24 November, 2013

A conversation between neighbors.

"So Nandita, what did your husband get you for your birthday?", asked Misha.

"Oh! Tons of stuff Misha! A diamond necklace, a new dress from Chemistry, a wonderful gooey chocolate cake...", Nandita trailed on.

Misha noticed a pretense behind the happiness Nandita was demonstrating. But she knew better than to question her about it. Ten years of being Nandita's neighbor, she had seen and heard much more than she should have. She knew what went on behind closed doors, for she had heard the screaming, the hitting and the fresh bruises on Nandita's body. But what made her stay in that abusive relationship, she failed to understand. Was she lured by the money or the materialistic possessions?

Nandita was once an independent woman with a wonderful career. She got married to a man, who had crushed not only her dreams, but her confidence as well. She still had enough money in the bank to leave him and start a new life, she knew that.. but..

Misha came back to the present when Nandita snapped and asked, "Where have you traveled off to?"

Misha smiled, "Don't mind my asking, but tell me, why are you still bearing the brunt of something that was never your fault?"

Nandita held back her tears and said, "Misha, you have no idea, but getting married was my childhood dream. I wanted to be with a man who would love me and give me more happiness than I had ever felt. I wanted to have his kids, be a wonderful wife and have a happy family. None of those things seem to be coming true, but I am still hopeful. But now,  I am at the least fulfilling my dream of being a wonderful wife...."

Misha hated herself for judging Nandita to be a gold digger. Misha had no words to say, should she tell her to be practical, move on and start a new life or should she tell her that people of such character never change?

Speaking her mind, Misha said, "When you finally escape the hold of your husband, you get a whole new outlook on life. You will start feeling emotionally and mentally more stable. There will be an overwhelming sense of freedom you will get while finding yourself once again. You'll be able to do things that you haven't done for a while. It's like being set free from prison, your choices will be unlimited. Being alone would have never felt so good! And God will guide your way.. He knows your dreams and if He thinks a wonderful relationship is what you deserve, he will send one your way and help you heal. But darling, unless you make a decision and help yourself, nobody can help you live the life you dreamed of."

Nandita hugged Misha and said, "I wish it were as simple as you said."



  1. A simple conversation between two neighbors and a powerful message. It is always so easy to give advice but what we fail to understand is that to put that advice into action is not as easy as saying it.
    There are so many women who are still married to men only because they cannot take the decision. I had written a fiction story for WOW post, it was about a woman who faced abuse at the hands of her husband ... I cannot believe the number of emails I got regarding the post and the direction that the conversation turned to.
    Sadly, there are many "stuck in marriage" cases ... a lot more than we can think of.
    Sometimes you see a happy couple walking hand-in-hand and envy them not realizing that the story behind the walls of the house might be exactly the opposite!


    1. So true Arti..
      Thank you for your comment!

      I'm sorry that I've commented months later, no excuses, truly sorry!! Congratulations and good luck on your new endeavor with Namrata :)

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