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  Thakur ka Kuan by Premchand
annotated by Aditya Sachan

zakur ka kuAMa^

 

jaaoKU nao laaoTa maM^uh sao lagaayaa tao panaI maoM sa$t badbaU AayaI . gaMgaI sao baaolaa ? yah kOsaa panaI hO ? maaro baasa ko pIyaa nahIM jaata . galaa saUKa jaa rha hO AaOr tU saD,a huAa panaI iplaae dotI hO !

gaMgaI p`itidna Saama kao panaI Bar ilayaa krtI qaI . kuAM^a dUr qaa ; baar-baar jaanaa mauiSkla qaa . kla vah panaI laayaI, tao ]samaMo baU ibalakula na qaI ; Aaja panaI maoM badbaU kOsaI ? laaoTa naak sao lagaayaa, tao sacamauca badbau qaI . ja$r kao[- jaanavar kue^M maoM igarkr mar gayaa haogaa, magar dUsara panaI Aavao khaM^ sao ?

        zakur ko kueM^ pr kaOna caZ,nao dogaa . dUr sao laaoga DaM^T bataeM^gao .saahU ka kuAa^M gaava ko ]sa isaro pr hO ; prntu vaha^M BaI kaOna panaI Barnao dogaa ? caaOqaa kuAa^M gaava maoM hO nahIM .

        jaaoKU k[- idna sao baImaar hO . kuC dor tk tao Pyaasa raoko caup pD,a rha, ifr baaolaa ? Aba tao maaro Pyaasa ko rha nahIM jaata . laa, qaaoD,a panaI naak baMd krko pI laMU .

        gaMgaI nao panaI na idyaa . Kraba panaI pInao sao baImaarI baZ, jaayagaI ? [tnaa jaanatI qaI ; prntu yah na jaanatI qaI ik panaI kao ]baalao donao sao ]sakI KrabaI jaatI rhtI hO . baaolaI yah panaI kOsao ipyaaogao ? na jaanao kaOna jaanavar mara hO . kue^M sao maOM dUsara panaI laayao dotI hU^M .

        jaaoKU nao AaScaya- sao ]sakI trf doKa ? dUsara panaI kha^M sao laayaogaI ?

?zakur AaOr saahU ko dao kue^M tao hOM . @yaa ek laaoTa panaI na Barnao doMgao ??

        ?haqa-pa^Mva tuD,vaa AayaogaI AaOr kucC na haogaa . baOz caupko sao . b`aa*ana-dovata AaSaIvaa-d doMgao, zakur laazI maaroMgao, saahU jaI ek ko pa^Mca laoMgao . garIbaaoM ka dd- kaOna samaJata hO ! hma tao mar BaI jaato hOM, tao kao[- duAar pr JaaM^knao nahIM Aata, kMQaa donaa tao baD,I baat hO . eosao laaoga kue^M sao panaI Barnao doMgao ??

[na SabdaoM maoMkD,uvaa sa%ya qaa . gaMgaI @yaa javaaba dotI ; ikntU ]sanao vah badbaUdar panaI pInao kao na idyaa .

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          rat ko naaO bajao qao . qako-maa^Mdo majadUr tao saao cauko qao, zakur ko drvaajao pr dsa-pa^Mca baoif@`o jamaa qao . maOdanaI bahadurI ka tao Aba jamaanaa rha hO, na maaOka . kanaUnaI bahadurI kI baatoM hao rhI qaIM ; iktnaI haoiSayaarI sao zakur nao qaanaodar kao ek Kasa mauk_mao maoM irSvat do dI AaOr saaf inakla gayao . iktnaI A@lamandI sao ek maako- ko mauk_mao kI nakla lao Aayao . naaijar AaOr maaohtimama, saBaI khto qao, nakla nahIM imala saktI . kao[- pcaasa maaMgata hO, kao[- saaO . yaha^M baopOsao-kaOD,I nakla ]D,a dI . kama krnao ka Z,Mga caaihe .

        [saI samaya gaMgaI kue^M sao panaI laonao phu^McaI .

        kuPpI kI Qau^MQalaI raoSanaI kue^M pr Aa rhI qaI . gaMgaI jagat kI AaD, maoM baOzI maaOko ka [ntjaar krnao lagaI . [sa kue^M ka panaI saara gaa^Mva pIta hO . iksaI ko ilae raok nahIM ; isaf- yah badnasaIba nahIM Bar sakto .

        gaMgaI ka ivad`aohI idla irvaajaI pabaindyaaoM AaOr majabaUiryaaoM pr caaoToM krnao lagaa ? hma @yaaoM naIca hOM AaOr yao laaoga @yaaoM }M^ca hOM ? [sailae ik yao laaoga galao maoM tagaa Dala laoto hOM ? yaha^M tao ijatnao hOM, ek-sao-ek C^MTo hOM ? caaorI yao kroM, jala-froba yao kroM, JaUzo mauk_mao yao kroM . ABaI [sa zakur nao tao ]sa idna baocaaro gaD,iryao kI ek BaoD, caura laI qaI AaOr baad kao maarkr Ka gayaa . [nhIM piNDt jaI ko Gar maoM tao baarhaoM maasa jauAa haota hO . yahI saahujaI tao GaI maoM tola imalaa kr baocato hOM . kama kra laoto hOM, majadUrI doto naanaI martI hO . iksa baat maoM hOM hmasao }^Mcao . hma galaI-galaI icallaato nahIM ik hma }^Mcao hOM, hma }^Mcao ! kBaI gaa^Mva maoM Aa jaatI hU^M, tao rsaBarI Aa^MKaoM sao doKnao lagato hOM . jaOsao sabakI CatI pr saa^Mp laaoTnao lagata hO, prntu GamaND yah ik hma }^Mcao hOM !

          kue^M pr iksaI ko Aanao kI AahT hu[- . gaMgaI kI CatI Qak-Qak krnao lagaI . khIM doK lao, tao gajaba hao jaae ! ek laat BaI tao naIcao na pD,o . ]sanao GaD,a AaOr rssaI ]za laI AaOr Jau@kr calatI hu[- ek vaRxa ko A^MQaoro saayao maoM jaa KD,I hu[- . kba [na laaogaaoM kao dyaa AatI hOM iksaI pr . baocaaro mahU^MgaU kao [tnaa maara ik mahInaaoM lahU qaUkta rha . [sailae tao ]sanao baogaar na dI qaI ! ]sa pr yao laoga }^Mcao banato hOM .

        kue^M pr dao is~yaa^M panaI Barnao AayaI qaIM . [namaoM baatoM hao rhI qaIM .

        ?Kanaa Kanao calao AaOr hu@ma huAa ik tajaa panaI Bar laaAao . GaD,o ko ilae pOsao nahIM hOM .?

        ?hma laaogaaoM kao Aarama sao baOzo doKkr jaOsao mardaoM kao jalana haotI hO .?

        ?ha^M, yah tao na huAa ik klaisayaa ]zakr Bar laato . basa, hukuma calaa idyaa ik tajaa panaI laaAao, jaOsao hma laaOMiDyaa^M hI tao hOM .?

        ?laaOMiDyaa^M nahIM tao AaOr @yaa hao tuma ? raoTI-kpD,a nahIM patIM ? dsa-pa^Mca $pyao CIna-JapT kr lao hI laotI hao . AaOr laaOMiDyaa^M kOsaI haotI hOM .?

        ?mat lajaaAao dIdI ! iCna Bar Aarama krnao kao jaI trsa kr rh jaata hO . [tnaa kama iksaI dUsaro ko Qar kr dotI, tao [sasao khIM Aarama sao rhtI . }pr sao vah ehsaana maanata . yaha^M kama krto-krto mar jaaAao ; pr iksaI ka mau^Mh hI nahIM saIQaa haota .?

        daonaaoM panaI Barkr calaI gayaIM, tao gaMgaI vaRxa kI Cayaa sao inaklaI AaOr kue^M ko jagat ko pasa AayaI . baoif@`o calao gayao qao . zakur BaI drvaajaa band kr Andr Aa^Mgana maoM saaonao jaa rho qao . gaMgaI nao xaiNak sauK kI saa^Msa laI . iksaI trh maOdana tao saaf huAa . AmaRt caura laanao ko ilae jaao rajakumaar iksaI jamaanao maoM gayaa qaa, vah BaI Saayad [tnaI saavaQaanaI ko saaqa AaOr samaJa-baUJakr na gayaa haogaa . gaMgaI dbao pa^Mva kue^M ko jagat pr caZ,I . ivajaya ka eosaa AnauBava ]sao phlao kBaI na huAa qaa .

        ]sanao rssaI ka fMda GaD,o maoM Zalaa . dayaoM-baayaoM caaOknnaI dRiYT sao doKa, jaOsao kao[- isapahI rat kao Sat`u ko iklao maoM sauraK kr rha hao . Agar [sa samaya vah pkD, laI gayaI, tao ifr ]sako ilae maafI yaa irAayat kI r<aI-Bar ]mmaId nahIM . Ant maoM dovataAaoM kao yaad krko ]sanao klaojaa majabaUt ikyaa AaOr GaD,a kue^M maoM Dala idyaa .

        GaD,o nao panaI maoM gaaota lagaayaa, bahut hI Aaihsta . jara BaI Aavaaja na hu[- . gaMgaI nao dao caar haqa jaldI-jaldI maaro . GaD,a kue^M ko mau^Mh tk Aa phu^Mcaa . kao[- baD,a Sahjaaor phlavaana BaI [tnaI tojaI sao ]sao na KIMca sakta qaa .

        gaMgaI JaukI ik GaD,o kao pkD,kr jagat pr r@Ko, ik ekaek zakur saahba ka drvaajaa Kula gayaa . Saoor ka mau^Mh [sasao AiQak Bayaanak na haogaa .

        gaMgaI ko haqa sao rsasaI CUT gayaI . rssaI ko saaqa GaD,a QaD,ama sao panaI maoM igara AaOr k[- xaNa tk panaI maoM hlakaoro kI AavaajaoM saunaa[- dotI rhIM .

        zakur ?kaOna hO, kaOna hO ? ? pukarto hue kue^M kI trf Aa rho qao AaOr gaMgaI jagat sao kUdkr BaagaI jaa rhI qaI .

        Gar phu^Mcakr doKa ik jaaoKU laaoTa mau^Mh sao lagaayao vahI maOlaa-gaMda panaI pI rha hO .