“No one is at home who would come here to pick me up. Dad is not keeping well.
are not at all capable of coming out of house at thishour of the night. Had
been at home, he might have come by borrowinga vehicle from any of his friends! But he was not in the town. Except to make it tohome, somehow or the other, all myself, there was no point in calling home. It
would only cause anxiety to people back home.”As she was thinking thus… there, far away, she could see the bus coming. Seeing
the familiar board on it from a distance, she heaved a sigh of relief.
“Colony bus! It’s coming!” said to herself with a heart that was just settling from
its fast pounding. Boarding the bus, she felt as though she almost reached home.At 10:40 p.m. she got down from the bus and as she was walking towards her
house… all the fear that seiz
ed her mind till then slowly dissipated as pride startedoccupying its place.
-forty, by the time I reach home it would be 10:50. That means, it would be
around 11 o’clock. Why around! It would just be 11 o’clock!” Her watch was
running slow by 10 mi
nutes. Eleven o’clock means…one hour less to midnight. At
this hour, she was going home all alone! Leave aside the question of women onthe road! There is no movement of any human being. To a great extent, most of the houses were covered by darkness.Alth
ough light was visible from a house or two… it was only from one room. Either
the men known to watch TV till midnight, or students studying must be awake.
grandmother; father’s mother.