Sometimes its good to have an open mind and believe what others say, especially if your own heart believes that person.
Some stories are told because they should be told, without any hidden agenda.
This is such a story, some pages from my life to wake indians up, to remove the glasses of hypocrisy from their eyes and show them another side of real india, which may invade their world too, ignorance is not a bliss. Its a timebomb.
It was her habit from early childhood to go to the “Thakurghar” (the room where altar is set in hindu houses) to spend some minutes cleaning up, offering flowers, incense stick, water and Prasad to the deities, and bring down an incense stick to Tulsimancha (in every orthodox hindu house there is a tulsimancha, check out google for it, a tulsi plant is planted in that and it is offered water, incense stick, flowers and candle at the dusk every day) and some flowers.
Her newly wed sister in law too did that, after taking her bath, later. She returned to the thakurghar in the evening and noticed that the flowers she has offered in the morning were gone, so was everything else. She was a little surprised but too polite to query, next day she observed, she saw her sister in law sweeping them from the thakurghar and tulsimanch and throwing them to the drain.
She might have requested her to not do that but her upbringing stopped her from preaching/complaining, she thought that as a daughter in law it is her duty and right to do handle the thakurghar and tulsimanch and she seemed overeager to show that, so she took a step backward and stopped offering her prayers there, in place of that she offered her prayers to the altar in her own room, after all, which Hindu will take it lightly if her offerings are thrown to drain? that is insult to God too, not only her prayers.
To her utter surprise, within a fortnight her sister in law too lost interest in thakurghar and tulsimancha, they both went without any offerings for days.
These are the things I forgot and have forgiven without much of a thought, so while you read “The charons” don’t think that the inspiration behind that story is revenge for petty things. It is a story that will teach you to open your own eyes and see around you before it is too late.
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