“I don’t have a problem with Raghav but it is his family’s history that worries me.” Sonia’s mother said.
“Family’s history?” I asked.
“Yes. The house where he lives was owned by his step fathers’ ancestors. It is over 100 years old.” She continued speaking and I was intrigued in the story.
“The area where the mansion is built today was a graveyard earlier. The Indians who served as slaves to the Britishers were buried there and it was considered as a holy place for other Indians but the ancestors of Raghav’s father bought the land and built the mansion by destroying the graves. Many objected this and also considered it as a bad omen. Soon after the mansion was built, bad things began to take place. The owner died within months and then his two sons. Raghav’s father, Vikram Aditya Singhania, who was the grandson lived there alone and then he got married to Raghav’s mother who was living in another city. Raghav was born of another father and Vikram adopted him giving him his surname. Raghav, his father, his mom and Rajesh the caretaker were living in the mansion. Within a year of their marriage, problems started piling up between them and one day the matter became so worse that he killed his wife and cut her body into pieces. Nobody knew about the mother for a week and one day, a visitor witnessed Vikram eating a liver piece and then he called up the police. It was the wife’s body he was eating and nobody could imagine him to be a cannibal. When the police arrived, he tried to blackmail them pointing the gun at Raghav and when he was about to shoot Raghav, the police shot him dead. Raghav was only 6 years old and it was too much for the child to go through.” She stopped for a moment and then said “It is believed that the slaves whose graves were destroyed have been haunting that place and hence nobody has lived a happy life there.”
Tears rolled down from my cheek when I heard the story. I could not believe that Raghav had to face so many hardships in his life. I asked her the reason of being indifferent towards Raghav and she said “I was not happy when Raghav came here as I believe that he too has the curse of that house and the slaves as well. I did not want Sonia as well to work for him but she insisted as the salary package was good but still it’s better for us to stay away from him.”
Disclaimer: The character names in the story are fictional characters and owned by the creators of the show “Ek Mutthi Asmaan” on ZEE TV.