On Being Your Own Enemy

Beads of perspiration were visible on her forehead. It was not because of the heat as the room was fully air-conditioned. She was only nervous but then she always was! At least ever since her mother had left her to work at baji’s house. She was afraid of making any mistake, particularly today as there was some special party going on. She knew nothing about it. The only thing she knew was her intimidating baji and her wrath if she messed up.

Sakina, an 11 year old girl kept rubbing the furniture clean waiting to be called inside and be humiliated in front of all the bajis but it didn’t happen. She chanced a look inside the drawing room but nobody noticed her as every woman was busy shrieking, her baji being the loudest, Happy Women’s Day!

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