|A Mother's Tale (standard:drama, 2140 words)|
|Author: email@example.com||Added: May 07 2002||Views/Reads: 2166/1412||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|It's a mother tale about raising a fatherless son all by herself and the sacrifices and the compromises she has to make in this struggle|
A MOTHER'S TALE Janeshwar had always been a role model for me .He was my immediate neighbor. Jane as we all called him lovingly, could easily inspire anybody. A brilliant scholar and a tremendous struggler, Jane was abandoned son of a drunkard father who had left him and his mother very early in life . In spite of grinding poverty and impoverished conditions Jane remained a topper in his class and the university. He could really slog. Life on it's part handsomely remunerated Jane for his effort. He set the highest score in chemistry in the entire university, and to add to his glory he was instantly awarded a job of chemical analyzer in a repudiated government laboratory. Everything seemed to be going his way. Jane had a life centered around few people ,to be very precise only around his his mother. Life plays strange games .For a boy so well known as Jane, there was hardly anyone to share his glory. Jane to me sometimes also seemed a pack of contradictions. For a person so intelligent and enlightened Jane totally ignored his mother's role in his life. The acknowledgement to this ignorance was served by manner of his behavior towards his mother which by any sense was humiliating. He would scream at her, call her names and on rare occasions even hit her. On being questioned his response was frank, women were weak and stupid and needed guidance by men , an attitude of a patriarchal society . Jane's financial woes had been lessened by fate to certain extent. Though his father was long gone ,he and his mother rather mysteriously kept on receiving his salary from the local railway company for which he worked during his lifetime. Some said that the station master under whom Jane's father served had a soft corner for Jane and so did not remove his fathers name from the payroll. Jane however was quick to take credit for such windfall gain attributing it to his good luck. To Jane the job of bringing a life into this world was not a big deal ,even animal can do that he would contend. Jane's mother Trishna Devi was quite his contrast . She was tolerant , calm and never took any offence to Jane's behavior .Life had taught her the important lesson of compromise .Trishna's life was colorless for most of the times. But on the first of every month she would dress up in the best of her clothes and blossom like a night lily. Everybody attributed it to her lack luster life for the rest of the month, while on this day she went to the railway station to collect her husband's paycheck .For most of the times otherwise she would remain indoors. Things had been fine till now , but then one day Jane became a celebrity scholar ,talk of the town and unwontedly his mother got dragged into the limelight. The camera bulbs flashed and she became a celebrity mom, though too utter dislike of Jane .Trishna seemed to like all this glory and attention for her son's thanklessness she felt at least someone had taken regard of her contribution in Jane's life . She would talk endlessly about the hardships she had to go through in bringing up her scholar son . The entire colony which till other day use to dismiss her story as ordinary struggle listened to her in rapt attention .Overnight she became the epitome of motherhood .Her mother wanted to be like her ,though only she knew what it meant to be living with a thankless son. Glory extracts it's own price and Trishna soon found out that. She found herself in the bad books of those whose popularity she had overshadowed with her new celebrity status. One of them was Parvati. Her husband was a high profile union leader in the same railway company where Trishna husband once worked. Prior to Trishna rise to fame Parvati was the only focus of attention in the society. She loved the spotlight. Her high lifestyle and constant traveling gave her enough arsenal for gossiping around and flaunting around her status . Trishna meteoric rise to fame caused her discomfiture beyond any doubt. She grew so disgrunted that she finally confided her problem to her husband .He shrugged it off as something trivial and asked not to be bothered by it. He being a politician however could not refrain himself from making a slander. He informed his wife about a rumor circulating in the department for many years that the station master had been banging Trishna for many years in return of his favor of not removing Trishna husband's name from the payroll. Parvati knew how to use this rumor. Soon the whole society was abuzz with such rumors and Trishna virtuous image evaporated as quickly as it had condensed. Trishna had always feared this day, she knew one day her secret would be out. But she had made this agreement out of compulsion and not out of lust. Dhuli babu ,the station master had been considerate with her though this did not prevent him from exploiting her situation.She was an abandoned woman with no money and Click here to read the rest of this story (103 more lines)
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