ग्राम -जयशंकर प्रसाद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

Icon-edit.gif is lekh ka punarikshan evn sampadan hona avashyak hai. ap isamen sahayata kar sakate hain. "sujhav"

tan! tan! tan! steshan par ghanti boli.

shravan-mas ki sandhya bhi kaisi manoharini hoti hai! megh-mala-vibhooshit gagan ki chhaya saghan rasal-kanan men pad rahi hai! andhiyari dhire-dhire apana adhikar poorv-gagan men jamati huee, sushasanakarini maharani ke saman, vihng prajagan ko sukh-niketan men shayan karane ki agya de rahi hai. akasharoopi shasan-patr par prakriti ke hastakshar ke saman bijali ki rekha dikhaee padati hai...gramy steshan par kahin ek-do dipalok dikhaee padata hai. pavan hare-hare nikunjon men se bhraman karata hua jhilli ke jhanakar ke sath bhari huee jhilon men laharon ke sath khel raha hai. boondiyan dhire-dhire gir rahi hain, jo joohi ki kaliyon ko adrr karake pavan ko bhi shital kar rahi hain.

thode samay men varsha bnd ho gee. andhakar-roopi anjan ke agrabhag-sthit alok ke saman chaturdashi ki lalima ko liye hue chandradev prachi men hare-hare taruvaron ki ad men se apani kiran-prabha dikhane lage. pavan ki sanasanahat ke sath relagadi ka shabd sunaee padane laga. signalar ne apana kary kiya. ghanta ka shabd us hare-bhare maidan men goonjane laga. yatri log apani gathari bandhate hue steshan par pahunche. mahadaity ke lal-lal netron ke saman anjan-girinibh injin ka agrasthit rakt-alok dikhaee dene laga. pagalon ke saman badabadati huee apani dhun ki pakki relagadi steshan par pahunch gee. dhadadhad yatri log utarane-chadhऩe lage. ek stri ki or dekhakar phatak ke bahar khadi huee do auraten-jo usaki saheli maloom deti hain-ro rahi hain, aur vah stri ek manushy ke sath rel men baithane ko udyat hai. unaki krandan-dhvani se vah stri din-bhav se unaki or dekhati huee, bina samajhe hue, seknd klas ki gadi men chadhऩe lagi; par usamen baithe hue baboo sahab- ‘yah doosara darja hai, isamen mat chadho’ kahate hue utar pade, aur apana hantar ghumate hue steshan se bahar hone ka udyog karane lage.

vilayati pik ka vrichis pahane, boot chadhaye, hanting kot, dhani rng ka safa, angreji hindustani ka mahasammelan baboo sahab ke ang par dikhaee pad raha hai. gaur varn, unnat lalat-usaki abha ko badha rahe hain. steshan mastar se samana hote hi shekahaind karane ke uparant baboo sahab se batachit hone lagi.

steshan mastar-ap is vakt kahan se a rahe hain?

mohan-karindon ne ilake men bada gadabad macha rakkha hai, isaliye main kusumapur-jo ki hamara ilaka hai-inspekshan ke lie ja raha hoon.

steshan mastar-phir kab palatiyega?

mohan-do roj men. achchha, gud ivaning.

steshan mastar, jo lain-kliyar de chuke the, gud ivaning karate hue apane aphis men ghus gaye.

baboo mohanalal angreji kathi se saje hue ghode par, jo poorv hi steshan par khada tha, savar hokar chalate hue.

bhag 2

saralasvabhava gramavasini kulakaminigan ka sumadhur sngit dhire-dhire amr-kanan men se nikalakar charon or goonj raha hai. andhakar gagan men juganoo-tare chamak-chamak kar chitt ko chnchal kar rahe hain. gramin log apana hal kndhe par rakkhe, biraha gate hue, bailon ki jodi ke sath, ghar ki or pratyavartan kar rahe hain.

ek vishal taruvar ki shakha men jhoola pada hua hai, us par char mahilaen baithi hain, aur pachason usako gherakar gati huee ghoom rahi hain. jhoole ke peng ke sath ‘abaki savan siyan ghar rahu re’ ki surili pachason kokil-kanth se nikali huee tan pashuganon ko bhi mohit kar rahi hai. balikaen svachhand bhav se krida kar rahi hain. akasmath ashv ke pad-shabd ne un sarala kaminiyon ko chaunka diya. ve sab dekhati hain, to hamare poorv-parichit baboo mohanalal ghode ko rokakar us par se utar rahe hain. ve sab unaka bhesh dekhakar ghabada gayin aur apas men kuchh ingit karake chup rah gayin.

baboo mohanalal ne nistabdhata ko bhng kiya, aur bole-bhadre! yahan se kusumapur kitani door hai? aur kidhar se jana hoga? ek praudha ne socha ki ‘bhadre’ koee parihas-shabd to nahin hai, par vah kuchh kah n saki, keval ek or dikhakar boli-ihan se dedh kos to bay, ihai paindava jaee.

baboo mohanalal usi pagadndi se chale. chalate-chalate unhen bhram ho gaya, aur vah apani chhavani ka path chhodakar doosare marg se jane lage. megh ghir aye, jal veg se barasane laga, andhakar aur ghana ho gaya. bhatakate-bhatakate vah ek khet ke samip pahunche; vahan us hare-bhare khet men ek ooncha aur bada machan tha, jo ki phoos se chhaya hua tha, aur samip hi men ek chhota-sa kachcha makan tha.

us machan par balak aur balikaen baithi huee kolahal macha rahi thin. jal men bhigate hue bhi mohanalal khet ke samip khade hokar unake anand-kalarav ko shravan karane lage.

bhrant hone se unhen bahut samay vyatit ho gaya. ratri adhik bit gayi. kahan thaharen? isi vichar men vah khade rahe, boonden kam ho gayin. itane men ek balika apane malin vasan ke anchal ki ad men dip liye hue usi machan ki or jati huee dikhaee padi.

bhag 3

balika ki avastha 15 varsh ki hai. alok se usaka ang andhakar-ghan men vidyullekha ki tarah chamak raha tha. yadyapi daridrata ne use malin kar rakkha hai, par eeshvariy sushama usake komal ang par apana nivas kiye hue hai. mohanalal ne ghoda badhakar usase kuchh poochhana chaha, par snkuchit hokar thithak gaye. parantu poochhane ke atirikt doosara upay hi nahin tha. astu, rookhepan ke sath poochha-kusumapur ka rasta kidhar hai?

balika is bhavy moorti ko dekhakar dari, par sahas ke sath boli-main nahin janati. aise saral netr-snchalan se ingit karake usane ye shabd kahe ki yuvak ko krodh ke sthan men hnsi a gayi aur kahane laga-to jo janata ho, mujhe batalao, main usase poochh loonga.

balika-hamari mata janati hongi.

mohan-is samay tum kahan jati ho?

balika-(machan ki or dikhakar) vahan jo kee ladake hain, unamen se ek hamara bhaee hai, usi ko khilane jati hoon.

mohan-balak itani rat ko khet men kyon baitha hai?

balika-vah rat-bhar aur ladaqon ke sath khet men hi rahata hai.

mohan-tumhari man kahan hai?

balika-chaliye, main liva chalati hoon.

itana kahakar balika apane bhaee ke pas gayi, aur usako khilakar tatha usake pas baithe hue ladaqon ko bhi kuchh dekar usi kshudr-kutirabhimukh gaman karane lagi. mohanalal us sarala balika ke pichhe chale.

bhag 4

us kshudr kutir men pahunchane par ek stri mohanalal ko dikhaee padi, jisaki angaprabha svarn-tuly thi, tejomay mukh-mandal, tatha eeshath unnat adhar abhiman se bhare hue the, avastha usaki 50 varsh se adhik thi. mohanalal ki antarik avastha, jo gramy jivan dekhane se kuchh badal chuki thi, us saral gambhir tejomay moorti ko dekh aur bhi saral vinayayukt ho gayi. usane jhukakar pranam kiya. stri ne ashirvad diya aur poochha-beta! kahan se ate ho?

mohan-main kusumapur jata tha, kintu rasta bhool gaya.......

‘kusumapur’ ka nam sunate hi stri ka mukh-mandal araktim ho gaya aur usake netr se do boond ansoo nikal aye. ve ashru karuna ke nahin kintu abhiman ke the.

mohanalal ashcharyanvit hokar dekh rahe the. unhonne poochha-apako kusumapur ke nam se kshobh kyon hua?

stri-beta! usaki badi katha hai, tum sunakar kya karoge?

mohan-nahin, main sunana chahata hoon, yadi ap kripa karake sunaven.

stri-achchha, kuchh jalapan kar lo, tab sunaoongi.

pun: balika ki or dekhakar stri ne kaha-kuchh jal pine ko le ao.

agya pate hi balika us kshudr grih ke ek mitti ke bartan men se kuchh vastu nikal, use ek patr men gholakar le ayi, aur mohanalal ke samane rakh diya. mohanalal us sharbat ko pan karake phoos ki chataee par baithakar stri ki katha sunane lage.

bhag 5

stri kahane lagi-hamare pati is prant ke gany bhoosvami the, aur vnsh bhi ham logon ka bahut uchch tha. jis ganv ka abhi apane nam liya hai, vahi hamare pati ki pradhan jamindari thi. karyavash kundanalal namak ek mahajan se kuchh rin liya gaya. kuchh bhi vichar n karane se unaka bahut rupaya badh gaya, aur jab aisi avastha pahunchi to anek upay karake hamare pati dhan jutakar unake pas le gaye, tab us dhoort ne kaha-‘‘kya harj hai baboo sahab! ap ath roj men ana, ham rupaya le lenge, aur jo ghata hoga, use chhod denge, apaka ilaka phir jayaga, is samay rehananama bhi nahin mil raha hai.’’ usaka vishvas karake hamare pati phir baith rahe, aur usane kuchh bhi n poochha. unaki udarata ke karan vah snchit dhan bhi thoda ho gaya, aur udhar usane dava karake ilaka-jo ki vah le lena chahata tha-bahut thode rupaye men nilam kara liya. phir hamare pati ke hriday men, us ilake ke is bhanti nikal jane ke karan, bahut chot pahunchi, aur isi se unaki mrityu ho gayi. is dasha ke hone ke uparant ham log is doosare ganv men akar rahane lagin. yahan ke zamindar bahut dharmatma hain, unhonne kuchh samany ‘kar’ par yah bhoomi di hai, isi se ab hamari jivika hai. .........

itana kahate-kahate stri ka gala abhiman se bhar aya aur kuchh kah n saki.

stri ki katha ko sunakar mohanalal ko bada du:kh hua. rat vishesh bit chuki thi, at: ratri-yapan karake, prabhat men malin tatha pashchimagami chandr ka anusaran karake, bataye hue path se vah chale gaye.

par unake mukh par vishad tatha lajja ne adhikar kar liya tha. karan yah tha ki stri ki jamindari haran karane vale, tatha usake pranapriy pati se use vichchhed karakar is bhanti du:kh dene vale kundanalal mohanalal ke hi pita the.

tika tippani aur sndarbh


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snbndhit lekh

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