s Babji is getting ready to leave for Madras on some work, his three-year-
old son cries saying, “I will also come.” His wife says, “Take him withyou, he can see Chennapatnam.” But he has no interest whatsoever.
However, owing to the
child’s crying on the one hand and his wife’ssuggestion on the other, he can’t but agree.
The train going to Madras comes to his town at 9 o’clock in the night.
Ensuring that his son has his dinner and after himself having dinner, heand his son arrive
at the railway station by 8 o’clock with minimum
luggage for convenience of the journey. That day the train arrives one
hour late… In the meanwhile, the child starts pestering him. He wants
him to buy everything that he sees. He just had dinner, yet seeing thevendor, he insists on buying the
packet. Despite his repeated
pleas, he doesn’t give up till he purchases. After purchasing, he says, “Idon’t want”. He does not keep quiet till it is thrown off. At last, the train
arrives. Taking the kid, Babji boards the second class compartment. Thelower berth is vacant. Another upper berth is also vacant. Spreading thebed on the upper berth, he sits on the vacant lower berth with his son.The train has crossed four or five stations. Everybody in thecompartment is drowsy. The child is also droopy. The train will reachMadras in the early hours of the next day. Thinking that he would put thechild to sleep in the lower berth and that he would sleep on the upper berth, he gets up and spreading the bed sheet asks his son to sleep. As