Who Is She?
Who Is She?6 mins 301 6 mins 301
Charu was exhausted. She continued to think and think about the Library and the number of books of all kinds and sizes stocked there. Wow she being an avid reader wanted to read them all at one go which is beyond any possibility obviously,I mean no human except machines can do something like that. She was thinking about the book that she bought from the library with an interesting cover and a code at the back of the book. De-coding was of primary importance to her at that time for she was feeling so intrigued with the cover page of the book that she had purchased earlier in the day. The cover had a face without eyes but with tears. That itself was good enough to an inquisitive mind to think deeply about what might have been going on in the mind of the person who made that drawing. Charu was wondering whether the lady in the picture had something very deep in her mind that was worrisome to her ,which she unknowingly was trying to communicate without uttering any words in particular. On top of it the code was further complicating the whole scene. It was enough to entangle any mind. What might be the reason for the lady in the picture to shed tears. ? Was she in trouble of any sort for which she wanted to get help from someone? Was she in some kind of a prison? Without any interaction with outsiders was she confined to the four walls? With many such questions reeling in her mind,Charu was planning her next step into the process of finding out the truth of the whole matter. . . .
After a few days into this over thinking and hankering Charu successfully de codes the given code and lo behold she stumbles upon the name Sheryl Verghese. The address mentioned is itself quite mystical what with many intriguing facts attached to that particular address. It was enough to put Charu in a deeper fix. She is forced to think from different angles. Was the picture on the book cover that of Sheryl? Was she imprisoned or caged without any contact with the outside world etc. Now she had to investigate. It was after all a kind of moral responsibility on knowing something is not right with somebody in distress. She chalks out a plan to go about investigating the matter so that justice can be done from her side. She starts early in the day on her two wheeler and surveys the area around the address mentioned on the book cover. She finds the house that seemed to be Ill maintained with no noise of any kind literally. Seems no one to be present inside. This was more intriguing to Charu.
She looks here and there and slowly opens the gate with an intent to enter through the gate and look around more closely what was happening? Or for that matter to find if the lady Sheryl could be there. There was error silence. Nothing noticeable that there were people reading inside. She gathers some courage and goes backyard of the house to check. With pounding heart she goes near a window assuming it to be that of a bedroom, She stands there with bated breath. The window was closed but,but she hears somone sobbing from inside. Oh my god thought Charu, yes she had guessed it right there was someone inside. Through the window glass pane she notices a faint shadow of someone walking around and sitting down sobbing in low tone. That was. It Charu had been successful in her investigation. Now what? She thinks. How do I get to know what and why the person inside was sobbing for? With these thoughts in her mind she gently taps on the window pane. Sobbing stops suddenly and everything quiet once again. Charu taps on the pane again. She was scared about her own safety but since she had already been on the spree she decides to continue with her investigation. Oh! She notices a faint image very close to the window frame and hears a tap on the window frame from inside. Charu is confident that she is in the right direction.
Charu responds with a gentle tap again waiting for a reply tap from inside. After a few minutes the window door slowly opens with a jarring sound indicating the window was opened after a long time meaning it had been closed for long. Charu is waiting impatiently and then a slender looking lady appears at the window. She looked so tired and listless. But Charu noticed the lady was fair in colour and guessed she might be beautiful too. The lady opens her mouth mumbles something and moves away, shutting the window again. Charu gets confused for she could not understand what the lady had mumbled. But understood there was something pretty serious about the whole matter. She guessed the lady was in distress and needed help was shying away because she was scared about something or someone. Now Charu the investigator is fully geared up to find out the real facts and help the woman in distress. She calls in whispers and the lady opens the window sill and comes very near to Charus side. Charu clears her voice and asks who are you and why are you looking so distressed? Hearing these questions the lady started sobbing. Charu was perplexed and tried consoling the lady with reassuring words.
The lady calms down after some time, clears her voice and starts narrating her story which was so heart melting. She says her name is Sheryl and she was almost living the life of a prisoner in her own home for a long time. Charu asks her the reason hearing which the lady started sobbing again. She then calms down after sometime and tells Charu that her own parents had done this to her. Charu could not believe how parents can be so hurting their own child. She was always so greatful about parents and elders since she knew their value. But here the scenario was beyond her imagination sort of strange to say. She again asks the lady to continue her story. The lady starts narrating her story again. She tells how she missed her husband and child who have been escaping from the wrath of her powerful parents who can go upto any level to do what they want. Here the matter was the lady belonged to an upper caste and her husband belonged to a backward Caste.
Both of them were in love since their college days and had eloped to get married after trying to convince her parents vehemently. So they had to take this drastic step which did not go well with her parents. The couple go away to a far off place to eke a living and we're successful at it They were very happy together. They were blessed with a healthy baby and were on cloud nine except for the fact that they had gone against her Parents. But, everything changed one day and their happy family got disturbed when they were traced by her parents. They immediately came down to their home and after threatening her husband they took away Sherlyn leaving her young child behind. Here husband was scared of the dire consequences and with a young child as his responsibility, he had been moving from place to place for many days. Sherlyn was house arrested and had been leaving so for many days. With a heavy heart and consoling the lady with assuring words, Charu returns home. Now, what was the next step she would take? Keep thinking!!!!