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<p>THE HOME THAT NEVER WASONE- get aside!!- what happened?- get aside! You idiot!!A very excited voice entered hurriedly pushing a stretcher on which a jacketed woman was lying-completely bloodstained. It was evident that the dress of the lady was some kind of uniform but of what we knew not. It was assumed that the woman was between 27 and 33 and the person pushing the stretcher was one close relative of the wounded person.Blood was coming out from the sides of her curls and the scarlet fairness would be an inspiration to the artist. But the time was not to make her alive in a portrait but in the real biological life. Handing the wounded woman to the ward boys, the person went to the reception counter. What has been previously assumed, did not come out to be true. He was no close relative, not even of any acquaintance of her. From his narration, it was understood that there was a traffic jam on the road and he found the wounded woman was the centre of attraction. People were there to look at her and feel sorry and give expression as to how sad it was but none were ready to give her any medical assistance. He came forward and took her to this nursing home. First, the lady in the reception was arguing about filing an FIR but he convinced her and later the police were called on to this nursing home. TWO- who are you? The duty inspector asked.- Im a student.- what happened, anyway?- so far as I saw, she was lying on the road bleeding profusely, there were people around.- was it an accident?- may be, I dont know.- We may need you any time, thank you.- thank you, sir.The duty officer went away along with the co-staff. The person sat on a nearby bench. Very clearly, he was now a little relieved. He covered his face by the palm of his hand, ran his fingers through his hair, got his mobile out of his pocket, dialled some digits and went on-I will be a little late, Ma No, no, dont worry; Im okay yes oh! By 8:30 okaybyeHe kept the mobile back into his pocket and just then he noticed his shirt was bloodstained. It must have come when he picked up the woman from the road upon his shoulders, made her sit in his bike by his support and brought into that nursing home. Now he will have to tell his parents everything. He will also have to His train of thought was interrupted by the nurses call. Since he was the one to admit her and lodging the FIR, he was asked to sign some papers and buy some medicines which were urgently required. He signed the papers and went out.He was seen back on the corridor after ten minutes with a pack of medicines in his hand. When it was about 9:30 at night he was allowed to see her. Out of inquisitiveness, he had a very close look. She might or might not be beautiful, it was hard to say since she was bandaged, but she had a very robust figure that is generally seen in the athletes. Through a little gap of her jacket, the end of some rectangular laminated card could be seen. He took it out. After a moments hesitation, he picked it up and put it in his own pocket. He went out- out of the nursing home, started his bike and drove out.THREEFourteen hours have elapsed and she was yet to recover senses. The visiting hour was on but none was there to visit her. After washing, her face was clearly visible. It does not require any mention that she was not an Indian citizen. But strangely enough, she had no bags, no articles and nothing was to be known until she spoke or from that card. At about 1:00 P.M., her eyes started to quiver and she was able to feel that she was alive, and in pains and in some sort of hospital. For she herself did not know how she got there, she was eager to know about everything that has happened from the time of accident. So far she could recollect was that she was coming out of an ATM and three boys, very desperate looking, got hold of her. She kicked one in the belly but in the meantime one of them hit her on the head by some heavy object. As she was in a nursing home, she asked a passing nurse, who admitted her there. It was some Mr. M. Aryan. She became impatient to meet that person. She was also feeling the pain in the skull and at the back, she received when she fell on the ground. FOURAryan was busy in his own work. He is a research fellow and he is working on the modern trends of language usage and the changing patterns from that of the last century. His room is jam packed with books, articles, manuscripts, magazines, journals, paper cuttings, notebooks, diaries, CDs, DVDs, and one big flat screen linked with the PC. He was a work alcoholic. When he works, he has the rare talent to forget to sleep. Naturally, when started working from 4 A.M. after some sleep, he forgot everything about the nursing home and the woman. He was analyzing the word anatomy. He remembered last nights incident. He hurriedly got up, washed himself, had some lunch, and took the card from his pocket. He had a close look at the card. No doubt, it was her picture and she was a first class cadet of the International Red Cross. He was surprised. He made up his mind to visit her. It was already 3 P.M. The visiting hours are likely to be from 4-6 P.M.On reaching the nursing home cabin, he found her asleep. He was determined to talk to her. So he waited inside. Shortly after that, she opened her eyes.Well, this was Lia Susana.FIVELia was feeling pain while talking. She could only speak English and Spanish and her native language. To be plain, she spent her childhood in central Africa. Her father was a doctor and mother an artist. Both passed away in a road accident when she was 12. One of her fathers distant relatives took her to his house. She continued her studies. The uncle was an influential officer in the state medical department. With the passage of time, she grew up and had an attractive physic. She was very tempting. One day he lost his nerves and assaulted her sexually. She was helpless and fell pregnant. Using his influence the uncle got her admitted into a hospital and after the abortion she was denied access to his house. Besides, she had no intention of going back there. She now had nowhere to go. At this time, one of her school mates came to her rescue. Lia told her so far she could and was taken to that family. She continued her studies up to the age of 18. Since she studied well and was meritorious, she got a job of a personal assistant of a teak wood business merchant.She was very sincere at work. She stayed with her friend and took admission in the night college in accounting. Meanwhile, the host family was to shift permanently to Argentina. They would not part with her, so she accompanied them. There she found another job. She started studying medicine. Her friend and she were studying very hard. After the completion of the final year, they were to pass out. Lia got hold of an advertisement in the International Red Cross. Their results were out and as to their expectations both had very handsome report cards. Both were, at the same time, selected for the Red Cross. They were a very good family now and the Lady of the house was a mother to both. To celebrate the occasion, they were going one day to a restaurant. There was a car accident and all were badly injured. They were hospitalized. The two girls survived but their mother was no more.Indeed this was a tremendous shock. But they could not deny it. They joined service and were roommates now. But after completion of the second year, only Lia was promoted to the first class Cadet rank and sent to serve in Vietnam. Efina was sent to Columbia. SIXWorking in Vietnam was a real challenge. It was her first outing in a land where Spanish is very little used. She knew no Asian languages except English. But there was problem of accent. The people of Vietnam use a different type of pronunciation. So she was moved to India after her request. Comparatively it was much less problematic. Many understand her and she understands many in India. She had a vague knowledge of the fact that her mother was of Indian origin when Lia was very little. Lias mother was very reserved and knew almost nothing except painting. Her name was B. Indu Kumari. Her father Dr.Mambo Olatidy was a very fine person. She never wanted to discover her root but the desire had always been there within. Now, in India, it became indomitable. Lias second name Susana is not a parental derivation; it was Efinas mothers name. Out of her love for Susana, she adapted the name. In her college days, she used to write Lia Susana Olatidy, but now she writes only Lia Susana. SEVENThe doctors take Lias advice in treating her. She is more efficient than most that are engaged in this nursing home. It was almost twelve days that she was there. She was likely to be released by the next three days. Aryan insists on releasing her as soon as possible.The greatest trouble to Lia is that the three thieves have taken Lias bag. It contained her visa, service papers, passport, report papers, driving license and many other important papers besides her dresses and other important articles. Now she had no money. Aryan was only a student and was not willing to take up much trouble for her but conscience pricks him to spurn her away. He released her and took her to the Red Cross Bureau. She was asked to stay for three days while the necessary papers are prepared. Aryan insisted her to stay in his house. EIGHTAryans mothers maiden name was Karuna Kumari Bhadra. She was passionate for athletics in her early days. She neglected her studies for a career in sports. She represented her state in the National events in 100 and 200 meters sprints. She was preparing herself for the Olympics. Having only the mother and one sister, she was determined to make her career economically prosperous. Her sister was Indu Kumari Bhadra. She was very much engrossed in her studies and her aim was to become the Art Professor of her own college. Indu and Karuna were Mother Kumari Bhadras body and spirit. Her existence was hardly possible without any of them. With all sorts of problems, she managed to bring up her children with the best possible care. Though there was a scarcity of money, she provided for sports materials, gym expenses, dresses, canvas, colours, paintbrush and the lot. It was really tough to maintain those expenses and the family at the same time but she had a vicarious fulfillment through her children. Her only satisfaction was that the girls worked sincerely towards their passion. </p> <p>NINEIndu was recommended for the art teacher for a number of art schools and she could economically support her passion. Karuna was faced with a number of problems like medical tests, good diet chart, which were tough to maintain. Besides, finding a good coach was necessary. One new foreign physical trainer had been staying there those days. However, he was ready to train her seeing her potential. With the passage of time, Karuna developed a liking for him. He understood but avoided her infatuation.But nature will have its own course. The one sided infatuation became a mutual relationship and as its side effect, Karuna conceived. But he was as passionate as he was irresponsible. He spoke to mother Bhadra. She convinced him to marry her. But that trainer could not be trained. He made up his mind to escape. He came one day to bade good bye and fell in love with Indu. Indu was exceptionally handsome and could appeal to the Buddhist monks. Karuna was rather very muscular and strongly built. She had little to attract at the first sight except her robust built. The trainer forgot his plan and decided to stay with the family. Economic crisis came to its peak as Karuna needed double care. Things went on somehow but just before the delivery she slipped in the bathroom and received a back injury. Immediately she was rushed to local hospital for medical assistance.TEN- excuse me maam, please sign this bond.- whats this?- regarding the state of your daughter, we must say you shall have to choose between the baby and its mother. Saving both may not be possible.- oh! No, it cant be true! KILL ME but save them! Here take my life! - please maam, dont get excited. Relax and hurry up. The situation is likely to worsen.Mechanically, she signed the bond in favour of her daughter. But its not the worst till we can say this is the worst. Mother Karuna felt a pain in the left chest. She heard a passing doctor say, both may die or the mother may permanently paralyze. Well, this was indeed rude enough for her cardiac arrest. It so happened that she was found seated open eyed, lifeless. We know a dead body cant breathe, dont we?ELEVENMan proposes but destiny may not always accept that proposal. The operating doctor performed the operation of his life. After a marathon operation of four hours, both the mother and the baby were safely separated. Alive! But Karuna had to sacrifice her sports career. Because of the injury she received at the back and complication at childbirth, she would not be ready for tough physical exercises any more. Even if she did, it would be nothing less than a suicide. Whatever wealth could be accumulated from all the available sources, they paid the bill of the hospital and the crematory expenses. - let us make things clear. What shall we do?- you mush support Karuna and the daughter.- How can I?- why can you not?- I have no job now.Why dont you find one? You must have got one had you tried enough. You are a physical trainer; it is a very promising career aspect. It is only that you are a coward, an escapist, a dreamer, and most of all a parasite!!- perhaps you are right. So am I. but I cannot support them. - then who shall? Where shall she go?- I shall go to Africa; I have some land and an ancestral house there.- so take her with you.- Indu, will you allow me to tell you something?- well, what is that?- the matter between Karuna and I was an accident. I would feel replenished and true to say I loved you the moment I saw you.This was the perfectest line to appeal to her. She tried her hardest to be unpleasant to him, to suppress that she also loves him very much. But now the cat was out of the bag and even an infant could read in her eyes what was going within. She had a few things in common with him. She was as charming, as irresponsible, as passionate, as self-seeking, as soft spoken and as escaping as he was. As if these two were made for each other. Silence became more eloquent than speech and things were decided between them that they would escape.TWELVEThe bubble of passion would give way to sense and humanity when the overflow is over. The state in which they would be leaving Karuna pained her. She meditated and decided that she would take the child with her. It would relieve Karuna a little. On a stormy night Indu took the baby from the cradle and as per the pre-decided sound signal, went out, never to see Karuna again. Now Karuna was alone, in pain, penniless, sad; had lost her mother, daughter, sister and the perso...</p>