Facts and Fiction, Humor, Ooty, P U Krishnan, Short Stories, Tellicherry

Give something and get something!

Regunath was one of our family friends and a frequent visitor to our house. Known for his Pranks and cruel jokes, he was intelligent too. One morning he called at our house and said, “Get me a pen… Quick”. “What’s the matter?” I asked him while giving him a pen; but he simply rolled his eyes and opened an envelope with care and took out the paper and went through the contents quickly and scribbled something at the button and put the letter inside the cover and pasted. My first impression was that he was sending a job application to some firm. Though he was working for a reputed company as a medical representative, he used to send applications to other firms for a similar post.

The words he scribbled at the bottom of the letter confused me a bit. “If you need any monetary help, please don’t hesitate.”

“Wow, that’s wonderful. You don’t usually write to your relatives. May be it is meant for one of your college mates”, I said.

“Me, of all people?… On my way to the post office, that venkiti asked me whether I was on my way to the Post office and When I nodded my head, he asked me to post this letter if I don’t mind. I obliged him but I must have some fun. So, I thought I must add a few lines. That’s all.

Author: P U Krishnan

First things first. I am one of those retired chaps who are young at heart. I watch cricket matches and jump for joy when Tendulkar scores yet another century. I read newspapers and books too, though I am not crazy about them. I think I have a mind free from hatred and I owe it to the wonders of nature and music. I scribble something now and then and call myself a writer! Though I have settled in Ooty, a lovely hill station in Tamil Nadu—I must emphasize the fact that I was born and brought up in Tellicherry in North Kerala and studied in the good old Government Brennen College. Of and on, my mind goes back to my ancestral house at Tiruvangad in Tellicherry in front of an ancient Sri Ram temple. I am indebted to this wonderful place which inculcated in me a love for cricket and literature. But all said and done, I am an Indian first.

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