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This page is designed to showcase the talents of all you technocrats out there. So if you have anything to share please mail it to nutanc@yahoo.com. For now there is only one story, so read and enjoy.

The Woman

There once was a woman who was on the wrong side of middle age. She walked with a gait which suggested a glorious past. Yet time and hardships had taken a toll on her. Though her face was still beautiful and shining, her body had borne the brunt of hardships. She looked weak and emaciated. She looked like someone who had seen a lot of struggles but was bouncing back. She had a very big family. Most of her troubles were because of her big family. In fact her family was so big, it was second largest in the neighborhood. She was neither too rich nor too poor and she somehow managed to get along and support her family. But now-a-days she had to borrow money from her rich neighbors or relatives just to move things along.

    She had two relatives who are important to our story. One was a very rich brother and the other was a rowdy brother. The rich brother was very influential and he in fact supported a lot of the woman's family. He was a very shrewd businessman and controlled a lot of businesses. He was a happy go lucky kind of a guy and everyone used to love him. The brother was just the opposite. He always created trouble and gave the woman a bad name. The woman had been very patient for a long time. But she could not hold back her anger towards her brother any longer. The root cause of friction between her and her brother was a small piece of land which their forefathers had left for them.

    Into this scenario came a new baby. The woman had given birth for the umpteenth time and though the baby would be a burden for her she still felt happy. You see, hope springs eternal and every time she gave birth she hoped that the new born would be her savior, her caretaker. And who can discount a mother's love, no matter how many times she gave birth or how much of a burden the new born would be, the love of a mother comes from within. What is more surprising is that a mother will always find some love to share with all her children leaving no one out. So, the new baby boy was welcomed with joy by one and all and he was the cynosure of all eyes. The baby boy was very sharp and he showed prodigious talent from a very young age. The mother wanted to give her son the best of everything, but her earnings were limited. She worked a little bit harder and gave the boy good schooling and the boy did not disappoint her. He came first in whatever he participated. He never had an inkling to the hardships his mother was facing. In fact all his family members chipped in with something so that the boys life would be better. They gave up a percentage of their earnings so that the boy could have the best of the education and comforts.

    The boy grew up to be a very creative and intelligent boy. Day by day, the Mother started to believe that this boy would be the one who would take her out of the doldrums and get recognition for her. Slowly she started investing in some of her own businesses with some help from her rich brother. Now, though the brother was a good person, he was out and out a businessman at heart. So though he was helping the Mother, he had his own scheme of things. He was lending money to the mother to start her own business at a very large interest rate. In spite of this the Mother borrowed the money based on the faith she had on the boy. She believed that someday, he would grow up and becoming bigger than his uncle.

    The rich brother meanwhile was having some problems on his home front as well. He was running out of qualified people to run his business. So one day, when he visited his sister, the Mother, he saw the young boy, well educated and ready to come out into the world. He was impressed with the knowledge, industriousness and intelligence of the boy. He also saw the hardships his mother was going through to get the boy educated. He also saw that the Mother had given all she could to get the boy educated and she could give no more and hence the boy's learning  would become stagnant. He discussed this with the Mother. He explained that he could give the boy a much better education, education at a much higher level. The boy would work with the best in the business, work with the best tools and there was no way she could give education of that quality to the boy on her own. In fact, because he was so impressed with the boy, he would bear all the cost of educating the boy. The mother need not do anything except give her permission to let her brother take the boy and get him educated. The Mother, always thinking about what was best for the boy gave her permission readily.

    Within a month, the boy packed his bags and left for his uncles' abode. As soon as he kept his foot in his uncles house, he was awestruck. He was received cordially by his brothers who were already working with his uncle. He also saw that his uncle was helping out talented youngsters from other not so well to do families. Everything was spic and span in his uncle's house. His uncle's house was completely air conditioned and he felt very comfortable there. After the effects of wonderment had subsided, he started working very hard and very soon made an impact. Slowly, he realized that if he worked really hard and impressed his uncle, he would be given a very good job. The competition was very high, but somehow he managed to get through his higher studies and also get a job. In fact, the offer was so good, that the boys life was made. The only problem was that he would be far away from home and Mother and by now, the boy was starting to feel homesick. But, he did not want to lose this wonderful opportunity and so he convinced himself that he would work hard for three to four years and then return back home. He called up his mother and explained the situation to her and she gladly gave her permission to the boy to continue to work for his Uncle.

    Three years went by. The boy turned out to be so talented that he increased his Uncles' business ten fold and he got fame to his uncle. He had not forgotten his mother. He used to send her money every month so that she could live happily and she was living comfortably. But she was not happy. She looked at the success of her brother and sibling rivalry started to come to the fore. She also wanted to be the best in her family. She was hurt all the more because her brother was getting all the money and the fame mainly due to her children. She was happy for her children, make no mistake about that. But, somewhere in her heart she longed for her children. She wanted them to come back to her and take care of her and bring her glory. After some time she couldn't hold back and leaving aside all shame she called up the boy and asked him to come back. The boy thought long and hard about it. He was also missing his mother very much and he wanted to come back. But he had got used to the extravagant life style at his uncle's place. He thought about the dirt and lack of space of his house and he thought about the cleanliness and excesses of his uncles' house. After thinking for a long time he made the difficult decision of staying at his uncle's place. He decided that he had not saved enough and that he had to work at his uncles place for at least 10-1