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Shruti Mehta



Shruti Mehta


Pants Of A Flying Fox

Pants Of A Flying Fox

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"Pants of a flying fox " A secret code between me and my mom.

Being an introvert it was very hard to shed the concrete wall which has been built in my mom's heart for years now.

It was after I started working away from home at the age of 19 and after jumping and bumping in many roller coaster rides, I suddenly found my self to be more mature, independent and strong. It was then when I realized the pain of her life, how hard would it have had been to raise 3 kids without papa. I wondered how she managed to smile, without any crib and cry.

But now I knew, that I have to take off those heavy stones from her heart which she has piled up all these years.

So digging the clutter which she has quilted her heart with was my new agenda. I must say it was a tough job but yes I was able to take out few stories which I will now share with you all.

My dad was posted as company commander in home guard, everything was going good so far but one day he left us without any clue of his whereabouts. Leaving my mom with 3 kids n the youngest one was 11 months old. Only thing we knew was that he was mentally upset for last few weeks, he stopped talking to anyone in the house, he sometime whispered they will take me soon (we still don't know what that meant).

Now I realise what mom meant by these lines. "When someone dies, sooner or later we except the loss but if someone leaves us without adieu, a hope to see him never dies.

My brother was confused as to what joke were we cracking, our eyes filled with tear and I reassuringly asked my, pants of a flying fox..right...

After almost begging and falling on her foot I managed to take out the episode of "jab mom met dad".

My dad had seen my mom at her work place, that one look made him follow her. One evening he landed at mamma'z home to talk to her father, my mom didn't know who he was, but being 6 feet tall, dark handsome man it was easy for him to draw attention of my massi's (aunt) after gathering all the news my maamu (uncle) came in jumping and asked my mom, did you see the flying fox. Every body was confused "Flying fox", he grabbed mom from her hand and asked her to peep from the window to see the man wearing ankle length pants with slim fit coat with pair of brogues. I must say, dad had very good choice of wearing clothes, but I wonder why they all laughed and teased mom more when they came to know that he is the one who with all guts came alone to meet my grandfather, to ask him if he could marry his beautiful daughter.

As my mom says, you never know what is planned for you, I (mom) too got fascinated with the stars on his uniform, unaware of, that I will get to see a dead moon in sometime..

I have seen one of the rarest true love story which she is very shy of accepting.

She adamantly says no and never "I know my man" When someone says he must have left you for some other women.

Recently we met an officer from his coy, he said I have seen saab ji (Dad) in haridwar as a sage. One more person who knew dad said he has seen him in maha kumbh again as a saint..

We don't know any if's and but's, neither we have any question from him, as my mom says, we are happy if he has chosen this line, but wish we could see him once. It's been 27 years we have not seen that flying fox...

After these many years he should once see how his two little angels have now flown to lit some one else's home, to see his granddaughter who mistakenly say naanu to their naani.. to see how handsome his son is and to see, how a beautiful lady now with her wrinkled face and white hair, with her still eyes still waits to see those pants on that flying fox...

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