The brave heroine of our story is named Bama. Bama was a very plain type of girl we find next door. She underwent a lot of struggles in her teens. She was the eldest in a family of five siblings. She studied well amidst the poverty in her house. She took tuitions to the neighbouring kids and used the money she earned for her own studies. After finishing her graduation, she wrote an exam and got a government job. She got a decent salary and she helped her brothers and sisters in their education. One by one, all the five children in her family, studied well and got good jobs. She was married to Babu, who was also well educated and in a good job in a private firm. She gave birth to a son and their joy was boundless. But since both of them were going for a job, the question of looking after the baby became a problem. One day Babu told her that there was a peon in his office and his wife Chella was willing to look after the child from morning to evening. Bama wanted to see the woman first. She came the next day. Bama spoke with her and they developed a friendship. She felt that it was ok to leave the child at the custody of Chella. Their son also didn’t have any problem with Chella. She not only looked after the child but also helped Bama in household chores. Bama was very happy. Since both of them earned well, they were able to get admission to their son in a reputed school. Soon Bama conceived again and delivered a boy again. At the same time, Chella also became pregnant and she too delivered a boy. Bama was greatly relieved as Chella returned to work very soon, as Chella had brought her mother from her native place to look after her child. Bama was very kind to Chella and whenever she bought dresses to her son, she also took a set of dresses to Chella’s son. She had also helped Chella by giving her money whenever she wanted for her son’s education. Time ticked very fast and Bama’s elder son went to Germany to pursue his higher studies. Her younger son was in plus two. One day Bama was returning from office. She missed her usual van that day as she had to sit late. So, she took an auto to her house. While she was travelling, the auto suddenly stopped. The driver tried starting the vehicle but it didn’t budge. He told her to get another auto and go home. She got down and looked around. She spotted Chella in the opposite side at the entrance of a house. She crossed the road and reached Chella and explained her problems. Chella asked her son to get an auto for Bama and asked her to sit inside her house till the auto arrived. Bama went into Chella’s house. Chella went inside to prepare some tea for Bama. Bama looked around the house. She was seeing the photos arranged inside a glass cupboard. Suddenly she spotted a small photo which shocked her beyond words. That small photo frame contained the photos of Bama’s own husband Babu and Chella with garlands around their necks. She looked at it again and again to confirm. She felt her heart was falling down. She fell down in shock and fainted. She woke up in her house to see Babu and her son with worry and concern in their eyes. She also saw Chella. “Amma, what happened? You fainted in our house. Didn’t you eat properly?” she asked. Bama got up slowly and sat in the bed. “Enough Chella. Don’t try to fool me anymore. I have remained with closed eyes and for almost 20 years, you have been cheating me. And you, Babu, I now know that she is not the wife of your office peon, but she is your second wife”. “Bama, what are you saying?” Babu asked her. She looked up at her son who was standing with confusion and shock in his eyes. “Come here, my dear son. Amma is alright. Go to your room and study”. Saying this, she sent her son. She then turned and looked at Chella. “Amma, please forgive me” Chella cried. “There is no question of forgiving. You don’t have to come for work from tomorrow”. She turned to her husband and said “Babu, you can also go and stay with Chella”. “But Bama”, said Babu. “No ifs and buts,” said Bama. The pain which she felt in her heart was too much that she turned away from her husband. She didn’t even want to see his face. “Please get out of the house. You don’t have any place for me in your heart and I don’t have any place in my house for you”. ‘Bama”, he pleaded. “I am sorry Babu. Of course, why should I feel sorry? It is you who should feel sorry. I know how to take care of my children. Atleast take care of her as she doesn’t have a proper education or job”. She turned towards Chella. “Chella, I will take care of your son’s education as well. After all, it is not his fault and I have been helping him all these years. I don’t want to deny him his education. I know the struggle I went through to finish my studies”. Saying this, she got up and showed them the entrance. Both of them went out looking down in shame. She locked the door, fell on her bed and cried her heart out. After crying, she felt a little better and the pain seemed to lessen a little. This is a real-life story. The names have been changed to protect identity. This woman is still financing the servant maid son’s education.