The Vagabond‘Vagabond…he is mere a wanderer; if he wanted a living why can’t he live here? Why should he go toChidambaram? After going there was he satisfied ?’ Emberuman remarked angrily to the gardener whenthe gardener was complaining about his son.Emberuman was the owner of Deer and co. The gardener was his father’s boyhood friend. Due to thechange of fate, he became the gardener. It is another story. Even if he happens to be a gardener,Emberuman Pillai treated him with extra care and affection. When the gardener was complaining abouthis son, Emberuman showed his concern for him by scolding the gardener’s son as vagabond –dog-donkey.‘What can I do sir; I have told him in many ways.. Many times.’‘Yes..yes! When he went to Nagapattinam, I told him not to go.’‘Yes Sir, I too asked him why you are going to Nagapattinam. He told that he must go, because he couldfind a job there.’‘Last tenth day he wrote a letter that he is going to Pondicherry. I was glad a little bit because my brother in law is in Pondicherry. I thought that let him live there with him.He stayed there not even for just two month. Then he began to tell that he was about to go to Ceylon.’‘It is the nature of a vagabond. He would like to roam on. If he liked to work and abide to the society, hewould have stayed in Nagapattinam itself. Why should he go to Ceylon? They have wheels in their feet.They like to roam on.’‘I argued like any thing. Aye, Marudhachalam we belong to honourable family. Our change of timesmade us poor. Live decently in our own town with our own people finding a job here. But he did notlisten to it. As you said he might have got wheels in his feet. He said Pondicherry first… then he went toCeylon, What would they think about him? They would have called him as a vagabond.’‘Then how else would they call him? He came to Tuticorin again from Celylon. Now he is staying inChidambaram and writing a letter that that he is planning to go to Singapore.’‘What can we do? His nature became so, made him a vagabond. He will return one day after experiencing bitter things in the end.’The boss talked for a long time. He had to attend an urgent committee meeting. He was a busy personhave many companies along with Deer and co. So that he concluded. The gardener was satisfied for the boss talked with him so concernedly.