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Siya’s Saptami

On reaching, she saw the door slightly ajar. After a short moment of hesitation, she stepped in
Short fiction on two little girls
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Raziya has been wandering the fields the entire dusk, picking at stones, straightening the beads on the neckline of the dress picked by Ammi and stealing glances at the path from where Mithila might spring out any moment now. The sky was a wicked hue, brushed with strokes of wilderness. “We celebrate the victory of Goddess Durga over the Buffalo demon during this period. The battle started on Saptami and ended on Dashami,” Mithila had carefully tutored Raziya for the entire week preceding the outing promised today. “Also, if asked what your name is, say Siya. That’s another name for Maa Durga, Mama will love you,” Mithila had added excitedly.

As the crickets chirped louder and the distant dhaak grew bleaker, Raziya feebly made her way to Mithila’s hut, unsure of the path in the blinding darkness. On reaching, she saw the door slightly ajar. After a short moment of hesitation, she stepped in to see Mithila’s tiny frame towering over her uncle’s body with her hands clutching a bloodied blunt tool. She turned to look at Raziya with nothing changing on her face and said, “I am sorry. I know it’s not Dashami yet.”

Rakhi is a textile and saree designer based out of Kolkata. She believes in endorsing and uplifting the indigenous crafts and craftsmen of India. She runs a textile business and loves to write short fiction at her leisure.

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