Blog :Je Suis Blogging
Date: 9/18/2012 12:22:51 PM
I hated Anitha madam who taught me to add 15 and 73,subtract 25 and 5,multiply 2 and 5 and divide 4 and 2.She made me hate her more by showing her oiled canes which gave me shivers and sweaty palms even during a cold and rainy morning class.Suddenly I thought of Mayavi,the saviour of my best friends Raju and Radha.I whispered the mantra bestowed by Balarama - Om Hreem Kuttichatha.
Mayavi appeared from nowhere and took Anitha madam by her hair.He swirled her in the air and threw her out of the class.I along with my classmates roared in joy and we learned mathematics happily ever after.Soft and cold fingers which sneaked inside my uniform shirt woke me up from my evil dream.I realized a pain similar to the pain when an ant bites.A not-so-well-manicured- dirty- red polished nails pinched my fragile and supple left arm.
Little did I know that Mayavi comes to rescue only when Raju and Radha are in trouble.
I was heart broken.I hated Mayavi and I tore the poster of him,once gifted by Balarama,which I lovingly kept below my pillow thinking that he may rescue me from my nightmares and the kidnapping attempts made by my enemies in the dream.I was shattered after realizing the false belief I had in him.The villainousness and nefariousness subconscious mind emerged like a phoenix from the ashes of betrayal.
I decided to befriend Mayavi’s long time foes Kuttusan,Dakini and Luttapi.Kuttusan and Dakini were (still)as old as my grandparents,so I made a deal with Luttapi.What made Luttapi appealing for me was that he was (still) as old as I were then,he had a spear on which I can go to places and his tail was cute.
Along with Kuttusan and Dakini, I declared a war against Mayavi,Raju and Radha.I became the mastermind and they were impressed by my tactical intelligence.Finally the master plan was ready and we danced in joy.Kuttusan,Dakini and I had a group hug and Luttapi kissed on my cheeks and we had a tighter hug(of course!).Four of us got on Luttapi’s spear and we started for our secret war against Mayavi. We had an evil laugh to blare out the inception of our war.
I had doubts about the sincerity of Dakini since Kuttusan started praising my sheer smartness.We went to Mayavi’s usual hangout areas but to our surprise we couldn’t find him anywhere.Most of the times,he sleeps under a tree wearing only an underwear.After hating him,I even threw off my red underwear.That day even Raju and Radha had gone to school.They never go to school and all they do is to wander in the forest,jump into troubles and then call MY Mayavi to rescue them.Unlike me,Kuttusan,Dakini and Luttappi don’t eat food.They drink some magic portion once in a while and stay healthy throughout the year.I was hungry,tired and demoralised.All the wicked enthusiasm I had in me subsided in my hunger.Finding my weary face,Luttapi stopped his spear and we sat under a tree to take rest.
Now I was certain that Dakini had cheated us and that was why we couldn’t find Mayavi.My intuitions turned into reality and Mayavi jailed us in an old hollow trunk.He flew around it and the trunk fell down with a bang.The glass bottle which we had carried to lock up Mayavi shattered into a million pieces along with my revenge dreams.
I left my friendship with Kuttusan and Dakini but Luttappi remained as my best buddy.I wanted to have a picture with him before leaving the place and suddenly I saw a cane going all the way up and landing on my backbone.Anitha madam snatched the Balarama from my hands,rolled her eyes and shouted at me to take out my school dairy.I stood up from my seat shivering like a leaf.She snacthed my school diary too ,again rolled her eyes and then wrote something under the page “To Parents”.
Next day,unlike the other days,my mother dropped me at school.Anitha madam complained that I am in some fantasy world during classes,I teach other children the mantra “Om Hreem Kuttichatha” and I talk about my Mayavi underwear in class.My mother looked at me with mixed reactions.
That night,I was sad and I knew that my mother must have taken off the Balarama which I keep under my pillow.But still,I slipped my tiny hands under the pillow and it touched something.It was the latest copy of Balarama.I shrieked out of joy and ran to my mother.She took me in her hands and kissed me.She touched my back and asked whether it still pained.I shook my head which she read it as an incomplete no.We both lied down on the bed and she read out stories for me.Luttappi became a frequent visitor in my dreams and he is still my best buddy.
PS : My parents have been very kind enough to buy my lots of comics regardless of my age shooting up every year.Couple of weeks back when they visited me,they slipped this special edition of Tinkle (600th edition) among other books to give me a surprise.
Canes and Tears
My Childish passions
Filed under: My Thoughts & Views, When I was a kid Tagged: balarama, comics, dakini, kuttusan, luttappi, malayalam comics, mayavi, tinkle