Me, my sister and her lost ribbon.This incident took place in 1973. I was in my B.Sc. and my cousin sister was in her high school. Both of us were staying with our grandparents and doing the studies.
Daily I used to commute from our village to the college by bus. The bus station is about 2 Km from our house. My sister's school was near to this bus stand. Daily while returning from college, after getting down from the bus I used to meet my sister and both of us used to walk together to the residence. While walking we were collecting the fruits on the road side dropped from the trees and eating.
My sister used to comb her hair very nicely and makes it into two braids. Each braid will have a ribbon at the end. Both the ribbons were of one colour and type only. Sometimes she used to have only one braid with only one ribbon. She was having different types of ribbons with different colours and qualities. It was a fashion to have two braids with ribbons at the end those days.
One day I got down from the bus and seen my sister waiting there for me. I asked her whether she can walk as fast as me. She said she walks faster than me. So we both decided to have a competition. If I win I have to take her to a movie in Kakinada. If she wins she will give me a pen as a gift.
We two started our competition. She made a hectic effort but couldn't reach the house before. I reached almost 5 minutes before her. She has to give me a pen. That's Ok. But the story started there.
She has gone inside and noticed that one of her ribbons was missing. It might have got slipped off on the way during walking. She had not noticed. She started weeping saying that it was a new ribbon and her mother will scold her if it was not traced. My grandmother told her that she will get a new one for her but of no use. Then my grandfather advised me to go on walk back to bus stand while searching for her ribbon. It was decided. No alternative. I started back. Walking, walking and walking. Almost I reached near the bus stand I noticed the ribbon lying on one side of the road. Nobody picked it up till then. Now I got it. But I had to walk triple the distance I walk daily. I know that my sister will be in tension there. I took my own time and slowly walked back to my house. My sister is eagerly waiting for me. I had not told her immediately that I got it. I kept her under suspense for some more time and finally I had given the ribbon to her. Her happiness was knew no bounds. Still I remember her feelings in her eyes on that day. This is the story of my sister's lost ribbon.
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