Aafi And Her Innocent Desire
It was the holy month of Ramzan and Aafi was wondering if she could eat swaenya on Eid which was two days later, 10 rupees was all, she did had in her little feeble hands and the cost of half litre of milk itself was 20 rupees and swaenya was 80 rupees per kg, while sugar was available to her. But it was known to her that she would not be able to eat the yummy 'swaenya' which to her, was more than favourite.
Well, her ammu had money, but not enough, and she didn't want to spent over it and left empty handed, rest of month. So, she decided not to make swaenya. She was well-nigh aware of her only daughter's small innocent desire from heart, but what she could do was nothing. She did earn 2000 rupees only, in which she had to live off whole month.
It was the day of Eid, Aafi after bathing wore the pink frok that Abbu had bought her on last Eid, and who was now gone to Jannat, in the lee of Allah. Then she with her Ammu offered namaz of Eid, and eat what she used to ate every day, for which her happiness can be felt in her eyes, but in her thoughts, if there were swaenya too, then it would feel like, icing on the cake with cherry on the top.
In the afternoon, she went with her all friends of her neighbouring, to get Eidi from her neighbours, where she was offered swaenya to eat but she, the little innocent Aafi, how could she eat it, when her Ammu would not get it to eat. So, the little girl refused. She had now all 30 rupees, in which 10 rupees she already had, and 20 rupees she got as Eidi.
In the evening, she had to go to her khala jaan's place, where she used to go every year with Abbu, but now he was gone to Allah. So, she thought she would not go, as she had to go alone, cause one have to be at home, because one of the window pane was broken and if they would go together, then even what less they had, would be stolen.
She was looking outside the window when she heard a sound of knocking at the door, Aafi went there and opened the door, it was his bhai jaan Asraf (khala jaan's son). Seeing him Aafi's lips curved and there was a big happy smile now sticked to her desperate face, because her khala was aware of everything. So, she had send him.
When she reached there, her khala jaan hugged her and wished Eid Mubarak. She offered Aafi swaenya, but little Aafi again refused to eat it. Then, Aafi sweetly asked "meli Eidi khala".
" Eidi to bahut special hai, meri special Aafi ke liye mgr, usko ghar jaa ke kholna". She went inside and brought a box wrapped with gift paper. Then, after Aafi said Eid Mubarak to everyone and good bye too. His bhai jaan dropped her home then.
After reaching home, she shown Ammu that gift and started opening it, it was a tiffin box and filled with something. Little Aafi, seeing box was little disappointed, if it would have been money than she could had bought swaenya, But it was tiffin box. She told Ammu to open it, as her soft feeble hand could not open a steel tiffin box. When she opened it, it was filled of yummy swaenya. Seeing it, slowly Aafi lips changed into curve of smile and than of joy and happiness. It was like as the whole world was now, beneath her feet saying Aafi, your wish, your wish, how can not it be true.
Then, finally in the night of Eid both Aafi and Ammu get to eat swaenya, which was for them a dream which cannot be ever reached.
"But when a desire from the core of a true heart comes out, it may take time, but it reaches to the almighty God, and when he listens it, even from his eyes tears rolled down, and what he could do more is to make that supple, tender and gentle wish come true magically".
Shivangi Saumya Suhani