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The author is –  Biswadip Mukherjee

  Translator –        Prosenjit  Mukherjee

(Next day in the  evening)

Swastik – Papa .

Dr. Soumya – What’s my dear Why have you come up from your bed ?

Swastik – Papa ,Why has your maternal uncle not come yet ?  As you said that he would often ask about me , Have you asked him to come to our place ? When will he come ?

(Dr. Soumya remains mum  like a repentant soul )

.Swastik – It will be really good, This grandfather of mine likes to talk a great deal with me . He has a great sense of humour . Now it often makes me  feel so monotonous all this while that I feel if he comes to our place I will come round soon .  Papa, do you know that last time when he came over here he brought a lots of gift for me .

Dr. Soumya –  This grandpa of yours love you  a lot , isn’t it Swastik ?

Swastik – Yes , very much

.Dr. Soumya – But Swastik ,  this time he will not come .

Swastik – Will he not come here ? but Why? you said before one or two days that he would come  Then what’s happened now ?  Has he been ill ? Well , I  will talk to him over the phone .

Dr. Soumya – No, you need not to  talk to him , your mother doesn’t want him to come here at present .

Swastik – Both of you don’t stay long at home . Then why did you tell him not to come here?  I would have someone to talk to. 

Dr. Soumya – I don’t know my son , I don’t know anything about it . Go to your room  and take  rest.

Narrator – (Swastik  goes inside the room, he felt very morosed due to his illness , moreover that piece of news made him feel even more dejected . Swastik shared a very cordial relationship since his childhood. Though Swastik’s  mother did not like him at all , his intense desire to come to his place has never died down due to the very presence of Swastik in this house . There are a lot of ploughing lands in his ancestral village.  He is like any other honest hardworking farmer . He has a great sense of humour . once Swastik went to his house . What a great love and affection he received there! There he came to know about various kinds of trees as his grandpa made him learn about all those things in his garden . That visit evoked a great amount of interest in Swastik’s mind about Botany . So, whenever Dr Soumya’s maternal uncle comes to his house Swastik doesn’t want to part with him . But this sort of intimate relationship makes class conscious Anjana feel very much annoyed and that creates a sense of discord between Anjana and her husband Dr Soumya . ) 

Dr. Soumya – What’s the matter? Now where are you planning to go again today?

Anjana – To attend a party,

Dr. Soumya – Yesterday you went to attend a party , today once again you are going to attend another one!

Anjana – Today the party is being organised by Mr and Mrs Gupta for their marriage ceremony .   You won’t go there , so as usual I myself ……….

Dr. Soumya – Yes, so as usual you have to attend that party through out the night  and come back home in an intoxicated condition .

Anjana -More or less  everyone drinks a bit .

Dr. Soumya – No one goes to attend a  party leaving his son all by himself specially when he is very sick .

Anjana – I told you more than once that Kalpana is there to look after my son . You could also attend on him but I can’t do all these things . He is after all not two years old now .

Dr. Soumya – Why don’t you realise Anjana, I can’t take  even a week long leave even if I wish so . Because I have certain obligations . I am a Doctor so If I stay at home who would do the treatment of the patients? So, you are not helpless in this regards like me. Then why do you keep on saying that he is not a child ? Don’t you really understand if he remains alone all this while it would affect his mental wellbeing .

Anjana – Don’t always try to preach in this manner . You could employ certain other people for managing different sorts of affairs  in our house . You are economically quite well off to afford all these things 

.Dr. Soumya – Yes , It’s true that we earn a lot of money, but it’s the nature of our profession that demands it . I quite well understand that at times I am doing all these things against my own  wish , I also understand there is no end to it . But Anjana , keep one thing in mind that  money is not everything in life .In spite of telling you  so many times that please let my maternal uncle come to our place but  you again went against my wish . If he would come here Swastik might come round soon which I understand very well myself being a doctor . But your egotistical nature , your so called class consciousness came on the way of this . On the other hand it is not that you spend enough time in looking after him . What do you really look for seem to be not very obvious to you and that is the real problem with you . Have you lost all your good sense ?

 Anjana – You talk about intelligence, educational background ! In all these respects  my family stands superior to your family . Don’t forget that your father  has received the formal education only till the fifth standard where as my father ……

Dr. Soumya – Just shut up  Anjana, don’t utter another ugly word . How dare you speak about my father ! With that much formal education the way he has imparted various kinds of lessons to me since my childhood you could hardly imagine . Such a stigma you are in  my family !

Anjana – You too and  everyone in your family also belongs to that group , listen,Come whatever may , today I will go to attend the party . (Anjana leaves the place )

Swastik – Today again the same kind of altercation between  Papa and mom , oh ! I can’t bear with these things any more . Papa to some extent still feels about me but really he has hardly any time left after maintaining such a  hectic schedule. I have come to realise this after once visiting his chamber because he has to do the treatment of different kinds of patients . But the way mom always pretends to be busy is simply intolerable for me . It seems at times that there is no end to their daily rounds of problems , oh ! The more I witness that  it makes me feel that I would go crazy . Such indecent dresses of my mom , and her growing association with those so called fashionable women who love to play cards or to have some drinks even there are some of them who have different types of addictions too , coupled with the fact that they maintain a kind of amorous relationship with many other uncles . They don’t even come back home at night . The way my mom converse over the phone I came to know all those things which mom things I can’t get to hear at all . Let other people do whatever they wish , on the other day I got to see a new game named Blue Whale , yes…. Blue Whale,  let me try out this game ,    (A brilliant  student of  11th  standard  is seen to be busy in online conversation sitting in front of his personal computer, suddenly something appears on the computer screen   ……………)

Swastik, you are very much  exited, but keep it in mind the first and the ultimate condition of this game is that what you would be  instructed to do , you would certainly do . Do you agree ? this game has consecutive  fifty steps .   

Swastik – Yes , I am  agree on that point , I can’t take this loneliness anymore. My father is a doctor, he remains busy with his private nursing home. Besides that there is always a lucrative  proposition from multinational Pharmaceutical companies for foreign tours along with precious gifts on the condition of prescribing their  medicines . And what’s about my mom ? She has an eternal fascination for fashionable clothes , jewelleries , hangout with friends or to attend parties . Has she any time to even talk with me ? This personal computer , online chatting , video games all these are like sustainable resources for my life .

 (Chorus – No one could match up with your skill in playing games . This season you have earned the most by playing this games . kudos to you Swastik, kudos)

.So , I will definitely play this game . As it has proved to be a means of sustenance for my life , what’s wrong if I die for it ? I will play this game , I will play this game .

PART – 4

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