Mukta, she sets him free into #happiness !!

Mukta, she sets him free into #happiness !!

Akash Ganga apartment was centrally located in Bhubaneswar. It was close to many popular markets and good hospitals. People living in Akash Ganga were like a close knit family. Many grew up together and went about with their lives.

Mukund and Mr. Dash’s family had a unique and emotional bond. Mukund Mishra was a popular and successful gynaecologist of the city. He gave life and hope to many desperate couples. He was living in Akash Ganga since the time he was pursuing his PG. Mrs. and Mr. Dash lived in the flat next door. They were amongst the very first people who took possession. They had a lovely daughter named Kanta. Mukund treated Kanta as his younger sister, and Dash family took him as their son. No festivals, no cricket matches were ever complete without Mukund. He had no family of his own, he stayed mostly in hostels. Earned scholarships and was financially supported by his aunt.

Around four years back finally, Mukund had reasons to be truly happy. He had found love of his life. Tarini. She was also a doctor like him. Her specialization was paediatric. When they got married, the most common compliment or comment that they received was, “You make a great pair. One Gynac other Pead”. They were so happy with themselves that they didn’t care much.

Kanta got attached to Tarini, and Tarini became her friend, philosopher and guide. Not just she was not just a good doctor who was good with kids, she was a genuinely caring human being too. She could go out of her way and out of her comfort zone to help people. Sometimes for people, who were completely strangers. She didn’t become a doctor to get rich but to help the neediest in the society. That was the trait that Mukund noticed about her initially. And the more he came to know her, he fell in love deeply. Love that was so deep, beyond limitations, they understood and knew each other like their souls were one. Both were doing well at work too. Mukund had also started doing social work with her, and started keeping medical tools and equipment’s at home for emergency.

One fine morning Tarini, told the magic words to Mukund and he was on cloud nine. The words were “We are going to be parents”. They both paid a lot of attention to Tarini’s health. Dash family was also completely involved in this journey of adding a family member.

With time, Kanta had grown up to marriageable age herself. Her would be husband worked in a MNC in Noida, and hence she enjoyed whatever counted days were left with her parents. All the while when things were going so well, Tarini developed complications in her pregnancy. Despite being cautioned by doctors, she decided to go ahead as the child was going to make them happier. Tarini insisted Mukund to execute her delivery. Initially he hesitated as doctors usually don’t operate their closed ones, he finally had to give in to her demands. She was sure if there was anyone who can get her and the baby safely out of this danger, it was him. In the meanwhile, Kanta got married and shifted to Noida. She stayed in touch with Tarini as much as her own mother.

On a fateful night, Tarini struggled for breath. She has a lot of bleeding and cramps in stomach. Mukund rushed her to the hospital. They started doing the ultrasound to ratify the baby’s position and checked Tarini’s vitals. But her BP dropped like a stone going down to ocean floor. And before he could do anything, she had closed her eyes. She held his hand tightly until she breathed her last. He had lost both of them. The grief was taken over by guilt and remorse. “I could not save them”, were his words before his face turned into a stone and he got out of the OT.

While 8 months have passed since that incident, Mukund has not been himself. He stopped going to clinic and stopped seeing patients. By choice he turned into a compulsive alcoholic and had no intention to get out of his little favourite hell. All the good memories were now haunting him, hence he disconnected himself from everyone and everything. Including himself. He used to cry, howl and shout all the time in his drunken state of despair. Neighbours could hear his hopelessness and anguished wails too. They tried to speak with him, trying to bring him out of this dejection but nothing was helping. All the happy and positive memories of Tarini led him to more depression and gloom. Those good memories became a torture.

Today morning, Kanta arrived from Noida. She had the good news to share with Mukund. But she couldn’t gather courage to face him. As her happy moments and his heart wrenching moments came into life almost at the same time . She is nine months pregnant. Gathering all the courage she could muster, she tried knocking and calling Mukund a couple of times. She wanted to meet him. But he didn’t answer the door.

The Dash family kept a tiffin with cooked food every day at his door. Sometimes, he accepted and sometimes, it rotted. One day, Kanta kept the tiffin and stood there. Something told her that he will open the door today. As it had been three days, he hadn’t eaten anything. When he opened the door, she couldn’t hold back her tears. He looked shabby, thin, scruffy, and unmanaged. He saw her, their eyes met but before she could approach, he banged the door at her face. The moment he saw that Kanta was pregnant, all the things that he was running away from came back haunting him.

It was a good relief from Dash family that Kanta had reached home safely. As the same week, the PM announced nationwide lockdown due to covid19. All public transports including air and rail were purged. The situation was unprecedented. Few weeks passed, Kanta wore a mask and gloves to feed the stray dogs. Helped old people in the apartment, installing contact tracing, essentials delivery apps on their phones. She was doing her bit, and that’s how she was reminded of Tarini. Tarini had taught her that giving back to society is way of living a satisfied life. The moment everything started getting back to normal, the weather department released an advisory that a cyclone, like never before in last many decades, was knocking on the coast of Orissa.

For days there was no electricity, no mode of communication, dust storm everywhere. It was scary and life threatening. In the middle of the day, kanta stated getting cramps. The labour pain was increasing, and no ambulance was ready for pick up.

Finally, Mr. and Mrs. Dash banged Mukund’s door, he was their only hope. They knew he was the best. They just prayed that he was sober and not passed out due to intoxication. The noise of the harsh wind was making there screams less audible. They were crying “Come out, Save Kanta”, “she needs you”,”we have no one else, come out”. Finally hearing their cries, Mukund opened the door. For the sake of old days. He could hardly face the daylight. They rushed him to Kanta, who was wring in pain. Unbearable pain, her water bag had already burst open. Seeing her like this, all of a sudden, a streak of energy, a sense and emotion woke him up.

He rushed to his flat and picked up all the medical equipment. He instructed Mrs. Dash and asked her for all that was needed to make the delivery happen and got back to work. Looking at him Mr. Dash hoped of saving both his kids today. One from physical agony and one from mental. He prayed as he folded his hands and closed his eyes. Jai Jagganath

After three hours of tedious and tiring labour, she finally arrived. When Mukund held her, she was all in mucus and blood. But looking at her, he smiled for the first time in last nine months. She took all his burden away. And at that moment, guilt is replaced by happiness.

He said you are “MUKTA”, you set me free. You have given me my life back.

Tears started streaming down everyone’s cheeks. Kanta cried happily for being a mom for first time, Mukund for coming to terms with his own life & Dash Seniors for their kids’ happiness!

And the little one who was the reason for their happiest moment chuckled momentarily before rolling into her mother’s lap.

#SpeakeasywithRuchiNdips

‘This post is written for Speakeasy Blogging Challenge 2020 by Ruchie & Dipika.

This Post Has 59 Comments

  1. Avani Lele

    Awesome story!!!

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Glad you liked it 🙂

  2. Satya bajpai

    This is such a heart touching story. It kept me glued till the end which was so beautiful. Such stories teach us to appreciate the valuable relationships we all have in our lives❤️

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Thanks didi. You are so motivating and generous in your comments always. <3

      1. Swati Mathur

        I completely got glued to this heart touching story.. It felt so real. You are awsomely talented. Would love to read more of your work. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

        1. Ujjwal Mishra

          Thanks Swati, good I could connect with you

          1. Richa MIna

            Such a touching story with a beautiful ending. We all need a Mukta who can free us from the troubles and bring us joy

        2. Taranpreet

          If one wants to learn how to value real relationships in their life , then they should definitely read this. Kept me glued till the end. Loved the write up

      2. Disha

        A heart warming tale of happiness! In real world too, God works in mysterious ways and we never know how our lives get entwined with others and they can have huge impact like the neighbors in your story. 🙂

    2. Rajshree S

      This was such a beautiful take on happiness. I was glued to the story from the beginning to the very end. You certainly have a way with your words that keeps the reader enticed throughout.

  3. Madhuri Lele

    It’s really heart touching story. you are a good story teller. Good keep it up.

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Thanks a lot. Learnt it from you 🙂

  4. Mayura Amarkant

    Beautiful story! I just love the way you have crafted the narrative. Keep writing!

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Thanks for stopping by, glad you liked the story.

      1. Beautiful story, Ujjwal. Loved the narration and it was heart touching. Keep writing. Loved the caption and how you related the climax with it.

  5. Judy Morris

    Such a beautiful story in context with covid and happiness. babies truly are God set angels that bring happiness.

  6. Ujjwal, you have written such a beautiful story with each emotion pouring. I am teary eyed while writing this comment.

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Thank you, I am happy that my words could translate into emotions.

  7. Aditi Kapur

    Yet another great story! I’m glad our paths crossed again for the blog hop♥️
    Keep writing and impressing:)

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Humbled with your feedback, glad you liked the story. Yes its been a long that we are on the same ride.

  8. Swarnali Nath

    Dear Ujjwal, take a bow lady. What a story! Written in engaging style a d lucidly woven, the story is so so beautiful yet deep a d thought provoking. Really loved it. Brilliant job Ujjwal.

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Thank you Swarnali. Glad you stopped by.

  9. Aesha Shah

    WOW. Such a heartwarming story. A beautifully woven narrative with all emotions. I had goosebumps and tears.

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Happy to hear from you dear.

  10. Alpana

    That is such an touchy story. Happiness comes in different forms. We should be able to recognize it, feel it and celebrate it. Child’s birth is the most mesmerizing moment and nothing can be more magical and miraculous than this.

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Completely agree with you. Seeing childbirth changes many peoples life, they start valuing everyday more and more.

  11. Amritha Srinath

    Wow!! Now this is indeed a well written story! I was visualizing the setting, the characters and it was as if I am present at all events! Beautiful take on the happiness prompt!!

    The story has also provoked me to think about the emotions and pain a doctor goes through when his surgeries aren’t successful or his patients don’t get cured. I think we ought to recognize the work of our doctors & nurses and start respecting them as humans!! Moved, completely moved!

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Thanks Amritha for such an awesome and elaborated comment.

  12. Roma

    Sometimes life comes back to us in certain moments like these, I so loved your weave. You are good at fiction do write them more buddy. I loved the happy ending.

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Thanks Roma. Yes writing fiction is a new resolve 😃😀

  13. Surbhi Prapanna

    wow such a heartfelt story and an unique response to prompt. I loved the way you had narrated all characters and sequences..I had a visual images of all scenes. indeed brilliant post.

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Thank you so much surbhi for such encouraging review of the story

  14. Nikunj

    Fantastic piece! Glad to see how you pack a lifetime in less than hundred lines. Brilliant narration and weave.

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      I have picked up a lot from you, when it comes to writing fiction and carving characters.

  15. Sadvika

    Such an intense story! I loved reading it.. It kept me stick till the end with immense interest. Really good one!

  16. Neha Sharma

    This is such a heart touching story, Ujjwal, very well crafted. It was so full of emotions that I could not stop my tears when the tragedy struck Mukund’s family. I desperately wanted to know the ending, it kept me glued till the end. Loved it!

  17. Kavita Singh

    This was so heart-touching, how beautifully you wrote this. Your attention to details of character and situations kept me hooked till the end. Absolutely loved reading it.

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Getting to hear this from a book reviewer is a great achievement for me. Thanks Kavita.

  18. Pragnya Mishra

    Wow, Ujjwall loved the way you created the characters, flawed human having a positive side that makes them connected with the reader. Simple yet powerful narration making the reader to pass-through a visual depiction of scenes. Love and loss.

    And a tight hug for choosing my home city where the story happened. It’s rare to read. Reading the first line I was smiling ear to ear.

    Loved it!

    1. Ujjwal Mishra

      Thanks for showering such wonderful observations on my post. I have never been to Odisha, but it pulls me a lot.

  19. Manisha

    I just have to say I had tears rolling down my eyes, I felt I saw this reeling in front of my eyes.

  20. So Well weaved words in the story so perfectly connected to the prompt happiness, I am amazed by the set of words you have used to well visualize the plot of the fiction. kudos to you girl.

  21. Mandavi Jaiswal

    Thats a really refreshing take on happiness, very different. I really loved reading your post

    1. Anahita Irani

      Such a beautiful story I was actually visualizing it as a TV serial or short film. Love the character play and sentiments behind it. Kudos!!

      1. Hansa Kajaria

        Oh my god…u have woven the story so beautifully with ur words that I could actually visualize the entire thing. It ws a beautiful and an emotional read.

  22. Anahita Irani

    Such a beautiful story I was actually visualizing it as a TV serial or short film. Love the character play and atrrdd on happiness. Kudos!!

  23. Prisha Lalwani

    oh my god, this story was full of twists and turns… it made my heart swerve so many times!

  24. Geethica Mehra

    Such a heartwarming story, Ujjwal. A newborn always brings in happiness be it anyway.

  25. Upasna

    Such a nice story told in a beautiful way. Touching.

  26. Ruchi Verma

    This is so well written story …Loved the way happiness played the role!!

  27. princy

    I love reading stories and this was an absolute delight to read. I liked the new take in your story.

  28. Dr Bushra

    I’m totally taken away by the ups and downs of the story. Crisp and very well developed character. How kanta become the medium to bring back Mukund to life

  29. Ishieta

    Interesting story, pulled me right in… What a powerful transformation death and birth has, a reminder!

  30. Vaishali

    Beautiful story. Happy endings have always worked for us. The best thing about this story is the way you have brought the characters out!

  31. Rakhi Parsai

    Wow, this is such a beautiful read. I almost had tears rolling down while reading the end. Beautifully written.

  32. Amrit Kaur

    Such a beautiful story, my tears rolled out when Mukund was set free. It says that everything happens for a reason, if there would have been no lockdown then mukund would have not come out.

  33. Snigdha

    I must say , you are really good story teller. I love the way it starts and end.. very touchy story line..

  34. Judy Morris

    It was a lovely heart touching story indeed depicting happiness. I quite liked that your words were ppowerul enough to make me visualise the ongoing story.

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