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AsXmcp CSpßnb K√nbmbncp∂p. AhnShnsS H‰s∏´v \n¬°p∂ H∂v c≠v sk°‚ v lm≥Uv Sqhoe¿ISIfpw ]gb {Kmat^m¨ sdt°m¿UpIƒ hn¬°p∂ ISIfpw am{Xtabp≠mbncp∂p≈q. AXn\∏pdw Hcp s]mfnam¿°‰mbncp∂p. ]gb hml\ßfpsS ]e Xcw kvs]b¿ ]m¿SvkpIfpw s]mfn® hoSpIfpsS ]gb ssienbnepff hmXnepIfpw hnPmKncnIfpw a‰pw AhnsS NnXdn°nS∂ncp∂p. henb BƒØnc°n√mØ B sXcphneqsS Np‰p]mSpIƒ \nco£n®psIm≠h¿ aptºm´v \S∂p. Fkn]nbpsSbpw cmlpes‚bpw t]meokv IÆpIƒ FXnsc IS∂p t]mIp∂ Hmtcm BfpIsfbpw kwibtØmsS Npgn™p t\m°n. {ioPnØv Np‰ph´Øpff ImgvNIƒ I≠psIm≠v IÆv angn®p \S∂p. aq{XØns‚ aWhpw HmSs]m´nsbmgpIp∂ Zp¿K‘hpw Ah\v a\w ]nc´ep≠m°n. sXcphv \mbv°ƒ H® sh®psIm≠v Xeßpw hneßpw ]m™p. s]s´∂v.. {ioPnØns‚ ImepIƒ \n›eambn. Ah≥ ap∂nset¥m I≠Xv t]mse kvXw`n®p \n∂p. Ahs‚ IÆpIƒ F¥ntem DS°n \n∂p. Hcmƒ Ah¿s°Xn¿Znibn¬ \n∂v \S∂p hcp∂p. Npcp≠ apSn.. apJØv sh´psIm≠ ]mSv.. {ioPnØv Abmsf kq£n®p t\m°n. Cu apJw....? s]s´∂v Ahs‚bp≈n¬ Hcp sskd¨ apgßn. Ah≥ Bsf Xncn®dn™p. A∂v assd≥ ss{Uhn¬ sh®v Xs∂ B{Ian® kwLØnep≠mbncp∂h≥. ]n∂oSv kmaphens‚ hoSn\IØv sh®v Xs∂ hf™ Kp≠IfpsSbnSbnepw Abmfp≠mbncp∂p... AtX kabw.. Abmƒ Ahs\bpw Xncn®dn™p. “km¿...” {ioPnØv ]cn{`atØmsS hnfn®p. Aht\°mƒ \me©Sn ap∂nembn°gn™ncp∂ Fkn]nbpw cmlpe\pw Xncn™p t\m°n. {ioPnØv Npcp≠apSn°mc\v t\¿°v hnc¬Nq≠ns°m≠v ]d™p. “Ah≥.... Ah≥ kmaphens‚ BfmWv.” AXv tI´v Fkn]nbpw cmlpe\pw AbmfpsS t\¿°v Xncn™p. ASpØ \nanjw... Fkn]nsb I≠Xpw AbmfpsS apJsØ c‡®ph∏v am™p. A]ISw a\ nem°nb Abmƒ Xncnt™mSn. Ah¿ aqhcpw AbmfpsS ]pdsItbmSn. Abmƒ B CSpßnb K√nbneqsS sh{]mfs∏´v HmSn. Hm´Øn\nSbn¬ Fkn]n ]nì ssIbnseSpØp. Xebn¬ tImgnap´IfSp°nb sIm´bpambn c≠v XangØnIƒ FXnsc h∂p. Abmƒ Ahsc CSn®psXdn∏n®psImt≠mSn. s]m´nb tImgnap´Iƒ \neØv ]cs∂mgpIn. Fkn]nbpw kwLhpw AXns\ Ih®v NmSn aptºmt´mSn. aq∂mev Ip´nIƒ FXnsc {In°‰v _m‰pw a‰pambn h∂p. Abmƒ Ahscbpw ISt∂mSn. Ip´nIƒ IS∂pt]mIp∂Xv hsc ImØtijw Fkn]n ]nì \o´n Ahs‚ Im¬ ap´n\v Xmsg shSnsh®p. Abmƒ Hcp \nehnfntbmsS ap∂nte°v sXdn®p hoWp. aÆn¬ Hcp c‡`q]Sw Xo¿ØpsIm≠v Abmƒ Xmsg hoWpcp≠p. Ah¿ aqhcpw Abmsf hf™p \n∂p. Abmƒ tNmcbn‰p∂ Imen¬ ssIba¿Øn thZ\tbmsS

Icbp∂p≠mbncp∂p. Fkn]n Abmsf tImfdn\v ]nSn®p s]m°n \n¿Øns°m≠v tNmZn®p. “]dsbSm.. FhnsSbmSm kmaph¬?” Abmƒ DØcw ]dbmsX Dds° \nehnfn®psIm≠ncp∂p. “]v^.. ]dsbSm..” Fkn]n Ahs‚ s\‰nbnte°v ]nà Aa¿Øns°m≠v ]d™p. “Ct√¬ \ns‚ Xet®mdns∏m ]q°p‰n t]mse NnXdpw..” Abmƒ DSs\ Ic®n¬ \n¿Øn `b∏mtSmsS tXm°nte°v t\m°n\n∂p. “\o ]dbn√t√...?” Fkn]n Im©n hen°m\m™p. “th≠...” Abmƒ `b∂edns°m≠v ]d™p. “Rm≥... Rm≥ ]dbmw.” “F¶n¬ \S°v.” Fkn]n Ahs‚ IgpØn\v ]nSn®v aptºm´v \SØn. Ah≥ CSbv°nsS thZ\tbmsS Rcßns°m≠v Ah¿°v hgn ImWn®p sRm≠n \S∂p. kmaphens‚ kt¶XØn\v ap∂nseØnbXpw Abmƒ \n∂p. Ah¿ aqhcpw B ]gb sI´nSØnte°v `oXn ]nSbv ° p∂ IÆpItfmsS t\m°n. Ahsc I≠Xpw {]mhpIƒ H®bp≠m°ns°m≠v NndIn´Sn®p. “ChnsSbmtWm {Kojvasb ]nSn®p sh®ncn°p∂Xv?” cmlpe≥ tNmZn®p. Ah≥ t]SntbmsS AtX F∂p Xebm´nbn´v apIƒ \nebnte°v ssINq≠n. s]mfn™p hogmdmb B actKmhWnbpw AXns‚ A‰sØ Ccp´v hoWpInS°p∂ CS\mgnbpw AhcpsS IÆn¬ s]´p. Fkn]n tImfdn\v ]nSn®v Ahs\ Hcp Ccp≠aqebnte°v sIm≠v h∂v XqWn¬ Nmcn \n¿Øns°m≠v tNmZn®p. “F{X t]cps≠Sm AIØv?” Ah≥ Ft¥m ]dbm\m™p. ]s£ hm°pIƒ ]pdØv h∂n√. AbmfpsS IÆpIƒ s\dpIbnte°v adn™p. shSnsIm≠ apdnhneqsS Iptd c‡w hm¿∂p t]mbncp∂p. Abmƒ abßn Xmtg°v Du¿∂p hoWp. Fkn]n Ah\nepff ]nSn hn´p. Ah¿ aqhcpw ho≠pw B sI´nSØnte°v t\m°n \n∂p. “km¿. Ahcnt∏mƒ \sΩ H´pw {]Xo£n®n´p≠mhn√. \ap°ßv Ibdn A‰m°v sNbvXmtem?” cmlpe≥ tNmZn®p. “t\m. AXv dnkvImWv.” Fkn]n ]d™p. “Ah¿ F{X t]cp≠v, AhcpsS ssIbn¬ sh∏¨kv Fs¥ms°bm DffsXs∂m∂pw AdnbmsX FSpØv NmSp∂Xv A]ISamWv. AXv {KojvabpsS kpc£bv°pw tZmjw sNøpw.” Abmƒ Hcp sNdnb BtemN\°v tijw ]d™p. “\ap°v Ahsc Xmtg°v hcpØmw.” “Fßs\?” cmlpe≥ tNmZn®p. Fkn]n AXn\v adp]Sn ]dbmsX Xs‚ samss_seSpØv kzn®v Hm¨ sNbvXp sh®p. GXm≠v c≠v an\n´v Ign™Xpw Abmƒ {]Xo£n® t]mse samss_¬ s_√Sn®p. Abmƒ t^msWSpØv sNhnbn¬ sh®p. “FhnsSbmbncps∂tSm Xm≥?” adpXebv°¬ \n∂v kmaphens‚ tZjyw Ie¿∂ i_vZw Db¿∂ptI´p. “Rm≥ ]d™XmWv Xt∂mSv Fs‚ ap∂n¬ Hmh¿ kvam¿´mhcpsX∂v...” “tkmdn anÿ kmaph¬. Fs‚ samss_¬ Nm¿÷v Xo¿∂v Hm^mbnt∏mbXmWv.” Fkn]n

i_vZw abs∏SpØns°m≠v ]d™p. “]dbq.. \n߃ ]dbp∂ I≠oj\v R߃ sdUnbmWv. {Kojvasb Hcp t]mdept]mepta¬°msX R߃°v thWw. R߃ FhntS°mWv htc≠sX∂p ]dbq.” “KpUv...” kmaphens‚ i_vZØn¬ kt¥mjw \pc®p. “\n߃ AcaWn°qdn\pffn¬ KuXans\bpw sIm≠v t_m´v s P´nbnte°v hcWw. At∏mtg°pw {Kojv a sbbpw sIm≠v Rm\hntSs°Ømw. ssIbn¬ Rm≥ ]d™ UohoUnbpw IcpXWw...” “HmsI. F{KoUv.” Fkn]n ]d™p. adpXebv°¬ kmaph¬ t^m¨ I´v sNbvXp. Fkn]n cmlpes\bpw {ioPnØns\bpw t\m°n IÆndp°ns°m≠v ]d™p. “C\n Abmƒ \ΩpsS ssIbntem´nßv hcpw.” Abmƒ cmlpet\mSmbn ]d™p. “\o kn.sF sk_mÃy\v t^m¨ sNbv X v DSs\ Hcp hm≥ t]meokns\bpw sIm≠nsßØm≥ ]d...” “sbkv km¿.” cmlpe≥ Xebm´nbn´v At∏mƒØs∂ t^msWSpØv Fkn]n ]d™Xv t]mse sNbvXp. “F√mcpw samss_¬ sske‚ v tamUnem°n sh°v...” Fkn]n ]d™p. cmlpe\pw {ioPnØpw AhcpsS samss_¬ sske‚ v tamUnem°n sh®p. kabw Xp≈nIfmbn s]bvXndßn. Ah¿ s\©nSnt∏msS ImØncp∂p. GXm≠v A©v an\n´v ]n∂n´t∏mƒ B sI´nSØns‚ apIƒØ´n¬ \n∂v Nne A\°ßƒ tI´p. Ah¿ Hmtcm XqWns‚ adhnembn \n∂psIm≠v izmkaS°n∏nSn®v {i≤n®p. actKmhWn Icbp∂ i_vZw \ni_vZXsb Iodn∏nf¿∂p. {]mhpIƒ `bhnlzecmbn NndISn®v ]d∂p. Fkn]n A¬]w aptºm´v h∂v Ac`nØn°v apIfneqsS Xes]m¥n®p t\m°n. F´v ]Øv t]cp≠v. AhcpsS CSbn¬ ]pdInte°v ssI sI´nb \nebn¬ BsI De™p \n¬°p∂ {Kojva. AhfpsS ASpØmbn hm°nwKv Ãn°pw \neØq∂n \n¬°p∂ kmaph¬. kmaph¬ IÆv sIm≠v kn·¬ \¬InbXpw Kp≠Iƒ \me©v t]¿ h∂v Hcp Sm‰m kptambnte°v Ibdn. kmaph¬ {KojvabpsS ssIØ≠bn¬ ]nSn®p hen®psIm≠v Ahsf Hcp Nph∂ Ct∂mh Imdnte°v Ib‰n. ]ns∂ Abmƒ AXns‚ ss{UhnwKv ko‰nte°v Ibdn. H‰°Æ\mb Hcmfpw thsd aq∂mev t]cpw G‰hpw ]pdInepff kvtIm¿∏ntbmbnte°v Ibdn. Fkn]n Xncn™v cmlpes\ t\m´w sIm≠v ASptØ°v hnfn®p. ASptØ°v h∂ Ahs‚ ImXn¬ Abmƒ ]d™p. “]nì temUv sNbvXv sdUnbmbn \nt∂m. BZyw Hcp Sm‰m kqtam ap∂n¬ t]mIpw. AXv Ign™v kmaphens‚ sdUv Ct∂mh. AXv \ΩpsS ap∂nseØnbXpw Rm≥ AXns‚ Sb¿ jq´v sNbvXv ]©dm°pw. kmaph¬ ]m\n°mIp∂ Kym∏v t\m°n Rm\bmsfbpw shSnsh°pw. At∏mƒ \o F\n°v IhdnwKv ^b¿ X∂psIm≠v {Kojvasb Imdn¬ \n∂nd°n {ioPnØn\v ssIamdWw. HmsI?” | “HmsI km¿.” cmlpe≥ ]d™p. Ah¿ tXm°pIƒ temUv sNbvXv sh®psIm≠v ImØncp∂p. At∏mƒ BZyw B Sm‰m kqtam ]pdtØ°v \oßn.

Fkn]n cmlqet\mSv sdUnbmbncpt∂mfm≥ IÆv sIm≠v BwKyw ImWn®p. AXn\v ]pdsI kmaphens‚ sdUv Ct∂mh Im¿ ]pdØndßn. ASpØ \nanjw Fkn]nbpsS ]nì H∂v XoXp∏n. Sb¿ s]m´nsØdn°p∂ i_vZw tI´p. DSs\ kmaphens‚ Im¿ \nb{¥Ww \jvSs∏´v ]c°w ]m™psN∂v Hcp t]mÃnenSn®p \n∂p. Fkn]n tXm°pambn Ct∂mh Imdn\v ap∂nte°v NmSn hoWv kmaphens\ shSnsh®p. XpcpXpsc aq∂v shSnbp≠Iƒ IÆmSn Xpf®psIm≠v ]m™psN∂v kmaphens‚ CSsØ Npaen¬ Xd®p. A{]Xo£nXamb B \o°Øn¬ kmaphepw ]n∂nse kvtIm¿∏ntbmbnepffhcpw ]I®ncns° cmlpe≥ Fkn]n°v IhdnwKv ^b¿ \¬Ins°m≠v Imdn\SptØ°v ]m™p h∂p. Ah≥ kvtIm¿∏ntbmbpsS t\¿°v shSnbpXn¿ØpsIm≠v Xs∂ CSsØ ssIsIm≠v Ct∂mhbpsS {^≠v tUm¿ Xpd∂v {Kojvasb ]pdØnd°n {ioPnØn\v t\¿°v B™p X≈n. Ahƒ \netØ°v apJw s]mØn hogm≥ t]mbn. ]s£ At∏mtg°pw {ioPnØns‚ ssIIƒ Ahsf Xmßn. Ah≥ Ahsfbpw sIm≠v kpc£nXamb Hcp adhnte°v amdnbncp∂p. AtX kabw Fkn]n tUm¿ Xpd∂v shSntb‰v Npaen¬ \n∂v tNmc s]mSnbp∂ kmaphens\ hen®p ]pdØn´p. F∂n´v AbmfpsS tImfdn\v ]nSn®p s]m°n Imdns‚ t_mW‰nt∑¬ ]pdw Xncn®p InSØn ]nà AbmfpsS s\‰nbn¬ ap´n®psIm≠v ]d™p. “Zn sKbnw Cukv Hmh¿ anÿ kmaph¬...” kmaphens‚ ]I∏v amdnbncp∂n√. At∏mƒ ap∂n¬ t]mb kqtambnse Kp≠Iƒ shSnsbm® sI´v HmSn h∂p. “tUm≠v aqhv...” Fkn]n Aedn. Kp≠Iƒ t{_°n´ t]mse \n∂p. ]pdInse kv t Im¿∏ntbmbnse Kp≠Ifpw F¥p sNøWsa∂dnbmsX sR´temsS Imdn¬ \n∂v ]pdØndßn. “cmlp¬... Imƒ sk_mÃy≥..” Fkn]n ]d™p. cmlpe≥ heXpssIbm¬ ]nì kvtIm¿∏ntbmbpsS t\¿°v \o´n∏nSn® ]Sn samss_seSpØv \º¿ sR°ns°m≠ncp∂ AtX \nanjw... s]s´∂v FhnsS \nt∂m IdpØv hensbmcp kXzw Fkn]nbpsS ta¬ NmSn hoWp. AsX¥msW∂v Xncn®dnbpw aptº Abmƒ aÆnte°v ae¿∂p hoWp Ign™ncp∂p. AbmfpsS ssIbnse ]nì Zqtc°v sXdn®p hoWp. Fkn]n InS∂ InS∏n¬ Xebpb¿Øn t\m°ptºmƒ sXm´pap∂n¬ \m°pw \o´n InX®psIm≠v \n¬°p∂ Hcp A¬tkjy≥ \mb.... cmlpe≥ sR´nØncn™p t\m°n. B \mb ho≠pw Fkn]nbpsS ta¬ NmSn hogp∂p. Ahs‚ tXm°v H∂v IÆv NnΩnØpd∂p. ASpØ \nanjw B \mb D®Øn¬ \nehnfn®psIm≠v aÆnte°v apJw s]mØn hoWp. AXns‚ DZcØn¬ \n∂v aØm∏v t]mse c‡w ]pdtØ°v No‰n. B X°Øn\v Hcp Kp≠ apt∂m´v IpXns®Øn cmlpes‚ ssIbnse tXm°v Imev sIm≠v X´nsØdn∏n®p. AtXmsS a‰v Kp≠Ifpw Ahsc hf™p. ]ns∂ Atßm´v Xo]mdp∂ t]mcm´ambncp∂p. Fkn]nbpw cmlpe\pw tN¿∂v kmaphens\bpw Kp≠Isfbpw t\cn´p. AhcpsS ASntb‰v Kp≠Iƒ \mev ]mSpw NnXdn hoWp. {ioPnØv {Kojvasb Hcp XqWn¬ NmcnbncpØn AhfpsS ssIbnse sI´gn®p. Ahƒ Ahs\ GtXm hnNn{XPohnsbsb∂ t]mse angn®p t\m°n. “ChnsSØs∂ Ccn°v. Rm\ns∏m hcmw.” Ah≥ {Kojvasb AhnsS CcpØnbn´v ]pdtØ°v IpXn®p. Ah\pw Fkn]ntbmSpw cmlpet\mSpsam∏w tN¿∂p. Ah¿ aqhcpw tN¿∂v an∂¬∏nW¿ t]mse FXncmfnIsf ASn®p hogvØn. cmlpe≥ H‰°Æs\bpw c≠v Iq´mfnIsfbpw t\cn´p. Ahs‚ ImbnI_eØn\v ap∂n¬ ]nSn®p

\n¬°m\mhmsX Ah¿ Ipg™p hoWp. Fkn]n \µ≥ Hcp Npgen°m‰v t]mse Nen®p \oßn _m°n Kp≠Isf ASn®p \new ]cnim°n. shSntb‰n´pw hodSßmsX \n∂v s]mcpXpIbmbncp∂ kmaphens\ {ioPnØv X√nhogvØn. Ahs‚ Nhnt´‰v Abmƒ \meSn ]pdtIm´v sXdn®p hoWp. c≠v Kp≠Iƒ tN¿∂v Ahs\ ]pdIn¬ \n∂v Nhn´nØ≈nbn´p. Ah≥ ho≠pw IpXns®gpt∂‰v Ah¿ Ccphscbpw ASn®v Npcp´nbn´p. ASpØ \nanjw A¥co£Øn¬ Hcp shSnsbm® tI´p.. F√mhcpw sR´nØncn™pt\m°n. ssIbn¬ Fkn]nbpsS ]nÃepambn \n¬°p∂ kmaph¬... {ioPnØpw Fkn]nbpw cmlpe\pw ]I®p \n¬s° Abmƒ tXm°v {ioPnØns‚ s\©n\v t\¿°v ]nSn®p. Ah≥ Bflc£bv°mbn Ccp]pdhpw CS¶Æn´p t\m°ns°m≠v F®n¬ hngpßn \n∂p. Fkn]nbpw cmlpe\pw ]Xdn \n¬s° kmaphens‚ hncepIƒ Im©nbnea¿∂p... tT.... Hcp shSns]m´n. AtXmsSm∏w kmaphens‚ ssIbnse ]nì Zqtc°v sXdn®p hoWp. shSntb‰v tNmcbn‰p∂ ssI∏Ønbpambn kmaph¬ \nehnfn®psIm≠v ]pdtIm´v ae®p... ]ns∂bpw XpcpXptc shSns]m´n. Kp≠Iƒ HmtcmcpØcmbn Im¬ ap´n\v Xmsgbpw tXmfnepw a‰pw shSnb‰v hoWpsIm≠ncp∂p. Fkn]nbpw cmlpe\pw {ioPnØpw {Kojvabpw F¥mWv kw`hn®sX∂v a\ nemImsX Xcn®p \n¬s° FhnsS\nt∂m Iptd t]meokpIm¿ ]ms™Øn hoWv InS°p∂ Kp≠IfpsS t\¿°v tXm°v Nq≠n \n∂p. Ah¿°nSbn¬ \n∂v kn.sF sk_mÃy≥ aptºm´v h∂p. Abmƒ Fkn]nbpsS ap∂n¬ h∂p keyq´Sn®p \n∂psIm≠v ]d™p. “RßsfØnbn´v Ipd®p t\cambn. kmdns‚ Iam‚n\v th≠n ImØncn°pIbmbncp∂p. As∏mgm ChnsS \n∂v K¨tjm´v tI´Xv. ]ns∂ Rßfnßv tIdn A‰m°v sNbvXp...” “KpUv.” Fkn]n ]d™p. “RßfpsS πm\nßv A¬]sam∂v ]mfn.” Abmƒ shSntb‰p NØp InS°p∂ \mbbpsS t\¿°v apJa\°ns°m≠v ]d™p. “Chs\ R߃ {]Xo£n®n√...” t]meokpIm¿ Kp≠Isfbpw H‰°Æs\bpw kmaphens\bpw a‰pw hneßWnbn®p. Fkn]n {ioPnØns\ tXmfn¬ ssIbn´v {KojvabpsS ASptØ°v sIm≠v h∂v \n¿Øns°m≠v ]d™p. “CXm.. {ioPnØv. hm°v X∂ t]mse {Kojvasb R߃... tkmdn. \Ωƒ c£n®ncn°p∂p..” {ioPnØns‚ apJØv Hcp ]p©ncn hnS¿∂p. Fkn]nbpw cmlpe\pw B Nncnbn¬ ]¶v tN¿∂p. ]s£ {Kojva am{Xw Hcp Znhmkz]v\Ønse∂t]mse Ahs\ angn®pt\m°n \n∂p. ***************** IΩojW¿ F_n Um\nben\v ap∂n¬ Fkn]n \µ\pw cmlpe\pw keyq´Sn®p \n∂p. “Dw..” IΩojW¿ H∂p aqfns°m≠v tNmZn®p. “lu hmkv Zn sdkvIyq Hm∏tdj≥?” “AsUz©dkv..” Fkn]n ]d™p. “B‚ v F Unsse‰v^pƒ kIvkkv...” “KpUv.” IΩojW¿ Fgpt∂‰v \n∂v Fkn]nbpsS ssI ]nSn®p Ipep°nbn´v ho≠pw Xs‚ Ipjy\nte°ncp∂p sIm≠v tNmZn®p. “{]XnIsfsbms° ]nSnIqSnbnt√?” “Fkv km¿.” Fkn]n ]d™p. “]me°m´v \n∂v Fkv.sF.SosS BfpIƒ ]pds∏´n´p≠v. KuXans\ Ah¿°v lm≥Uv Hmh¿ sNøWw. Zn sdÃv tZ hn¬ tS°v sIb¿.” IΩojW¿ ]d™p.

“HmsI km¿.” Fkn]n Xebm´n. “]ns∂... kmaphepw Iq´mfnIfpw ]nSnbnemb ÿnXn°v C\n tUmIvS¿ kRvPbpsS ^b¬ t¢mkv sNbvXv IqsS?” IΩojW¿ tNmZn®p. “t\m k¿.” Fkn]n ]d™p. “ssh?” “C\n Hcmsf IqSn ]nSnIqSm\p≠v.” “hm´v..!!” IΩojWcpsS IÆpIƒ B›cyw sIm≠v hnS¿∂p. “sbkv km¿.” Fkn]n ]d™p. “Zn dnb¬ _§v Cukv _nssl≥Uv Zn _pjvjkv..” IΩojW¿ Abmsf hnizmkw hcmsX angn®p t\m°n \n¬s° Abmƒ XpS¿∂p. “km¿ Cu UohoUn H∂p I≠p t\m°Ww. CXv KuXans‚ Cs‚tdmtKjs‚ hoUntbm BWv...” Fkn]n cmlpes\ t\m°n IÆv sIm≠v kn·¬ \¬In. cmlpe≥ IΩojWcpsS heXp`mKØncn°p∂ F¬.ko.Un sSenhnj\v ASptØ°v sN∂v ]h¿ ^vf§v Hm¨ sNbvXv ssIbnse ^ben¬ \n∂v Hcp UohoUn FSpØv UohoUn sπbdnte°n´p. IΩojW¿ Pn⁄mktbmsS D‰pt\m°n Ccp∂p. Fkn]nbpw Np≠n¬ Hcp Nncnbpambn sSenhnj\n¬ IÆv \´v ImØncp∂p. kv{Io\n¬ ]Xnsb Zriy߃ sXfnbm≥ XpSßn. ]s£.... ASpØ \nanjw Fkn]nbpsS apJsØ Nncnam™p. Ahsc sR´n®psIm≠v kv{Io\n¬ Nne hmNI߃ {]Xy£s∏´p. Betrothel Ceremony of Mr. Sanjay & Ms. Greeshma Nambiar. On December 28th, 2012. Fkn]nbpw cmlpe\pw A‘mfn®p \n∂p. IΩojW¿ hnkvabtØmsS Fkn]nsb apJw Xncn®p t\m°n. kv{Io\n¬ {KojvabpsSbpw kRvPbpsSbpw hnhml \n›bØns‚ Zriy߃ sXfn™p XpSßn. “cmlp¬.. hm´v Cukv Znkv?” Fkn]n apJw hnfdns°m≠v Fgpt∂‰p \n∂p. cmlpe\pw Imcyw ]nSnIn´msX ]I®p\n∂p. “tl.. hm´vkv lm∏\nwKv?” IΩojWcpw Ipg∏tØmsS Ahsc Ccphscbpw t\m°ns°m≠v tNmZn®p. “Hm... ssa tKmUv...” cmlpe≥ Imcyw ]nSnIn´nb a´n¬ Xebn¬ ssIsh®psIm≠v ]d™p. “tkmdn km¿ UohoUn XΩn¬ amdnt∏mbn..” “hm´v..?” Fkn]n Aºct∏msS tNmZn®p. “Rm≥ km¿ ]d™ t]mse Cs‚sdmtKjs‚ hoUntbm Hcp UohoUnbnte°v ]I¿Øn sh®ncp∂p. AXv t]mse ^mZ¿ kndnb°n\v sImSpØb°m\p≈ hnhml \n›bØns‚ UohoUnbpw Fs‚ tai∏pdØv Xømdm°n sh®ncp∂p. ]s£... AXv c≠pw XΩn¬ amdnt∏mbn..” cmlpe≥ ]d™p. “Rm≥ B UohoUn ^mZdns‚ Nm∏ente°v FØn°m≥ G¿∏mSv sNbvXncp∂ tIm¨Ã_nƒ A_≤Øn¬ UohoUn amdnsbSpØpsIm≠v t]mbn°mWpw. Rm\XdnbmsX CsXSpØpsIm≠nßv hcnIbpw sNbvXp.” “At∏mƒ Cs‚sdmtKjs‚ UohoUn FhnsS?” Fkn]n DXvIWvTtbmsS tNmZn®p. “AXns∏m ^mZdns‚ ssIbnseØn°mWpw?” cmlpe≥ ]X¿®tbmsS ]d™p.

“Hm jn‰v..” Fkn]n Aa¿jtØmsS ]d™p. “hm´v s\•nP≥kv Cukv Znkv cmlp¬..?” “tkmdn km¿. B UohoUn Rm≥ Xs∂ sIm≠pt]mbn sImSp°Wsa∂pt±in®Xmbncp∂p. As∏mgmWv kmaph¬ {Kojvasb InUv\m∏v sNbvX hnhcadn™v \Ωƒ AXns‚ ]pdsI t]mbXv. Rm\m tPmensbmcp tIm¨Ã_nfns\ G¬]n®n´mWv t]mbXv. c≠v UohoUn Ihdpw Htc t]msebmbXv sIm≠v Abmƒ A_≤Øn¬ amdnsbSpØv sIm≠v t]mbXmhpw..” “t\m.. cmlp¬..” Fkn]n AkzÿXtbmsS ]d™p. “F{Xbpw s]s´∂v B UohoUn ^mZdns‚ ssIbn¬\n∂v Xncns®Sp°Ww. bmsXmcp ImcWhimepw ^mZ¿ kndnbIv B UohoUn ImWm≥ ]mSn√.. AtXmsS \ΩpsS πms\√mw XIcpw. ho jpUv sK‰v C‰v _m°v kq¨...” AbmfpsS i_vZw IΩojWcpsS Iym_ns‚ \mev NphcpIƒ°nSbn¬°nS∂v apgßn. ***************** kRvPbpsS i_vZhpw Ãocntbm t_mIvkpIfneqsS HmUnt‰mdnbØn\p≈n¬ apgßn. kRvPbv hmb\ \n¿Øn F√mhscbpw H∂v t\m°n. lmfn¬ \n»_vZX XfwsI´n \n∂p. t\¿Ø \nizmk߃ am{Xw AhnShnsS \n∂v s]mßnØmgv∂psIm≠ncp∂p. “{]nbapffhsc.” kRvPbv ]d™p. “Cu t\mhens‚ k¿ss{]kv ^mIvS¿ \ne\n¿Øp∂Xn\mbn Rms\s‚ hmb\ ChnsS \n¿Øp∂p. C\nbpff `mK߃ \n߃ kzbw hmbn®dntb≠XmWv. Cu NSßn\v tijw hmcnIbpsS tIm∏nIƒ \n߃°v In´nØpSßpw.” HmUnt‰mdnbØnemsI apdpapdp∏pIfpsS Hcp Xncamebpb¿∂p. BfpIƒ \ncmitbmsS F∂m¬ BImw£ ]nSbv°p∂ lrZbtØmsS Akzÿcmbn XßfpsS Ccn∏nSßfnencp∂p. “]ns∂ FUn‰¿ km¿ ]d™p. t\mh¬ hmbn®p Ign™v Rm≥ \nßsf A`nkwt_m[\ sNbvXv kwkmcn°Wsa∂v. ]s£ Ft∂°mƒ apXn¿∂hcmb ]e {]K¬`cpw thZnbnencn°p∂Xn\m¬ Rm≥ Ct∏mƒ Fs‚ Ccn∏nSØnte°v aSßpIbmWv. Ft∂°mƒ Adnhpw A\p`hkºØpapff AhcpsS hm°pIƒ BZyw \ap°v tIƒ°mw. AXv Ign™v Rm≥ \nßtfmSv kwkmcn°mw.” Abmƒ Xs‚ Ccn∏nSØnte°v aSßn. AXn\v tijw FUn‰¿ ssa°n\SptØ°v h∂v thZnbnencn°p∂ {]K¬` hy‡nIsf HmtcmcpØscbmbn {]kwKn°m≥ £Wn®p. Ahsc√mw ssa°n\SptØ°v h∂v Iptd Imew IqSnbn´v In´nb \nd™ kZ ns\ ]camh[n apXem°ms\∂ hÆw XßfpsS Adnhns‚ A£b]m{Xw Xpd∂v Im´n Imcy߃ hen®p \o´n∏d™v kZkycpsS £a]co£n°m≥ th≠n a’cn®p. kmlnXn, ssIcfn, \ntbm˛en_denkw, sImtfmWnbenkw, Im^vI, s\cqZ, \thm∞m\w, km¿{Xv, DØcm[p\nIX, ZenXv ]cnt{]£yw, B[p\ntImØc IYmtemIw, tbmk, jqsk kcamtKm, t]mÃv tamtUWnkw, ]pXp `mhpIXzw, BSpPohnXw, HIvtShntbm ]mkv XpSßnb ISn®m¬ s]m´mØ, A¿∞w XncnbmØ, kµ¿`hpambn H´pw tbmPn°mØ Nne ]Z߃ AhcpsS {]kwKØnepS\ofw \\™ ]S°w t]mse CSbv ° nsS No‰ns°m≠ncp∂p. tIƒhn°m¿ Ccn∏nSßfnencp∂v AkzÿXtbmsS sRcn]ncnsIm≠p. Nne¿ Dd°®SthmsS tIm´phmbn´p, Nne¿ apjn®ntemsS lmfnen\v shfnbnte°ndßn \n∂p. Nne¿ Ccp∂ Ccp∏n¬ hmb Xpd∂p ]nSn®pdßpIbpw CSbv°nsS K{_ntb¬ Km¿ky am¿t°kv, Kpµ¿ {Kmkv F∂nßs\bp≈ hm°pIƒ tI´v Dd°w sR´pIbpw sNbvXpsIm≠ncp∂p. “F\n°v t_mdSn°p∂p.” cay D≈nse ]pI®n¬ Xs‚ hm°pIfn¬ \nd®psIm≠v ]d™p. “Dw...” BXnc AXns\ A\pIqen°p∂ a´n¬ Np≠pIq¿∏n®psIm≠v ]d™p. “F\n°pw...” “B hmcnIbpsS tIm∏n In´nbncps∂¶n¬ Ch∑mcpsS IØnsbdv Ahkm\n°p∂Xv hsc AXpw hmbnt®m≠ncn°mbncp∂p...” cay ]d™p. “]s£ CXns‚ kwLmSI¿°dnbmw hmcnI ssIbn¬ In´n°gn™m¬ ]ns∂ CXn\IØmcpancn°ns√∂v. AXm ]cn]mSn°v tijw am{Xw hmcnI In´p∂ t]msebm°nbXv...” kwkmcn®psIm≠v apJw Xncn® BXnc s]s´∂v Ft¥m I≠v kzn®a¿Ønb t]mse \n»_vZbmbn.

Ipd®∏pdØv AXm Hcp a≤y hbkv°≥ Xs‚ sF]mUv Xpd∂psh®v Ft¥m BthitØmsS hmbn®psIm≠ncn°p∂p. ASpØ \nanjw AhfpsS Xebn¬ Hcp _ƒs_cn™p. Ahƒ s]s´∂v caybpsS t\¿°v Xncn™psIm≠v tNmZn®p. “\n\°nt∏mƒ B t\mhens‚ _m°n hmbn°tWm?” “B.” cay ]d™p. “]s£...” Ahƒ XpS¿s∂s¥¶nepw ]dbp∂Xn\v apºmbn BXnc [rXnbn¬ Fgpt∂‰v sIm≠v ]d™p. “Fs‚ IqsS hm..” “FhntS°m?” cay kwibn®ncp∂psIm≠v tNmZn®p. “hcm≥...” BXnc sh{]mfs∏´v HmUnt‰mdnbØn\v ]pdtØ°pff hmXnen\v t\¿t°mSn. Imcyw ]nSnIn´nbns√¶nepw caybpw NmSnsbgpt∂‰v Ahsf ]n¥pS¿∂p. Su¨ lmfn\v shfnbnseØnbXpw BXncbpsS IÆpIƒ Np‰nepw ]cXn. Ipd®∏pdØv Ahƒ At\zjn® t_m¿Uv Ahƒ Is≠Øn ˛ ssk_¿hyq C‚¿s\‰v It^.. aq∂masØ an\n´n¬ Ah¿ Ccphcpw B C‚¿s\‰v It^bpsS Iym_n\n\pIfnsem∂n¬ InX∏m‰ns°m≠ncp∂p. Iot_m¿Un¬ apJ{io hmcnIbpsS sh_v A{U v ssS∏v sNbvXv ImØncn°ptºmƒ BXnc caybpsS kwibw kv^pcn°p∂ apJtØ°v t\m°ns°m≠v ]d™p. “hmcnIbpsS {]n‚ v FUnj≥ ssIbn¬ In´m\t√ Xmakap≈q? Hm¨sse≥ FUnj≥ BIvSohmWt√m?” AXv tI´Xpw caybpsS apJw kt¥mjw sIm≠v hnS¿∂p. Ahƒ BXncsb sI´n∏nSn®v IhnfnsemcpΩ sImSpØp. “\ΩfnXv hmbn®p Xocptºmtg°pw AhnsS B t_md∑mcpsS {]kwKw Xocpw. F∂n´v \ap°v XncnsI t]mbn kRvPbns‚ {]kwKw tIƒ°mw.” BXnc ]d™p. cay D’mltØmsS Xebm´n. hmcnIbpsS tlmw t]Pn¬Øs∂ t\mhens‚ Ahkm\ A≤ymbØnte°pff en¶v D≠mbncp∂p. BXnc AXn¬ aukv ¢n°v sNbvXv ImØncp∂p. C‚¿s\‰v IW£≥ A¬]w t…m BbXv sIm≠v t\mhens‚ B\nta‰Uv t]Pv Uu¨temUv BIm≥ \nanjßsfSpØp. BXncbpw caybpw DtZzKtØmsS ImØncp∂p. At∏mƒ AhcpsS lrZbanSn∏v Ah¿°v Xs∂ tIƒ°mambncp∂p. GXm≠v c≠v an\n´v Ign™v kRvPbv tÃPn¬ hmbn®p \n¿Ønb `mKw sXm´v Ah¿ hmbn®p XpSßn. ***************** ^mZ¿ kndnb°ns‚ Nm∏ens‚ \nemhv ]c∂pInS°p∂ ap‰tØ°vv am[hv \ºym¿ Xs‚ Imdn¬ h∂ndßn. At±lw tImfnMv s_¬ Aa¿Øn ]pdØv ImØp\n∂p. Hcnfw Im‰v AXnte IS∂p t]mbn. ^mZ¿ kndnbIv h∂p hmXn¬ Xpd∂p. \ºymsc I≠Xpw At±lØns‚ apJw hnS¿∂p. “B.. hm... tIdn hm...” At±lw hmXn¬ ae¿s° Xpd∂psIm≠v hnfn®p. “Cutim aninlmbv°v kvXpXnbmbncn°s´...” \ºym¿ Hcp NncntbmsS AItØ°v Ibdns°m≠v ]d™p. “Ct∏mgpw Ft∏mgpw kvXpXnbmbncn°s´...” ^mZ¿ Abmsf BenwK\w sNbvXpsIm≠v ]d™p.

“Rm≥ ¢∫nembncp∂p. A∏gm ^mZdns‚ t^m¨.” \ºym¿ ]d™p. “CØhWsbt¥ C{X t\csØ? \ΩpsS BgvNh´Øn\pff kabamIp∂t√bp≈q?” ~ “Imcyap≠v..” ^mZ¿ hmXn¬ AS®v AIØv \n∂v XgpXn´psIm≠v AS™ i_vZØn¬ ]d™p. “]pXnsbmssc‰w tImWym°v XS™n´p≠v. ^ne∏®≥ {^m≥ko∂v sImSpØb®Xm... enan‰Uv FUoj≥. km[\w ssIbo°n´ys∏m tXm∂n C\n sh®pXmakn∏n°≠m∂v. ]ns∂... Xm\n√msX F\ns°¥mtLmjw?” ^mZ¿ At±lsØ tXmfneqsS ssIbn´v AItØ°v \bn®p. “A®s‚ i_v Z sa¥m h√mXncn°p∂Xv ?” \ºym¿ tNmZn®p. “apJsams° h√msX Nph∂n´p≠t√m? F¥p ]‰n kpJant√?” “tlbv... Hcp sNdnb PetZmjw.” ^mZ¿ ]d™p. “C∂se \ΩpsS tateXnse Hutk∏ns‚ {Intaj\nSbvs°m∂v ag®mdev sIm≠p. AXns‚bm..” AIsØ kzoIcWapdnbnseØnbXpw At±lw tkm^bnte°v ssINq≠ns°m≠v ]d™p. “Xm\ncn°v. Rm≥ •mkpw a‰Xpw FSptØm≠v hcmw..” \ºym¿ tkm^bnte°ncp∂p. ^mZ¿ AItØ°v t]mbn. sSenhnj\n¬ imtemw Sohnbn¬ Iq´{]m¿∞\ \S∂psIm≠ncn°pIbmWv. \ºym¿ Nm\¬ am‰p∂Xn\mbn dntam´v I¨t{Smƒ ssIbnseSpØp. At∏mƒ kzoIcWapdnbnse sSet^m¨ s_√Sn®p. \ºym¿ AItØ°v t\m°n hnfn®p]d™p. “At®m.. t^m¨.” ]s£ ^mZ¿ hnfntI´n√. t^m¨ s_√Sn®psImt≠bncp∂p. HSphn¬ \ºym¿ Fgpt∂‰v sN∂v t^msWSpØp sNhnbn¬ sh®p. “ltem ^mZ¿ kndnbIv... CXv Fkn]n \µ\mWv...” adpXebv°¬ \n∂v Fkn]nbpsS ]Xdnb i_vZw tI´p. “ltem Fkn]n km¿. CXv Rm\mWv am[hv \ºym¿. {KojvabpsS ^mZ¿..” \ºym¿ Nncn®psIm≠v ]d™p. “am[hv \ºym¿..!” Fkn]nbpsS i_vZØnsemcp sNdnb CS¿®bp≠mbn. “^mZsdhnsS?” “^mZ¿ AIsØt¥m ]WnbnemWv. Rm≥ t^m¨ sImSp°mw..” \ºym¿ ]d™p. “t\m.. t\m.. shbn‰v.. πokv shbn‰v B‚ v enk¨.” Fkn]n ]X¿®tbmsS ]d™p. “Rm≥ ]dbp∂Xv km¿ {i≤n®p tIƒ°Ww. RßfpSs\ AsßØpw. kmdhnSps∂ßpw t]mIcpXv. ]ns∂...” H∂v \n¿Øn izmksaSpØpsIm≠v Fkn]n ]d™p. “^mZ¿ kndnb°ns‚ ta¬ Hcp IÆv thWw..” Atßms´s¥¶nepw tNmZn°m≥ Ignbp∂Xn\v apºv Fkn]n sse≥ I´v sNbvXp. \ºym¿ t^m¨ ssIbn¬ ]nSn®psIm≠v ]I®p \n∂p. (XpScpw)