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Return

“I am sorry mom. I am really sorry, but I have to do this. I’ll return this as soon as possible.” said Sahil to himself. 

“Somebody’s been stealing from my purse.” said Shanti to her husband. “I had Rs 30000 with me. They were meant for Sahil’s school fees and I couldn’t find them this morning.” 

“What? Have you looked everywhere? You may have dropped it somewhere. Don’t jump to any conclusions.” replied her husband. 

“I have looked everywhere, but I just couldn’t find it. I am telling you, I am sure Shanta Bai must have stolen it.” Said Shanti 

“Fine, we will question her tomorrow morning.” 

****next morning**** 

“Where is the money Shanta, tell me! Tell me, or I’ll call the police!” screamed Shanti at her maid servant. 

“I don’t know miem saab. I didn’t steal it.” She sobbed. 

“She won’t confess like this. Shekhar darling, please call the police. Call the police now!” said Shanti looking towards Shekhar. 

“No miem saab please don’t call the police, I didn’t do anything!” Shanta sobbed kneeling on the floor and catching hold of Shanti’s legs. 

“It’s ok Shanti just let her go. Rs 30000 isn’t a big deal for us. I don’t want to make this a huge issue.” replied Shekhar. 

“Ok, I am letting you go. But, don’t you dare show your face here again, you get it?” said Shanti angrily. 

As Shanta ran out of the door sobbing, Sahil entered the house. Unaware of the events that just took place; he looked at his mother with a puzzled look. 

“It’s nothing beta, she stole money from my purse and now she is shedding her crocodile tears. Anyways where have you been all night? I don’t remember seeing you at all last evening.” replied Shanti. 

“Err… Nothing mom, I was… err… in my room studying. Exams are round the corner right.” Sahil replied with a smile. 

“Very good beta. Study hard and do well this time around too OK?” she said with a smile. 

Shekhar Malpani was an average upper middle class man, who counted himself among the elite. Sahil was Shekhar and Shanti Malpani’s only child. He was a bright, well behaved and very friendly fifteen year old kid. Everything was going well until a couple of months back, when Shekhar started sending Sahil for mathematics tuitions to a nearby coaching center where most of the rich kids used to come. 

****one month back**** 

“Can I come with you guys?” Sahil asked Aneesh, a twelfth class student studying mathematics at the same tuition center Sahil went to.  Unlike Sahil, Aneesh was known for creating a nuisance everywhere he went. 

“You want to come with us? We aren’t going to a playground, kid. Go, go do your homework.” Replied Aneesh and the rest started laughing. 

“Hey! Don’t you dare call me a kid! I am no kid, you get it! I am no kid!” retorted Sahil angrily. 

“Hmmm I guess, let him come with us. He may just be some entertainment for us. But hey, don’t expect us to pay for your stuff. You want the stuff, you pay for it yourself. Be ready tomorrow night.” said Raghu, one of Aneesh’s friends. 

****That night**** 

  

“I told you not to bring these kids in here didn’t I?” replied Salim Bhai. 

Aree its ok Salim Bhai, he’s a friend and hey, don’t call him a kid, else you are gonna get a piece of his mind too.” said Aneesh giving a pat on Sahil’s back. 

Although Sahil tried pretty hard to pretend that he was ok with all that was going on, deep within his heart was beating really hard. 

“Raghu, pass it on to Sahil and then to me.” said Aneesh. 

“Err…Aneesh, how much does this cost. I have Rs 100 with me. Will that do?” asked Sahil. 

“What? You got just Rs 100 with you? You aren’t here to have a pizza, this is serious stuff. Dude, you will have to add a couple of zeroes more to it. It’s ok, I’ll pay for you this time, and you can pay me later. Now come on, have fun.” replied Aneesh. 

“Thanks Aneesh. You are amazing buddy!” said Sahil. 

“Oh come on, it’s just for this one time. Who’s going to have this every single day? Tomorrow I’ll go and ask dad for some money to be given at school and pay Aneesh off. After that it’s all over. I’ll soon return to my earlier life” Sahil tried to convince himself. 

  

****The next day at the tuition center **** 

“Here’s your money Aneesh. Thanks for everything.” said Sahil. 

“No problems buddy. Anytime! Hey, we are going there again tonight. Wanna come?” asked Aneesh. 

“Err… no Aneesh, you carry on. I am done with this.” replied Sahil. 

“What? And I thought you weren’t a kid. But I guess I was wrong. Sigh! It’s ok; you can go to mommy and have your milk.”  Aneesh said mockingly. 

“Hey come on! I tried it right? That proves I am no kid. The point is, where will I get the money from? My dad isn’t as rich as yours, you know that.” retorted Sahil. 

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way my friend. Ok fine, this one is a treat from my side. Happy now!” said Aneesh in his sweetest tone. 

“Yay! Thanks Aneesh, you are the best!” replied Sahil. 

This soon started becoming a regular affair. Sahil started to steal from home and started selling his things to generate funds for his new hobby. 

  

****Present**** 

That night, as Sahil was sitting in his room studying, he heard someone whistle below his window. He knew it was a signal from Aneesh. He was going to take a step higher today. 

****The next day**** 

“Hello.” said Shanti, as she picked up the phone. 

“I am really sorry to hear the news about Sahil, Shanti.” said the voice on the other side. 

“What? What news?” asked Shanti. 

“Oh my god! You guys don’t know? Go read the newspaper.” 

Shanti picked up the news paper lying on the table. It read, “Fifteen year old boy dies of drug overdose.” 

*********** 

  

Every year drug trafficking claims lives of thousands of young teenagers all over the world. It’s really sad when bright young kids like Sahil spoil their lives getting addicted to drugs. When they all try it for the first time, they all feel there will be a return to normal life one day, but, in most case, there is no return. Even if there is a return, it’s a very painful journey. 

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Tavish is the administrator and founder of Sensible Bakwas. He is a software engineer by profession and a writer by passion. In case you want to get in touch with him, he is an email away at tavish.chadha@gmail.com. Hope you enjoy your time here. Do leave your feedback in the comment section here.

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72 Responses to "Return"

  1. pal says:

    It is really pitiable.. the situation kids and adults too, let themselves into!! And to think that parents are helpless in most cases. Or they couldn’t care as they are too busy with their own lives.

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      In most of the cases I have heard, it’s the latter case. When parents just don’t have the time to bring a child up properly, I don’t understand why they have them in the first place!

  2. Rumya says:

    A story to bring out a message loud and clear. This is a true story in many houses today.
    Good work Tavish!! :)
    All the Best for BAT – 14.

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks Rumya. Yes, unfortunately it’s true in most homes. It’s really sad and unfortunate.

  3. Samadrita says:

    Ah drug-abuse…one of the problems prevailing in society and plaguing teenagers and our youth. Not only could Sahil return the money but he also failed to return himself. :(
    A story with a strong social message. All the best for BAT!

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Young teenagers are more susceptible to falling into this trap. They just end up wasting thier whole life for that… it’s really sad…

  4. Amity says:

    A sad reality! Peer pressure. Monster drug traffickers! And death is just too much a punishment for the innocent like Sahil!

    This should send a strong message for our youth! They should be warned that they should not give in to peer pressure! It will never work out! Trying to be in is not the be-all and end-all of being accepted!

    This is a very nice story Tavish! I like it!

    All the best! :)

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks Amity. Yes, peer pressure does act as a terrible catalyst in these cases and drug traffickers are just looking out for such kids… its a shame…

  5. Dreamer says:

    One can’t help but wonder if only the mother hadn’t been too quick to pin the blame on the maid and had followed up the matter, could she perhaps have caught her son before if became too late? Gritty and hard hitting.

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      well thats what any mother would do.. i mean who the hell would suspect that their son is stealing? Yes, had she found out earlier things may have been different… Thanks for you comments buddy!

  6. Viyoma says:

    Well thought off and written!!
    Planned post…wish u luck for BATOM – 14!!

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks allot Viyoma. All the best to you too!

  7. Someone Is Special says:

    A very good writeup.. Good show on how drug is dangerous.. Great work…

    All the best for BAT..

    Someone Is Special

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks allot buddy! :)

      All the best to u too!! :)

  8. Jaspreet says:

    It feels so good that all the posts I have read so far, each of them is unique in their take on ‘Return’-and this one has got a message too. It a had a great flow too.
    All the best!

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks Jaspreet! All the best to u too!!

  9. Thats a responsible writing….
    The malice have more social and familial factors contributing and hence making the children more vulnerable..
    And the easy access to drugs is really a matter of concern…

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks Mahesh. Yeah, the easy access to to drugs is a major concern.

  10. namit says:

    a sad n true one…loud message you convey.. :)

    namit
    i blog at http://i-am-a-man-namit.blogspot.com/

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      thanks Namit and a very warm welcome to Sensible Bakwas. :)

  11. Phoenixritu says:

    Oh my God, that was unexpected!

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      :) Thanks Ritu di :)

  12. ayan says:

    don’t know wat to say ……. can’t even say i like it ……… only can say bitter truth

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      I know what u mean Ayan… its a very bitter reality…

  13. tikulicious says:

    Speechless. sometimes words fail me. Good job Tavish.
    Best wishes

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks Tikuli. :)

  14. Well written Tavish :)
    Good luck with BAT

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks Muddassir! Welcome to Sensible Bakwas! :)

  15. Anand says:

    what a finish buddy!! was contemplating a different ending, hard hitting. All d best for BAT

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Hey thanks allot Anand. :)

  16. Manna says:

    Very thoughtful post Tavish.. Great work.. ATB for the BAT.. :)

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      hey thanks allot Manna. All the best to u too! :)

  17. Shrijit says:

    Its a great piece of work Tavish, Have seen a lot of my friends and people around spoiling their life for drugs. I could recall those days when we friends used to counter argue with them for doing it!!! But cant help it. As it is said “You can bring the horse to the river, but can’t force it to drink” The change should come from within and should understand the worst side of it!

    regards

    Shrijit

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      yeah dude sometimes u learn only when life slaps you on the face really hard. But, you now what? I am glad u tried to change ur frnds. People generally don’t do that! Thanks for your comments!

      Cheers!

  18. mario dcunha says:

    nice post man… nice written as well… i missed out on bat 14 this time :-( was late…
    but you can still read my post here… http://mariouana.wordpress.com/2010/09/04/return/

    also, please vote for me on indiblogger… will be a great help http://digs.by/c6CRNr

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      hey thanks man… will read ur post and have already voted for u :)

      all the best!

      oh and a very warm welcome to Sensible Bakwas!

  19. Kevin says:

    The mind can be so deceptive during teen years!
    If only kids learned to choose life over drug lies.

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Yes, that age is realy strange… midway between childhood and adulthood… it’s very confusing… parents need to actively counsle thier kids to keep them from succumbing to such habits. Thanks for your comments dude and a very warm welcome to Sensible Bakwas! :)

  20. Kshitij says:

    Hey Tav, good work buddy. Always get good stuff from you.

    Did I tell you something during the BPL? – You always used to write much better than what I expected of you. Maybe it was your casual attitude that lessened my expectations… but your writeups covered for everything.

    This is a common story nowadays… a lot of teens are getting into gaanja and all… What saddens me more is the Police having a cut in the revenues of these gaanja sellers (not always though). I see a similar thing happening at a pool room near my house… feel really sorry for the parents of those teens.

    But – I intend to do something about it. for sure.

    FYI – My school-time best friend died of a drug overdose a couple of years ago. His name was Amit. Miss him.

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      aaaha now I know y my posts got the least critical comments from u hehehe… well, u now me, mai zada tension nahi leta life mein… anyways glad u liked this one too…

      well, I havent met anyone know has been a drug addict, but i know the extent to which it has plagued our society… and its a well known fact that the biggest drug dealers belong to the narcotic cells in the police… and please do something about it if u can…. will be helpful in saving the future generations….

      and am so sorry about Amit… i hope his soul rests in piece and hope that proves a deterrent for other ppl who think about getting into this habit…. thanks for ur comments as always… :)

  21. Maddie says:

    Such a sad reality. Peer pressure and easy access to drugs is the trap for many innocents. I think it all boils down to being accepted and loved by friends, family and everyone around you.

    All the best for BAT.

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      well, sometimes it more than love thats required to mae sure kids don’t get into this…

      thanks for ur comments and welcome to Sensible Bakwas! :)

  22. Sidra Sayeed says:

    Peer pressure has lead to many a silent demise. The post was a thoughtful contribution.

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks Sidra. Welcome to Sensible Bakwas! :)

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks buddy! :)

  23. Raksha Raman says:

    Hello Tavish,

    I’m surprised! I’d lots of different ideas on the topic ‘Return’ but something like this did not occur to me at all! Thumbs Up for thinking out of the box :)

    As for this menace called ‘drug abuse’ well the bitter truth is, its considered cool and fashionable to indulge in things like these that kill innocence in the formative years of one’s life! The whole system is biased and hypocritical. Though there is a possibility to curb the trafficking, the authorities won’t do so ’cause they’re ‘in’ too! Why’d they bother when the can sit and make some easy money?

    Sad and sorry state of affairs!

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      yup a very sad and sorry state of affairs… and not many seem to care… not even ppl in general…
      thank u so much for your lovely comments… :)

  24. Tuppence says:

    Common and simple story , but in tavish a style .. Which just makes it a pleasant read .. Well connected to the theme . Written well to keep the read hooked .

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      hehe thanks buddy. Well, my aim of writting this was to highlight the menace of drug abuse, so I used a usual and a simple story… thanks allot for you lovely comment! :)

  25. D2 says:

    A story very well written and very true for many kids. An interesting take on this BAT.
    All the best.

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks allot D2 and very warm welcome to Sensible Bakwas! :)

  26. Sid says:

    You wrote a forward-backward post, nice one!!!!

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks allot Sid bhaiya :)

  27. wonderful writing…..

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      thanks allot buddy… welcome to Sensible Bakwas! :)

  28. Brijender says:

    Didnt quite get the “bakwaas” in the post !
    It was all very “sensible” to me-a very touching portrayal of one of the most open as also fatal secrets of modern society.
    Enjoyed the flow of your writing just as much as your careful choice of words in the dialogue.

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Hey thanks allot Brijender for those lovely words! Yes, it is a huge and a very underrated issue… i am just trying fo my bit by writing this…

      Thanks for ur comments! A very warm welcome to Sensible Bakwas! :)

  29. Mohammed says:

    good post…well written and interesting content….nice presentation and good approach..keep blogging and all the best

    By the way:
    hi………i’m a 15 year old blogger…..currently taking part in the “My Demand” contest……
    please read my post n support me by voting if u find it interesting….

    My post link: http://www.indiblogger.in/indipost.php?post=30629

    Greetings,
    Mohammed!

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      thanks buddy… since u r a teanager, I hope u pass this onto other ppl too… and yes, I have voted for u… :)

      1. Sourav says:

        Hahaha! The comment to which you replied was posted on at least 599 other blogs too, with those exact words! :P

        Sorry this caught my attention too sharply, and I skipped reading your post! ;)

        1. Tavish Chadha says:

          lol…i kinda guessed it… but doesnt matter… reply karne mien mera kyaja raha hai :P

  30. Leo says:

    very nice Tavish.. drug overdose does mean a no return more often than not. good narration, but felt perhaps a bit of the double BAT winner went missing somewhere in this :)

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      yeah i know… I didnt really write it to win… just wrote it coz I felt like.. thanks allot for ur comments anyways :)

  31. Karthik says:

    Loved the presentation, dude. It was pacy. Doesn’t falter anywhere.
    Drug abuse has become so ubiquitous nowadays. You’ve brought out the ill effects of it very well.
    Good luck!

    By the way, (guess you already know this) a new novel by Frederick Forsyth has come out. Titled “The Cobra” which is about drug trafficking in the world market. If you are a serious reader, you should pick it up, or any FF’s novel for that matter.

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      hey thanks a ton dude… coming from u it means a lot! yeah heard of the novel.. will pick it up and read it soon!! :)

  32. sweta says:

    wow… a story with message…. good one!
    best of luck for BAT :)

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      thanks Sweta!!! :)

  33. Shilpa Garg says:

    Thoughtful and thought provoking! Good one, Tavish!
    All the best for BAT.
    Cheers :)

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks allot Shilpa!

  34. Anuradha says:

    Wonderful write up there…

    1. Tavish Chadha says:

      Thanks Anuradha. :)

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