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|My Cousin Balaji (standard:Fan Fiction, 2945 words)|
|Author: Juggernaut||Added: Nov 14 2010||Views/Reads: 2106/971||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|A story of a young man lost his way in life.|
My Cousin Balaji Subba Rao My cousin Balaji's full name is Balarama Taraka Krishna. Since his birth, his mother affectionately called him “Bala” (child). Since the name “Bala” is feminine, she later changed it to Balaji. The suffix “ji” was generally given to respected people or older folks like title “sir” but the name Balaji was just the opposite, the overwhelming affection towards the child rather than respect to an older person.It was sad that Balaji lost his father when he was only two years old. His father died of heart attack suddenly while he was playing with his son. With nobody in the vicinity, Balaji played around his father's body until his mother noticed the still body of her husband. Balaji grew with utmost love and care from his mother and other relatives out of compassion and sympathy towards him for not having a father from his childhood. Balaji grew up like a daredevil. He climbed tress without fear of falling off; trees like mango, coconut or any tree for that matter. He had no fear of height either, once he climbed a 50-foot tall toddy palm tree without any shoulder and feet restraint made from jute or coconut coir that the professional tree climbers used. He climbed up and down like a cheetah, and jumped from branch to branch like a monkey. On his body, he always had one or two open wounds from the accidental fall from trees. While the open wounds were reminders of the recent fall from trees, several scars on his feet, legs or arms were the reminders of the past accidents when he fell from a tree or from a fight with the neighborhood kids. He earned the nickname “Bandage Balaji” for always having strips of bandages to cover open wounds somewhere on his body. He never appeared to have felt the physical pain from the wounds or the broken bones. He took it in stride as a cost of doing business, useless as it might be. Balaji's other passion was playing marbles with the boys who spent time minding their cows and water buffaloes near his house. While the cows and buffaloes were resting comfortably on roadside chewing on hay or wastepaper, the boys played marbles on curbside. Balaji competed in playing marbles with them. Whenever he lost a game, he ran inside his house to avoid relinquishing his marbles as a penalty. When he won, he demanded every marble from his opponent as a reward; otherwise he pelted stones at them and got into fistfights. That's how he received some of the injuries. He nursed the wounds like his pets with love and care. He self medicated with aspirin as a painkiller for body pains and for the open wounds he applied boric powder or iodine as antiseptic, and covered them with the bandage. For every wound on his body, he had a story to tell like a war veteran. Balaji was a very skillful in kite flying. Most kids in his neighborhood flew kites from their flat rooftops, and some from the open areas. During the kite-flying season of November, Balaji acted like a kamikaze to destroy his opponent's kite without fear of losing his own. He outperformed others by zapping the competitors' kites by cutting off the line with a special powder made from crushed glass pieces applied to his own kite-line, an un-sportly act but all competitors used anyway. When flying kites, his vocabulary used to take a deep dive. He used every imaginable cuss word, and challenged the opponents' kites to come closer to his own (his opponents could hardly hear his shouts since they were too far apart), then he would intertwine the opponents kite skillfully with his own kite-line, and brought it down to collect it - a skillful art at best in kite flying. All the neighborhood kids flew their kites at a far distance from Balaji's with fear of losing to him. At the end of kite flying season, Balaji would collect scores of kites, mostly pirated from his opponents by his skillful and ruthless techniques of flying kite, it was like a cutthroat business for him. He was quick-witted, and nobody would dare argue to win over him. His friends and close relatives, both young and old, let him have his own opinion at the end. Arguing with him was like running on a treadmill, people would get tired, and conceived victory to him at the end. The easy way out was to agree with whatever he said and that made him speechless. Otherwise, whatever others would say was like fuel for further endless arguments with him. Balaji was an intelligent person in many ways but at the college where rules were enforced, he couldn't keep his thought process in check, Click here to read the rest of this story (251 more lines)
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