Thursday, 2 April 2015

Brave

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Her heart swelled with pride as she watched her daughter picking vegetables from their small but well-kept garden. She thought of the little one as the greatest blessing in her life, her sole companion. They lived in a very small house amidst the lush greenery of a small village in the Western Ghats, but even with the limited resources, they lived a life of happiness and endless love.

She ran a small tailoring unit where she sat for hours together, cutting up cloth and making garments along with two other women she had employed. She grew vegetables, kept a few hens and taught neighbouring children in the evenings. Her daughter too pitched in to help though she was all but twelve.

It had been brave of her to stick to her decision of keeping her baby knowing that the journey of an unwed mother was going to be an arduous one. Her parents had cajoled, threatened and finally disowned her to save themselves from embarrassment and public disgrace. Her boyfriend had asked her to be practical. But she knew she was a fighter who would never give up. Not even if it meant the end of her education, luxurious life and the comfort of loving relationships.

She never regretted her choice. In fact she was even more determined to build a new life from scratch with her daughter. Her mind never once wavered even upon being tortured by wagging tongues. She fought her way through life like a brave warrior, without doubts, never turning back.

As her girl came in with a basket full of freshly picked greens, they shared a hug and headed to the kitchen. There was work to be done.

31 comments:

  1. Tugged at my heartstrings with this one, Vidya! I'm sure the joy of her daughter's love gave her more reason to be brave!

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  2. The brave mother, who fought with the world for her little one :) Very nice post Vidya :)
    Betrayed

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  3. That indeed touched the chord Vidya...the beauty of life is that it manage to sustain even in the worst of the adversities if given some reason to survive.

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    1. Yes, that's the strength of the human spirit! Thanks Manish.

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  4. What a brave woman, and what a wonderful mother! I'm sure the little one will be proud of her mom!

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    1. Yes to know that you are chosen over many other things makes one feel happy and proud :)

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  5. Wonderful piece of writing, Vidya. She was indeed very "brave" as she stood by her decision whatever the result may. I am sure she will take goof care of her daughter.

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    1. Thank you Anshul! I'm sure they will take care of each other!

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  6. We need more women like her! A lot of people would have opted for the easy way out of a "problem". But facing it head on and staying strong in the decision you make takes a person of character and courage. Hats off to her :) And to you too for penning this!

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    1. Yes seeking the "convenient" path seems the obvious choice. It is nice that there are people who take paths untrodden. Thanks Aathira :)

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  7. A brave but good decision. Very sweet story. Love the picture you shared as it goes well with your story.

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    1. Thank you Suzy :) I liked the pic too.

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  8. Nicely penned, Vidya. She is a brave woman and a brave mother, every child needs a mother like that. Such an inspiring story, Vidya.

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  9. Some circumstances are such that being strong and braving them is the only option you have. Kudos to her for choosing to be brave despite the hardships!

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    1. Yes! Cheers to all the single mothers who chose to have their baby

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  10. This is beautiful Vidya. Loved it and that's what is change in women all about. We dont need a man to complete us. Do we? :)

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  11. There was something about this post that spoke to me.

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  12. A difficult choice. But what pleasure there is to relish and enjoy one's choices...

    Nimi
    http://FascinatingQuest.blogspot.com

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  13. Beautiful! This is one strong woman, who endured stigma without becoming a victim, and just went about the business of living her life. That's the kind of woman I want to read about!

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  14. A beautiful story about a woman who owns her own life.

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  15. Such a beautiful tale. A brave woman indeed. Felt like slapping the boyfriend though. But this is women enpowerment. Fighting against all odds. Loved it.

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  16. Crisp and sweet. I really liked this brave lady. :)

    Cheers,
    POETICbug
    http://poeticbug.blogspot.com/

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  17. We need brave hearts like her and less people in the society! Sacrificing a life for a life and finding a life in that life.. :) Superb Vidya!

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  18. The brave mother :) Good post and all the best for the A to Z Challenge :)

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  19. Really. A great mother. She crushed self pity

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  20. Really. A great mother. She crushed self pity

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  21. Yes, there's work to be done!! I love it when people focus on action and improving their lives rather than dwelling on past hurts.

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