Poor old lonely parents in five star planets
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(Being old and that too living in an apartment as lonely as Deepak’s parents , I wanted to write it in English immediately. Each five star apartment is like a big box with one door. Once the door is closed for all practical purposes you live in another planet. In each planet there are no other human beings except you. Boundless acknowledgements to Sri Vasu Iyengar. I also have decided to use the image that he used .My thanks for that also.)
Deepak Veena and their dear son Ramesh ,
After a very tiring journey reached Chennai air port,
And since they knew that Deepak’s parents were orthodox,
They went to a five star hotel and had an American lunch.
Then Deepak phoned to his parents using his latest cell phone,
But though the phone was ringing on the other side ,
No one was picking it up and cursing the phone and his father,
Decided to go to the five star apartment bought by him to his parents.
The three of them reached the apartment of their parents ,
And for more than fifteen minutes kept on ringing the door bell,
But there was no response whatsoever from inside the apartment,
Though all the three of them were hearing the sound of door bell.
When they were tired and decided to book a room in a hotel,
A man came up the lift and told them , “I am living in opposite apartment,
And though i never had and contact with the couple living here,
They one day told me , they were shifting to an old age home and gave its address.”
Deepak was shocked and shouted, “Have my parents turned mad,
To leave this heaven like apartment and go to some useless old age home?”
And then he booked a taxi and cursing his parents drove to that hell,
And reached that place and found it , hopeless and far away from any where.
There was a gate , a small garden ,lots of benches and a big building,
And Deepak went in and asked for his father and the manager there,
Told him that his parents were busy for the past three hours in a community function,
And as soon as it gets over , they would come out and to please wait for them.
Deepak lost his temper and shouted at him, “ Damn any community function,
I am their son who has arrived from USA and so go and call them.”
The manager simply smiled and then his parents dressed in traditional Brahmin dress,
With religious marks on their forehead came out of a community hall.
They both were very happy to see Deepak, Veena and Ramesh ,
And they fondled their grand son and then the drama started.
Deepak told his father , “I have spent lakhs of rupees and got you a five star flat,
But without even telling me , you have shifted and are living in this worthless bhooth Bungalow.”
“Pack your things , we are just starting to my own flat and this is my order,
You would live there. Hey Ma, if pa was mad , could you not tell him “no”
“Hey manager , please prepare the bill and I would also tip you nicely.”
Deepak’s father broke in to a smile and told Deepak, “Please listen”
“ We came here after being tortured in five star flat by pure lonliness,
In that 100 apartment building after living for the past three years,
WE have not spoken to any human being living there , for unlike us,
They were all five star human beings and did not find time to speak with us.”
“Though initially we were little active , over time , I was not able to,
Go to any marketing and your mother was not in a position to cook any thing.
Morning to evening unable to do anything , we used to stare at each other,
All the time and being not able to talk with any one was a torture for us .”
“So we enquired and decided to move in here with human beings like us,
Not rated by any stars who right from the day we came here are our friends.
The manager whom you promised a tip is a retired IAS man,
And he sees to it that we get all the comforts and happiness that we need.”
Deepak’s Ma spoke, “My son, this decision was taken by both of us,
After coming here I do lot of prayers for your benefit ,
And also have many friends who take care of me from morn to night.
WE would leave this bhooth Bungalow only when you come and settle down here .”
She continued “ Even that decision would depend on you and your little family ,
About living with an old couple who need lots of cheering up and nursing.
Your five star apartment does not look like a home like us,
For it is made of bricks and mortar , unlike this bhooth Bungalow made only by love.