is a contemporary short story inspired by the memoirs of its author. It is a coming-of-age story that explores the friendship between a child and an older man.
The story captures the essence and innocence of childhood and is likely to evoke a bout of nostalgia in every reader.
When a young man, waiting at an airport, sees a brand of chocolate he hadn’t seen in years he reminiscences about somebody from his childhood he had forgotten – a family friend who used to visit their home every fortnight carrying a small gift of chocolates and who was fondly nicknamed ‘chocolate uncle’.
For the boy, chocolate uncle was just another pleasant, affable, over-grown friend with whom he could share his little joys and troubles. But when life took an unexpected twist and it was time for goodbyes, the child realised how different his grown-up friend had always been.
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Roji Abraham was born in the tiny, oil-rich country of Kuwait, second child to working-class immigrant parents – a machine operator at a steel plant, and a nurse, in the early 1980s.
At the age of 9, he took flight along with his parents, two siblings and a few bags of old clothes and trinkets, when a certain infamous Iraqi dictator-president (who was later hanged for his war crimes), bombed and invaded the country he lived in. After an adventurous trip in which he recounts living in a refugee camp for three weeks in the middle of a scorching desert called no-man’s-land (somewhere between Jordan and Iraq), sleeping in canvas tents and standing in long queues outside the Red Cross trucks that came everyday to distribute rations, he eventually returned to his native village in South India.
In the years since then, he survived the after-effects of a major leg surgery, completed high school and later graduated with an Engineering degree from a college, known better then for the enviable street fighting skills of its students rather than its academic prowess.
Between 2005 and 2014, he worked for a software company and travelled to and worked in half a dozen countries in Asia, Africa and Europe and indulged in their cultures and cuisines. In between, he also completed a master’s degree in business from a reputed British university and earned his first few pennies as a writer doing ghost writing of academic articles for University students during the time he was left with an empty bank account and no full-time job.
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