Dreamz

by Manohar Naidu
(Virginia, USA )

The Goa-Mumbai flight landed, taxied and stopped near the allotted aerobridge. I too unfastened the seat belt and picked up the only and small carry bag from the rack. Of late, I had stopped carrying check - in baggage during my short visits to various places. As I passed through the exit door, courteous smiles of the air hostess bid good bye. Last, the youngest and cutest hostess with a very affectionate smile, gave a paper packet. I took it thinking it must be a promotional gift from the airline. In the corridor, I was wondering as to why only I was offered the packet.


The moment I came out of the arrival gate, my daughter Kamini greeted and virtually made me run to her car parked in the parking area. She said, “Mama, be fast. After dropping you home, I have to rush to my office for an urgent meeting.”

I said, “My dear, you could have called me. I would have picked a cab.”

“I am sorry Mom, but I got a very short notice, and Dad’s work schedule and your flight schedule always clash.”

Kamini’s attention was on the traffic ahead. I did not distract her, till I reached home. ”Bye. Take care.” I was always proud of her. At a very young age, she had reached a senior and respectable position in a multinational IT company of repute.

Got onto the couch. The maid had already placed the coffee on the side table. Picked up the packet I received from the air hostess and opened it. There was a small beautiful handwritten note on a piece of paper which read – “Respected Madam, WITH GREETINGS - D R E A M Z.” The nicely packages packet contained assorted cookies and chocolates. There was nothing to indicate that the gift was a promotional packet by the airline or any other agency.

“DREAMZ.” Circa 1998. I got lost in nostalgia. My daughter was eight years. Her school had arranged a “Best Kids wear” competition. One month’s time was good enough for me to make a unique dress for my daughter. My part time diploma in Fashion Design and Dress -making which I had acquired with high grade, before marriage, was beckoning me to kick start the wrapped-up talent. After going through many ideas, I made her dress ready on time by using sheer baby pink silk chiffon, with suitable frills and a couple of twinkling stars. Kamini with the golden embroidered broad waistband with glittering red and clearly visible word “D R E A M Z “ across the band, was the winner of the event.

After a year or so, along with other clothes, this dress was also donated to the orphanage located in the vicinity. On one early winter morning in 2000, I was shocked to read the headline of the local news paper. It read “DREAMZ” SHATTERED. In yet another hit and run incident, an eight year old girl, who was walking on the zebra crossing on Mount Road was hit by a recklessly driven bike whose rider was jumping the signal. The victim is admitted in St. Mary’s Hospital and is in urgent need of blood. Ironically, she was returning to her orphanage after winning the “Best Kids wear” competition wearing the pink frock with a broad belt on which was written DREAMZ.”

Immediately, I folded the newspaper, picked up my bag and reached the hospital on my Scooty. I met the authorities, and volunteered to offer my blood. Fortunately my blood group matched the child’s blood group. The girl was conscious and spoke to me. Her name was Disha. She was an inmate of an orphanage and also the monitor of her group, studying in a school located in the vicinity.

It surprised me when she said, she knew me. She added “You are a regular donor to us in cash and kind. Today by soul also. I still remember the pink frock which you had donated, and I had worn the same yesterday.” I told her to be quiet and wished her quick recovery. On way back home, in the back of my mind I wished I had not donated the dress. Then, probably, this mishap would not have taken place.

The landline ringing continuously broke my reverie.
“Hello,” I answered.
“Good morning. Am I speaking to Madam Chitra Iyer?” the caller enquired.
“You are,” I said.
“ Ma’am, I am the airhostess who had given you a small packet while you were getting out of the plane.”

For a moment, I thought she had given the packet by mistake and may ask me to return it.
She continued, “I am Disha. Perhaps you may recall the incident which took place more than fourteen years back when you had donated blood to a girl in St. Mary’s Hospital.”

Strangely, my nostalgia and her call coincided.
“Yes, I do remember,” I said in excitement.
“Ma’am, due to grace of God, your kind charity and help, now I have become an airhostess.” Perhaps her voice became choked due to emotions. She continued, “I still remember the beautiful award winning pink dress DREAMZ. This small packet is my gesture of happiness”.

After some more exchange of pleasantries and listening to her successful career graph, I wished her luck so that many of her DREAMZ may blossom further.

End



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Nov 27, 2015
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Thanks
by: Manohar Naidu

Sonu Thanks indeed. Awaiting comments on my next " I love You Too"

Nov 25, 2015
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My thoughts about dreamz
by: Sonali

Very lovely, short with a sweet ending.. The acts of kindness in most of your stories are very encouraging...

Nov 28, 2014
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by: Manohar Naidu

Thank u indeed Rachana. I am back home in India. Sorry for delayed response

Nov 25, 2014
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Amazing
by: Rachana Wadhwani

Your stories always have a great ending.... it always shows a positive thing...

Nov 17, 2014
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by: Manohar Naidu

Thank You Very Much indeed for your comments Madam Anita. Sorry for delay. Now I am back home .

Oct 13, 2014
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Excellent
by: Anita Bhattacharjee

Dreamz is a wonderful story of nostalgic revealation, fond memories and dream come true.I always believe if you help someone in need God Helps you in crisis.The suspense hold till end and the repeation of the word Dreamz really throws light on the actual turn of events.Good work!Keep it up!

Oct 08, 2014
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Excellent
by: Erika Kar

Mr Naidu the story is so well written.

Sep 19, 2014
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by: Manohar Naidu

Appreciate your heartfelt comments Sh,Sanalkumar. This was one of the six short stories published by IWW since Sept,2013.

Sep 18, 2014
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Dreamz is really Dreams indeed
by: C.P.Sanalkumar

I read this story from beginning to the end with much curiosity. I loved the content, the social message as well as the climax. A great stroy told with few sentences. Nice style.Hope to read more from you.

Jul 31, 2014
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by: Manohar Naidu

Dear : Rachana - Purnima - Quentin & Srinivas
Extremely grateful for your sweet & thoughtful comments

Jul 30, 2014
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Extremely soothing
by: srinivas

very pleasent and interesting to read. The story is very gripping and holds the reader till the end

Jul 27, 2014
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Nice!
by: Rachana

Again, a nice one, Mano Mama.. with intrigue.. and drama.. shifting scenes.. you asked for my views and here i gave them.. take care. how r u? C u.. love & regards, Rachana.

Jul 26, 2014
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Good Job Uncle, I love you for this.
by: Purnima Iyer

Very Good uncle, Thank you for sharing this with me. I always read your writings with keen interest. You are truly talented, you make situations come real. And the best part of your writings is the unpredictability, which I love it. Looking forward for more. Please do share.

Jul 25, 2014
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Inspirational story
by: Quentin Naidu

Well narrated story , inspirational and above all a social message for Gen Y.

Jul 19, 2014
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by: Manohar Naidu

Madam/s Kala/Jaya/Sujata & Miss Harinee
Mr, Amal Sircar
Pleased with your encouraging comments. Many thanks

Jul 18, 2014
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Dreamz
by: A.K.Sircar

Dear Mr. Naidu,

Let me congratulate you for this wonderful and inspiring story. I admire your style of writing, which is improving, day by day. Wishing you all the best and shall be waiting for many more gems from you.

Sircar

Jul 16, 2014
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Good one
by: Sujata

Kaka... to be honest ... I think your ability to observe life, connect reality with unreal, take real and unreal situations and people and weave a story is unlimited. I would like you to widen your thought and writings more. As I know you personally, I just feel your are more than this story. I particularly like the 1st one you had written. The light / lamp one.

Jul 15, 2014
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Dreams
by: Vaishnavi Rao

Excellent story as always. I really like how you have penned a great story based on a simple message that even a small act of kindness could have a great impact on someone's life. Nice imagery too...you got me thinking of a similar pink chiffon dress of my childhood :) keep writing uncle

Jul 15, 2014
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Superb :)
by: Harinee Naidu

A very beautiful story expressing how a person shares small things with the unknown! As like donating blood is a very great thing..This sweet story is so nicely carved with emotions,love and care...Last but not the least,Wonderful.

Jul 15, 2014
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Awesome :)
by: Harinee Naidu

Its a really beautiful short sweet story...Its a very rare thing of me believing in coincidences! but the story not even explained about the coincidences but also about how a person shares small things with d unknowns(the scene of donating blood)...Donating blood to someone can really save their Life...Life is very Precious!..,we should enjoy each and every moments even if it comes thru tough situations,because it wont last longer!Last but not the least,..beautiful story with sweet emotions!..

Jul 15, 2014
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a lesson to be learned..........
by: kala naidu

Nice story and beautifully carved in words. Life is made up of small things and these small deeds makes much difference in life. Its a lesson for mankind.

well done manohar !!!




Jul 14, 2014
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Beautiful!
by: Jaya

As usual very nicely narrated story.With an beautiful narration, one can easily become part of it..

Jul 14, 2014
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Thanks
by: Manohar Naidu

Thank You Indeed Madam Vimala/Madam Safia - though belated

Jul 07, 2014
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charming
by: vimala

An utterly charming story. How could you put yourself in the shoes of a lady and write such a wonderful letter? Congrats.

Jul 06, 2014
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Lovely...
by: Safia

Wow nice one!Wish we all can be the source of well being for the ones in need.

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