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grandfather and the animals and between the boy and the group of cowherd boys. The story concludes with: “Ramu and I spent many long summer afternoons at the pond. I still remember him with affection, though we never saw each other again after I left Dehra. He would not read or write, so we were unable to keep in touch. And neither his people, nor mine, knew of our friendship. The buffaloes and frogs had been our only confidants. They had
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. com Literary Herald ISSN: 2454-3365 UGC-Approved Journal An International Refereed English e-Journal Impact Factor: 2.24 (IIJIF) Vol. 3, Issue 1 (June 2017) Page 777 Dr. Siddhartha Sharma Editor-in-Chief accepted us as part of their own world, their muddy but comfortable pond. And when I left Dehra, both they and Ramu must have assumed that I wou ld return again like the birds.” “Coming Home to Dehra” Another wonderful story “Coming Home to Dehra” is set in three cities— Dehra, Shimla and Delhi. Here once again the narration is done in the first person resulting in the attractive weaving of the plot in such a small boundary of short story. Major characters are the narrator, narrator‟ s father and mother, headmaster at Shimla boarding school, step-father, step-brother, a tonga-wallah (the man who drive the horse-drawn carriages) and the teacher who informed the narrator of his father‟s death. It is train jo urney from Shimla to Dehra. On its way the narrator is nostalgic and with a series of pictures presents his dear loving father. His father was working in Delhi and sometimes later transferred to Kolkata. He got malaria and jaundice there. He remembered how the boarding school teacher informed him the sad news of his father‟s demise and how he hated the headmaster for the first time in his life for not returning his father‟s letters to him and how he lived a utopian life with his father. Now the train stops at Dehra. The narrator steps down from the train but no one is there to attend him at the station. So he takes a tonga (a horse drawn carriage) and goes straight to his grandmother‟s house. His grandfather was dead and the grandfather has been living there alone. She loves the boy (the narrator) very much and accompanies him to the narrator‟s mother‟s house. He finds no one in the house except his six month old brother and a male housekeeper. “I wasn‟t prepared for a baby brother, least of all a baby half -b rother.” The grandmother goes back her home keeping the boy there. He is informed of the step father with amazement. Next day his mother and new father arrive at the house from their hunting trip. The new father ‟s attitude towards him seems cordial at first but soon it changes into a machine like manner. “My stepfather barely noticed me. The first thing he did on coming into the house was to pour himself a whisky and soda” The step father keeps himself away from the boy so that any conversation will be there. The boy narrator is doing exactly the same thing.
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