Rajni, an above average student, studied in 7th Std. of the Municipal school. She had two younger siblings, one brother and sister each. Her mother, Radha Devi, took care of the household, nursed for her bedridden mother-in-law and also managed a small tailoring shop in her house. Rajni’s father, Suresh Kumar, worked in the nearby factory, but his contributions in the household income were negligible. Even though he worked and earned a salary, most of his salary was wasted by his drinking and gambling habits. He was all very calm and composed in the mornings, and was just the opposite in the evenings, but he never cared much about his family or kids.
Rajni’s best friend, Asha, always talked about her father; how he cared for them, took them out and how he took care of all their needs. Rajni always lied about her father in front of her friends. Like every daughter, she also wanted her father to be her hero, but it was a possibility just in her dreams. Because of her father’s violent habits in the evenings, Rajni never invited any of her friends to her house in the evenings. Rajni never wanted anyone to know the truth about her father’s violent attitude and she always lived in constant fear.
But people should always remember that…..
“Once you stop worrying what the world will think of you, your life will become that much easier to live.” – Anita Nair, Ladies Coupe.
Today, 12th June was her birthday, but Rajni never celebrated her special day. Still, her friend Asha, wanted to give a surprise to Rajni. Asha planned a surprise visit to Rajni’s house along with her other school friends in the evening. As usual, her father was heavily drunk and was hurling abuse at everyone in the house. Suddenly there was a knock on the main door, everyone got anxious, as they were not expecting anyone at this time.
Rajni went to open the door with trembling hands and boom…..
There was Asha on the front door with other friends holding a cake in her hands. Rajni got excited on seeing her friends, but suddenly she realized about her father’s anger. Rajni couldn’t speak up, everything was shattered, the bubble of lies had burst up and the imaginary father figure presented in front of her friends had vanished into thin air. That evening, the truth about her father’s violent behaviour had come out and Rajni felt very embarrassed. But truth being truth, it always comes out.