Harish was a young boy in his 13 years, studying in class 7. His school was about 30 minutes ride on his school bus.
On that day on the bus, he saw his friend Vicky playing with a nice car. Harish loves the car. And so he approached Vicky and enquired about the car.
“Nice car. Where did you buy?”
“I did not buy. It’s a magic gift from my Anna [elder brother].”
“What? A magic gift?”
“Yes, my anna does magic. He gave this car to me by his magic.”
“Oh, do you have a magician brother? Can I also get one from your anna?”
“Sure, I will ask my anna.”
Next day, Harish was waiting in full excitement to know what Vicky’s Anna told him. Once in bus, he went straight to Vicky.
“Vicky, what did your anna tell? Did he agree to gift me a car?”
“Yes, he asked you to tell these words sharp at 1 pm today. And today evening when you go back, check under your bed. It should be there.” And handed over a small paper to Harish.
Harish read the words in the paper. And happily, kept in his pocket.
“Please do not forget, sharp 1 pm. OK?”
Harish shook his head heavily in agreement. He was not at all attentive in his class. Morning sessions went waiting for the 1 pm and in anxious to not miss saying the mantra.
Afternoon session went in excitement thinking about how he would be getting a new car to play.
In the evening the moment he got into the house, he ran straight to his bedroom. His mom was shouting for him to remove his shoes. But his excitement made him deaf. All he heard was his friend’s word “The car should be under your bed”
He bends down, crawled below the bed and was only disappointed. Because he could not see any sight of the car.
He came out of his room, and asked his mother, “Did you clean my room? Did you saw any new car?
His mother was confused with such a question and replied in negative.
Harish was sad, and the next day on the bus, he checked with Vicky.
“Vicky, I said the mantra sharp at 1 pm. But still why your anna did not gift me?”
“Harish, did you said it correctly? Are you sure?”
“Yes, I did.” Then he added one more question out of his curiosity. “And how do a car come out of nowhere?”
“Not nowhere. It will disappear from some shop, and magically appear in your room.”
Convinced by his response, Harish tried it one more time that day.
Back home, what he got was another disappointment only.
This repeated for a few days, and Harish lost hope. He was so disappointed that he could not sleep well.
That morning he woke up early and was thinking about why the car never appeared even though he said the right mantras at right time.
His mother just entered his room to wake him up. Seeing him sitting so early she asked, “How come you are wake before the alarm went off? Did you sleep well?”
Seeing his sad face, she could make out something is not ok.
“Kanna, what is the problem? You do not seem to be ok.”
Harish narrated the whole story about how he was promised by his friend to be gifted with a new car, and the mantras he uttered past few days. His friend, and his magician brother. Everything.
His mother laughed at his innocence. And asked him, “Kanna, how did you believe such things? You are no more a kid to believe those Santa Claus stories.”
Sat near him, and hugged him “My Harish is not so dumb. How did you believe all this?”
“No mummy, he is my friend. Why should he lie to me?” defended his friend with his mother.
“Ok, let it be true. But why do you want someone to suffer?”
“No mummy, no one suffers. All it happens is magically I get a car. That’s all. Simple, right?”
“Harish, you told me the car will disappear from a shop, and appear here. Right?”
“Yes, it’s magic. No one will be hurt.”
“Ok. Let us assume it really happens. True, no will be hurt physically. But who pays the shopkeeper for the car?”
Harish was starting to think.
“Harish, we are a small family. Me and papa both working, and can afford you what you want. So, how can you think of getting something without paying? Is it not equal to stealing?”
Harish really felt bad and ashamed of himself.
Just then the alarm went off. His mother said “Ok, forget all these. Stop the alarm, and get ready for the school.” and went on to get breakfast ready for him.
Stopping the alarm, Harish was now wishing again. But this time, it’s not the car. Something very different from the car!
“I Wish An Alarm Would Ring Loud And Notify Me Whenever Vicky was lying to me.”
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