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An Englishman establishe a post office in the small village of Ulapur.The postmaster who belonged to Calcutta took up his duty in this post office. Being separated from his family nd being from a big city, he felt like a big fish trapped in a pond.The village was remote nd thepostm,aster hardly got any decent company .Also being from a city,he found it difficult to be at ease with the village folks.He tried his hands at writing, but failed drastically .he being a lad from a concrete world could not define the beauty of that remote village.he used to cook his meals by himself and loved to share it with Ratan, an orphan girl who loved to help him in his domestic chores. She used to address him as Dada.The postmaster would fondly search excuses to start a conversation with Ratan as he had no other to talk to.He would ask her about her family and Ratan did not have many memories of her family to be recalled. There were only fragments like pictures, of her father coming home in the evening, and her little brother whom she played with, fishing on the edge of the pond. The post master felt quite at ease with the little girl nd used to tell her about his family..As time passed, Ratan started knowing his family as if she had known them for years. He also expressed his desire to teach her alphabets nd very soon she learnt all the cononants
The rainy season had started and it seemed like it would never come to an end. The already confined village activities became more restricted and the postmaster fell ill in this solitude. Ratan took good care of him just like a mother and helped him recover soon. Being sick of the loneliness, the postmaster applied for a transfer on grounds of the unhealthy village conditions.But his application was rejected.He then decided to resign.When he broke this news to Ratan, she asked him to take her too with him to Calcutta . But the postmaster laughed off her silly suggestion. Ratan felt sad and broken. While leaving the place, he tried to convince her that he would ask the next postmaster to take good care of her and also offered her some money which she refused to take and said that she did not want to stay there any more .The little girl was left totally broken and shattered, still with a vague hope that someday her Dada would return.
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