Hi, Everyone! There were a couple of scenes in the Cellular Jail that had actually taken place later. But I liked them so much, I added them in my novel. I thought it would add lighter moments to the story. I really enjoyed writing the scene below:
There came a day when a Chinese convict was brought here for drug trafficking. He had heard of Savarkar. At the first opportunity he asked, “You big man … Savalkal?” His eyes were huge with wonder.
“Yes, I am Savarkar,” replied Savarkar, amused.
“But you velly small!”
He apparently believed that a great man like Savarkar should have an impressive height and breadth.
He poked Savarkar in the chest. “You feel pain? Bullet bounce off your body, maybe?” he asked eagerly.
“Of course not! It will go through me just like anyone else.”
The man was deeply disappointed. “No … no! You gleat man! How many days and nights you swim in sea?”
“At Marseilles you mean? I was in the sea for only ten minutes or so!”
The man’s disillusionment in the greatness of men was complete. Here was this tiny man, quite vulnerable, trapped in this small cell—what can be his claim to greatness? Even his daring escape was only a ten-minute swim! Never again would he believe in the daring-dos of heroes! The man shook his head sorrowfully and took leave.
A few days later Keshu was before Savarkar. “Tatyarao, there is a Chinese man going around telling everyone how he was hoaxed into believing you were a hero,” said Keshu, gnashing his teeth. “I set him straight on a few points! I don’t think he will dare make such snide statements again.”
Savarkar laughed. “Keshu, I cannot hope to win everyone’s devotion. Alas, I am but a midget—not everyone’s idea of what a hero should be! But what to do?”
“Well, he is an ignorant one, certainly! Tatyarao, there is a lot of talk going around of us getting amnesty. Is it true, do you think?”
“I hope so, Keshu. I hope so. Hindustan needs us all! Vande Mataram!”
The little Savarkar-Keshu scene just flowed out of my fingers. I felt so much a part of the character of both.
I had to share this with you all.