Wednesday, September 3, 2008

A LITTLE DREAM- CALLED HOPE!


“I just had a dream, Radha! I’m sure, it’s a boy”!

“Vimmi.. Stop for a second.. I just don’t get it. Relax.. Now tell. What was in your dream”?

“I dreamt of Lord Krishna, playing with his friends.. and Mother Yashodha is watching over him, smiling proudly, at her son..”

“That’s great, Vimmi. This is such wonderful news! I think we should tell this to Sarlaji”!

“You both seem so happy.. Now what is it that you’ve got to tell me”? Sarlaji had entered the room. She was a kind and pleasant looking, middle-aged woman, under whose care all the ladies over that place- at Anand, came to know, what was it like, to be in heaven!

“Tell me what, Radha”?

“Sarlaji, Vimmi is going to have a boy! Lord Krishna appeared in her dream”!

“Why, this is such a pleasant news! Vimmi, meanwhile, you should start being more careful about yourself. For now, you are not going to be, just you. Krishna is also, now a part of you”!

Vimmi felt elated. She had never been so happy before. She couldn’t imagine.. How it began.. And now, this!

Vimmi was sitting by the window. “Banwara mann dekhne chala ek sapna”.. crooned the radio somewhere; and she wondered, “Can we ever stop dreaming”? Smiling to herself, she was now, gazing at the stars. Somewhere, sometime ago, a star fell off the sky to become a part of herself. She slowly, got up from the bed. She walked towards the mirror and looked at herself.

She saw a reflection of a woman who was around 30. She wasn’t fair. No. She wasn’t dark, either. And she wasn’t ugly- nor beautiful. She was a mother. And that made her, sheen!

She could feel little Krishna in her, waiting to come out into the world, see new things, learn new skills- become a great man, someday!

Vimmi smiled at her own thoughts. How quickly does a woman’s imagination fly, past the future! But, now, she needed to rest. Krishna, needed to rest.

Vimmi lay awake as she rolled over in her bed. She was just too happy to sleep. She was thinking about Munni and Sukhi. Her two girls. She had been worried earlier about how well her husband would be able to take care of them. They were just two brilliant girls. Now, they went to a good school, too!

Vimmi had always been a wonderful mother and a wife. Even when her husband’s dairy business, collapsed, she never lost hope. She always knew that Lord Krishna would do something. And indeed, little Nand Kishore had played his flute, yielding to her prayers and shown her a way!

And she saw the light, in her pain. The light filled her life. And her pain was now, her hope!

................................................................

“This is such a beautiful child”!

Vimmi opened her eyes. She could now see the people around her. She could see a woman, a young and very beautiful woman, holding the baby.

“Vimmi, you awoke? How do you feel, now”?

“I’m fine, Sarlaji.. the baby..”?

“Yes. You were right. It is indeed a boy..”!

Vimmi felt so happy. She had been dying to see him.. She gained all her strength back as soon as she heard it!

“May I see him”?

“Sure. Why not”! Said the woman holding the baby- “You have every right to do so”! And she brought down the baby to Vimmi.

Vimmi saw a beautiful baby boy, with unusually bright, big eyes! Just like little Kanha! She was so happy.

A man, standing beside the beautiful woman, now spoke.

“You just don’t know what you’ve done for us. I have sent the money to your husband. His dairy is now going great. I have sent him, more than what was agreed upon. And now, you can ask for anything that you may want from us..”

Vimmi looked at the man who had just spoken. She had seen him before. He had been like a God to her, helping out her family- through their misfortune, taking care of her daughters’ education. What more could she ask from him? However, impulsively, she said-

“Sethji, just promise me, that you’ll name him, Krishna…”

91 comments:

Suchitra said...

Krishna and Yashoda in the dream...the surrogate mother and not the real one :) Loved the touch Awesome!

Matangi Mawley said...

@suchitra..

thnk u! :)

descrying the shadows said...

Another feather in ur cap.. :D
nice..

Alok said...

A traditional viewpoint amalgamated with a modern trend, that was well concocted! :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@descrying the shadows..

thnk u! :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@alok..

:) thnk u!

RiverSoul said...

Beautifully written, Matangi.
The surrogate mother sure needs a lot of strength to do what she must eventually do.
You've depicted the situation very well.

Matangi Mawley said...

@riversoul..

thnk u so much! :)

Priya said...

Beautiful piece with emotions and love the way you narrated with history.

Vinay said...

yeah...i agree with descrying the shadows...!! another feather in ur cap...

yankee doodle would have been jealous considering u got so many and he had only one!! ;)

wow...!!

Vinay said...

i have taken ur tag...and done it...
its in my tags blog...link is in my profile or any of my other blogs...!!

Matangi Mawley said...

@priya..

thnk u!

Matangi Mawley said...

@vinay..

:D tnx.. n ll look into u'r blog..

Matangi Mawley said...
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Vinay said...

in poems blog itself matangi...i deleted the tags blog..!! :)

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

Very well written!Loved the theme :)

vanilla sky said...

Awesome writing on the unexplored emotional territory :) loved it !

Matangi Mawley said...

@vinay..

:).. okay! m on it!

Matangi Mawley said...

@sameera..

thnk u!

Matangi Mawley said...

@vanilla sky..

thnk u! it was jst a thought i had on surrogate mothers.. sme hw felt tht d be an entirely new take on motherhood!

tweety said...

Touching story... Well narrated... Just awesome :)

Kartz said...

As the Poms would say- jolly good!

Matangi Mawley said...

@tweety..

thnk u!

Matangi Mawley said...

@kartz..

thnk u!

priyaa iyer said...

You expressed the dreams of a mother and the courage of a woman in simple words but with strong feelings!

Nice work!

Matangi Mawley said...

@pp..

thnk u, yaar! :)

AV said...

nice post. but wat wud the reaction of Vimmi been if the born child had been a girl? would she have been able to accept it well?

Amber Light said...

Brilliant piece of work. I was wondering the same as the person above.. what if it had been a girl?

Matangi Mawley said...

@av n amber light..

:).. i don't know.. it s fiction ppl!
she jst felt tht it was going to be a boy! besides, she already has 2 girls.. munni n sukhi.. she neway was only the surrogate mother!

Rajesh said...

I go with alok's comment...this was too to good...hmmm...

every article of urs betters its predecessor.. and every article is worried if its successor wud better it...

Let anything happen...The winner at the end of the day is MATANGI MAWLEY

P.S: blog updated

Matangi Mawley said...

@rajesh..

:)
thnk u so much! m flattered!

Hemanth Potluri said...

the theme is soo cool...loved the total emotions felt in the narration..:),..

urs..hemu..

Matangi Mawley said...

@hemanth..

thnk u!

humbl devil said...

hey, great narration...

and i'll be back...
:)

I'll try 2 be truthful said...

its so sad , that there are people even now , who dont understand that a girl is as valuable as a boy . this story really touched my heart.
selling one's own for money , selfless love for her husband .

Matangi Mawley said...

@humble devil..

thnk u! :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@trying to be truthful..

first, this isn't a story about girl or boy child. second, surrogate mothers are not the biological parent. they only bear the child, not conceive.

thnk u, neway! :)

olimpia said...

..... the most beautiful prayer that a man can do is: to give a CHILD'S Life !... to be , like God: Creator!....So, human beeing treads to Perfection....And GOD says: " let children come to ME!".................

Matangi Mawley said...

@olympia..

:) tht was nice!

Hemanth Potluri said...

hey i am bac such went through ur previous they really rock dude...u got a very good blog here..:)..loved it..

urs..hemu..

preetha said...

It was a simple sweet post yet so beautiful. Loved the way you've put it down :)
Hope you wouldnt mind me bloggrolling you...

preetha!

Matangi Mawley said...

@hemanth..

thnk u! :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@preetha..

thnk u! nt at all.. :)

Mith said...

woah...THAT was unexpected! nice twist in the end :) beutifully written...u certainly have a way with words :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@mith..

thnk u!

Attila said...

superb write-up! well, what else can I say..

Matangi Mawley said...

@attila..

thnk u!

dreammer said...

Loved the way you narrated the story and used the Krishna and Yasodha myth.......one more achievement....can only say CONGRATS!! AND KEEP WRITING SUCH GOOD STUFF.

Divkiran said...

awwww how beautiful
Very Very well written

enjoyed evrythn bout it... emotions of a woman so beautifully portrayed.. and a sensitive issue too...LOVELY :)

Indrajit said...

vry good.
Keep them coming..

Matangi Mawley said...

@dreamer..

thnk u!

Matangi Mawley said...

@divkiran..

thnk u!

Matangi Mawley said...

@indr..

thnk u!

Meghna said...

Lovely!! I'm entranced by ur writing....count me in as a regular...BTW, u visited my other blog but if you visit "delve......" you'll see ,y own writings and poems (by this 13 year old)

And it wld be a gr8 treat and help to learn frm u :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@meghna..

thnk u! n sure i will..

Mann said...

As always it is perfectly written story! till the end I could not get any clue----. i was thinking you are going to say something about gender bias---- And Lo!! It was new issue altogether-- You have really done justice with subject----

Your writing is riveting!!!

Matangi Mawley said...

@mann..

thnk u!

Cinderella. said...

Wow !! Such an offbeat theme to conjure !!!

Loved this.
:)

Matangi Mawley said...

@cinderella..

thnk u!

Manikandan said...

Beautiful story! Poetic.. Nice twist in the end... I felt there were some punctuation mistakes, like a comma where there shouldn't be.. Eg: 'they went to school, too'. May be it's just me! Sorry if I'm wrong. But otherwise, the writing was beautiful. Very emotional. Keep writing!!

Matangi Mawley said...

@manikantan..

thnk u!

•♥•...๑۩۞۩๑♥V♥๑۩۞۩๑..•♥• said...

//surrogate mother//
nice theme and written beautifully.
first time here and have to say exceeded my expectations. :D

take care and have a nice day

deepsat said...

first time here!! beautifully written!! wow!

Matangi Mawley said...

@smell of earth after rain..

thnk u!

Matangi Mawley said...

@deepsat..

thnk u!

HOBO said...

Hari bol

Trinaa said...

super..!! loved it..nice twist in d end :)))))

ANWESA said...

the interpretation of krishna n yashoda did wonders,d last lines sumwat saddened me..

divya said...

well the concept of surrogate mother is new for me.. I haven't heard much about it before..A very very new concept and written very well... But somehow the concept of surrogate mother doesn't appeal to me.I dunno why..But anyways got to appreciate you for choosing such a different topic :).

Think Tank said...

Beautiful... that's so real ..u managed to capture a very mythical thing in reality

Matangi Mawley said...

@hobo..

:)

Matangi Mawley said...

@trinaa..

thnk u!

Matangi Mawley said...

@anwesa..

thnk u!

Matangi Mawley said...

@divya..

thnk u! :) :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@think tank..

thnk u!

Keshi said...

wow wut a dream!

Keshi.

Matangi Mawley said...

@keshi..

thnk u!

brocasarea said...

surrogate mother....very touching :)

thanks for dropping by my blog:)

Matangi Mawley said...

@brocasarea..

thnk u!

Arjun said...

That was unique and good...
Nice imagination.....

Cheers..!!
Arjun

Matangi Mawley said...

@arjun..

thnk u!

my inner world said...

that really touched me a lot, such a beautiful description of a mother who is expecting.
I think one needs to be having a very strong will to hand over the child they give birth to.
this is among your best ones!!!

Matangi Mawley said...

@my inner world..

thnk u!

nikkita said...

wow..MM...that was a brilliant piece..one emotion,may be i missed giving a thot to...abt the courage of surrogate mothr...it was jus awesome..!! lovely read..!!
cheerz!!

love:nickku

Matangi Mawley said...

@nikkita...

thnk u! :)

Priyanka Agrawalla said...

Superbbbbbb Mathangi...

Matangi Mawley said...

@ priyanka...

thnk u!!! :)

manisha said...

wow! a story on surrogacy:) this was beautiful, a touch of the ethnic concept of wanting a boy...how much will she be wanting it now! since she bore him...!

SHWETHA said...

I wonder how u get to think such bizare situations, put them into beautiful words. Very well written!!
Tc!

Matangi Mawley said...

@ manisha...

thanks!! :)

Matangi Mawley said...

@ shwetha..

:) thanks! came across an article in India Today about Surrogacy.. I support "adoption" as i consider tht very beautiful.. but surrogacy.. there is so much more emotions to it.. no words in Oxford Dic can ever bring out all of tht!

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