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A Mother's Heart

Picture of Munshi Premchand This story is about a mother's heart which is a deep ocean of love. The story is clearly set in the pre-Independence era. Atmanand is a boy who is loved not only by his mother but by everyone. Well, actually not by everyone; the government hates him. The reason: Atmanand is a nationalist! He is a thorn in the flesh of the government. The government wants to confine him to restrict his activities. The police falsely implicates him in a case; false evidence and witnesses are presented before the court and Atmanand is sentenced to eight years imprisonment. Those were the days when native Indian officers served under English superiors. The police officer who arrested Atmanand is a native Indian. Atmanand's mother Madhavi resolves to take revenge on the police officer. With a view to fulfill this objective, Madhavi manages to secure employment in the officer's household and is entrusted the task of caring for the officer's child. The child becomes very fond of Madhavi, and Madhavi finds herself reciprocating that love instead of hating the child. During the course of her employment, Madhavi also comes to understand the compulsions of native officers serving under a colonial regime. Madhavi feels pity for the officer. The child falls sick and recovers mainly owing to Madhavi's nursing. The parents are very grateful and propose that Madhavi accept the child as her own. Even as the parents are discussing this proposal with Madhavi, the child lies dead in its cradle. The parents are distressed. But it is Madhavi who suffers the greatest agony; an agony much more unendurable than the one she had experienced when the prison gates had swallowed her own son. Madhavi had come to make the officer weep but she was leaving the house, weeping herself.

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Inviting Trouble!

Shirt bulging out because of envelopes kept inside I have the uncanny knack of inviting trouble. There have been quite a few instances in my life when I have found myself neck-deep in trouble, or when I have landed in the most embarrassing situation all owing to my own doing. Consider, for instance, the other day when I went to the book shop. Now, with so many online shopping sites, why did I have to go to a book shop? And, if I did go, why did I have to carry a large envelope full of papers? If I did carry the envelope, why did I not deposit it at the counter before entering the shop? Okay, let me begin at the beginning. I went to the book shop the other day. I was carrying certain documents as I wanted to get their photo-copies. There were five or six papers and they fitted snugly in the envelope. It was not much of a burden really. But the envelope was somewhat large and would not fit in any of my pockets, and I didn't want to fold the envelope.

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Glowing Bright

Neon sign on a shop One evening, while doing some shopping, I happened to meet a friend and stopped to talk with him. All around me were shops with glittering neon signs announcing their names and wares. My attention was drawn to a particular neon sign. There were four words which made up the name of the shop. The sign read "New Pankaj Super Shoppe". The peculiarity of this sign was that the four words, which made up the name, glowed in turns. The first word, "New", glowed for one second and, then, went off for one second. The second word, "Pankaj" glowed for one second and went off for two seconds before lighting up again. The third word, "Super", remained lighted for one second and then went off for four seconds before coming back. The fourth word, "Shoppe", glowed for one second but went off for five seconds before coming back again. The question is: at what intervals do all the four words glow together?

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