Bliss! – A Musical Short Story in English
Written by Swati Joshi
July 16, 2018
First house in the lane, “Aruni-Nivas”; is in the seventh heaven since last week. Mr. Shrinivas Shastri is running here and there irrepressibly to make NRI grand-kids happy. Mrs. Aruni Shastri makes variety of traditional dishes and everyone relish her love poured into those recipes. After all they have come to visit them after two long years.
Music is one of the efficacies of this family. Shrinivas has been a renowned music teacher of Banaras and Nimitt has acquired this art from father at a very tender age.
It’s one more elated night when the whole family is sitting in veranda and Sniti, the granddaughter is ready to show a music video, she has made.
“Dadima, this one is for you. I have tried to make a small documentary on your life. I have sung the background score too. Dad told that he learnt this from you.”
Everyone cheers her up.
The advancing video and the song open up a window to Aruni’s past where memories pass like a slide show.
The widow ashram, Banaras… very young Nimitt… miserable life…. music class… Shrinivas…re-marriage… a new life… Kids… blessed life!
The song fills the remaining gaps…..
પ્રેમ એ માત્ર લૈલા-મજનુ, હીર-રાંઝા કે કોઈ પણ બે પાત્રો વચ્ચેની જ વાત નથી. વાર્તાઓએ આપણને તેનું માત્ર એક જ પરિમાણ બતાવ્યું છે…
તારી આંખની પાંપણનું ઉઠવું ને ઉઠીને ઝૂકવું, મારે મન એ જ શ્વસન છે; ના મદ, મદિરા કે મુફલિસી, મને બસ તારું વ્યસન છે! પ્રેમનો…
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