Sunday, October 7, 2012

An Untold Story

Long, long ago, in an obscure village in central India, there used to be a man named Haiyya Joos. He was a poor farmer, probably the poorest in the village. In a time where his fellow villagers boasted of multiple cows and buffaloes, Haiyya owned just a goat.

To add to his woes, the goat did not even give milk properly. Moreover, the money spent on feeding the goat was quite high. In total, life was not good for Haiyya!

Being a single parent, Haiyya’s only glimmer of happiness was supposed to be his son Kan. We say ‘supposed’ because Kan never could relate with his parent’s poverty. Instead, Kan always longed for toys and other forms of amusement. Which, obviously, Haiyya could not afford.

One day, a fourteen-year-old Kan asked his father to buy a car. Haiyya was amazed at how stupid his son was. They had been in a persistent state of poorness. They always struggled to get the required number of meals a day. And here, his son Kan wanted him to buy a car.

At first, Haiyya thought that his son might be joking. However, Kan repeated the talk about buying a car the next day. And then Haiyya thought Kan had totally lost it. Probably, Kan had always been a retard and just that Haiyya did not notice. Haiyya explained to Kan that they did not have that kind of money and Kan should make do with whatever his dad gave him. Kan was disappointed.

Days passed by and the usual routine followed in Haiyya’s house. Haiyya worked very hard every day to earn just enough to provide himself, his goat, and his son some food. He always had the regret that he was never able to get Kan to go to school. Kan’s days were usually spent playing around the house. And even spending his daily allowance on something or the other. Kan would never save any money.

One day. Kan returned home from his play and ran straight to Haiyya. And the next thing he said made his dad’s jaws drop big time. Kan asked his father for money to buy a house. This was becoming extremely crazy now. Haiyya said “sure”. He took Kan inside and asked him to fetch a stick.

Then, what followed was brutal assault that one would never wish for anyone. Haiyya hit Kan real bad. Then, Haiyya made him make a promise. Kan, almost dizzy and shit scared, agreed. The promise was that Kan would never spend money until really required. Moreover, Kan was to try and save money in whatever form possible. And this way, Haiyya thought Kan would be better prepared for life.

Years passed! The same village now boasted of residing the biggest miser of all times. It looks like Haiyya’s beating took a real effect. Kan would just not spend! He helped his dad with his work, earned little, and saved. But Kan did not spend. There would be days when Kan skipped meals just to save some food. He had become a maniac.

In the village, whenever someone behaved in a stingy manner, people referred to him or her as Kan. Such was Kan’s fame.

One fine day, Kan fell ill. He ran a very high fever. Very, very high. He told his dad he would not be able to help him that day. Haiyya wished him well and left for work.

Kan needed a medicine badly, but he decided to save it. He just lay in his bed the whole day. Also, he ruled out visiting a doctor completely. At least, not until he had some more complaints such as cold, headache etc. That way, he could get treated for multiple things with just one fee to the doctor.

Such was his desire to save… rather, NOT spend.

And this is the untold story about how the word “Kan-Joos” came into being.

This post was written by me as a part of Blog-a-Ton. I felt the idea behind the post was very good, but the execution was very poor. The ending was quite abrupt and the idea got wasted. Excuse: did not get time to write. Ha :) The post fetched me two votes, two more than I expected :) 


  1. he he he ... this was good one kshitj ... gr8 imagination i must say .... :)

  2. Dumbfounded...what a post

  3. I am laughing.. :P .. :D :D
    Well this ain't a retarded post..but a refreshing one! :P I am just wondering does beating work wonders like that? :)

    I think this is the going to be one of the most unexpected untold stories ever told! ;-P

    Megha :)

  4. All the best for BAT 32 :) ..

  5. Hahhaha.. Aapko 'haiyya' ka bhi kuch batana chahiye tha... Very funny.... :)

  6. Awesome! Really cool...well I did make the connection when you said his son was named 'Kan'..still great imagination... :)

  7. hmm.. aapka drishtikone zara hatke hai...per vakai mein bahut umda hai janaab...
    it really enjoyed reading it.. :)

    I am here

  8. sorry..typo error *I..late bec.of power cut..

  9. LOL.... that was incredible ....:D, that's not at all a retarded post,its something special, it has the power to make everyone laugh.

    Great job and all the best.

    Do check mine

  10. Ha ha ha ha! Right till the end, I had not linked the Kan and Joos together :) LOL! Nice one! Best wishes for BAT!

  11. Bhai saab, amazing!

  12. hahaha...the story jus took a turn and had an abrubt end...but that made it really kan-joos to give away any more still make you grin
    ATB for BAT :)

  13. funny!! but i felt the ending came just too abruptly! would have wanted some more fun! :)

    ATB for BAT!

  14. Oops ! That was totally unexpected ha ha :) very creative !

  15. wow..thats good...i liked it ....innvation at its best:)

  16. I am not responding to individual comments this time.

    But, @ ALL - I thank you for liking the imagination... and am glad some of you found it funny.

    And I DO totally AGREE that the post ended abruptly. I could have made it much better. I knew it all along... even while pushing that 'PUBLISH' button.

    Frankly, I am not very proud of the post. The idea may have been nice, but the execution lacked.

  17. Sometimes it happens, Kshitij, that you are really not satisfied with what you write ...and this feeling pushes you to write better and helps you grow in all dimensions..Any ways all the best..

  18. Ho ho ho...I am still chuckling...:)) Great imagination...

  19. Hmm.. Kan-joos!!!
    Hahaha.. its good to save money but never to be a Kanjoos!!
    Nice moral :)

    Best wishes, Khsitij :)

  20. haha that's a funny take. Not stupid at all!!!

    It was pretty fun to read :)

    +Not Just My Allegories+

  21. hey Kshitij!!
    ukw ..Megha just told me abt ur post yest and she was all praise for it. when she told me about the concept even i was curious to read but the bad luck as u have it .. she forgot ur name :P
    n see my luck ..that u dropped by at my blog n ur story came walkin to me :)
    anyhow was hillarious ..espl the weird demands of Kan and the beating part ..i was in splits literally! ur imagination is really out of the box and hats off to u for choosing such a creative topic .. another thing .. don't ever underestimate urself !
    regarding Makkhi ..well i'd defntly watch it!!

    1. :) I am looking forward to your new post :D ..

  22. HaHa! Kan-Joos - good one!
    But the money spent on feeding the goat? What was that?
    Goats are mostly taken for open grazing unless they are grown for the kill :-)

  23. @ All - thanks for coming guys.

    @ iduft - you gave me a vote?? On this post?? You must be crazy. I appreciate you appreciating the out of the box thinking. It was exactly the case in your post.. perhaps even better. I did not vote this time... because I could hardly read half of the posts.. but I had marked you high on my rank.

    megha, thanks for the referral. I will try to give you a good post the next time.

    @ aativas - oh plz. I have no idea about the logicality of things here :)


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