Mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. Mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. O mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. O giver of wisdom, kind and
remover of our sorrows.. O producer of the whole
world.. mother Sharada.. Mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. O giver of wisdom, kind and
remover of our sorrows.. O producer of the whole
world.. mother Sharada.. Mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. Mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. See us with generous eyes,
considering us your servants. Give this boon to us. Rhythm and melody.. Let these be our ornaments..
Sharada.. Mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. O giver of wisdom, kind and
remover of our sorrows.. O producer of the whole
world.. mother Sharada.. Mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. Mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. Mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. On behalf of Acharya Vinayak
Music University.. ..l bid adieu to you today.
But do not think.. ..that your education
in music is over. Today your education in music
is not finished, but begun. Ahead lies a long road
of dedication to music. lt is easy as well as
difficult like life is. l pray that mother Saraswati
makes your life music.. ..and music your life.
Fare ye well. The car is not to be seen, sir. Yes, maybe they did
not get the letter. Keep it in the carriage.
– Okay. Keep the luggage in
the carriage. – Okay. Sir, you go in the first
carriage. We queued it up for you. Hey porter, keep the
Iuggage in this. Why are you disturbing
the sequence? Lay off! Why should l? Hey, look Bandu mister, if
anything untoward happens.. ..do not complain later. If
you touch this suitcase.. ..l’ll remove all your teeth
and shove them in your stomach. You are very rude.
It’s his number. You see, sir. He is fighting
for no reason. lf l iust blow him, he’ll
fly to Beraj from here. Me?
– Yes you! Me?
– Yes, what do you think? Hey, you do one thing.
You keep the luggage.. ..in the carriage. You also are speaking on
Bandu’s behalf, master? Master? You are Ga.. ..Nesh. l am Ganesh, sir.
The short one. But you have grown
quite a bit now. You also haven’t grown
any less, sir. These eyes need a ladder
to see your face. Pardon, Mr. Bandu, he
is my childhood friend. Doesn’t matter. It was my
first business of the day. Anyway, God is the owner of all. No, no, it is not like that.
Here. Your first business. ls it a freebie? Anyway,
take it Bandu brother. You shall also remember what
an aristocratic man you met! Okay, brother. Come on, sir. Test the
speed of my tiger. Overtake Kalka Mail, my son. Hadn’t you gone to the village?
– Yes. Then when did you
come to the city? lt’s about four to five months. Okay. How is Dinu uncle? l don’t know. Don’t know? What does that mean? l fed ten Brahmins.
Now l do not know.. ..if father got admission
into heaven or not. When did he die? He was already half dead
when the master.. ..bought a vehicle and gave
my father his pension. Yes, after that l brought
Radhiya to the city.. ..and involved myself
in our family business. Radhiya must have
grown much by now. A poor man’s sister and
a prostitute’s belly.. ..grow very quickly, sir. Did you marry her off? A groom is not a passenger
that can be.. ..picked from the station. l
suggest, there should be.. ..a law forbidding poor girls
from growing into youth. O fair maiden, balance those
pots carefully and walk. Stupid! Do not steal my heart in
the middle of the road. Where did you learn
this verse from? From Sariubai. Who is Sariubai? She was some singer. Must
have been 60 to 70 years.. ..but with such a youthful
voice that would.. .. iust pierce the heart. Do you stay in her
neighbourhood? No, l am her tenant. Whatever
Sarjubai earned in her youth.. ..she bought some land with it
on lease and built some huts. l took one of those
huts on rent. Hey wrestler, you will be
trampled. Get off the way. lt is four months now that
l have not paid her rent. As soon as the old woman comes
to ask for the rent.. ..l begin tuning up. My singing
cannot be tolerated by her.. ..and she puts her hands on
her ears and runs away. Do you remember it wholly?
– Pe_ectly well. Then let me hear it. Sir, you sit down, l’ll sing. Request.. request.. request.. Why did he stop? Because l sang so
pe_ectly in tune. He likes classical music a lot.
That’s why he stopped. Then you sing in some
other manner. Okay. Then listen. You were frightened hearing
my tune, sonny. Okay, l’ll sing correctly.
Move on. Good, my tiger, come on;
move on.. Move on.. Hear my request, my
mischievous fair one.. Hear my request, my
mischievous fair one.. Do not steal my heart in
the middle of the road.. Do not steal my heart in
the middle of the road.. My request. Sonny, walk along in rhythm.
In tune, in tune. A boy from Gokul is sitting
on the tree.. A boy from Gokul is sitting
on the tree.. A boy from Gokul is sitting
on the tree.. Don’t look at me like this
and break my heart. Don’t look at me like this
and break my heart. l have not broken..
l have not broken.. l have not broken
your pitcher. Hear my request,
my mischievous.. Here she comes. My enemy. O driver.. Forgive me, sir. The
tyre had punctured. Daughter-in-law, hasn’t your
brother-in-law come yet? No, Raghu uncle. Raghu uncle,
have you bought.. ..the bitter gourd for him? Not iust bitter gourd,
but lotus stems also. You do not worry. What all
he likes, l know very well. l am in this house since
he was three years old. l have bought raw mangoes also. l will make chutney out of it. And for his brother? Who? Your brother?
Where does he eat? He fills his stomach
with his law books. You have come? Sister-in-law.. wait, wait. Haven’t l told you not
to touch my feet? Peace, peace, peace,
peace. Long live! What is this? A sister-in-law is in mother’s
place, so l touched your feet. You are my friend,
so l embraced you. And you are a couple of
years younger to me.. ..so l kissed your forehead
and blessed you. You have become very clever
and returned? Come quickly. What are you peering there for? ldiot! Does anyone call
his father Herr Hitler? l don’t know if anyone
else says that or not. But l do call my father Herr
Hitler behind his back. And what is wrong in calling
him Herr Hitler? By doing this, l am
giving respect to.. ..a lowly officer in
a lowly municipality. Speak softly. He is upstairs. Oh God! He has come back
so soon from the court? The elections are coming near. So he goes to the court
Iess frequently. All the work has to be
seen by your brother. Come on, he is waiting
for you upstairs. My bad luck! l have to see
him as soon as l have come. What happened? Father.. So you have come? Did the car
reach at the right time? Are the exams over?
– Yes. How were they?
– They went well. And what are you planning
to do now? lt will not help singing and
dancing like musicians. You will have to do some
or the other legal work. You have come, Alok? Had
the train come on time? Yes brother. Ashok..
– Yes father. From tomorrow take Alok
with you in the chamber. lf he sits there he’ll
hear about cases. He’ll remove the law
books for you. He’ll search for decisions
the court has taken. Then he’ll be ready next year .. ..to take admission
in a law college. Father, l was thinking. You do not think. Close
the door while leaving. Come. Hey sister-in-law, l am
not going to study law. Why? What is wrong in law? Till today my days
have passed in.. ..saying ‘yes father’
and ‘no father’. Now should l spend the
rest of my life.. ..in saying ‘yes my lord’
and ‘no my lord’? Whether you study law or not,
you will have to.. ..come to the chamber
with me from tomorrow. There you escape my sight
and go elsewhere. lf you really ask me,
Iaw is not for you. Why don’t you say that
you are scared? lf he begins law, you
will be nowhere. Then what! l will argue in
such a fantastic manner.. ..that everyone will
remain astounded. lf l’ll get a divorce case, l
shall argue it in Raaga Jogiya. lf it will be a case of love,
l’ll begin Basant Bahaar.. ..and if it will be a murder
case, l’ll sing Raaga Deepak. Light the lamp.. This is unfair. Grossly unfair.
l shall fight against injustice. Even if the moon plans
to leave its lover.. ..l shall sue it in
the court. Yes. The moon is lonely.. The moon is going alone,
my friend.. The moon is going alone,
my friend. Why does it go alone,
my friend? My heart is scared, my friend,
my friend.. O my friend. The moon is going alone.. Why does it go alone? l want to ask who gave
the moon permission.. ..to go alone leaving
its lover behind? What ioke is this? Tell me. This is not a ioke, my Honour.
This is a plea of a sad heart. lf you were a woman, you’d
have understood.. ..the grief of my client,
who is a lover. No woman can remain lifelong
just speaking to her friends. l am very sure that after
hearing all the pleas.. ..of the moon’s lover, the
court will definitely.. ..pass a stay order
against the moon. He is a wanderer;
he is an enticer.. He is a wanderer;
he is an enticer.. When will he come
to my courtyard.. Tell me this much, my friend,
my friend.. O my friend.. The moon is going alone,
my friend.. Why does it go alone? Look at this cruelty of
the moon, my Honour. Firstly he goes leaving
his lover without.. ..telling her where
he’s going to be.. ..and he also doesn’t tell her
when he’s going to be back. Here, the gentlemen of
the jury have come. And forget that you are male
while thinking. Think! l have left all the thinking
to your sister-in-law. l obiect, your Honour.
He is a lawyer.. ..but he doesn’t know that the
court is no one’s spouse.. ..or sister-in-law. But,
because the court is female, it can.. ..without a iury also,
understand the lover’s plight. This is no laughing matter,
My Lord, no laughing matter. There is fire in every
part of my body.. There is fire in every
part of my body. ln my heart there is a
fragrance of flowers.. What is this season called,
my sister-in-law? O my sister-in-law? The moon alone.. the moon
alone.. the moon alone.. Hello, hello.. Hello.. Yes hello, testing.. 1 , 2.. What are you tinkering with
this tape-recorder for? Do you have to come
to the court or not? Brother, will l.. Look, father is already cross
with your sister-in-law.. ..that she has forcefully
taught you music. Now if you do not
go to the court.. ..then father will send her to
her in-laws by the first train. This is very good. l shall also
go to her in-laws with her. Stop ioking, Alok. Get ready. l am ready. Come on. But l
have some work on the way. l’ll get down for a moment.
– Okay, come on. l have no interest to
become an MLA or an MP. lf you ask me, what great
work will l do as an MLA? Some people like catching fish
and some like flying kites. l like contesting for elections
and l’ll do that. Father, today Alok is going to
the court for the first time. He’s come to touch your feet. l was telling.. – Okay. You
go soon. Or you’ll be late. So l was telling that
you prepare a list.. ..of the voter’s religions
so that we can choose.. ..the people to canvas for
them in the same manner. Otherwise, we shall come
to know later that.. ..in a Brahmin territory some
Iow-caste is canvassing for me. Hey, work whole-heartedly. Enough, stop it here. My court is here. But at five, you reach my court. We’ll have to reach
home together. Listen, where does Ganeshi live? My eyes and these
beautiful talks.. Mother, some loafer.. Greetings! You seem to be a well-bred
scoundrel. You get beaten by shoes, but
don’t stop hovering around here. What are you saying? What are you telling? He is one of those loafers.
Just look at his bearing. How elegant and suave he
is making himself appear! Bring a scissor, let me
gouge his eyes out. You are misunderstanding.
l’m not who you think l am. My name is Alok. Your name may be Alok or Parlok. How did you enter my
house without asking? Does Sariubai of Benaras
live here? ls Sariubai some common woman
that you are asking so? Don’t you give straight
answers to anything? Where you have seen my
crooked answers yet? What work have you
got with Sarjubai? l had heard she sings
very good, so.. So you came running
to listen to my song? Do l appear to be a chanteuse
in some whore house? This is great! You got your straight answer. l am going. What has the world
been reduced to? He looks so decent by
his face and clothes. Have you only fretted
since morning.. ..or have you taken
your medicine also? Let the medicine go to hell!
Is this a time to live? Go, child, now you go
home and practise. l have to go somewhere. Master, where are you
running off too? l am running for my life
from your Sarjubai. She is a terrible woman. No, she is like an almond.
Tough exterior, soft interior. Just like cream. You only have this cream.
l cannot digest it. She speaks in treble. Does
not even think of bass. Sir, you do not worry. Come,
come into my poor house. Let it be for today. How can that be? l’ll
give you excellent tea. Radhiya, O Radhiya.. Come.. Come, sit. Ganeshi, you spend a lot on
music. Harmonium, drums.. These are not mine, sir.
One day Sarjubai.. ..heard Radhiya humming
and she told that.. ..she would teach her to sing. l
told her, what are you saying. l cannot make provision
for my daily bread.. ..where will l spend on music?
That made her wild. She scolded me so bad
that by evening.. ..this harmonium and these
drums came here. – Brother! Coming iust now, sir. Our master is come.
Make excellent tea. What is the point
in whispering now? Why did you yell so much before? The lady has heard everything.
She must be coming. Oh, l am dead. l am dead. Sir,
it is my time to sing. That lady is coming
to take the rent. Shove inside and tune up.
Tune up loudly, sir. l am scared for my
age; l am scared. l am so careful, but my
anklets still tinkle.. ..my anklets still tinkle. Someone from my lover’s house
is standing at my door.. ..is standing at my door. My youth walks behind..
my youth.. My youth walks behind;
my childhood goes ahead. l am scared.. l am
scared for my age. l am scared. There is fragrance of
sandalwood in my body.. ..what season is this?..
what season is this? There is fragrance of
sandalwood in my body.. ..what season is this?..
what season is this? The wind blows gently, but
l think it is a tempest.. ..l think it is a tempest. My eyes see dreams all day.. ..my eyeS.. my eyeS..
my eyes.. My eyes see dreams all day, my
kohl keeps me awake at night. l am scared.. l am
scared for my age. l am scared.. l am scared..
l am scared. See how many types of fear are
there in these emotions.. Shame.. Envy.. Anger.. Cruelty.. l am scared for my age.. l am scared.. l am scared..
l am scared.. Sing, sing. Today l shall
not go without the rent. Then what is the
point of singing? Either you pay the rent
or vacate the house. Stop this daily hassles. Since
26 years l am living.. ..in God’s world. He has never
come to ask for rent. And you? You have asked
55000 times in 6 months. Radhiya, collect all our stuff.
We are leaving this house. Where will you take Radhiya? What do you care? Where l go,
my sister will follow. My wish. First tell me, what is
this loafer doing here? Amma, loafer! He is my master. My ancestors would ride
carriages for his family. Ganeshi told me about you so
l came to learn something. To learn? Do you know
what music is? My master has been
born in music. Be quiet. l have learnt,
Amma, but.. ..l cannot tell whether
l can understand it. You speak well. Who
is your teacher? Pandit Jamna Prasad. Oh! He is a very wise man.
Then you must have.. ..definitely learnt well. He
does not teach mediocre people. How is the Pandit? Does
he sing nowadays? No, he cannot sing nowadays.
He is very old now. Raia Bahadur would speak true. The art remains young, but
the artist becomes old. Raia Bahadur? Who
is Raja Bahadur? You’ll not even have
heard of his name. After his wife expired, he got
Iost in his loneliness.. ..in such a manner that no
one could ever find him. Tell Bai to tell about
him sometimes. Again you have started
the same topic. l purposefully spoke about
Raja Bahadur, Bai. Does this boy have the capacity
to understand.. ..the pain of Raia Bahadur? Don’t know when you
will become wise! Bai, till the time, he does
not get his own pain.. ..it will be Raia Bahadur’s
pain that will work for him.. ..to understand the difference
between life and music. Teach him the bond between
art and artist, Bai. Amma, till you make
acquaintance with the master.. ..l shall tie up my belongings. You make tea quickly. Music
is a very useful thing. Again today we are saved
from paying the rent. Make tea. Bai.. l was thinking, from
where to begin. From that night. Begin from
that very night, Bai. Which night? That night in whose darkness
l saw Raja Bahadur. That was a stormy night.
It was appearing.. ..as if the heavens were
pouring out all their water. l was pe_orming somewhere.
Someone brought the.. ..news of the queen’s death
and l left the pe_ormance.. ..and ran towards the mansion. When l reached there, l found
the entire mansion.. ..plunged into gloom. Many
people were gathered there. l heard that Raia Bahadur had
Iocked himself in some room. l was scared. l was dear to
him, so l knocked at the door. Sir.. sir.. Who? lt is me, sir. Sariu. Come, Sariu. Sariu, in such a horrible
night, in pouring rain.. ..nobody leaves the house. Then
why did you queen leave? Do not weep, Sariu.
Bring the tanpura. l was scared. l looked at
him in awe. He understood. He told me not to fear. He
said he wasn’t mad nor.. ..was he asking me to sing.
He said that night.. ..was his night to sing. What song was it, Amma?
Let me hear it. How can l sing it? From where
shall l bring the anguish.. ..of Raia Bahadur’s heart
to sing that song? Sing it, sister. Is your
own anguish any less? The season of the
monsoon has come.. My life goes away. The season of the
monsoon has come. This deceitful lightning
has begun to strike.. This deceitful lightning
has begun to strike.. The clouds are mocking me. ln such, how can anyone go? ln such, how can anyone go? Why are you angry? The season of the
monsoon has come. Someone dear has gone abroad.. All have come to my door. ln such, how can anyone go? ln such, how can anyone go? Why are you angry? The season of the
monsoon has come. The season of the
monsoon has come. No Gupta. l do not have time.
All my time is occupied.. ..with the elections and
then there is no case. When you have given
the land on lease.. ..then what is the question
of trespassing? Why did you give the
Iand on lease? You only had referred
the old woman to me. Me? Yes, someone of that
Raja Bahadur. She had come with the letter. So, this is that one. But, what was the need
of giving the land? What did l know then that my
mill would expand so much? You free the land somehow. lf you want to fight the case,
fight. But nothing will happen. See, if you touch the case,
then some or the other.. ..point will definitely emerge. Am l am a magician who would
infuse life in a dead case? Sir.. – One moment. l’ll come
in a moment. Bring a chair. l don’t need a chair. Finish
the job and come. This Sariubai sings
really fantastically. lt is good that Sariubai
acceded, sir. You learn to sing, l shall
teach you to smoke also. Come. Come on. Gupta! Give me the file
of the land case. l’ll see if something
is possible. Listen, take this ‘beedi’.
Satisfy your desire. – What? Why the formality with me?
Better than smoking.. ..with a carriage puller
on the open road.. ..is that you smoke with me. ..is that you smoke with me. What do you think of yourself?
Neither do you care.. ..for your own self-respect
nor for the family’s respect. l am going to contest an
election and the prince.. ..puts a cigarette in his mouth
and drives a carriage. Why are you staring at
my face? Go from here. Ashok, come here. What happened? Hadn’t you gone to
the court with him? Yes, but he had got off
on the way for something. Do you know where he had gone?
– No! But l do. Doesn’t matter.
l’ll set that aright. What happened, father? You and Ashok have decided
to spoil him. Put some responsibility on
his head. Responsibility! Gupta was telling me a
Iot about his daughter. Tomorrow send Alok to him.
Let him meet the girl. Listen, sister-in-law,
l catch my ears. l’ll not smoke, nor will
l ride the carriage. Only you save from being
Gupta’s son-in-law. No, now l shall not speak
in your matters. Sister-in-law.. Alok, when will you grow up? l’ll grow up whenever
you ask me to. Only you save me from
Gupta’s daughter. Tomorrow you cannot escape
from going there. By God’s grace, the business
has expanded so much.. ..that the mill l thought
to be big before.. ..now appears to be small. l am
thinking of expanding more. Son, day before yesterday,
your father gave me.. ..a very lucrative idea. He
advised me to take permit.. ..under his chairmanship and
start Gupta Bus Service.. ..from here till the station.
Son, now what will l do alone? Do you listen? Come
here and sit. Take a breather. Let him
also say something. Son, his father is contesting
the election.. ..and you are giving
the speeches. Daughter, bring the tea. Why are you taking the
trouble of the tea? We old people may agree, but
Sulakshana won’t listen. Come, daughter. l said, Chandrika Prasad will
be getting bored in the office. Chandrika Prasad? Who
is Chandrika Prasad? You go and see. You’ll remember. Oh, oh, Chandrika Prasad! Yes, Chandrika Prasad. Children, you have your
tea. He may tell.. ..that Chandrika Prasad
who you are. l’ll take care of it. You will have understood that
there is no Chandrika Prasad. This is iust an opportunity
given to you.. ..so that you make
talk with me alone. But you do not take any
advantage of this chance. Because l am not going
to marry you. Why? l did not crack a ioke. l am not laughing for you.
l am laughing because.. ..l was also going to say
the same thing. – What? That l am not going
to marry you. – Why? Why do you not want to marry me? Am l lame or crippled?
Is my father a pauper? Okay, l have failed
once or twice, but.. But l have never failed
till today. l love someone else and
want to marry him. l am not thinking
of marriage yet. Then shake hands. Are you listening? Both
are shaking hands. What are they saying? Aren’t you ashamed? Want
to hear the talks.. ..between your daughter
and future son-in-law? Can l take some benefit
of our acquaintance? Benefit? What benefit? l have an appointment
with Kishan. Who is Kishan? l had told you iust now.
His name is Kishan. On the pretext of taking me
out, you take me from here. Yes, that can be easily done.
But how do l ask that. You do not worry about
that. l’ll do that. lf you call mother ‘mummy’ in
English, she never refuses. Mummy..
– What is it, daughter? Mummy, he is asking
me out. Can l go? What is there to blush in that?
Take this bag and go. Go, son, go. Okay, stop it here. Get down. Do you write poems?
– Why? l’ll take about half an hour.
What will you do till then? You do not worry about me.
You meet your Kishan.. ..l shall go to the
banks of the Jamuna. Banks of the Jamuna? l’ll explain later.
Now l am going. You meet Kishan at least. When l’ll come to fetch you,
then l’ll meet him. Listen, listen, listen.
You are a darling. lt was very interesting
meeting you. Do not make me wait long. Take this, brother. Why are you lying like that?
What happened, Kishan? My head is aching? Oh! The head in which l live,
how can that ache? Come on, do not sulk. You were
just standing in the balcony. Who was that? That, your darling! Oh, look how handsome
he is! Are you jealous? Why should l be iealous? Jealous people don’t have
horns on their head. Do you know who he is? The son
of municipality chairman.. ..Bapu Triloki Prasad. Alok.
My father is thinking.. ..of getting me married to him. Why are you telling
all this to me? Marry him, by all means. l will
courier your promises.. ..back to you tomorrow. Really? All promises!
Look carefully.. ..don’t misplace some
promise then. Do not ioke. You envious, iealous person!
That noble man.. ..when he heard of our love,
he came to leave me here. And you? Listen, Sulakshana. Do not
be angry. Do not fret. Tell me, if you had seen this
scene that l am on the road.. ..and am shouting, ‘O darling,
do not make me wait.. ..come back soon,’ then what
would you have construed? l wouldn’t construe anything;
l would’ve done something. What? l would have killed you both. Your love and sweet talks.. ..my lover knows and
my heart knows. For what this heart beats.. For what.. For what.. For what this heart beats.. For what this heart beats.. My lover knows and
my heart knows.. My love.. The hairs are entangled and
also are the dreams.. The hairs are entangled and
also are the dreams.. Strangers seem
to be familiar.. Why have l become so crazy? Why have l become so crazy? My lover knows and
my heart knows.. My love.. He obstinately forces
himself onto me.. He obstinately forces
himself onto me.. Do some more, my heart
hankers for more.. My heart hankers for more.. He obstinately forces
himself onto me.. He obstinately forces
himself onto me.. He obstinately forces
himself onto me.. Do some more, my heart
hankers for more.. My heart hankers for more.. He obstinately forces
himself onto me.. The crow flies, let him go.. The crow flies, let him go.. Fly crow, fly, fly, fly.. Fly crow, fly, fly, fly.. Go and give a message
to my beloved. Fly crow, fly, fly, fly.. The crow flies.. ..but my lover does not come. ..but my lover does not come. How do l explain to my heart? My lover does not come..
my lover does not come. Ganeshi.. hey, Ganeshi.. ls he not at home? Shall l keep standing
here or come inside? Come inside. Where has Ganeshi gone? He’s gone somewhere with Amma. What is this? Let me see it. Good! Your hands have
great talent in them. For whom are you making this? For Amma. Today is her birthday. Amma’s birthday! Here! Radhiya, when you see Amma,
it does not even.. ..cross the mind that she must
have been born sometime. lf she weren’t born, then
how did she become so old? Okay, l am coming
from here house. Maharai did not tell me
that it is her birthday. He does not speak much. Like you? Okay Radhiya, tell me one thing. Maharai plays his
own instruments. Today l heard him sing also.
Then why does he work for Amma? That is not work.
– Then what is it? Amma is alone, so Maharai
Iooks after her. Maharai is very concerned
about her. Amma tells him to go home.
But he does not go. People tell that now he
will never go. – Why? How should l know? This seems to be romance.
– What? Romance! Love! Why not? What is it if not
Iove? If it weren’t love.. ..why would Maharai leave his
house and live with amma? l do not know. People say
that Maharaj saw her.. ..during a pe_ormance. That’s
it. From that day till today.. ..he has not separated from
amma even for a moment. This is what is called love.
Okay Radhiya listen. We shall celebrate amma’s
birthday in a big way. You do not tell anything to
Ganeshi, amma or Maharaj. Okay, so l’ll leave. Can l read what is there in it? Yes, read it. Sister-in-law, O
sister-in-law.. Give me Rs. 200! To hell with Rs. 200! You
have gone in the morning.. ..and are coming now. Your
brother and father.. ..have left fort he
court since when. Father also went today? Then l
did it right by coming late.. ..or l would have been trapped. Stop fooling around. He
was asking for you. l had to lie that you
had gone to the doctor. Great, sister-in-law! That’s
why l say that you are unique. What was he telling? He was telling that he would
treat your sickness very well. Where were you? l got this sari. Sari? That is why l am asking
for the 200 rupees. The shop keeper took me
to be a rich man’s son.. ..and gave me the
sari on credit. Have your senses taken
their leave? Will Sulakshana wear
this white sari? ls only Sulakshana left in
this world to wear saris? There are others also. Are you..?
– Yes. Who is she? Someone. That l can also guess. But
who is she? Where is she? Here, in this city. Look, Alok. Stop fooling.
Who is she? l’ll tell; l’ll tell.
Be a little patient. She is wonde_ul,
sister-in-law. l have never seen.. ..anyone in this world like
her, apart from you. Sometimes love; sometimes
anger. She scolds me also. lf she begins singing, then she
can take your soul to the moon. Complexion, a little
darker than yours. Height.. height, a little
more than yours. Age? That must be same
as yours. About 70-75. You were wonde_ul today. No wonders yet. Before
there is an appeal.. ..you take your possession. You do not worry. l have
made proper arrangements. Think that the possession
is already done. 1.. 2.. 3.. What is this? Why doesn’t someone speak?
What happened? l ioin my hands, son. Go home. Think that Bai is
homeless today. How has she become homeless? We weren’t paying rent so that
she would become homeless. Amma will stay in my house. You are speaking amongst
yourselves. No one is telling
me what happened. Sir, today Bai lost
her case in court. l was thinking that l have
settled this neighbourhood.. ..by spending my life’s savings. So this neighbourhood is mine.
But the judge said no. lt is not yours. Ganeshi, there was a case going
on and you didn’t tell me? Don’t you know that my father
is the biggest lawyer here? Tell this na’ive person and
send him home, Maharaj. Master, come here, come here.
– What is it? Your father was the
Iawyer against amma. Come, come, come in. Take it upstairs to
the daughter-in-law. What is all this? Nothing, iust some fruits.
l can announce to all.. ..that this is not law,
but magic. Pure magic! Sit, Gupta, sit. Take these Rs. 20000. Rs. 20000? Why the money?
Now we are to be related. Relations are different, money
matters are different. And today you have won
such a case that.. ..even if the old woman had
tried to lose, she couldn’t have. You will have to take these. Okay, but l’ll not take all
the fees. Only half of them. Why half? Because this case
was half mine also. l did not understand. My son
Alok was going to that.. ..same Sariubai for
Iearning music. By going there, he began
to get acquainted with.. ..all the loafers of the city.
l thought to solve.. ..this problem at its
grass-root level. When his haunt only will not
be there, where will he go? Why are you getting angry?
He’s young. When he begins shouldering the
responsibility of family.. Son Alok, you’ll live long.
We were just mentioning you. Take these Rs. 10000 and get
a used car for yourself. From that Lalii Garage;
he has some cars. Ashok has his own car. You
also get one for you. Live long. Good! What a worthy son! Sons nowadays do not touch
their father’s feet. But why are you giving
him an old car? l am going to give him
a new car in dowry. Let him learn on
a new car first. Shall l take you somewhere,
master? How much did you buy this
horse and buggie for? Rs. 300O Do you want to sell? Greetings, uncle. Long live, daughter, long live. What magic have you
done on Sulakshana.. ..that she always
speaks about you? You bring her here so that l
may listen to my praise from her. You find out an auspicious
date for the wedding soon. Yes? Very well. l shall go
to the pundit just now. l’ll go to the pundit. How is the vehicle, father?
l bought this. You bought this? lf l say truthfully, the grace
that is in a vehicle.. ..is not there in a motor car.
But son, this horse.. ..will want so much
gram everyday and.. ..gram is now sold at the price
of almonds and pistachios.. ..and then there is the
salary for the rider. Rider? l shall ride it myself. Weren’t you telling, father?
To begin some work.. ..that there is nothing left
in music. So from today.. ..l am beginning work
as a carriage rider. What nonsense are you saying? You be quiet. l am going. How can you go? Listen
to what your.. ..future son-in-law has
to say completely. The city in which people
respect that names.. ..of your ancestors, will you
ride a carriage in that city? Yes father. Have you gone mad? Daughter-in-law, did l not
tell you to keep quiet? Father is right, sister-in-law.
You go inside. lt is against the status
of a daughter-in-law.. ..in this house to talk
to a carriage puller. Riding a carriage is a iob
that requires hard work. There is no respect in that.
Respect lies in.. ..finding out loopholes
in the law and.. ..rendering an old helpless
woman homeless. Father, some time back l
had come to tell you.. ..that you have fallen my eyes
by making Sarju amma homeless. l owe you these Rs. 10000. What are you telling, son?
Whatever a father does.. ..it is for the betterment
of the son. Gupta, you do not inte_ere
in our conversation. lt is good that he has
Iearnt his welfare. Listen, l have a motor. l do
not need a carriage. You may go. Go, go. Father, father.. Daughter-in-law, l am not
just a father but also.. ..the upholder of the dignity
of this family. Understood? Radhiya, Radhiya.. Did you talk to him, Bai? Not yet. Then speak now. If possible,
we’ll leave now. Okay amma, l’m going for work. Son..
– Yes, what? l had to tell you something.
– What amma? Can l go to Benaras
for some days? – Why? Maharai was telling
since many days and.. ..Radhiya will also
see the place. Okay. When do you wish to go? Today by the afternoon train. Okay amma, l shall try
to come to the station. lt is good that he agreed. l
will also come with you, amma. Here now motors and
buses are in vogue. Nobody sits in tongas
and carriages anymore. Think that in a few days there’ll
be no livelihood for us here. Did you try to make
him understand? l could not meet him. Nothing will happen
even if you meet him. lt is accepted that his
teacher has forbidden.. ..him to make music his occupation. He could have become a teacher
in some school.. ..or a clerk in some office.
But he’ll not do such a job. He’ll stay in this city
and pull carriages. ln order to insult me,
to humiliate me. Okay, if he knows
to be obstinate.. ..then l too know to
break his obstinacy. Sir, take this. Give me. l forgot. This
is yesterday’s earnings. What happened? Let it be with you. Eat
something on the way. This food is not fit for you. What food is fit for you, why
should it not be fit for me? Don’t say such things
henceforth. Take this. Shall l tell one thing, sir?
– Tell. l do not like you pulling
this carriage. You go home and apologise
to your father. Listen. It seems you do
not like me staying here. lf you say like this again,
l shall go somewhere. Go inside. Here it is. 21l4. Alok! Alu.. This is not a vegetable market.
It is a house. l meant is Alok at home?
– No. lt is already four.
When will he be home? What do l know?
What is the work? Just tell him Sulakshana
had come. What is your name? Radhiya.. Radha Kumari. Oh! Ms Radha Kumari, will you
tell that Sulakshana had come? lf you don’t remember
Sulakshana.. ..iust tell that Lassi had come. Lassi? – Yes. l call him Alu
and he calls he Lassi lovingly. Tell him to come tomorrow where
we had met the first time. See, the work is very
important. Do not forget. l will not tell him anything.
Hey, hey.. What happened? Where would you meet him?
-He knows that. But why would you meet him?
– That too he knows. Okay, l will not tell him
that you had come here. Look, Alok is in love with
me and l love him too. Shameless one! Have you
Iost all your shame? What is there to be
ashamed in this? Don’t sisters love their
brothers in this vicinity? Okay, l am going. Come again. Bandu..
– Yes, brother. See what time has come.
There was a time.. ..when this place would
be full of carriages. Now there are only four left.
Ram Avtar has gone.. ..to Calcutta to work in a
mill. Jokhan uncle is in hospital. Yasim has opened a tobacco shop. lt seems within two
to four months.. ..carriages will become
extinct in this city. You did not go? It’s good. l got
a passenger who had to go far. l had to wait at the station
for long. Where is amma? She has gone to Delhi. To Delhi? But you? Tell
something. Why did you not go? Because l did not feel like.
You want me to go, isn’t that it? lf l knew you would be so
happy on my departure.. ..then l would have
definitely gone. Alok.. Hey, sister-in-law? Radhiya,
see who has come. Come, brother. Come, sister-in-law. Come.
Radhiya, make tea quickly. Why are you standing?
– Come home, brother. lsn’t this a home? Do not argue. Come and finish
your tiff with father. My life is not a land stuck
in a legal fight.. .. sister-in-law that.. ..father
would show his legal histrionics and.. ..take whatever decision
he wants to. He cannot win here,
sister-in-law. He is our father, Alok.
We must respect him. l have not refused to
respect him, brother. l have refused to bow
down to injustice. Alok, you have to promise me. – No,
sister-in-law. Do not make me promise. Now tell, was l unfair? Sister-in-law, what do you
think? Am l happy without you? Brother, take sister-in-law
from here. You try to understand. What is left to understand?
l have understood everything. You do not have any pity
or compassion for anyone. Come on, let’s go home. Did she go home, sir?
– Yes. Give me one cup of tea. Come on. Hey, Lassi. Where is the matter
of the heart leading you? ls this a place to talk all
this? Ride the carriage. Where shall we go? Anywhere, where we can sit and
talk something in private. So be it. After sitting idle for
four hours, l got a passenger. l am not ioking. As soon as
he heard that you are.. ..riding a carriage,
he took a decision.. ..that l could marry a dark
thief, but not you. l caught him there. l told him
that l am an Indian girl.. ..once if l take someone to be
a husband, then that is done. l told him so much, that
in comparison to you.. ..he found Kishan favourable
and he agreed to our marriage. l knew that by my riding
a carriage, someone.. ..will definitely be benefited. Do not make me angrier. You
will not ride a carriage anymore. Why? What is wrong in
riding a carriage? l am not talking about
right and wrong. But why will you
ride a carriage? You and father had
fought for music. No brother, l and my father
had not fought for music. According to him, l was in
the company of loafers. Now by riding this carriage,
l want to show him.. ..that those he thinks
are loafers are also.. ..decent folk like us. That means, to prove father
wrong, you shall leave music? Yes. The artist who bows
his head to injustice.. ..is not an artist but a worm.
l am an artist later.. ..but l am a human being first. ..That is why l shall
not sing now. But l shall fight. Let me also see how much
Ionger he fights. Let is be. He’s a kid. lt’s necessary to punish
an impudent kid, Gupta. His impudence won’t
end till carriages.. ..are made to be extinct
in this city. What is the fare from the
station to the square now? Five annas. Okay, l shall bear the losses.
Make the fare three annas. Come on, come.. Come on for the ride.. Eight annas, eight annas;
the fare till the square. Eight annas, eight annas. The buses are going
in three annas. Why should we give
you eight annas? lt is fuel that burns
in the bus, but it is.. ..the animal’s blood that
burns in the carriage. Did you earn anything today? Eight annas. That too
l fed the horse with. l am thinking of selling the
horse and the carriage.. ..and to open a tobacco shop. You only keep thinking.
But what do l do now? What shall l feed you
and your master? Why? Why? What are you asking? There’s
nothing in the house. lf there was nothing in the
house, why didn’t you tell before? Do not yell. l’ll yell. l’ll definitely yell. Then keep yelling. Why
didn’t l tell before? What would you have done
if l had told you before? Would you have bought
the entire hotel? Radhiya, you have no control
over your tongue. You are telling what
comes to your mind. lf you speak like this again,
l shall pull your tongue off. Yes, beat me. Kill me.
Finish me off. You don’t realise that l am
hungry since many days. Hadn’t you promised father
that if Radhiya.. ..remains hungry,
l shall kill her? Abdul, why am l smelling
petrol here? Who is there? Who is there?
Who is inside? Fire! Fire, Muhammed.
Bring water. Fire! Fire! Who is that
running away? Catch him. Bring water. A bucketful. Hey, this is Ganeshi. Do not weep, child. Do not weep. She is mad, amma. She thinks
that it takes the whole life.. ..for six years to pass. l tell
you, take her to Benaras. Find a rich boy and get
her married to him. Do not worry, l shall take
a loan from sister-in-law. Maharai, take care
of her, Maharaj. Radhiya, daughter Radhiya. Son..
– Yes, amma? l want to tell you something.
Sit here. What happened, amma? We have no faith left
on our lives now. That’s a bad thing
to say, mother. lf you would not have
called me mother.. ..l would not have said this
senseless thing to you. What thing, mother? There is no one for us
except Radhiya and you. We worry about you
all day and night. You worry a little less, but
Radiya’s a little more. Why this difference, mother? You are a gentleman, but
Radhiya has had lots of bad luck. Why? What is wrong
with her luck? She wants to hold the
moon in her hand. l did not understand, mother. Will you not obey your mother
without understanding her? l will obey. But you tell me. lt’s a mad thing. l won’t be
offended even if you refuse. Tell me, mother. l will
do anything except.. ..asking forgiveness from
my father. Right. Order me. Not order, son, but l request
you with folded hands. Give Radhiya some
place by your feet. Postman.. A letter for you. Today you are very
hale and hearty. When was l sick? Maharai would
just call you in vain.. ..to trouble you everyday. There should be some reason
to meet you Sarjubai. Maharai, listen to what
Dinanath is saying. Whose letter is this? Radhiya’s.
– Radhiya! What does she write. l’ll see Dinanath off and then
come and tell you. Come. All your ailments will go on
knowing what’s in the letter. Can l take Bai away from
Benaras for a few days? What are you telling, Maharai?
Is she fit to go anywhere? Count it as a blessing
till she is alive. Now tell me, Bai, what will you
give me for reading the letter? Read the letter first. No, this is not a letter
to be read for free. Let me know. If it is
something to be happy.. ..then l shall give
you some sweets. Happy? Just happy? After
knowing this letter.. ..you shall begin to dance.
You going to be.. ..a grandmother, paternal
as well as maternal. Really? Why does my heart dance? Why does my heart dance? My friend, someone must
make him understand. Why does my heart dance? l have put kohl in my eyes.. l have put kohl in my eyes.. l have also put the
sun on my forehead. Where have these dreams
come in between? Why does my heart dance? Why does my heart dance? My friend, someone must
make him understand. Why does my heart dance? Who has entered in
each cell of mine? Who has entered in
each cell of mine? ln my heart, there is someone
else’s heartbeat. There’s a name that
l read everyday. Why does my heart dance? Why does.. Why did you stop? Sing Radhiya, sing. It is as if
music has gone from this house. First get up. Get changed. Did you tell sister-in-law? l told brother. He must have become very happy. l do not know. Yes,
l do not know. ln that house, without father’s
wish, no one can even be happy. Shall we do this? You don’t
go. But l’ll go once. Where? To my house. l shall seek
forgiveness from father. Why don’t you tell that
you want to be.. ..the daughter-in-law
of a big house? What are you saying? l am a
daughter-in-law of a big house. Come here. Sit. What is the respect in becoming
the daughter-in-law.. ..of such a big house that
has made mother homeless? Are you not happy with me in
this house? Are you happy? Do you know how depressed
l become on hearing.. ..of the big house and
how angry l get? You won’t tell again, will you? Have you come? Yes. l have brought some news
for you. – What news? That’s what l don’t know if the
news is good or bad. – What? Alok has got a son.
– Is that true? Yes. Then why were you telling
if the news is good or bad? Because Bapu Triloki
Prasad’s first son.. ..was born in a
charity hospital. So what? The son is ours. Now
this house will be jovial. Wait. Father is not at home.
Without asking him.. What are you saying?
Can we be at home.. ..even after hearing this news?
See, father will be very happy.. ..on hearing this news.
You leave that on me. Come, let’s go to the hospital. Sister, where is Radha Kumari? On that bed. Where is the child? ln that room. Does he resemble you or Alok?
– l do not know. Sister, keep Radha
in some cabin. Send the bill in my name.
Ashok Prasad.. ..care of Triloki Prasad,
Civil Lines. Can l see the child? Hear! Don’t tell
anything to them. But without asking my husband.. ..don’t get me transferred
from here. Oh.. father has arrived. Father.. Oh.. where are you coming
so excited from? First, have some sweets. But for what? Have these sweets first,
you will.. ..forget talking if
you listen to this. What is so exciting?
– You have become a grandfather. Yes..
– He reminds one of Alok. Father.. please don’t
be angry today. At least in the happiness
of your grandson. Whose grandson? The
heir of this.. ..house will not be borne from
the womb of a courtesan. So, you had gone to see him? Even you have started doing
whatever you want to? l don’t have any worth
in my own house? Mother had given me Alok’s
responsibility while dying. She had told me,
take care of him. You aren’t only his sister-in-law
but a sister and mother. Don’t speak rubbish.
Your mother-in-law.. ..has expired but l
am alive till now. And till the time
l am alive, only.. ..what l say will happen
in this house.. Even l am the daughter-in-law
of this house. l have some right too.. ls it? Okay., Ashok. Sister-in-law hasn’t
gone to her house since many days. Go and leave her to
her mother’s house. Why are you standing? Do
you want to say anything? Who has the right to speak in
this house other than you? Pack some of my clothes too. That is enough. There is no
need for anyone to reach me. l will go all alone. l am not going there
to leave you. Even l feel like choking here. l will go there and
start some business. You will be busy
in the business. But me.. how will l live
without father and Alok? Give me two oranges. How much is it? Eight annas. Are you teaching the child
his shop already? No. he is Mr. Alok’s son.
What can l tell you? He is such a rich man.. .. and he is being treated
in the government hospital. Here. Take this at
the right time. Doctor. When l have come to
the government hospital.. ..please let me take medicines
like everyone in a line. Okay. Okay. You go home with Munna. l will go from this side
and meet brother. Or else l won’t come back. Alok.. please sit for a while. You go, child. l have
to talk to him. Tell Ganesh not to
worry about me. Alok, if you aren’t
careful from now.. ..it will be a great
problem ahead. Good medicine, rest,
and good food. lf you don’t get all these,
your life will be at risk. Doctor.. don’t tell
all this to Radhiya. She is very worried nowadays. You have stopped
Working, haven’t you? Therefore, there is some
problems of money too. l know everything.
If you say so.. ..shall l speak to your
father about this? lf some normal carriage
driver was in my place.. ..what would you do?
Do you think.. ..that father will accept
Radhiya and Munna with me? l will leave now, uncle. l have left Munna alone. Did he trouble you, uncle? No, sir. Come on, son. Where is mother? Mother went to meet your
uncle from there. Will we not go? Son.. we will have to pay
the bus fare, isn’t it? We will go next month.
l have t go to Birpur. Here, Munna. Take it. Come on.. very good. Can’t you convince him and take
in to Benaras, to mother? l had told it to him one
day. The answer was.. Mother was ruined because of me. And l should go to
her for support? He has told me to promise
him not to tell mother.. .. about his illness. The doctor has said that
He has lungs problem. He shouldn’t sing at all. But he doesn’t agree.
Tell me, brother. What should l do now?
What should l do? What can l tell you, sister?
One year more.. Radhiya.. there is one
way. Just one way. Leave him. What? How did you say
such a thing, brother? Yes, if you want to see
him alive, leave him. Take Munna and go
to mother’s house. He will surely come
to Benaras for Munna. Yes. The elder sir is angry with
him due to you, isn’t it? lt is possible that
he himself comes.. ..and takes him away if
you are not with him. And if all this doesn’t
happen, the.. ..money that is spent
on three, at least.. ..that will be spent on only
him. He shouldn’t starve! No, no brother. He won’t be
able to live without me. He will not let me go. Then go. Go home and
fight with him. Nag him, nag him
about the horse. Fight with him about the
elder sir, or music. Fight with him so
much, so much.. ..that he should throw
you out of the house. No, brother.. l will not
be able to do this. Radhiya.. do you care
about his life.. ..or do you iust want to
live with him? Tell me? Sister, we are in his life
like the bad Saturn. lf you want to save him, you
will have to leave him. Think about what you want! Munna.. Munna! Friend.. you
are a man and you are crying? What is the matter? l am hungry. Has mother not met
uncle and returned? Doesn’t matter, she
will come back. Come, sit here. Today, l will teach you to pray
to the Goddess Saraswati. Here, mother has arrived. Listen.. the future great
musician is hungry. Mrs. Radhakumari.
– Is that anything new? Hey, how is your brother? He is good. And why shouldn’t
he be all right? He can eat well in the prison. Pritam is standing outside. Did
Manglu not give you anything? He did. He cut his
two rupees and.. ..gave me the one rupee
and twenty five paise. From that, l will have
to bring grams.. ..worth seventy five
paise for the horse. l know, Radhiya. You have
a lot of problems. But what can l do? Everything
was all right. l don’t know where this
sickness came from all of sudden. Listen, l will start working
the ‘phitan’ from tomorrow. Manglu’s two rupees
will come home too. Here.. stop your cry. He
has such strong lungs! He will create a great name
by becoming a singer. Your father earned a name
by becoming a singer. And you will earn the
rest of the name. lt is bland.
– It is bland! Your father has a sugar
factory, isn’t it? lt is bland! Drink it
nicely. Or else.. ..l will sweeten your
mouth with shoes. lt is his birthday today.
Why are you scolding him? Should l become the sugar? There is more water and
milk in the son’s glass. But the horse should
stand on his.. ..legs and eat grams everyday,
for sure! What do you want to say? The horse that has
been working.. ..for the house till today
shall l sell him? No, why should the
horse be sold? l am there to be sold,
isn’t it? – Radhiya! Enough. l have seen
a lot of it now. You fought with your father,
and my son should want milk. ls my father’s house
the only place.. ..in city to beg for
milk for your child? Take your child away
and bring the alms! Why did you scold mother? She doesn’t have brains, son. Father, won’t you teach
me Saraswati’s song? Son, it is not a song,
it is a prayer. Come, l will teach you, come.
Give me the glass. Goddess Saraswati, Sharada.. Goddess Saraswati, Sharada.. Goddess Saraswati, Sharada.. Stop this song, or else, l will
strangle you. – Radhiya! You may kill me, but l will
not let Munna learn singing. How will you not let him learn? Teach him and then see! Go away from here. Run away! Your neck! Father’s song and son’s cries. They have irritated me so much! So, leave his father,
yes.. Ieave him. lf l had someplace to go..
l have a place. l will go with Munna
to his grandfather. l will ask him, what kind
ofjustice is this.. Milk should pour in your house.. ..and your grandchild
should cry in hunger. There should be entertainment
in your house.. ..and your son’s
medicine should.. ..come from a government
hospital? Yes, go and lick his
feet. Go.. go.. Don’t worry about me. Get
Iost from the house. Uncle.. l am going to Benaras
with Munna tonight. Go and tell sir
tomorrow morning. To take him home, he is unwell. And tell him.. that l am not
in his life any longer. Hey, carriage puller..
is the carriage empty? Yes, it is empty. Where
do you want to go? Civil lines.
– Please sit. Has the tonga not arrived
as yet? – It will come. My car had to conk off today! l tell you once again..
go to the pilgrimage. But what is the need of
resigning from the chairmanship? lt is all right if you are
going to the four sacred places.. lt will be finished in
a couple of months. What is the meaning
of arguing again? Haven’t l told you to make some
young man the chairman? l am tired now. The carriage has arrived.
– Stop her, brother. Go to the Yellow House. How much is it? Tell me.. Here, take the money
of your hard work. Let it be. l am indebted to you. The law says, if the
debt is too old.. ..there is no need to repay
it. It is best forgotten. Take this. How are you, father? Oh, l am all right. Why?
What has happened to me? How are brother and
sister-in-law? They must be all right. Yes, the daughter-in-law has
gone to her mother’s house. And Ashok has gone there too,
started his law practice. Someone told me that his
practice is going good. Then.. are you all alone here? No, l am not alone. l have four servants,
two gardeners.. ..l have two drivers, and
my ancestor’s dignity. How are you? l am all right. Happy? Yes. l am happy too. Very good. Very good. l am very grateful to you. l have learnt from you.. lt is necessary to
have anyone else.. ..except yourself to survive
and stay alive. lf a person wishes to
stay with someone.. ..they can survive
without them too. Sir.. Shall l put the lights off? No.. l have to reach the
station in an hour. ls the baggage ready? Yes. Shall l lay the food out? Raghunath.. did you meet
younger brother in this one year? l met him once a year ago.
He seemed too sick. Do you know.. in whose carriage
l came home today? Your younger brothers. He is really sick. His
eyes have gone inside. His cheeks have been gouged,
his face is crumpled. But his voice.. the
voice is the same. Radhiya.. why are
you sitting here? What happened, daughter?
Why are you crying? What is it? Tell me. Nothing.
– Tell me. – Nothing..! What is the matter? Why
is Radhiya crying? A woman will have to cry
if she thinks so much. Sir.. Alok is not like this.. That he shall forget
her in eight months. He doesn’t answer
Radhiya’s letters.. ..l agree that he is
angry with Radhiya. But he isn’t answering
my letters too? l don’t know what
the matter is.. Someone has come to meet you. Me? Who? You? Oh.. Kishan.. come..
have a seat.. Wow.. What a beautiful face. Have
you seen you in the mirror? lf you have stopped
scolding me.. ..tell me, when did
you come here? Today, l met brother and
sister-in-law in Jaunpur. And you have written
in every letter.. ..that you are very
happy and at peace. When l came here, l found out.. ..that uncle has gone
on a pilgrimage.. ..and you are gaining the
hospital experience. l ask you. What did you
get doing all this? This.. this pride.. this pride. l sing the prelude of the song. The song starts after
Its prelude, isn’t it? And the song will be Munna. Wow.. what a lecture..
shall l applause? Oh! You have started
fighting with him? What else shall
l do? Revere him? Did you see how much she fights? Please think about how much
she fights with me. Therefore, l have come here. l was thinking, if
you stay with us.. ..for a couple of months,
she’ll learn something. Being with Lakshi.. have you
gone crazy too, Kishan? What is to be crazy in this? l cannot live with anyone. Why? Because.. my illness.. l know. l have heard everything. lf l had some sickness
like this.. ..would you have left
me on the streets? What are you staring at? We will have to arrange
for a flat today itself. And we will have to take him
from here in the evening. Come on.. we will come
in the evening. What is the need of crying now? When the doctor has said so,
take him to Benaras. Go, go to him. lf he gets food, maybe
he will be cured. Oh. l don’t know whose face
l saw in the morning. l came to fight with you.
What is this? Why didn’t you tell us anything? Whom all could l
give the message? Everyone would come to
meet me if l told them. From where would l feed
them after that? To live.. the Lord
Ganesha, you.. ..Radhiya, mother.. l
took everyone’s help. Now, while death. Your enemies will die. l have taken permission
from the doctor. As soon as you reach Benaras
you will chirp. Child.. Your mother is very ill.
To tell you the truth.. ..she is a guest for
only a few days. She is yearning
to see you, son.. Come.. come.. Slowly.. Come.. Oh god! Was l alive
to see all this? Mother..
– Let go of me.. You didn’t remember
me till eight months. And now, you are
pressing my legs. Did you see that? She started
scolding me as soon as.. ..she saw me so that l
shouldn’t say anything. You were saying that she
will look after me. She has called me here and
has fallen ill herself. Hey, mother.. get well soon, or
else, l will go to my hospital. You have come now, how
will l remain ill now? What is the illness? l can’t sleep, son. How will you not sleep? l will
sing lullabies for you. Maybe, l have been keeping
awake thinking about you. Shall l take him to his room?
He has travelled a lot.. Shouldn’t he rest a bit?
– Yes, take him.. take him.. We all are together now, we
will start singing from tomorrow. Come on.. come on.. Oh.. why are you sitting there? Come.. come to me.. lt seems that l have taken
birth to make my own people cry. l am very scared
Iooking at Alok.. He will be cured, isn’t it? How will he not be cured? There wasn’t anyone to
Iook after him there. l will be sad only for
one thing in my life. What is it? l thought that we were
going to Benaras. l’d meet Raia Bahadur once. But l came here and lied
here in such a way.. ..such a way.. That.. l shouldn’t have met
you that day.. And you wouldn’t be in
such a state today. Don’t say that, Radhiya. Don’t say that.. l don’t have any complaints
against this life. What l only hate is..
l got such a sickness.. ..l cannot make Munna sit
in my lap and love him too. Give me some water, Radhiya.. That’s enough..
that’s the state. lf l speak, l get tired.
l feel choked.. Throw this water.. And don’t give anyone
water in this glass. Radhiya.. No.. The true test of love
is not to die.. ..together but to live together. Give the water of
the Ganges, son. Why did the cook go
out at this time? Maybe she is waiting for him. Mother.. mother.. See.. see.. who has come.. See.. who has come to meet you.. Sariu.. Today.. l was missing you,
and the cook came. You will ask me, why didn’t
l come since so long? Once again, l don’t
get any sleep. Only you have a cure for that. Which is that lullaby? l understand.. l understand.. lf one feels asleep,
one should sleep. Sleep, l will come
and follow you. We will have some fun there. l have heard, Indra
likes singers. But don’t go to Indra’s
party before l come. lndra can be happy, applause
on your songs. But he cannot cry like
me or the cook! Sariu.. Sariu.. Sariu.. Mother.. mother.. Before Sariu died, she wanted.. ..to listen a song from
her accepted son, Alok. Today, to sing that song,
in your presence.. ..is Mr. Alok Prasad. l.. l am not worthy to sing in
this party of veterans. Mother wished to listen
to this lullaby from me. She slept before
l could sing it. Even then, l will sing it. Wherever mother is.. she
will surely hear it. Someone would sing..
l would sleep. Someone would sing..
l would sleep. Someone would sing..
l would sleep. Someone would sing.. ln the vast river
of this life. ln the vast river
of this life. ln the boat of dreams. l would float around in the
waves of happiness and sadness. l would lose myself. Someone would sing..
l would sleep. Someone would sing.. With immortal love
in the eyes. With immortal love
in the eyes. With brightness
in their hands. Someone would massage
my hair, l’d sleep. Someone would sing..
l would sleep. Someone would sing.. The story of my life, the
situation of my life. My.. The story of my life, the
situation of my life. My.. Someone would take it in
their words and l’d sleep! Someone would sing..
l would sleep. Someone would sing..
l would sleep. Someone would sing..
l would sleep. What happened, sir? Nothing, what is the time? lt is eleven. Did you see some nightmare?
– Yes.. no.. Go.. go and sleep.. go.. You have returned from the
pilgrimage yesterday. Where are you going once again? l am going to Jaunpur,
Raghunath. Jaunpur? Yes, l am going to tell
Ashok and his wife.. ..to come and take care
of their Yellow House. l cannot stay here any longer. Sir?
– Yes. Some Raia Bahadur has
come from Benaras. Raia Bahadur!
– Yes. Sir, why did you
take the trouble? l would have come there. How are you, Triloki Prasad? l am all right by your
and God’s grace. The people who should be all
right, and the one who shouldn’t.. l didn’t understand
what you said.. l am speaking about someone.. ..who lives alone in
such a big bungalow. A unfortunate man and
an unfortunate father. Oh.. so you know everything. Should l have begged them,
not to leave me? The elder son loved his wife
more than his father. He left his father.
And the younger son.. He did what he did.. Did what he did? You are a very sad case.. you
don’t know what you lost. l don’t care about that. And that is your bad luck. lf only you knew.. your
son Alok is so talented.. Such a reverence..
such a talent.. lf God gave me such a son.. l wouldn’t ask anything from
him forever. Forever.. Sir.. A father will always wish
his son to be like him. He will wish.. Father? But not god! But sir.. This is not the time to speak.
Alok is in Benaras. You come with me. When l left from there.. he.. What has happened to Alok,
sir? What is it? He is your son, isn’t it? He doesn’t say anything
when he is awake. He iust looks at everyone
with his empty eyes.. And then he becomes sad, as
if he is waiting for someone. But he cannot stand his sadness
while he is not in his senses. He keeps on speaking it
out again and again.. He says.. please forgive
me, father.. l have pained you
a lot, forgive me. You are very unfortunate,
Triloki Prasad. You don’t know what
you have lost. Come with me.. Come.. Come.. Did you come? How is Alok? Please come.. Mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. Mother Saraswati.. Sharada.. Oh mother Saraswati.. Sharada. The one who gives knowledge.. ..the one who is generous
and takes away all pains.. She is the one who had
made this whole world.. The mother.. Saraswati.. Sharada. Oh mother Saraswati.. Sharada. Please bless us..
give us this boon. Give us this boon.. Of song and its preamble. Give us intelligence. Oh mother Saraswati.. Sharada.