Oct 27, 2010


She got the invitation from him for inaugurating the town's first ever library. She was so happy that she went back to her room, opened the photo collection for her always special photograph and finally found it.

She was an English teacher in a school where children of the poor studied. She was a favorite teacher of almost everyone who studied their. She was special not because of her teaching only, but the special person she is. She took the children of every batch in the school to some place in the city, where they may not go otherwise. Her photo collection is huge and now at 72, her only passtime is to check those photographs and bring those memories back.

She was glancing at the photograph, and knew the dream of the little boy 30 years before today has finally come true and she is invited to open the dream to the whole town.

~~~~~~~~~~30 years earlier~~~~~~~~~~

"Wat are you seeing there dear? Why dont you join your friends?" she asked him who was looking at the other side of the town.

"Ma'm how will it be to have a huge library in our town operating for every one?" he asked her.

She is not surprised hearing a question like that from him. He is one of the bright students of the school and she knew that he would go far ahead in life.

""It would be very good sweet heart." She hugged him and said "this town of ours has every thing that we need but lacks a library. Setting up would be changing the lives of the town and the people living here."

"Teacher, one day, you can see my library from here. I promise." He said and they left home after a long tiring day.


"He did it. His dream has come true. In 30 years, many things changed in this town, but there was no library and now, it has one and it's my Student's library for his home town" She wiped the tears of happiness and took out the photograph from the album.

She soon went to a nearby photo studio, got a copy of the photograph and also a photo frame thats very beautiful. She arranged the old photograph into the photo frame and got it gift wrapped.

~~~~~~on the day of the ceremony~~~~~~~~~~

She was ready in the most beautiful dress she could ever imagine herself in and was blushing admiring her own beauty. Suddenly there was a know on the door.

She went to see who it was, but cursing that she would get late. She opened the door to see a man in 40's turned to other side of the door.

"Who is it?" She enquired and he turned to her.
"Good teacher, I hope you remember me." He said. He was the student of her who was there to take her to the library.
"Yes, darling I do. Come in."
" Teacher I am here to take you to the Library. He asked me to get you there. Are you ready?"
" Yeah, I am ready. I have a small packet for him. Will take it and leave she said"

They left home in the next 10 minutes and after 20 minutes they were at the library.
He was waiting for her. He was happy to heavens to see her and ran to the car as it stopped.

As soon as she got down, there was a loud applause. They were all waiting for her to come.
She inaugurated the library and every one were busy checking it out, while she was busy with her old students who joined her.

"Dear, this is for you. A small gift from this old teacher" She said while handing over the packet to him.
He opened it with happiness and was in tears to see the old photograph. He hugged her and she was happy to heavens now.

Written for Thursday Tales...!!!


KParthasarathi said...

A beautiful story.Thanks Meduri
"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops"

Neeha said...

Nic story.....
Its rare to read such stories in this blogosphere..

prajyot said...

Very Nice Story :-)