Suresh knew his dad wouldnt be coming back home until 6.00 PM. He had 2 more hours. The offer his friends gave him was good. After all it would take him just a few minutes. "Few minutes, few puffs, your dad wont know" is what one of his friends' said.
They stood in the corner of the road, near the pan shop. All of them had one each in their hand. They were very busy creating circles in the air. Just then, Avinash signaled to Suresh, his dad’s cab was taking a turn. All of them threw their cigarettes down and blew it off. Suresh, was confused, how his dad came home early that day. He was hoping, his dad hadn’t seen him smoking. He went for a round with his friends, reached home after half an hour. His dad was sipping the hot filter coffee and snacks which his mom had prepared.
Suresh tried to escape his dad’s eyes and was about to snoop into his room when his dad called him.
Dad – Suresh, I don’t like you to waste my money. Infact, I don’t like any of the guys wasting their father’s money
Suresh – Sorry Dad
Dad – Here, these are the cigarette buds you guys threw, after spotting me. I have got them back to you.
Suresh (puzzled look)
Dad – When you earn, you can waste your money. This is the money I have given for your books and studies, but if you want to use it for smoking, utilize it correctly. Please don’t waste the cigarette.
Saying this, Dad placed the newspaper with the half burnt cigarette buds on the table and went to his room.
Suresh could see the disappointment in his dad’s eyes. He promised himself, he would never let his dad feel so bad, ever again.