I pushed my way to the exit

Suddenly I heard the cry   "Thief , thief   "
A burly guy ran pushing  me out of the way
I collapsed clumsily  into a heep on thedirty floor hitting my forehead on the hot stone and all I could see were slippers and shoes .
Extricating myself from the mess and thanking my stars I wasnt mashed and melded  into the earth by the thronging janta .
I managed to catch a friendly  neigbourhood post  and stood  up .
  amusingly i found out  that I now had a small cute handbag with me 
where did this ome from ?

post fall reward huh !

oh no..oh no all dawned on me now

The guy the thief   he  had left it with me in the confusion of his being tripped as he tried to escape .

and then I saw a tall lithe girl running past me still crying  "thief  thief stop him "
The thief jumped down into the rail track and climbed to the opposite platform and disappeared into the crowds .

"Hey hey " I called out to the girl
 "look the guy left this with me , is this yours ? "
She stopped in her tracks and looked back at me  at me irritated and angry .
the crowd just went on its way oblivous of all this

she stared at me
her wide eye lashes fluttered
should have been Lakme products doing all those wonders to those antennae !( this was retrospectively after I learnt it from her )

"Yaas that is it ....  ya  ya  yaas mine mine .....give it me "
She grabbed the purse from me checked it and then slowly turned to look at me this time with a small smile in her face .
luckily for me she didnt call me the thief !
I patted my bag and purse thank God nothing lost from me in the confusion .

" Oh Thanks I am Kyra you know , but for you I  would have lost all my money and then it would have spoilt my holiday "

 "Oh nice meeting you Kyra you are for a holiday where to ?"

"where else ? away from this furnace up into  the hills to my place my dad lives there
you know Colonel Mishra he retired from the Garhwal rifles
I am studying  in Stephens doing my III yr literature uncle "

 " oh too planning to go up the hills just to escape the heat   , came to Delhi for a week and had  nothing to do for the weekend
what say we go up together ? " this from me .

she didnt answer immediately just  looked me up and down
by now we were in a quite part of the station

 "why not  ? we could do that " Kyra said ( probably I passed in her judegemnt as a harmless non poisonous species of  uncleji )

"sure  but Iam famished  lets have some breakfast first   "and so we walked into  a small snack bar and had some stuff

Kyra reminded me a lot of my daughter who was studying in a medical college  in Chennai and I grew fond of her as we talked .

Kyra too loved books and loved to write and was a good singer and with that she was all the more like my little one .

She sat next to me in the small bus as we trundled ahead and her chatter made the journey pleasant for me

she was a great one for make up techniques it seemed as she talked for hours on how she always found the right shades for her lipstick and her sun creams from Lakme and nothing else .
She was passionate about her brand
 oh  yes she was

all Greek and Latin to me

I thought maybe if  Lakme was so good  I should find out what my daughter is using ! and ask her to start using it !

after a long time of this i felt bored 
 I just wished Kyra woudl stop jabbering about make up and we would get to her dad and drown the scotch on rocks which would be waiting for me as smsd by her dad .

I drifted into sleep

after a a quick  nap and a small  dream where Kyras face merged with that of my daughter I was shaken awake roughly

 "uncle ji come out we have a small stop let us have a chai "

 "Kyra why dont you go  I will have my beauty sleep ...better than all those Lakme creams you talk on "

"no uncle lazy bones u are coming with me "

she even sounded like my dear little daughter .

I gave way and went out and we had a hot scalding red coloured chai from a perpetually  grinning Nepali .

Then took a few snaps of the snow on the slopes .

it was pleasantly cold now and the flowers were blooming bright .

so was our friendship .

it was like I knew kyra for years !

Back to the bus we munched on some pakoras and then after many hairpins wefinally  reached Mussorie

Colonel pappaji was waitng in the bus station and gave me a warm hug .
"thanks pal for bring my doll safe home "

not to mention   ....she is a pet no doubt

"All I have is her after her mummy left me years back , and she leaves me all alone here ! "

"Well he never listens when I tell him to come down to Delhi you know we have an apartment there too

Oh no he wont leave his hills and his scotch  " this from Kyra .

 "ha ha "

We spent the dusky evening near the fireplace

as the fire spluttered the flickering flames of the fireplace made patterns over the fair smooth face of Kyra reflecting those Lakme brilliances .

I felt warm from the smooth scotch and the love that flowed from this new daughter of mine Kyra and a new friend in her dad .
oh what  a lovely summer break  it proved to be


Prasad N said...

beautiful post...

Anonymous said...

Nice dear hari. I shall send you personal email on this or we shall talk when you are in India.

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