Bindiya and Geet were the same age. Bindiya was their neighbor. Lived alone. People used to say she has run away from home. What did she do to keep her going, no one knew. Yet all knew , but did not want to have any tongue. The rich and the well-known hooligans had her acquaintance, therefore, could not remove her from the township.
Geet did not like her at all. It was her helplessness she could not leave the township. She did not have so much money, that can take place anywhere else. But her biggest concern was for Rajni. Rajni was innocent. In her innocence, she was unable to comprehend the evil of Bindiya. Several times before she stopped Rajni to talk to Bindiya, but Rajni ignored her. It has become a habit, whatever Geet used to say, Rajni did the opposite. And even these days, Rajni’s anger was growing.
“How I handle her? She’s getting away from me. Oh God, please help me” She was lost in these thoughts when heard Rajni’s footsteps. Quickly, she stood up wiping her tears. Today, the best food she had brought from the market, in order to make Rajni’s mood bright. When she stepped inside the house, Geet welcomed her with a warm smile. Thinking that Rajni will be happy, she had made plans to take her out today. But Rajni’s words broke her heart.
“You do not need to do all this for me, Geet. Do not try to be like mother. You are not her. But the truth is that we do not have mother only because of you. And I have learned to live without her”
“Why do you say that Rajni. what did I do ?” It seemed like Geet was losing her temper. So, it was like going to break something inside her.
“You have done everything Geet. We were all so happy. But everything changed after Dad died. Mother’s concern was only you. She was only worried about you. Geet is to wed, day and night, she had the same thought. She never thought about me. Never! She wanted money for your wedding. So I got out of the convent, and threw in this dirty School.
“Rajni listen to me baby “Geet in the midst of trying to speak. But Rajni did not listen to her. She was getting angry like fire.
“Why should I shut up? I have every right to speak the truth and I’m not afraid of anybody. Not even you”
“But I do not want to listen more of your rubbish. You do not know the truth Rajni”
“What truth? That mother loved you more. No one loved me. Everybody just loved you always” By saying this, Rajni started crying. Her body was shaking with grief.
Seeing her crying like this, Geet’s heart melted. “This is a lie child. We love you so much” Geet said by taking her in her arms. “Father, mother and I, the most. Leave now, all this thinking dear, everything will be alright” she consoled warmly.
“No! Nothing good is going to happen. Do not give me false hope Geet. We always will live in this poverty. Because, you do not want any good happening for me. She shakes off Geet.
“What are you talking Rajni” As such, hundreds of ridges was born together on her forehead.
“I am telling the truth. That Bindiya, she has loads of money. She lives alone, though. She is not as pretty. You’re more beautiful than her. Then why you cant make much money, as she earns! Why cant you do that, do that job which Bindiya do?”
“Rajni!!” A slapping sound thunders, and as like two spirits have been shaken together. Both became quiet.
“Get out of my face Rajni. I want you to explain nothing anymore” Geet said, hiding her defeat. She turned. It’s as if, ocean of tears started gathering in her eyes to overflow. However, she stopped them before arrival. She could not be weakened. Not at all in front of Rajni.
“I am going out, perhaps, will come back late. I had dinner. You have it” Saying this, Geet came out. Today in any case, she was to find any good job. During the day, she had a small job at a nearby post-office. But it was probably not enough money now. Her own need was not much, but for Rajni, she must have too much money.
“Rajjo I can not lose you. Please don’t go away from me” Geet prayed looking at the sky. Perhaps in the clouds, she was searching for her lost confidence. But today, as if those clouds had also turned their face. They were all black, were growing darkness in the way of Geet. They all wanted to shower her apart. As if, still, anything left in her to break.
Geet was laughing at her condition. But the clouds, their rumbling suppressed her laughter too. Perhaps they are all pointing, If they want to tell something to Geet, so she returned home. It’s as if something bad is going to happen. But Geet was not stopping.
She knocked several doors. Requested to many people to give any small job. But it has not succeeded anywhere. Finally tired Geet, returned home, hoping perhaps, Rajni’s mood would have been fine. But she didn’t find her anywhere in home.
“Where is she?” Geet was shocked!