After leaving his herd of cows to graze, Chief Vrishabhanu went for taking a bath in the river Yamuna.
He saw a beautiful baby girl at the center of a full bloomed lotus. A voice from the heavens said to him, ‘She is Radha, destined to be the companion of the eighth incarnation of Vishnu. Take her home!!!”
Vrishabhanu and his wife were happy to have Radha because they were childless. But Radha did not open her eyes and did not speak for the first three years. Her parents had assumed that she was blind, deaf and dumb.
Then one day, he invited the family of Nand & Yashoda with eight-month-old cute kid Krishna. Radha felt an urge to walk up to the little boy. She opened her eyes to see Krishna as a first image for her life. She took him into her lap.
Krishna murmured his name in a cute voice, “Kisna”. Radha repeated it in her voice, resembling a thousand chimes.
“Rads, where are you? Can’t believe you are with your books again. Get a life, kiddo!!! There is a life beyond the books. You don’t play and don’t mix with anybody. Whenever I see, your face is buried in some or other book. God, I am fortunate, those are not just study books. Vampires, Harry Potter, and Mythology…so many genres you read. I wonder, if you do not find a book, you can still read out the dictionary too :P” – Kirti chuckled.
Ten-year-old Radhika a.k.a. Rads had a smile while her head was buried in “The mystery of the burnt cottage~ By Enid Blyton”.
Yeah, it was true. She was good at her academics but socially she was zero. She had her boundaries, aloofness and solitude to accompany her always. Though she was a cute girly girl, but people rather treated her as a grandmother.
There was a loud knock at the door.
Kirti was at the backyard.
Unwillingly, Radhika walked up to the door and opened it. There was no one around and she closed the door.
There was another loud knock as she tip-toed back to her reading couch. There was no one again.
The next time, Radhika was cautious. She quickly opened the door and saw a short & cute traitor, who was trying to run away but had stopped in his tracks.
“Oye, who are you?”
“I am Krish, just moved in the flat next to yours, yesterday.”
“Why are you knocking and running away?”
“Actually I am not able to press the call bell of the flat above, I tried it but alas my height…Hence, I was knocking at your flat to help me out.”
Though not fully convinced with his innocent answer, she came along with him towards that flat. She pressed the call bell.
“Now, we’d to run away ;)”
With a wink, Krish whispered and took the staircase immediately.
Radhika was stunned for a moment yet felt excited too. Within a blink of an eye, she also ran away and followed him till the roof.
Both were laughing hilariously. Radhika was amazed at herself, what she did just now.
Was it stupid? Yes. Was it fun? Yes. Should she regret it? Not at all.
And then Krish held her hand. She felt a familiar yet an ecstatic touch.
Aha, Petrichor!!!! A fresh fragrance had touched her soul. Of course, it was the first rain of happiness after a dry season of solitude.
At this age, she didn’t know what the love is? She knew about her heart, which was beating fast. She knew about her soul, drenched with an immense joy yet felt a pleasing tranquility.
To be continued….
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