Madam Will Always Come-Part 4

By: Tania Bhattacharyya

The servant could not find the minute piece of glass which had broken. When they sat again to study, Madam removed her spectacles and started crying. Aparna exclaimed,`` Madam, you are crying just like a baby.’’ Madam was crying. Maybe Madam was sensing that something would go wrong.

One day Ma hit her very hard in front of Madam while Madam was taking class. Madam protested. Madam was the only person to raise her voice against hitting her.

 Ma misconstrued Madam’s words and rudely told her to get out.  Her grandfather also supported this act. But Madam was very brave. She made her mother admit that she was highly jealous of her –this was the reason for her dismissal.

As Ma was incapable, she loved to belittle and bully everybody, especially her daughter who was much more beautiful, talented and intelligent than her. Madam had tactfully defeated many of her harmful intentions. Her daughter loved Madam much more. Madam was so versatile. Madam could draw, paint, dance, sing, teach....Madam was so lively, loving and caring...... However Ma tried, Ma could never be like Madam.

Madam had made her grandfather feel ashamed for telling lies and falsely accusing her in front of the Puja room with pictures of so many Gods and Goddesses he worshipped every day.  Madam had taunted Ma, ‘’Why, of late you had been worshipping Satya Sai Baba with so much devotion. Still you are incorrigible- a bully and a liar?’’

Aparna had promised Madam on the last day,” I will be like you.”            

“Madam, you have scolded me for my good, because you love me. But you have never hit me. ”

“Madam, your face is like an innocent deer, my most favourite animal.”

“Madam, no teacher comes and plays with me.”

Her grandfather and mother had forcibly got rid of the person she loved the most. They were so stupid! If only they had realised that true love never dies- after such an incident her loathing for her Ma and grandfather would increase, not her love.

Maybe it was God’s wish to remove Madam from the toxic people of her family. Maybe God had protected Madam from harm.

 “Madam, you are very different. Even if nobody loves me, I know you will always love me.”

‘’Madam, you listen to everything I have to say. I can be so free in front of you.’’

Madam, I will not let you go. Do stay with me. Why don’t you put me inside your bag and take me to your home?’’

She opened her eyes. In her mind’s eye she could see Madam in whichever direction she saw.

Aparna was the name of Goddess Durga.

Aparna was thankful to the Goddess for sending her a true mother- her Madam. 

Her mind, tormented by the unreasonable behaviour of her elders and peers, always got comforted by the assuring warmth of the love of her Madam. She had developed the sense that she must realise her own good and not accept everything with an empty mind.

She must be as strong as the Goddess to fight her evil mother and grandfather....................Madam had taught her to say ‘’No’’ to elders ..................she must develop more courage.................

Last birthday her Madam had come. Her Madam will always come to her on each and every birthday.................................nobody will be able to drive away Madam from her heart...................nobody.............................never..............................

Aparna prayed to God for the well-being of Madam. Deep down in her heart, she heard her Madam praying for her well-being...........................

God was watching................God was hearing..........................