This post is written for StorytellersBlogHop FEB 2021 by Ujjwal ( https://mywordsmywisdom.com/short-story-about-happiness/ ) & MeenalSonal ( https://www.auraofthoughts.com/2020/12/story-of-misplaced-gifts-by-santa-claus.html )’.
Standing in the balcony of her high rise, Charu kept on thinking about the question Avinash her husband had left for her to answer. Honestly, even she did not realise when the sibling rivalry became a part of her characteristics.
Taru’s face wasn’t going her out of her eyes. “How thin has she become”, “those two little cuties must be her kids”, “how ordinary looking husband has she chosen for herself”, were a few thoughts running on her mind.
Taru and Charu were twins and shared a healthy relaionship. They were not best buds but they were cordial until they grew up to be in 7th standard. Before this there might not have been any reason for them to be jealous of each other but now thanks to the competitive family they were in they were definitely jealous of each other.
It all started as a casual competition between the Taru and Charu when dadu gave one of them a prize for performing better.
Prize generally would be either a new set of stationary or a book (being a Headmaster in a government school, dadu knew the value of education and he knew nothing else can replace education). Taru, was always a star performer, best grades, best marks and praises from teachers was a regular for her. Charu, however was an average student who excelled in other areas like debates, story writing, dramatics but whom would these things interest? No one praised her for performing exceptionally well or getting a prize.
This year dadu had told them that who so ever will score better in final term will be admitted to one of the best schools of the city. Dehradun, is a remarkable city when it comes to world class education. It had best schools in terms of education, extra curricular and sports. Charu knew its not possible for her to even think of scoring more than Taru. Every family member was also assuming Taru’s win but there was one person in the Sharma household who believed that Charu can give Taru a tough competition, their dadi.
She always encouraged Charu to follow her dreams, this time too she asked Charu to forget about Taru for sometime and think only about her performance and that is what Charu did.
Like a miracle, Charu ended up scoring higher than Taru, leaving Taru fuming. Charu knew her sister’s nature she was not hurt by her at all but what did really hurt her was that her parents were not happy for her but sad for Taru (and ironically, they taught her about healthy competition). That bias attitude of her parents was the first stone of sibling rivalry between the sisters.
After school they both took admission in colleges far from each other’s because they didn’t want to cross each others paths ever BUT as soon as they both graduated, their dadi called them both home and persuaded them to do post graduation from there itself so that the family can also look out for matches for both of them.
Avinash and Taru were batchmates in the MBA college, once while dropping Taru home, Avinash saw Charu and exchanged pleasantries. For Charu it was love at first sight so she decided to tell Avinash about it. The day she went to meet Avinash, he told her how much he loved Taru and asked for her help to let Taru know. Avinash gave Charu a handmade card for Taru in which he wrote all that he wanted to say to her.
Next day Charu told Avinash that Taru doesn’t like him and doesn’t want to speak to him anymore. It was then that Charu became Avinash’s confidante and a close friend. After sometime, both decided to marry each other and why not when one was experiencing dejection and other carelessness.
They got married but due to some seemingly misundertanding in the family Charu and Avinash had severed all ties with Charu’s family which Charu didn’t regret at all but today after seeing Taru she was experiencing a gush of mixed emotions, fear, love, guilt , regret, hatred, anger etc etc.
Ting-Tong, the door bell rang and pulled Charu out of her thoughts, even the thought that one day Avinash and Taru may find out the truth about that card which Charu never delivered to Avinash and fabricated a story for both of them.
Today 7 yeards down the line Charu wondered why did she do what she did? Was it all worth it? Was it even right?
My dear readers, do you think sibling rivalry can actually go down to this extent? Do you think rivalry between siblings really exists? Do you think parents/family has a role in it?