“Look at them, they don’t have proper clothes on them, no food in the house for one meal, what will I do with this measly togetherness,” Draupadi snapped.
“If it is that what you need then I assure you there will always be more than enough in your house from today,” and saying this she vanished.
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It was exactly one year to that fateful day when a servant came running to her in the village council, “Babu is not feeling well, he is complaining of stomachache.”
“I have no time for this, can’t you see I am busy with some important village work here, thousands are being transacted, why don’t you go and take him to the hakim,” she replied haughtily.
And only minutes later she received the news of her son’s death.
“In this beautiful night of Dhanteras*, why is it that you are sitting all alone covered in silence and gloom?” the goddess appeared again and asked smilingly.
*Dhanteras- an Indian festival to celebrate success and prosperity.
(This is actually a true story of my great-great grandmother. A legend which has gone down the family from one generation to another. And this is as told by my aunt (Jyoti Shukla Agnihotri )to me )
Connecting it to the amazing seven day Write Tribe’s festival. Day one prompt being nine sentence fiction.
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We may be from different cultures, but many truths are universal. Alana visiting from UBC.
Yes Alana because some truths have a very deep connection with our inner selves..
I’ve heard versions of this tale Richa in many folklores 🙂 You should always be grateful for what you have! Well said in 9 sentences!
Aditi this is actually real story of my great great granny!
The togetherness of the family is more important than anything else.
Amen to that kalpana 🙂
well-written and the sense is very clear.
Thanks for liking it 🙂
What a hard way to learn a lesson, however important it may be. The Gods can be pretty heartless.
Yes Tullika and they say she regretted it for her whole life…
What a sad way to learn such an important lesson in life..
Well, so many people make this mistake. I so hope that people understand that money once got can be acquired, but love!!?
Yes kajal money and love are not interchangeable…
Beautifully written piece. Thank you for sharing!
Glad you enjoyed it Laurel 🙂
as always a beautiful piece of work 🙂
Thanks a lot Amrit 🙂
This was really beautiful! 🙂
Thanks Sophie 🙂
Being content in midst of difficulty is not always easy, but possible! Well written!
Yes danny but at times we need to identify our priorities..
What an irony! I guess in the end, family is the only wealth we need!
I guess too..
That is such a sad reminder of the important things in life. 🙁
And we often skip these reminders too…
Rula diya yaar ….Great one, and in 9 sentences ! How much of a ‘taken-for-granted’ attitude we have, towards certain things in life !
Yes we do Sreeja…
Must have been tough to learn that lesson. Wonder what she felt afterwards. And it’s a beauty in nine sentences.
Well she regretted it for the rest of her life…
A story with an important moral to it. what makes it all the more alluring is that it is a true one…..
Catching up on blogs now, had been rather under the weather the last few weeks.
Well same story this side, been almost lost in space or something!
This is so sad 🙁 Life teaches lesson the hard way, sometimes one needs to be happy with what they have … Wonderful story told in 9 sentences.
Sometimes yes, I would say most of the times….
That’s an amazing story in 9 sentences. Although I never underestimate the importance of money in my life, it’s an undeniable fact that money cannot but happiness, at least eternal happiness 🙂 Wonderful 🙂
Yes it cannot…. and somehow we tend to forget this important message, no?
Tht was a v toufgh lesson she learnt :-/
Very very tough…
what an irony! we learn our lessons only when some tragedy strikes..nicely expressed.
The irony is there, yes. And it is the case always….
Beautiful story, Richa. Every trial and tribulation in life serves as a great lesson that makes us stronger.
In her case I think it made her very weak and I know she had some serious regrets for life on this…
Some lessons are learnt a bit too late…I really liked how you have woven that story Richa! 🙂
Yes very very late..
Beautiful story Richa. Many times, we do not realise the value of what we have in hand ..
Yes Aarthu and many times we let them slip away…
Such a big lesson! As they say, learn to value the small things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize that they were big things!
Loved this story! ♥
Perfect thought shilpa 🙂 yes it is the small things of life which contribute to the memories…
We need to be careful what we wish for and sometimes what seems attractive turns out to be detrimental. Nice one Richa.
Suzy this is true we need to balance our needs in life..
Just like some wise man have said, we value things after we loose them. And she lost her biggest asset, her son.
Yes Hemu such is life..
This short fiction is a great lesson for life. One has to learn valuing things at the right time. And it’s a strange nature of human to crave for something which he doesn’t have or own.
And not value what really matters…
Legends teach us lessons… have to learn the right lessons.
Thanks for sharing 🙂
Yes Anita they do…
A big lesson learnt… ! I guess that’s how we humans are never satisfied….
And perhaps also never happy..
nice work girl:) fiction in 9
Thanks a lot boy 🙂
Thanks a lot 🙂
money/name and fame cannot be a substitute for love. Nice to be here via Indiblogger.
I am happy that you could find me thru indiblogger..
Very nyc story to get some learning from it 🙂
Glad you liked it 🙂