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    An obstinate old man and an obstinate tiger (Part-I)

    He had received birthday wishes in the morning. His younger brother and his wife had called him from New Delhi. His friends had called him from various parts of the country. His son, a computer engineer settled in the USA, daughter-in-law and his grand-daughter had called and wished him. Now again he was alone. Sitting on a chair he looked towards the framed photo of his departed wife. His mind travelled backwards when he was recuperating in the Srinagar Field Hospital after the 1971 war. He met his future wife in that hospital. Against the wish of the family members and the family members of his would-be wife in Goa, he married her.

    After spending blissful conjugal life with his wife in various parts of the country as an Army Officer and later as the security supervisor of a cement factory in the vicinity of the forest of Madhya Pradesh, he lost his wife two years before. His son had already left for the USA.

    After performing the last rites of his wife in a small church at Mhapusa in Goa fulfilling her last wish, he returned to lead his retired life in his home at Raipur. He lived there with a young Gond boy named Mongru. He had no problem in life – and that was his biggest problem. He was slowly being killed by the boredom.

    By noon he finally decided. He brought out his old and trusted Mannlicher–Schönauer rifle and cleaned it. In the afternoon, he packed his rifle, live bullets, a portable tent and some essential belongings in his old Studebaker car. Along with his companion Mongru, he started his journey. Before leaving, he sent the keys of his house to his younger brother in Delhi by courier.

    He started his journey to complete his last pending work.

    (......To be continued: An obstinate old man and an obstinate old tiger (Part-II))
  • #610900
    A good story and narrated very well.Making us eager to see what is he going to do in the next part. Very good narration as usual and wait for the part II
    always confident

  • #610907
    The author has carved a niche for himself in creating stories that wont unfold in the first instance or part. We have to wait for other part to understand what he wants to say. Good suspense.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #610913

    Excellent Story and narration, Curious to know what happens. Mr.Partha the words rifle, tiger and Studebaker car made me think of Kenneth Anderson and hence my post on him a few minutes back.

  • #610915
    Mr. Natarajan: I genuinely appreciate that you have co-related the Studebaker car and Mannlicher–Schönauer rifle with the stories of Kenneth Anderson. But this story is on a peculiar Bengali gentleman who settled in Raipur (now in Chattisgarh) in early nineties.
    Beware! I question everything and everybody.

  • #610920
    Mr.Partha, thanks, when we(I) read true stories, the good things remain in our memories and flash instantly. the routine fiction/glossy novels or crime stories just fade away with time. Please keep contributing your stories, you have an unique way of narration, that is interesting and make one continue reading.

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