SECTION – A
1 Returning home Vishnu had his food and retired for the day. He decided that he would write a long letter to his father and send it through the escort who was to go back to Pataliputra to inform his father of their safe arrival at Kusumpur.
Despite the weariness and the cosy comfort of the bed in that intense cold, Vishnu couldn‟t sleep well. But unmindful of any tension, his mother and the escort slept well. They slept so soundly that they were not aware of the arrival of a messanger on horse very late in the night. Vishnu was the first to get up. He beckoned to the horse rider who came up to him and said: “Sire, I have been sent by Shree Katyayan Ji. I have brought a letter for you.”
“But how could he know that we are here ? Did he meet my father ?”
“I don‟t know Sire. You might find all your answers in the letter.”
Vishnu quickly opened the bulletin and took out the letter. It was addressed to him. The letter gave no details about his father except that “he was slightly hurt at the palace demonstrations. You must come back to Pataliputra quickly and clandestinely after making proper arrangements for your mother‟s stay at Kusumpur. Meet the nayak (the local head) of Kusumpur. He would provide all the security needed for your mother. The times are very grim and you ought not take any risk. Come quickly and quietly and meet me at night in my resort facing the Ganga.” The letter bore no stamp and was hastily written by Katyayan himself. Vishnu could
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