Aadhi Roti

(Certified: May 7, 1957)
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Life is as dynamic for the existence of a man as a piece of bread. Close observation tells us that all troubles of the world as well as of home are mostly due to a piece of bread. . Bihari was a victim to this deseas. He was a proffessional juggler, and was roaming from place to place to earn his bread. Thus he reached Bombay with his wife Ratna and two sons, Ramu and Lachhoo. . There he found that the city is not of men but of machines, no one sympathise to others. After taking long strides he settled down at a place. Bihari and Ratna were extremely pleased to get a place of shelter. Ratna though hailed from Dravindian family, had an honest heart and she always advised her sons to keep aloof from the wicked days of life, not to beg, cheat or steal. The sound advice effected on the morals of the young ones. . The Bombay, no doubt, is a big town and there those people who earn lot of money, still is proved failure to Bihari. Inspite of his hard work, he could not let the two hands meet. This resulted in the failing health of Ratna, and at last she died followed by Bihari, who too became a victim of accident, leaving Ramu and Lachoo as orphans. . Lachoo was too young to earn a piece of bread. The responsibility came on Ramus sholders. He could not continue his fathers proffession so he waved his attention to labour. Though this was not enough for their maintanence yet they refrained from begging. . By the time they came into contract with the son of a landlady, who was a proffessional thief. And the good advice of his mother come in the way, they would have followed the persuit. . During these days Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru visited the city of Bombay, but they could not get a glimpse of him....their long cherished desire . The brothers seperated at last on account of a certain misunderstanding relating to a piece of bread. Ramu slapped his brother, and Lachhoo taking it seriously left the place at the dead of night. . Now Lachhoo had to earn for his livelihood. While he was in search of some job, he helped an old man to cross the street and also gave him an anna out of his small earning. The idea of helping another man gave immense pleasure and he danced on the tune of the old man. By the time people gathered arround them, followed by a party leader carrying on kidnapping business of children, Lachhoo fell a victim to their nefarious game and was taken to the Den where he was made to teach them the art of jugglary. Soon he learnt that the leader of the group enjoys at the cost of the begging by the kidnapped children.

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