In the dense forest, she waited, to see her last smile.
They had been waiting since a very long time for the doctor to arrive. The telephone lines had been disconnected and the transportation facilities had been cut off due to the heavy rains.
Prachi is a 15 year old girl who lives in a small town near Gangtok with her mother Manju. She had been to school till standard 2 as her mother wanted her to study but, after her mother’s illness she left the school and started working as a maid in a haveli for money. Her mother is suffering from cancer and needs to be operated. Prachi’s dad left them a long time back as he didn’t want any daughters.
On her first day to work , for the first time she saw the beautiful snow clad mountains and the Himalayan valley.
On reaching the haveli she heard a lady shouting “Isn’t there anyone in the house who can get a glass of water for me.” Being afraid she took a glass, poured water and went to the lady. On reaching her room, Prachi realised that she was sitting on a wheel chair, near the window trying to see the mountains. On seeing her, Prachi’s anger turned into sadness. She felt sorry for her. She went closer to her and said “Dadi, here’s your glass of water. Do you need anything else.” It was the first time she had met her.
Dadi on seeing her asked whether she was the new maid. Prachi replied a yes sweetly and asked Dadi whether she needed anything else.
The other day Dadi again called Prachi. She was eager to know why such a small girl was kept as a maid in their house. On being questioned Prachi replied “My name is Prachi, my mum is sick and needs to be operated and I am working over here for money.”
On listening to this Dadi replied “What about your education, darling.” Prachi answered innocently that she wanted to study but could not as she had to earn money.
From that day onwards Dadi started teaching Prachi Maths and English.
Everyday Prachi used to cook something special for Dadi and after lunch Dadi would help her in her studies. Many a times they would talk on random topics like the beauty of Himalayas, beaches, countries ,Indian history, jobs, novels, movies etc.
With each passing day they became closer. Prachi got a friend in the big haveli and Dadi felt like she had got a daughter
Dadi even insisted Prachi to give her board exams, paid for her education and Manju’s operation. The day when her board results were out Prachi went running to the haveli to tell Dadi about it. On reaching there she saw a large crowd. She became nervous and ran inside to see Dadi. On reaching her room she saw Dadi sleeping on the bed, unconscious. She wanted to cry, go near Dadi and ask her to wake up. She wanted Dadi to be happy on seeing her results but she did not wake up.
Prachi was now sitting near the old lady, holding her hand, wishing for something good to happen. She waited to tell her that she loved her and was grateful for the love and friendship she had offered. She wanted to tell Dadi that because of her efforts in getting her a good education, she need not do dishes at anyone’s home and could earn for herself to be independent. She knew that she had no other option than to wait but, she even knew that her wait would never come to an end
Aren’t we the same?
We always wait for the correct time or the right moment which we feel never comes.
What are you waiting for?
Want to buy the jacket which is costly according to you? Buy it, if you know how to spend, you’ll even know how to earn.
Love a girl? Go and get her before it’s too late.
Tired of your job? Quit it and find more ways to earn happiness rather than money.
Afraid of dancing, in front of the crowd? Don’t be, wear your dancing shoes, play your song and dance, as if no one’s watching.
So stop waiting, let your heart speak for you and start doing the things you love.
- By Drashti Trivedi ©2014