“Dad look, a paper boat,” excited shout from his seven year old son drew his attention to the boat, resting beside a stone, waiting to be released on water, “why don’t we make one dad?”
“Bhai, lets float a paper boat on the river,” the request took his mind back many years, when a similar request made by another seven year old girl, “you know if you make a wish after releasing the boat, it comes true!”
Off they went sailing a boat. Who in his right mind could have resisted a possibility of getting even, when life was teeming with enemies at the ripe age of ten!
“Look what your son has done? Today he tore pages from notebook, tomorrow he may lift money from your purse!” wish did not come true, severe tongue lashing and a slap from mother did materialise, “what if your sister had drowned in water?”
Today, looking at his son, he realised excitement of making a boat and releasing it on water still remains intact. “Lets do it,” he tore a few pages of his used notebook, “don’t tell your mother; she will be mad.”
Father and son shared a conspiratorial smile of mutual agreement.
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Photo Credit: Subramanya Bhat