Kids, Ooty, Parents, Short Stories

To be or not to be?

It was dull and cold evening and I was in a dilemma… whether to sit at home or to go out for a brisk walk. I had a look at the sky and it spoke of an imminent rain; yet, rain or shine, I should not succumb to laziness, so, off I went for a brisk walk and, in no time, I found myself in a joyous mood, all because of the enchanting surroundings. The dark clouds and the evening sky were playing hide and seek. The trees and the bushes seemed to stand still as if to give a false hope that it won’t rain. But, those birds who were on their way to the nests seemed to say, “it’ ll rain, it’ll rain”

“It won’t rain, it wont rain”… This time, it was a human voice…. a surprised and looked back. A Girl was telling her father who hired an autorikshaw in anticipation of an imminent rain. The girl seemed to be adamant and refused to get into the auto rickshaw. It was just a coincidence but I felt as if the father and daughter were listening to the predictions of the naughty birds as I did! Anyway, I told myself, ” About turn… march” but the black clouds disappeared and the evening sun was reigning supreme in a few minutes.

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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