Do you suppose it’s the east wind?

Altaf Fatima

Read time: a minute

This particular story again belongs to the collection ‘The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told’ by Muhammad Umar Memon.

This story of an aged woman reminiscing her childhood. She is old now. She is also absent minded. The absent mindedness that comes with age. She searches for her pen everywhere when it is clipped on to her collar all along. She forgets faces. She also forgets important chores.

But as the east wind blew today it has gotten back to her some childhood memories. She remembers the time when she was in fifth standard and Hindi became a required reading. After series of complains from the teachers the author is asked to learn it from Robby Dutt, the son of Mahajan. Now Robby Dutt was a peculiar character. He was born Hindu, a high caste Hindu that too. But he practiced Muslim ways. He would do wuzu and sit for namaz. He would also observe different Muslim rituals. This was known to everyone. It didn’t bother his mother much. She would say- ‘Just as well. Let him live as a Muslim. This way at least he might live. My two other boys both died.’

The author remembers tying Rakhi on Robby Dutt’s wrist. She would push him on the swing. They shared some great memories.

He is no longer with her but the east wind has brought with it the whiff of the old days. Those beautiful memories return like old pain.

This is a beautiful story. A definite must read!

Join us in discovering new stories each day. Share stories that you would want us to read! Actually, read along with us!

Go ahead, grab yourself a copy of The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told and tell us what you think about the book! If you are a Kindle person, ensure to select the Kindle edition of the book.

The Greatest Urdu Stories Ever Told

Looking to buy a Kindle?

The frontlit, high-resolution Kindle Paperwhite seems to be the officially preferred Kindle at Meraki Post; Veena, Gazala and Ram have one each. And while Pooja may claim she is more of the “Love the new book smell” kind of person, she may be secretly deciding between the premium Kindle Oasis and the simple and efficient Good Ol’ Kindle.

Kindle Kindle Paperwhite Kindle Oasis

Meraki Post is a participant in the Amazon Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Learn more.

Veena Choudhary

An avid reader and history fanatic.

Mumbai, MH