Once upon a time – (Chapter 3)A friend who will help.

November 18, 2008 at 11:08 PM 10 comments


Continued from the previous chapter, One more day in the fish market.

These school days were very much all alike. The teachers came and taught the students the respective subjects and then left when the bell signifying the end of their class rang. The children were not only pressurized in the schools, but also at home. The condition was bad and getting worse by the day. The two boys that our story revolves around also suffered due to this. They were in their 10th standard and everyone was urging them to study well and get good marks.

Of course, Kiran was never told to study. Nor was he told to do anything else. Though he was living with his parents, he was isolated and was pretty much independent. Did his parents fail to realize this? The answer to this particular question, he did not know. He searched the text books for a similar situatuion. But to his utter disappointment, the answer to that question could not be found in a text book.

A much different situation was prevailing at his friend Aditya’s house. Aditya used to spend all evening playing on the streets with the other children or join some older kids in the playground. The moment he stepped inside the house, his mother would scream at the top of her voice. “Aditya! How many times have I told you not to play on the streets as soon as you come from school? You are in the 10th standard now. You have responsibility now. It is time you accepted it.” He knew he had responsibility. What could he do? He always thought to himself. Fortunately, the shouting usually ended within a few minutes. He was very lucky to have his parents’ affection.

As the days progressed, the two boys got to know each other better day by day. They were pretty good friends by now. Kiran now had someone he could talk to. He found that Aditya didn’t befriend for what he has. On the contrary, he discovered that he was his friend for what he was. The meaning and essence of friendship couldn’t be understood by them at that early age. Aditya however, had many friends. Some of them close, others just friends.

One fine day at school, as Aditya was standing outside the class near the door; the teacher made an announcement. It was rather like a warning. She said in her deep voice – “Your preparatory exams have just finished. Do you realize what this means?” To this she got just blank stares from most of the faces. She continued – “It means that if you haven’t started studying seriously, you must do it at least at this point. That includes you too, Aditya”. 

“If you find any of the subjects tough to understand, you can always ask for our help. We are glad to help out students who want to excel in their life. If you want to you may also ask the help of your friends. They may understand some things better than you do, and vice versa.” She continued the speech or warning for a few more minutes stating the do’s and don’ts to the confused children. On her way out, she caught Aditya playing with a piece of chalk.

She was not going to scold him again. It had gone way beyond that point. She said – “Aditya, I suggest that you ask the help of your friend Kiran regarding the subjects. I hope at least he can help you out of this irresponsible attitude of yours.” Saying this, she turned and left. Aditya happily walked into the room and sat next to Kiran. “She told me ask for your help. She said you could help me study. Will you?” he asked.

Kiran wondered for a moment why he was being so formal and said – “Of course Chinnu. I am always ready to help you out.” He gave a warm smile and Aditya said – “Do you mind not calling me by that name in school? I feel a little weird because you are the only one in school who calls me by that name.” “Sure, not at all a problem. Can I call you by that name outside of school?” “Of course you can. Fine then, I need to go to the loo now. Wait for me when the bell rings. We will go home together.” Saying so, Aditya scurried off outside the class before the next teacher came and was back as soon as she entered.

As usual, he was punished again for leaving the class without permission. He thought to himself – “Oh well! I have a friend who will help.”

This marks the ending of this chapter. Once again, I wanted to say that I am writing this story to show how exactly two average school boys would go through. I hope I am doing a good job. As usual, appreciate your feedback. 🙂

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Once upon a time – (Chapter 2)One more day in the fish market! Once upon a time – (Chapter 4)Of exams and terrified students.

10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. smallstar  |  November 19, 2008 at 4:37 AM

    Great work, buddy!! 🙂 compliments!!

    Reply
  • 2. vimal  |  November 19, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    ending as in you still have another part for this story, right?

    Reply
  • 3. apoorva  |  November 19, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Children like “Kiran” is commonly seen now a days.. They will be longing for their parents affection n care…parents will be so busy with their office work,they cant even afford to spend some time with their children..Dunno when they will realise that material comfort is not a only thing which can make a child happy…
    Liked that part where u hv explained about Kiran…
    Keep up the work man…

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  • 4. Dinesh Babu  |  November 20, 2008 at 12:13 AM

    Good work! Keep it going!

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  • 5. Anniyan  |  November 20, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    @smallstar

    Great work, buddy!! 🙂 compliments!!

    Thank you! 🙂

    @vimal

    ending as in you still have another part for this story, right?

    So is it good or bad? Come on dude. Tell me how the story is. I am trying something huge here. I want to know how it is. I can see not many are reading this story. I want the people who do to tell me how good/bad a job I am doing. 🙂

    @apoorva

    Children like “Kiran” is commonly seen now a days.. They will be longing for their parents affection n care…parents will be so busy with their office work,they cant even afford to spend some time with their children..Dunno when they will realise that material comfort is not a only thing which can make a child happy…

    Sadly, as you said the number of parents who are thinking this way are increasing. Hope it changes.

    Liked that part where u hv explained about Kiran…
    Keep up the work man…

    Why? Do you know anyone of that character? 🙂 Just kidding. 🙂

    @Dinesh Babu

    Good work! Keep it going!

    Thanks man(sir). 😀 I will. 😀

    Reply
  • 6. smallstar  |  November 20, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    @Anniyan: you are welcome… ^.^

    *MUAAAAACK!!!*

    Reply
  • 7. vimal  |  November 20, 2008 at 11:18 PM

    arey pavan boy, its really nice. and its getting interesting. but I just hope it doesnt end here!

    Reply
  • 8. Reema  |  November 21, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    waiting for next part!

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  • 9. Su  |  November 22, 2008 at 3:21 PM

    again dude! my instincts are predicting the story! but with lingo and the plot, its a very neat job! walk us thru the next part asap 😀

    Reply
  • […] Once upon a time – (Chapter 4)Of exams and terrified students. November 24, 2008 at 10:43 am | In Story | Tags: care, exams, friend, parents, results, ritual, sleep, Story, students, studying Continued from the previous chapter, A friend who will help. […]

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