Social compulsions sapped his confidence, peace and vigour but he didn't give up on the holy mission and surrender to the sympathies and taunts. The sad truth is, there is no equal respect for the couple who produces daughters only but an inferiority complex and senseless criticism couldn't take away his courage and conviction to stand and fight for it.
Although health issues had taken a heavy toll on his better-half and prolonged illness reduced her frame to the skeleton but that grave concern couldn't stop him from trying persistently and finally after two caesarians were blessed with a baby boy. This time they were not greeted with hurtful comments. They proudly rose to the occasion and felt the essence of the moment. Right there in the dingy corner of the hospital, the festive table was set to welcome and celebrate with the jubilant relatives.
You were not born into the family of power and wealth but at that precise moment you were luxuriously dressed to impress everyone around. Old women had a big boot out of the jokes on Khan Sahab's consistency and humorously teased the new mother.
The gentle couple provided you the best of everything, though they were not financially comfortable.
On your circumcision ceremony, 20 wazwan delicacies were served to the guests. The occasion was celebrated with grandeur and gratitude. And remember, you were not left at the mercy of Hajam (Barbar) but for your ease, surgeon was arranged.
You were admitted into one of the renewed schools of the locality and in addition to that, few struggling but efficient tutors were arranged to assist you. Your family lived frugally on the father's limited salary but they never felt reluctant to purchase expensive books for you, as from very early age you were fond of reading foreign authors and this habit kept you ahead of the times and popularly earned the nickname 'Newton'.
Your parents budgeted their fixed income but never compromised your financial needs and put everything at stake to groom you into the distinguished personality and never let you down on any demand and necessity.
You studied very hard but mass copying and the results shattered your hopes. You moved on and aimed at to become a doctor but unfortunately you always ended up at very short margins and miserably failed multiple times.
Due to your father’s hard earned GP fund savings and religious affiliation, you were lucky to get admission in one of the Islamic university.
You braved all odds to excel in your medical exams and now left no room for any denial. Soon after finals, you asked for your girl’s hand, willingly the proposal was accepted. Your parents and unmarried sisters respected your decision and tied your knot with the Kashmiri NRI bride. Your sisters compromised but suffered and sacrificed a lot due to your early unjustified move.
You didn't bother to shoulder family and age old father’s responsibilities, instead preferred to settle abroad with your spouse.
You started treating your family indifferently and your beloved dad bided in depression. You couldn't say him last good bye and one of your loyal friends managed his last rituals.
Now, your sisters are married and settled with their busy world but your mother doesn't deserve such loneliness and may be God forbid, someday some crazy biker will strike her down on the street.
In Kashmir, such stories are not rare but rife to shake even the dead conscious.
Don't prefer green pastures over your parents. No matter how hard the journey had been, they kept standing by your side accepting all facts, ups and downs of the hectic life. They never complained or cried, asked for validation and approval of their love. Don’t they deserve your presence and kind attention?