The Telegram on The Table – Four Levels of Interpretation | Flax-Golden Tales
The Telegram on The Table – Prashu Pradhan, Nepal (1943-)
Krishna had been living in a city for 10 years. He had come from the village. His job in the city was a tourist’s guide. He was busy dealing with the tourists during the day. When he returned to his room at night, used to be tired. While dealing with tourists, he had his dream to marry an American girl and to go there with her. He had also the dream of living in a high skyscraper in freedom. When he saw the telegram of his wife’s death on the table, he was very happy. He felt his dream of going abroad was going to be fulfilled.
Neither his wife’s death not his friend’s heartfelt sympathy touched him. The days were passing. One night he couldn’t sleep when he realized the bitterness of the city. He paid a high rent but there were few amenities. If he got up too late, there was no water. If he kept his light on for too long, everyone complained. He realized that he had become like a stone living in the city. Then he remembered the country life. He regretted for is negligence for his wife’s death. So he became angry with himself and began to cry.
The story may be trying to tell us that the people who go to the city, they forget the real situation of the home, sometimes they forget to their parents and even the spouses. They think the parents and the village’s wife as burdens. They become selfish and stone-hearted due to money and artificial city life. The story is also trying to show that loving his own wife is far better than the dream of marrying foreign modern youths to go to the city and live there forgetting their house, parents and wife in the village.
Although the story is very interesting to read, there are some points in the story with which I don’t agree. When Krishna saw the telegram of his wife’s death on the table, he was very happy. Can we believe that any husband can be happy about wife’s death? When Krishna went to the city, he forgot to his parents, and his wife. Do people become selfish and stone-hearted living in the city? Krishna thinks to marry a foreign girl and going to America. Is it good to marry the second girl forgetting the first village wife? Is it good to go to a foreign country forgetting the motherland? Can’t we develop our career in home country?
After reading the story, I have changed myself. Before reading the story, I used to think that city life is everything. City life is always luxurious. But after reading the story, I realized that there are also some difficulties in city life. I also understood that loving his own wife is far better than the dream of marrying a foreign girl and migration in the foreign country.
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