Ahilya was a family oriented person. She loved her husband and children. She devotedly performed her duties as a wife and mother. Ahilya’s husband was a busy man. He did well in his career. He reached a senior Management position in his forties. The children were also academically brilliant. They were good at arts and sports too. Ahilya was a happy homemaker. She was her children’s friend, philosopher and guide. Her husband could focus on his career because Ahilya had the efficiency, energy, willingness to largely shoulder domestic responsibilities.
As years passed by, Ahilya’s children completed their studies , sought employment in foreign countries and settled abroad. Ahilya’s husband had retired from his job. Being a workaholic, he set up his independent business consultancy. Ahilya was now no more busy. She had more time to spend for herself. But, she had lost her health , by then…She missed the talks , conversations, chats, family bonding and togetherness. Her children and husband , found it a waste of time to reply to her phone messages and calls. Her children and husband were too busy to allot any time for her.She felt alone and neglected in her family. Ahilya was emotionally attached to her family members. But they were rational in their approach towards her.
She was sorrowful and sad. One day, she went for a walk in a park. She walked on the track for sometime. She sat on a bench and relaxed for sometime. She saw another lady of her age. She was skilfully handling the smart phone. She was thinking and then entering something. Ahilya approached her and enquired about her. During their conversation, the lady told Ahilya about her role as a magazine columnist, a fiction writer. She shared her journey of a blogger , her debut as a professional writer, her successes and failures. Ahilya thanked the lady for sharing her experiences. Ahilya felt energized.
She spent time in reading and writing. The internet introduced her to a web of information, knowledge and entertainment. She wrote blogs, joined online group reads. She stopped chasing and hovering around her loved ones. They were no longer her only world.
Ahilya joined an NGO . She worked as a volunteer. She taught street children, during three days of the week.
Ahilya began to take care of herself, her choices. She travelled to places , she had wished to visit.
Ahilya was now an independent woman. She never felt , that ‘ there is None for her ‘. Nature and World were there for her , for sure.
( In response to the WordPress daily prompt – None. This is a piece of fiction )