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Vallinath Mangalampalli


Kasi left his office for the bus stand to catch a bus to his native place. His father insisted that Kasi has to be there on the festival day of “UGADI” every year. It is about six to seven hours’ travel from the town. He tried to complete his office work early but could manage only to get into the last bus. As Kasi settled in a window seat, he started grumbling for his father’s insistence that he should reach on the festival day to keep the family tradition. His parents, his grandparents have the custom to go to their village temple and pray on this festival day. Kasi collected a few sweets for his parents and a dress for his sister as he does every time. The bus crawled onto the highway leaving behind the narrow streets of the town. The bus was full of passengers, each having their…