Volume 5 - Issue 08
SHIRDI SAI PARTHI SAI
ACT IX - SCENE 1
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Sathya comes back home and ponders deeply. His teacher and classmates want Him to go with them to the Scout Camp. For that, He must have money. But His brother has told Him to tell the Teacher that there is no money. Is there any other way of generating at least some money? He hit upon an idea. He has just been promoted to the next higher class. He no longer needs His old books. They are in very good condition. Perhaps, He could offer them on sale and get some cash. He decides to go to the house of a boy He knows, who might like to buy His books.
SATHYA: [standing outside the house of the boy] Kondalu, Kondalu!
KONDALU: [comes out] Raju, what brings You here?
SATHYA: You wanted old books, didn’t you? Look, I have brought them!
KONDALU: Old books? These appear to be new!
SATHYA: I don’t use these for My study; that’s why they are looking new.
Sathya comes back to His house with the cash, which is in the form of small change. Trouble is in store for Him. As He enters, the coins slip and scatter all over. Seshama Raju’s mother-in-law sees the money and becomes agitated.
MOTHER-IN-LAW: Oh my! So much money, so much money, money, money! Where did You get all this money from? Did You steal it from here?
SATHYA: I did not steal. I got this money by selling My old text books.
MOTHER-IN-LAW: Sold old books? To whom?
SATHYA: To Kondalu. He is very poor. If you want, I’ll call him and you can check with him.
MOTHER-IN-LAW: Oh, so you want me to ask him? You two are together playing a drama – You for him and he for You! My goodness, the mouse is the witness for the cat! Where did You get this money from? Let Your elder brother come, and we’ll settle this business once and for all.
Seshama Raju enters
The Mothe in law takes all the coins.
MOTHER-IN-LAW: My money, my money!
Sathya’s plan has been scuttled; He now has no money and therefore cannot go to the Scout Camp. Soon, His friends would be coming to pick Him up. He must dodge them. So, when the boys come, He pretends to have a stomach ache.
SATHYA: Oh, pain, stomach pain, stomach pain, oh, oh, ……
BOY: Raju, what happened to You?
SATHYA: Stomach ache, severe stomach ache!
BOY: Oh dear! Why did You not take some medicine? Your pain would have come down.
SATHYA: No, I have not taken any medicine.
(To be continued)
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Vol 5 Issue 08 - AUGUST 2007
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