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  • Writer's pictureMuskaan Kapur

Breaking away from the trauma-induced past

A short fictional story that reminds us that even in one's painful journey and darkness, the power of unity and compassion can bring about remarkable transformation.

Rajesh and Meera lived in a peaceful village surrounded by rolling hills and flowing rivers. Raised by a loving family, they had two sons Rahul and Arjun. But there was a secret that haunted their lives, and it was a decision that would change their lives forever.

Like many villages, this one had a long history of prejudice. Years ago, Meera got pregnant with her second child, a girl. In a moment of desperation and fear, she decided to have the baby aborted.

The silence that followed was heavy and heartrending. Meera's eyes, once filled with warmth, held a sadness she couldn't express. Her heartache was mirrored in the strained connection between Rajesh and their sons. Arjun, the youngest, felt a void he couldn't understand, and Rahul, the older son, sensed the fragments of a story that had been left untold.

One day, a gentle soul named Maati arrived in the village. Her arrival felt like a whisper of fate, as though destiny had guided her to the family in need. Maati was known for her wisdom and her ability to mend not only physical ailments but emotional wounds too.

Under the sheltering twigs of a centuries-old banyan, Maati listened to Rajesh and Meer share their pain. Her presence was like a shield, her words a balm to their suffering. She guided them with gentleness and compassion, urging them to face their past and to let go of their shame.

As the days passed into weeks, Maati guided them in a path of self-empowerment. They began to untangle the chains of shame that had encircled them, replacing their grief with a sense of meaning. With newfound resolve, they set out on a mission to stop other families from making similar painful decisions.

Inspired by their shared mission, Rajesh, Meera, Rahul and Arjun went on a mission to spread awareness about the effects of gender discrimination. They held workshops, held village meetings, and talked openly with their neighbours.

Meera's voice filled with emotion as she spoke about the daughter they lost and the journey they were taking to make a difference.

The village changed as a result of their efforts. People stopped believing in the old ways and started believing in the concept of equality. The helplessness of the family sparked a fire of compassion, and their village became a beacon of hope.

On the eve of the village’s annual festival, when the streets were alive with colour and merriment, Rajesh and Meera stood with Rahul, Arjun, and Rahul in the middle of the festivities. They held a lantern in their hands, its soft light reflecting the daughter they lost and the changes they were about to bring about.

In the midst of the joy and laughter, the lantern seemed to be carrying a message. It was a message that even in the darkest of times, there are threads of light that can be woven.

As the stars twinkled in the sky, the lantern cast a soft light upon the family who stood united. Their journey was a testimony to the strength of the human soul and its healing power.


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