Happiness and Brother

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Life is full of happy days and sad days, the latter being more common in life. A happy day is that day when everything seems to go well with life and loved ones, though these happy days are also different from each other due to the degree of happiness they impart. The happiest day of my life is the day when my elder brother graduated from the IIT, Delhi. One would wonder why and how should that event make me so very happy, that, I earmark it as the happiest day of my life. Yes, I call this day as the happiest day of my life up to now as, that day gave me a lot physically, mentally, and even financially. My elder brother is ten years senior to me and, I was still in the Seventh Standard last year when my brother passed out of the IIT, Delhi, completing his graduation in Engineering. His result was announced in May. It was the 17th of May I remember, as, it was also the first day of my summer vacations. I was all set and relaxed for the long summer vacation when this happiest day came. My brother came home at about 11 am and informed Mummy about his result. The news was hardly breathed out to Mummy that, the house forthwith reverberated with sounds and feelings of happiness. Mummy at once gave a ring to Daddy in his office giving him the news and, lo and behold believe me the telephone bell rang, rang and rang, all full of congratulations for us. I had never, yes, never seen such enthusiasm in our home, and so many good wishes and congratulations pouring in. I felt that the whole house and I were at once placed on a high pedestal, and as if we were all on top of the world. It appeared to me as if the whole world or at least the entire society was in search of my brother. Within an hour or two, there was as if a stream of relatives and friends pouring in to wish us- my parents and my brother. For the first time, I now learnt that there was so much enthusiasm in our family circle, and, all this because for the last three generations, the family had not produced a...