Monday, September 03, 2007

Whhhoooshhh!

She blew out the candles as another year began. Her friends cheered. Her parents' faces shone with pride and affection. The balloons swayed in the sea breeze on their balcony as she turned a year older.

Her shining black hair ruffled by all the hugs she'd received. Her eyes were slightly moist from all the goodwill in the air. Her new saree, to mark her adulthood, swished around her legs and made her feel feminine, pretty, irresistible.

18. She was here. College began in a month. Psychology to study. New friends to make. Finally, co-education and boys! Debating championships to win. Class trips out of town. In a few months, a license and her own car.

Closing her eyes, she made a wish.

Please let the tumour be benign.

17 comments:

dipali said...

Awww. Heartbreaking.

Suki said...

Harrowing.

:sigh: Reminds me how lucky I am, to have got a new lease of life not so long ago! :)

the mad momma said...

that was beautiful. and the funny part is that i related to it. they took the bean out and the tumor along with her. and in that one week that they were testing it, i kept begging God to let it be benign because i couldnt leave my babies so young.

Anamika said...

Dipali: Isn't it?? I almost deleted it because I thought it was unbearably painful.

Suki: That sounds very very special. Take care!

MM: Thanks. I guess when you are looking forward to things is when it is hardest to contemplate a good-bye.

Anamika said...

Dipali: Isn't it?? I almost deleted it because I thought it was unbearably painful.

Suki: That sounds very very special. Take care!

MM: Thanks. I guess when you are looking forward to things is when it is hardest to contemplate a good-bye.

OrangeJammies said...

oooooooooh! and you tell me MY writing is incisive? This one was gorrrgeous, girl! absolutely toe-curling.

Anonymous said...

Where did you learn to write so well..keep it up girl. Way to go!!

Jenn said...

just wow. it's heartbreaking and exciting all at the same time. Sometimes that can be a lethal combination, emotionally.

Anamika said...

OJ: From you, that's a big compliment!

Anony-nony-mous: I like when commenters have names :) That way I can tell all the 'Anonymii' apart. But thanks all the same.

Jenn: Exactly what I was trying to evoke with my post. Thanks for reacting :)

Mystic Margarita said...

Lovely! You've painted such a beautifully poignant situation in such few words - loved it.

Anamika said...

Mystic: Thanks for saying that. As a copywriter, I am sure you are the best to appreciate brevity!

Anamika said...

Mystic: Thanks for saying that. As a copywriter, I am sure you are the best to appreciate brevity!

Tharini said...

Oh my God! That was heart-stopping. Silly to say this, since I am just getting to know you a weee bit...but I never realised u had gone thru something like that. Bless you Ana.

Anamika said...

Tharini: Am going to take those blessings even though I haven't undergone anything of the sort, touchwood :) Was just a bit of sympathy there.

Nagaraj said...

Wow Anamika, have been reading your postings for over a month now and finished reading them all today !! Simply wonderful, touching and what an observation of life.

Love

Vandhana & Nagaraj

Aunty G said...

Did her wish come true?

Anamika said...

Nagaraj: Thanks again!

Aunty G: That's for you to decide, depending on your frame of mind at any given moment!