“I don’t believe he
will come. Has to go wherever his work takes him.”
Jijabai were smiling and listening to Umabai.
restless, and finally asked, “ when is he going to wake up?”
Now Jijabai could
not control her smile! “pick him up, he might wake up but then he will
fall asleep again in your lap.”
“No, I will wait, I
don’t want to wake him up! Where is his elder brother?”
“He is with his
“He is one fool,
and you are second fool! Is this how a child’s childhood should be? On
a horseback, out in the sun, who knows where? If I was around, I would
have told him. But then again, when did he listen to me?”
Right then, baby
started crying. Umabai picked the baby up, and Jijabai thanked the
baby for saving her from any further lecture!
Next day early
morning the whole palace got busy. Palace got decorated from inside
out. Grounds were cleaned. Everybody who was who’s who was to attend
personally attending to everything. After lunch ladies started
decorating the cradle. Baby was dressed in new silk clothes, happy
songs could be heard from every room, every corner.
Umabai, “ what should we name the baby?”
“What have you
“ I had prayed to
Godess Shiwai while I was pregnant, so I was thinking “Shivaji’”
Baby was named
ceremony, everybody left for the Temple. There Jijabai took out a
purse and handed it to Vishwasrao.
“What is this?” he
“My father had
given it to me when he was here, he had asked me to distribute it
against poor in the name of the baby. He is nomore, but this needs to
Coins full of
purse was first offered to Godess Shiwai, then being touched by baby
Shivaji, before given away to the poor.
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