Wednesday, October 7, 2009

The Naked Truth

EVERY LINE IN THE STORY IS FICTIONAL AND I APOLOGIZE FOR ANY FACTUAL ERRORS.



  She is a fighter. And so are million people like her.


As she glanced around her room, she noticed everything is in order. She liked it that way and had taken pains to keep everything in place. It’s ironic that her own life is in disarray but that never deterred her to keep her surroundings clean. She paced across the room and sat at her favorite place-near the window which has a wonderful view of the park across the street. She loved the park when she had seen it exactly 10 years ago and she loves it now but with a difference. There were small children playing under the watchful eyes of their parents and something about the scene looked very soothing yet very disturbing. She always loved to observe small details of happiness and the window became her only connect to the world. She looked at the joy in children’s faces and her lips parted automatically to smile. She looked at a young couple who were sitting on a bench, talking to each other and keeping an eye on their kids at the same time. Her smile held but with no meaning. Her eyes looked out intensely but at nothing. Her thoughts had the speed of light but were vague.


Lost in her thoughts, she thought she heard something. She jerked herself back to reality, merely by taking her eyes off the window and into the room. It was her father in law who was calling her except for her; he is more than her father. She knew, of all the suffering she went through, the biggest was the knowledge that her father in law suffered more. And 10 years back, she had made a promise to herself-she would uphold the family respect as a dutiful daughter in law and take care of her family all her life. As she went about her work with endless patience, her father in law looked at her. His face betrayed too much- Sympathy, Pride, Guilt and Pain. He was proud of her endurance and inner strength, while he also had a stabbing sympathetic feeling towards her. She always directly looked into his eyes while talking to him even though she knows his ‘all betraying face’ would haunt her even when she sits by her favorite window.


She always kept herself busy with work to keep herself occupied-be it her job at Indian Airlines or the household chores. The only moment of weakness she ever allows is when she sits by her window to watch people, people who-in her own words- not affected by fate. She understood long ago why she blamed fate for all the suffering in her life-only because there is no one else to blame. Can she blame the government? Or the officials? Or those brutal fanatics? Or The God himself? She blamed Fate only because; None of them are ready to take the blame. She also knew, blaming someone or fate is illogical but her emotions had no other way out-the way her husband has been separated from her is also illogical. What logic can explain the killing of her husband after just 2 weeks of her marriage? What logic can explain the killing to happen exactly when they were returning from their honeymoon? Whatever logic can justify the cause for which he has been killed? In the name of every good thing in this world, what logic can justify her husband’s brutal killing on that ill-fated Indian Airlines flight which got hijacked on 24th December 1999?
But she is a fighter. And she has been fighting for last 10 years and will continue to do so all her life. There are many people out there in this beautiful world who have the same fate as hers-both men and women. Its only when people start believing in the god inside them rather than the god above them, life is not going to change for millions of families across the globe.


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This short story is completely fictional based on a true incident-the Indian airlines flight hijack on 24th December 1999 and the killing of Rupin Katyal, who was travelling on that ill-fated flight along with his wife. This December, it’s going to mark 10 years of endless patience and endurance. There is nothing I can really do except to pray for her, for every such family who got/gets affected by terrorism.

30 comments:

  1. a touching story. :) people come out to be so much stronger after going through such heinous crimes against humanity. but then i'd rather stay weak than gain strength in such a hard way. isn't it?

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  2. "Its only when people start believing in the god inside them rather than the god above them, life is not going to change for millions of families across the globe."

    :)

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  3. You know something similar was on my mind! The same incident, would you believe it! Even I have railed at the injustice of it all. They were returning from Nepal, innit?
    I loved the way you wrote. You could make me feel every drop of emotion that you wrote of. Kudos! :)

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  4. @Olive oyl-Thats right. No one would ever want to experience this and its always forced upon us :( ...

    Thank you for understanding :)

    @Guria- yes I would believe you, you write amazing Guria :)

    Thank you for your kind words. :)

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  5. Emotions have been expressed very well, dude. I could easily imagine every bit. A very nice write up.

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  6. Liked your story a lot.Though personally I would have wanted to frame the whole thing as an article.But you've done a good job anyway 'cause the reader can very well connect with the protagonist and her feelings. :)
    Nice write!

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  7. its a powerful, emotional read. sombering, really.

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  8. Hmmm! Hard hitting and very well written too..

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  9. u know what...
    U have this uncanny ability to the reader's mind squirm with emotions...
    exquisite piece....
    TAKE A BOW...

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  10. When was life fair to its own soldiers? You can blame your fate, govt etc but what does that give you back? Nothing but just pain and utmost pain.
    Some questions never have any justified answers, they just hover around your heart like the tear in your eyes.

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  11. I loved this story a lot! This is the best written post by u!! Awesome.. Hey why u aren updating me with ur blog updates. Though i have blog-rolled u am nt updated wit ur post details!

    SORRY!!

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  12. Very touching story, based on a tragic incident.

    Good write up.

    Ya, terrorism is a threat to humanity...But still, why are we so soft when it comes to terrorists??!!

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  13. @Karthik- Thank you. I am glad you could understand the emotions.

    @Samadrita-Thank you. yeah Even I was thinking the same but left it at this. It was more of a story at the start which ended in an article format. Thanks for the appreciations. :)

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  14. @Kay- Thanks for the kind words :)

    @Dhanya- Thank you.

    @RSV- Thank you for your kind words. I am still learning :)

    @numerounity- Perfectly said. I had this story in midn for about an year until i pennded it down last week :). Just dont understand why such things happen to people.

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  15. @Shruti- Thank you so much dear. Arey dont be sorry at all :) No probs :). I am glad you liked it :)

    @Viji- Thank you :). Even I dont have any answer to that. Something has to be done but what?

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  16. Your last line is telling. Believing in the God inside you is the only way things can change. Sad story, though not a story but a reality for many. Well written.

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  17. Stories of strength are always inspiring.I loved this one.I specially loved the very first paragraph,amazing expression of ur thoughts.
    And ya thanks for ur views on my post :)

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  18. Stories of strength are always inspiring.I loved this one.I specially loved the very first paragraph,amazing expression of ur thoughts.
    And ya thanks for ur views on my post :)

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  19. hey a very nice write... it touches a chord in your heart... its so true... such incidents happen to people and only those who suffer know their pain...
    its very nice of you to write about it...

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  20. @Shail-Thank you so much for your kind appreciation maam. :)

    @Parinda Purohit-Thanks a lot. its realy amazing how strong people are when they cope up with tragedies of this sort. Thanks for your kind words :)

    @Tanmaya-Thank you Tanmaya. I am glad it touched your heart. Welcome to my blog and keep visiting :)

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  21. congrats for the tangy tuesday pick buddy!!

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  22. A touching story well told! When life hands you such a terrible deal, you've got to make the best of what's left with you...

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  23. Excellent post Aditya!
    You successfully painted her pain,determination and every other emotion in words.
    It's inspiring and at the same time strikes the right cords of my mind.

    Keep up the good work.

    Cheers!!

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  24. @RSV-Thanks a lot buddy. Its really a surprise for me. Cool :)

    @Gopinath- Thank you so much. Welcome to my blog.
    Thats so true-making best oif what you have is called-attitude! :)

    @Chatterbox-Thank you so much for your kind words. :)

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  25. Amazingly touching story!!
    Damn good, Aditya!!
    And hearty congratulations for the Tangy Tuesday Pick!
    Cheers! :)

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  26. hey tinku, i just figured out how to post a comment and thats what am up to. you are doing a great job am regularly checking for updates. the naked truth is great.

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  27. @-Shilpa garg-Thank you so much. I am glad it touched your heart :)

    @Shashi kanth-Thats great bro! Thanks for your encouragement! I am glad you liked the Naked Truth!

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  28. I have wondered about this lady off and on. Especially when the ordeal ended for the other passengers, for this lady, it would have just begun. There were a couple of stories, I think when she met Bill Clinton, when he was in India, but after that, the world must have forgotten her.

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  29. @Radha-Yeah I know.The world forgot her, But I dont know why, I still think of that incident. They were there just a wrong place at a wrong time :(

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  30. Sad we have to wait so long for justice......And we have no one to take the onus except fate...because fate does not defend itself or pass the buck....

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