(Certified: May 6, 1952)


Rajen and Bhanu, two brothers had a very loving mother. Their father Chandrababu was a retired postmaster toiling in his old age in the service of a Zamindar in his native village Chandrapor to complete the education of his sons so that the parents in the evening of their lives could live in peace and happiness. The elder brother, Rajen, was in the final year for the pleaders examination. He was married to Padma, the daughter of a rich man. As such she was very arrogant, disliked Bhanu and over awed her husband. Bhanu the younger brother, was a jovial, clever and spirited youth, always ready to help and sacrifice for the poor. In the heat of hte swadeshi movenment he gave up his studies, while in the last year at the college. For this rash action, Bhanu incurred great displeasure of his father. In the circumstances, Rajan became the only hope of the old father. Bhanu had become very friendly with Meena, the daughter of the school headmaster, Ramnarayan. The latter was so such impressed by Bhanu's sterling qualities, that though many highly placed expressed their desire to have Meena to marry their sons, he preferred Bhanu to all others. The glee of Meena and Bhanu knew no bonuds, when they learnt of Ramnarayans approval of their comradeship for life. Rajen needed Rs. 300/- as fees for his final examination. Chandrababu whose only hope was Rajen, made frantic efforts to procure this amount of help, but could not succeed, Padma refused to help from her own personal funds. One night, when Bhanu was returning to his village after attending a fair at Kishengarh, he heard shouts of thief, thief and saw some running and chasing in the dark. As he ran towards it and to his surprise, in a streak of lightening, saw his father being chased, hiding behind a bush. Bhanu at once realised gravity of the situation, and at once began torun ahead of the chasing crowd. He was apprehended as the thief and harded one years jail. Bhanu was lowered in the eyes of Meena was revoked. Chanderbabu, struck with shame, collapsed and fell ill. Ultimately, Padma paid Rajen's examination fees, wich had she paid at first would have changed the course of the lives of so many. Rajen passed and started practice as a lawyer. After one year, Bhanu was released form jail. Meenas betrothal ceremony was to be performed that day. Bhanu met Meena, who urged him to explain the true facts to her father, but Bhanu did not agree. Bhanu proceeded to see his father, but on Rajen who met him on the way informing him that their parents had vowed not to see Bhanus face, Bhanu got so much disgusted that he turned back. The father, who was confined to bed, however, on hearing that Bhanu was returning, was overjoyed, but when he learnt that Bhanu had gone away, he collapsed and breathed his last. The old mohter became insane and roamed the streets shouting for Bhanu in the hope that some day Bhanu would return, but alas Bhanu was reported to have shed his mortal coil. Henpecked Rajen under the thumb of arrogant Padma absolutely neglected his mother. He did not give her any money for her maintenance.

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