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The Brave

The Brave

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Published by GRK Murty
Srujana was walking fast in the dark. In the recent past, she had never been this late to home.

It had been quite long … having felt like visiting her once, straight from the office, she had been to her friend’s house in Kachiguda. It was then half past six in the evening.

On the way, she had planned to sit with her friend for half an hour and return. But once they slipped into chit-chatting, half an hour had become an hour and an hour became two.

Finally, when she started, it took another half an hour for bidding farewell at the doorsteps. In all, it was 9:30 p.m. by the time she came to Koti bus stop.
Srujana was walking fast in the dark. In the recent past, she had never been this late to home.

It had been quite long … having felt like visiting her once, straight from the office, she had been to her friend’s house in Kachiguda. It was then half past six in the evening.

On the way, she had planned to sit with her friend for half an hour and return. But once they slipped into chit-chatting, half an hour had become an hour and an hour became two.

Finally, when she started, it took another half an hour for bidding farewell at the doorsteps. In all, it was 9:30 p.m. by the time she came to Koti bus stop.

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Published by: GRK Murty on Dec 03, 2010
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The Brave(
Sahasi
)
Original in Telugu:Smt. Srivalli RadhikaTranslator:GRK Murty
 
S
rujana was walking fast in the dark. In the recent past, she had never been thislate to home.
It had been quite long … having felt like visiting her once, straight from the office,she had been to her friend’s house in Kachiguda. It was then half past six in the
evening.On the way, she had planned to sit with her friend for half an hour and return. Butonce they slipped into chit-chatting, half an hour had become an hour and anhour became two.Finally, when she started, it took another half an hour for bidding farewell at thedoorsteps. In all, it was 9:30 p.m. by the time she came to Koti bus stop.The last bus was at 9:40 p.m. On arrival at the bus stop, looking at the watch, shethanked her stars for being able to arrive ten minutes before. But the pleasure
didn’t last long. Even after waiting for a quarter of an hour, the bus didn’t arrive
.The number of women in the bus stop started thinning gradually. When it struck
her mind, “By any chance, could the bus have gone!” her heart quivered.“How can I? At this hour, it’s not safe even to go by auto!” she thought with a
shivering heart.
For a minute it came to her mind: “Shall dial up home!” As her eyes searchedanxiously for a public telephone booth, she again thought, “What for!”
 
“No one is at home who would come here to pick me up. Dad is not keeping well.
 Amma
1
and nayanamma
2
 
are not at all capable of coming out of house at thishour of the night. Had
annayya
3
 
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.
“Ten
-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.
1
 
 Amma
mother.
2
 
Nayanamma
grandmother; father’s mother.
 
3
 
 Annayya
brother
.
 

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