The Telegram on The Table

Parshu Pradhan, Nepal (1943)

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Literal Comprehension: In this story, Pranshu Pradhan has presented the bitter reality of Nepalese youths who come to the town from their villages and the never like to go back to their village. They dream to go to a foreign country where they think that there is a heavenly pleasure and hey could earn enough money. In reality, there is full of struggle.

Krishna a boy come to Kathmandu from his remote village and learned the English language. Then he started to work as a tourist guide to describe the historical places to the tourists. In the beginning, he used to go to his village at the time of Dashain. But now, he completely forgot his village, Parents and even his wife. He demanded to go to the foreign country as a foreign girl would marry him and she would take him to her country. He thought that his wife was the obstacle for his next marriage. He hoped for the death of his wife because it would be the freedom for his plan. Unfortunately, his wife died and he got a telegram about the news of his wife’s death. He becomes happy and thought it was his wish fulfillment. Those, a friend come to express his condolence and he just said “Thank You” for but he couldn’t because of the poor condition of his room. One evening he suddenly remembered his past and the poor background. He also felt that an Image of women came into his mind. The image was of his wife dead. He realized his mistake that he becomes happy t the death of wife. He read the telegram again and he tore it into places he started to weep.

Interpretation: This presents the bitter reality of Nepalese youths who come to town from their villages and they never like to go back. They dream for the foreign country and though there is heavenly pleasure there. But in reality, there is also struggle. Krishna, the young boy also dreams to get married to foreigners and to go to her country. But at last he realized his reality and his dream was not fulfillment. It also shows that we should learn to live with reality about not in a dream.

Critical Thinking: Many people think that their life, would be happy if they get to go to a foreign country. But Pradhan has exaggerated. Some issues here in his chapter. How could a person forget his wife completely? How could he be happy at the death of this wife? There is no evidence about that bad relationship between Krishna and his wife. Man can dream for a better future but he can’t forget the present completely.

Assimilation: This story taught me the lesson that way the town is overcrowded people like to come to the town but they never like to go back to their villages. It also taught me the lesson that dream may not be true all the time. We should learn to live in reality. We all have ambition but over ambition are bad. We should not forget our past, background, and reality which are with us.

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