Episode 7: Chandrika found everything gloomy in front of her. She don’t know where to start and how to start with her step mom and how to proceed further. She took her mobile and dialed her residence. The day dawned for Vidhya in a very refreshing way. Though she was feeling physically tired, her mind was so fresh and energetic and the beep that she got in her mobile in that early morning gave a fresh glow to her face. She opened to see a 3D message which opened with a flower bouquet coming from a Heart shaped basket with a Birthday message. Yes, it was her Birthday and she blushed seeing that. She replayed that again and again and Vinaya watched it from her behind. She picked her mobile and saw that and smiled at her. She asked as who had sent it in a miming way and Vidhya replied that it was Vidharth. She smiled and asked for his photo. Vidhya pulled his DP and showed his photo. He was looking damn smart and Vinaya took that mobile and kept it near her face and mimed as if she is looking at a match between them. Vinaya inquired about Viswa in a miming way of the guy whom she saw in the college. Vidhya told that he was flirting with her. Vinaya responded back that he was looking good and she thought of him to be her boyfriend. Vidhya responded, “Hey shut up. You are again and again coming to the same point”. While they were discussing, their mother Vasumathi peeped in to the room. ”Happy Birthday dear”. Vidhya was from a upper middle class family. Her father Vasudevan was a business man. He owned a Book shop attached with a big Gift boutique and a Flower bouquet shop. The book shop was their family business and he continued the same and has developed it further with boutique and bouquets. In the advancing technical world, there are still book lovers who paved him to run his business successfully. Vasudevan was a very soft spoken and pious person who has his own business ethics. He took up his father’s shop and he was very much interested in taking it up and has ran successfully for years. Vidhya’s mother Vasumathi was an agmark ethical woman by nature and always had the great respect to his husband and mother in law. She believes in family ethics and her whole world is her children, servicing her mother in law, and a pakka house wife beside being a great cook. Though she is educated with that day PUC, she always stands at the back of his husband and loved her children for whatever they are. They ensured that they maintained their family within the budget they afford for and ensured that they never showed any pompous outlook. They had also brought their children with their same attitude. Vidhya’s house was located in a decent locality at the city center and an independent house too. In the fast moving world of flat culture, it was an very old model aesthetic house and was an eye catching one and was used to explain address for surrounding people. The gates will be welcomed with two elephants at the pillars of the entrance gates made of Iron. It will be tough to pull a single gate when they want to open it for a car to enter the main gate. It had a small garden decorated with many types of colourful plants comprising of different crotons, colourful flower plants, monkey tail grown with the dark monkey tails welcoming aside the Rose flowers showing their bright colours with their fragrance. Both of vidhya’s parents were garden lovers and maintained their garden very well. They ensured that the garden is attended well daily by watering them twice, weeding the extra grown parts. There was also a small Radha Krishna statue that was kept at the corner with an Golden umbrella placed on it built on a small pebbles hill. Two cars can be parked back to back with one inside the portico and other at its back. Anyone who comes to the house wishes to stay there and the way they maintained it was also one reason for others to think like that. The house was built on 2 grounds and totally comprise of 3 grounds with open space covered with a big garden area, car park . It was an house built in 1980’s and his father retained an old model Padmini Fiat parked at the corner and as said, he maintained that well too. When vasumathi came inside the room, her father also followed her to wish his elder daughter. “Wishes from me too dear”, he handed over a gift to her. Vidhya was so enthusiastic to open it see a new latest model Smart phone. She hugged him, “ Oh,,, thanks a lot appa(Dad)”. Vimal followed, “Always preference is for Vidhya only.. we are dummy na”. Vidhya mimed to cry , “See Appa, what he is talking?” Vasu : “Come on Vidhya. She has completed her studies. It’s her wish to either study further or go for a job or to start her life as a family woman. We are fine for everything. When you also complete, you will also get such surprises. “ Vidhya hugged him , “ That’s appa. My Sweet Appa” and Vinaya joined her in hugging their father. Vimal : “Ok Ok.. All fathers are daughter lovers. Fine, after all she is my sissy too na. I will be happy if she is happy.”, he said in a teasing and caring tone. Vasu :” Whatever it is Vimal, you are going to be with us for life time. Good or bad, these girls have to change their life paths when they get married. So they are not permanent.” Vinaya mimed :”hmm.. we will not leave you too” Vimal : “Ok Ok enough of daughter sentiments. Mom, why are you not talking for me? Usually moms used to safeguard sons and you always stand for your husband” Vasumathi laughed , “Not like that da. What ever your father talks is correct? Hope you will not leave us in future” Vimal :”Amma, come on we have never ever see you people to have quarreled a single time, you have never spoken a word against Paati( Granny), you always oblige for her words and respect her. We have learnt a lot from you both and will definitely keep our ethics.” Vidhya’s granny came inside , “ What topic about me ?” She entered there slowly by walking with her walking stick, with a spatika mala in her hand chanting mantras and pulling each bead in it for a count.” Vimal : “Paati, you alone is missing in this. Welcome to the party.” Granny : “Oye, what for party? “ Vasumathi obliged when her mother in law came nearby and moved aside giving her respect to her. Vimal continued, “ Aiyoo, Amma when is she going to change.” Granny : “Hey, lets see. I just came to wish Vidhya”, she smiled at her resting her palm on her head and wished her happy birthday. Vasumathi interpreted and said, “Enough…. Now all of you go, take your bath and come. I have already started to prepare your favourite aapams”, and Vimal ,”Mom I am ready, please serve me those aapams.” Vasu continued, “It’s a weekend and all use to eat together na. Come on, all of you fresh up and come dears” They all aborted from there to assemble in the dining area. As Vimal was already ready, he sat on the old model swing with its four corners tied with a decorative stainless steel strings with small elephants models approaching the ceiling where the strings were tied. He waited for others until was swinging happily reading through the magazine. In the next half an hour, Vidhya was ready and was wearing a baby pink colour kurthi with Chinese collar and with dark pink leggins gifted by her mother Vasumathi. They all gathered in the dining table and had a nice breakfast time together. It was full of fun and frolic and a happy family indeed irrespective of Vinaya’s hearing impaired drawbacks. Post their breakfast, Vidhya started stating that she is going to meet her friend which was actually set to meet Vidharth for lunch. Their parents gave them enough freedom to go out and chit chat with their friends and the all the three indeed maintained their limits. Vidhya was so happy and started from her home.She bought a Diary Milk Silk to be given to Vidharth when she meets him for her Birthday. On the other side, Chandrika was somewhat satisfied in conveying the health problem of Chakravarthy to her Step mom and was eagerly waiting for them to reach over the hospital anytime. She made her mind to face any situation. The resident house number rang and it was Chaaru who picked the call. Chandu asked where chithi (step mom) is and Chaaru talked out of anxiety. Chaaru : Akka, congrats, you are graduated today Chandu : “hmm.. Thanks charu. Is Chitthi not available?” Chaaru, “Wait wait, let me call her” When Sivakami came and picked the call, Chandrika became a bit upset hearing her voice and bursted out about chakravarthy. Hearing her voice, Sivakami broke in to tears and asked her, “Hey what happened? Why are you crying like this? Is your father fine or not.” Chandrika explained, “ Chitthi, Appa is hospitalized.. Will you please come to Chennai ?” Sivakami :" He started with a quarrel before he started and all is because of you only. You alone is his world and he never cares for us." Chandrika don't know what to respond, but continued "Chitthi, first start and come. Bring Chiru for help" Chandrika was thinking about how she is going to convince her, how she is going to create a scene in the hospital and made her mind. She lied on the pillar of the hospital and was shaken by the touch of someone touching her on her shoulder. It was Dr. Vilas and he is back to hospital to see his father. He was looking as fresh as an apple and his courteous look gave her a comfort.