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Moneyless in Madras: Millionaires in Manhattan

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Moneyless in Madras: Millionaires in Manhattan Warm droplets of rainwater bombarded the tin roof of the extremely modest dwelling that had a greater resemblance to a dog's kennel than the home of two men. The house was empty as the rain chattered loudly and naggingly on the roof. The sides of the house consisted of wood which had - by the look of it -been incompetently put together. On one of the four sides of the hut there was a gap in the wood, it had been covered by an old scruffy looking cloth, this gap was man-made and signified the threshold of the dwelling. There was no flooring in the shoddy dwelling which was reluctantly called home by two impoverished men. Instead there was natural ground that was parched suggesting that the dwelling had been set up before the rainy season had hit. Looking into the box shaped shelter through one of the many splinters of wood, one could see a few logs, which must have been used for fires. In a corner there were two Hessian mats which were no doubt used by the two men to imitate beds. There was little apart from that. This rather unattractive hut was a great contrast to its picturesque surroundings. ...read more.


The men seemed to be brothers owing to their similar features. Both were very dark in colour, in no small way due to the sun drenched neck of the woods they lived in. The men were both thin but by no choice of their own. The second man seemed to be the older and more senior of the two brothers, for he walked ahead of the other man who pursued him hotly. He was also the man who carried some cardboard above his own head and that of his brother as a shield from the incessant rain which was falling. This sharing of the cardboard revealed a sense of poverty but also a sense of care for each other. The second man who could be gauged to be the elder of the two had a thick gold necklace around his neck. For a man of such great poverty the necklace looked out of place. Neither of the brothers had a greater wisdom than of about thirty years. As the men walked they embodied their footprints on the muddy banks of the river. The second man could be heard moaning, "For ten years we slaved away at that tea plantation place and for what, to be given the boot because we are of a lower caste then the new workers". ...read more.


For, the desire that had been injected into Dhiru's mind was a foreseeable one, and if it were to become reality, Balu and Dhiru would be able to close the chapter of hardships in their life and open a totally new one. This was because on the other side of the world, in Manhattan a woman of South Indian extraction, only eighteen years older than Dhiru, was craving to come into contact with two children who had been absent from her for almost thirty years. Those children were products of a child marriage many years ago in the green hills along the Karala river, in which the husband died tragically before the birth of the second child. Social pressures and remarriage were the joint causes of the woman giving up her children, a choice which haunted that woman always, even while she experienced the luxurious comfort she was afforded by her rise to wealth, thanks largely to her second marriage to a business tycoon. From here it was to be a long journey for the two brothers. They would encounter many different emotions and face more struggles, which they were now used to, if they wished to be successful in their quest. They had little to lose, apart from the shanty shack they called home. Whatsmore, as they both reminded themselves, they had eachother. ...read more.

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