Sakhaon ka Kanhaiya- Story 7
Vishal slowly brought his face close to Kanhai’s ears and whispered- “Kanu! Dhumra has delivered babies.” Kanhai instantly, on the spurt wants to see them “Where? Have you seen them? How many? Come tell me.” Vishal warned him- “Chanda is also sitting there. Dhumra won’t allow anyone near her babies and chanda growls when anyone goes there.” Dhumra is a fairly huge she-dog. These days she was expecting babies, everybody knows that and the heavy-bodied, slightly scary looking but extremely straightforward and shaggy-looking dog Chanda who sits on the doorstep of Brajaraja baba is unseen since yesterday. He gets along with Dhumra. Dhumra’s puppies might be his. It is not astonishing if he has gone to guard them. “You come atleast.”-Kanhai can’t be made scared. Dhumra is a very simple she-dog and Chanda since his childhood is Shyam’s pet. When Shyam used to crawl on his knees, he would pull Chanda’s ears, would put hands in his mouth, would climb and sit on him. Can he ever fear chanda? Even if a lioness delivers cubs, he would similarly go running to look at her cubs by going close.
Vishal showed another fear- “Maiya would get angry. You first bathe and take dinner, then come.” Maiya would definitely get angry. Mohan has just now returned from the forest with his sakhas. Putting the cows in the barn he has just reached his doorstep and even Vishal had just taken his cows to the barn. The excitement of this fresh news has brought him here. Putting the cows in the barn, he has come straight running here. Dust flying from the hooves of cows still lingers on the hair, garlands and painted bodies of Shyam, Dau and this Vishal. They still have tiny drops of sweat on their faces. Vishal thinks that he has made a mistake by coming untimely. Kanhai is tired, he would be hungry and now he won’t listen till he sees those babies. Shyam held his Sakha’s hand and turned backways taking him along- “You come! We will be back in no time.” Maiya called out- Aree! Where do you both go? Listen! Listen atleast. First eat something then go. Son Vishal! Get Neelamani here Laal!” Shyam slightly turned his face and told her- “Maiya. We will just come. I will also get Vishal Dada along. He will have dinner here only.”
What can Maiya do? Now this naughty has slipped away and his ‘now’ has no time-limit, who knows when it will get over. Now someone must be sent to fetch them. Don’t know where they are? This Mohan is unnecessarily in a hurry. Shyam holding Vishal’s hands is continuously asking and running- “Where an all has Dhumra delivered?” Vishal said- “The old cart lying in the corner of my barn under that. There in the barn, Chanda is sitting right at the door.” God knows why an old cart lies dumped in Vishal’s barn. Under that there are numerous baskets, ropes and similar kind of junk. Dhumra has rightly chosen that spot to deliver kids. There, no one can harm her pups. Before going close to her, right from the entrance of the barn, Kanhai shouts out-. “Dhumra!” Right on seeing Nanda Nandana, Chanda stood up ‘koo kooing’ and came forward wagging his tail. He became party with him.
“Dhumra!”- On just hearing shyam’s calls, the huge she-dog emerged from beneath the cart and wagging her tell, making mild sound of ‘ku ku’ was shaking before him as if she is dancing in bliss. Kanhai very lovingly looks at her and says- “You have given babies? Won’t you show me, how are your babies?” Not just Dhumra, all wild animals of Vraja can understand this Kanhai’s language. Dhumra went running. She comes pressing one puppy in her mouth from under the cart.
Putting the baby on the ground next to Shyama sundara’s feet, the she-dog went running once again. Kanhai sat down and Vishal also sat next to him. Dhumra took three rounds and placed all her three kids before Krishna chandra. She stands slightly aside. Mute animal; but her eyes speak- “See them-, is anybody fit to gain your mercy? Will you accept any?” “Aree, these don’t even see and walk.” The dog’s newborn babies, they simply move their heads and shake here and there. Kanhai bent and saw with his Sakha and then stood up with a jerk. “Dhumra! Take them, Feed them milk. Once they start walking I will play with them.” Now Shyam has to feed roti to Dhumra. He has turned around taking Vishal.
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