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M.A.D.

About Kavita Iyer

Born and brought up in Mumbai, Kavita Iyer has a closely knit family and friends. Her passion for writing poems started from college days and they used to get published in college magazines. This motivated her to write more during free time. She loves Urdu shayaris and have also attempted to compose a few. Apart from poems and shayaris Kavita is inclined towards writing short stories, motivational essays that bring some positive vibrance to routine life.

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Prologue :

Holding the mic in one hand and certificate on the other, Naina in her mesmerising voice addressed the crowd with this question, “Do you all know that Superheroes are real? YES! They are called single dads”. Saying this she waived her hand and called out her Paa from the crowd to join her on the dais. ‘Paa, I love you and would forever be indebted to you. Today whatever I am is because of your belief in me and no words can thank you enough for this’. She hugged her dad whose joy knew no bounds as his daughter was being felicitated in the graduation ceremony for a doctorate degree today. The room was filled with a loud applause for Naina, as the crowd started cheering. This was the most memorable evening of her life. A dream come true! She had stood first in her college and was in Top 5 in the state. Clad in her graduation attire she was all smiles today as her college dean handed over the certificate to her.

 

Some time back…

Sunil had been a single parent for Naina as Seema, her mom, had left the house leaving behind Naina at a tender age of three. Seema and Sunil had a love marriage, they had grown up in the same locality. Sunil was a chartered accountant in a private firm whilst Seema was working as a professor in an esteemed university. She was highly career oriented and never willing to sacrifice her career at any cost. Their marriage was been on the rocks when Naina arrived in their life as Seema was unable to balance her personal and professional life. Sunil would insist Seema to quit her job to take care of Naina, but this idea would never go down well with Seema. She was okay to leave Naina in a day care whilst Sunil was not. Their aged parents too could not help them much in this situation. They always had petty fights at home over this and one day in a spur of anger, she packed her bags and left Naina with Sunil to teach him a lesson and make him realise how it feels to stay back home to take care of a kid, foregoing a career.

Sunil never tried to call her back as he felt devastated and cheated with her actions. He took this as a challenge and gracefully took care of Naina single handedly and nurtured her dreams. He used to work in shifts and adjust his office timings to be with her. Naina very vaguely remembered her mom. As she grew up, she would often ask her Paa about her mother.

One day over the dinner table Naina said, “Paa, tomorrow is Mother’s Day and our school has asked us to make hand-made cards for our mother. See I have made this card for you.” Naina handed over the card to Sunil with letters written in bold ‘Thanks for being M.A.D’ Sunil was astonished to read it and asked her what M.A.D means. Naina with a sweet smile answered, “Paa, It’s Mum And Dad!” Sunil could not hold back his tears as he hugged Naina and kissed her on the forehead. Such was their beautiful father-daughter relationship. Sunil played the role of a dutiful father and a lovable mother at the same time.

Friends and relatives often pleaded him to marry again, to which he would shrug off saying, “I love being single as I’m always there when Naina needs me”. Sunil was against the idea of remarriage as he knew that though he would get a wife, Naina will never get a mother’s love in return. Seema’s whereabouts were not known. Some said she had gone to her native to stay with her parents while others rumoured that she eloped with her boyfriend. Sunil would turn a deaf ear to such gossips as these statements would only break him more! But Sunil stayed strong through thick and thin and faced every turmoil in his life bravely.

 

Back to the Present…

Today as he was proudly standing with his daughter on the dais holding the doctorate degree, he felt he had fulfilled his responsibility as a Father by being her support system and mentor. Wishes and appreciation poured in from everywhere. As Naina and Sunil were about to head towards home, her eyes kept searching for someone. Naina stopped and started dialling a number from her mobile. She said Paa, before we take a leave, I want you to be introduced to our Professor who has also been a great contributor to my success today. Sunil was happy to meet this person who had shaped Naina in being a topper today.

Suddenly a lady called out for Naina from behind. She was a middle-aged woman clad in a sari with few white hair strands tied in a bun. She was holding a bouquet and had come to congratulate Naina on her D-day. Naina paused and looked back and came running towards her. She touched her feet to seek her blessings. “Mam, I was looking out for you only. Come I will introduce you to my Dad.”

“Paa, look she is here! Our Professor whom I was talking about a while ago. She is my mentor and guide too. She has been the pillar of my strength whenever I needed guidance on any topic. She has always been friendly to all of us in college, she was more like a mother figure for me.”

Sunil turned around to greet and was totally shaken on seeing her. He stood standstill with eyes wide open. He had seen Seema after a gap of 20 years!!! He couldn’t understand how to react and stayed silent. For Seema, the ground beneath her feet seemed like slipping away when she realised Naina was none other than her own daughter! Though she was close to Naina, they hardly discussed about their personal lives and hence this fact never got revealed. Naina in turn was quietly observing both. She turned to her Dad and said, “Paa, don’t worry, I know everything.” Sunil was puzzled to hear this.

Naina continued, “Maa, one day we all students had come to your cabin to discuss on our exam topics when I came across a book lying on your table. The book accidentally fell from my hand and a photo slipped from the pages of the book. I was shocked to find my childhood picture with you both. I stayed mum and from then onwards, I started investigating more about you and your family.” She looked at her father now. “Paa, every time I asked you about Maa, you would always refrain from discussing the topic. I had no choice but to check with other reliable sources about her and got to know that she stayed with her aged parents in her native, taking care of them. Few years down the line, they passed away and she relocated to this city alone. That was how she picked up a job in this university to keep herself occupied and destiny made us all meet.”

Sunil stopped Naina from continuing further and started walking away. Naina called out “Paa, please wait.”
“It’s too late now Naina,” said Seema. “Do not stop him, he is and always was on the right track. It was me and my ego that separated us.” Seema was guilty of her actions, but her ego never allowed her to come back to her family. Sunil too realised that had he not been adamant and supported Seema at that point of time, maybe they would have been a complete family today. Not knowing how to handle this situation, Naina ran towards her dad and said, “Paa, tomorrow is Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate it together please.” She continued, “I don’t want to lose you both now. Promise me, you will never leave me alone.” Sunil and Seema looked at each other and kissed Naina on her cheeks.

“Never my dear, never,” they echoed.

Holding the mic in one hand and certificate on the other, Naina in her mesmerising voice addressed the crowd with this question, “Do you all know that Superheroes are real? YES! They are called single dads”. Saying this she waived her hand and called out her Paa from the crowd to join her on the dais. ‘Paa, I love you and would forever be indebted to you. Today whatever I am is because of your belief in me and no words can thank you enough for this’. She hugged her dad whose joy knew no bounds as his daughter was being felicitated in the graduation ceremony for a doctorate degree today. The room was filled with a loud applause for Naina, as the crowd started cheering. This was the most memorable evening of her life. A dream come true! She had stood first in her college and was in Top 5 in the state. Clad in her graduation attire she was all smiles today as her college dean handed over the certificate to her.

Sunil had been a single parent for Naina as Seema, her mom, had left the house leaving behind Naina at a tender age of three. Seema and Sunil had a love marriage, they had grown up in the same locality. Sunil was a chartered accountant in a private firm whilst Seema was working as a professor in an esteemed university. She was highly career oriented and never willing to sacrifice her career at any cost. Their marriage was been on the rocks when Naina arrived in their life as Seema was unable to balance her personal and professional life. Sunil would insist Seema to quit her job to take care of Naina, but this idea would never go down well with Seema. She was okay to leave Naina in a day care whilst Sunil was not. Their aged parents too could not help them much in this situation. They always had petty fights at home over this and one day in a spur of anger, she packed her bags and left Naina with Sunil to teach him a lesson and make him realise how it feels to stay back home to take care of a kid, foregoing a career.

Sunil never tried to call her back as he felt devastated and cheated with her actions. He took this as a challenge and gracefully took care of Naina single handedly and nurtured her dreams. He used to work in shifts and adjust his office timings to be with her. Naina very vaguely remembered her mom. As she grew up, she would often ask her Paa about her mother.

One day over the dinner table Naina said, “Paa, tomorrow is Mother’s Day and our school has asked us to make hand-made cards for our mother. See I have made this card for you.” Naina handed over the card to Sunil with letters written in bold ‘Thanks for being M.A.D’ Sunil was astonished to read it and asked her what M.A.D means. Naina with a sweet smile answered, “Paa, It’s Mum And Dad!” Sunil could not hold back his tears as he hugged Naina and kissed her on the forehead. Such was their beautiful father-daughter relationship. Sunil played the role of a dutiful father and a lovable mother at the same time.

Friends and relatives often pleaded him to marry again, to which he would shrug off saying, “I love being single as I’m always there when Naina needs me”. Sunil was against the idea of remarriage as he knew that though he would get a wife, Naina will never get a mother’s love in return. Seema’s whereabouts were not known. Some said she had gone to her native to stay with her parents while others rumoured that she eloped with her boyfriend. Sunil would turn a deaf ear to such gossips as these statements would only break him more! But Sunil stayed strong through thick and thin and faced every turmoil in his life bravely.

To Be Continued in next part…

Today as he was proudly standing with his daughter on the dais holding the doctorate degree, he felt he had fulfilled his responsibility as a Father by being her support system and mentor. Wishes and appreciation poured in from everywhere. As Naina and Sunil were about to head towards home, her eyes kept searching for someone. Naina stopped and started dialling a number from her mobile. She said Paa, before we take a leave, I want you to be introduced to our Professor who has also been a great contributor to my success today. Sunil was happy to meet this person who had shaped Naina in being a topper today.

Suddenly a lady called out for Naina from behind. She was a middle-aged woman clad in a sari with few white hair strands tied in a bun. She was holding a bouquet and had come to congratulate Naina on her D-day. Naina paused and looked back and came running towards her. She touched her feet to seek her blessings. “Mam, I was looking out for you only. Come I will introduce you to my Dad.”

“Paa, look she is here! Our Professor whom I was talking about a while ago. She is my mentor and guide too. She has been the pillar of my strength whenever I needed guidance on any topic. She has always been friendly to all of us in college, she was more like a mother figure for me.”

Sunil turned around to greet and was totally shaken on seeing her. He stood standstill with eyes wide open. He had seen Seema after a gap of 20 years!!! He couldn’t understand how to react and stayed silent. For Seema, the ground beneath her feet seemed like slipping away when she realised Naina was none other than her own daughter! Though she was close to Naina, they hardly discussed about their personal lives and hence this fact never got revealed. Naina in turn was quietly observing both. She turned to her Dad and said, “Paa, don’t worry, I know everything.” Sunil was puzzled to hear this.

Naina continued, “Maa, one day we all students had come to your cabin to discuss on our exam topics when I came across a book lying on your table. The book accidentally fell from my hand and a photo slipped from the pages of the book. I was shocked to find my childhood picture with you both. I stayed mum and from then onwards, I started investigating more about you and your family.” She looked at her father now. “Paa, every time I asked you about Maa, you would always refrain from discussing the topic. I had no choice but to check with other reliable sources about her and got to know that she stayed with her aged parents in her native, taking care of them. Few years down the line, they passed away and she relocated to this city alone. That was how she picked up a job in this university to keep herself occupied and destiny made us all meet.”

Sunil stopped Naina from continuing further and started walking away. Naina called out “Paa, please wait.”
“It’s too late now Naina,” said Seema. “Do not stop him, he is and always was on the right track. It was me and my ego that separated us.” Seema was guilty of her actions, but her ego never allowed her to come back to her family. Sunil too realised that had he not been adamant and supported Seema at that point of time, maybe they would have been a complete family today. Not knowing how to handle this situation, Naina ran towards her dad and said, “Paa, tomorrow is Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate it together please.” She continued, “I don’t want to lose you both now. Promise me, you will never leave me alone.” Sunil and Seema looked at each other and kissed Naina on her cheeks.

“Never my dear, never,” they echoed.

Holding the mic in one hand and certificate on the other, Naina in her mesmerising voice addressed the crowd with this question, “Do you all know that Superheroes are real? YES! They are called single dads”. Saying this she waived her hand and called out her Paa from the crowd to join her on the dais. ‘Paa, I love you and would forever be indebted to you. Today whatever I am is because of your belief in me and no words can thank you enough for this’. She hugged her dad whose joy knew no bounds as his daughter was being felicitated in the graduation ceremony for a doctorate degree today. The room was filled with a loud applause for Naina, as the crowd started cheering. This was the most memorable evening of her life. A dream come true! She had stood first in her college and was in Top 5 in the state. Clad in her graduation attire she was all smiles today as her college dean handed over the certificate to her.

Sunil had been a single parent for Naina as Seema, her mom, had left the house leaving behind Naina at a tender age of three. Seema and Sunil had a love marriage, they had grown up in the same locality. Sunil was a chartered accountant in a private firm whilst Seema was working as a professor in an esteemed university. She was highly career oriented and never willing to sacrifice her career at any cost. Their marriage was been on the rocks when Naina arrived in their life as Seema was unable to balance her personal and professional life. Sunil would insist Seema to quit her job to take care of Naina, but this idea would never go down well with Seema. She was okay to leave Naina in a day care whilst Sunil was not. Their aged parents too could not help them much in this situation. They always had petty fights at home over this and one day in a spur of anger, she packed her bags and left Naina with Sunil to teach him a lesson and make him realise how it feels to stay back home to take care of a kid, foregoing a career.

Sunil never tried to call her back as he felt devastated and cheated with her actions. He took this as a challenge and gracefully took care of Naina single handedly and nurtured her dreams. He used to work in shifts and adjust his office timings to be with her. Naina very vaguely remembered her mom. As she grew up, she would often ask her Paa about her mother.

One day over the dinner table Naina said, “Paa, tomorrow is Mother’s Day and our school has asked us to make hand-made cards for our mother. See I have made this card for you.” Naina handed over the card to Sunil with letters written in bold ‘Thanks for being M.A.D’ Sunil was astonished to read it and asked her what M.A.D means. Naina with a sweet smile answered, “Paa, It’s Mum And Dad!” Sunil could not hold back his tears as he hugged Naina and kissed her on the forehead. Such was their beautiful father-daughter relationship. Sunil played the role of a dutiful father and a lovable mother at the same time.

Friends and relatives often pleaded him to marry again, to which he would shrug off saying, “I love being single as I’m always there when Naina needs me”. Sunil was against the idea of remarriage as he knew that though he would get a wife, Naina will never get a mother’s love in return. Seema’s whereabouts were not known. Some said she had gone to her native to stay with her parents while others rumoured that she eloped with her boyfriend. Sunil would turn a deaf ear to such gossips as these statements would only break him more! But Sunil stayed strong through thick and thin and faced every turmoil in his life bravely.

To Be Continued in next part…

Today as he was proudly standing with his daughter on the dais holding the doctorate degree, he felt he had fulfilled his responsibility as a Father by being her support system and mentor. Wishes and appreciation poured in from everywhere. As Naina and Sunil were about to head towards home, her eyes kept searching for someone. Naina stopped and started dialling a number from her mobile. She said Paa, before we take a leave, I want you to be introduced to our Professor who has also been a great contributor to my success today. Sunil was happy to meet this person who had shaped Naina in being a topper today.

Suddenly a lady called out for Naina from behind. She was a middle-aged woman clad in a sari with few white hair strands tied in a bun. She was holding a bouquet and had come to congratulate Naina on her D-day. Naina paused and looked back and came running towards her. She touched her feet to seek her blessings. “Mam, I was looking out for you only. Come I will introduce you to my Dad.”

“Paa, look she is here! Our Professor whom I was talking about a while ago. She is my mentor and guide too. She has been the pillar of my strength whenever I needed guidance on any topic. She has always been friendly to all of us in college, she was more like a mother figure for me.”

Sunil turned around to greet and was totally shaken on seeing her. He stood standstill with eyes wide open. He had seen Seema after a gap of 20 years!!! He couldn’t understand how to react and stayed silent. For Seema, the ground beneath her feet seemed like slipping away when she realised Naina was none other than her own daughter! Though she was close to Naina, they hardly discussed about their personal lives and hence this fact never got revealed. Naina in turn was quietly observing both. She turned to her Dad and said, “Paa, don’t worry, I know everything.” Sunil was puzzled to hear this.

Naina continued, “Maa, one day we all students had come to your cabin to discuss on our exam topics when I came across a book lying on your table. The book accidentally fell from my hand and a photo slipped from the pages of the book. I was shocked to find my childhood picture with you both. I stayed mum and from then onwards, I started investigating more about you and your family.” She looked at her father now. “Paa, every time I asked you about Maa, you would always refrain from discussing the topic. I had no choice but to check with other reliable sources about her and got to know that she stayed with her aged parents in her native, taking care of them. Few years down the line, they passed away and she relocated to this city alone. That was how she picked up a job in this university to keep herself occupied and destiny made us all meet.”

Sunil stopped Naina from continuing further and started walking away. Naina called out “Paa, please wait.”
“It’s too late now Naina,” said Seema. “Do not stop him, he is and always was on the right track. It was me and my ego that separated us.” Seema was guilty of her actions, but her ego never allowed her to come back to her family. Sunil too realised that had he not been adamant and supported Seema at that point of time, maybe they would have been a complete family today. Not knowing how to handle this situation, Naina ran towards her dad and said, “Paa, tomorrow is Mother’s Day, let’s celebrate it together please.” She continued, “I don’t want to lose you both now. Promise me, you will never leave me alone.” Sunil and Seema looked at each other and kissed Naina on her cheeks.

“Never my dear, never,” they echoed.

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2 Response Comments

  • Aparna Mondal25/06/2019 at 8:52 AM

    Beautiful story Kavita !! What a turn if events at the end. Simply wonderful ! Very well written story. Keep penning many more stories like this. Loved reading it.

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