Ravinder Hakim's ego is crudely shaken at the odd
behavior of his father. He begs pardon of him and assures him of all possible
personal service and attention. But to no purpose. Raja Hakim is adamant and
refuses to yield.
Thus humiliated, Ravinder Hakim
calls his brothers from far off places to help resolve the crisis. All the
brothers rush to the spot in no time. They fall at the feet of their protesting
father. They weep and wail. They appeal and entreat him to free them of the
curse. At last, with the help of their kith and kin, they are able to bring him
round to change his mind.
Elaborate foolproof arrangements are made to make him
comfortable in every way. They make sure that Raja Hakim no longer refuses to
take their substantial contributions as doles but as money sent with affection
and love by his sons for their dear old daddy. All the sons of Raja Hakim remain
at home, for a couple of months. So as to shower their love on him and bring
their domestic affairs back of rails, they arrange picnic parties to
almost all the beauty spots in the paradise valley. They do not leave any stone
unturned to make him happy and comfortable in every way till they make sure that
their dear old father's mood has been restored and that, he evinces the same
interests in the welfare of his children and grand children as hither-to before.
The family becomes as happy as usual. Love, faith and mutual good-will as well
as happy healthy life return. Every member is blithe and mirthful. Daddy is
fully satisfied. What is more, he makes his satisfaction known in clear terms.
Feeling convinced, Raja Hakim gladly permits them to go and
attend their duties with his sincere blessings. Raja Hakim's progeny were wise
enough not to entertain the entreaties and plea to depart and attend to their
duties elsewhere in the country. They rightly thought that it would create a
sudden gap between the long periods and that it would be difficult for him to
find himself caught in a minuscule family of three members only.
They left in batches after small intervals to avoid Raja
Hakim's suffering from sudden seclusion. The happy memories of his trips and
merriments lasted long for quite a good time. He often told nostalgic tales to
all his friends and relatives who paid him occasional visits. Such a habitual
narration of telling tales became a sort of long poem of Ancient Mariner's of
mirthful situations. Time passed by comfortably for Raja Hakim for long in such
At last, in one long dreary winter night Raja Hakim slept a
deep sleep, snoring and dreaming, about a Video film slowly and steadily, like a
growing but Raja Hakim underwent Kaya Kalp (Rejuvenation) and opened out into
fragrant smiling red rose that reflected in the ruddy cheeks of his
children and grand children who rushed in from the remotest corners of the
country to shower their love and affection on their protesting father and
grandpa in grief.
Raja Hakims tenure as a head parent had been extended
indefinitely and the small family of three, as it had been, had swelled into a
veritable tiny-tot-cum-school-cum college in the wise guidance of young
parents under his mature stewardship. The chagrin childish pranks, youthful
activities and the vigorous activities that followed invigorated his pleasant
participation in the family affairs. Naturally, as time heals the wounds, such a
warmth of hustle and bristle rein fused in Raja Hakim, the young spirit of
youth combined with the parental love and concern for the welfare of his
offspring". Trips to beauty spots, tourist resorts, trekking and mountain
climbing and pilgrimages to holy places were re-enacted had in his mind the more
film of his trips, pilgrimages, the aerial surveys of green Valleys lakes and
rivers, pastures and glaciers, was released in his pleasant dreams. The aerial
flights over snowy pinnacles were especially enjoyable and exhilarating. He
felt as if his mother had come to life to rock his moving cradle. He flew and
flew in a plane and then all by himself using his arms as rudders to keep
in right direction.
The loud snoring sounds during his deep, Kumbkaran's
slumber vibrating in unison with roaring of his plane and in that ecstasy he
enjoyed to emplane in a luxury helicopter. The helicopter quickly moved through
and over tiers after tiers of rolling clouds that formed a cushioning
comfortable slide over them. The helicopter re-resumed its flight over the
snowy girdle that guarded the beautiful valley. In this ecstatic dream, all of a
sudden a crane hit the helicopter and the pilot. The helicopter crashed against
the pinnacles causing and splitting the helicopter into pieces that scattered
all over the green valley. Raja Hakim was terrified. He roared like a
wounded lion and jumped out of his bed crying and shouting, "The plane has
crashed and the inmates blown into pieces. How is it I am alive? Am I not
wounded and bleeding?"
Ravinder Hakim and Rita Hakim were frightened as
they heard the cries. They rushed in weeping and wailing and shivering in panic.
The neighbor hood could not but be agog with wilderment and rushing in to see as
to what had happened in that dark dreary mid-night.
Daddy had a nightmare!