Kays Brainwave

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

A Lost World

In the Wee hours of January 1st 2009, while the whole World was welcoming and celebrating the coming of New year, hoping the new year will bring joy, hope and prosperity, a small village called Paranthan in the Northern part of Sri Lanka was waiting for the Sun to rise and brighten the air filled with gun smoke and the morning mist.

Appa: Thurai.. Thurai... Thurai Kanna... Happy New Year Karadi kutty... wake up karadi kutty...
Thurai: uuuuhn.... I am feeling sleepy appa...
Appa: Hoy! My dear Karadi kutty wake up soon, I have a surprise for you...
Thurai: You keep the surprise safe, I will get it from you once I wake up appa.
Appa: Chella Kutty, c'mon wake up... c'mon open your eyes... see its New Year!!

[Thurai opens his eyes slowly... his eye lids flutter trying to adjust to the dimly lit home]

Thurai: Is it New Year today?
Appa: Yes, my dear Kutty chellam.
Thurai: What does New Year mean?
Appa: New Year brings happiness and prosperity.
Thurai: Oh! Wow!! So I can play cricket with Sivarajah in the fields like before, go to the talkies and watch Rajini cinemas, buy ice cream from the ice cream peddler... and then.... many more fun things... right appa?
Appa: Yes my dear.

Appa: Ok, fast. Get ready soon.
Thurai: Where are we going appa?
Appa: There is going to be get-together in a near by place, we need to go there as soon as possible. There will be some delicious food for us.
Thurai: Wow!! Wish it was new year everyday! Appa look! There are so many holes on the wall.

[Thurai points to the bullet punctured sand wall]

Appa: Oh! those holes? Yesterday night after you went to sleep there was a huge lightning, which made those holes. Don't worry we can close them once we come back.

[Thurai says ok and starts to get ready to leave for the new year feast while he hums the tune Athiradee kaaran from Sivaji]

Thurai: Appa, I am ready! Why is amma still sleeping? Isn't she coming for the feast?
Appa: No da chellam, Amma was disturbed by the lightning yesterday night, so she is very tired and she asked us to go, leaving her here to take some rest.
Thurai: Oh ok, We can pack and bring some food for her from the feast.
Appa: Sure, nice plan! She will be happy that you got some food for her.
[Thurai's Appa says wiping tears from his eyes.]
Thurai: Why are you crying appa?
Appa: Nothing son, Just happy that you care so much for your mother.
Thurai: Ok, lets not disturb amma, let's leave now.
Appa: Yeah Yeah... Let's go.

[When they were about to step out of the house.]
Appa: Thurai, just wait here for a minute here, don't step out of the house.

[Thurai's appa goes to Thurai's mom and changes the towel that was placed on the bullet wound, which he used to prevent the blood from flowing all over the house. He had placed a towel before he woke Thurai. Because he did not want Thurai to know that his mother is no longer with him in this belligerent World.]

Appa: Thurai Kutty, come lets go.

[Appa peeps outside the house to make sure it was peaceful to step outside. Appa carries Thurai in his arms and sheilds Thurai to the maximum he can and looks around and walks swiftly.]

[After going some distance, they hear a loud bang in a close proximity.]
Thurai: Appa, what was that? so loud?
Appa: Are you asking about the loud bang?
Thurai: Yes.
Appa: Today is new year rite? So, some one is bursting fireworks to celebrate new year.
Thurai: Wish I too had some fireworks.
Appa: hmmm... Lets see if there are any shops to get some fireworks.
Appa: Why don't you sing a song while we walk?
Thurai: Ok.

[They walk some distance while Thurai sings all along.]
Appa: Shhhhh..... shhhhh...
Thurai: Looks like there are many who are bursting crackers in this place.

[Appa holds Thurai tightly and starts running]
Thurai: Appa, look, many people are running to that old building, is that where we are going too?
Appa: [Frantically] yeah yeah.

[A bullet comes from no where and strikes Thurai's Appa]
Appa: Ahhhhh!!!
[Bends down in pain and lets Thurai get down]
Appa: Quick, run to that place, don't wait for me. Quick... Quick... run...
Thurai: Ok
Appa: Thurai one minute.
[Appa hugs Thurai tightly and gives a peck on his cheeks]
Appa: Take care son... Go fast...

[Thurai runs to the old building where a nurse from red cross safe zone area takes him to shelter, Thurai turns back to see his appa lying down on the road sans any movement.]

Few days later...

[Thurai is very sad about what had happened on the new year. He does not talk to anyone, he constantly keeps looking out of the window hoping his mother will come in search of him.]

It's a very saddening thing to see many children loosing their parents during the War. I hope people come forward and adopt kids like Thurai and restore peace and happiness in their lives.

Hats off to Keshi who has adopted a kid affected in the Sri Lankan War.




  • At March 04, 2009 2:15 AM, Blogger G3 said…

    Me the first :))))

  • At March 04, 2009 2:26 AM, Blogger G3 said…


    Hats off to Keshi :)

  • At March 04, 2009 8:18 AM, Blogger Priya said…

    KK, People need a big heart to do that and Keshi has it so loving and caring. I wish her the best and this brings joy in her life.

  • At March 04, 2009 10:00 AM, Blogger starry nights said…

    yes it is really sad to hear what goes on in these war torn countries and the sad part is that it is the civilians who are hurt most of the time , innocent children left with no parents.when will it end. Yes i admire Keshi for doing what she did.

  • At March 04, 2009 7:20 PM, Blogger Keshi said…

    KK I came here after u told me abt this post and boy Im glad I read it!

    The story touched me deeply and made my eyes well up with tears...the way u wrote it truly put the emotions of those innocents into words and made us all realise how tragic it is to be caught up in a situation like that for no fault of their's. Most of these innocents dun hv any opinion on this pointless war, neither do they know whats happening around them...cos most of these innocents r KIDS.

    But I dun need any praise for adopting the lil Tamil boy who's affected by the war...all Im doing is the LEAST I cud do. I really hope more ppl will realise the undeserving weight on these innocent children, the pain and tears of losing loved-ones and the hardships they go thru just cos of the egos of few ppl. Its really not worth it!

    I hope both the Tamils and Sinhalese in SL would join hands and end this bloody war for good. Im part Sinhalese and if I can feel the pain of another, Im sure others can too. Love can do wonders...I hope ppl realise that.

    TY for putting my feelings into words so perfectly KK, u r brilliant! I feel privileged to know someone like u.


  • At March 14, 2009 1:48 AM, Blogger Jeevan said…

    It was wonderful and touching . good work k! i wish the world wake up soon to stop the target at humankind at island.

  • At March 16, 2009 8:28 PM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    ya, hats off to keshi. it is a wonderful gesture.

  • At March 17, 2009 5:21 AM, Blogger Karthik B.S. said…

    This post reminds me of the film "Life is Beautiful". Replace Tamils with Jews, and the rest is same.

    Hope the war ends soon.

  • At March 17, 2009 7:23 PM, Blogger golmaalgopal said…

    War is terrible...for watever cause it might be intended..the victims are the innocent people...hope it ends soon....

  • At March 17, 2009 10:24 PM, Blogger Krithika said…

    hats off to Keshi really!! n those victims..I jus hope someday they can see the light of day.heartwrenching story..somethin to remind us how thankful we oughta be
    ps- ur email id same as the one said in ur profile..yes?

  • At March 18, 2009 9:45 AM, Blogger gils said…

    life is beautiful remind panra post..nice writeup...keshi kalkirukanga..avngaluku spl congrats..definitely not an easy thing to do

  • At March 31, 2009 12:43 PM, Blogger Neo said…

    Very touching story kk. It slightly reminded me of the movie "Life is beautiful" where the father takes care of the kid, doesnt want him to know abt the war, tells him that its a game.

    From your page i read keshi's blog and was in tears. Im just blessed with a girl baby but having the thought to adopt a baby in future.

  • At April 27, 2009 1:34 PM, Blogger ஆயில்யன் said…

    இன்னிக்குத்தான் இந்த பதிவு என் கண்ல பட்டுச்சு!

    கண்ணீர் வந்திருச்சு


    கதைன்னு சொல்லமுடியாதப்படி உண்மை சம்பவம் வழங்கிய சோகத்தில் மனம் சற்று கனத்திருக்கிறது! :((


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