Don’t let the fear of not pleasing someone stop you from being creative.Wil Wheaton
The ululation of the grieving people filled the atmosphere giving an eerie
feeling. The air seemed pregnant with pity and uncertainty that loomed
large like dark clouds.
The stark white cotton cloth clung to her body but could do little to cover
her feelings as the barbs insinuated by over-zealous relatives pricked her
soul like zillion needles. She looked pale and ghostly in the colourless white
robe. The tears refused to dry away even after the day of final rites. After
the last relative departed, she embarked on her routine household chores
lest work kept her busy and fatigue overtook her body and put her to sleep
which was deprived for the past fortnight.
She would have to lead an austere life sans the trappings of a married woman
with the colour white dominating her life. The whole six yard reminded of the
long lonely life ahead devoid of colour and laughter.
As she stepped out of the bathroom, her mother-in-law stuffed a bundle in her
“But Ma, I cannot drape these colours. What about our relatives and the
society?, questioned the young widow with trepidation in her eyes.
“Don’t let the fear of not pleasing someone stop you from being creative. Fill
the blank white canvas with myriad colours of life. Live life to the fullest”,
sermon-ed the lady with grey in her hair and wisdom in the folds of her brain.
Anita smiled and warmly hugged the colourful sarees that were a part of her
trousseau, a year before. The rich vibrant hues were a balm to her tired soul,
each motif on the sari beckoned her, and the intricate design became clearer
navigating her onto the path of a brighter horizon and the softness of the
whole six yard comforting her of a strong mentor and guide.
The older orthodox lady's vision was broader and brighter than any holy lamp
that Anita hitherto had lit. She could confidently bask in the glory of the lamp,
unafraid of darkness and ghosts.
Live and let live would be Anita’s mantra for life.
Written for : Light and Shade Challenge