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Out of Comfort zone

September 30, 2009

“Hey Champ, come here”, Sekhar called his 8-year old son Ram, who was restlessly skimming through the channels to find his favourite Tom & Jerry.

Without moving his head an inch here or there, he answered, “Pappa… what?”

“Come here, lets see whether you have packed all the things required as we are moving out tomorrow”

“I am yet to do that pappa… you go to office. I will finish it before you return by evening” said Ram, after he found the Tom & Jerry in CN.

Sekhar know that forcing him won’t do any good and he know his son very well that he will do it for sure before he returns back. So he said bye and left to the office.

By evening after he returned from his office, he has seen his son so disturbed and sad. Even though he know the reason for that he wanted to console him. He went near him and sat down with him. After some minutes of silence, Ram started to speak, “Pappa, is it so important to move there? Seems like all of them, Rakesh, Pooja, Balu and many were here only. It will be really difficult pappa”.

Stroking the head of his slowly, he said, “I know champ but pappa’s company wants him to be in one of their other office. So we have to shift and I will promise you that I will bring you here whenever there is a long vacation for you”. From the looks of Ram, he understood he is not convinced but he can’t do much about it.

Change is the only constant thing, he reminded himself.

At this time, their cat Dora entered there and Ram caught it. He held it in his arms and asked, “Dad, Dora is coming with us know?”

“No champ, it will be here in our house and I have made required arrangements”

Ram was really furious now, cried and shouted at his dad, “This is too much pappa. First my friends and now Dora also”

Sekhar waited for few minutes to allow Ram to calm down and asked him, “Are you feeling bad about leaving your friends?”

Ram Nodded his head slowly.

“Do you want the same thing to happen to Dora?”

Ram stunned by this question but wanted to say his point, “….. but pappa. Who will then take care of Dora?”

“I have spoken with Rakesh’s father and he said it will be alright as you know Dora is familiar with them also” said Sekhar.

He could see disappointment in his son’s face but still he know how hard it is for a human to adopt to new environment and also he know it doubles up for a cat.

PS: For the first time in my life, I have bought a novel without knowing anything about it. It’s ‘The curious case of missing dog in the night’. They have put that the book got Whitbread prize of the year but all I know was Milk bread, wheat bread and Sandwich bread. So let me read it and check how good my intuition is.

28 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2009 9:24 pm

    In this sentence β€œDad, Dora is coming with us know?” I guess u mean “no” rather than “know”.

    kanagu: Yes… I will correct that Reema.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    so how is the book?

    kanagu: yet to finish it.. will tell you.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  2. September 30, 2009 10:04 pm

    Touching story- and nice explanation by the Dad.

    kanagu: Thank you πŸ™‚

  3. September 30, 2009 10:05 pm

    Hmmm it does sound interesting!!! Do share ki how was the book!!!

    Happy reading!!! πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Surely.. will put a review :mrgreen:

  4. September 30, 2009 10:53 pm

    That was a cute fiction.

    Enjoy your book!

    kanagu: Thanks Solilo πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  5. September 30, 2009 11:10 pm

    Probably, Rams dad couldnt afford to feed a cat anymore πŸ˜‰

    kanagu: LOL πŸ˜†

    • craftyshines permalink
      October 1, 2009 1:56 am

      vimmuuu!!!! πŸ™„

      good lord! what analysis!

      *crafty is advised a day’s rest due to excessive eye rolling*

      πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

      • October 1, 2009 7:31 am

        sis… why do u expect anything more than this kind of an analysis from him??? waste of time… u will go into excessive eye rolling problems… πŸ˜›

        • October 3, 2009 3:39 am

          Crafty… I am glad that he put some relevant comment for this.. πŸ˜› πŸ˜›

    • October 1, 2009 1:50 pm

      ROFL πŸ˜† Vimmuuu! Got something for this post too πŸ˜‰

  6. September 30, 2009 11:11 pm

    That was so sweet,Kanagu! You should do more fiction – I love the subjects you pick – they are so diverse!

    kanagu: Thanks Smitha.. I am trying but no new ideas coming to me…

    As for the book – do read and let us know how you found it πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Sure.. sure…

  7. September 30, 2009 11:41 pm

    First time commenting here. It is an awesome book. Written from the perspective of a 7/8 year old…..I am sure you will enjoy it. Do post the review.

    kanagu: Welcome here Shilpa.. πŸ™‚
    I am just finished some 20 pages… will read it and review it… πŸ™‚

  8. October 1, 2009 12:22 am

    Nice story Kanagu.. reminded me of those days when I was in Ram’s place since my dad would get transferred 😦

    kanagu: 😦 😦
    Thanks AK…

    How is the book? write a review on it

    kanagu: I am yet to finish that book.. Will do AK… πŸ™‚

  9. craftyshines permalink
    October 1, 2009 2:08 am

    lovely narration as usual kanagu! and may i point out that ur grammar is much better than last time! u have caught on! woooo hoooo! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€


    kanagu: Thankooo.. thankooo Crafty…. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    u know, its kinda true about cats… my aunt used to tell me that they are very attached to the home they live in, their territory… and sometimes, some are more attached to the home than the owners!!!! πŸ˜€

    kanagu: Actually got this from your post only Crafty.. the one you written on aunt’s home.. black cat…

    the character of dad is well-etched… and a very loving one! i like that bit where he lets Ram cool down before explaining to him! soooper!

    kanagu: thank u thank u!!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    ROFL @ all the types of bread u know! aha! milk bread! its slightly sweet, isn’t it?? i got to eat that only south at native place, not in this city 😦 i loved eating it with spicy stew!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    kanagu: Yes.. bread with that spicy masala… wow.. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    hats off to u reading even when u are working… sigh! i have so many to read and dunno when to do it! πŸ˜₯

    kanagu: Hope your work eases off soon Crafty!!! πŸ™‚

    hope ur intuition is good and ur book is worthwhile! will wait for ur review when done!!!

    kanagu: Will do that soon Crafty!!!

  10. October 1, 2009 7:33 am

    i’ve read that book!!! in fact i think its on its way to being made into a movie!

    kanagu: hmmm… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ nice info πŸ™‚

    read it long back… but i liked it all the same. it starts off simply but the twists develop as u move further.

    kanagu: Wow.. I will love it then πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    do let us know the review!

    kanagu: Sure sure.. πŸ™‚

  11. October 1, 2009 8:17 am


    I loved this story! The dad is such a nice guy!

    kanagu: Thank you.. thank you.. πŸ™‚

    Do tell how the book was… happy reading! πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Sure sure πŸ™‚

  12. October 1, 2009 8:17 am

    and yea, moving is such a difficult thing to do.. especially for kids, its harder on them.

    kanagu: True 😐

  13. October 1, 2009 10:17 am

    Hmm…good point. The mere idea of moving gives me the shivers! The packing, loading etc…shudder!

    kanagu: Thanks Meira… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ he he he

    So how’s the book?

    kanagu: I am yet to finish it. will let you know once I finish it πŸ™‚

  14. October 1, 2009 11:55 am

    I like this story, Kanagu.

    kanagu: Thank you πŸ™‚

    ‘He could see disappointment in his son’s face but still he know how hard it is for a human to adopt to new environment and also he know it doubles up for a cat.’

    Yes, Kanagu, cats never like to change houses. Though my cat goes to my neighbour’s place for napping, he never eats or drink anything in their house. They used to tell me ‘your cat never even sniff anything, even if the milk vessel is open, he just sleeps and goes off’. House cats eat only at their homes. How do you know about this?

    kanagu: Its really amazing to know about your cat… πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    and I got that idea from one of the Crafty’s post which describes about the cat in her Aunt’s home.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    The dad’s character also is expressed nicely. Well done, Kanagu. We will wait for more.

    kanagu: Thank you.. Hope I get some idea soon πŸ™‚

    I like Milk bread! Will try and trace this book. Will wait for your review!

    kanagu: Will surely write about the book πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  15. October 1, 2009 1:52 pm

    β€œDo you want the same thing to happen to Dora?”

    Lovely thoughts there Kanagu!

    N lovely piece of fiction there .. so real! Luved that conversation b/w the father and the son πŸ™‚

    Keep writing more Kanagu πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Thank you.. thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    me will try for sure πŸ™‚

  16. October 1, 2009 3:19 pm

    “year but all I know was Milk bread, wheat bread and Sandwich bread”.. πŸ™‚

    On a different note: “Letting go is difficult,but you have to when your heart says to..It makes the world of difference”….

    kanagu: True sister.. but this is different na πŸ™‚

  17. October 1, 2009 6:03 pm

    That was amazing. Simple, yet captivating.

    kanagu: Thanks mach πŸ™‚

  18. October 1, 2009 8:13 pm

    It’s always difficult for kids to adjust, especially if he has to go to a new school. As for cats – they are territorial animals by nature unlike pack animals like dogs. So they generally prefer to stay in the old place as long as the new inhabitants don’t ill treat them. But cats can also be taken to the new place without much problem, if one so desires.

    kanagu: hmmm… I know you will know about cats more.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I just wanted to say how much difficult it will be for them…

    …the book got Whitbread prize of the year but all I know was Milk bread, wheat bread and Sandwich bread.


    kanagu: πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  19. October 1, 2009 9:03 pm

    hmmm nice,first i thought it is a sentimental story.But the climax made me smile πŸ˜€ :D.nice attempt dude,keep writing.

    kanagu: Thanks machi… glad you liked it πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    Between did u read “lost symbol”….

    kanagu: nope.. not yet.. it will take time.. also heard that its not upto the expectations…
    did you read that??

    • October 5, 2009 7:19 pm

      heard it is a big hit.The novel is expected to break the record of hary poter by december.I asked for the book in my library.But they ask me to book it atleast 2 week before

      kanagu: hmmm.. anyway I have decided to postpone the reading of that novel Anish… maybe in 3 months.. πŸ™‚

  20. Princess permalink
    October 1, 2009 9:42 pm

    oh that was a sweet story. πŸ˜€


    kanagu: Thank you Princess πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  21. October 3, 2009 3:43 pm

    Nice story πŸ™‚

    kanagu: Thanks Sakhi πŸ™‚

    Waiting for review! πŸ™‚

    kanagu: I will do soon πŸ™‚

  22. October 7, 2009 10:36 pm

    I don’t know why, we were (as kids) always thrilled to go to a new place, new school etc… Our parents were surprised at this…

    Destination Infinity

    kanagu: ha ha ha… children are like that.. πŸ™‚

  23. October 8, 2009 4:12 pm

    This is nice πŸ™‚

    kanagu: πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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