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Wednesday 27 January 2016

Ladki hui heh Its a girl

Last week a friend of mine who is a doctor told me that  in the hospital where she works, a woman left her baby girl, born only two days before. It caused great  alarm in the hospital. Police was informed, the address which they gave at the time of admission  is also fake.This is not the only case of baby girl, being left like this. They are left in lonely places. Is it not unfortunate that baby girls are discarded in such a shameless manner!
                        I am not going into the statistics of this cruel and harsh practice.I am only very much moved by this unsocial and weird practice.  It is  a great consolation that the child was not strangulated  At least here the wretched parents showed mercy on the poor creature.
             The reason for this evil practice is mainly economical and social.  The society looks down upon a female  child. The religious  practice of favouring the son to perform the last rites of a deceased   parent is in question. Moreover, marriage of a girl child entails lot of money and property which the poor parents can ill afford to spend. The dowry system, which was banned long ago, is still practiced. The poor girl is not treated as a human being  but as an object to be disposed as early as possible.
        On the positive side the worth of a girl child is undeniable.Well treated the girl child  can become the darling  of the house. The girl child is always attached to the parents notwithstanding  her marital status, whereas the loyalty of a son depends  on his wife. This is a hard fact of life. Lucky are we that not only our daughter and son in law,but also have  a devoted son and a daughter in law. I am proud to say that ours is a lucky family in all respects and I am not forgetting our  dear grand children.

Tuesday 26 January 2016

Haiku Sleep


How peaceful
the baby in slumber
Sleep and Diabetes: What's the Link?no worries.`

           Lovers separated
          sleep evades, beautiful eyes                            
           none to console.  

Written for Haiku Horizons prompt  'sleep'       

Monday 25 January 2016

The forgotten piano


Leslie was playing on this piano for several years. She was deeply in love with it. Whenever visitors came home, she herself
went and sat on it so that no one else touched  the piano. Her younger sister also had a piano, which was her precious possession. But unlike Leslie she allowed every one to play. This habit of sharing her made very popular among friends. On her birthday she got a gift, a latest version of the piano. Now Leslie learnt a big lesson. She now not only  shared her piano but also her other items which were her precious  possessions.

Written for Friday Fictioneers.

Sunday 24 January 2016

Magpie Tales 303


Angela is very fond of dancing. It is her life.Without dancing she has no other interest in life. It is her life and death both. Once in her college dance competition,she had a big fall and her left leg was injured. The injury was so severe and deep that the leg had to be amputated. Poor Girl!! She lost all interest in living. An artificial leg, which was fixed could not used for dancing. The doctors had firmly warned her. For two  long years she did not dance. All  her enthusiasm was lost. One day on a heavy snowfall day was very sad. She remembered her dancing days. Finally she could not control herself . She tied a bandage, rushed out of her house, dancing on the road full of snow. She danced till she could and finally fell down. When her parents came searching for her she was breathing for life. She was taken to the Nursing Home. She was given immediate attention. In one week when she was declared fit, she knew that her leg was also functioning.Now she is a big dancer.


3 word wednesday

Madly adjective: in a manner suggesting or characteristic 

of insanity, with extreme intensity (informal).

Nocturnal, adjective: done, occurring, or active at night.

Omen, noun: an event regarded as a portent of good or 

evil, prophetic significance.

In a small village Mira, widowed as a child, was sent 

back to her  parental home. No one was with her in her 

grief. She was only forteen years old,when all her 

happiness was brutaly taken from her. She remembered 

her  childhood friend,Gopal, she was confident would

have found a way to  get rid of her distress. Gopal was 

working as a clerk in a nearby town. Mira and Gopal 

played together as small children. When he knew about

 Mira's agony, he rushed to the village. In spite of 

 tough opposition, he married Mira. He was madly in 

love with and could not see her suffering. 'He wanted to 

put an end to her nocturnal suffering and to a great 

extent succeeded in his efforts. This was a good  omen 

and she got immense happiness thereafter.

Written for 3 words Wednesday 463


cold moon haiku

                                                               In the sand
                                                        lovers coo in cold sand
                                                            cold moon smiles.

                                                              Cold is moon 
                                                    whisper sweet nothings 
                                                            moon smiles.

Written for Carpe Diem 902 Cold Moon.

Looking for a maid

       Once you decide to appoint a maid, whom you  interviewed, did she tell you about the terms and conditions  of her service?' If  she did not lay down any conditions of her service  let me note down some of their special qualities, which you will come across. by and by.Younger generation is not familiar with the tactics of this genes, which they use to exploit the young and innocent  employers. Maids are now not like olden days when they were obedient, respectful and punctual. They used to comply with any order given by any member of the family. Now see the 'values' and their 'conditions' that they lay down when they are appointed.
1. She will have a weekly off, preferably on a Sunday.You have no reply, but to agree.
2.  She will be on half day  'chutti' to visit  the temple/ church/ mosque of the religion they believe in.
3.  She will daily see her favourite  programme on TV.
4. She will use the telephone, when ever she wants.
(She heard the family discussion that they were using their office telephone and saving the house telephone bill.)
5, Early morning tea,she will not make.
6.Every year her salary must be increased by 10 percent.
7 She will require new clothes every six months
8  She will not work beyond 10 pm. 
9.She will  be provided toiletries every month.
10 She must get new dress after every six months.
         They are generally so dominating, that you get fed up with them but do not have the 'courage' to oppose them. I have high lighted some of their habits. There may be more demands in their daily life ,which you may have to tolerate.
Through this post my intention is not to degrade this category of workers. They are also human beings who are endowed  with good qualities too and become a part of the family. Even  when they are gone, you remember them as part of your  family.
So wish you  happy times with your maid!!