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Naina

Day 11

It was time, time for Naina to go. She knew what would follow, a pull from up above the heavens so strong, that even the idea of holding on to a mortal-possession seemed futile. Naina was summoned back to where her future purpose would be served. But she knew that her visit had made a difference, not just for Naina herself but it changed Priya & Dada’s life as well. She was now glad that it all came full circle and she said her goodbyes.

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This was the end. Naina was a little uncertain how would He react to her breaking the rules of the afterlife but was sure that she’ll be forgiven; after all, Naina was quite His favourite. Her destiny would now be revealed to her. God has a plan for everyone, a fact that Naina was an example of.

The lights grew dim and the lift had become stronger. In the final moments, she couldn’t help but smile.

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Day 10

God works in mysterious ways and Naina was an example of the same. Her heart was filled with remorse but she was helpless, so much so, that she could not even see Dada and Maa one last time before she left. “Rules change once you enter afterlife and a contact might compel one to lose grip on reality.” She knew there was no way she could call on to them and tell them how much her heart aches for them. But she had to do something! She picked up from her box of memories, her journal which was full of beautiful drawings and naïve poems of how beautiful the world is. All this now, seemed like a joke mocking her! She decided to say her goodbye, with a final word, hoping they will read it. Naina was at the brink of doing the unbelievable. God’s own child was about to break the rule of her beloved Father!

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I am alright.

I would have given everything to be there with you, Maa & Dada, but I’m afraid this time, it’s not my choice. I want you to believe this in your heart that I’m always with you, no matter what and I’ll always be a part of every little smile that you share.

I would tell you everything that I know now, but I’m afraid, this letter is already an instance of me breaking His rules. I came back because I had to say my goodbyes one last time. Meeting you is not an option because, He would not be kind towards my mistake and I’ve asked too much from him already. He has plans for me, I’ll know about them soon.

I have to go now, but I’m always here, in your heart. I love you Maa & Dada! Now that I’ve seen angels, I realize, you two are no different.

Love,
Naina

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Day 9

Realization has a way of serving you the hard brutal truth with no mercy. Knowing, this is where it all ends, Naina is filled with an extreme range of feelings. She tries to look around wishing that she’ll wake up any moment now, but no morning alarm rings. With a hope that He’ll be merciful enough to let her go, she looks up to Him, but could not draw the courage from within to ask for pardon, for she knows that He has planned something that is above her personal choice. Realizing her incapacitation and the upsurge of emotion from within, she cannot help but cry. All she could think about now is the way Dada woke her up every morning with a kiss on her forehead and the way Maa braided her hair in a new way every time. For Naina, this is not easy.

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Day 8

She’s been in her room countless times but this one seemed so different. It is more than her room now, it’s her safe haven and she knows time is a cruel nemesis that she cannot defeat. That feeling, when you’re about to leave your home, knowing that you’re never returning back, is something which is all too familiar to Naina, now, more than ever. She knows that He would not let her come back again and she wonders if it would ever be enough, her stay here, at home.

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Day 7

She called him ‘Mr.Brown’ and for Naina, Mr.Brown was her knight in shining armor. He protected her from monsters behind the curtains and goofy looking birds that moaned at night outside her window. It was with him that she felt safe. Kids have a way of finding comfort in inanimate objects because maybe, just maybe, they see the demons hidden in everything that’s alive.

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Naina has always been fascinated with architecture, be it man made or a masterpiece by nature. It was puzzling for her the first time she got this present of the Taj Mahal. She exclaimed, “Maa! How did you put Tal Mahal inside the glass?” Priya couldn’t resist laughing at how adorable her kid was! Naina had to feel one last touch of this beautiful piece, it meant saying goodbye to her mother.

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Day 6

As soon as she enters, her once castle of memories, which is now a distant world, she realizes the kid inside her. She finds the one place which always gave her a sense of ‘home’, the rug beneath her bed where she hid, believing that no monster, no fear can ever catch hold of her. It was her place of comfort. It is amusing how kids find comfort in small things, a sense of safety, a feeling of ‘belonging’. In so many days, Naina was finally home!

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‘My Time Machine’, is what she referred to her collection of items that were precious to her. Naina always told her Dada, why she wanted to collect all that was special to her, she would say, “It’s my time machine. It’ll take me to the time that I treasure the most”. Dada would smile and hug her in his arms thinking how precious was this child to him.

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Day 5

She’s a little unsure if she would like to visit the place which was hers for such a long time. Naina was a little uncertain as to what would follow if all the emotions that are ever so dear to her are churned up from within. Would she be able to let go? She turns around to see if it really worth it. Naina, for the first time in her conquest to complete the circle, is confused.

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Taking the leap of faith and drawing from within all the courage that she could fathom, she takes a step towards the unknown. What will happen now, she wonders.

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Day 4

It is funny how we, human beings, develop the sense of affection towards an inanimate object. A child cries at night for her ‘blankie’, a musician would talk to his guitar. It is indeed a puzzle how our mind works. Naina missed the comfort of her room, the way it smelled of lavender and the rug she laid on hiding under the bed. She missed hugging her teddy at night. She wondered if she would be able to part with those things that held so close to her heart. Drawing courage from within, she took the step towards what few days back seemed so mundane and now was lifetimes apart. With heavy footsteps she entered what was once her room.

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