By Nilesh P. Khandare(12 Dec 2009)
This is a story of humanity. Madholal's simple life has modest dreams and usual challenges. The Times were perfect. A supportive wife, Kamla. Loving daughters, Sudha and Summi. A trusted neighbour, Anwar. And friendships like none other.
Each morning Madholal starts a journey with his inseparable comrades on the local train. An eclectic mix of buddies. Witty Peon, Rajan. Fastidious lawyer, Varma. Beetlejuice spewing stockbroker, Jayesh. Romantic young executive, Satish. And a youthful retiree, Joshi Kaka. They laugh with and at each other. Meeting only in the trains, squibbling and laughing all the way they pass the journey everyday.
Till the tragedy strikes. One event blows it all into smithereens. Shatters the very fabric of Madholal's life.
Come the testing times for a family, a neighbourhood and a friendship. Tumultuous times that turn a perfect home into a gloomy abode. Wife into a stalwart, daughter into a crutch, trusted confidant into a suspect and concerns of a father into his nightmares.
Gloomy doom shrouds over his life. Madholal tries to no avail to darn the life that has been teared to tatters.
A cowardly act of terrorism puts a man's character and grit to test. It hits at the very heart of society's solidarity. We live in such times.
Help comes from the most unexpected quarter. His soul speaks out.
And these trying times do not destroy Madholal rather reaffirm his belief in goodness and strength of human spirit.