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Rm³ ImÀ ÌmÀ«p sNbvXv ssdäv tS¬ knKv\en«t¸mįsó ]¯³knsâ ]mÀ¡nMv kvt]bvknse skIyqcnän¡mc³ tdmUntebv¡p ISóv, CS¯p \nópÅ hml\§sf ssIImWn¨p XSªp \nÀ¯n¯cm³ XpS§nbncpóp. AXp Iït¸mįsó {io P\ð Xmgv--¯n, X¿mdmbncpóp ImWWw. ImcWw, ImÀ tdmUntebv¡p ISóp sasñ het¯m«p Xncnbpt¼mįsó {io skIyqcnän¡mc\v Hcp t\m«p ssIamdn. Rm³ a\Ênð IïXv Ah³ am\¯p Iïp!

skIyqcnän¡mc³ \ne¯v Dd¨p Nhn«n, Djmdnsemcp keyq«p ]mÊm¡n. {io cïp hncð sImïp s\änbnð kv]Àin¨p keyq«p kzoIcn¨Xp Rm³ I¬tImWneqsS Iïp.

Aev]w ap¼p Rm³ duïnð \nóp Imdv Cd¡ns¡mïphót¸mÄ B skIyqcnän¡mc³ Gähpw apónepÅ ]mÀ¡nMv kvt]m«ntebv¡p \bn¨v, aäp hml\§Ä apónð ]mÀ¡p sNbvXv Fsâ hgn t»m¡m¡nsñóv Dd¸p hcp¯nbncpóp. A]qÀhw Nne skIyqcnän¡mÀ C§s\ tkh\a\ØnXnbpÅhcmImdpïv.

duïv shÌnð \nóp Rm³ Fw Pn tdmUntebv¡p Xncnªp. ho«nð \nónd§nb tijw CXphsc, FhntSbv¡mWot¸ms¡óp {io tNmZn¨n«nñ. C¯cw HgnhpZnhk§fnð Imdp Rms\Sp¡pt¼mÄ Ah\Xp tNmZn¡mdpanñ. "\o FhntSbv¡p thWsa¦nepw hnt«m' Fó \ne]mSmWv Ah³ kzoIcn¡mdv. s]mXp\ne]mSv A§s\bmsW¦nepw, Cós¯ bm{XbpsS ]nónepÅ Fsâ KqtVmt±iyw ap³Iq«n Adnbn¨ncpsó¦nð Ahs\só ]cnlknt¨t\.

i¦c¿À tdmUp t{ImÊp sNbvXp ]Snªmtdt¡m« PMvj\nð Rm³ knKv\en\mbn Im¯pInSóp. knKv\ð In«nbt¸mÄ Rm³ hïn het¯m«p Xncn¨p. t]m¡p KpcphmbqÀ¡msWóv Ah³ IcpXnbn«pïmIpw. s]s«óp Rm³ Imdv t^mÀ«v tlmkv]näensâ tKän\pÅnð IS¯n. Hcp skIyqcnän¡mc³ HgnhpsÅmcp ]mÀ¡nMv kvt]m«p ImWn¨p Xóp. AhnsS ]mÀ¡p sNbvXp Rm³ Fônt\m^m¡n.

{io Fsó¯só t\m¡ns¡mïncn¡pIbmbncpóp. apJ¯v Bi¦bpsS sNdp\ngð. Ah\dnbm¯, Bip]{Xnbnð hcm³ X¡ imcocnIamb AkzmØy§sfs´¦nepw F\n¡pïmtbm Fó Dð¡WvT.

""IgnªbmgvN Rm³ ho«nðs¨ót¸mÄ A½sbsó iImcn¨p. \nsós¡mïnXphsc _enbnSobv¡m¯Xn\v.''

{iobpsS amXm]nXm¡Ä Pohn¨ncn¸nñ. ]t£, Ah³ _enbnSmdnñ. R§fpsS hnhmlw Ignªn«p hÀj§fmbn. CXn\nSbnð Hcn¡ðt¸mepw Ah³ _enbn«n«nñ.

P\w _enbns«ó hmÀ¯ ImWpt¼mÄ {io ]cnlkn¡pw: hÀj¯nsemcn¡ð am{Xw In«pó Hcp ]nSnt¨mdpsImïp ]nXr¡fpsS hnis¸§s\ amdpw! a¬adªpt]mbhÀ¡ptïm Blmc¯nsâ Bhiyw. Blmcw Pohn¨ncn¡póhÀ¡p sImSp¯mð AhcpsS BbpÊv Aev]w IqSn \o«m\mIpw. A§s\ t]mIpw, Ahsâ hmZKXn.

""t^mÀ«v tlmkv]näenð _enbnSm\pÅ kuIcyapsïóp \osb§s\bdnªp?''

Ahsâ tNmZy¯nse \À½w tI«v F\n¡p Nncn hsó¦nepw Rm³ Nncn¨nñ. ""_enbnt« Xocq Fónsñóv Aѳ ]dªp. ]t£, ]nXr¡sf¸än HmÀt¯ Xocq. \nsós¡mïv Ahsc¸än HmÀ½n¸n¡Ww. Bânsb¸än {]tXyIn¨pw. AÑ\Xm ]dªXv. Bânsb¸äntbm A¦nfns\¸äntbm \osbmópw ]dbmdnñ. Ahsc¸än Rm\pw tNmZn¡mdnñ. Ahsc¸än HmÀ½n¸n¡mXncpóXv Fsâ sXämWv FómW½ ]tdWXv. AXp sXämbncpsó¦nð F\n¡Xp Xncp¯Ww. BtemNn¨s¸m \nsó ChnsS sImïphcm\m F\n¡p tXmónbXv. \n\¡nhnSs¯ ]e HmÀ½IfqïmIpw. Bânsb AUv--anäp sNbvXXv. Bân sFknbqhnð InSóXv. Hópw \o adón«pïmhnñmóv F\n¡dnbmw. Fómepw, Aós¯ Øe§sfms¡ Hóp IqSn Iïv, Bânsb¸äntbmÀ¯v...''

""\obmsWsâ temIw." {io Fsâ Icw ]nSn¨aÀ¯n. ""hnjan¡sïSo. Rmt\mÀ½Isfms¡sbmóp ]pXp¡o«p hcmw.'' ]pd¯nd§n tUmÀ sasñbSbv¡póXn\p ap¼v Ahs\sâ I®nð t\m¡ns¡mïp ]dªp, ""Xm¦vkv.''

FtómSp \µn tcJs¸Sp¯ð Ah\p ]Xnhnñm¯XmWv. hnImc{]IS\§sfmópw F\n¡pw ]Xnhnñ; Fón«psasâ I®p \ndªp.

\Sóp t]mIpw ap¼v, Ah³ skðt^m¬ kznt¨m^p sNbvXv Imdnð¯sóbpt]£n¨p. Bip]{Xn¡I¯p skðt^m¬ D]tbmKn¡m³ ]mSnñmbncn¡mw. Ahsâ t^msWSp¯p Rm³ Fsâ t^mWns\m¸w h¨p.

]¯³knð IbdnbXv Hcp {]tXyI Dt±iyt¯msSbmbncpóp. {io Bântbbpw Iq«n ]e XhW ]¯³knð Ibdn akmetZmi Ign¨n«pïv. Bân¡p akmetZmi Cãambncpsóóv Ahsâ Ubdnbnð Rm³ hmbn¨n«pïv. Bânbpsam¯p ]ïp ]¯³knð hcmdpïmbncpóXv Ahs\s¡mïv HmÀ½n¸n¡Wsaó Dt±iyt¯msSbmbncpóp, Rm\mZyw Xsó Aht\bpw sImïp ]¯³knð IbdnbXpw akmetZmi HmÀUÀ sNbvXXpw.

]¯³knð Ibdnb DS³ P\ecnInepsÅmcp taibntebv¡v Ahs\só \bn¨ncpóp. AhnsSbmbncn¡mw Ah\pw Bânbpw Ccn¡mdpïmbncpóXv. akmetZmi Ign¡pt¼mÄ Ah³ Nn´mhnã\mbncpóp. ]gb Imcy§Ä HmÀ¡pIbmbncpóncn¡Ww. AXpanXpw ]dªv Ahs\ ieys¸Sp¯pó ]Xnhp Rm³ Xð¡met¯bv¡p \ndp¯n. HmÀ¡m\mIpósXms¡ Ah³ HmÀs¯Sp¡s«.

Ah³ k-vIqfnð ]Tn¡pt¼mÄ Hc²ym]I³ \nÀt±in¨Xmbncpóp, Ubdnsbgp¯v. Bân Imcy§Ä Adp¯papdn¨p ]dbpó Iq«¯nembncpóp: shs«móv, Xpïw cïv. Bân ]dªp, \o kXyta FgpXmhq, kXyw apgph\pw FgpXpIbpw thWw. AXn\mhnsñ¦nð \o UbdnsbgpXï.

Ccp\qdp t]Pnsâ, _bân« t\m«p_p¡pIfmbncpóp Ahsâ UbdnIÄ. Iptdtbsds¡mñw Ah³ XpSÀ¨bmbn UbdnsbgpXn. Npcp¡w Nne Znhk§fnð am{Xta Ah³ Ubdn FgpXmXncpón«pÅq.

Rm\hsâ PohnX¯ntebv¡p ISóphóv Ahsâ Zn\Ncy apgph³ XInSw adn¨p. Rm³ hó tijw Ah³ UbdnsbgpXnbn«nñ. A]cm[w FtâXv; Rm\h\p kabw - sskzchpw - sImSp¯n«nñ.
sI«nh¨ncn¡pó Iptd t\m«p_p¡pIÄ {iobpsS UbdnIfmsWódnªt¸mÄ Ah hmbn¨pt\m¡m³ F\n¡p IuXpIambn. tNmZn¡msX asämcmfpsS Ubdn hmbn¡póXp icnbñm¯XpsImïv AsXms¡ hmbnt¨mt«sbóp Rm\ht\mSp tNmZn¨p. Ah³ ]dªp, ""PÌv tKm FslUv.''

hnhml]qÀhPohnX¯nð Ah³ Fs´ms¡ Im«n¡q«nbn«psïódnbm\pÅ Ipämt\zjWXð¸cXtbmsSbmWp Rm\hsâ UbdnIÄ hmbn¡m³ XpS§nbXv. F\n¡ncbmbn AXnð \nch[n Imcy§fpïmbncpóp. IpäIrXy§Ä, Ahbv¡v Bânbnð \nópw A²ym]Icnð \nópsams¡bmbn In«nb in£IÄ: sNhn¡p ]nSn¯w, tXmf¯p ]n¨v, Bk\¯neSn, ¢mÊn\p ]pd¯p \ndp¯ð. {In¡äp Ifn¨p \Sóv, Hcp Imðs¡mñ¸co£bv¡v Hcp hnjb¯n\v Bdp amÀ¡p hm§nbXv.

AhnSw hsc hmbn¨v, "At¸m, almsâ km£mð¨n{Xw CsXms¡bmbncpóqtñ' Fóp tNmZn¨p ]cnlkn¡m³ Rms\mcp§pt¼mÄ Zm hcpóq, ASns]mfn¨cnXw: k-vIqÄ tSm¸À, _os«¡n\p tImtfPv tSm¸À, FwsS¡n\p hoïpw tImtfPv tSm¸À...Rms\sâ Fs½ÊoþFw_oG UnÌnMvj\pIfpsS ]¯n Xmgv--¯n h¨p hn\bm\znXbmbn.

Bânsb¸änbpÅ hnhc§sf\n¡p In«nbXv B Ubdn¡pdn¸pIfnð \nómWv. {iobpsS _mey¯nð¯só A¦nÄ þ Ahsâ Aѳ þ NcaaSªncpóp. AXpsImïmbncn¡Ww,A¦nfns\¸änbpÅ ]cmaÀiw UbdnIfnenñmXncpóXv. A¡me¯h³ UbdnsbgpXm³ XpS§nbncpópw ImWnñ. A¦nÄ t]mb tijw Bânbmbncpóp Ahsâsbñmw. Bân hnShm§nbt¸mÄ Ahsâ lrZbw \pdp§nbncn¡Ww. BânbpsS Ncatijambncpóp, Fsâ ISópIbäw.

R§fpsS hnhmlw Ignªp Ipd¨p \mÄ¡p tijw {iobpsS UoPoFw Bbncpó bm¡q_v kmdns\ AhcpsS Hcp ^manen aoänð h¨p ImWm\nSbmbn. ""ImgvNbv¡v Chs\mcp XSnamS\mbncn¡mw,'' {iobpsS tXmf¯p ]nSn¨psImïp bm¡q_v kmÀ FtómSp ]dªp. ""]t£, Ch\mfp tkm^vämWv.'' bm¡q_v kmÀ hniZoIcn¨p. ""aZdns\ tlmkv]näenð AUv--anäp sNbvX Imcyw Adnbn¡m³ Chs\só hnfn¨n«v, ln IpUnâv täm¡v! ln hmkv ho¸nMv _nsäÀen.''

bm¡q_v kmdp ]dªtXmÀ½n¨t¸mÄ Fsâ Ipät_m[w IqSn. Ah\v A{Xt¯mfw {]nbs¸«Xmbncpó Bânsb Rm³ hnkvacn¸n¨ncn¡póp.

hmkvXh¯nð Ah³ Bânsb adóp ImWptam? Bânsb¸än Ah³ kwkmcn¡mdnñmbncpóXpsImïv Bânsb Ah³ HmÀ¡psóó kqN\Isfmópw Iptd sImñ§fmbpïmbn«nñ. Fsâ AXn{]kcw Xsó tlXp. Ct¸mgmIt«, A`nbptSbpw. 

"\o ImcWw {ioPn¯v kz´w AÑt\bpw A½tbbpw adóp,' Fsâ A½ Fsó Ipäs¸Sp¯n.

""Ah³ t]câvkns\ ad¡m³ thïn Rm³ a\¸qÀhw Hópw sNbvXn«nñt½,'' Rm³ c£s¸Sm³ {ian¨p.

A½ s]m«ns¯dn¨p. AXp asämcp Imcy¯n\mbncpóp. ""\o {ioPn¯ns\ Ah³ ópw Ch³ sózms¡ hnfn¡W tI«n«v F\n¡v Ien hcWv ïv. FSo, \n\¡dnt¿m, ]ïv `mcXkv{XoIfv hnZym`ymkanñmªn«pw `À¯m¡òmcpsS t]cp¨cn¡pI t]mepw sN¿nñmbncpóp. ChnsS cïpaqóp Un{KoÅ \o...''

""At½, `mcXkv{XoIsft¸mse Bcy]p{Xmsóms¡ hnfn¨m Ahs\só Ifnbm¡ns¡mñpw.'' Rm³ Nncn¨psImïp ]dªp.

A½ AÑsâ t\sc Xncnªp. Aѳ Fñmw tI«psImïp NmcpItkcbnð InS¡pIbmbncpóp. ""Añm, amjnsXmópw tIÄ¡Wntñ? `À¯mhns\ FSmópw t]mSmópw aäpw hnfn¡m\mbncptóm \½fnhsf ]Tn¸n¨ncpóXv?'' A½bnse A²ym]nI [mÀ½nItcmjw ]qïp.

A½ AÑs\ "amtj' FómWp hnfn¡mdv. cïp t]cpw A²ym]Icmbncpóp. Aѳ A½tb¡mÄ ko\nbdmbncpóp. A½ R§tfmSmsW¦nð "AÑt\mSp ]dbv' Asñ¦nð "AÑs\ hnfn¡v' Fsóñmw ]dbpw. A\ytcmSp "amjv' Fóp ]dbpw. t\cn«v "amtj' Fópw.

""]ckv]cw F´p hnfn¡Wsaó Xocpam\w `mcym`À¯m¡òmÀ kzbsaSpt¡ï HómWv.'' Aѳ im´\mbn ]dªp. ""Xsóbpañ, {ioPn¯n\v Cã¡pdhpÅsXmópw ChÄ sN¿pópw tXmóWnñ.'' F\n¡mizmkambn.

""Fómepw `À¯mhns\ FSm t]mSmsóms¡ hnfn¡mtam?'' A½bpsS apJ¯p \ockw {]ISambncpóp. ""Cós¯ XeaptdsS t]ms¡hnSbv¡móv F\n¡dnªqSm!''

Rm³ {iosb Fóp apXemWp \osbópw Ahs\ópw aäpw ]cmaÀin¨p XpS§nbsXóv F\nt¡mÀ½bnñ. Ah\pw Rm\pw ]cnNbs¸«v Aev]Imew Ignª tijamWp Imcyw hnhml¯ntebv¡p ISóXv. AXn\Iw R§Ä¡nSbnð FSobpw FSmbpw \obpsams¡ km[mcWbmbn¡gnªncpóp.

C{Xbpamb \nebv¡v, C\n Rm\hs\ {ioPns¯tóm, Ahs\só kmhn{Xnsbtóm hnfn¨mð AXnð Hc\yXzw tXmópw;AkpJIcamb HcIð¨. t]mfojn¯ncn Ipdhpsï¦nepw, FSobv¡pw FSmbv¡pw \obv¡psañmw lrZbt¯mSp IqSpXð ASp¸apïv. A½bv¡Xp a\Ênemhnñ. XeapdhnShv. A½bpsS tcmjt¯mSv Hcp Nncn am{Xambncpóp Fsâ {]XnIcWw.

"Bt«, {ioPn¯ns\s¡mïv _enbnSobv¡W Imcy¯nev \osb´m sN¿mt¼mWXv?'' A½ hnSpó a«nñ.

""Aht\mSp ]dªpt\m¡mw.''

""Fs´¦nepsamóp thKw sN¿v. Xmakn¡ï. ]nXr¡fpsS tIm]w £Wn¨phcp¯ï. \nsâ kam[m\¯n\v AXmhtiymWv.''

F´psN¿Wsaóv F\ns¡mcp cq]hpapïmbncpónñ. Pohn¨ncn¡póhcpsS tIm]s¯¸än F\n¡p `banñ. {iobv¡p tZjyw hómð AsX§s\ ssIImcyw sN¿Wsaóv F\n¡dnbmw. ]t£, a¬adªpt]mbhsc F§s\ {]oXns¸Sp¯msaóv F\ns¡mcp ]nSn]mSpanñ. ]nóoSmtemNnt¸mÄ _p²nbnepZn¨ hgnbmWv Cós¯bo ]cn]mSn.

cïp Znhkw ASp¸ns¨mgnhp In«nbXp sImïv AXmtLmjn¡m\mbn Fsâ tPyjvT\pw tPyjvT¯nbpw AhcpsS a¡fpw Fsâ ho«nse¯nbn«pïv. AhtcmsSm¸w Ifn¨pXIÀ¡m\mbn A`nsb Cóse sshIo«p Xsó AhnsS sImïpsNóm¡nbncpóp. Cós¯ Cu bm{Xbnð A`n IqsSbpïmbncpsó¦nð Ahsâ Imcy§Ä¡mbn HmSm³ am{Xta {iobv¡p t\capïmIpambncpópÅq. A`ns¡´n\pw "]¸' thWw. A`n ASp¯psï¦nð, {iobv¡pw _meyw Xncn¨pIn«nb t]msebmWv. Cós¯ ]cn]mSn ]nXr¡Ä¡pÅXmWv. AXnð Ipªp§Ä¡p Imcyanñ.

Ipd¨pt\cw ]mÀ¡nMv kvt]knse shbnenð InSótXbpÅq, Imdn\Iw NqSmbncn¡póp. {]`mX¯nepÅ bm{XbmbXp sImïv Gkn HmWm¡nbn«nñ. Xsóbpañ, ]mÀ¡p sNbvXncn¡pó Imdn\I¯v Gkn HmWm¡n A[nIkabw Ccn¡póXp kpJIcañ. Rm³ hntâmIfpbÀ¯n, ]pd¯nd§n, Xmt¡mð tjmÄUÀ _mKnen«p. cïp skðt^mWpIfpw Imdn\pÅnð.

Rm³ sasñ Bip]{XnbpsS euôntebv¡p ISóp. Aev]w DÅntebv¡p amdn Xnf§pó Ìoð ItkcIfnð Iptdt¸À Ccn¡póXp ImWmw. AXv Hu«v t]jyâv hn`mKambncn¡pw. tUmÎÀamsc ImWm\pÅ Dughpw Im¯ncn¡póXmhpw.

Hcmw_pe³kv Cc¨p hóp. ]pdInepsÅmcp sI«nS¯n\p apóntebv¡v AXp ISópt]mbn. AhnsSbmImw Imjzðän. AhnsS h¨mIWw ]ïv Bânsb {]mYanI]cntim[\bv¡p hnt[bbm¡nbXv. Imjzðänbnð h¨v Bânsb ]cntim[n¨bpS³ ""sFknbq. ssdsäth!'' Fóp tUmÎÀ Iev]n¨Xmbn {iobpsS Ubdnbnepïv. izmtkmÑzmkw sN¿m³ {]bmks¸«ncpó Bân¡p lmÀ«v Aäm¡msWóp a\Ênem¡m³ tUmÎÀ¡v A[nIt\cw thïnhóp ImWnñ.

AsXñmw Rm³ C¡gnª Znhk§fnð Hóp IqSn hmbn¨ tijambncpóp Ct§m«pÅ Cu bm{X ¹m³ sNbvXXv.

Bân cïp Znhkw sFknbqhnð InSóncpóp. "{Inän¡emWv, ASp¯p XsóbpïmIWw' Fóp tUmÎÀ ]dªncpóp. apdnsbSp¯ncpsó¦nepw, sFknbqhnsâ apónð \nópw Ccpópambn {io B cïp Znhkw sNehgn¨p. sFknbqhnsâ hmXnensemcp InfnhmXnepïv. AXnsâ ]nónsemcp IÀ«\pw. tcmKnIsf ImWmhpó kab§fnð IÀ«³ hi§fntebv¡p hIªp amänbncn¡pw. At¸msgms¡ InfnhmXneneqsS Ah³ Bânsb Iïncpóp. aqóp XhW Ah\v Bânsb AI¯pIbdn ImWm\pw km[n¨ncpóp. Bân kZm ab¡¯nembncpóp. sktUj\nembncpóncn¡Ww. HmI-vknP³ amk-vIp [cn¨ncpóp. icocamkIew hbdpIfpw Syq_pIfpw.

Hcn¡ð am{Xw Bân I®pXpdóp t\m¡nbncpsóóp {io FgpXnbn«pïv. Ah³ InfnhmXneneqsS t\m¡n\nð¡pt¼mgmbncpóp AXv. hmXnð Xpdóv AI¯pIS¡m³ Ah\p tXmónt¸mb Ahkcambncpóp AXv. knÌdpïmbncpónñ. \nÊlmbXtbmsS, AS¡n¸nSn¨v ]pd¯pXsó t\m¡n\nóp. B kab¯v ASp¯p sNóncpsó¦nð Bân Fs´¦nepw kwkmcnt¨t\ FómWh³ hnizkn¡póXv. BânbpsS Ahkm\hm¡pIÄ tIÄ¡m\mbnsñó k¦Sw Ahsâ hcnIfnepïv.

sFknbq ChnsS FhnsSbmbncn¡pw? {io Ct¸mÄ AXnsâ apónepïmIpw. At§m«p sNóv Ahs\¡mWWtam, AtXm Ah³ aS§nhcpóXp hsc ChnsS¯só Im¯ncn¡Wtam?

euônð A[nIt\cw shdptXbn§s\ \nð¡m\mhnñ. Bip]{Xnbnse hnhn[t»m¡pIfnepÅXv Fs´ñmsaóp ImWn¡pó hnimeamsbmcp NmÀ«v euônsemcnS¯v, Npacnð {]ZÀin¸n¨n«pïmbncpóp. Rm\Xnð sFknbqhn\mbn ]cXn.

sFknbqIÄ Hóñ, aqsó®w. aqóv, \mev Aôv Fóo \neIfnð. Ahbnð, \memw \nebnepÅXv Câ³kohv ImÀUnbmIv sIbÀ bqWnämWv: sFknknbq. lrZbkw_Ôamb AkpJ§fpÅhÀ sFknknbqhnembncn¡pw AUv--anämIpóXv. Bân AhnsSbmbncn¡pw InSóncpóXv. AXnsâ apónepïmIpw {io.

apIfntebv¡p Ibdns¨ñm³ F\n¡v Ass[cyw A\p`hs¸«p. A]IS\nebnð, Bbmkt¯msS izmkw hen¨psImïv Bân InSóncpó sFknknbqhnsâ apónð Bi¦tbmsS sNehgn¨ Zn\§sf¸änbpÅ HmÀ½ Ct¸mÄ {iobpsS a\Êntebv¡v Cc¨phcpópïmIpw. Cu t\c¯ev]w GIm´XbmWv Ah\mhiyw. Ct¸mÄ Ibdns¨óv CSs]«mð, AXp hoïpw Bânsb hnkvacn¸n¡emIpw. Cu hchp Xsó hrYmhnemIpw.

Ibdns¨ñm\pÅ sh¼ð {]bmks¸«S¡n Rm³ euônsâ apónepÅ ItkcIsfmónð Ccn¸pd¸n¨p.

anI¨ ]e tUmÎÀamcpw Cu Bip]{Xnbnepsïópd¸v. HgnhpZn\ambn«p t]mepw tUmÎÀamsc¡mWm³ Hu«v t]jyâv hn`mK¯nð Im¯ncn¡póhÀ \nch[n.

{iobpw Rm\pw tcmK_m[ aqew Hcmip]{Xnbnepw CXphsc AUv--anämbn«nñ. hÀj§Ä¡p ap¼v A`nsb {]khn¡m³ thïnbpÅXmbncpóp, Fsâ GI Bip]{Xnhmkw. ]\nbpw PetZmjhpw am{XamWp ho«nð CSbv¡nsS Ibdnbnd§mdpÅ GItcmKw. A`nbmWv AXnsâ DdhnSw. Ahsâ k-vIqfpw. Ah\pambpÅ sI«nadn¨nenð R§Ä¡pw AXp ]IÀóp In«póp. cïp Znhkw sImïXp amdpIbpw sN¿pw.

Ignª Hcp hÀj¯ntesdbmbn A`n¡p ]\n hón«nñ. AXpsImïp R§Ä¡pw. tcmK{]Xntcm[s¯¸änbpsÅmcp {]Xnhmc¢mÊv Ahsâ k-vIqÄ ]mTy]²Xnbnð DÄs¸Sp¯nbn«pïv. AXp ^ew Iïncn¡póp.

Fð Cu Un t_mÀUnð sXfnbpóXv tSm¡¬ \¼dpIfmbncn¡Ww. tÌäv _m¦nset¸mse. X§fpsS \¼dpIÄ Iïn«mImw, NneÀ Fgptóäp t]mIpóXv. Hcp htbm[nIsb, AhcpsS aI\mbncn¡Ww, Xm§n¸nSn¨v, tUmÎdpsS apdnbntebv¡p sasñ \S¯ns¡mïpt]mbn.

Fgp]¯ncïmw hbÊnð, lrZbkvXw`\w aqew NcaaSbpóXp hsc Bân BtcmKyhXnbmbncpóp. kÀ¡mÀtPmenbnð \nóp hncan¡póXn\p ap¼pw ]n¼pw ]mNIw sNbvXncpóXv Bân Xsó. {io klmbn¨psImSp¯ncpóp. Ah\padnbmw ]mNIw. kz´w Imcy§fpw ho«pImcy§fpsañmw Imcyamb ]cklmbanñmsX Xsó Bân \S¯ns¡mïpt]mbncpóp. 

Bân¡v s\ôpthZ\bpïmbXnsâ Xteóv, BânbpsS tN¨nbpsS þ {iobpsS henb½bpsS þ aIÄ,Pm\pt¨¨nsb¯nbncpóp. AsXmcp `mKyamsbóp {io tcJs¸Sp¯nbn«pïv. ImcWw, Bân¡p s\ôpthZ\ XpS§nb DS³ A¡mcyw Hm^oknembncpó Ah\v Adnbm\mbn. ""sNdy½ s\ôps]m¯n¸nSn¨ncnbv¡Wv ïv Um,'' Pm\pt¨¨n t^mWneqsS ]dªp. ""anïm³ ]äWnñ. I®oscmgpIWp. \obns¸m¯só hm. sshItñ.''

"tUmÎÀ Ipcy³ tP¡_v Sp Zn Hm¸tdj³ XntbäÀ. tUmÎÀ Ipcy³ tP¡_v Sp Zn Hm¸tdj³ XntbäÀ.'' euônð apg§nt¡« Hc\u¬kv--saâv Fsâ Nn´IÄ¡p hncmaan«p. ]»nIv A{Ukv kn̯nsâ kv]o¡dpIÄ euônð AhnShnsS LSn¸n¨n«pïmIWw. A\u¬kv--saâv hyàambn tIÄ¡mw, Fómð sNhn Xpfbv¡pópanñ.

kabsa{Xbmbn? skðt^mWpIÄ cïpw ImdnembXpsImïp kabadnbm³ ]äpónñ. skðt^m¬ k´XklNmcnbmb tijw hm¨p sI«mdnñ. Rms\gptóäv Hcp t¢m¡n\mbn ]cXn. XmaknbmsX Hsc®w Isï¯pIbpw sNbvXp. {io apIfntebv¡p t]mbn«v aWn¡qsdmóp Ignªncn¡póp.

Bân InSóncpó sFknbqhnsâ apónencn¸pïmIpw {io. Ah³ IcbpIbmbncn¡ptam? Bânsb¸änbpÅ kvacWIfpsS XncXÅenðs¸«p t]mbn«pïmIpw. Bânsb¸änbpÅ \nch[ntbmÀ½IÄ Ah\pïmIpw. a¬adªpt]mbhsc¸äntbmÀ¯v BfpIÄ I®oscmgp¡póXp ]XnhmWv. {iobpw I®oÀ hmÀ¯pt]mbmð AXneibn¡m\nñ.

{iobpsS I®p\ndªp ImWpó Imcyw BtemNn¡m³ t]mepw h¿. Rm\pambpÅ klhmk¯n\nSbnð Hcn¡ðt¸mepw Ah³ Icªn«nñ.

{iobpsS incÊp s\tômSp tNÀ¡m\pÅ sh¼ð FsâbpÅnepbÀóp. Icbpó {iobpsS incÊn\pÅXtñ, Fsâ amdnSw!

Bânsb¸än HmÀ½n¸n¡m\pÅ Cu {iaw Aev]w ISópt]mtbm! i¦bpWÀóp. Icbn¡m\mbncpónñ Ahs\ ChnsS sImïphóXv. Icbn¡embncpónñ Dt±iyw. Pohn¨ncn¡póhcpambpÅ sI«nadnben\nSbnð, hnShm§nbhsc¸än Aev]samóv HmÀ½n¸n¡pI. A{Xtb Dt±in¨ncpópÅq. 

Ccn¸pdbv¡msX Rms\gptóäp. en^väp Isï¯n. ]t£,AXn\Sps¯mcp t\m«okv: ""en^vänð tcmKnIÄ¡p ap³KW\''. t\m«okp hmbn¨p i¦n¨p \nót¸mÄ ]nónð \nómtcm ]dªp, ""t\m«oskmópw t\m¡ï. thKw Ibdnt¡mfn³.''

{io t\m«okp Iïn«psï¦nð en^vänð Ibdn¡mWm³ hgnbnñ. Nne Imcy§fnð Ah\ev]w hnNn{Xkz`mh¡mc\mWv. IbdmhpónSt¯ Ibdq. Rm\pw en^vänð Ibtdsïóp h¨p. kao]w Xsó tKmhWn Iïp. ]ShpIÄ sasñ¡bdn. \memas¯ \nebnse¯nbt¸mtgbv¡p InX¨ncn¡póp! hoSnsâ ]Snªm¸pd¯v {iobpambn \S¯mdpïmbncpó j«nepIfn F{Xbpw thKw ]p\cmcw`nt¡ïXpsïó kqN\.

sFknknbq Iïp]nSn¡m³ {]bmkapïmbnñ. apónð Ipd¨p Ìoð ItkcIÄ. Ahbnð Nnecncn¸pïv. Rm\ptZzKt¯msS t\m¡n.

Cñ, {io A¡q«¯nenñ.

tKmhWn IbdnhóXnsâ InX¸p amdm\mbn ItkcIfnsemónð Aev]t\cancpóp. cïv sFknbqIÄ IqSnbpïv. AhbnteXnsâsb¦nepw apónð {iobpïmIpw. Aômw \nebnð Ibdnt\m¡nbn«v, thïnhómð, aqómw \nebntebv¡p t]mImw. InX¸S§nb DS³ Rms\gptóäp hoïpw tKmhWn Ibdn.

Aômw \nebnse sFknbq Hóm´cambncpóp. Gähpw Ahkm\w \nÀ½n¡s¸«Xmbncnbv¡WaXv. AXnsâ apónepw Nnecncpóncpóp. AhÀ¡nSbnepw {iobpïmbncpónñ. Ah³ aqómw \nebnse sFknbqhnsâ apónepïmIpsaópd¸n¨p Rm³ tKmhWnbnd§n.

Gähpw ]gbXp aqómw \nebnse sFknbq Xsósbóv Hät\m«¯nð¯só BÀ¡pw a\ÊnemIpw. sFknbqhnsâ apónð HcnS\mgn. AXnð, Npacnt\mSp tNÀ¯v cïp s_ôpIÄ. cïpaqóp t]À Ahbnencn¸pïv. AhcpsS Iq«¯nepw {iobnñ!

Rm\kzØbmbn. Bânsb BZyw sImïphóXp Imjzðänbnembncpóp. AhnSóp t\cn«nhntSbv¡v. cïpZnhk¯n\p tijw ssNX\yaä aS¡w...Bân ChnsS asähntSbpw t]mbncpónñ. {io Cu sFknbqhnsâ apónð DïmtIïnbncpóp. Ahs\hnsSbmWv!

Rm³ tKmhWn Ibdnbpw Cd§nbpw sFknbqIÄ tXSn AebpóXn\nSbnð {io en^vänð¡bdn Xmtgbv¡p t]mbn«pïmIptam? Hcp ]t£, Imdn\Sp¯p sNóp \nð¡pópïmIpw. Imdnsâ Xmt¡memsW¦nð Fsâ tjmÄUÀ _mKnemWp Xm\pw.

Xmtgbv¡nd§ns¨ñpI Xsó. Imdn\Sp¯p {iobpïmIpsaó \nKa\¯nð. AhnsSbnsñ¦nð Imjzðänbnð sNóp t\m¡Ww. GXm\pw an\näp am{XamsW¦nepw, Bân Imjzðänbnepw InSóncpótñm.

Cd§nt¸mIm\mbn tKmhWnbpsS t\tc \Sóp XpS§nbXmbncpóp. s]s«óp \nóp. sFknbqhnsâ hmXnentòð ap«nhnfn¨p tNmZn¨p t\m¡mw. Hcp Ime¯v Bân AI¯pïmbncpóXmWv. aqóp XhW {io AI¯p Ibdn ab§n¡nSóncpó Bânsb Iïncpóp. B HmÀ½ ]pXp¡m³ thïn Ah\nóv sFknbqhnsâ AI¯p ISóv,AXn\pÅnsehnsSsb¦nepsams¡ Ccn¡pItbm \nð¡pItbm sN¿pópsï¦ntem?

Rm³ sFknbqhnsâ t\tc \Sóp. hmXnentòepÅ InfnhmXneneqsSbpÅ Zriyw AIs¯ IÀ«³ adbv¡póp. Hópw ImWm\mIpónñ. cïpw Iev]n¨v sFknbqhnsâ hmXnentòð ]Xps¡ ap«n.

ap«p hfsc¸Xps¡bmbnt¸msbóp tXmón. hmXnð Xpdónñ. AI¯pÅhcmcpw tI«pImWnñ. Aev]w IqSn iànbnð ap«nbmeXv AI¯pInS¡pó tcmKnIÄ¡p ieyambmtem Fóp i¦n¨p ]cp§n\nð¡pt¼mÄ IÀ«³ HccnIntebv¡p \o§n,InfnhmXnenð Hcp knÌdpsS apJw {]Xy£s¸«p.

""knÌÀ, Fsâ lkv--_³Uv AI¯ptïm?''

""lkv_ânsâ t]sc´m?''

""{ioPn¯v.''

""A§s\mcp t]jyâv Cu sFknbqhnenñ.''

CsX§s\sbmóp ]dªpa\Ênem¡pw? t]jyâñm¯bmfns\ sFknbqhnð Xnc¡pósX´n\v Fómbncn¡pw knÌÀ tNmZn¡pI.

"]ïv Cu sFknbqhnð lkv_ânsâ A½ InSóncpóp.''Imcyw Npcp¡n¸dbm³ Rms\mcp {iaw \S¯nt\m¡n. ""B Imcy§sfms¡sbmóv HmÀ½n¸n¡m³ thïn Iq«ns¡mïp hóXmWp lkv_âns\. C¸gv Bsf¡mWpónñ. Rm³ atä sFknbqIfpsS apónðs¨óp t\m¡nbncpóp. C\n Cu sFknbqhnsâ AIs¯§m\pw...''

""sFknbqhn\I¯v A\ysc IS¯mdnñ.'' knÌÀ IÀ«³ hen¨n«p,InfnhmXneSªp.

Rm³ Npacpw Nmcn achn¨p \nóp. ]ïv, Bânsb¸äntbmÀ¯p hnjan¨v CtX Npacpw Nmcn {io \nóncn¡Ww.Ahs\¡mWmsX hnjan¨p Rm\nt¸mÄ AtX Npacpw Nmcn \nð¡póp!

C\nsb´mbmepw Xmtgbv¡p t]mIpI Xsó. Imjzðänbnepw t]mbn t\m¡mw. ]t£, \S¡m³ tXmópónñ. Hcp XfÀ¨ _m[n¨Xp t]mse. Bân ChnsSbmWtñm InSóncpóXv. {io ChnsS¯só DïmtIïXmbncpóp. Ahs\´p]än¡mWpw?

Aev]t\cw Rm\§s\ Npacpw Nmcn \nÝebmbn \nóp. HSphnð ]Xps¡ \S¡m³ XpS§n. s]s«óp ]nónð sFknbqhnsâ hmXnð Xpd¡pó iÐw tI«p. Rm³ Xncnªpt\m¡n. Aev]w ap³]p kwkmcn¨ knÌÀ ]pd¯nd§n hóncn¡póp.Ahscsó ssIsImïp amSn hnfn¨p. Rmt\mSns¨óp.

""lkv_ânsâ »Uv {Kq¸v G_n t]mknäohmtWm?''

CSn¯o hoW t]mse Rm³ Xcn¨p \nóp. G_n t]mknäohp Xsó Ahsâ {Kq¸v. {iobvs¡t´m ]cn¡p ]änbn«pïv. Asñ¦neh\v cà¯nsâ Bhiyw hcpambncpónñ. Fsâ sXmï hcïp. tKmhWn IbdpóXn\nSbnð hoWp ImWptam? ]nXr¡tf, R§fn\n \n§sf apS§msX {]oXns¸Sp¯nt¡mfmw; {iobv¡v B]s¯mópw hcmsX Im¡tW!

""Fs´¦nepw...]äntbm...'' Rm³ hn¡n.

adp]Sn¡p ]Icw knÌÀ asämcp tNmZysadnªp: ""Hcp tNmó jÀ«mbncptóm C«ncpóXv? sN¡v?''

`oXn aqew AtXsbóp Xebm«mt\ F\n¡p IgnªpÅq. AhsâbtX »Uv {Kq¸v, AhsâbtX jÀ«v...KpcpXcambsXt´m {iobv¡p ]änbn«pïv. Ahs\bnt§m«p sImïphcnItb thïmbncpóp... Xe Id§póptïm...

""Bfv »Uv sUmtWäp sN¿m³ t]mbn«v ïv. t\tc »Uv _m¦ntebv¡p hnt«mfn³.''

Rm³ angn¨p\nðs¡ knÌÀ hniZoIcn¨p: ""G_n t]mknäohv »Uv sImSp¡m³ X¿mdpÅhcv »Uv _m¦nðs¨ñm³ ]otb kn̯nev A\u¬kv--saâp hóncpóp. AXv tI«v, B s_ônencpóncpó Hcmfv »Uv _ms¦hnSymóv Rm\Xnte t]mIpt¼m FtómSp tNmZn¨ncpóp. AXv \n§fp t\m¡W Bfp Xsó.'' hmXneSbv¡pw ap¼p knÌÀ hncð apIfntebv¡pbÀ¯n¡mWn¨p: ""knIv--kv--¯v ^vtemÀ.''

IpfnÀag s]bvXp. CSn¯o s]s«óWªp. B knÌdns\ sI«n¸nSn¡m³ tXmón!

hmbv aeÀs¡¯pdóp Nncn¨psImïp Rm³ tKmhWnbpsS t\tc HmSnbt¸mÄ s_ônencpóncpóhÀ IuXpIt¯msS t\m¡n. aqónð \nóv Bdntebv¡pÅ ]ShpIÄ Rmt\mSn¡bdn.

]gsbmcp Ubdn¡pdn¸nð {io henb A£c¯nð, sImt«j\pIÄ¡pÅnð FgpXnbncpsómcp hm¡v HmÀ½bntebvt¡mSn hóp: ""sImSp¡Ww''.

{io _os«¡n\p ]Tn¡pt¼mÄ tImtfPn\Sp¯pïmbncpó Hcmip]{Xn Hcp càZm\Xo{h{iaw Bkq{XWw sNbvXncpóp. AXnsâ `mKambn càw sImSp¡t«sbóv Ah³ tlmÌenð \nóp t^mWneqsS BântbmSp tNmZn¨ncpóp. Bân kwibteianñmsX sImSp¯, Dd¨ kzc¯nepÅ D¯cambncpóp AXv.

knIv--kv--¯v ^vtemdnð, »Uv _m¦nsâ ¥mkv ]m\eneqsS AI¯p \S¡pósXñmw ImWm\mbn. aqóp t]À Htc kabw càw sImSp¡pópïmbncpóp. Ahbnsemóp {io Xsó. Ahsâ apJw ImWm\mIpónñ. CSXpssI ImWmw. ]mâvkp [cn¨ ImepIfpw. Rm³ hm§ns¡mSp¯ {Iow IfdnepÅ ]mâvkv. Ahs\ Xncn¨dnbm³ C{Xsbmópw thï, Hcp hnceäw am{Xw aXnsb\n¡v!

{iosb IïpIn«nbXnepïmb Bizmkw, Syq_neqsS Ahsâ càsamgpInt¸mIpóXp Iït¸mgpïmb Bi¦bv¡p hgnamdn. AI¯p \nóp hó knÌdnt\mSp Rm³ thhemXntbmsS tNmZn¨p, ""càw A[nIw FSpt¡zm?''

""Ac enäÀ. BtfXm?''

Ac enätdm! F\ns¡mcp an\n lmÀ«äm¡p Xsóbpïmbn. sNdnsbmcp apdnhnð \nóp tNmc s]mSnbpt¼mtgbv¡v F\n¡p t_m[£bw hcpsaóp tXmómdpïv. ChnsS {io sImSp¡póXmIs«, Ac enäÀ!

""Bfp slð¯nbm.'' Rm³ {iosb Nqïn¡mWn¨psImSp¯t¸mÄ knÌÀ ]dªp. ""ap¼p »Íp sUmtWäp sNbvXn«qïv. ]nsó, CXp Ignbps¼m¯só {^q«v Pqkpw kv--\mI-vkpw Ign¸n¨nt« R§fp hnSq. t]Sn¡ms\móqñ.''

C\nbpÅ Hóp cïmgvN {iobv¡p kvs]jyð Ubäpïm¡ns¡mSp¡Wsaóp Rm³ Xocpam\n¨p. càw Htóm ctïm XpÅnbñ, Ac enädmWp \ãambncn¡póXv!

""Hcp ]¯p an\näp IqSn. At{X thïq. AXphsc AhnsSbncptómfq,'' knÌÀ ]dªp.

Rm\ncpónñ. Ccn¡m\mbnñ. ]m\eneqsS Rm³ {iosb¯só t\m¡ns¡mïp \nóp. BânbpsS hm¡v Hcp tamWnädnseó t]mse, Fsâ apónð sXfnªp hóp: ""sImSp¡Ww.''

càw sImSp¡t«sbóv {iotbm A`ntbm FtómSp tNmZn¨mð, thsïtó Rm³ ]dbq. AhcnemWv Fsâ temIw. AhcpsS càw \ãs¸SpóXp kln¡m³ F\n¡mhnñ. AhcpsS cà¯n\p ]Icw Zm\w ]Wambns¨¿m³ X¿mÀ. Bbnctam cïmbnctam cq]. AhcpsS càw am{Xw tNmZnt¨bv¡cpXv!

AXpsImïv, C\nsbmcn¡ð¡qSn {iotbbpw sImïnhnsS hcpó {]iv\anñ. ]nXr¡sf¸än HmÀ½n¸n¡m³ asäs´¦nepw hgn Isï¯mw. Fónð \nóv AIóncnt¡ïm¯ hgn. Hmtcm \nanjhpw Ahs\hnsSsbóv F\n¡dnbm\mIWw; Hcn¡epah³ Fsâ "]cn[n¡p ]pd¯v' Bbncn¡cpXv; BIpóXp kln¡m\mhnñ. Cs¸m¯só Iïntñ, Rm³ Xe Id§n hotWt\! 

Bânbpw Rm\pw X½nepÅ hyXymkhpw Hcp]t£ CXp Xsó. BânbpsS temIhpw {iosb Npän¸änbpÅXmbncpsó¦nepw, temIsc¡qSn t\m¡n¡mWm³ Bân¡mbncpóp, temIcpsS t£aw IqSn Bân Imw£n¨ncpóp. temIÀ¡p càw Zm\w sN¿Ww Fóv Bân Aht\mSv Dd¸n¨p]dªXv AXpsImïmWv. Nn´bnð Bântbmfw Dbcm³ F\n¡mhnñ. kzmÀ°sbóv Fsó hnfnt¨mfq. hntcm[anñ. {iobpw A`nbpw am{XaS§nb sNdnsbmcp InWdmWv Fsâ temIw. AXnð aämcpanñ. Fsâ `mKy¯n\v, {iobXp a\Ênem¡pIbpw ]tcm£amsb¦nepw AwKoIcn¡pIbpw sNbvXn«pïv.

Rm³ ImcWw Ac enäÀ càw {iobv¡p \ãamsbó k¦Sw Fónð _m¡n\nð¸pïv. F¦nepw Ah³ Bânsb HmÀ½n¡pI am{Xañ, Bân ]dªncpóXv A\pkcn¡pIbpw sNbvXncn¡póp. ]nXr¡sf¸än Aht\mÀ¯ncn¡póp. Ahs\s¡mïp Rmt\mÀ½n¸n¨ncn¡póp. F\n¡Xv A½tbmSp ss[cyambn¸dbmw. AXnse\n¡p Xr]vXnbpïv.

Hcp ]nSn _ent¨mdp Im¡IÄs¡dnªpsImSp¯p ]nXr¡sf Ffp¸¯nð {]oXns¸Sp¯pó ]Xnhp coXn ]n´pScpóXn\p ]Icw, {io kz´w càw kaql¯n\p \ðIn ]nXr¡sf am{Xañ, kaqls¯sbmómsI {]oXns¸Sp¯nbncn¡póp. a\pjysâ {]Xy£ssZhw kaqlamsWóv Hcn¡eh³ ]dªncpóp.

]c¼cmKXamb _enbnSenð¡pdª Hópw Xsó ]nXr¡Ä¡pÅ aXnbmb {im²ambn Fsâ A½ AwKoIcn¡psaóp tXmópónñ; càZm\ambmðt¸mepw. F¦nepw, AÑ\Xp XoÀ¨bmbpw AwKoIcn¡pw. F\n¡Xp aXn.

(Cu IY XnI¨pw km¦ev]nIamWv. {im²w = ]nXr_en)

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