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Gumrah (1963)

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Down the alleys of hallowed time when the ideals of the Society were being documented and foundations of human behaviour being laid, Shree Ramchandra (the ideal man) Seetaji, (the ideal woman) and Lakshmanji (the personification of wisdom and humility) were spending the last year of their exile in the jungles of Panchvati. One day Seetaji saw a Golden deer, She was infatuated by its ethereal beauty. She asked Ram to get her the Golden Deer. Ram said "Seete, there are no golden deer and it is not wise to run after illusions". But Seeta would hear nothing of it. She insisted on getting the Golden Deer. Ram had perforce to go after the Golden Deer. After sometime voices started coming from the Jungle "Help, Help ! Lakshman, save me; I am dying; I am dying". Seeta got upset and came running to Lakshman. Said Seeta, "Look Lakshman, your brother has got into some trouble". Lakshman smiled and replied "Mata, Ram does not die and this cannot be his voice". Seetaji became angry and Lakshman was compelled to obey the commands of his sister-in-law. Touching her feet he also went the same way Ram had gone. But only a while later, to the amazement of Seetaji he returned. He drew a line around the hut which had been their home for so many years. "What is this line" asked Seetaji. "This is not a line" replied Lakshman. "It is the boundary of Home - the sacred precincts of Grihastha. Inside this line lies the safety of all that a woman loves and cherishes. Her chastity, her love, her Suhag and all that is connected with the purity and sanctity of Home are secure behind this line. So, respected mother, don't you ever cross this line". "GUMRAH" also tells the story of such a line.