Discrimination

Author: Badal Tanna

There was a happy family.Mr. Raj was living happily with his wife Swati and son Kush.They were living in beautiful and mythological country India. Their life was flawless.
On 26-2-2016, a cheerful and magical day came for Kush as the day Kush first cried on this planet was twenty sixth of February. So at morning 6:00, he went to his parents’ bedroom and shouted…..
“Today is my birthday”. His parents work with light glaze in their eyes. They wished his child a very happy birthday with a great enthusiasm.They were wishing only but they heard some weird sound of whistling and saying ‘happy birthday’ many times from the drawing room. When they visited drawing room there was……
There was complete silence in the room. Parents thought that it might be their neighbour. Raj and Swati ignored and started to do decorations for the birthday. The 3 people worked with 30 hands and completed the work in just one hour. Then they visited mall to do some shoppings. There Swati’s hand clipped into the door of showroom. Raj told that it was just an incident.
Then Kush demanded to watch a comedy film. So they visited movie theatre. There Raj fell on stairs due to the dark theatre. Raj was slightly injured on his head and top right part of his head was slightly bleeding but band aid controlled the RBC(s).
The family considered it as a incident and ignored it. About 3:00 they reached home and Raj and Swati decided to take a nap. About 3:26 PM, they listened Kush talking with someone but Raj,Swati and Kush,there was no one in house. Raj entered the drawing room and he saw…….
There was no one except Kush in the drawing room. Raj asked Kush whom he was talking. Kush replied no one was there. Raj again ignored it. At 7:00 PM many friends of Kush came to his house to celebrate his birthday but……
One girl came to his house but she was weird. She said nothing but gifted a big box to Kush and then went away from there. The party came to an end about 11:00 PM. Kush decided to open the gifts gifted by his friends.
First of all, he opened that big box and it contained the ‘spirit board’. He kept all the other gifts aside and started to read manual for playing with that spirit board. He found it interesting and demanded his parents to play with him then.
Raj and Swati did not believe in ghosts but for Kush they agreed to play it. Swati turned off all the lights and arranged candles on 4 sides of spirit board.
They started to play game. First of all Kush kept hands on board and asked the board “ is anyone there?” After 2 to 3 minutes, spirit board started to shake and alphabet dies of spirit board started to arrange in a meaningful word.
All the lights started to blink, the cat started to say “ meow……meow……”. When Raj and Swati saw the spirit board, there was a name written and that name was “RIYA”.
Raj and Swati shocked to see that name and all of sudden Kush started to levitate in air.
Raj and Swati said sorry to Riya. One voice came from air and said that I want no sorry but tell everything to Kush.
Kush asked his father that who is Riya. Raj said, “ before your birth, we had a daughter named Riya. She was 10 when your first birthday was there. My mother who is your grandmother didn’t like Riya because of her poor mentality. She had done discrimination between boys and girls many times. So she ordered Swati to kill Riya by mixing poison with night milk. And that day truly Riya died. A day after Riya’s death, my mother also died.” After saying this much, Riya appeared before Kush and said…….
“ My intention was only to make you aware of truth and not to spoil your birthday. Once again happy birthday Kush.”

Author: Badal Tanna


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