“It’s not your mistake Kalpana but our life has been through so much that I can’t help but cry over it. When Sonia was one year old, Rajesh had the opportunity to come home as Raghav was sent to the orphanage but I don’t know why did he take him out and decide to look after him and stay in that house itself. He had a family, a wife and a one-yea-old daughter who needed her father but he chose to stay in that cursed house and live like the caretaker of Raghav. I can understand that Raghav was only 6 years old but what about my child Sonia. He is a father and his heart never told him to be with her?” She looked at me questioningly.
“Why? Rajesh uncle never came to stay with you after that?” I asked her back.
“Forget staying with us. He has not visited us for over 22 years. He sends us a small amount every month from his salary but he never comes here to visit me or his daughter. It’s like he has disowned us. I send him snaps of Sonia on her every birthday and he sends us a letter few times in year. That’s the only contact we have with him.”
“Raghav knows that Sonia is his daughter?” I asked her.
“No, I don’t think so else he would have told us when he came here for the birthday but he dint.” She took a deep breath and said. “But I still don’t get why has he to work till now with Raghav. Raghav is 28 years and does not need a caretaker. He can employ anyone else and Sonia as well works and earns a good salary. Rajesh does not need to work but when I told him to come back few days back over the phone, he just put it down without answering me. Sonia wanted to visit him but I stopped her as I don’t want her to go to that haunted house. That house is just cursed and that’s the reason why Rajesh can’t leave it.”
Disclaimer: The character names in the story are fictional characters and owned by the creators of the show “Ek Mutthi Asmaan” on ZEE TV.