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    True Promise

    True Promise =============

    "How long will you be poring over that newspaper? Will you come
    Here right away and make your darling daughter eat her food ?"

    I tossed the paper away and rushed to the scene. My only
    Daughter Sindu looked frightened. Tears were welling up in her
    Eyes. In front of her was a bowl filled to its brim with Curd

    Sindu is a nice child, quite intelligent for her age. She has
    Just turned eight. She particularly detested Curd Rice.
    My mother and my wife are orthodox and believe firmly in the
    'cooling effects' of Curd Rice. I cleared my throat and picked
    Up the bowl.

    "Sindu, darling, why don't you take a few mouthful of this Curd
    Rice? Just for Dad's sake, dear. If you don't, your Mom will
    Shout at me ."

    I could sense my wife's scowl behind my back. Sindu softened a
    Bit and wiped her tears with the back of her hands. "OK, Dad.
    I will eat not just a few mouthfuls, but the whole lot of this.
    But, you should..." Sindu hesitated. "Dad, if I eat this entire
    Curd Rice, will you give me whatever I ask for?"
    "Oh sure, darling."



    I covered the pink soft hand extended by my daughter with mine
    And clinched the deal.

    "Ask Mom also to give a similar promise," my daughter insisted.
    My wife slapped her hand on Sindu's muttering "Promise,"
    Without any emotion .

    Now I became a bit anxious. "Sindu, you shouldn't insist on
    Getting a computer or any such expensive items. Dad does not
    Have that kind of money right now. OK ?"

    "No, Dad. I do not want anything expensive."

    Slowly and painfully, she finished eating the whole quantity.
    I was silently angry with my wife and my mother for forcing my
    Child to eat something that she detested.

    After the ordeal was through, Sindu came to me with her eyes
    Wide with expectation. All of our attention was on her.

    "Dad, I want to have my head shaved off this Sunday,"
    Was her demand!

    "Atrocious!" shouted my wife, "a girl child having her head
    Shaved off? Impossible!"

    "Never in our family!" my mother rasped. "She has been watching
    Too much of television. Our culture is getting totally spoiled
    With these TV programs!"

    "Sindu, why don't you ask for something else? We will be sad
    Seeing you with a clean-shaven head."

    "No, Dad. I do not want anything else," Sindu said with

    "Please Sindu, why don't you try to understand our feelings?"
    I tried to plead with her.

    "Dad, you saw how difficult it was for me to eat that Curd
    Rice," Sindu was in tears. "And you promised to grant me
    Whatever I ask for. Now, you are going back on your words.
    Was it not you who told me the story of King Harishchandra and
    Its moral that we should honor our promises no matter what ?"

    It was time for me to call the shots.
    "Our promise must be kept."

    "Are you out your mind?" chorused my mother and wife.

    "No. If we go back on our promises, she will never learn to
    Honour her own. Sindu, your wish will be fulfilled."

    With her head clean-shaven, Sindu had a round-face, and her eyes
    Looked big and beautiful.

    On Monday morning, I dropped her at her school. It was a sight
    To watch my hairless Sindu walking towards her classroom.
    She turned around and waved.

    I waved back with a smile. Just then, a boy alighted from a
    Car, and shouted, "Sinduja, please wait for me!"

    What struck me was the hairless head of that boy.
    "Maybe that is the `in' stuff," I thought.

    "Sir, your daughter Sinduja is great indeed!"
    Without introducing herself, a lady got out of the car, and
    Continued, " That boy who is walking along with your daughter is
    My son Harish. He is suffering from leukemia."

    She paused to muffle her sobs. "Harish could not attend the
    School for the whole of the last month. He lost all of his hair
    Due to the side effects of the chemotherapy. He refused to come
    Back to school fearing the unintentional but cruel teasing of
    The schoolmates.

    "Sinduja visited him last week and promised him that she will
    Take care of the teasing issue. But I never imagined she would
    Sacrifice her lovely hair for the sake of my son! Sir, you and
    Your wife are blessed to have such a noble soul as your


    I stood transfixed. And then, I wept.

    "My little Angel, will you teach me what love is?"

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    n i c e...

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    Hey........This had been posted by Lina na....????

    I think its repost....where is our napster...he will clear it.

    no problem I read it again.

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    u r right..

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    frnds repost and i am back again

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