In the hallway, they saw a corridor with several doors leading off it. Everything in the hall was covered in dust, as though no one had touched it for a hundred years.Sumona has reached this dilapidated house by the river Ganges, in search of answer about her missing father.
“Are you sure, we are at the right place? This place looks deserted.” asked Sumona.
“This looks to be the right place,” said her friend Sumon, “look at the flicker of light behind doors.”
Sumona has been looking for her missing father for a long time. She has visited places as varied as a police station to a clairvoyant’s chamber. Today, she is looking for a holy man, who comes every year in autumn to this house. People say he has the powers to recount past and predict future.
“Come Sumona, mother said you will be here,” said the man with a kind and peaceful and face.
“Whose mother, baba?” surprised Sumona asked prostrating.
“Universal mother, Bitiya! she said, you are looking for your father.”
“Yes maharaj, Please tell me.”
“Bitiya, your father left home to seek his spiritual destiny. He had to quench his inner quest.”
“What is this inner quest, baba?”
“That is for another day, bitiya. Today, go home at peace. This boy, will make a good life partner. I see a happy future.”
Sumona was sitting by the river. Tear flowing down her cheeks. She was sure her father is not coming back, atleast he left home for something meaningful.
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