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बुदम and His Quest to Find Mentors

बुदम always wanted to find answers from family members. He used to look at his big brother Hemant Bhai for some magic wand to put something in him. He got some help from an illiterate Mom (Shakuntla) who told him one thing to be successful, “you got to enjoy whatever you do”. बुदम enjoyed everything else other than course books. His siblings loved him but in a pitiful way. बुदम never wanted charity from anyone. बुदम became a laughingstock on various occasions within society and was not judged for his stupidities, since it was obvious from him. बुदम knew something was off in his head and was trying to figure out things in the jungle looking at trees how God manages all this thing in real-time. बुदम asked the invisible force to do something and make his life KING SIZE and make him capable to attain it. बुदम was in hunt of a mentor or some Yogi or some Goddess to bless him to achieve it since his prospect to get good grades were not possible at all. बुदम was/is dedicated to routines of daily prayers being learned from his illiterate mother. There were standard rituals from morning till late evening. The morning started with feeding birds, cow, dog, and doing early morning Shiva/Rudra pooja. Feeding birds continued with बुदम and it is still intact, and birds were/are friendly with him. बुदम continued Shiva Poojan, normally used to walk bare feet to Shiva temple from his house (Gyan Devi Bhawan) in Upper Kaithu Simla. People in the neighborhood started thinking this kid was mental, walking bare feet toward Shiva temple. बुदम started wearing flip flops to shut the public view but did not change it on bad weather or snow days. बुदम wanted some boon to tilt his destiny since the regular path of studying hard did not reach his grey metal and was not interested in it either.


बुदम wanted to get some real knowledge from his Hemant Bhai (Big Brother), but he had the burden to become a Doctor or an Engineer for the sake of the family. Hemant Bhai had always busy schedule to do something in life and had hardly any time to look deeper into his little brother’s affairs. Hemant loved his little brother and was very protective of him. Hemant Bhai never judged बुदम and just told him, “you can do it”; your time would come one day. बुदम knew deep inside that his Hemant Bhai loved him but was helpless in fixing his head. बुदम played with little sister Vibha and never messed with her. बुदम got a lot of love from eldest sister Anjana and she bought him an imported automatic watch with 32 jewels and he used this watch till it was beyond repair. Anjana Di got married to an Amy Officer and was working in a bank. Out of all siblings, बुदम interacted most with elder sister Kalpana Di who understood बुदम’s pulses and pulled his leg from time to time. Kalpana Di was/is 6 years older than बुदम. So, most of the बुदम’s inhouse action remained with Kalpana Di and it is still intact virtually too. बुदम loved/loves her most out of all his siblings. It was/is something natural between them to had/have fights and becoming friends again.


While in Chamba love between Kalpana Di and little brother बुदम was getting solid. बुदम got comfortable with Kalpana Di and started joining her friends’ gathering at home. Sweet बुदम was no danger anyway. बुदम used to escort illiterate Mom to various night functions in Chamba Chaugan like Ram Lila, Krishan Lila, and Love Kush Lila. बुदम loved those functions and absorbed them. बुदम was 11+ and his sister Kalpana Di was 17+. Kalpana Di’s friends used to visit home periodically. One day बुदम got into Little Krishna mode to tease those beautiful Gopis available in the house. बुदम got nice thrashing from Kalpana Di and words like Gunda, Badmash, Lucha etc. etc were bombarded on him. बुदम got pissed-off from his sister and told her “भगवान करें वो लीला, वही हम करें तो बदमाशी” (If God does the things its Godly act, If we do the same thing then its an act of Gunda). बुदम did not like this humiliation and wanted to take revenge from Kalpana Di. He could not beat her on fair fight and thus planned something wicked at nighttime. Kalpana Di loved her long hair and that was the precious thing for her. बुदम’s mind lit up with plan to cut her long hair when in deep sleep. He stayed up till 2AM and wanted to cut her hair. At that moment बुदम felt that Kalpana Di would not look great without long hair. बुदम loved her and shelved his wicked plan. In another incident, बुदम was 13 years old and his Kalpana Di was 19. बुदम was eating imli (Tamarind); ended up swallowing seed of imli too. बुदम told Kalpana Di that he ate Imli seed too. She gave him serious looks and told him that now the Imli tree would grow out of his belly button. बुदम got now serious problem at hand. बुदम went in front of the altar looked at the Lord Vishnu’s Picture with Lotus Coming out of HIS belly button, Lord Brahma sitting on it. This confirmed बुदम’s fears that if lotus could come out from the belly button, then imli tree was also the possibility. बुदम thought instead of imli tree if it were lotus flower coming out then it would not be a problem. बुदम prayed few days in the evenings to solve this misery. After few days बुदम was very miserable quietly sitting in the corner, eldest sister Anjana Di asked him, why he was so quiet. He told the imli tree problem. She just kissed him and hugged him and consoled him that nothing was going to happen. Kalpana Di was pulling his leg, and the seed was already out of his system and not to worry. बुदम was back to his usual self.


बुदम 15+ moved to Simla after his Dad’s transfer from Chamba. He could not continue his studies due to losing Dad’s hard-earned money given for tuition fee. बुदम wanted some blessings to make big in his life and did not want to bother his Dad with his expenses in the future. Kalpana Di and Hemant Bhai were busy in their studies, Anjana Di was married to an Army Officer, little sister Vibha was in school. बुदम at home felt awkward but did house chores regularly to pass time and help illiterate Mom. बुदम was given nicknames related to his skill sets like; Mustafa Darzi (मुस्तफा दर्जी), PP Halwai (हलवाई) and Screwdriver (पेंचकस). बुदम used to fix electric appliances of neighbors and was called for minor electric repairs in the neighborhood. बुदम used to make a nice change ($$) working as पेंचकस (handyman – Screwdriver). Since most of the time at home, बुदम started playing with neighbor’s kids at Gyan Devi Bhawan. There were lot of kids in Gyan Devi Bhawan studying from grade 1 to grade 5. Their parents thought since kids get along with बुदम well, he could help these kids in their schoolwork. बुदम’s geeky looks with glasses made all the impression that बुदम got something. Kids loved learning from बुदम and he started making money from Gyan Devi Bhawan’s residents’ kids. First time in life बुदम got serious in textbooks, he had a tough time in teaching those little kids. बुदम hated textbooks, but mom’s word got active in his head, “you got to enjoy whatever you do”. His young student comprised cute two little girls. बुदम found out that they were highly intelligent for him. बुदम’s Mom used to get these girls on Navratras Poojan and used to treat them as Goddesses. One little girl looked like Goddess Laxmi to बुदम and he bowed to her feet on Navaratri Poojan and asked for blessings of Maha Laxmi. बुदम was/is a staunch devotee of Kul Devi “Bala Sundri” embodiment of Maa Lakshmi, Maa Saraswati, and Maa Durga. बुदम had found one. Honestly, बुदम’s fortunes changed from that day onward and he never had a scarcity of money for his desires to fulfill.


In the Next episode: Teenage बुदम’s business models and living life KING SIZE.

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