Friday, 24 April 2015


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Bhumika bit her lip and glanced at her watch as she walked back and forth on the platform. Suddenly there was a deafening hoot and before she could calm herself down, the Kerala Express to New Delhi chugged into the station and screeched to a halt. She looked out through the window at her parents after stowing her luggage. Her father seemed to know exactly how she felt. Anxious and unsure.

“Don’t worry, you will be fine. And we are just a call away” he tried to reassure her. She exhaled deeply in the hope of releasing some of her anxiety about what the future in an alien land had in store for her. She waved till she lost sight of them as the train sped away. She had been excited upon clearing the interview and gaining admission into one of the best colleges in the country but when it was time to leave the comforts of her home town and family, she wasn't sure she could cope.

She thought back to the day she had learned to cycle. Her father used to support her by holding on to the back of the seat while she tried to pedal. Initially she would keep turning back to look at him but soon she was sure of her father’s presence behind her. It had made her confident. Then one day, she had cycled quite a distance before she realised that her father had quietly let go. But he was there watching over her.

As the train stopped at the next station, she felt her muscles easing up. She felt the invisible presence of her parents, ready to hold her hand whenever she needed them. As always, it made her confident.

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  1. It's a great relief to know that someone like your parents will be there to hold your hand and break the fall when you need them! Not everyone is lucky enough to have such assurance. Beautifully penned, Vidya.

  2. Parents are surely the support system (expressed or implied) to sail us through all time...really good piece Vidya...

  3. Beautiful, as always. Yours is one of my favorite blogs ever...I'm so glad I found you through this AtoZ Challenge!

  4. Parents are always there for us. They may not always be near by. But they are there and that keeps us going :)

  5. It's such a touching story, remembering parents when we move faraway, the love and moments spent together that makes us strong:)

  6. You really do know how to touch the reader's heart, Vidya. You brought back memories of my moving away to study at college. So beautiful!

    *Shailaja/Alternate Angles/A-Z*