The Hide and Seek Game – Dream vs. Reality

It’s a cloudy afternoon and it’s going to rain at any moment. Rima, a homemaker, comes to the roof to collect the dried clothes so that they don’t get drenched in the rain.

Her eyes looked at the cloudy sky and see the hide & seek between the white and black clouds. Rima’s mind rewinds back and starts resonating her life with the hide & seek game.

She thinks about her past life, during her school days. Rima used to love dancing and her parents also supported her by going against all odds – especially the relatives. When Rima’s dad enrolled her to the dance school most of the relatives said, what will she do with dancing? If she studies well and scores good marks it will be easy to find a good match for her marriage. But her parents ignored those words and let Rima follow her heart.

But as the days passed and Rima started to progress in her studies her parents also asked her to concentrate more on studies. She then asked herself – why did they went against all odds earlier when they also want her to concentrate on studies and not dancing? Her parents cited that career in dancing is highly difficult compared to studies. Rima thinks it was like those black clouds overlaying the white clouds in the sky – her dreams of becoming a dancer was then overpowered by the studies.

Rima took her studies seriously and completed her college with very good percentage. Her parents were happy and she too. Rima expressed her desire for higher studies and become a Professor. Initially, her parents agreed to her thought but they took a U-turn when they found a nice match for Rima. Again her dreams are on the verge of shattering. Her would-be in-laws informed that the marriage needs to be done as soon as possible since the groom is going for an overseas project for 3 years. And she got married. She thought when marriage was the only destiny for her then why her parents pressurized her for studies and not dancing? It would have been the same either ways – Rima had to leave her dreams and live her life on others’ terms.

Rima is still standing on the roof looking upwards seeing the hide & seek game of the clouds. Tears roll down her cheeks and at the same time it starts to rain as well – it hides Rima’s tears for the moment. She feels so emotional and engrossed in her thoughts that she forgets about the dried clothes she is holding. She thinks this is what was destined for her and looks down.

Her feelings changed in just a moment when she sees her 5-year old daughter playing and dancing in the rain. She feels joyous and happy seeing her daughter. She sees herself in her daughter and a smile appears on her lips. The dark clouds start to fade out and bright white clouds are peeking from the corner. Rima resonates it with her desire to fulfill her unfinished dreams through her daughter…

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