INTO THE PAST WITH PAIN…..315
Dr K Prabhakar Rao
(It is outskirts of Hyderabad and it is morning hours. There is notmuch of traffic. Occasional vehicle is seen passing lazily on the road, A group of people are seen at a bus stop near a tree. The re is an old mosque nearby and a shack selling tea. And some eatables. In the mean time a lorry arrives screamimg and halts near the group. The lorry has open top and some barrels are kept and some palm leaves are tied to them as bunches. The driver lazily gets down , yawns and sits on a roadside stone. The cleaner of lorry gets down and opens tailboard. Two people sitting in lorry jump out. The crowd of people gather around the truck. Narayana, rasool, and moses are among them.
Narayana. Yeah. The kallu has arrived at last.
Rasool. Bhai.It is not kallu. It is neera. Naryana. Soon it will become.
Moses. Yeah. I am itching to drink.
Rasool. Whatever it is. Let us drink.
All of them jump on to lorry and grab few bottles and get down. The lorry driver laughs.
Rasool. (Gulping neera sings)
Our piye jaa
Zindagi ka yehi hai mudda
Aur piye jaa.
Aur piye jaa ( Saigal sahib )
Moses ( drinks Neera in one gulp and sings )
Yo yo Yo
A bottle of Rum
(In the mean time a bus arrives t the spot and from it get down Gandhi, Nehru and patel )
Gandhi. This is the place . Yeah.. Body is tired. Needs some rest. The bus seats are horrible.
Patel. Yes Bapu, There are no cushions on seats. The back rest is vertical. There is no leg space. They call it a luxary bus.
Gandhi, Be thankful. It is rolling on road. We have not pushed it. Now it is Telangana state. The buses also have been divided. Bad buses will be shared equally. Look Patel. Find out if the shop has some cold rinks.
Patel. OK Bapu.
( He goes to the shop and enquires)
Patel. Brother do you have some limca, Coke or Gold spot
Shop vendor. Nothing like that. We sell Telangana drink. That is Neera.
Patel. Is it similar to sprite?
Vendor. It tastes like Coconut water.
Gandhi. Then it is fine. Let us have some.
( Actually at this point of time the day is fully broken and neera turns into toddy)
Patel. Nehru and Gandhi all collect two bottles of Neera and start gulping.
(Patel fetches some Mirchi Bajjis that are fresh.)
Gandhi ( Bites one Bajji ) Ohfo . How nice it is?
Patel. That is why it is Telangana delicacy. There is a proposal to install a very huge replica of this Bajji infront of assembly hall. And in air port.
( The effect of Toddy slowly takes place on the trio). They become a bit shaky ad are unable to stand.the slump to ground near the tea shop.
Gandhi. Bhayee.. Oh Patel. I feel something funny. I feel I am floating. Am I on ground?
Nehru. Bapu. You are above ground. I am also above the tree.
Patel. You guys are getting drunk. This neera is changed to Tod
dy after sunrise. We have been fooled.
Gandhi. Chee..Chee.. Drink .. eee..eee.. b…aaaack… ( Vomits)
After vomiting his condition becomes more unstable. He gets up swaying and sings waving hands.
Bhool jaa… Bhool jaaa
Bhool jaa jo dekh ta hai
Jo bhi Dekha bhool jaa
Yad rakh kar kya karega
Ye tamasha bhool jaa ( Surendranathji from Vishwas 1944)
(Gandhi embraces a nearby tree and hangs on ) Nehru is seen lying under the tree with half closed eyes and singing)
Chah barbaad karegee hame malumnatha
Rote Rote hi kategi Hame malumnatha
Chaha barbad karegi hame malumnatah
Chayeeghan ghor ghata chand sitare na rahe
Wo ummeede na rahee ab Wo sahare na rahe
Hampe aisye hi padegi hame malumnatha… ( Kl Saigal sahib from Shah je han,,1946)
Patel (. Balancing himself.)Come on guys get up. Enough of Tamasha of Neera. We in fcat drank Toddy thinking Neera.We shall take the shop guy to police station.
Gandhi. Going to police is waste of time. Nothing will be achieved. They may lock us up in turn as drunkards.
Pastel. It is also true
Nehru. Bapu. It is better we forget and forgive. Never drink Neera in future
Gandhi. True. Let us go.