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In search of the Lost Father

In search of the Lost Father

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Published by Paramjit Sharma
A short story narrating effects of caring for and not caring our parents
A short story narrating effects of caring for and not caring our parents

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Published by: Paramjit Sharma on Feb 04, 2014
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In Search of the lost father
a
short story by Paramjit Sharma
 
 
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In Search of the Lost Father
 Bhanu , stop playing video games and go with your Dadu for the haircut. Your school is opening on Monday and you ne
ed to get your hair trimmed to avoid punishment from the Principal’ Bhusan, screamed loudly from his study when he noticed his son was passionately  playing sports game on the TV monitor. ‘But Papa, where is Dadu?’ Bhanu amazingly asked his father in the same tone. ‘He should be back from the market and by now must have completed his Puja too’ Bhusan replied immediately. ‘No Papa, today is Sunday and he hasn’t come after buying vegetables.’ Bhusan who was working on his laptop on an important project of setting his Australian Company’s office in India, got surprised to hear words of Bhanu. Left his work in between and dashed to the living room. It was 11.30 in the morning. His father usually go for buying vegetables quite early on Sundays at the main market and mostly returns after leisurely buying vegetables . He would often go back to his flat, where he was living alone, only after taking breakfast with the family. Buying vegetables & fruits for whole week has been his passion for years. Bhusan got worried and called his father on mobile. There was no reply from other side despite his frequent callings. He shouted for his younger brother Navin, who was living with his wife on first floor of the house. He came down running and shared his concern with him. ‘Bhaiya don’t worry, Babuji might have gone to his friend’s house who lives quite close to the market’ Navin tried to assure him. ‘OK call uncle immediately as Babuji is not picking up his phone’ Navin equally became worried when Manjit uncle informed in negative about their father’s visit to his house. They ran to check for him at his flat and surprisingly found the front door opened and there was no trace of him inside. ‘Navin let us go to the market, I wish Babuji is ok. I am quite scared someone might have hit his car or he has hit another.’ Bhusan told him feeling an air of sweat on his face and neck.
 
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They reached the market and got relieved to see their father’s Maruti 800 in the parking, while his mobile phone lying on the back seat of the car. ‘I stay near the car and you go to the market to locate him’ Bhusan told Navin.  Navin ran towards the vegetable market and completed hurriedly its round in ten minutes. But there was no trace of his father. He remained in constant touch with Bhusan on mobile to inform him about the details of his search. On Bhusan’s advice he even enquired from favourite vendors of his father.
Sahib to aaj aaye nahi’ 
 every vendor replied in the same tone. Tired and worried Navin returned back to his brother, who was frantically trying to enquire from some of his father’s friends on mobile. All got concerned on receiving such calls but replied to have no whereabouts of him. ‘Navin you go back to Babuji’s flat and bring duplicate key of his car. Let us at least take it home and from his mobile we will try calling his other friends’ Bhusan told Navin while consolidating his own mental position. After reaching back home he told Navin to call Babuji’s other friends as he was sure of him getting lost in ‘
gupsup
’ with some of them as has happened with their father on numerous occasions. But all calls proved futile. On the contrary his friends started calling back to enquire about him......‘
MileKiya’
 
was the repeated question on phone by his friends. ‘Dadu has been occasionally going to
Anathalaya
, located near the vegetable market. Twice he has also taken me there’ Bhanu gave them a useful piece of information.  Nivedita, wife of Bhusan advised them to remain cool while Shobna, wife of Navin requested them to move to
Orphanage
immediately and also check for him at Rivoli theatre where Dev Anand’s film
HumDono
was released recently in colour. Everyone in the family knew Babuji was an ardent fan of 
 Dev Anand. Chal Jaldi’ Bhusan asked Navin to driveto O
rphanage
.
 Before leaving he asked Nivedita to check for him at Rivoli after the morning show was over.

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