|CANCER (standard:drama, 5962 words)|
|Author: abhijit dasgupta||Added: Jun 14 2006||Views/Reads: 1870/1152||Story vote: 0.00 (0 votes)|
|Abhijit Dasgupta, 46, has been an Indian editor with 24 yrs in print journalism. He dabbles in fiction and has been published in not-too-big publications. This story (attached) is about an Indian woman and how she is led into a devious trap by her onetime|
CANCER By Abhijit Dasgupta +++++++++++++++ "Then die!" Suparna had blazed out of the room. Uddalok didn't even stir as the door shut with a heavy thud. ****************************************** At first, Suparna could not believe that this was the same Uddalok she used to know in college. "I have cancer, Suparna. It's just a matter of months. The liver...it's wasting away," he said, slowly, deliberately, making the pain come out through his words. He had a stubble and as he lay on the bed, Suparna asked, "How are you managing things...medicines...meals...the rest. Don't you have a help?" "No. I manage. Anyway, I don't have the money for medicines. I have been to the doctor only twice. When I learnt about the cancer, I just let things drift...What's the point? I eat when I can and sit on that chair on the balcony waiting for death. It doesn't bother me. Not as long as the pain becomes crippling. Then there would be only one way out. Suicide. I am prepared for that too," Uddalok said without emotion. Suparna felt like letting the tears go but she persuaded herself not to cry in front of the man who had loved her since she was in college and even attended her wedding, doing all the chores that are expected from a best friend. Both of them knew that there was much, much more in the friendship than just trust, loyalty and dependence. There was love. It burnt like an active volcano inside Uddalok while Suparna's was restrained, giving only that much that was required from a dear friend. Uddalok never demanded more; he knew he wouldn't get any more. Suparna kept her distance from Uddalok only for one reason: she was madly in love with Subhajit, her classmate, whom she was to marry later. Otherwise, as Suparna later reasoned to herself, there was nothing that could have stopped her from tying the knot with Uddalok. The guy had everything going for him. It was just that Subhajit was better. More sobre, kinder and definitely, more generous. " You have never kept a single word of mine. Now that we meet after so many years and in these circumstances, can I ask you for one last favour? Promise you won't deny me that? I am a dying man and I have a request. Don't say no, Suparna. Na bolo na. I won't be able to take a rejection now." Suparna thought for a moment, adjusting her glasses in the moist, humid heat of the small room. What could Uddalok want? What was there for her to give? She tried to focus as the noise from the office-going traffic filtered up two floors to the room. It wasn't a very healthy atmosphere to be in, she thought. But she still loved Uddalok, a friendly love which had suddenly been rekindled in a strange fashion after she had heard that the man had cancer and would be dead in a couple of months. They had had great times with Uddalok at one time. "What's your request? Boley phelo. Tell me...But I can't promise without hearing what you have in mind," she said, looking away from the man lying on the bed. " I want to make love to you. Today. Now. Right now. Ekkhuni. Tumi na bolle ami morey jabo. I will die at your feet if you say no." Suparna was first stunned, then surprised and, finally, disgusted. " You are crazy. I had heard cancer kills, didn't know it makes people mad too. How dare you say such a thing, Uddalok? How can you even make such a request? You haven't changed, Uddalok. You still are the same selfish man I always knew you were. But how, how on earth could you imagine that I would say yes? ?" Suparna's eyes were burning, a lot of it in anger but some of it with pure embarrassment. Click here to read the rest of this story (698 more lines)
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