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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Her

*strictly Fiction*

Way back home,  she always looked forward for this time of the evening, her space, her time, freedom.
Everyday after school,  after she parted from Sana and Razia at the Rustom circle, she still had to cover a distance of  half a kilometer towards her colony. A narrow lane that lead to city market , across cinema city , and the few more steps from the Marwadi Godown, it takes her around half hour reach her place everyday from school.

She used this time to manipulate  homework session, guess ammi's mood , if she will get to taste something delicious, or if she will have to finish the vessels before the evening namaaz,,all daily chores and everyday stories.

Her world shrunk into a small one that can aptly fit into one like the globe on Principals desk. The world around her hardly occupied   her family,  ammi, abbu ,sana , Razia, Rahman chachu at the ice cream shop, her school, her books, her new burkha, the new frock, Roza,the madrassa etc etc.

It doesn't bother her if the nation's economy is drowning, or some corrupt politicians getting arrested, or some airline crashed, she used the newspapers to wrap the small Channa packets from Abu kakas shop for Razia and Sana at school.


                                      


                                                      image courtesy :muslimwomennews.com




So that was her life, nothing much, a small Muslim girl, in her mid teens, excited about the first public exam shes going to attend this year, and the high school, college, lot of dreams, lot of work

So back to today's scene, Unlike everyday she took the long route home, she sang all the way , for she topped the class in midterms. She expected ammi to hug her and abbu to praise about her achievement

She manipulated the cost of textbooks for the next semester, looked at the setting sun , bid him bye, her mind drew imaginary designs that she wanted embroidered on her new veil, and she giggled when she imagined the jealous faces of her friends.

Today would be a great day, for everything went well since morning. She picked up some raw mangoes that were left unpicked by the ones who threw stones at the old monk tree, she would ask ammi to prepare a halwa for her.

Lot of blots and thoughts in her mind at this mid dusk time, she neared home before she could stop her thoughts.

The car poach suggested lot of guests today.

Sad , she cant tell abbu to take her for the new kids puppet show at the Mela.

At the kitchen side , Ammi waited patiently for her to arrive home.

As soon as she stepped in, Ammi wrapped a  Shawl across her,, passed her a new veil to cover  her face. Before she could decide whats happening around, she was there in front of the guests with all their eyes stationed on her.

Some smiled, whereas some stayed expressionless. Fortunately they didn't ask her to speak up.

Ammi, who are they?


She took a piece of kaju barfi from one among the packets that the guests brought.


The one in the middle will be marrying you.The have scheduled the nikahh for next     month

  
But Ammi, he is the one who married Tasneem Didi, 

 

So ? , he is very rich, they can marry more than twice


But ammi , next month I have my public examination, then what about college,?


This time ammi didn't reply, for she had heard abbu's footsteps towards the kitchen.


She knew arguing more with  ammi would least help. Across the hall room she picked up the phone.

"Razia, don't wait for me at Rustom circle tomorrow, I may not attend school henceforth... They have fixed my nikkah"


                                

28 comments:

  1. nice Reshmi.
    Its really sad and still happens in India

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    1. Thanks Jidhu.. It is sad, but it makes it more sad that no action is taken against it

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  2. The story left my eyes moist.A child marriage to a man already married and much older has left all the dreams of the little girl shattered.Do such things still happen?

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    1. Thank you sir. Yes sir, such things do happen, and many young girls remain helpless to such practices

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  3. Reshmi...your words are pure...love the essence :)

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  4. Nice story...true the custom of child marriage irrespective of religion is still prevalent in India.

    Nicely portrayed !

    Take Care

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    1. Thanks Fati :)

      Still Prevalent, true. Worst is that It will be Always prevalent , with nothing being done against it

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  5. Strong emotions through this one Reshmi. And a strong social message also. Child marriage should not happen.

    Another great post. :)

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  6. Nice story, sad it is true i small towns even now. I wish they get a grip...

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    1. Thanks Nivi, hope your wish comes true

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  7. That is the Truth story in many a families . and it is still so very prevelant..
    I wish we cna put a stop to this traditions ..


    Bikram's

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    1. Thanks Bikram, We have to stop such traditions that deny many a young their right to live their childhood

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  8. ohh ... touching ..wish we can stop this !!

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    1. Indeed Anu,High time we bring to wishes to action

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  9. What to tell dear writer.It was a, or else i would term it as, 'is' a great depiction of reality and it completely blowed me up.Five out of five rating for this :) :D

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    1. Thnks Joseph, First ever comment of urs,after so much time reading my posts, Would to love to have you as a regular reader, and the ratings too :)

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  10. Really it is very touching story… it is real story that happening around the world in every poor families. The poor innocent girl’s full dreams about her study and happiness of childhood stopped and vanished.
    While I am reading this I think about a Iranian film “the day I became a woman”.
    I like this story much… congratulations…keep writing. I am happy to reach here.

    www.ettavattam.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Shaiju. .. Ah loved to see a Malayalam blogger at my space.
      Yeas, even there's an Indian movie that you can link upto it, movies , maybe a media through which we can at least try changing it .

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  11. touching story... this pierced right through my heart. all the emotions were conveyed in a beautiful way; there was so much sadness in my heart when i read the last line. Child marriage kills so many dreams...
    Great work. keep writing such awesome stuff!!

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    1. Thanks a ton, Kirti. Indeed a sad story , Could not have ended it on a happier note.

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  12. very well written.. and the fact that i know its true makes it more heart wrenching

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    1. Thanks Renu, yep its very true and the practice is still prevalent in our country

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  13. Touching story. Maybe if the husband turns out to be sympathetic and humane, 'her' life could still be on track towards her dreams. It looks to me like that is 'her' best bet!

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