Chintu was sitting with his legs folded, elbow on his knees and his hand on his cheek. He seemed to be deep into thoughts; his eyes were gloomy and staring at the lightening decorated by the houses and shops in his vicinity. He was sitting still... unmoved even by the loud sound of crackers. It was Diwali - the festival of lights... and this Diwali was also no different to Chintu from his past six Diwali's. But now, as he was growing, he was starting to get the feel of things. He was starting to develop a sense of longing, a sense of jealousy, a sense of loneliness, a sense of helplessness. The kids of his age were busy lighting candles, firing crackers, go shopping with their parents to buy more crackers, clothes, toys etc. but for Chintu, Diwali is like any other regular day when his father comes late in the night after working hard the whole day, cook food for Chintu and then they both retire to sleep after taking dinner only to wake up at 5 in the morning to begin their next routine day.
This time Diwali happened to be in early November and chilly winds were all set to send a shiver down the spine, yet Chintu was sitting in his old Nekar (shorts) and Baniyan (undershirt) which looked muddy and worn-out because of being used more than its capacity. Today, it looks like Chintu was missing his mother. Earlier, Chintu couldn't understand about mother, as he has never seen her but off late he has started to miss her. All those stories that his father tells him in the night about his mother started to make him feel proud of her, miss her and relate to her more. He often argues with God that, "It is high time now. You've kept my Mom long enough, please let her come back and my father will take care of her". He often look himself in the mirror to find his Mumma, as Manorama Dadi, his neighbor, often says that he is the exact replica of his mother.
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