Everlasting bond…………….

Gauri chechi……….took Indu in her arms,but she was not her real self…….the carefree one……a timid attitude….ring fenced her…

It was her shadow,dipped and coloured melancholic,shaded ,shrouded mysteriously in acute agony……She was a muted version of hers…..

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Gauri chechi never stopped humming……….as she went around doing her household chores,she had this customary pattern of songs one after the other…

“Gauri chechi,can you sing my favourite song.”Indu asked

“Hush!!!darling,your uncle will scold me,she whispered and sighed.

“He does not like me singing.” Gauri chechi said

Indu glared at the dark and stout man,with a thick moustache and pockmarked face.His curly hair added to his repulsive and awful look.

“He is ugly .”she thought.”Gauri chechi,why did you marry this man?he is old and despicable….why don’t you leave him?”

Gauri chechi suppressed her giggle,the giggle which jingled in her ears when Gauri chechi was away, “sshhh!!! she kept her finger on Indu’s lips,and smiled.”

“Her lips formed that perfect curve,which god must have intricately designed ,put in his utmost enterprise to procreate such a fascinating thing.” Indu thought

“Do you like him Gauri chechi?”Indu asked.Gauri chechi did not answer.She gave a somber look and said,I am married to him my little baby.

“Ok but do you love me?”.Tears swelled in her eyes. “I love you till eternity my darling.” Gauri chechi embraced her and sobbed.Indu could feel the discord between her words and her heart,the dissent in her breath,the strain and aguish in her eyes,she could feel her picking up fragments of her heart,lest the splinters fall out and spill the beans…….

Her little heart heard the crashing of Gauri chechi’s crumbling heart and how she sleathily grappled with her emotions……

“How is your new school? tell me about your friends.”Gauri chechi said..

“Indu…………..Gauri let us have lunch.”Amma called out.

“Gauri chechi,can you feed me…?” Indu asked

“Indu…….behave yourself,Amma gave steely look.

Indu sat eyes downcast,her mutilated heart expressed itself with droplets of salty water that tumbled down into heap of rice kept before her………..she could not summon herself to swallow down more than two or three morsels…………

Gauri chechi’s husband expedited everything.It was not more than a minute that everybody got up from their respective places……after having food that he motioned Gauri chechi to declare the day.

The stroke of his hand and swagger in his eyes ensured that Gauri chechi left haphazardly…..

To be continued………………………

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