The Telegram on The Table
Four Levels | Adventures In English Vol II
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Unit : Six (Love)
Written By : Parshu Pradhan, born in 1943 A.D. (2000 B.S.) in Bhojpur, is one of Nepal’s leading short story writers. He draws characters in his stories from variety of Nepalese social strata. He portraits them with subtlety and vigor and delves deep into their psyche. He is author of more than a dozen of books.His well acclaimed stories include Tebal Mathiko Aakasbani (The Telegram on the Table) Dalle Khola (The Dalle River), Tokiyoma Sano Buddha (The Little Buddha in Tokyo), Uttarardha (The Latter Half), Chesta, Chesta, Chesta (Attempts!!!), Ma Tero Logne Hu Nirmala (I am Your Husband, Nirmala).He chaired many literary organizations including Bani Prakashan, a major publishing house and a literary circle.
(Translated By : Michael Hutt)
“The Telegram on The Table” is the beautiful story written by Prashu Pradhan.In this story Pranshu Pradhan has presented the bitter reality of Nepalese youths who come to he town from their villages and the never like to go back to their village. They dream to go to the foreign country where they think that there is heavenly pleasure and hey could earn enough money. In reality there is full of struggle.
Krishna a boy come to Kathmandu from hos remote village and learned English language. Then he started to work as a tourist guide to describe the historical places to the tourists. In the beginning he used to go to his village at the time of Dashain. But now, he completely forgot his village, Parents and even his wife. He demanded to go to the foreign country as a foreign girl would marry with him and she would take him to her country. He though that his wife was the obstacle for his next marriage. He hoped for the death of his wife because it would be the freedom for his plan. Unfortunately his wife died and he got a telegram about the news of his wife’s death. He becomes happy and though it was his wish fulfillment. Those, a friend come to express his condolence and he just said “Thank You” for but he couldn’t because of the poor condition of his room. One evening he suddenly remembered his past and the poor background. He also felt that an Image of women came into his mind. The image was of his wife dead. He realized his mistake that he become happy t the death of wife. He read the telegram again and he tore it into places he started to weep.
The story may be trying to say that a person can’t be happy forgetting his village and dearest relatives.This presents the bitter reality of Nepalese youths who come to town from their villages and they never like to go back. They dream for the foreign country and though there is heavenly pleasure there. But in reality there is also struggle. Krishna, the young boy also dreams to get married with a foreigners and to go to the her country. But at last he realized his reality and his dream was not fulfillment. It also shows that we should learn to live with reality about not in dream.
Many people think that their life, would be happy if they get go to in the foreign country. But Pradhan has exaggerated. Some issues here in his chapter.
- How could a person forget his wife completely?
- How could he be happy at the death of this wife? There is no any evidence about that bad relationship between Krishna and his wife.
I came to realize how people vanish in the city.This story taught me the lesson that way the town is over crowded people like to come to the town but they never like go to back to their villages. It also taught me the lesson that dream may not be true for all the time. We should learn to live reality. We all have ambition but over ambition are bad. We should not forget our pas, background and reality which are with us.