The Wedding Gift (Short Story)

From the book : The Wedding Gift

She stood in front of her murderer, a lifeless body, listening to every word he spoke with utter attention. As if he was chanting some mantra of her destruction. When he finally ended, Nirmala couldn’t feel the ground beneath her feet. The world spun in front of her eyes and she tried to hold on to something, probably his arms, to stop her from falling down. But then, he had already turned his back towards her and was moving towards the door. She couldn’t let him just go. The act was not yet over. It was her turn now.

Nobody walks away with murder.

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Who am I? (World Alzheimer’s Day)

On the occasion of WORLD ALZHEIMER DAY I chose to share with you this incident that has changed my life forever.

I didn’t even know there was a medical term associated with it until I experienced it with my daddy. The man who taught me to walk, talk, read, write, story telling, knitting, badminton, chess, carom board, card games like fish, rummy, puploo, sweep, bluff, cycling and the list goes on. In short he taught me how to survive in this world had suffered from Alzheimer for a couple of years until we lost him forever. The tragedy was I had no clue he was going through this until he disappeared from our life for a day. It was the most heart wrenching day of my life. He went shopping with my husband and just before reaching home got down from the car saying he would walk his way home as he wanted to get some samsosas for all of us at home. Since out home wasn’t very far my husband left him in the market. It was almost an hour and daddy didn’t come home. We waited for him desperately thinking he must me on his way walking slowly. Never once the thought cross our mind that he might lost his way home. By four in the evening when he didn’t return I was panic stricken. It was almost four hours now. We didn’t waste time and went to file a missing complaint at the police station. They refused saying we had to wait for twenty four hours. Tears never stopped rolling down my eyes as I looked for my daddy on the street. In our neighbourhood everybody had seen him walking but nobody knows which way he went. After buying samosas for us he walked down the lane to our house but seems like he took a wrong turn and lost the path. We spent that awful night in the house without him . It was so distressful for my whole family. Early morning the next day we went to the police station and lodged a missing complaint and even ran a missing person advertisement on tv channel but we didn’t get any clue. The entire day we spent running from hospital to hospital, bus station, railway station looking for him. We were new in the city and didn’t know anyone. So emotionally, mentally, physically we were drained completely. God was our only solace. I was praying for him every second.

He was seventy four years old and was recovering from a long illness when this happened. His treatment left him short tempered and very moody. We lived in a rented two bedroom house and he didn’t like it. I was sure he was punishing us for it. I just wanted to meet him and ask him why he was doing this to us. I had no clue that his brain was degenerating every single day little by little. He was losing his memory every day. He was losing himself with each passing day and this was like a slow poison.

Now as I look back in time I find traces of his memory loss since the last couple of years. He forgot his apartment number. He forgot to wear his shoes when going out. He always took time to recognize us. He tried hard to remember what he had eaten in his meals. He was always lost in his own thoughts. He forgot to write, to read, to ask for food, to ask for help. He became a child, a toddler dependent on his care giver, me.

However, at that time I overlooked these incidents. I was hell worried for him and wondered where he had disappeared without telling me a thing. Later by the evening I got a call on his mobile. I thought one of his friend must be calling and I was in no mood to entertain the man on the other end of the call. But the man surprised me saying that Daddy was with him and he was safe. He was calling from an N.G.O, Badte Kadam who help the elderly and is very actively involved in social causes in the city. When one of the police man saw Daddy, a miserable old man on the street, he called them up thinking another family had abandoned their old man on street. Badte Kadam brought daddy to their ashram and treated him well. They had no means to reach us as Daddy wasn’t able to give our address. He wasn’t even carrying any identity card with him nor his mobile to give them any clue. He remembered only my name. Luckily my dad was carrying his ATM card and a ATM slip while shopping with my husband the previous day. With the help of these two they traced his phone number and called . Luckily the mobile was with me at that time. We rushed in to the ashram to meet him and it was a teary reunion. I took him to doctor the next day as I found bruises in his arms and legs. There I was advised to meet a neurologist who informed me my daddy was suffering from Alzheimer and this incident had triggered it towards the worse.

Alzheimer stage one

Here are the five stages of Alzheimer –

There are five stages associated with Alzheimer’s disease: preclinical Alzheimer’s disease, mild cognitive impairment due to Alzheimer’s disease, mild dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease, moderate dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease and severe dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease

We had no knowledge of the disease in the first three stages though we got the clues. And the incident pushed my daddy’s condition to the last phase where we lost him completely. In a few months he was bed ridden and then left us for the heavenly abode. Even while he was suffering he was teaching me. My best teacher in the world. Since his demise I became more inclined towards helping the seniors. Understanding their needs and Alzheimer.

Alzheimer stage five

It’s not easy to handle an Alzheimer patient. I salute those who do.

I just request my readers that if you happen to come across any old person wandering alone in the street please stop by to talk to him. Maybe he had lost his way home and doesn’t even know how to ask for help.

Excerpt : Mirror (Selfhelp motivation mental health issue)

Sharing with you all an excerpt from my new book MIRROR

“Don’t worry, brother. We are here. We will get you out of here in no time. Here, just hold my hand and come out,” said one of them.

 It was quite an assurance for the little frog in the hole. He jumped to hold his brother’s hand but could not reach it. He tried again but missed it. He gathered all his strength and tried again but to no avail. 

Another frog attempted to rescue him. “Here just catch hold of my leg buddy and I shall pull you out of here.”

Once more the frog attempted but failed. All the frogs outside tried to buck him up but the little frog failed them each time. Finally, the little frog sat down quietly, exhausted from trying. 

Meanwhile, the frogs outside started losing interest in the rescuing mission. Some of them had even gone back to play. However, a few remained there. They were thinking of ways to help their brother out when they heard the sound of an approaching motor. 

You can checkout the book here getbook.at/mirror

This book talks about #selfhelp #motivation #mentalhealth issues and how to heal our self.

Our Independence Day Celebration

During lockdown we started with a small karaoke club online in the name of गाए – जा – क्या – रोना

Slowly it developed into a daily radio show by the same name. From just karaoke it now started hosting chat shows, dramas, story telling, spirituality, motivation and music. The only motive was to spread positivity and happiness around. People from all walks of life joined us from different cities around the country. It became a platform to showcase their talent. We celebrated all festivals, seasons and moments. It was fun and our popularity increased day by day. When things came down to normal we switched from online to offline activity and started our group NEW HOPE SOCIETY. – a social, cultural and educational institution in the year 2021 December.

Till date we have organized several events for the benefit of community and people. From orphanage, old age home to yoga meditation to plantation and now Independence day celebration we have attempted to motivate people. Here is a glimpse of our celebration. We have offered platform to those hidden talents as well as underprivileged and needed social support.

We are looking forward to connect with more members to support us for this cause.

Illiteracy didn’t stop this granny from showing her talent in singing chhattisgarhi folk song

Live portrait of freedom fighter made by a talented artist who prefers to remain unknown
Team New Hope Society
Chhattisgarhi dance
Kid getting appreciated for his performance

From The Book: Mirror – Self help motivational (New Release)

There is always something to share in everyone’s life. I am glad I wrote this book to let you all know how I feel when I am at the bottom of my life and how I manage to rise up again. Maybe we share something in common. Check out my new book and let me know how you feel about it.

The Blurb

The success lies in never giving up your goal whatever be the situation. Our failure is our testing time. It questions us if we are on the right path or not.
My inspiration in writing motivational and relationship book is from my own experiences in life. My life has been an intense emotional roller coaster ride that brought me closer to my actual soul calling, spreading positive vibes and healing. Frankly, I saw myself in many of my friends, family and even people whom I didn’t know. The suffering was the same everywhere.
This book is a small attempt to show that you are not alone in such a situation and with self healing tables can be turned.

You can checkout the book here getbook.at/mirror

This book talks about #mentalhealth issues and how to heal our self.

New Release Book – MIRROR (self help motivational book)

Name of the book: Mirror

Author: Paromita Goswami

Genre : Selfhelp, motivational, non-fiction, short read

Publisher : Ficus India Books

The Blurb

The success lies in never giving up your goal whatever be the situation. Our failure is our testing time. It questions us if we are on the right path or not.
My inspiration in writing motivational and relationship book is from my own experiences in life. My life has been an intense emotional roller coaster ride that brought me closer to my actual soul calling, spreading positive vibes and healing. Frankly, I saw myself in many of my friends, family and even people whom I didn’t know. The suffering was the same everywhere.
This book is a small attempt to show that you are not alone in such a situation and with self healing tables can be turned.

You can checkout the book here getbook.at/mirror

This book talks about #mentalhealth issues and how to heal our self.

Book Spotlight: Mirror by Paromita Goswami

Hey guys very happy to announce that my new book is now live and available for download on Amazon.

Name of the book : Mirror

Author : Paromita Goswami

Genre : Selfhelp, motivational, non-fiction, short read

Publisher : Ficus India Books

The Blurb :

The success lies in never giving up your goal whatever be the situation. Our failure is our testing time. It questions us if we are on the right path or not.
My inspiration in writing motivational and relationship book is from my own experiences in life. My life has been an intense emotional roller coaster ride that brought me closer to my actual soul calling, spreading positive vibes and healing. Frankly, I saw myself in many of my friends, family and even people whom I didn’t know. The suffering was the same everywhere.
This book is a small attempt to show that you are not alone in such a situation and with self healing, the tables can be turned.

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About the author

Paromita Goswami is a writer and storyteller by passion and a rebel by choice. She says the world is full of stories and as a writer she loves to pen them down. Her work is not genre specific. From literary fiction to children book to paranormal thriller and women fiction Paromita Goswami’s books offer the variety of life to her readers. This is her first attempt in self help motivational and inspirational book aimed at self healing.

 Besides writing, she loves singing and also organizes events for social welfare and cultural benefits for the community. She also hosts programs for all India radio.  She lives in Raipur, Chhattisgarh with her big family consisting of furry babies and humans.

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