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Week of 06-27 through 07-03-2017
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GO GREEN WITH ENVY
By Neel Anil Panicker
All his life Uncle Prasad had said yes, green signalling just about everything; consequences be dammed.
And so it was that at age 4 he joined his cousins and pulled off the biggest heist of the time: stealing bagfuls of the finest Alphonso mangoes from the sprawling orchard of the village headman.
At 7 he was playing courier boy, passing over love psalms between hormone high Romeos and Cupid struck Juliets; by 9 taking off to the hills nearby for a night out with the Big Boys.
At 13, he came perilously close to being shot dead from an alert guard’s rifle while his ‘friends’ ran helter skelter after a bank hold-up gone horribly wrong.
At 16, he was carrying a gun, because that’s what all his peers were carrying.
But then all that’s in the past.
Today, half a century later, he’s jumped ahead, changed, turned respectable, married, even become proud grandfather to six.
But then, at times he wants to go back to when he was 6 or 7, join his buddies to steal mangoes, flirt with girls twice his age, and maybe rob a bank or two.
©neelanilpanicker2017 #FFfAW #fiction #195