Real name, Real story !
I was 16, was coming back home from college. I saw few of my neighbor's standing in a group, it looked as if they were having a serious discussion. After being a part of their gossip, I came home and told my aunt what was cooking in the community.
There was a nuclear family in the building D, Nisha who was the mother of an 8 year old boy, had suddenly left her husband and her son, last night with a note saying she is never coming back !
Let me give you a glimpse of the gossip now, from people who barely knew Nisha, forget being called as her friends, made these baseless remarks:
I heard Nisha was having an affair? I don't really know with whom?
Oh yes, Nisha was secretive, she never spoke much.
Nisha was snobbish, she never invited anyone to her house.
Yes, I have never seen her smile.
I remember how she left the park when I was asked her about the strange marks on hand and forehead. She was so rude.
On weekends, I have only seen her son and husband hanging out together, Nisha is always missing. When I asked her husband about Nisha, he said She is too busy .
Oh, her poor son. I wonder how he will face this situation. Its going to scar him for life.
My aunt asked me what was I thinking. I said "I don't know, I never spoke to Nisha aunty, I have just seen her few times. I am confused, or maybe I don't have a opinion right now."
My wise aunt said "Never be judgmental, NEVER judge a married couple. What happens between two people is known only to them and them alone. All these people who call Nisha a snob never once thought maybe she didn't have anything to smile about. She never invited anyone home, because she didn't want anyone to know see her life closely and maybe it was not a home at all. She was missing on weekends because she was not allowed to join them. Her son might eventually learn to deal with his loss, but will the society stop harassing him? I don't know what must have really happened.
But I do know this Who are we to Judge?"
An older post, which you might like to read "MY GrandUNcle's Wedding" !