Lady In The Park
By Hiranya Borah
Copyright 2017 Hiranya Borah
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It is another completely fictitious and tragic love short story. If you find any resemblance with any character living or dead with the protagonist of the story, it is nothing but a coincidence only. Hope my readers will like the story.
Thanks to my readers and friends and above all my family for their constant support to write something usual and unusual. I love them all.
Thanks to Shakespir for publishing this story book along with my other books.
Chapter I: Beautiful Face
One of my friends, who migrated to a large city from a small town of Assam a few years back, was thrashed by the husband of a beautiful lady for allegedly staring at her from the window of his apartment. However, after few days the husband apologised for his behaviour when truth came out that my friend did not stare at his wife, but as a nature lover, he used to see the birds behind the balcony of the beautiful lady and unfortunately, my friend has somewhat squint eyes.
Our common friend, Vkrant who migrated to Delhi after his selection to a coveted post in an MNC, he had taken a decision not see any lady or birds behind a lady in the city.
He took a flat Vasant Kunj, window of which was facing a park. So he was unlikely to see a lady on others balcony. Even he by chance could see a lady in the park, distance between his window and the lady might not be less than 100 metres.
After one month, Vikrant noticed a beautiful lady of twenty something, used to sit in the winter sun and used to be always busy in painting. Her fresh but serious look attracted Vikrant and he forgot his promise to himself not to see a lady in the city. From his window he started to see the every movement of the lady. She used to paint something for few hours and she used to leave the park before 12 Noon by a small elegant car.
Chapter II: Unexpected Meeting
Vikrant never dared to see the lady from a close distance. But God might have a different idea. One day when Vikrant was in a hurry for his office, he tried to cross the road, he was almost crushed by the car driven by the beautiful lady whom Vikrant was looking from his window for last three months without her knowledge.
First Anita was horrified to knock Vikrant down by her car. However, as soon as she came to know that he was not seriously injured, she became extremely angry for his callous approach to cross a busy road of Delhi.
‘Don’t you know how to cross a busy road? Someday you will die because of your own fault and put an innocent driver in trouble.’ She told him with full of anger in her voice.
‘First take him to a hospital for treatment, otherwise you will be in trouble, madam.’ An onlooker advised Anita.
Anita took the advice of the onlooker and took Vikrant to the hospital.
That small accident finally took a sweet turn to the young duo. In due course of time, Anita allowed Vikrant to travel deep inside her tragic compartments of her past life.
‘Do you know that I am a disabled widow?’ While loitering in the park, Anita asked Vikrant one day when Anita realized that Vikrant wanted to enter into her life.
‘No, I don’t know. But it should not interfere our friendship.’ Hiding his surprise, Vikrant commented.
Looking to the sky Anita said, ‘But sometimes it matters. You should know everything about me as a friend.’
Then she sat on a bench of the park and removed her artificial leg so far hidden under her pant. Then she started to unveil her past life to Vikrant.
Chapter III: Tragic Life Of The beautiful Lady
Anita was a trained professional painter. She was a widow for three years and living alone in a rented house after the death of her husband three years ago.
Her husband Varun was an architect passed out from a reputed engineering college. Varun met Anita in a birthday party of a common acquaintance. Anita was born and brought up in Delhi whereas Varun was from a village of Uttar Pradesh. Varun’s parent are still staying in their village. For Varun and Anita, it was a love at first sight.
After two years of courtship, they tied the nuptial knot against the wishes of both the parents. Varun’s family opposed the marriage, as Anita was not from the same caste and Anita’s family did not like the relation as Varun, according to them was too rustic.
After her marriage to Varun, she became very happy with her husband Varun who was also equally happy. After one week of their marriage they went for their honeymoon to Singapore. They had a wonderful time in Singapore. They were in Singapore for a week and returned to Delhi by an evening flight and reached Delhi at around 11-30 PM.
After coming out of the airport it was half past twelve. From the airport to their residence at Vasantkunj was hardly five KM. They hired a prepaid taxi from the airport to their residence.
There is a crossing to enter Vasantkunj from the airport bisecting the Jaipur-Delhi Highway. Anita remembers, they were about to cross the highway. But before they could cross the highway, Anita heard a deafening sound and she fell unconscious.
Afterwards, she came to know that a truck jumping red-light crashed into the taxi in which Varun and Anita was travelling. The driver and Varun died on the spot. Anita was hospitalised by the police in a critical condition.
Chapter IV: Loss of Limb
When she regained consciousness she found that she lost one leg below her knee. On the next moment she could recall that she was with Varun before hearing the deafening sound. She asked the doctor, ‘Where is Varun?’
‘He is in a different room. He is OK.’ Doctor lied.
‘I want to see him.’ Anita demanded.
After few minutes, doctor had to admit that Varun was brought dead to the hospital.
‘You were also brought to the hospital in a critical condition and you were unconscious for last three days.’ Doctor divulged the truth.
Anita was so shocked, she could not even cry for few minutes.
After seven days, Anita came back to her residence all alone, though her parent wanted to take her back to their home.
Chapter V: Vikrant Fell In Love
When Vikrant fell in love with Anita, he did not know. But he realized, after falling in love with Anita, his love for Anita would make his life tougher. He expected her parent would not allow the alliance because of her past married life. Moreover, she was a handicap in the eyes of others though she was at par with anyone with her artificial leg.
However, for Vikrant two surprises were waiting. First pleasant surprise was that, his parent did not object to the alliance; rather they supported their son for taking a bold step to marry a disabled widow. The second and horrible surprise was that, Anita’s family objected to the alliance because of rigid casteist mind-set of the family of Anita. They thought to marry away a girl from their community to a boy of different caste of Assamese community would hurt their self-prestige or family honour in the eyes of the family they belong to.
But due to firm and committed decision of Anita forced her parent to relent and agreed for the marriage.
Chapter VI: Another Tragic End
It was not clear whether it was a case of attempted honour killing or a robbery case. It was only eight in the evening, three days before the marriage, three persons barged into the house of Anita and attacked her with sharp weapons. As Anita collapsed, they ransacked all the rooms and took possession of all the valuables before leaving the apartment. Anita was bleeding profusely but still could manage to call police by dialling 100.
Police reached the spot within ten minutes and took her to the hospital. On her way to the hospital, she could barely manage to inform the police that she might be a victim of honour killing, hatched by the members of her family.
Despite of serious injuries, with extra-ordinary mental strength, she was able to live another half an hour just to meet her beloved, Vikrant for the last time.
She opened her eyes using all her strength to see Vikrant for the last time. Vikrant was weeping embracing her mutilated body. She wanted to console and tell him that she would meet him in her next re-birth and would be his wife. But before she could console and tell Vikrant what she wanted to say, she breathed her last.
After police enquiry, police arrested two cousins of Anita along with a dreaded criminal for the pre-planned murder of Anita. They confessed of committing the crime without remorse. One of them reportedly said, 'I have no regret in killing Anita. How our family, being from--- caste will tolerate her impending marriage with a ….boy of Assam?’
The author is a Government servant and a man of vivid experiences derived from his official postings across the country, travels across India and numerous visits outside India. He is presently placed at New Delhi.
His earlier publications are:
1. Random Thoughts through a Coloured Prism
2. Dilemma of a Young Mind
3. Funny Statistics and Serious Statisticians
4. Melody of Fragrance
6. Few Cities through the Lens of Hiranya Borah
7. Guilt: Gift of Winter Spring
8. Beautiful Ghost
9. Great Fighters: Grace of God
10. All Blurred
11. Putting kids to sleep
12. How to become unpopular
14. My grumpy Face
15. Love and Worries
16. Discussion of own Birth: A Taboo
18. Indecent Love Affairs
19. My Fair Lady
20. Waiting time
21. Two Stories
22. My Mother: Dashami Borah
26. First Attempt
27. A father
28. The Portrait
29. Snapped Thread
30. Only He Knows
31. The Stupid Mother
32. The Same Old Story
33. The Old Scoundrel
34. Third Attempt
35. Some of my First Days and First Nights
36. Snubbed Twice
37. Have You Met the God
38. Frequent Flier
40. Forgive and Forget
41. To Win or to lose
42. Call Girl
43. Beyond Blood Relation
44. Lady with a Black Car
45. My wife
46. Complete Woman
47. Diwali Gift
48. Romance with a Lady
49. Open Heart Surgery
50. My First Love
52. Pebbles on My Way Home
53. My First Bengali Book
54. Murder Mystery
57. Make a Habit to Thank God
58. Killing of a Bird
59. The Hero
60. Fantasy versus Reality
61. The Party
62. Road Rage
63. Death of a Friend
64. Cannot Live with Memory Only
65. None Cares for Me
66. A Tribute to My Guru
67. Two Professionals
68. The Choice
69. The Elusive Spouse
70. First Encounter with A P
71. Plane Crash
72. Plane Crash Part-II
73. Plane Crash Part-III
75. A Bag of Currency
76. Suitable Groom
77. Head Hunters
78. My Dear Sister
79. Selection While Waiting at the Airport
80. Oh Shit
82. He Got Back His Wife
83. Beautiful Faces
84. Elder Sister
85. Good Morning
87. Pass on your Death to Someone Else
88. Colour of Holi
89. Why blame others
90. A Forbidden Issue
91. Hat-trick of Failures
92. Agony of Writers
94. Three Directors
95. An Unusual Love Affair
96. Birth Day
97. Do not Tell Anyone
99. Late By Ten Years
100. Murder in a Foreign City
101. Strange Life
102. I love You Darling
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Despite of serious injuries, with extra-ordinary mental strength, she was able to live another half an hour just to meet her beloved, Vikrant for the last time. She opened her eyes using all her strength to see Vikrant for the last time. Vikrant was weeping embracing her mutilated body. She wanted to console and tell him that she would meet him in her next re-birth and would be his wife. But before she could console and tell Vikrant what she wanted to say, she breathed her last.