As Raju peeped down from the terrace into the kitchen, he saw his grandma making chicken stew and some dosas for lunch. The scent from the kitchen made him more and more hungry.
Raju’s room was on the terrace. The floors were made up of wood and there was no bed only some plastic sheets and a bed sheet over it, most of the people slept like this in the village. We can’t say the village was a poor village but it was still holding on to the ancient rituals and lifestyle. I think that is what Mr robin liked about the village, he used to visit the village in every few months because it gave him a feeling of simplicity and peace.
Raju entered the kitchen, it is the biggest room in the house and hugged his grandma, with childish innocence asked her..
“is the food ready?” His grandma shrugged his hand and replied “it’s only twelve you just had your breakfast; you need to wait two more hours for the food”
Feeling sad he thought of going out to play. To pass his time he decided to visit his friend Anil, who lived thirty minutes away. His house was behind the big mountain which passes through the village lake. On the way Raju met his friend Raman, he asked him to join him but he was going to his uncle’s house in the city. Raman was the son of the collector of the village; he was the only one having a bed in his house. Bidding goodbye to Raman, he proceeded to Anil’s house.
After swimming across the shallow lake then climbing the big mountain he finally saw his friend’s house. On reaching Anil’s house he was greeted by his huge brown dog who licked all the sweat from Raju’s face, Anil hugged Raju happily. They sat on the courtyard outside and gossiped about each and every soul in the village. Suddenly Raju’s stomach made strange sound it was similar to what a tiger sound like when he is hungry. Hearing the sound Anil started laughing and teasing Raju asked him..
“you are hungry aren’t you?”
to which Raju shyly replied “yes”.
Anil took him to his kitchen which was smaller than that of Raju and asked him to sit there .He placed a banana leaf in front of him and guess what he gave him to eat, two large dosas and chicken stew. This made Raju feel even hungrier and he couldn’t control and ate the entire meal. Then he hugged Anil for the meal and asked him to visit him soon.
After crossing the mountain and lake he reached his village and soon started to feel hungry again. It was still 45 minutes left before lunch will be offered in his house .Contemplating what to do he crashed into Mr Robin, he and Raju was very good friends. Despite the age gap, they enjoyed each other’s company immensely. He took Raju to his huge farmhouse which was made of wood and banana leaves. Robin told him about the cars and the cartoons in the city and Raju told him about the temple priest and ghost of the merchant who recently died. Suddenly Raju’s stomach made the similar noise that it made when he was with Anil, listening the voice Mr robin started laughing and took him to his kitchen, Mr Robin’s kitchen was ten times bigger than the kitchen he has in his house.
He asked Raju to sit down and placed a plastic plate in front of him and guess what he offered him, three dosas and chicken stew and it looked tastier than what he had in Anil’s house. He couldn’t control and ate the entire thing. He thanked Mr Robin for the meal and headed out towards his house.
Upon reaching his house he saw his grandma waiting for him eagerly,she was standing next to the dining table and on the dining table was a steel plate with four dosas and chicken stew which looked tastier than what he had in Mr. Robin and Anil’s house. He couldn’t control and ate the entire thing.
During the night he was lying on his bed. His stomach felt as if he ate the entire village. He promised himself that he will never eat dosas and chicken stew ever in his life again.