Petty Issue

Anindita Das

Anindita was born and raised in Siliguri, a small town nestled in the foothills of the Himalayas in the northern part of West Bengal. Having done her masters in English Literature from the University of Calcutta, she currently writes from Kolkata. Her works have been published in Café Dissensus and  Indian Review.

It was the worst possible irritant for Meeta. Poornima has been absent for the last three days, without notice. And Meeta has had to do the household chores all by herself- dusting, cleaning, washing and the likes. To add to her woe, she has not been able to reach either Poornima’s or her son’s phone, something that has seldom happened before. All her enquiries to the others working in the neighbourhood apartments who, like Poornima, commuted by the 6 A.M. suburban train, have failed to yield any information either. Fretful and with her imagination running wild, Meeta has been madly speculating the possible reasons behind Poornima’s sudden disappearance. May be she has remarried. May be all her allegiance lay with Meeta till the time she got the television set for free. May be her widowed mother has once again taken ill. Or may be her son has been afflicted with chicken pox or dengue or typhoid.

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