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I am participating in the #writebravely #writetribeproblogger October 2017 challenge. The story I am attempting to write is not about just one ‘Asha’, but many like her in our society. The trauma and heartbreak her parents go through has been experienced by many more such helpless parents. This story highlights the issue of dowry demands and domestic violence in our society. Today’s post is part five of the story.
Today’s prompt is Disobedience
Links to the first four parts of the story are given below. Do read these before reading today’s story as it is a continuation. Don’t miss out on crucial twists and turns of the story.
The story continues-
Asha was punished for her disobedience. Why couldn’t she just obey his commands? The honeymoon lasted merely two weeks. A month after her marriage was the first time Vilas showed his true colors to Asha.
They had dined out after watching a movie at the PVR cinema at the mall. Vilas had even bought her a vial of perfume she’d liked. On reaching home, a smiling Asha was faced with an angry household. Her in laws and sister in law looked ready to kill her and Asha was confused. Why were they glaring at her and why didn’t Vilas say something to diffuse the situation? They took Vilas aside and whispered something in his ear. Vilas told them to go to sleep and not worry about a thing.
He ushered Asha into their room before disappearing into the washroom. Asha changed into her Lilac negligee before climbing into bed. She waited in anticipation for Vilas to come to bed and end the evening on a perfect note. He sauntered out of the bathroom with a studied look on his face.
‘ Asha did you ask your father to send me the rest of the money I owe Dua?
‘ No, Vilas. How can I ask him for a loan again.? He had sent us 50,000 only last month.
‘ It is not a loan if he gives it to his daughter. Call him up tomorrow and tell him to send the remaining 1,50000 tomorrow. Did you know Dua had sent his goons to our house to collect the money I owe him? My family is terrified.’
‘ No! But I will not call my father again. It is so embarrassing asking for money. You have to first return the 50,000 you had borrowed from him before you can ask for a new loan. You’d said it was a loan. Decency demands at least this much, Vilas.’
The occupants of the pristine white mansion slept peacefully while the new bride was being taught a lesson in the difference between obedience and disobedience.
‘Mummy, will you help me study for my English grammar test tomorrow?’
Before Uma could nod in agreement her husband spoke up,
‘Asha ,why do you want to trouble your mother? She does enough household work the whole day. Let her rest for a while before starting preparations for dinner. I will teach you.’
‘Mummy says she likes teaching me. Last test she taught me the sums in mathematics and I got 10/10.’
‘That was mathematics, easy to teach. English grammar is tough even for me, what will she teach you? I will help you study but let me drink my tea first.
‘Thank you Papa, I love you.’
Asha ran inside the room to get her books.
‘Papa I don’t understand grammar especially opposite words.’
‘What is the most difficult word for you?’
‘Papa, it is OBEDIENCE. What is the opposite?’
Uma stood in the kitchen and smiled wryly listening to her husband teach their daughter grammar. Maybe he had forgotten that she had done her Masters in English Literature form Mumbai University and could teach him a thing or two about the language. Asha was learning the difference between Obedience and Disobedience…
I am taking part in The Write Tribe Problogger October 2017 Blogging Challenge