She is oblivious to what’s happening around her.
Of course, she is at home.
The melodious voice of Md.Rafi floats through the air, filling her heart with happiness. That’s one thing which she can feel, at that time.
The mind was totally into the book she was reading.
The more pages she turned, the more interesting was the book.
She forgot that she was thirsty. The need to drink water looked so humongous, that she refused to move from the chair. She convinced herself, that she can drink all the water she needed, later, after the book was finished.
Slowly and steadily the minutes dragged into hours. But, she just couldn’t move her eyes away from the book, even for a minute. It was so gripping and she needed to know, what’s happening next.
Now, she could hear some strange noises. Yeah, strange, yet very near. OH, that was tummy growling for food. She told her tummy to hold on for sometime.
And then she heard voices. Yet it was not clear. It sounded like they were talking to her, sitting inside a well. It was her mom calling her to eat.
She just raised her hand and not her head, to signal her mom, to wait for a few minutes.
Then again, she heard her mom, but this time it was loud and clear. She just looked up from the book to see her mom staring at her.
Everyone has finished eating and she is the only one left. Now her mom was getting angry – “Is the book more important than eating ?”
For her, it was. Her survival was dependent on completing the book, knowing the ending of the story. But, her mom didn’t look at it that way.
She got up with such reluctance, as though eating food was such a difficult task to do.
Her mom was quite upset about her obsession with books – Mom thought that this will interfere with her studies.
But she did quite fine. She understood her responsibilities and did well with life.
She went ahead to a wonderful career.
Found a great partner for life and got two lovely daughters.
Now, her daughter sits with a book in her hand, the music of Taylor Swift floating in the room, and totally oblivious to the world around.
She thinks of her teenage times and smiles that she has come a full circle. 🙂