But Tara was different

This chapter is a part of the novella – A girl was born under the theme Yesterday Today Tomorrow. Here’s the first chapter – https://firsttimemommy.net/2018/04/01/a-girl-was-born/

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While she loved the evenings, she hated the mornings. In the morning, her granny massaged her with chick pea flour and cream. She rubbed her hard to remove the excessive hair on her body, particularly moustache and chin. And, also to make her complexion “a little whiter”. Her parents were fair complexioned and very good looking. And it bothered her grandmother that Tara was not.

“Don’t know after whom she has taken?” She complained and massaged her harder that made Tara cry.

Her poor mother pleaded with her grandmother to stop with her massage, and the old lady finally gave in to her mother’s tears. Now, every time Tara visited a beauty parlour, she cursed her mother.

Three years later, her sister was born. Very fair, very beautiful. And then two years later, her brother was born. Rose pink complexion.

She never realized that she was different until that one day when she was 7 years old, she overheard one of her mother’s friends saying, “She is quite dark for your family. Though her features are nice, you might have trouble marrying her off.” She didn’t wait for her mother’s reply. Immediately, she ran to her cupboard that had mirrors on the inside of both its doors.

She looked in the mirror. She had never really paid attention to the mirror before. She looked at her face closely. It looked just the same the same. But, something arrested her eye.

She was dark. Yes. But she never gave it any thought until now. How did it make her different from her family?

That night at dinner, she looked closely at her brother and sister. Her sister looked quite like her. Except her skin colour. She was fair. Many shades fairer than her. She looked at her brother then. Though he was not as fair as the other sister, he was still fairer than her. Then her eyes fell on her mother’s skin. She was so fair, and so was her father. She was the odd one out. The dark one.

Though she didn’t want to get married at 7, and didn’t know what marriage was, she knew one thing, that she was lacking something that was important to so many people in this world around her.

That night, she sat in the cupboard and quietly closed the doors. And in the small, dark and confined space, she sobbed. What she was crying for, she did not know. But, she was hurt. For the very first time she realized she was different from her family.

After her tears were spent, she realized it was stuffy in the cupboard. She opened up the doors a little bit, just a tiny bit to let the air come in. She checked her face in the door mirrors, her eyes were red and swollen.

The cupboard became her favourite hiding spot for many years to come, whenever she wanted to cry or spend some time alone. Till the day she could fit in no longer. Till the day, she realized she could cry in the bathroom as well. It was bigger, spacious and airy. And, she could easily drown the sound of her sobs in there as long as she kept the tap on.

So, in total filmy style she cried “Why me? Why have you made me so different? Why couldn’t I be fair like my family?”

Things changed for the better in movies. But, for her, nothing changed. She was still the same dark complexioned the next day and the day after then.

But, one thing changed. Her attitude towards her family. She had a very strong suspicion that she had been swapped at the hospital with another baby.

Just one more day for the 3rd chapter in the series…

About Anshu Bhojnagarwala

Fiction Addict. Agatha Christie Fan.
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37 Responses to But Tara was different

  1. Dipika Singh says:

    Oh poor Tara, she is such a chirpy girl falling for the weird societal ideologies. I just wish she comes out from this heart wrenching phase and pop out with a bang to break all stereotypes.
    BTW Lovely series.. I am addicted now.

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Hey thanks Dipika! That’s such a big boost. I hope I am able to maintain the tempo. And, yes, poor little girl falling to the evil social codes.

  2. “Now, every time Tara visited a beauty parlour, she cursed her mother.” – This totally cracked me up!! What a wonderful plot. Now I am hooked. Can’t wait for tomorrow.

  3. Pr@Gun says:

    Tara indeed is different and spirited free soul.

  4. She is beautiful.. may be one day she would grow up and understand this. Love ur story. Hooked

  5. wowparenting.com says:

    O got goosebumps while reading. Wanted to hold her and tell her its ok. Nicely written post!

  6. Aesha says:

    Oh this is intriguing . Waiting for the next chapter.

  7. Miss Andi says:

    Ah no, poor baby! Hope she grows into self acceptance but it still breaks my heart to see her so sad.

  8. Meha Sharma says:

    I hope she realizes that she is different but unique at the same time. Liked how you portrayed her thoughts when the realization of being dark complexioned dawned on her.

  9. Shalzmojo says:

    I could relate so well with her plight as I suffered something similar too and my fav place was under the bed till I couldnt fit under it no more and then yes it was the loo! Well written and I will be back tomorrow!
    BellJar by Sylvia Plath #atozchallenge

  10. SeemaMisra says:

    Loved the story … learning to love yourself, just the way you are is an important life lesson.

  11. syncwithdeep says:

    Hey nice story line. A common problem almost faced by someone somewhere in the world everyday. .. Well written. Waiting for the next part 🙂 c is for change – cacophony in the kitchen. Do have your say on my post too. Have a nice day 🙂

  12. Neethu says:

    Ahhh the concept is soo very likeable

  13. I had to stop by and read Tara’s story. Lovely flow of words. I hope Tara finds that she is beautiful soon.

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Thank you Nayantara, appreciate your lovely words. Even I am waiting to see when Tara finds out that she doesn’t need the world to make her feel beautiful. Btw, Tara is your namesake 🙂

  14. Lovely read. This can be anyone…..Our society is so colour sensitive even today.

  15. sudeshnab72 says:

    Beautiful story…..We are such a colour sensitive society even today….

  16. Ryan says:

    Read the first chapter on the 1st of April but I couldn’t continue coz the challenge became very tough. But now I’m back to continue reading this intriguing tale 😊

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