Sunday, July 11, 2010

Necessity to provide for his family for the present and future made him go out of his hometown to earn the living bread. Now with enough to take care of the needs for the future, he returned home.

She had been waiting for him. She had involved herself in social service activities during his absence. When he returned back to his hometown, he joined hands with her and together they dedicated their time to serving the needy. Be it orphanages, old age homes or any such institutions, they involved themselves totally. Not to forget the campaigning for blood donation. A loss of child in their life due to non availability of blood at the time of need was the reason behind their intensity in this particular activity.

Happy and loving pair they were. But life took a drastic turn when she started falling sick very frequently. Assuming it to be just exhaustion due to rigorous activity, she just ignored her health. But it kept deteriorating. Soon his health too began to show a downward slope. Sensing something amiss, they had a thorough check up and that turned to be a threatening storm in their lives. Both were tested positive for AIDS. And by then it had reached its peak. It was eating them away.But what was taking their life faster than the disease happened to be the doubts that began to crawl its way into their minds.

She had this nagging doubt on him – he had been away for quite some time – and that too at a very young age, what if the physical needs overpowered and he relented to it.
He doubted her – having been away for quite some time, she had involved herself in social work. But in the process she had made good friends with many men. What if she had given in to the need s of physical pleasure?

A happy life soon took a drastic turn. If only they had expressed their doubts to each other or at least to a common friend. Their last few days were just miserable. Writing off their hard earned wealth to charity organisations, both breathed their last. Their last few days were spent hating each other just because mind created a nasty havoc in their lives.

If only they had remembered the blood donation camp that they had assisted. The camp wherein they had fought a case against the institution for using syringes that were not disposable nor was there indication of it having been sterilised properly.
But alas, they were filled with so much suspicion against each other that they became blind to what might have happened in their life.


KParthasarathi said...

I have read that when suspicion enters ,love make its exit.It was Mark twain who said that" When one's character begins to fall under suspicion and disfavor, how swift, then, is the work of disintegration and destruction” This story has very perfectly illustrated it.Suspicion should be based on hard evidence and not on hearsay or wrong assumptions.Even if the couple were living together, the denouement would be no different as the ailment is mostly the outcome of moral aberration.
A nice story written very well.

A New Beginning said...

Thats so scary and so thought provoking Lakshi, how things wreck our lives unknowingly! You have a very powerful way of writing!!!Keep up :)

Samvedna said...

so is the most important thing in a relationship.

Ellen said...

"....If only they had remembered the blood donation camp that they had assisted. The camp wherein they had fought a case against the institution for using syringes that were not disposable nor was there indication of it having been sterilised properly." -- So they fought such a case and yet, I presume, allowed themselves to go through the same procedures or syringes in question too? Or wasn't it? Sorry, but am not clear on this one. How did they get infected?

Anyway, on the subject of trust, there is only one rule to it and that is --- 'Trust or trust not.' Either you do it or you don't because there is no half-way through it. Nor can you 'feign trust' or 'pretend to trust' otherwise you face the consequences of being untrue and insincere. And that rule applies to all relationships: marriage, friendship, business, or in whatever else human relationship plays a major role.

You've written a good piece - people can learn from it. Keep writing. God bless you and your family.

lakshmi said...

HI Ellen
what I meant was that they too happened to be victims of the act by the institution. It was an eye opener for them and they proceeded with a case. Hmmm I do have a lot to improve

lakshmi said...

Hi Samvedana
true is the base for any relationship

arvind said...

just seen "Ravana"
even - Ram is doubting..
then what to say?

everything in roots could not be brought in to the space.. that is the secret of life..

loved the opeing of the story..

deeps said...

the quote at the end sums it up all ...
nicely articulated ....
maybe trust is a necessary evil :-)
what i feel is at some point in time, we all betray the trust someone has in us and we have in ourselves...
but again, we wouldnt otherwise know the other side of the story..

surjit said...

I like the quote.It sums up the complexities of life.
..'"We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone - but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy”
A beautiful and meaningful post.
God bless.