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Amma

Amma

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Amma, Mother, Indian Tradition, Affection, Tripuraneni Gopichand, GRK Murty, GRK, Short Story, Telugu, Marriage,
Amma, Mother, Indian Tradition, Affection, Tripuraneni Gopichand, GRK Murty, GRK, Short Story, Telugu, Marriage,

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 Amma
 
(Mother)
Tripuraneni Gopichand
About the Author
Tripuraneni Gopichand (1910-1962), of Tenali, Andhra Pradesh, India, is a Telugu shortstory writer, novelist, editor, essayist, playwright and film director. His writings
exhibit an exceptional interplay of values, ideas and ‘isms’—
materialism, rationalism,existentialism, realism and humanism. He is well-known among Telugu literati for hispsychological
novel
 Asamardhuni Jeevayatra (The Incompetent’s Life Journey).
Hewas posthumously presented the Sahitya Akademi Award for his novel,
PandithaParameshwara Sastry Veelunama (Will of Panditha Parameshwara Sastry),
in 1963.Radical humanist, profound thinker, philosopher, social reformer and an inveteratevotary of truth, Gopichand was a versatile genius, which reflects well in hisscintillating stories that are told in crisp language. His stories pose many questionsthat challenge the wit of readers.
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GRK Murty
 
A
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
tyrusadam
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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
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Tyrusadam
 — 
curd rice
.
 
he is already feeling sleepy, no sooner is he placed on the bed than hesleeps. Babji goes to sleep on the upper berth.* * * * *Late in the night, he suddenly wakes up, feeling that somebody is pullinghis shirt. He peeps out with heavy eyes. The gentleman sitting in thelower berth is pointing his finger towards the berth where his son issleeping. Babji looks. His son is not sleeping. Sitting in the middle of theberth, he is weeping profusely.Rubbing his eyes, Babji gets down and sits beside his son.
“Why are you weeping?”
 The son continues to weep.
“I am here with you!” he says.
 His son tries to hold back.
“Sleep, my sweet!” Babji thus tries to put him to sleep.
 
Rubbing his eyes, he says, “
 Amma
too sleeps besid
e me.” It seems
 Amma
 too was sleeping beside him. Perhaps, he meant that I should sleepbeside him. The way he puts forward his desire, makes Babji laugh.

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