Delhi……………reckoning Indu

It was Achan…..he had finally turned up………

Indu was beaming,brimming,giggling and fuming……..

The only thought that whipped her mind was to summon the courage to ask Achan to take her to Delhi once.However the long distance relationship had taken a toll on their intimacy.Next morning Amma broke the news to her……they would be moving to Delhi in another ten days…………

Indu’s life spruced up,Amma could see Indu’s rejuvenated self….It was as if life reclaimed her.She was overjoyed to see her little one back to the hopscotch squares,she was loved the scribbling on the floor and on the walls,the henna stains,the scattered pebbles…………she loved the occasional mopping and cleaning…………she was euphoric….her darling daughter was back to being her bubbly self.

Indu on the other hand,was on a different plane….she  envisioned herself in the jovial company of her Gauri Chechi….

The day dawned when they boarded a train to Delhi.

Two days or approximately fourty eight hours was what it took to reach the national capital.Achan had already been allotted accomadation by his employers and it took a few days before they were finally settled.

Indu got admitted into a new school,she fumbled with the new language that she was confronted with.Every solitary object around her seemed alien….whether it was the cuisine,the language,the attire,the air,the flair,the stare……….and the aftermath……..DESPAIR….

Indu had umpteen times asked Amma about the whereabouts of Gauri chechi and everytime her eyes encountered the frown and detest of Amma.

“Amma,what is it that you are not telling about Gauri chechi?Indu asked?Its been so many days…..why don’t you call her home?

“Indu,I do not have her address,I will have to check with her family.”

“You still not have checked with them,Amma?”That is so mean of you,said Indu. “You do not love me,otherwise you would have.”

“It is not that easy Indu,she now belongs to a different family.We cannot call her according to our conveniences.”said Amma

“But we have not called her till now and we will not pester her for anything.Just once Amma,Please………Please Amma……………

Amma sensed Indu’s desperation and decided to get in touch with Gauri’s family.She invited them for dinner one day.

Gauri chechi came…………..Indu was stunned and speechless…….

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Blemishes scarred the flawless beauty she was…….fragile and traumatized……….

Indu stood dismayed……………

Gauri chechi………………her heart sank

To be continued……

 

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