A Daughter's Grief
sat by the window engrossed in her thoughts. The chirping of the
birds and the cool breeze did nothing to soothe her tense nerves.
She had a worried expression on her face. Her worries had surmounted
to a point of no return. “Maya” called out her mom.
Jhanvi found her daughter by the window as usual. What was it that
was troubling Maya she wondered? She went and touched Maya and awakened
her from her trance. “Hey mamma is it time for the evening tea?”
asked Maya. Jhanvi nodded and went back to the living room where
she had laid out tea and snacks on the table. Seeing Maya always
engrossed in her thoughts troubled Jhanvi a lot. Was it anything
that she had done? She had lovingly brought up her daughter all
alone after Naresh had left her.. Her thoughts flew to the past……
She was the only daughter
of her parents and had always had her way. They had provided her
with everything and she had a luxurious childhood. As she grew up
life seemed wonderful with such supporting parents and a set of
great friends. Then she had got this superb job. There she met Naresh.
He was very handsome and charming. From the day he had joined the
office she couldn’t take her eyes off him. He was in a senior position
and had been transferred from the head office in another state.
She was also impressed by his work.
He had made changes
in the style of work being carried out and this had helped in the
progress of the company. He would surely be recommended for promotion
the way he was putting in effort for the company. But that was all
beside the point. Jhanvi was getting impatient as she had been unable
to gain attention from Naresh. She was so used to men falling for
her that she was surprised when Naresh had not given her a second
glance. He did give her additional responsibility on the work front
and was very cordial to her. But then he behaved similarly to all
other ladies in the office too.
But fate has
its own twists. One evening a report which was to be submitted
in the evening got delayed. Due to most of the staff being
absent that day due to the heavy rains and water logging,
the report couldn’t be completed. But Naresh had insisted
that the report was due by evening and had to be submitted
come what may. This had angered Jhanvi, but she had with the
help of the miniscule staff managed to make the report.
Naresh had asked
her to stay back till the report was faxed and acknowledgement
was received from the head office. Her colleagues had left
after the completion of the report. After receiving the okay
from the head office, Naresh came out to tell Jhanvi that
she could leave. He was shocked to see her lying on the floor.
She had fainted right there in the office. Due to the pressure
of completing the report she had not had lunch and not eaten
anything throughout the day.
Naresh glanced at
the watch and the time was 9 pm. With a tinge of guilt, he lifted
her gently and placed her on his office settee. Then he called the
doctor from the next building who revived her immediately. Jhanvi
was shocked to see herself in a lying down position on the sofa
in Naresh’s office and Naresh holding her hand. She felt like it
was a dream. Finally Naresh had held her hand and maybe would propose
her for marriage. And then her eyes focused on the doctor who proclaimed
her to be perfectly all right and ready to go home. He had warned
her of staying hungry again. Naresh had thanked the doctor and turned
to Jhanvi. He had dropped her home and apologized for delaying her
Next day Jhanvi had
come to office with great dreams of her lover boy giving her special
attention. But Naresh was his usual cordial self and not given her
extra attention as she had hoped.
Naresh couldn’t stop thinking of Jhanvi. But he was not sure how
to approach her. From the day he had joined he had felt a pull towards
her. But he had controlled his feelings and always treated her like
the rest of his staff. But yesterday when he had seen her unconscious,
he had felt his heart strings being pulled. He had felt like enveloping
his arms around her and protecting her for the entire lifetime.
How he had held himself from holding her was something only he knew.
He decided to approach her parents to ask for her hand in marriage.
Jhanvi had already told her mother of her fascination about her
new boss. Her parents agreed for the match and Jhanvi and Naresh
got married. Naresh had lost his parents 5 years ago in a car accident
and had very few relatives who attended the wedding. Jhanvi was
on cloud nine. That her dream would be fulfilled was something she
had not expected. She had stopped going to work and was happy being
at home. Naresh was a very caring husband and soon she had good
news up her sleeve. She was pregnant and all too excited about it.
Her parents had supported her throughout the pregnancy and later
on too after her delivery. She had delivered a baby girl within
one year of her marriage. Naresh was very happy and spent all his
free time with the baby.
He felt she was like was something wonderful and named her Maya.
On her first birthday Maya lost her father. He died in a plane crash.
Jhanvi had been shocked to the core and it had taken a long time
for her to recover from her shock. Her beautiful daughter had been
the reason she had lived and with determination she had joined the
office back again. Her parents had helped her take care of Maya
while she went to work. Maya had grown into a beautiful girl and
Jhanvi had seen to it that Maya had everything she wished for. Jhanvi
had taken great pains to cover up for her lack of a father. But
for the last few days she was seeing her daughter in a somber mood
and that hurt her a lot.
Today she had decided she would ask Maya what was hurting her..
Maya knew that her mom was worried about her silence and mood swings.
She had planned to tell her mother about Anil today.
Anil was her colleague at the office. She had liked him from the
moment she had entered the office on the first day itself. Slowly
they had interacted and become friends and later he had proposed
marriage. She wanted to accept. She loved him a lot. What about
her mother? Anil had got a very good offer from abroad and he had
plans to take her too with him after marriage. Then her mother would
be alone. She did not want to leave her alone and go far away. So
she had told him that she was not ready for marriage and refused
He had been heartbroken.
He was to leave for his new job abroad in a month’s time. He had
told her that if they marry immediately then he could put the papers
for processing and they could both leave together. But she had no
plans of leaving her mother.. She was feeling very depressed and
didn’t even feel like going to work. Meeting Anil everyday pained
her heart. She knew it would be difficult for her to forget him.
But how could she leave her mother who had sacrificed so much for
her. Her mother had not re-married after her father’s death. She
had managed without a life partner so that she could spend time
with her daughter. Now how could she just forget all those sacrifices
her mother had made and go away with Anil whom she loved dearly.
While sipping her tea, Maya told her mother in a low tone that she
had met someone whom she loved and that she was not going to accept
his proposal for marriage. Jhanvi was shocked and for a moment couldn’t
speak a single word.
Her daughter had grown up to become a beautiful woman and she still
considered her as a baby. She hadn’t realized that her baby was
ready for marriage. And now sitting across her, her baby was speaking
of love and marriage. She had grown so fast. But now she had taken
a wrong decision by refusing to marry Anil. She had to do something
Next morning Jhanvi phoned Maya’s office and asked the operator
to connect to Anil. She was feeling a bit nervous about how to start
the conversation with Anil. But when Anil heard that she was Maya’s
mother he was overwhelmed with joy. He wanted to meet her personally.
She called him to the house the same afternoon because Maya would
be at the office at that time. Anil arrived promptly at 1.pm. Jhanvi
was very happy to see him.
Anil was very handsome
and a thorough gentleman. He reminded her of Naresh. She spoke to
him about her life and about Maya and told him everything. He listened
intently and then spoke. He said he loved Maya and wanted to marry
her. He was ready to wait for her all his life. Jhanvi told him
that she would convince Maya to marry him now so that he could take
her along when he went abroad. Anil thanked her profusely for accepting
and giving permission. But he too felt worried about Jhanvi and
told her that it would be unfair on his part to take Maya away.
But Jhanvi convinced him that life had to go on and that once they
were settled she could join them there if need be. He was very happy
and satisfied with the solution and left with a smile on his face.
Jhanvi sat beside the window peacefully. Her daughter had found
a great man to lead her life with. She would lead a happy married
life. Anil was a very nice man and she felt happy that her daughter
would live with such a nice person. All her worries seemed to disappear
after she met Anil. She would definitely feel lonely and lost after
Maya left. But it would be selfish on her part to hold on to her.
Maya needed to live her own life..
She had to let her
go. She had to convince Maya that she would not be lonely and for
that she needed a way out. She phoned her friend Asha who worked
for an NGO supporting single ladies. She decided to join the Ngo
and do social service. She had to live her life with a different
direction now. So far it had always been a life for Maya. Now she
had to learn to live without her baby Maya. But she had her memories
and Naresh would always be with her. He was her strength for all
these years and would continue to be all her life. And she always
had the choice of joining Maya and Anil in the US. But that was
later. She had to first convince Maya and start preparations for
a quick marriage. Her only daughter was getting married and she
had hundreds of chores to do. She had hardly any time. She had to
Nair, Dubai, UAE. I completed my Post graduate education
in Mumbai, India and am presently residing in Dubai, UAE. Writing
has been my passion since childhood. I have been writing poems,
articles and stories of which some have been published in newspapers