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Gulmohar

In this microstory published at Star 82 Review, a woman adapts to a new life.

Gulmohar. [Image credit: https://www.plantsguru.com/delonix-regia]

This story was originally published in Star 82 Review: http://star82review.com/7.4/basu-gulmohar.html

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GULMOHAR

You always liked ornaments.

You taught me how to strip the flame-red petals, and stick them on my nails. Do-it-yourself nail-extensions. I asked you: “Are you in such a hurry? To dress up at your own wedding?”

You laughed and blushed, said nothing.

Today, you wear socks in summer to hide the toe-ring that declares you a married woman. You wear long-sleeved kurtas to hide your bangles. Accidentally, in the bathroom, I saw that you tie the bangles together, so that nobody will know. “How are things with your husband?” is what I’ve learned not to ask.

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Do you know anyone who’s married nonconsensually? Or unhappily? How do they deal with it?

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By Amita Basu

I'm a writer based in Bangalore, India.

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