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A LONELY VIGIL
By Neel Anil Panicker
Prisons make for great camaraderie.
Call it brotherhood of the underdog, survival instincts, or sheer boredom,
it is not unusual for two people locked in a common cell to turn into best buddies over a period of time.
It’s two in the morning, though within the darkened walls of a prison cell, time is but a mere statistic, meaningless and of not much value.
Crouched in a corner and still holding in his hands the tiny cell phone, Ali just about had time to digest the earth shattering news that Moosa had conveyed to him seconds ago when he looked up to find his prison mate not just wide awake but staring down at him from across the cell room, a mystery smile playing on his lips.
It was a look that transported Ali back to his childhood days in his impoverished village in Gorakhpur; a look the landlord’s henchmen at the orchard farm used to give him when they suspected him of stealing mangoes.
Momentarily shaken, Ali quickly regained his composure, and looked his cell mate in the eye.
The two locked horns for what seemed an eternity. It was his cellmate who broke the stare and flashed a smile, only this time it was a wide, friendly smile, a smile that seemed to say, “don’t worry man, we’re both sailing in the same boat. All your secrets are mine too and shall remain so, forever buried in my heart’.
It was not long before the two convicts got talking. Before daybreak, Ali and his cell mate, whose name he came to know was Lakhi alias Lambu had become thick buddies.
Within the next few days and nights, the two had shared enough of their lives and confided just about enough to forge a strong bond of friendship.
Come nightfall and as the prison would plunge darkness, the two friends would huddle around the bed and converse for long hours till they fell prey to sleep.
It was while in the midst of one such nightly conversation that Ali received a call from Liza, a call that had the potential to change the course of his life.
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