This is different from my usual posts. My son had been given a task for his Chrismas/year end vacation, and that was to write a story of about 40 pages. There were no other instructions , just this broad directive : Write a story of about 40 pages. The story may not be of 40 pages, but reading what he wrote gave me a delightful insight into the mind of a 11 year, and I do hope that you folks will enjoy reading it as much as I did. The title of this post “Its all because of history” is the title that he gave to his book. I’ve reproduced his text in its entirety making some minor corrections
About the Author
Vaibhav C is one of the best selling authors of the world.
I thought of this story while sleeping.I thought of writing this and publishing it so that all of you readers can read my book and enjoy it. I hope my readers will like this book.
Tarun looked inside his history book. Arrey, very boring it was studying history ,because he had test the next day. He closed his book and put it in his bag. He felt like playing with his i-pad. He went to the hall and took out the Ipad.
“Tarun!” – He looked up. His father Ramakrishna was staring at him angrily. “What are you doing here? Go to your room and start studying for your history test this instant!”
When his father was not looking, he closed the book, took the Ipad, went to his room and closed the door. He took out a pencil, jotted the words “DO NOT DISTURB, TARUN IS STUDYING FOR HIS HISTORY TEST” and hung it outside his locked room.
Then he played on the ipad. He played 10 car and bus races, and after that he played an hour of angry birds. After playing for about an hour, he turned off the ipad. He got bored and tired and just slept. After sleeping for about half an hour on his bed,he woke up. After he woke up his mind felt relaxed. Then he went out of his room to the living room and found his father watching TV. His father asked him if he had finished studying. “Yes” – he replied. Then he went to the dining room and helped himself with three Dosas and chutney. After eating he went to his room and slept.
He had a dream that he was doing his history test. He finished writing the answers and handed over his test sheets to his teacher. His teacher corrected his paper and handed it back to him. He saw that he had scored 50out of 50. He was thrilled and excited.
Tarun woke up the next day with the fresh breeze caressing his face. He got ready for school, went to the school bus stop and waited.
He waited for some time, the bus finally came. He got into the bus and sat with his best friend Chetan, who was also his classmate and told him “Chetan , do you know that last night I had a dream that I scored 50 out of 50 marks in History?”
Chethan responded “What a coincidence? I too dreamt the same”. After they reached school, they went to their classes and got ready for the test. Their teacher Ms Shaila handed out the papers to everyone in the class and asked them to start writing the answers. Everyone started writing the answers. Tarun found the paper to be very tough. He however hoped that his dream would come true. He started writing the answers and finished the paper in two hours.He handed over the answer papers to Mrs Shaila after finishing the test.
While going back home on the bus , he again had a chat with Chethan. He said “This was the toughest paper in my life. I do not think I will get good marks”. The bus reached his home. He got out of the bus after saying Good bye to Chethan. After he went to his house, his father asked “How was the paper Tarun?”. “Very Tough” – replied Tarun. His teacher had mentioned that she would be giving the papers the day after she finished correcting them. Tarun could not wait to get the papers back. He wanted to know how many marks he had got. He went to his room and played with the I-pad for 15 minutes.
He went to the ground and played cricket with his friends. While batting he hit 3 sixers nd 5 fours. He scored forty seven runs. He was very happy. His friends praised him.
He went backto his house. He ate his favourite food for dinner – “Dosa with Chutney powder”. After dinner he went to his room and played with the Ipad. After playing Ipad he kept thinking how much marks he would get and went to sleep.
TARUN RUNS AWAY
“Tarun” Mrs Shaila called out. Tarun said “Yes M’am” and came forward to take his test paper. He hoped that he had not failed. The passing marks were 25 and above. Mrs Shaila said “Very bad,
Tarun. You have failed. I did not expect this from you as you are in Grade 8” . Tarun was surprised on hearing this. He saw that he had got only 4 marks out of 50. He was also scared that his father would beat him and scold him very badly. He thought of running away. He went to his chair, sat down, and put the test paper inside his bag. He closed the zip of his bag very very slowly
Once school was over, he ran towards the forest. Mr Narayan asked him where he was going. Tarun lied that he was going to his relative’s house who was living almost 2 miles away from his school. He continued running and was very tired upon reaching the entrance of the forest. He drank water and walked inside the forest. The sky had become dark. He was hungry. Luckily he had not eaten his lunch in school. So he took out his lunch and started eating.
DR RAMAKRISHNA GETS WORRIED.
Dr Ramakrishna was thinking why Tarun had not yet come. He called the school principal and asked why Tarun had not yet come. The principal told that he had sent all the buses along with the children about 2 hours ago. Dr Ramakrishan then called the driver of the bus. The driver told ” I had not seen Tarun come in the bus. I searched the whole school but in vain”. Dr Ramakrishna thought that maybe Tarun was walking home with his friends. He waited for half an hour. But Tarun had not yet come. He went ouof the house and searched for Tarun everywhere, at his friends’ houses, in his school, etc. But, he could not find Tarun. For a moment he got scared that maybe Tarun had got hurt or got kidnapped. But no, Tarun was in Grade 8, he could defend himself , so no one oculd kidnap or attack Tarun. But why had he not come home ?
He went back home, scared about what had happenned to Tarun.He called Tarun’s mother, Mrs Jyoti who had gone for shpping that Tarun had not yet come home. “What” she screamed. How come Tarun has not yet come home. Maybe he is in his friend’s house. But no dear. I searched everywhere but could not find him – said Dr Ramakrishna.
Mrs Jyoti goes to the police station.
Mrs Jyoti decided to go to the police station and lodge a complain about missing Tarun. As she went to the police station, she talked to the police man. She told him that her son was missing for a few hours and that was not normal. He should have been home by now, since his school got over. Moreover she said “Sir , my husband has searched in all the normal places where we would normally find him , including his friends’ houses, but we still have not located him. I’m really worried”
The police man thought for a while and said ” Why don’t you make a poster and stick them on trees and walls? ” “Oh yes – thank you sir!” said Mrs Jyoti and went out of the police station.
Mrs Jyoti reached her house and rang the doorbell. Dr Ramakrishna opened the door. She said ” I found a way which can help us find Tarun. We should make posters and stick them on trees and walls. Is that not a good idea ?” Yes I will make the posters immediately, said Dr Ramakrishna.
Dr Ramakrishna took an A4 sheet, outlined a picture of Tarun and started to write.
Once he was done , heprinted 50 copies of the poster . He stuck the 1st poster on the famous banyan tree so that many people can see the poster. Then he stuck the poster on a wall, which was very long. He stuck them here and there and everywhere till he ran out of posters. He went home and told his wife that he had finished his job of sticking the posters. His wife prayed to God that Tarun should reach home safe and sound.
Tarun thinks of going back
Tarun finished eating his lunch. He started walking and he found a strange looking beetle. As he was walking he felt tired as well. While walking he encountered a vilager cycling. The villager said. “Why are you roaming in the forest? You might get lost!” . “Er .. I was just looking for my father ” – said Tarun. The villager said “You poor thing, you can get lost” The villager gave him some water and pointed in the direction of the city.
Tarun gratefully accepted the water and bade the villager goodbye. He took shelter under a huge tree. He sighed. Maybe he should not have run away like this. Maybe he should go home. His parents would be worried a lot about him. He thought of going back home. But he was 10 miles away. Slowly he started walking home.
Dr Ramakrishna searches for Tarun
Dr Ramakrishna waited, at last he heard the doorbell ring. He opened the door to find Dr Narayan standing there. Dr Narayan said he saw Tarun running towards the forest. He also said that Tarun told him that he was going to his relatives’s house. After that Dr Ramakrishna thought why would Tarun lie? There must be some reason behind it. He walked towards the forest. Maybe someone was tricking or influencing him? But he knew that Tarun could not get influenced or tricked. But … some reason was behind it. He looked at his watch, it was 10pm and every very dark. He entered the forest. He heard sertain scratching and chirping sounds. He took out his flaishlight and shone it on eht path. He called out “Tarun, Tarun! Where are you? I am going to help and get you out of here”. There was no reply. Maybe Tarun was scared and hiding somewhere? He continued walking.
Tarun reaches home
Tarun could not see clearly. He took out his pocket flashlight and turned on the switch. Now he could see clearly in front of him. He felt a littlescared. He continued walking. Suddenly he stopped as heard a faint voice that seemed to be calling his name. “Tarun!” He walked towards the voice, and the voice became louder and clearly now he knew it was his father’s voice. He called out “Father, father!”. Then he saw his father walking towards him. “Father.” – he said. Tarun, what are you doing here?” “First come home. Then i will tell you everything that happenned today to me” said Tarun”
Mrs Jyoti was delighted to see Tarun. Everyone sat on the sofa as Tarun explained everything. In the end Dr Ramakrishna told “But you should not have run away like that” . Tarun said “I am very sorry. I should not have run away. I will never do it again. I will study well from now onwards. But there is one thing I must tell.”