Baby Shivaji was
growing up in grandmother’s lap, in mother’s arms and in servant’s
care. Should any hawker came by Vishwasrao would bay a toy for Shivaji.
Every day was rising in baby Shivaji’s praises, and was ending the in
same way. Shivaji started turning on his side, then crawling and was
now standing on his feet.
All of a sudden one
day, Vishwasrao came to Jijabai’s palace. Jijabai was embroidering,
Shivaji was playing with his toys. Shivaji saw Vishwasrao and ran over
to him. Vishwasrao picked him up and said to Jijabai,” there is a news
that ShahajiRaje is on his way.”
“When will he be
Jijabai got up and
went to get Shivaji, “let me have him, I will change his clothes.”
Outside, palace was
getting ready for ShahajiRaje’s arrival. Inside, Jijabai was getting
ready, she wore new clothes, jwelery. Laxmibai was getting baby
Shivaji ready. Laxmibai got Shivaji ready and started looking for
Jijabai. She couldn’t find her, so she went outside. Jijabai was
standing near the fort wall, looking down. As she approached Jijabai,
she turned around, “you startled me!”
“I looked all over,
couldn’t find you.”
“Oh, I was just
looking, let’s go back.”
“No, no! I know
exactly why you are standing here. Let’s stay here. What’s the hurry
to go back anyway?” Laxmibai was smiling.
“Oh, you will never
stop teasing me!” Jijabai said as she sat down.
They both sat down,
taking the surroundings in. All of a sudden Jijabai got up, “why did
you get up?” asked Laxmibai surprisingly, but then as she turned to
look at what Jijabai was pointing at she saw rising dust cloud which
was getting closer and closer. Soon they could see horses approaching.
“Rani Saheb, want
to climb down the fort to welcome him, or here in the palace?”
“Stop teasing me,
let’s go to back to the palace.”
were sounding all over the fort. In the front porch Vishwasrao was
ready and waiting. As ShajiRaje got closer, everybody came down from
the porch to welcome him. Everybody bowed and welcomed ShahajiRaje.
“The news of you
arriving was not solid, otherwise we would have climbed down the fort
to welcome you. Please forgive me for not coming.” Vishwasrao said.
“Don’t be formal!
Is everything all right?”
They all entered
the palace. Servants were running around hastily. ShahajiRaje
freshened up, “Hope your trip was all right, uneventful.” Asked
ShahajiRaje gave a
hearty laugh and said” Vishwasrao, I am so used to this lifestyle by
now that it feels like I even sleep on the horseback!”
but then stopped suddenly. Shivaji was coming in from the inner room.
As everybody was looking at that beautiful, healthy baby, Raje said, “
welcome Prince Shivaji. I have come just to see you”, and he reached
over to his father.
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