“Who is it? What happened? Why on earth are you yelling like this, as if something untoward has taken place?”
(After seeing Nandu) “Oh it’s you, Nandu.” It was Somnath’s father out there. “What is the thing boy? What happened? Why are you yelling like this?”
Almost immediately Somnath’s mother too appeared on the scene.
“What is it Somu’s father? Who has come?” She enquired.
“It is Somu’s friend, Nandu.” He replied.
“What’s the problem, Nandu?” both of them asked in chorus.
“Please all of you come with me to the farms. Somu is not feeling well.”
As soon as Somnath’s mother heard this, she lost control over herself. She felt weak in her knees and almost collapsed. She had a great bonding with her son and so had Somnath’s father. But after all he had to remain calm and could not react as sharply as his mother.
“Control yourself, Mother. Nothing has happened to our Somu. Nandu said that Somu is just not feeling well. Common let us go, fast. Common.”
(Turning to Nandu) “Do one thing, Nandu. Go and tell the neighbors too. Inform all the boys’ parents who are in the fields. Let them all come. It will be good to have some helping hand, if there is any emergency.” (Looking at his wife) “Though, I am confident that our Somu is ok.”
“I was also going to do precisely the same thing. Anyways, Vikas had told me to do so, as you have now.”
Back there in the field, all this while, Somnath was lying on the ground. His head was supported by Vikas’s lap. Soon around 10 to 12 adults arrived at the spot. Somnath’s parents were the first to arrive on the scene. As soon as Somnath’s mother saw her son lying like a log with no movement, eyes closed, she too fell down.
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