Love Not Expressed

A Fiction

Leaving little Megha with her maternal uncle, the couple had left for Elephanta Island on that Sunday morning from the Gateway of India.

Both were happily returning by the steamer. Mayank was buying tea and snacks from the canteen, when suddenly there was a commotion in the ferry. Vidya had fallen into the sea.

Everyone kept watching including Mayank, and drowning Vidya was making only one request to Mayank,
“Take care of Megha!”

And in no time, Vidya disappeared from Mayank’s eyes.

The police registered a case against Mayank. He was accused of pushing Vidya into the sea. Some others accused him of torturing Vidya. His father-in-law filed another case of dowry harassment.

Mayank kept visiting courts and lawyers. He was also taken into police custody for a few days for investigation.

His only daughter Megha had also started believing that he was the murderer. But he was always concerned about Megha. His in-laws did not allow her to come to him. Mayank did not protest, but kept sending half of his salary every month to her in-laws for Megha’s education and other needs.

When Megha passed her high school exams, Mayank was overjoyed. He went to congratulate Megha with sweets and gifts.

Megha then asked Mayank,
“Papa, why did you kill my mom?”
“I didn’t kill.”
“Then what happened to her?”
“I still don’t know.”
“Was she happy.”
“Yes, very much, but she was feeling low for quite sometime. I asked her many times, but she didn’t tell me.”
“And the fights I heard?”
“In every home, it happens. Difference of opinion does exist. But does one kill, and that too one, who has become your life?” Mayank’s eyes were moist.
“Can I stay with you for a few days, Papa?”  Megha wanted to get to the bottom.
Mayank happily said,
“That is your house. Come whenever you wish.”

Megha was deeply saddened to see her father’s chaotic life, but she was also surprised that not a single photograph of her mother was found anywhere.

When the neighbours there told her that Mayank and Vidya used to fight very often recently, her suspicion further deepened and she went back to her granny’s house. Meanwhile, Megha joined the medical course, and left for Pune.

Mayank’s health had already started deteriorating and he died at the age of fifty-two.

Megha came home. While cleaning the house and arranging books, papers, clothes etc, she found a diary in her mother’s cupboard, which her father probably had not even read. It was written on the last page,

“Mayank, you don’t know that both my kidneys have failed. Dialysis is necessary twice a week. It is very painful and expensive. And in the end, you know what happens. So I am saying goodbye to you, so that you can give full attention and time to Megha.

“And yes, I’m sorry for the quarrels. I deliberately started quarreling with you, so that I could get out of your heart, and you won’t miss me.”

Tears welled up in Megha’s eyes. She felt true love for her father for the first time.

–Kaushal Kishore

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  1. Deeply touching and meaningful story Kaushalji, made my eyes teary. I wish Vidhya could have told Mayank openly about her disease even if it hurts him so that he wouldn’t have experienced blame and suspicion from all.

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    1. You’re right, Krishna ji, Vidya should have talked to Mayank. Some solutions could have been thought of. But sometimes, emotions don’t see the reason in depth. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

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  2. The first thing I thought about when you said failing kidneys is my grandma and my family friend heck imma just say my auntie she’s family dialysis sucks putrids. It’s aweful. I love the realness of your WIP KK Very creative
    💚📗Ninth/Ennea Ennea 📗💚

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    1. You’re absolutely right, I have seen one of my colleagues, who used to take his wife for dialysis twice a week, for which, he had to take permission from seniors, in addition to physical and mental strains he used to undergo. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I’m glad you liked it. Hope you are fine now and back to normal activities.💖💖

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      1. Guess what KK I’mma give you the inside scoop this morning I’m wearing both of my regular shoes today no boot I wish I could send a picture. I’m so happy I don’t know what to do. Imma hang out with my shoes on today. My aunt said you just happy with your shoes on today? I said I sure am😭🤣🤣😩🤣🤣😭🥲

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      2. I’m so happy for you on learning this welcome development. I feel happiness in my heart for what you have achieved. Really a great news! Thank you and wish you all the best 👍💐💖

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  3. Thank you, Kaushal, for this tragic yet, beautiful and moving story.
    It resonates with me because my grandmother died at 30 years old when giving birth to my mother because her kidneys fell. I inherited this problem and had to have one kidney removed. Medical progress is such that not only I am alive with no problems so far but I was able to have two children.
    As to your story, I always thought from my bad life experience that presumption is one of the worse sins.


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    1. So sorry to know about your grandmother, but I’m glad that you’re fine and doing well. You’re different from others, as I know, your inner strength and self confidence will always be a plus for you.
      As regards presumption, I agree, it’s one sided affair, discussion is the best way out. Thank you, Joanna, for sharing your personal experiences and thoughts.


  4. I love This 💯It touched me… It is most important to open up to the person Promised to live with in pain and happiness because they can help instead of causing another problems on top of Problems. Yeah… Neh!! Wish Mayank’s wife could have trusted him more and share the problems!! What a twist

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    1. I agree with you, husband and wife are supposed to share both pains and joys together. But sometimes, one partner thinks that she can help him by self inflicted suffering. Communication between the two should not be lost whatever may be the circumstances. Thank you for liking the story and sharing your thoughts!


  5. Ohhh how beautiful and a reminder to not judge so quickly and that all is not what people think it is. Masterful ,Kaushal, this cautionary tale. You have developed it perfectly. Congratulations on this excellent piece of writing!!

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    1. You’re right, Karima, we should not come to a conclusion based on external features that may not be factual. Thank you, Karima, for your ever encouraging words! Much appreciated!!

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  6. Wow what a story, dear KK. You are one gifted storyteller! I always love the message and lessons you put behind your words, it’s so powerful in many ways. Thank you for sharing this emotion filled and deeply meaningful piece 🤍🤗🤍🤗

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  7. Why?
    Instead of fighting in her last days, she should have left him with good memories of her, should have made good memories with him, she knew in advance-she had the chance to have a happy ending, but instead she chose to make it painful for both her husband and daughter.

    I know it is just a story and well written. But my condolences are with the man-he suffered the most. He never got to enjoy his daughter, and the daughter only learned to love him after he was gone.

    That’s what partners are for, you share your pains and gains together, you be there for each other through thick and thin, instead of ‘I am going to die soon, so I am going to make your life hell before I go…’

    If only people think of their actions’ consequences, long term.

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    1. I tend to agree with you that the couple should share both pains and joys together, and there should be no loss of communication between the two. But here intentions of Vidya were not to make the life of her daughter and husband hell. In fact her intentions went awry, if you go by her diary notes.
      But yes, presumption is unilateral, some solutions could have been worked out through discussions.
      Thank you, Aish for sharing your frank opinions on this controversial topic.

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