Volume 5 - Issue 09
SHIRDI SAI PARTHI SAI
ACT IX - SCENE 4
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Sathya decides to walk all the way to the Pushpagiri Fair. The distance is about fifteen kilometres but He has no other choice; no money. He trudges all through the night and reaches the destination in the early hours of the morning. He catches up on some sleep, has a bath in the river there, and then heads for the Carnival site. On the way, while crossing a sandy patch, He finds a packet of beedies [native cigarettes] and a one anna coin. At that time, a man comes that way.
GAMBLER: Look, I’m removing all this stuff. It’s only cash now.
SATHYA: I’ll bet two Annas.
GAMBLER: You are doubling the ante? Well done. Keep it up and Goddess Lakshmi will lead You on to a fortune! Double, double, double …….Good!
Gambler throws the dice; Sathya wins again.
SATHYA: It’s good for Me but bad for you.
SATHYA: Here are four Annas.
GAMBLER: Ah………Aha! four Annas; four, four, four,……. [throws the dice but the result is not in his favour] What’s happening today? He’s on a winning streak! I am finished. I thought He was but a kid but He is shaving me bare! Okay, let go. Here are four plus four, Your eight Annas. How much will You bet now?
SATHYA: I’ll bet two Annas.
GAMBLER: Hey! Again two Annas? What do You mean by this brother? When Goddess Lakshmi is favouring You so much, You should bet eight Annas for eight. Bet, bet, come on, bet.
PARTNER: Let’s shut shop here and move elsewhere.
PARTNER 2: When I see your ugly face, I don’t think we will win. Come on, let me change places with you.
GAMBLER: You shut up! What’s wrong with my face? It is the most handsome face in town! Actually, it is by looking at your ugly faces this morning that my luck has been ruined! Get out. [to Sathya] Brother, a deal, four Annas for four Annas. Grab, grab. Goddess Lakshmi has entered Your palm! I tell You what. Brother, this will be our last game. You have twelve Annas with You, right? Bet twelve Annas and win twenty four!
SATHYA: Twelve Annas are enough for Me. I will not play any more.
GAMBLER: Hey, what do You mean? I tell You, bet twelve and win twenty four! Continue playing and winning, playing and winning, You can walk away as a millionaire!
SATHYA: Twelve Annas are enough for Me.
GAMBLER: Okay, okay. You play so well my boy, and it’s just that I feel like playing more and more with You, that’s all! Just for fun, You know! You play so well!
SATHYA: What is your game before Mine?
GAMBLER: True, true.
SATHYA: There must be a limit for desires. One must never have too many desires. Desire is the main reason for sorrow.
GAMBLER: He looks small but how sweet are His words! You know, there is sense in what He says. Brothers, from today, let’s close down this gambling and do something else from tomorrow. Aha!
Sathya finally arrives at the Scout Camp in the Pushpagiri Fair.
MASTER: Oh, all of you are here! Attention! Stand at ease! My dear Cadets! Carnival is supposed to mean fun and frolic. But you should not think so. We are here to do social service, and it is service that will be fun and frolic for us. Cadets, now split into three groups. You, go near the Temple and the sacred tank. You will handle water distribution. You will serve the road coolies. I have already told you what to do and how to do.
SATHYA: Master, I have come.
MASTER: Hey, Raju has come!
BOYS/CHORUS: Will do, sir!
Sathya leads the Scout Troop in rendering various types of service – crowd control, helping the aged, rescuing lost children, serving water, etc. Days pass quickly. One day, ….
MASTER: Cadets, it is six days since the Carnival started. You must serve the remaining four days with the same discipline as before. Remember! All of you must win for our School the National Scout Appreciation Certificate.
BOYS/CHORUS: Yes sir!
(To be continued)
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Vol 5 Issue 09 - SEPTEMBER 2007
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