The Soldier (“Sipahi”)

It is quite strenuous to walk alone in the hilly paths. On one such path, I had to walk for two or three days. But on the way I laid hold of a soldier, who made my journey a lot easier.

"Eay babu, where you going?" He asked me first, calling me from behind as if he knew me. I turned to look. A soldier in army uniform was approaching fast towards me with small strides. I had heard a lot about the cruelty of army soldiers, so in order to get rid of him I answered ´11am" and kept on ahead. But by then he had reached me.

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