A Second of Eternity – Bhabani Bhattacharya
The Prisoner was ready for her verdict. The Choose known as out “Prisoner on the Bar”. There was faltering in his voice. There was a knot of hassle and throbbing of the previous man’s coronary heart. The Prisoner needed to resolve his downside. So she smiled at him. Because the Choose cried he seemed away, and the Prisoner felt he was like her Father. There was black cap ready on the desk for the Choose. It implied demise. It was meant for the Choose to appear like Yama. The convict pitied him for his hassle and liked him for his tenderness. There was mercy within the Choose’s face. Maybe he wouldn’t don the black cap. This was the second of eternity. It was a condensation of all that occurred. It was the second of a drowning individual yielding his final breath. Maybe the convict was to be drowned not in river or tears or ardour, however in mercy. However mercy was not coming in any case. The fingers of the Choose fumbled in the direction of the black cap. It meant that the convict, the mom of Sona Mona was to be condemned.
It’s on this second of eternity that the life story of the convicted girl, the mom of Sona Mona is flashed earlier than the eyes. Sona was a small woman youngster, no more than 4 ft tall, who would bathtub joyously within the faucet water of the wall. Mona was youthful. Mona was a child woman whose title had no that means, however was meant to rhyme with Sona which meant gold. The lady had these two small daughters.
Her husband was a shrunken man, with darkish circles underneath the eyelids. He was sleepless with fear. He had not wished to marry however due to his previous grandmother who had inspired him saying in the future he could be Excessive Court docket Choose together with his studying and would discover no issue in feeding an additional mouth. However sadly he misplaced the clerical job he had within the coal product owner’s workplace. His spouse who wished to assist might assist on no account.
Then he acquired the job of a bus conductor. However he was already ailing. He had fever. Immediately he started to cough and spewed up blood. For one second he was considering of the good issues he would purchase together with his month-to-month pay and the free medical assist he would get. However the illness was galloping inside. He needed to be moved to the hospital, however the beds have been full. His spouse nursed him. She considered the story of Savitri and Satyavan and the way Savitri had fought towards Yama and introduced again her husband from the lifeless. However the mom of Sona Mona couldn’t be Savitri. Her husband expired.
Then she considered a manner of suicide. There was a inventory of opium in the home which Grandmother used to take. She gave some to her two youngsters. Relaxation she took herself. Her two youngsters died. However she lived. She considered shedding her sanity. However there was no manner she might lose her sanity. She considered numerous different methods of suicide. Drowning, Hearth however to no avail. Mona had suckled demise out of her breasts and Sona had taken it out of her fingers. Now she was introduced for the decision of the Choose. She was charged with two chilly blooded murders and try to suicide. She didn’t plead madness. She confessed that she had accomplished it in full consciousness. She hoped for demise as punishment from legislation.
However to her amazement, anger and disappointment the decision was that she was to dwell. She could be imprisoned for 4 years. The second of eternity got here to an finish with the sentence. She was a sufferer of the previous man’s mercy. She prayed for madness nevertheless it didn’t come. The ringing voices of her two little daughters whom she had killed rang in her ears.
This story is a pathetic story of poverty. It’s the woes of a helpless girl and a mom. What she had accomplished was to save lots of her youngsters from excessive poverty. She had wished to be Savitri. It displays the situation of an Indian girl left and not using a husband. She can not fend for herself and she or he is left with no different selection however suicide. It’s a pathetic image of poverty and hapless motherhood.