Daily Prompt: Exhale

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Tell us about a time when everything seemed to be going wrong__ and then, suddenly you knew it would be all right.

I could not think of writing about everything going wrong in my life. I decided to write a fiction using this prompt.

Samina a twenty year old girl, made up her mind to leave Kolkata and go to Dhaka to continue her studies. Her eldest sister was living in Dhaka at that time.

She had a ready made residence waiting for her to live. Her sister and the nieces were delighted to have her, she was pleased as well.

Samina registered in the local university to continue her studies. Things were going well she became friends with one of her classmates.

At the end of the year, it was time for her first exam, she was not  ready for it. It would be wise not to sit for the exam. She knew she’d fail the exams,  and decided to repeat the course.

Next year she registered again for the same course, she continued neglecting her studies, this time it was worse she fell in love. Her friends noticed she spent all her time  writing letters to her boyfriend. As a result she was unprepared for the exam at the end of the year. This time she sat for the exam and fortunately passed but  was last in her class.

She registered for the second year course. Her sister found out about her love affair and tried to discourage her. She was afraid if her parents knew about her boyfriend, they would make her go back to Kolkata.She thought the only way to avoid her sister and her parents’ interference in her  life,  it would be best for her  to move to the University residence.

She started her courses, but her mind was elsewhere, as a result she failed the final exam.

She quit school, her parents were informed about her love affair. They felt it was better she got married, she’d be happy.

After months of preparation the date for the wedding was  settled. Invitation cards were sent  out to friends and relatives for the big day. Exactly a week before the wedding, Samina received a letter from her future husband.  He wrote:

Dear Samina,

I am sorry I cannot marry you. I have decided to marry another woman, my sin for not marrying you, would be far greater if I don’t marry her.

Samina’s world fell apart, she did not expect such an outcome. Everything went wrong for her.

Her parents and her siblings hoped that her fate would change for the better some day, that this was a lesson, she’ll learn from it and  hopefully will be all right.




10 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Exhale

  1. Dear Ranu,

    This is a well written story which ends on a sad note. Some storie are sad. Some are otherwise 🙂

    All good wishes,


    • Dear Robert,
      Thank you for your comment. I wrote the story according to the prompt, about how things kept going wrong.
      I did not want to write about me. Somehow I did not face so many unfortunate situations. I must say I am very lucky
      and I thank God for giving me help whenever I needed.
      Tomorrow is Christmas, Merry Christmas to you and your family and also a very happy New Year 2016. 🙂

      • Dear Ranu,

        It is lucky to be lucky :).

        As a Muslim in a relatively Christian family, I celebrate Christmas with them. It’s a great time to share (for the few of them who are actually interested, and ask) just how significant the Prophet Isa is in the Muslim tradition.

        All good wishes,


      • WOW!Robert,
        Thank you for writing this. There’s nothing wrong celebrating a religious occasion. The only problem is this particular day is
        too commercialized, sometimes one is not sure. 🙂

      • Dear Ranu,

        Yes, I am of the opinion that commercialization, while dramatically visible at Christmas, afflicts all people in all religions nowadays.

        Fortunately, there are some in all lands, in all faiths, who remember what is truly important.

        All good wishes,


  2. My dearest sister,

    I agree with Robert that this is a very interesting story. I kept wondering till the end if the bridegroom Samina’s parents arranged for her would turn out to be the same guy she had fallen in love with but when it did not I realized that the story is giving a very good lesson in facing the reality and the challenges of life. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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