Zest for life

This story is part of a novella – A girl was born

Do check out the first and the subsequent chapters – https://firsttimemommy.net/category/a-z-blogging-challenge-2018/

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The society didn’t take her divorce kindly; she was made out to be a villain. Many of their common friends sided with Nikhil and avoided her. Tia refused to talk to her initially as she blamed her for wrecking their beautiful family. Even her parents, her father in particular was shocked when he came to know that she was separating from Nikhil.

“Have you turned mad? Have your crazy hormones taken over your mind as well? Who leaves a husband like Nikhil? Does he beat you, does he starve you or does he not take care of you?”

“You mean he is a cash cow, yes, he is. He is also a very good husband. But, I couldn’t be a good wife to him. I don’t love him.”

“Love!! Huh!! What has love ever given you anything? What has love ever given anyone anything? Forget about love and start living in reality. Unless you change your decision to separate from Nikhil, don’t try to contact or meet us.”

In spite of all lack of support, Tara had not only survived but thrived.

She had put all her energy and efforts in building up a new life, and she was successful at it. She was the Director of one of the best and most sought-after schools in town. She also ran a non-profitable school for kids of the streets and slums. And, she still had a long way to go. Today, she was going to be felicitated by the Hon. Education Minister of State for her contribution to the education industry.

She was too old for climbing trees, but Tara felt she had wings and she was meant for soaring high. She realised that she was a more capable person when she was not chasing around a man or when she was not forcefully bound to one. Love was a beautiful sentiment, but it was definitely not for her. It’s not that she didn’t miss that ‘special someone’ in her life, the warm person lying next to her on the bed that she could call her own or the person she could grow old with. But she didn’t have time for regrets. She had very little time and quite a lot to accomplish.

The doorbell rang breaking into her daydream. Tara climbed down the stairs to open the door. It was Nikhil. He had insisted on accompanying them to Tara’s felicitation ceremony. Tara didn’t refuse. Nikhil was a good man. He was the only man who had stood by her, in spite of everything. The new marriage suited Nikhil. He looked happier and healthier. Tara noted.

“You are beautiful, Tara,” there was a look of genuine appreciation in his eyes. Nikhil had changed. That was the first compliment he had ever given to her.

“I know!” Tara agreed.


Thank you for reading Tara’s story and appreciating it. Tara let her Yesterday ruin her Today, fortunately she held herself before she could ruin her Tomorrow too.

I wanted to project three realities of life through this story –

  • The dusky complexion of Tara is a continuous backdrop. I have suffered it first hand, and thus wanted to show how it can affect young minds. Sadly, even after almost 40 years, things haven’t changed much. We still have fairness creams available in the market and we still believe fair is more beautiful.
  • Midlife is that phase of life when most women are hit with an identity crisis. Kids are leaving home for studies or are getting married. Women don’t know what to make out of their life. The menopause and the loss of hormones don’t help either. That is the reason I have put action in Tara’s 40s. She hits midlife, but she doesn’t let age stop her. She starts anew at an age when most of us are too wary of fresh beginnings. She finds ambition in life for the first time and is raring to go.
  • Thirdly, the biggest reality of life. We ignore what we have in life, because we are too busy crying for something we don’t have.

About Anshu Bhojnagarwala

Fiction Addict. Agatha Christie Fan.
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35 Responses to Zest for life

  1. SeemaMisra says:

    A beautiful ended to an amazing series. Initially, I thought this would be a love story, M&B types. By the end, you have added so much depth to the characters. It’s become a story about a woman’s journey.

    Wishing you the best for publishing your eBook.


    • mammaspeaks says:

      Thanks a lot, Seema! I am glad you liked it. Yes, even I wanted it to be a soul searching journey of a woman rather than a passionate romance as shown in M&B.

  2. SeemaMisra says:

    A beautiful ending to an amazing series. Initially, I thought this would be a love story, M&B types. By the end, you have added so much depth to the characters. It’s becomw a tale about a woman’s journey.

    Wishing you the best for publishing your eBook.

    Ps. Please delete the previous comment, as it has a typo.


  3. Aesha says:

    Beautiful Anshu.. your words just like you!! What else to say? I am going to miss Tara while having my morning cup of coffee. I am so glad you joined this challenge and wrote the story. There are many women like Tara but worry that society will be harsh on them and do not take the plunge to defy societal norms. More power to women like Tara!!

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Thank you Aesha! Your words mean a lot! Tara’s story wouldn’t have been here if it hadn’t been for you! You introduced me and showed me the way, and I would always been thankful to you for that!! 🙂 I am sure there are many women like Tara who choose to suppress their feelings and stay in a loveless marriage. This story is for them – to make them understand that passion in life is important, and so is love. There is nothing wrong in feeling both these emotions.

  4. Shalzmojo says:

    Brilliant takeaways Anshu and your writing has such depth and maturity to bring them out in such an interesting manner! I have loved each and every chapter for they have been so well written.
    All three takeaways sit well with me for I too and dark skinned, took a divorce against all parental advise (he doesnt beat you, what is your prob……) and in my 40s I am loving the life that I am building up!

    Do give a serious though to converting it into an ebook – Ishieta is someone who does book covers for ebooks for bloggers- let me know If you wanna connect with her for this.

    Z is for The Book Thief #atozchallenge

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Thank you so much Shalini, especially for being there from day one and helping me with your suggestions and opinions. They matter a lot. Thanks for sharing a part of your life too, it is not easy, I know. More power to you! The world is a better place because of strong women like you! I would appreciate if you could connect me to Ishieta. Would love to do this! Thanks again! 🙂 ❤

  5. Meena says:

    Great ending for a beautiful story anshu! I loved that finally tara is happy within herself. Good for her.

    Are you publishing an e-book?

  6. Neethu says:

    Di…reading the end I feel like crying…do stick on and keep posting some more stories like this..it’s like Tara had become a part of our everyday life..every morning I eagerly used to wait to read what she does next…I din’t like Tara’s decision but maybe all stories don’t have a happily ever after in the same way..this way was good too…talking about the dusky complexion I agree…I have faced it and still face it as m a south indian married to a Northy…but maybe being a girl of this gen I really don’t care but people have always made me feel it…even now my husband is fairer than me n my daughter has taken after my husband..but I really don’t give a damn cos m pretty and I know it😜m feeling soo sad this has come to an end..☹️do write more such posts…it really was an amazing challenge read…soo proud of you to bring such issues into the picture..I guess my comment is getting longer so I better stop..hugzzz 🤗🤗🤗

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Aww, Neethu, my eyes are shining after reading this. Thanks so much!! I can so understand your feelings. It’s a shame that in this day and age, when we have bigger things to worry, the society worries about our complexion, as being fair would save the world from terrorism and pollution, solve the water crisis. Thanks for reading the story and supporting Tara throughout. ❤ I plan to create a fiction corner in my blog where I will post fiction regularly. 🙂

  7. Balaka says:

    I was hooked to this series. Thanks for introducing us to Tara. I loved how you conveyed a strong message through your story. Get it published as an e-book. Loads of love and hugs. It was amazing to connect with you through a-z. Hope to stay in touch.

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Thank you Balaka! It feels like a big accomplishment to finish a story that is liked and appreciated by everyone. Thanks Balaka for pushing me and making me think and rethink about my story (after your comments, I admit I have revisited my story ample times to see if I could make it more interesting and appealing for my readers). Yes, let’s stay in touch. I am looking forward to reading about Trina with Himanshu and Rustom. Do revive them!!

  8. What a journey, Tara’s and A2Z as well. Loved the series Anshu.
    I am gonna amiss Tara. Congratulations on successfully completing the challenge. It was fun and exciting.

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Thanks Priya! Yes, it feels like a big accomplishment to deliver Tara successfully ;), you know what I mean. Thanks for pushing me with your words, they meant a lot! And congratulations to you as well, love, you did a fab job with your stories, poems and caligram.

  9. Akshata Ram says:

    I am so glad to have come across Tara’s story. Though I missed the first few chapters, it was quite an eventful ride. What I loved is the unconventional twist and the strong message. We are often tied to loveless marriages cos we fear ostracisation from society. A husband may not abuse his wife, he may not be an alcoholic or womaniser but if there is no love in the marriage does it make sense to just live together? Loved how Tara choose to set herself free . I am also happy to have got to know you. Though we have been blogging on Momspresso for so long never got a chance to get to interact – who knew AtoZ will be the ,medium?

    • mammaspeaks says:

      You summed it up so well, Akshata! I didn’t know you were blogging on Momspresso, will follow you right away on the platform. Let’s stay in touch!! It was lovely meeting you through Tara and Myra – 2 strong women!

  10. Dipika Singh says:

    Beautiful story and takeaways Anshu, I love the way you narrated whole story keeping warmth and suspense intact till the very last post.
    Tara has achieved what she wished for, craved for all her life. She has also got me to know you more, will be your blog regular here on.
    More power to your wonderful writing and congratulations for completing AtoZ.

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Thank you Dipika for your kind words! I am so glad you liked the story and rooted for Tara throughout. I will be a regular on your blog too! You are already going places, wish you more luck and power, dear!! Hope to meet you too as we both stay in Mumbai!

  11. Rashmi says:

    Thanks Anshu for highlighting the realities of life and passing on a beautiful message by this wonderful series of Tara. Loved how Tara set herself free breaking the barriers of the society and started a new beginning, which is generally considered as an end.
    Congratulations for completing this challenge. Would be looking forward to your ebook and many more stories. It was great to get connected with you. Hope to be in touch. Good luck.

  12. Meha Sharma says:

    Beautiful end to this story Anshu. I loved it immensely. The realities which you wanted to project through this story stood out wonderfully. Kudos to you for that. Congratulations on sailing through triumphantly in the A2ZChallenge. I am so glad I met you through this challenge. Love the way you write. Keep in touch ❤️❤️

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Thank you Meha! My hubby appreciates my writing, but it feels much more fulfilling when it comes from a fellow blogger. I am glad too to have met you through this challenge. Will follow your work regularly! Hugs ❤

  13. Anagha Yatin says:

    That was a grand finale! There is always a second opportunity in life if one is ready to take it.
    Congratulations Anshu for finishing the challenge with a power packed punch. I am a big fan of you now!

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Exactly, that’s what the story says that don’t limit yourself. Life gives you many chances if you are willing to take it. The fan following is mutual, Anagha! I am a big fan of you and your Mrs. Chitterchatter’s nutty family. You can turn it into a series, it has a lot of potential.

  14. Vinitha says:

    This is my first time here and I loved Tara and your narration. I would love to read the other chapters when I can. Congratulations on successfully completing the AtoZ challenge!

  15. Shirley Corder says:

    A lovely ending, different to the usual but satisfying nevertheless ! Congratulations on completing the challenge! Here’s a list of all topics covered in A to Z 2018 Blogging Challenge in case you missed any posts.

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Hey Shirley, thanks a lot for seeing me through the end of this challenge. There are a few topics that I might have missed, I will surely catch up on them one by one!!

  16. Shilpa Nairy says:

    You ended very well. I though don’t like to hear about divorce but your Story and take aways are indeed wonderful. Happy to meet you in AtoZ challenge. Couldn’t read last post on same day as was busy with my little one birthday preparation. So I am late to comment.

    Loved your series. Do plan for eBook as Shalini advised. Lets stay in touch in fascinating blogging world.

    • mammaspeaks says:

      Thanks Shilpa. Divorces are painful, but personal happiness surpasses all that pain. Best regards to your bub on his special day. You have a daughter or son?? I am in the process of publishing the ebook, will let you know once I do it. Hugs!! ❤

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