चोरी -प्रेमचंद  हिन्दी देवनागरी में पढ़ें।

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hay bachapan ! teri yad nahin bhoolati ! vah kachcha, toota ghar, vah puval ka bichhauna; vah nnge badan, nnge panv kheton men ghoomana; am ke pedon par chadhana , sari baten ankhon ke samane phir rahi hain. chamaraudho joote pahan kar us vakt kitani khushi hoti thi, ab 'phleks' ke booton se bhi nahin hoti. garam panue ras men jo maja tha, vah ab gulab ke sharbat men bhi nahin; chabene aur kachche beron men jo ras tha, vah ab angoor aur khiramohan men bhi nahin milata. main apane chachere bhaee haladhar ke sath doosare ganv men ek maulavi sahab ke yahan padhane jaea karata tha. meri umr ath sal thi, haladhar (vah ab svarg men nivas kar rahe hain) mujhase do sal jeth the. ham donon prat:kal basi rotiyan kha, dopahar ke lie matar aur jau ka chabena le kar chal dete the. phir to sara din apana tha. maulavi sahab ke yahan koee hajiri ka rajistar to tha nahin, aur n gairahajiri ka jurmana hi dena padata tha. phir dar kis bat ka ! kabhi to thane ke samane khade sipahiyon ki kavayad dekhate, kabhi kisi bhaloo ya bandar nachanevale madari ke pichhe-pichhe ghoomane men din kat dete, kabhi relave steshan ki or nikal jate aur gadiyon ki bahar dekhate. gadiyon ke samay ka jitana gyan hamako tha, utana shayad taim-tebil ko bhi n tha. raste men shahar ke ek mahajan ne ek bag lagavana shuroo kiya tha. vahan ek kuan khud raha tha. vah bhi hamare lie ek dilachasp tamasha tha. boodha mali hamen apani jhopadi men bade prem se baithata tha. ham usase jhagad-jhagad kar usaka kam karate ! kahin balti liye paudhon ko sinch rahe hain, kahin khurapi se kyariyan god rahe hain, kahin kainchi se belon ki pattiyan chhant rahe hain. un kamon men kitana anand tha ! mali bal-prakriti ka pndit tha. hamase kam leta, par is tarah mano hamare oopar koee ehasan kar raha hai. jitana kam vah din bhar men karata, ham ghnte bhar men nibata dete the. ab vah mali nahin hai; lekin bag hara-bhara hai. usake pas se ho kar gujarata hoon, to ji chahata hai; un pedon ke gale mil kar rooon, aur kahoon , pyare, tum mujhe bhool gaye lekin main tumhen nahin bhoola; mere hriday men tumhari yad abhi tak hari hai , utani hi hari, jitane tumhare patto. ni:svarth prem ke tum jite-jagate svaroop ho. kabhi-kabhi ham haphton gairahajir rahate; par maulavi sahab se aisa bahana kar dete ki unaki badhi huee tyoriyan utar jatin. utani kalpana-shakti aj hoti to aisa upanyas likh marata ki log chakit rah jate. ab to yah hal hai ki bahut sir khapane ke bad koee kahani soojhati hai. khair hamare maulavi sahab daraji the. maulavigiri keval shauq se karate the. ham donon bhaee apane ganv ke kurami-kumharon se unaki khoob badaee karate the. yon kahie ki ham maulavi sahab ke saphari ejent the. hamare udyog se jab maulavi sahab ko kuchh kam mil jata, to ham phoole n samate ! jis din koee achchha bahana n soojhata, maulavi sahab ke lie koee-n-koee saugat le jate. kabhi ser-adha-ser phaliyan tod lin, to kabhi das-panch ookh; kabhi jau ya gehoon ki hari-hari balen le lin, un saugaton ko dekhate hi maulavi sahab ka krodh shant ho jata. jab in chijon ki phasal n hoti, to ham saza se bachane ka koee aur hi upay sochate. maulavi sahab ko chidiyon ka shauq tha. makatab men shyam, bulabul, dahiyal aur chndoolon ke pinjare latakate rahate the. hamen sabak yad ho ya n ho par chidiyon ko yad ho jate the. hamare sath hi ve padha karati thin. in chidiyon ke lie besan pisane men ham log khoob utsah dikhate the. maulavi sahab sab ladakon ko patinge pakad lane ki takid karate rahate the. in chidiyon ko patingon se vishesh ruchi thi. kabhi-kabhi hamari bala patingon hi ke sir chali jati thi. unaka balidan karake ham maulavi sahab ke raudr roop ko prasann kar liya karate the. ek din sabere ham donon bhaee talab men munh dhone gaye, haladhar ne koee saphed-si chiz mutthi men le kar dikhayi. mainne lapak kar mutthi kholi; to usamen ek rupaya tha. vismit ho kar poochha—yah rupaya tumhen kahan mila ? haladhar— amman ne tak par rakha tha; charapaee khadi karake nikal laya. ghar men koee sndook ya alamari to thi nahin; rupaye-paise ek oonche tak par rakh diye jate the. ek din pahale chacha ji ne san becha tha. usi ke rupaye zamindar ko dene ke lie rakhe hue the. haladhar ko n-jane kyonkar pata lag gaya. jab ghar ke sab log kam-dhndho men lag gaye, to apani charapaee khadi ki aur us par chadh kar ek rupaya nikal liya. us vakt tak hamane kabhi rupaya chhua tak n tha. vah rupaya dekh kar annd aur bhay ki jo tarngen dil men uthi thin, ve abhi tak yad hain; hamare lie rupaya ek alabhy vastu thi. maulavi sahab ko hamare yahan se sirph barah ane mila karate the. mahine ke ant men chacha ji khud jakar paise de ate the. bhala, kaun hamare garv ka anuman kar sakata hai ! lekin mar ka bhay annd men vighn dal raha tha. rupaye anaginati to the nahin. chori khul jana mani huee bat thi. chacha ji ke krodh ka bhi, mujhe to nahin, haladhar ko pratyaksh anubhav ho chuka tha. yon unase zyada sidha-sada adami duniya men n tha. chacha ne unaki raksha ka bhar sir par n rakh liya hota, to koee baniya unhen bazar men bech sakata tha; par jab krodh a jata, to phir unhen kuchh n soojhata. aur to aur, chachi bhi unake krodh ka samana karate darati thin. ham donon ne kee minat tak inhin baton par vichar kiya, aur akhir yahi nishchay hua ki ayi huee lakshmi ko n jane dena chahie. ek to hamare oopar sndeh hoga hi nahin, agar hua bhi to ham saf inakar kar jaenge. kahenge, ham rupaya lekar kya karate. thoda soch-vichar karate, to yah nishchay palat jata, aur vah vibhats lila n hoti, jo age chalakar huee; par us samay hamamen shanti se vichar karane ki kshamata hi n thi. munh-hath dho kar ham donon ghar aye aur darate-darate andar qadam rakha.  agar kahin is vakt talashi ki naubat ayi, to phir bhagavanh hi malik hain. lekin sab log apana-apana kam kar rahe the. koee hamase n bola. hamane nashta bhi n kiya, chabena bhi n liya; kitab bagal men dabayi aur madarase ka rasta liya. barasat ke din the. akash par badal chhaye hue the. ham donon khush-khush makatab chale ja rahe the. aj kaunsil ki ministri pa kar bhi shayad utana annd n hota. hajaron mnsoobe bandhate the, hajaron havaee kile banate the. yah avasar bade bhagy se mila tha. jivan men phir shayad hi vah avasar mile. isalie rupaye ko is tarah kharch karana chahate the ki zyada se zyada dinon tak chal sake. yadyapi un dinon panch ane ser bahut achchhi mithaee milati thi aur shayad adha ser mithaee men ham donon aphar jate; lekin yah khayal hua ki mithaee khayenge to rupaya aj hi gayab ho jayaga. koee sasti chiz khani chahie, jisamen maja bhi aye, pet bhi bhare aur paise bhi kam kharch hon. akhir amaroodon par hamari najar gayi. ham donon raji ho gaye. do paise ke amarood liye. sasta samay tha, bade-bade barah amarood mile. ham donon ke kurton ke daman bhar gaye. jab haladhar ne khatakin ke hath men rupaya rakha, to usane sndeh se dekh kar poochha—rupaya kahan paya, lala?chura to nahin laye ? javab hamare pas taiyar tha. zyada nahin to do-tin kitaben padh hi chuke the. vidya ka kuchh-kuchh asar ho chala tha. mainne jhat se kaha —maulavi sahab ki phis deni hai. ghar men paise n the, to chacha ji ne rupaya de diya. is javab ne khatakin ka sndeh door kar diya. ham donon ne ek puliya par baith kar khoob amarood khaye. magar ab sadhe pandrah ane paise kahan le jaen. ek rupaya chhipa lena to itana mushkil kam n tha. paison ka dher kahan chhipata. n kamar men itani jagah thi aur n jeb men itani gunjaish. unhen apane pas rakhana chori ka dhindhora pitana tha. bahut sochane ke bad yah nishchay kiya ki barah ane to maulavi sahab ko de diye jaen, shesh sadhe tin ane ki mithaee ude. yah phaisala karake ham log makatab pahunche. aj kee din ke bad gaye the. maulavi sahab ne bigad kar poochha—itane din kahan rahe ? mainne kaha —maulavi sahab, ghar men gami ho gayi. yah kahate-kahate barah ane unake samane rakh diye. phir kya poochhana tha ? paise dekhate hi maulavi sahab ki bachhen khil gayin. mahina khatm hone men abhi kee din baki the. sadharanat: mahina chadh jane aur bar-bar takaje karane par kahin paise milate the. abaki itani jaldi paise pa kar unaka khush hona koee asvabhavik bat n thi. hamane any ladakon ki or sagarv netron se dekha, mano kah rahe hon , ek tum ho ki mangane par bhi paise nahin dete, ek ham hain ki peshagi dete hain. ham abhi sabak padh hi rahe the ki maloom hua, aj talab ka mela hai, dopahar men chhutti ho jayagi. maulavi sahab mele men bulabul ladane jaenge. yah khabar sunate hi hamari khushi ka thikana n raha. barah ane to baink men jama hi kar chuke the; sadhe tin ane men mela dekhane ki thahari. khoob bahar rahegi. maje se revadiyan khayenge, golagappe udayenge, jhoole par chadhenge aur sham ko ghar pahunchenge; lekin maulavi sahab ne ek kadi shart yah laga di thi ki sab ladake chhutti ke pahale apana-apana sabak suna den. jo sabak n suna sakega, use chhutti n milegi. natija yah hua ki mujhe to chhutti mil gayi; par haladhar kaid kar liye gaye. aur kee ladakon ne bhi sabak suna diye the, ve sabhi mela dekhane chal pade. main bhi unake sath ho liya. paise mere hi pas the; isalie mainne haladhar ko sath lene ka intazar n kiya. tay ho gaya tha ki vah chhutti pate hi mele men a jaen, aur donon sath-sath mela dekhen. mainne vachan diya tha ki jab tak vah n ayenge, ek paisa bhi kharch n karoonga; lekin kya maloom tha ki durbhagy kuchh aur hi lila rach raha hai ! mujhe mela pahunche ek ghnte se zyada gujar gaya; par haladhar ka kahin pata nahin. kya abhi tak maulavi sahab ne chhutti nahin di, ya rasta bhool gaye ? ankhen phad-phad kar sadak ki or dekhata tha. akele mela dekhane men ji bhi n lagata tha. yah snshay bhi ho raha tha ki kahin chori khul to nahin gayi aur chacha ji haladhar ko pakad kar ghar to nahin le gaye ? akhir jab sham ho gayi, to mainne kuchh revadiyan khayin aur haladhar ke hisse ke paise jeb men rakh kar dhire-dhire ghar chala. raste men khayal aya, makatab hota chaloon. shayad haladhar abhi vahin ho; magar vahan sannata tha. han, ek ladaka khelata hua mila. usane mujhe dekhate hi zor se kahakaha mara aur bola —  bacha, ghar jao, to kaisi mar padati hai. tumhare chacha aye the. haladhar ko marate-marate le gaye hain. aji, aisa tan kar ghoonsa mara ki miyan haladhar munh ke bal gir pade. yahan se ghasitate le gaye hain. tumane maulavi sahab ki tanakhvah de di thi; vah bhi le li. abhi koee bahana soch lo, nahin to bebhav ki padegi. meri sitti-pitti bhool gayi, badan ka lahoo sookh gaya. vahi hua, jisaka mujhe shak ho raha tha. pair man-man bhar ke ho gaye. ghar ki or ek-ek qadam chalana mushkil ho gaya. devi-devataon ke jitane nam yad the sabhi ki manata mani , kisi ko laddoo, kisi ko pede, kisi ko batase. ganv ke pas pahuncha, to ganv ke dih ka sumiran kiya; kyonki apane halake men dih hi ki ichchha sarv-pradhan hoti hai. yah sab kuchh kiya, lekin jyon-jyon ghar nikat ata, dil ki dhadakan badhati jati thi. ghataen umadi ati thin. maloom hota tha,  asaman phat kar gira hi chahata hai. dekhata tha, log apane-apane kam chhod-chhod bhage ja rahe hain, goroo bhi poonchh uthaye ghar ki or uchhalate-koodate chale jate the. chidiyan apane ghonsalon ki or udi chali ati thin, lekin main usi mnd gati se chala jata tha; mano pairon men shakti nahin. ji chahata tha , zor ka bukhar chadh aye, ya kahin chot lag jae; lekin kahane se dhobi gadhe par nahin chadhata. bulane se maut nahin ati. bimari ka to kahana hi kya ! kuchh n hua, aur dhire-dhire chalane par bhi ghar samane a hi gaya. ab kya ho ? hamare dvar par imali ka ek ghana vriksh tha. main usi ki ad men chhip gaya ki jara aur andhera ho jae, to chupake se ghus jaoon aur amman ke kamare men charapaee ke niche ja baithoon. jab sab log so jaenge, to amman se sari katha kah sunaoonga. amman kabhi nahin maratin. jara unake samane jhooth-mooth rooonga, to vah aur bhi pighal jaengi. rat kat jane par phir kaun poochhata hai. subah tak sabaka gussa thnda ho jayaga. agar ye mnsoobe poore ho jate, to isamen sndeh nahin ki main bedag bach jata. lekin vahan to vidhata ko kuchh aur mnjoor tha. mujhe ek ladake ne dekh liya, aur mere nam ki rat lagate hue sidhe mere ghar men bhaga. ab mere lie koee asha n rahi. lachar ghar men dakhil hua, to sahasa munh se ek chikh nikal gayi, jaise mar khaya hua kutta kisi ko apani or ata dekh kar bhay se chillane lagata hai. barothe men pita ji baithe the. pita ji ka svasthy in dinon kuchh kharab ho gaya tha. chhutti le kar ghar aye hue the, yah to nahin kah sakata ki unhen shikayat kya thi; par vah moong ki dal khate the, aur sndhya-samay shishe ki gilas men ek botal men se kuchh undel-undel kar pite the. shayad yah kisi tajurabekar hakim ki batayi huee dava thi. davaen sab basanevali aur kadavi hoti hain. yah dava bhi buri hi thi; par pita ji n-jane kyon is dava ko khoob maja le-le kar pite the. ham jo dava pite hain, to ankhen band karake ek hi ghoont men gatak jate hain; par shayad is dava ka asar dhire-dhire pine men hi hota ho. pita ji ke pas ganv ke do-tin aur kabhi-kabhi char-panch aur rogi bhi jama ho jate; aur ghnton dava pite rahate the. mushkil se khana khane uthate the. is samay bhi vah dava pi rahe the. rogiyon ki mndali jama thi, mujhe dekhate hi pita ji ne lal-lal ankhen karake poochha—kahan the ab tak ? mainne dabi jaban se kaha —kahin to nahin. 'ab chori ki adat sikh raha hai ! bol, toone rupaya churaya ki nahin ?' meri jaban bnd ho gayi. samane nngi talavar nach rahi thi. shabd bhi nikalate hue darata tha. pita ji ne zor se daaut kar poochha—bolata kyon nahin ? toone rupaya churaya ki nahin ? mainne jan par khel kar kaha —mainne kahan... munh se poori bat bhi n nikalane payi thi ki pita ji vikaral roop dharan kiye, dant pisate, jhapat kar uthe aur hath uthaye meri or chale. main zor se chilla kar rone laga. aisa chillaya ki pita ji bhi saham gaye. unaka hath utha hi rah gaya. shayad samajhe ki jab abhi se isaka yah hal hai, tab tamacha pad jane par kahin isaki jan hi n nikal jae. mainne jo dekha ki meri hikamat kam kar gayi, to aur bhi gala phad-phad kar rone laga. itane men mndali ke do-tin adamiyon ne pita ji ko pakad liya aur meri or ishara kiya ki bhag ja ! bachche aise mauke par aur bhi machal jate hain, aur vyarth mar kha jate hain. mainne buddhimani se kam liya. lekin andar ka drishy isase kahin bhaynkar tha. mera to khoon sard ho gaya, haladhar ke donon hath ek khambhe se bndho the, sari deh dhool-dhoosarit ho rahi thi, aur vah abhi tak sisak rahe the. shayad vah angan bhar men lote the. aisa maloom hua ki sara angan unake ansuon se bhar gaya hai. chachi haladhar ko daaut rahi thin aur amman baithi masala pis rahi thin. sabase pahale mujh par chachi ki nigah padi. bolin , lo, vah bhi a gaya. kyon re, rupaya toone churaya tha ki isane ? mainne nishshnk ho kar kaha — haladhar ne. amman bolin — agar usi ne churaya tha, to toone ghar a kar kisi se kaha kyon nahin ! ab jhooth bole bagair bachana mushkil tha. main to samajhata hoon ki jab adami ko jan ka khatara ho, to jhooth bolana kshamy hai. haladhar mar khane ke adi the, do-char ghoonse aur padane se unaka kuchh n bigad sakata tha. mainne mar kabhi n khayi thi. mera to do hi char ghoonson men kam tamam ho jata. phir haladhar ne bhi to apane ko bachane ke lie mujhe phnsane ki cheshta ki thi, nahin to chachi mujhase yah kyon poochhatin , rupaya toone churaya ya haladhar ne ? kisi bhi siddhant se mera jhooth bolana is samay stuty nahin, to kshamy zaroor tha. mainne chhootate hi kaha —haladhar kahate the kisi se bataya, to mar hi daloonga. amman  — dekha, vahi bat nikali n ! main to kahati thi ki bachcha ki aisi adat nahin; paisa to vah hath se chhoota hi nahin, lekin sab log mujhi ko ulloo banane lage. hal. —mainne tumase kab kaha tha ki bataoge, to maroonga ? main — vahin, talab ke kinare to ! hal. —amman, bilakul jhooth hai ! chachi —jhooth nahin, sach hai. jhootha to too hai, aur to sara snsar sachcha hai, tera nam nikal gaya hai n ! tera bap naukari karata, bahar se rupaye kama lata, char jane use bhala adami kahate, to too bhi sachcha hota. ab to too hi jhootha hai. jisake bhag men mithaee likhi thi, usane mithaee khayi. tere bhag men to lat khana hi likha tha. yah kahate hue chachi ne haladhar ko khol diya aur hath pakad kar bhitar le gayin. mere vishay men snehapoorn alochana karake amman ne pansa palat diya tha, nahin to abhi bechare par n-jane kitani mar padati. mainne amman ke pas baith kar apani nirdoshita ka rag khoob alapa. meri saral-hridaya mata mujhe saty ka avatar samajhati thin. unhen poora vishvas ho gaya ki sara aparadh haladhar ka hai. ek kshan bad main gud-chabena liye kothari se bahar nikala. haladhar bhi usi vakt chiuda khate hue bahar nikale. ham donon sath-sath bahar aye aur apani-apani biti sunane lage. meri katha sukhamay thi, haladhar ki du:khamay; par ant donon ka ek tha , gud aur chabena.

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