Monday, August 1, 2016

IN KASHMIR , EVERY PRINCE , RAJA JI , KING JI , SAHIB JI AND MAHARAJA WAS POOR.


                                                                                   
 
ZAINAKADAL  ,KASHMIR 1950..

To this photo i add a brief write up ..
PRINCE , RAJA JI , MAHARAJA , KING JI AND SAHIB JI OF KASHMIR .............................................


Names of some school friends or friends in our Neighbourhood always amused me.I mean names like SAHIBA, MAHARAJA, KING JI , RAJA JI , PRINCE etc. These boys had remotest link with what they were made to appear by their names . Possibly their poor parents wanted them to be like a SAHIB or a KING or a PRINCE or a RAJA or a MAHARAJA . Like most kashmiris , these friends also belonged to families that generally ate Green leafy Haak and rice. Voguv or Dried weed mat was their carpet. Their families never bought fruits .
We shared same lifestyle. All of us ate Bataah ( cooked rice ) three times a day; Once while going to school, then on return from the school and finally at night . All of us drank Kehwa , mogiel chaai and sheer chaai . Lipton tea was unknown to SAHIBA, KING JI , RAJA JI , PRINCE and MAHARAJA .
In school , All of us ate fruits that fell on the ground from trees .We also brought them racing down with stones . All of us would play Cricket with a hard and heavy wooden Ball ( BEERA ) that was cheap and gave many injuries . All of us played with a Bat made from cut Firewood logs stored in the house.
SAHIBA ( The oficer ) , KING JI ( The king ) , MAHARAJA ( The Maharaja or the Ruler ) , RAJA JI ( The king ) and PRINCE ( Yuvraj or the Prince to the throne ) had to weep when excursions were declared in the school. They were not sure about their participation . They were not sure whether their father could afford to pay them ten rupees as Excursion charges . It was only after this weeping and suffering that the excursion trip was reluctantly approved by the family head and some Cheese or Mutton was bought to be given with the lunch pack that had rice and a little curd.
SAHIBA ( The officer ) , KING JI ( the king ) , MAHARAJA ( The Maharaja or the ruler ) , RAJA JI ( The king ) and PRINCE ( Yuvraj or the Prince to the throne ) had to buy second hand books from senior students in the school . Those seniors were also in possession of second hand books . It was not known as to who actually had purchased New Books . Books and syllabus remained unchanged for many years .
Once a PRINCE was playing cricket with us when his mother suddenly appeared on the scene. Very loudly she said :
“ Hataa Prince jiya . Tche chhuyaa Maam sundh Boot tchhunmut. Amiss ha Guv Tcheir . Ya Chhaai Khraav . Yeli Ghar ikh Ya Laageizi. Valaa Maamun Boot Di Yueir “
“ O Prince ! Are you wearing your Mama’s ( maternal Uncle ) shoes ? Take this wooden sandal ( Khraav ). When you come back to your place after this game is over , Use this Wooden sandal only. Give those shoes to me . He has to go back . He is getting late .”
SAHIBA ( The oficer ) , KING JI ( the king ) , MAHARAJA ( The Maharaja or the ruler ) , RAJA JI ( The king ) and PRINCE ( Yuvraj or the Prince to the throne ) had to go to government hospital to buy medicine. The medicine was usually a coloured liquid kept in big Glass bottles . A proper measure was transferred to every sick SAHIB , PRINCE , MAHARAJA , KING JI or RAJA JI . Sometimes some tablets were crushed and mixed with this coloured mixture.
SAHIBA ( The oficer ) , KING JI ( the king ) , MAHARAJA ( The Maharaja or the ruler ) , RAJA JI ( The king ) and PRINCE ( Yuvraj or the Prince to the throne ) would be made to stand in their classes for non deposit of monthly fee. It was not a humiliation because almost every boy faced this situation . Some times they had to be out from class as they were not in proper uniform. Their lone set of uniform had remained wet due to late washing by the mother and was unfit for wearing .
Quite often you could see Prince or King Ji or Raja ji or Sahiba or Maharaja near third class ticket window of Sheeraz or Palladium Cinema crying:
" Ticket ha ku'dd Vaenn Chha'nna Na'rr neraan"
"I have bought the tickets but am unable to pull out my hand now."
 It was so because along with king Ji or Raja ji or Sahiba or Prince or Maharaja, A tongawalla, some college student , a street smart young man and a school boy had put their arms inside through the small opening of the third class window.All these arms were locked and none was able to pull out his hand that had a third class ticket in it.
( Autar Mota )

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