Last year during autumn, when the trees over the nearby hills wore a deserted look, life too went through the dried landscape of certain situations.
Rishi had lost his job due to the adamant nature of being straightforward and true. He stood by the line of truth always and got into a mess everytime.This time it was nothing different.
Manisha confronted him ,”Why do you need to poke your nose in every matter and that too of others. “?
Who are they and for whom you invite troubles ,so often?
“But Manisha, it was really needed .You know ,that.The boss was lying .”
He cannot be just unscrupulous and let things go away so easily.
“I could not see the condition of the poor assistant.”
Manisha grumbled, “ You spoke up ,Satyavadi Harishchandra and lost the job.Guess,you ever learn to handle the social ways of living a normal life.”
“ I cannot,this is my way of living”. I cannot be blind to everything around me.
“Then we part, if you remain such , Rishi. I worry about my career and goals. I cannot risk everything like you do for others.”
As you wish, but take care of yourself in the never-ending rat race.sighed Rishi.
His watery eyes bid Manisha a warm farewell ,but she was too busy attending a business call to even look back.
The next morning had a terrible news in the headlines of the newspaper. His hands trembled and he ran out. Hurriedly, Rishi reached the premises of the City hospital and managed to locate her.
As he entered the ICU of the hospital, he found Manisha lying on the bed helpless .She was breathing her last.
The scoundrel had yet another prey to his hunting. Culprits like Mr. Shah can never amend their thoughts or actions.
Had Manisha listened to Rishi for leaving the job ,she would have not been here such. Had she realized what his assistant Vidya went through while ,Mr.Shah exploited her,Manisha could have saved herself?
Rishi sat next to her, holding her hands and said, “ I had complained against him and had lodged an FIR then ,but you saved this wolf under the human skin by giving a false statement. Wish you could ever trust my truth and the power of being true?”
Her beats stopped ,but before leaving ,she had listened to Rishi’s words. She had left a written statement with the local police about Mr. Shah’s act. He was arrested and the fast track court ordered him life time imprisonment.
It was a lesson to be learnt, for everyone.
For the wolves that they will never get spared, for the innocents that they need to voice strongly and for the onlookers , “You could be the next victim.”
Act before everything ends.