The legendary caretaker of the hidden castle!


“Few knew about the castle hidden inside the island.” But whoever visited it marvelled at the history and architecture of the place.

Almost everyone noticed him too. A grand old man, busy cleaning and polishing the floors. He looked a part of the setting – cold, dark and mysterious.

He knew more than anyone else about the untold secrets of the past. But he chose to be quiet for the sake of his masters.

His young masters had migrated to a foreign land and he was not expected to work anymore. Yet, he continued doing what his forefathers did centuries ago.

Locals spread all kinds of stories about him. The scariest one was that he had been long dead and his loyal soul was serving the castle!!

He never reacted to any claim or story, he just worked!

(This story is a tribute to Satna, the caretaker of our ancestral home in a village in Jharkhand, India. He was a short, dark man who spoke very little. Since boyhood to old age, he served our family. He was a loyal and dutiful person, who reported daily to work come what may. He embodied the very essence of Karma Yoga – to attain perfection in action to live a fulfilled life! He passed away a few years back but we will fondly remember him always.)

This story is a part of the wonderful ‘Mondays Finish The Story Challenge’ by Barbara Beacham. She provides us with a photo prompt, the first sentence, and approximately 150 words with which we are to use to write our story. To take up the challenge click here – MFtS

39 thoughts on “The legendary caretaker of the hidden castle!

  1. I can’t help feeling a fondness for this dedicated old man. He is determined to carry on doing his duty, despite being left alone in the castle. Strange stories can start to circulate so easily – and become vastly more colourful (or scary) along the way. I suppose it’s inevitable that superstitious people will invent (or imagine!) ghostly happenings.
    What a lovely tribute to Satna. He must have been a rare old man.

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    1. Thank you for reading Millie. He indeed was a noble soul. He was from one of the tribal communities and his loyalty for our family was commendable. :). He would come on foot despite being sick . Yes, He was a rare man. Thanks a lot for your lovely comment.😀

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