Mothers waiting for the afternoon school to get over.

Mothers waiting for the afternoon school to get over.

The primary school for kids was yet to get over. Tomorrow is a holiday for the kids as it is the eve of Ganesh Chaturthi. So, I suppose the teachers were giving the kids a bit of extra homework, like mothers who give a bit of extra jam in their child’s tiffin box. Only in the case of the teachers giving extra HW, kids would have to do maybe a total of ten extra sums to make their teachers happy.

The school bell hadn’t rung though it was five past four. The school timings were upto four thirty pm in the evening. That day the school was supposed to get over by four. This information had been relayed to the parents and the bus personnel the day before. So, the mothers had started worrying and within the next few two or three minutes the school bell rang and the kids came running into their respective mothers arms.

The bell man whose duty was to set the bell on, had apparently dozed off after eating a sumptuous lunch at the school. That day his wife had packed two extra aloo ke paratha in his tiffin box. Now aloo ke paratha(paratha) are generally very heavy to eat if they are stuffed with a good amount of aloo. He was dreaming that he had won the lottery to go on a romantic trip to Switzerland when the school’s principal was loudly calling out his name. When he woke up, he saw that he was drooling on his uniform and his boss was standing right in front of him. The principal was about to shout at him, but he controlled his anger and instead reminded him that it was five past four and that he should have rang the bell by now. The bell man apologized to the principal and he rang the school bell. Initially the principal was very angry with the bell man, as the principal himself was in a hurry to go home and so that he could take his family out for an outing. But when the bell man apologized and told him that it won’t happen again, the principal forgave him and all went home happy.


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