Nitu woke up to a bright new morning. This day was special. It was their third wedding anniversary and with a husband as lovely as Vijay, her life has been a musical journey so far. She ran her home-baked cakes and cookies business, which was greatly encouraged by Vijay, an investment banker with a renowned financial services company.
Nitu treated Vijay with a new dessert every evening after dinner and her love for cooking created a magical bond between them.
On that morning of their wedding anniversary, when Nitu woke up, she saw Vijay still lying on the bed. She wanted to surprise him with the gift she made for him with love, a beautiful white T-shirt on which she iron printed the words – “Congratulations to the new Dad to be!”. They had been a busy couple, like any couple of today’s time, where the first few years of married life went in securing finances and then planning for the addition of a new member to the family.
Nitu quickly got out of the bed, tiptoeing to the bathroom. She had a shower, wore a saree in beige, Vijay’s favorite color, opened the T-shirt and stood in front of him, sleeping peacefully. 1-2-3 surprise!! She let out a soft whisper for him to wake up. For the usual person he is, Vijay would first acknowledge her greeting with a smile and would wish her good morning. But this time, there was no response from him. She waited and prompted again. Still, there wasn’t any response. She held his arm to wake him up only to find him lying lifeless on the bed!
Nitu couldn’t believe what she saw. Was that a bad dream? Am I still sleeping?! She wondered. But, no. She saw herself in the beige saree, touched her hands and face, and realised that this isn’t a dream… This was real. Vijay was in front of her, lifeless.
He was perfectly alright last night when they had the dessert together. He said he had dinner at an office party but as he loved Nitu’s sweets, he always saved some space to accommodate that. Due to frequent business travel and client meetings, there are many days he didn’t have dinner at home but after a long day, dessert time was something that both of them looked forward to every night, sharing jokes, making calls to their parents and talking about how their day went.
Vijay grew very progressively in his career. He joined the company as a fresh management graduate and nine years later now, he was the Vice President, managing a few of the company’s key accounts and heading a large team of 250 employees across India. Success didn’t come easy to him. Hailing from a small town in Karnataka, studying and working his way up the corporate ladder came with relentless pursuit of excellence in every task he took up. If hardwork was his forté, getting the right mentors and bosses was his good fortune.
Three years ago, he met Nitu, who joined the company as an Assistant Manager and reported to him. Upon getting to know each other, both of them understood the way forward. Nitu’s simplicity in today’s world of artificiality and show off, attracted Vijay. Vijay’s humbleness in spite of being largely successful attracted Nitu. They were made for each other, and everybody felt the same. After they got married, Nitu began to pursue cooking and baking and soon quit her job. Both of them enjoyed this move because she loved to cook and he loved what she cooked.
Last night was nothing different. She knew he wouldn’t be home for dinner, so he made dinner for herself. She baked strawberry tarts to munch after dinner and eagerly waited for Vijay to reach home. They had the tarts while they chatted, spoke to their parents and dozed off. Nitu kept her pregnancy a secret because she wanted to reveal it the next day, on their 3rd wedding anniversary, to surprise Vijay.
And… this is the harsh truth of her life today. When she thought of surprising him with the news of her pregnancy, she got the worst shock from him. He was no more…
Timidly, she opened her mobile, only to see a gush of wedding anniversary greetings from friends and family on WhatsApp and Facebook. She couldn’t contain the irony of her life. For the hormonal changes she was going through being 3 months pregnant, this was too much for her to handle. She fell aside motionless.
Vijay opened his eyes to the thud. He rushed her to the hospital where he got the bittersweet news. The doctor said Nitu was 3 months pregnant but she was brought dead as she suffered a massive heart stroke. Vijay’s world came down crashing.
Rewind to what happened the previous night…
Just after they retired to bed, Vijay checked WhatsApp on his mobile phone.
“I’m going to divorce and marry again” read his friend’s WhatsApp status. Panicked, Vijay asked him what on earth has happened to him!!
” Ha-ha Vijay! You lost to me, mate! This was part of a Truth or Dare Challenge forwarded by my friend. I was fooled by him just like how you were fooled by me and yeah, now the turn is yours. My challenge to you is – You must act dead when your wife comes to wake you up tomorrow morning and you must record her reaction. Dare?!”
And here… this morning, Vijay acted dead, smiling within himself that he was playing a prank on Nitu. Nitu, on the other hand, completely unaware of the whole thing, believed in Vijay’s acting skills and died due to shock. And, she was 3 months pregnant with their bundle of joy buried inside forever…
What are the kind of pranks/challenges we are falling prey to these days? One brainless person starts something somewhere and thanks to social media and going viral, everyone starts to get involved knowingly or unknowingly. Let’s not spoil our beautiful lives just for the sake of someone’s prank challenge or to satisfy our ego/pride.
Nobody will be affected in anyway if you don’t participate in such pranks/challenges.
Your real life is right in front of you, seeking your attention.
The virtual world is just not worth the attention you give it!