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Updated: Aug 8

Things are never as they seem, mainly when observed superficially rather than being given the time to understand them nuancedly. However, it is commonplace for most of us to judge irrespective of our understanding.

“Motherhood” by Preety Singh tells the story of a dysfunctional family of three. It describes why the child hates the mother for not being there but loves his father for being caring and supportive when the reality is quite different. Get to know what the truth is and pass your judgement.



This contribution is edited by Sreekar Ayyagari & Tarun Chintam & photographed by Pankaj Tottada.



This flash fiction is available in paperback & ebook.

Cover Photo by Pankaj Tottada

16th January, 2013

Dear Diary,

Today was no different from any other day. As usual, mom had a huge fight with dad. She shouted at him and dad refrained. The superman toy that dad gifted me as my birthday present was broken into pieces by mom in her rage. I had no courage to intervene in their blatant conversation. If I did, mom would either slap me or maim me like she had done the last time when dad got me a lavish beverage. Hence, I went to school with a hard smile; a sham, once again.

During the morning assembly, I was called on to the stage. Principal ma'am, my teachers, and all the students sang ‘Happy Birthday’ for me. I turned fourteen today but mom even forgot to wish me. My friends asked me, what time I’d cut my birthday cake that evening at the party. They also wanted to know what special I brought for lunch. In reality, it was no different from most days. Mom just packed chapatis with mango pickle. She was in a hurry to go to her job. I'm often reminded of how strict her boss is and at times, she had to work night shifts too.

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