Show Date-22nd June,2016
Vijay Badlani, Yuktarh Shrivastav, Anand Jaiswal, Lokesh Nalva
The Kabuliwala is from Kabul. His real name is Abdur Rahman. He works as a peddler in India. He goes to Kabul once a year to visit his wife and little daughter. In the course of selling goods, once he reaches the house of the writer, Rabindranath Tagore. His 5-year-old daughter, Mini calls him ‘Kabuliwala’. When Kabuliwala goes to visit Mini, she is afraid because he is wearing loose solid clothes and a tall turban. He looks gigantic. When the writer realizes that Mini is afraid, he introduces her to him. The Kabuliwala gives her some nuts and raisins. Mini becomes happy and from the next day Kabuliwala often visits her and gives her something to eat. They crack jokes and laugh and enjoy each others company. The writer likes their friendship but Mini’s mother doesn’t like it. She thinks that a peddler like Kabuliwala can be a child lifter. However, Mini and the Kabuliwala become good friends.
The Kabuliwala sells seasonal goods. Once, he sells a Rampuri shawl to a customer on credit. He asks him for money many times but he doesn’t pay. At last, he denies buying the shawl. The Kabuliwala becomes very angry and stabs the customer. He is then arrested by the police and is jailed for 8 years. When he is freed from jail, at first he goes to visit Mini surprisingly. It is her wedding day and he isn’t allowed to visit her. When he shows a piece of paper to the writer, he permits him to meet Mini who is in wedding dress. The writer knows that the Kabuliwala has no money to go back to his house so the writer cuts off the wedding expenses and gives him one hundred rupees and sends him to Kabul.
The story also shows the plight of people due to poverty. If the Kabuliwala had enough money, he would not come to India, leaving his wife and daughter in Kabul. The writer seems to shows that temper ruins anyone. If Kabuliwala didn’t stab the costumer, he wouldn’t have to go to the jail. This play shows the importance of having feelings for the sake of humanity.
Dhan Ki Bhent: It is story of a greedy grandfather who kills his own grandson.