Short Story

TALE OF MUNDU AND BAGDNI By Sahaj Sabharwal

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Once upon a time, there was a girl named Bagdni and a boy named Mundu. Bagdini was studying in the same class as that of Mundu, a very much creative and clever boy. Just opposite to Mundu, Bagdni was a quite innocent and calm hearted girl. They both were best friends and used to play games with each other every day and study together always.

After three years, they both went out to study. But they both don’t know that they will meet in the same college for study. They both were hardworking and helped each other a lot in study and assignment work. After a week of their starting their college, Mundu and Bagdni decided to go for a picnic in the nearby garden. They both were strangers there and don’t know much regarding the place, but heard of it that it is a nice picnic spot but safe only while the day. They knew that at the night it’s a very dangerous place as, during the night, the soul of the king used to harm people.

They heard a rumor that a foolish king was killed there by a small, clever brown mouse. The king, due to his ego, thought that no one can kill him, not even God and he was overconfident about that. So, the villagers who were tired of the orders of the king found a clever brown mouse which was the pet of a villager named Bampu. The ‘clever’ title was given to that brown mouse because he was very intelligent and told the king that he can’t seek him and the foolish king tried to run after him to catch him. But the clever mouse jumped into a deep river. As that king don’t know how to swim, he was not able to breathe as his nostrils were struck with water after ten minutes of the scene, the villagers arrived there and found that the king was dead. That mouse knew that that king doesn’t have the knowledge to swim and the mouse was a very good swimming teacher. After that, as the wish of the king was not completed in his life to live a very long life and he didn’t want to be killed by a small mouse at a very young age, his soul was whispering there only which harm people at the night.

Bagdni and Mundu after hearing this story from a person, started their journey towards that picnic spot by telling their driver that they have to reach there before 7 pm. But as they reached just two kilometers away, they stared their journey, suddenly their car driver observed a type of problem in the engine as the car was not moving properly and after some time, stopped automatically. And that area was also a forest area and there was no car mechanic nearby. The driver then tried to find the problem but was unable to make it work again. Both Mundu and Bagdni were waiting inside the car only, while the driver went for a walk to search for a mechanic.

By the time the driver returned, the time was around 5 pm, but fruitlessly, without any mechanic with him. Mundu, being a genius and intelligent science student, tried and succeeded in making the car engine work well by using the concepts he had studied seriously. The driver thanked and blessed Mundu for his creative mind and they started their journey ahead.

The time they reached the picnic spot, it was 7:30 pm, which was not the right time to have a visit to the garden of the venue. Being brave-hearted, the driver convinced both of them to have a visit there near the bright lighted area only. Bagdni and Mundu decided to have a meal in the restaurant nearby and then going there to have a walk there in the garden.

After having a nutritious dinner, they went to have a walk in the light sparkled area in the picnic spot.

While having a walk, Bagdni was first to start the walking track followed by Mundu followed by the driver. After five minutes of walk, Mundu noticed a type of strange noise in that calm, dark area. Bagdni was walking fast and reached six to seven meters far from Mundu, as observed by Mundu himself. Then, Mundu had a quick look backside to see the driver but was shocked to see no one behind him. Mundu was shocked and shouted “Driver Uncle”. But his echo came back and no one else. Then he tried to run towards Bagdini by calling her. But she didn’t stop. He thought that she was unable to hear him.

Then, he noticed a wild horse running sound but due to dark area was not able to see anything. Suddenly, he saw three men around him he was just like standing between a triangle as surrounded by the three men. Then, one of them tried to snatch the silver chain from his neck. He tried to save it and started shouting but he was unable to save his chain and no one around that spot, was able to hear him. Within five seconds of that, Mundu observed an attack from the backside with a rod and he fell.

He woke up in the midnight, around 11:45 pm and slowly got his senses back and observed that blood was coming out from his forehead and remembered about the scene which was happened with him. Then, his mind struck that Bagdni, his best friend was also with him and he anxiously started searching her. He found Bagdni in a prone position on a bench. She was just faint may be due to watching something strange and Mundu just, without considering his serious injury, was having attachment with her friend so that she could recover her consciousness. He was showing his seriousness and hospitality towards her. And after, Bagdni opened her eyes and Mundu felt relaxed and hugged her, showing his sympathy towards her. Bagdini felt towards the injury on his forehead and gave her a scarf to him for covering the wound. They both consider the place to be unsafe at that time too. Then, Mundu called the police of that area and after that informed their parents regarding this. After a few minutes, the police came there and noted the details of the driver’s car and found that the car driver was a registered criminal in their records.

The police took both of them to a safe place and called a doctor for treatment of Mundu’s injury. The next day, one of the policemen found that criminal driver at the taxi stand and took him to jail and the Judge decided to give the criminal, life imprisonment considering his previous crimes.

The police inspector appreciated Mundu for calling the police at the right time.

Mundu and Bagdni thanked the police inspector for their great help and protection to them.

“Wake up my son, Its time to get ready for school,” told my mother and I get to know that this is just my nightmare and I ( Sahaj Sabharwal ) get the plot for writing my story.

About the author

Editor

Bada Yusuf Amoo holds B.A in Literature in English from Obafemi Awolowo University, he is the publisher of thespeakingheart.com. He started the website in 2015, he has published both his works and other budding writers and poets on the website. He is a public commentators and his articles are on different websites.