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Inflammable Tears

It was late, very late, chilling too. I was awake till 4 AM to finish a review report regarding a business deal. Thanks to the power cut schedule, for this abnormal nocturnal routine. I was about to sleep, yawning, I opened the window for some fresh air. Far across the countryside, I saw a small window open, with a silhouette of an old man in his mid 60’s I guess. My intuition was advocating that he has dampness in his eyes, which must be sponsoring the sadness within him.

This was the same old man who had 2 sons and a daughter. Both the sons were abroad for the last 30 years, and never ever visited home thereafter. They though used to send some amount every 2 years to the lonely father. Everyone knew about the money, as the old man always hurried towards the bank for denominations of 1$ each, when he received the money from his sons. The only daughter, who is now a widow with 3 children is busy upbringing them, though she comes to see her father very often. His dear wife was only the one who was with him, as she regularly visited him, in his dreams.

I was about to retreat to bed, I saw a flame in the old mans window. The intensity of the flame increased, and I heard a faint sound of pain coming across the flames. I tried reaching the hut of the old man with paved stone roof in the countryside but could not manage. I was trapped inside the elevator of my apartment. Thanks to the power cut schedule again.

Later
I read the news over the Internet, “An Old Man in his mid-60’s burnt himself alive. Half burnt denominations of 1$ were found in abundance…..”. I never read the whole story. But why he flamed himself is what I still ponder. I think of the old man whenever I move around in my Mercedes, Whenever I am having a tea break during my business meetings, Whenever I am not asleep (why???), but could not find an answer.

A roundabout fact I conclude is that “Dollars can burn someone alive, but can’t wipe the tears!!”.
Whatever be the reason, It Hurts!!

(Open to interpretations)

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  7. अत्याधिक प्रज्वलन्शील !! हा हा

    It may become a good theme for a short documentary.. isn’t it? nicely written..

  8. kya majjako title, Inflammable Tears 😈
    The write up is short, but deals with the burning issues related to Nepal.. Keep it up Mr Sensible 😛

  9. @ jane:
    I am not refuting to what you perceived.
    But If one thinks, this may happen to anyone… (then it will not hit you hard) and if subconcious mind of ours start finding analogy in ones family circle (or close relative) then it may trigger some more intensity.. i guess. Also I wanted to make it short, and hence its open to interpretations as well..
    And the character here ‘I’ is just another person…

    Thanks for the conclusion!! its nice..

    @ lucida: thanks!!

  10. I think this write-up should have been more intense and gloomy.(It did not seep enough sadness in me!)

    Here’s what I concluded from it,

    ” No heap of money, no bag of gold.
    A lonely heart, can they console?
    Pitiful considerations, he couldn’t take.
    To his own blood, why should he beg?
    Why continue such a melancholy existence?
    A tortured path, at every instance.

    All this has become so unbearable.
    No longer could he shed, his tears, inflammable.

    He found death, a sweet relief
    From his estranged life, full of grief.
    He could then meet his wife, beloved,
    Waiting to embrace him at his death-bed… “

  11. It’ll become “ghar ghar ki kahani” in Nepal… Dollar may buy everything but not the happiness, happiness is real when shared….!!

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