Sasha: She is frightened and looking someone behaind the door
Nervously she thins to herself; Who is he? And why on earth is he following me?
Right then Sharib came and put his hand on her shoulder.
Sasha started screaming;
Sasha: Aaaa aaaa aaaaaaaa
Sharib: Hey just relax and quiet its just me your brother Sharib; and by the way whats going on here why are you looking out in manner as if you are spying on someone han?
Sasha: Ah! you just scared me to death bhae, at least make some sound while stepping forward to someone urghh. And No! no ! (reluctantly) i’m not spying actually I thought someone has knocked the door so I was just checking.
Sharib: oh, okay if that is the reason but your expressions are quite odd as if you have seen some sort of ghost or any other ugly creature hmm well I know i’m not that ugly looking do I? asking (smilingly).
Sasha: Phuff! now stop teasing me for such little thing Bhae.
Sharib okay miss enough of this nonsense, you go and change your Uniform and i’ll set food for you on the table and we”ll both have our lunch together.
Sasha: Okay (rushing towards her room) as she wants to escape from her brother’s sight as soon as possible. In her room thinking and talking in her mind session has started again; she is in mental conflict,
What a rash situation it is what should I do? Should I tell it to Bhae or keep this to myself? ah!
what an awful scenario.
Well I know Sharib bhae is very aggressive and he himself doesn’t know what he’ll do in his anger, but, if I hide it from him and anything bad happens he will blame me for not sharing this to him. He will never trust me ever again in his life and I certainly cannot sustain that; I think I should gather my courage and tell him the truth.
Sharib: Where are you Sasha changing clothes doesn’t need that much time.
Sasha: Here I come.
On the Dining table while both the siblings were eating food Sharib observed Sasha isn’t eating rather, staring at her plate;
Sharib: Sasha why are you not eating?
Sasha: I am bhae.
Sharib: Ehm! I can see that.
Sasha: Yes I mean I am eating a a I mean her breath has gone heavier and she was not able to combine her word properly.
Bhae I um I want um I mean she was agitated to share that with her brother because of his aggressive nature.
Sharib: Sasha you what? Why are you so nervous today? Just say it and let it go off your heart.
Sasha: She broke to tears and in her eyes there was a visible fear that made thing a little more stressed.
Sharib: Why are you crying my little doll? Is there anyone who teased you or anything you can share anything with me for I am your older brother dear.
Sasha: Bhae uh uh Bhae; yes Sasha come along say it and off with it; Bhae there is a boy on my bus stop who keeps on following me from the bus stop to home and and I’m scared of him and trust me I don’t know him.
Sharib: (His eyes were filled with bristle) but he managed to collect himself oh, so that’s the problem and I do trust you and let me see things how I can do them you just wait and watch now.
Sasha: But bhae you won’t do anything wrong or brassy. You have to use your wisdom instead of power.
Sharib: Yeah right like you did it after wasting so many days you are telling me about that trash.
Sasha: But I was scared of you that what might you think of me and how would you react?
Sharib: Okay now just go to your room and there isn’t any need of anxiousness calm yourself now and try to be brave in plots like this. And tomorrow i’ll go with you and hide myself you’ll keep on walking the way you do everyday and let him follow you so that I can trap that bloody rat in the best possible way.
Sasha: Okay i’ll do the same but i’m afraid that he might hurt you.
Sharib: That’s the biggest trouble of your life this phrase i’m afraid ah! okay there won’t be any such thing and stop overthinking and do as I say.
Sasha: Okay (she walked towards her room anxiously).
Next morning both Sasha and Sharib walked to the bus stop together and Sharib told Sasha to be composed and behave normal.
Sharib: Now listen Sasha we are going to separate our path for now you come to stop and i’ll be right there behind the tree so that no-one can get a clue that i’m with you right?
Sasha: Yeah right i’m good (said in an awkward manner).
Sharib: Good! What? Ah Sasha be brave do not look like an horrified girl so that people swallow you just because you are looking inviting; you know what I mean exactly I mean stop disgracing yourself with these fancy fears and just think that you’re my sister and i’m your brother, your older brother.
Sasha: hm okay i’m fine now seriously.
They went and did everything according to the plan.;
When Sasha reached at the bus stop she saw that man, she looked at her brother carefully and told him in the eyes about his presence and nodded her head too. Sharib wanted to kill that guy then and there, but he couldn’t do that as he has to wait for Sasha to leave.
As soon as Sasha left for her college he showed up from behind the tree;
Sharib: Hey you (aggressively) his tone went heavier with anger;
who the hell are you? and why are you following my sister (he grabbed his collar with his hands and shaking him wildly).
Stranger: What sister? wh! whose sister? What are you talking man I don’t know nothing and you just off with my collar and let me go.
Sharib: Stop playing coy with me! tell me who are you or i’m going to smack your face.
Stranger: Oh! see what a headless man you are why would I follow anyone and I don’t know why are you behaving in such a lunatic manner with me.
Sharib: Alright so you’re not going to tell anything this way; he said that and started hitting him like a beast it seemed as if he is going to kill him or squeeze him to death, to teach him a lesson, lesson of a lifetime. Pedestrians intruded and tear them apart;
Stranger: While running for his life he stated that i’ll teach you a lesson now and i’ll take revenge for all this humiliation.
Sasha: When Sasha reached at stop she didn’t see that man it had filled her with ultimate
Wohoo (smilingly) so after all my brother has taught him the hardest lesson of his filthy life huh
But her smile was soon to begone when someone had hit her on the head and she blacked out.
Sharib: Where is she gone it’s 6:00 O’clock in the evening (anxiously) walking in the lounge waiting for Sasha;
Taking to himself; Where can she go? Whom should I call? I already have called everyone ah!
what a bad spot for me I don’t know what to do. What would I say to mother when she will ask; huf horrid circumstance really horrid.
Sasha: Ah ha! Painfully trying to getting up; what is this place? where am I? who took me here, and where is my brother what’s going on here Oh my ALLAH what is happening with me; many questions in one breath as she was terribly horrified.
She was slammed in a room, miserable, dark and frumpy.
Sasha: Rushed towards the door and started beating it madly, Is there someone? Please open the door Please! I beg of you; she pledged to ask for freedom.
She heard someone’s boot’s tap she started searching for something to rescue herself and then she got a glass bottle she bore it and hide herself behind the door so, that she can attack before anyone attacks her.
A man entered in the room very ugly looking with long and heavy mustache he looked merely like a creepy devilish ghost who is thirsty for blood and life.
Sasha: As he entered and stepped in the room she came behind the door at his back and tried to attack him but he turned at her and she started reciting Kalimah and, with the broken piece of glass she attacked on his face enormously that he couldn’t stand it and fell down, she locked that man in the room and ran away.
Sasha: He was the same man who used to follow me ah how cruel these animals can be he is not a man, no never! her moral is shattered but she managed to compose herself as she still has to find her way back to her home.
After walking for an hour she finally stepped on the main road and now she knew where exactly she was going as she was an intelligent girl who is very good at directions too, beauty and brain together.
Finally she reached at home;
there is a knock at the door;
Sharib runs towards the main gate and it’s Sasha with blooded hands and clothes,
parched lips and dead breath Sharib and her mother took her in and gave her a glass of water so, that she may speak about her condition.
She stayed still and silent just like a horrid sculpture;
Mother: (Her mother cried) why is she not speaking and looking at us, Sasha at least talk to us, tell us what happened? And where have you been till this late hour? Speak up do not test my patient any more, I have had already enough of this strain ( she started crying).
Sharib: Ammi take her to the wash room and wash her hands and face she’ll be fine after
washing her face she will speak and she will have to.
Sasha: After washing her hands and face she came back and started mumbling with horror ah! that man that bloody man , the dark its too dark she went on saying these words it’s too dark…
Mother: What man, what darkness, is she gone crazy why is she behaving like this Oh! Lord; what is going on Sharib?
Sharib: He somehow understood what was she talking about. He asked Sasha to calm down and tell everything in detail.
Sasha then revealed the whole black episode and after listening to her there was pin drop silence everyone muted then, Sharib broke the ice;
Sharib: How and why should I believe in your words? How do I know that whatever you are saying is true to its root?
Sasha: (Looking at her brother amusingly) Bhae what do you mean by all these questions and why would I lie in such situation?
Sharib: Because I know you, I know how cowardly you behave how can I believe that you have done all this in just one frame of test, people spend lives to be that great and brave ah, I don’t know I cannot just trust this story. There is something more to know tell me all about it tell me why did you do that to us? Tell me ( Furiously he is inquiring his sister for his fake ego and pride)
Sasha: Trust me bhae I was all alone I know you are right, that I never behaved in that manner but your voice, and your words at that time they were my strength, they kept on buzzing in my heart and ears saying that I should be strong, I should not depend on anyone believe me, trust me bhae you were my strength you( she is crying now)
Sharib: Yeah right! only few words have changed your life and personality please stop fooling me and tell me the truth, why should I believe that you? Are pure and chaste?
After hearing these words from her own brother whom she loved and trusted the most it
was like she is standing in wilderness and there is no one to whom she can ask for help when her own blood is not with her.
Sasha: (Turned to her mother) Ammi you know me i’m your daughter please ask bhae to not do this to me; ammi I have not done anything wrong i’m still pure as I were please say something please! (Pledging to her own family)
But her mother didn’t speak a word.
Mother: Go to your bed and we will talk about this matter in the morning it’s already quite late and we all need some time and space to think over it.
Sharib: (Angrily) There won’t be any talk about this matter never never I said ammi are hearing?
No talk means not a single word but my last sentence where I put her into a plot as she did for us, I do not want to see her face here in the house and you girl listen! in the morning pack your things and leave this house I do not believe in your Tarzan tale understand!
Mother: Sharib stop it now she is your sister watch your way how you’re talking to her.
Sasha: I’ll leave.
Sasha: Thinking in her mind;
What kind of relationships we have which are so weak and pale that can be so easy to break or erase. Why have I trusted my brother that high? He loved me did he? No it was just a brag nothing more than a pose. She wept whole night.
After Fajar’s prayer Sasha started crying and asked for help to ALLAH she asked for
forgiveness, courage, respect and a firm dignity. Then she raised and walked towards the main gate, she didn’t know where to go but she didn’t want to see her brother’s cruel side again as he is the most ugliest thing in the world for her as he questioned her dignity and respect.
When she stepped out of the door all of a sudden she decided to go to Zareena Begum’s house, she is Sasha’s teacher and she also knows Sasha since her childhood.
Zareena Begum is a very kind and humble woman Sasha could not find anyone better than her in this hard time, but she still have melee in her heart whether she’ll believe her or not as her own relationships have dejected her or disowned her.
Zareena Begum: (Bell rang) She saw the wall clock and murmured ah I know it would be the milkman, oh I myself have to raise for everything this boy doesn’t have any compassion for his poor mother, as she tried to raise from her bed Hammad cried ammi i’m going you don’t get up.
Hammad is Zareena’s only child.
Zareena Begum: Oh Sir that’s your greatness i’m very thankful to you but just to inform you that I was almost up for that task why can’t you do things on your own.
She is altogether a funny lady and speaks in this manner just to add fun into their lives.
Hammad: Sasha you! he asked amusingly; I mean at this time.
Sasha: Yeah um I need to meet with Ma’am for some urgent and personal reason is she at
Hammad: Yeah she is here but why are you here at this time? I mean your appearance at this time has just stunned me.
Sasha: Had tears in her eyes as she felt that the entire world is questioning her and she has to answer every single person. She turned to go back as it seemed that no one is going to trust her.
No nothing i’m going.
Hammad: No no! I didn’t meant that i’m so sorry for behaving like that please come ammi is here please.
Sasha: She moved slowly stepped in and then stopped right there on door step.
Hammad: What happened come in please.
Sasha: No I mean would you please call Ma’am here ?( she didn’t want to trust anyone)
Hammad: Oh! that’s the stuck, she is inside let me call her wait Amiiiiiiiii he cried.
Zareena Begum: Ahh! boy why are you blasting your vocal cords early in the morning at least have some mercy on my ears; I don’t know which comedy series I have watched when I was expecting him such a character he is. (mumbling to herself).
Hammad: So, now you have heard these melodies of my cuckoo bird ah would you like to come or is there something more for me to bear.
Sasha: Quietly entered.
Zareena Begum: After seeing Sasha she was about to ask her why is she here but she saw
tears in her eyes and felt strained;
Oh my child what happened to you why are you crying?
Sasha: Tried to tell her everything but couldn’t control her tears.
Zareena Begum: Oh my child! stop crying say something so, that I may know what happened, and what to do for you please stop crying is everything fine at home?
Sasha: Gathered herself, Ma’am Bhae and ammi has asked me to leave the house Ma’am I
have left there home I will never go there again never in my life.
Zareena Begum: What! are you gone mad, it’s next to impossible for a mother to ask her
daughter to leave her house like that.
Sasha: Ma’am actually that day I mean that night she suddenly stopped her flow by looking at Hammad,,,
Zareena Begum: She got the idea that she is getting disturbed by his presence;
Hammad can’t you see two girls are talking; why are you standing here and with whom’s permission? go to your room.
Hammad went to his room and Zareena asked Sasha to tell her all the details so that she could find some solution.
Sasha: Told her everything and started crying again;
Where should I go, and what should I do Ma’am, I don’t know I am totally blank.
That is why, I came here I know you are the only one who will get me out of this miserable scenario, Ma’am please take me to some good social houses where I can live my life far from these people.
Zareena Begum: Okay, okay just be quiet and calm yourself I don’t know about others but I know you as I am your teacher, I know your character’s positive side and the shortcomings as well. I know you can be anything but not the way they have explained you. Don’t worry I am with you, and I do believe in your words I have lived and experienced many cases in my life seen many people that is why, I know this society’s jaws are very sharp, in our society woman cannot stand for anything neither for their dignity, nor for the rights men make laws and they make them as per their suit. And you are not going anywhere you will live right here with me.
Sasha: But Ma’am how can I live here; I mean I cannot live here as Hammad (she stops).
Zareena Begum: I know, I know, what are you trying to say but my child as, you are my student, and I know you similarly, I can trust my own child also. Trust me he is a good guy or if, you cannot believe in that then trust my upbringing and you also know him since childhood don’t you?
Sasha: Huh! yeah know him, (she smiled sarcastically) I thought I knew my brother also and trusted him the most anyhow.
Zareena Begum: You are distressed for sure but you cannot see everyone under one shade, and if you want to move on in this society you have to be courageous enough to forget all this, and bring confidence in yourself. When you trusted your brother at that time you didn’t even know your own personality but as, for now if you want to prove yourself you have to love and respect your own self with a greater trust when you’ll trust yourself you’ll be able to trust the world with its real meaning.
Sasha: But Ma’am….
Zareena Begum: (Interrupted her) Listen Sasha you cannot cut off yourself from the society you have to live and survive, and for survival we need to trust each other, life cannot be lead by only one example.
Sasha: You’re right Ma’am i’ll try to forget everything but the lesson i’ll remember for all times.
Zareena Begum: That’s like a good girl oh! how foolish I am didn’t offer you anything to eat, you must be hungry I know you won’t be able to swallow anything in this worst situation, but this life, and it doesn’t stop for anything and anyone. Let me
make breakfast and we’ll eat together meanwhile, you try to feel at home hahaha just joking.
Two months have passed nobody have looked for her neither her mother, nor Sharib this thing is killing Sasha that; is she nothing to them? she is having many questions in her mind confusing and teasing her.
Sasha: After offering prayer she raised her hands to make pray;
She started with a question;
Oh my Almighty Lord am I filthy? And disgraceful? But I have done nothing wrong which can spot my conscience black so, why these people they do not believe in me? Oh my Merciful Lord, please make me strong, courageous and make me feel happy, I am forgetting these pleasures of happiness. I do not want to be dead when I am alive. Grant me forgiveness, I have asked everything from Thee, please show me my true self, my own true self. I beg and pledge to Thee, My Glorious Lord, Please help me and save me. I want to say a lot; there are many things, I want to voice but I don’t have words or may be, I have words which do not have voice, but You can understand even my silence Aameen
She wept for quite long and laid half- fainted in her room.
Hammad: He heard her groaning, what happened are you okay( from outside the room he asked) after having no reply he went in and saw her lying down worriedly he said;
wake up Sahsa what happened to you let me call ammi
Hammad: He brings a glass of water; please take it have some water and be strong
Sasha what are you doing to yourself you have to be brave I mean, I don’t know what to say where is ammi he mumbled.
Zareena Begum: What happened, tell me what happened to her? Hammad tell me what did you say to her?
Hammad: Ammi I have done nothing I have not said a word to her I was just passing by and heard her groans I called her several times when she didn’t reply I entered the room and saw her lying on floor that’s it trust me.
Zareena Begum: She took her to the bed, and very affectionately asked her; is there any
problem here Sasha are you not willing to stay here?
Sasha: (Composing herself) No Ma’am i’m fine here in fact, more than fine and don’t worry it was my last time to cry, I won’t cry any more, after this moment, from now on I’ll be a different person I have asked for Courage and I will practice it. ( there is smile and a glitter of hope in her eyes as if, this prayer has changed her altogether). I’ll stay happy and keep others happy that’s the only aim of my life.
Zareena Begum: Ooh I am so happy for you, I just can’t believe that you can be so convincingly strong May God bless you.
Time is moving fast and after some days Hammad asked his mother that he wants to marry with Sasha.
Hammad: Ammi eham! (reluctantly) I need to talk to you about something very serious and special.
Zareena Begum: haha serious and special and you yeah right my son.
Hammad: Ammi please stop doing this.
Zareena Begum: Okay go on go on.
Hammad: I want to marry with Sasha( He said in just one breath without looking into his
Zareena Begum: What? Are you gone mad Hammad? How on earth you think of her this way?
Hammad: Why ammi don’t you like her or may be you don’t trust her character like others.
Zareena Begum: Stop puking rubbish out of your mouth, I do trust her more than I trust you and that’s not my point Hammad, dear my point is that You do not deserve her or she deserves someone far better than you.
Hammad: Standing sadly but, Zareena Begum: (While watching his sad face) Come here! sit, see Hammad things are not as simple as you think my son, I know you are a great guy and you can make her happy but I do not want to profit myself of her staying here. I mean I know that’s not my intention neither yours but she can think like that. And her condition is still not that firm that I can talk to her about these
sensitive issues. I hope you are understanding my views.(She looked at Hammad with
Hammad: Taking mother’s hand in his hands; But ammi if I ask Sahsa about this and if, by any chance her reply is positive then will you accept her as my wife? I just want to know your answer.
Zareena Begum: Why not? Hammad what do you think that whatever I have done for her is just out of humanity; no Hammad I do trust her, I know her that she is a great girl with a beautiful soul and, that would be a great blessing of my life.
Hammad: Alright then keep your suspicions aside and let me talk to her myself and i’ll
handle the situation and, I know I can do that better than you my Old Lady(teasingly smiles).
He knocked at Sasha’s door and asked for permission;
Hammad: Can I come in?
Sasha: yes you can.
Hammad: um! actually I need to talk to you if, you are not busy can I take a little of your time?
Sasha: You have something important to say to me but what?
Hammad: Alright before putting my words in judge’s court let me clarify few things that; do not take my words wrong and please hold your words back to consider or value my project.
Sasha: You are confusing me, and why are you stretching your talk just say it Hammad I can listen anything now.
Hammad: Okay then here I go, See I don’t have any issues what has happened with you
and this not a sympathy. My feelings are for the girl whom I know since my childhood not for the girl who is staying with us here just for few months. I liked you before and I love you now I want to marry with you only if, you think i’m good for you and if I deserve you.
Sasha: Marry? to me?
Hammad: Yes to you and as I have told you before I love the girl I know since my childhood so please don’t take it to the other side please.
Sasha: But why?( she shouted aggressively) Why do you trust me when my own blood dis-owned me? Who am I to you Hammad? And why do I trust you?
Hammad: Because you yourself have said that day that, you will remain happy and keep others happy, and you believe and trust in GOD and that YE will provide you with all the happiness you deserve in your life. I just want to be the part of that happiness, but if you don’t want to accept my proposal you have right to say no, and I will never talk about this ever in my life. Just think with a cool mind and don’t forget, its love not anything else.
He left Sasha with a huge turmoil.
Sasha: Talking to herself, Why can’t I trust him as, I know he is a good man or may be I think that he should marry someone better than me, better than me! but why? what is wrong in me am I not good enough to be with someone? Ma’am said me the very first day when I came here that, I have to respect and trust myself that is the only thread which will help me in trusting others and making my way in society so why not me? Yes I do deserve goodness and happiness I know Hammad is a good man but I am not bad either so why am I confusing my life with these fake allegations. Huh! I must think about it.
Saasha went to Zarrena Begum’s room;
Sasha: Ma’am I want to talk to you can I sit with you?
Zareena Begum: Sure, sure why not Sasha come.
Sasha: Ma’am I want to talk about Hammad.
Zareena Begum: Hammad! Did he say something to you, or I mean anything wrong?
Sasha: No no Ma’am everything is fine its just that he ….I guess you know it don’t you?
Zareena Begum: Know what? If you are not going to tell me how would I come to know what are you talking about him.( She wants to hear it from her) and he is not that obedient as you think okay, let me call him and i’ll ask him too Hammad she cried come here immediately its urgent.
Sasha: No! no please don’t call( he is here she didn’t even complete her sentence)
Hammad: Yes mom what’s the rush?
Zareena Begum: I’ll tell you what’s the rush, come here, what did you say to her?
Hammad: Ask her she is here to tell you why should I interrupt?
Zareena Begum: Looking at Sasha; okay my sweetie you tell me what did you want to say.
Sasha: Hammad has um! Ma’am ask him to tell you what he said.
Hammad: Okay if that’s the case! Ammi I have done nothing I have just proposed her.
Zareena Begum: Oooh I see! oh so what’s the big deal I know you didn’t like the boy so you are here to say No to this proposal, Sasha don’t worry my child I myself do not like this boy for you (Making situation funny for everyone)
Sasha: No Ma’am I wanted to say something else I mean…
Zareena Begum: Something else?
Sasha: I wanted to say …Yes ( rushed towards her room)
Both Hammad and Zareena Begum were extremely happy. There cheeks were blushing and blooming like a rose.
The very next day Zareena Begum decided to go to Sasha’s house to talk to them about this whole scene, Sasha tried to stop her but she felt it important.
Zareena Begum and Hammad at Sasha’s house;
Almost half an hour passed and none of them had asked about Sasha after some time Zareena Begum ruptured the silence;
Zareena Begum: I am here to inform you or to ask you that I want to tie the knot between Sasha and Hammad so, it was my duty to ask you as you are her mother and Sharib is her Older brother. I’m wondered that not even once you have asked about her!
Sharib: Listen Auntie we are not here to listen every other person’s point of views we do not have time for all these useless talks, we have done our best to provide her good life she should have thought before…
Zareena Begum: Interrupted Sharib Before, before what before her nab or before your fight with that brute, do not pretend yourself inhuman Sharib.
Sharib: How do we know whether she was nabbed or eloped huh!
Hammad: Raised from his chair angrily stop it now just hold you tongue and watch your words Mr. so called Brother, She is no more your sister but she is going to be my life partner try to be respectful or i’ll show you the respect and mirror too.
Sharib: ah! mirror let me show you the mirror you stupid lad as long as she kept herself into her limits we made everything superior for her, loved her like anything, but now when she has done such a deed she is nothing and no more to our family.
Hammad: Love huh! stop disgracing the purity of love what kind of love is it? When she needed you the most you left her alone.
Zareena Begum: Holding Hammad’s hands Hammad lets go we should not stay here anymore and stop behaving like this lets go( pulling Hammad).
Hammad: Lets go and Sasha was right we shouldn’t have come here we have just insulted ourselves.
Zareena Begum: Its okay now relax and do not tell this to her you know she is already heart broken.
Hammad: I know.
Finally the wedding has started and both are looking gorgeous and happy.
At mehndi ceremony Sasha was a bit depress too as there is no-one from her family. She was missing her mother but, then looked at Zareena begum from a distance and smiled that everything happens for good.
Sasha’s Mother couldn’t control to come and see Sasha as a bride after all she is her daughter;
Zareena Begum: Sasha look who is here.
Sasha: Turning around she stood stunned by seeing her mother.
Mother: Sasha my child my doll How pretty you are looking She hugged her but Sasha was still and silent.
Sasha please my child forgive me I beg you my child I have done a horrid thing to you I know though, I am a mother but I am ashamed of myself please forgive me please (she collapse her hands into one another crying and pledging)
Sasha: (Sasha only replied with a cold voice) I am no-one to forgive Ammi.
There was no warmth in their blood anymore.
A Play by Ayesha Aamir,
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