Circle of Life

This play was written in 2009. An improvised version of this play was staged on the 22nd of December, 2009 at the school where I was teaching, then.

P.S: This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are the results of my imagination or have been used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events/ locales/ persons- living or dead, is entirely coincidental.



Narrator (Enthusiastically): Well our little prince, Abhimanyu is 6 yrs old now. It’s the month of June and he is enjoying his vacation with his family in Shimla. Hey did I tell you that Abhimanyu has a two year old sister, Charu? Lol. Who says gender discrimination exists only amongst the poor. Did I ever mention Charu’s birthday being celebrated? Need I elaborate? I see Jignesh talking to a village local. He is wearing traditional Himachali outfit. Come lets see what the Patel clan is up to.

Jignesh (snobbishly to the Himachali): Hey chokra!!! What do you do? I see that you have a little group there. Will you not show us one of your traditional dances? I’ll give you a lot of money.

Himachali(energetically): Sure my lord!!! I and my little group of friends would love to perform for you. But we’ll settle for nothing less than Rs.5000.

Jignesh (miserly as always): Rs.5000? What do you think you are? Hritik Roshan?

Himachali (rudely): I told you our rate sir.

Abhimanyu (pleading-to Jignesh): Papa please!!!! I want to see their dance.

Jignesh (business-man-like): See the children want to see your dance. I’ll give you 4000. What say?

Narrator(aside-criticizing): The devil can spend millions to celebrate his son’s birthday at a five-star hotel, but he haggles with a poor Highland Wight!

Himachali (compromising): OK my lord! For your children (to his group) So friends are you ready?

Himachali Group(in chorus): Yes

Dance 4: The dancers perform the famous folk dance of Himachal Pradesh called 'Kullunati'




Himachali- native of Himachal Pradesh

Hritik Roshan-Bollywood superstar


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