Sakhi's Laghukatha

Broken Glass

Posted on: September 15, 2009

fiction_stamp2Roshan collapsed on the bed on hearing what she just heard. She didn’t know what went wrong. How could he do this! She kept staring in the oblivion. Her head throbbed badly.

“Oh my God! What happened Roshan? Are you alright?” her mother almost screamed when she saw her daughter sitting at the edge of the bed lost and looking like she had seen a ghost.

It was then Roshan realized that her face was wet with her tears… tears of anger, tears of shame, tears of helplessness! “Hun?” she said as if coming out of a trance. “Nothing mom, nothing.” She did not want to say anything about the incident, not to anybody, especially her mother. She stormed out of the room.

Roshan wanted to go somewhere where she can find some peace. But peace will come to those who are peaceful at heart and her heart was in shreds at the moment.

She took her bike and zoomed on the highways where traffic was less and she could speed away. As if, the blowing winds would take away the hurt and shame along with them. If only it was that easy to unburden one self! She did not want to go home but it was almost twelve and she realized her mom would be worried. She had forgotten to carry her mobile in haste. She dreaded going home, to see him, to look into those eyes which she used to adore, where she found nothing but love for her.

She knew her parents were not like other couples. She knew her mom had withdrawn from sansaar very early in her married life, a couple of year after Roshan’s birth. She was like a hermit staying with them just for the sake of it. Roshan was now old enough to understand the sexual need of a person. Had she come to know that her father had a relationship, in real sense, with another woman, she would have understood completely. He deserved to be happy. The happiness he did not get from his wedded wife; happiness to be able to come home to a smiling face, happiness to share silly jokes, happiness to hug someone after a long fight, happiness just to feel that he is needed! She understood it all too well! But she could not understand her father’s sexual exploitation of a fifteen year old maid; a girl who was at least seven years younger to his own daughter! She could not understand how the girl too was so casual about it so as to talk about this affaire with her friend, as if saying, “This is what our lives are all about!” Why she did not tell any of this to her parents or was she happy about it? Was it money?

Her mind swarmed with too many questions; questions that would not be answered!

Not only had she lost her mentor but her belief in basic decency, graciousness of being human! She hoped that someday she would be able to pick up the broken glasses of faith and mend them. Even then, the cracks would still be visible and the pieces would still bear the blood from her shredded heart.

57 Responses to "Broken Glass"

Roshan’s dad pulled a SHINEY on the maid ?

btw… roshan and shiney …

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Sigh!!! Things people do…

A dialogue in FRIENDS goes “You know why cant parents just be parents? Why do they have to become humans?”

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Yeah… so difficult to think “human” as parents… knowingly or unknowingly there are always at the higher pedestal along with GOD!! SIGH!!

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@Anshul
ur response was the true punchline was this story.. rofl

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i know, he always steals my show!🙂

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correction in prev. comment: replace was with “of”

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That’s disgusting behaviour from a so-called “father”. Shameless, perverted paedophile 👿

By the way, isn’t Roshan supposed to be a male name😕 Or does it happen to be like the name Krishna?

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i dunno… i liked roshan for her so gave her that name😉 😀 Author’s liberty you see😀 😀

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Roshan .. a girl ! (hajam nahin hua🙂 )
I really like the way you put ordinary people in difficult, abnormal situations in your stories. keep up🙂

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“Roshan .. a girl ! (hajam nahin hua)” – hajmola khao sab kuchh pachao!! hee..hee…😀

you know, its the ordinary people’s life what makes great stories… its just that we don’t give enough attention to these developments!!

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@Nova
Yeah I love that dialogue from FRIENDS.

We can’t even imagine our parents making the petty mistakes that we do leave alone something so harsh as this! Somehow we don’t think of them as humans, we expect them to be perfect!

But this was bad. Having a relationship with another woman was atleast okay. It’s not really his fault if he found happiness there and not in his marriage, but an affair with a 15 year old ! That’s like a sin !!!

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Sigh… isn’t it!!!👿

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It’s not really his fault if he found happiness there and not in his marriage, but an affair with a 15 year old ! That’s like a sin !!!

Not only morally but legally as well. Two charges I can count off the top of me head:

1) Adultery
2) Sexual abuse of an underage

If it goes to court then Roshan’s dad will have to pony up a lot of dough for the #1 & will probably go to jail for #2.

But I think that Roshan’s mom is equally responsible, perhaps more responsible since she’s the reason this thing happened. If you wanna live like a sanyaasi then why get married in the 1st place for crying out loud?!! And if you believe in vaanprastha then get your kids settled & married & then go about it.

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Sakhi rules!!🙂

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What took you so long to come over!😕

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OMG-how do you manage to put in so much drama in so few lines, and they have such an impact!

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😀 😀 Thanks for the complements🙂

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perturbing situation…
rare real lives..!!

nicely written..!!

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I just hope these kind of the situations are really rare! But i have started having my own doubts!! SIGH!! 😦

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These things unfortunately happen but they are horrible. Seducing a minor is a very bad thing especially because the minor is not reasonable enough to understand what he/she is doing and his/her emotional life will be influenced (and often made worse) by it . And the fact that the father also was the employer of the girl and, I presume, socially superior made things even worse.

Well written and interesting.

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yup, in India, even with the consent of the minor girl (am not sure about boys!!) … the sexual intercourse is still considered to be a “RAPE”!!

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Tell me, is Roshan crying because her father has a illicit relationship or because of the age of the girl??

Ever thought how this discovery would change Roshan’s life??

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“Ever thought how this discovery would change Roshan’s life??”

I KNOW… remember, i am the author of this story!!!😛 😛

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“Ever thought how this discovery would change Roshan’s life??”

I KNOW… remember, i am the author of this story!!!😛 😛

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And how did it change?? Cann’t wait to know…

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Evr the curious, hun???😛 😛

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Roshan might not trust anyone anymore…!!!

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yeah… probably!! But i wish for her that should not happen. Not all are same. SIGH!

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I really dont care about her father, but is Roshan single???

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If you want her to be still single, then she is!!😛 😛 uska mobile number chahiye? 😉 😉

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Lol….let me ask my fiance if its ok with her..

“Hon,…..”😀😀😀

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Wow. Excellent story.
It can be heart breaking when we realise that our parents are as weak and fallible as we are. And sometimes even more fallible. Who knows what goes through human’s minds – especially in those quiet moments when no-one is looking. S

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Those quiet moment when no one is looking are the most dangerous ones! SIGH!! but, again, they are just moments, they pass… one should let them pass.

And parents are at high pedestal always, for all the kids… wish no kid ever has to see his/her parent defile!!!😦 😦

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The worst things about all the mis-deeds that we indulge in, thinking that no one would become aware is the fact that every one of us have a conscience and it would one day prick us doubly than others!!

Destination Infinity

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yes… when I was young my mom would always tell me, “You can lie to anybody in this world and probably get away with all the lies too, but you can NEVER lie to yourself. So be true to yourself and you will never have to worry about anything else, ever”.

Its so very true!!

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why have a maid aged 15 in the first place??it disgusts me to see kids in many homes working so hard and sleeping on something really hard(obvious enough that you cant share your kurlon or sleepwell…😦 )and going thro’ really hard times..and then irony of everything you complain ‘this maid is waste..kuch kaam hi nahi karthi’ and then you have your bad eyes…and you inappropriately look at them..!(so on..)…

would these ppl want somebody else to behave(read misbehave) this way with their own kids..(well you never know..what happens when your own parent MISBEHAVES..remembering the Elizabeth and her dad of Austria!)

nice one😦

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yeah… i dont understand why its so difficult for us to think that those kids are someone else’ ‘children’!! SIGH!!

Glad that you liked the story.🙂

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Sounds like a neighbourhood story🙂 well written🙂

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I wish such things don’t really happen in neifghbourhood!🙂

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Very well written…came across ur blog for the first time today..read many stories in a go…well m bookmarking it right now..:)
Bravo !!

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Thanks leena and hope i don’t disappoint you🙂 🙂

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I love the way you’ve formed the last sentence

“Not only had she lost her mentor but her belief in basic decency, graciousness of being human! She hoped that someday she would be able to pick up the broken glasses of faith and mend them. Even then, the cracks would still be visible and the pieces would still bear the blood from her shredded heart.”

Nice flow of words and description. An eye opener🙂

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@ Sakhi

When Did you publish this one?

I liked it…gives a peak into the ugly reality!!

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I published it when you were busy with your exams🙂 🙂

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I have read a lot of your posts.

Your simple language and deep content makes it a very good reading.

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Thanks Rohit and welcome to WP🙂 🙂 Hope you enjoy blogging as much as i do🙂 🙂

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