by Kali Hawa
Timsy worked in a pharmaceutical company as a research assistant. The boredom of repetitive work drove her mad therefore she became aggressive adventurer in stretching boundaries of sane behaviour. She tried psychotic drugs, would embark on difficult treks and climb rugged mountains; even tried forgery, shop lifting in order to bring some excitement in her bored life. There never was any remorse for these delinquent forays she occasionally indulged in. Progressively these endeavours would bring little joy so every next time she would seek a more daring avenue to gratify her whetted appetite for that elusive sense of thrall these non-conformist ways bring to life. Once she brought kitchen knife and confronted an appalled Shaheen to etch something on her arm. Timsy presented a study in contradiction; a façade conveying a meticulous and very skilful professional at the same time clumsy and inept in mundane dealings. Only her husband knew that she would pull her hairs and cry uncontrollably in isolation after every few months, this flummoxed and confused him no end. In contrast Shaheen never had difficulty dealing with life. He had focus and aims which he progressively reached some quickly some with effort and a lot of time but there never was any confusion about the drift life was taking. While he was young these aims and goals were set for him by his parents and now they are set out of reflex thinking. He never thought about philosophical complexity of life, keeping it simple worked fine for him. He never had enough free time to worry about boredom as an issue to confront. Before coming to Bareilly he had seen Timsy in one her blue moods……….
Shashi Vader had sharp criminal mind and an animal’s consciousness for self preservation. He never worked seriously at any place and the few places he worked, he swindled the owner without any remorse. Vader had a disturbed childhood. A prosperous and ambitious father trying to set direction to the drift of his life; mostly citing his own illustrious story as an example to emulate. Murlidhar was diligent and focused person who got lucky in life. In contrast Shashi Vader had fickle mind and short attention time, the constant reminder from his father to
focus on a goal only increased his irritation and resolve to break free. He dreamed of making good but through devious means and in a very short time therefore the gambling addiction. This driving urge to teach Murlidhar a stinging lesson made him put up atrocious stakes in the game of luck. He lost mostly went back to his father shamelessly and grew angrier in each round of the vicious circle of his own
creation. Eventually an angry and exasperated Murlidhar disowned him,vowed to deny him any inheritance and willed half of every thing he had to various temple trusts and the remaining to his close and trusted friend K D Sahib in the faint hope that if Shashi Vader made amends in his wayward life then K D will suitably reward him. Vader never forgave Murlidhar or K D Sahib in fact he swindled K D Sahib when he tried to set up a legitimate car parts business for him in Bareilly. Vader soon turned that swanky office in his dealership store into a gambling den attracting the hotshots of the underworld. Business dwindled quickly but Vader assumed KD Sahib to replenish the losses in the assumption of his legitimate right to Murlidhar’s
legacy. KD completely washed hands off him. Neck deep in debts to the underworld his survival instinct led him to flee Bareilly. The news of K D Sahib leaving him undisclosed sum in his will left him in a serious dilemma………….