Short story- Notification

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“Beep” and the notification blinked, it was from WordPress, someone commented on her latest blog –

“wow, Priya !!!! You have explained the plight of a woman so well !! ” a broad smile spread on her face, she was about to reply to the comment when she heard Ashok, her husband’s almost screaming voice “Priya where’s the breakfast??? I am already late” she went straight to the kitchen and served him breakfast,

“sandwiches??? You know very well I don’t like them, can’t you make something good???!! What do you do all day sitting at home anyway ??!!” The last line almost crushed her heart but she didn’t reply because she doesn’t want to spoil her mood as she wanted to discuss something important with him about her job, she wanted to start working again and also got an offer from a leading magazine.

“you’re an amazing writer mam” her comment notification beeped again.

“so these comments made you think that you can become a writer??!! Mrs j k Rowling !!! “ Ashok asked sarcastically, further continued “look Priya I can not allow you to work, who will look after this house, our kids, everything will become a mess and is there any wish of yours’s which I haven’t fulfilled, what’s the need of the job then?? People like you will not understand this office and work culture, you will be a misfit there, better do what you are good at like cooking, looking after kids and managing this house”

“But Ashok,” she said with tears in her eyes, her voice fumbled.

“No more discussions on this topic Priya” he left.

“Mam your article on women empowerment is the best I have ever read, I loved it and have a great respect for the strong opinionated lady like you” she read the latest comment on her post with a bitter smile, teary eyes, and a wounded soul.

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96 thoughts on “Short story- Notification”

  1. This is so heart breaking! Priya shouldn’t be house bound, she can work and be a good mother to her kids at the same time. It shouldn’t be down to her husband to control and make her decisions for her, if anything he should support her as she has a real talent and shouldn’t be denying the world of a real opportunity

  2. It was very heartbreaking read! I wish Priya finds the strength and courage to stand up to Ashok and she eventually proves him wrong.

  3. This story was so beautifully told! This is such a sad reality that people like Ashok are still there and women like Priya have to sacrifice their dreams for such people.

    1. Thank you so much for your review !!!
      And also thank you so much for visiting my site and reading my stories πŸ’–πŸ’– I am really gratefulπŸ’–πŸ’–

  4. Wow very deep! It’s also an interesting reminder we don’t always practice what we preach even if we have the tools to do so.

  5. An excellent and heart touching story. I can feel the impact of the last line ( sitting on the home…).

    I enjoyed it and appreciate your efforts.πŸ™‚πŸ‘

    1. Thank you so much πŸ’ŸπŸ’ŸπŸ’Ÿ
      And sadly it is a reality of many housewives out there!!!!

      Also, Priya is the name of the character in this story, my name is shivani ☺☺☺

  6. Oooo I love this story. So beautifully written, your storytelling is always amazing!!! Well done, my friend πŸ€—πŸ–€

  7. There are so many layers to this Shivani! So many. Her voice is trapped, she is belittled. She cannot do what makes her happy and she is failing to be everything she writes about. Uff! Lovely!

  8. I think it’s high time men understood women were not meant for the kitchen and children but far more than that. I enjoyed reading this. A beautiful and emotional story ❀️

  9. This was such a heartbreaking story. It’s true that our blogs sometimes allow us to be braver people than we are in real life – how we appear on WordPress may not be how we act in real life. Her husband was absolutely AWFUL and clearly doesn’t care for her as much. I wish he wasn’t there holding her back. Thanks once again for sharing such an eye-opening and wonderful story ❀

    1. sadly this is the state of many women out there, their talent and dreams remains crushed in the name of responsibilities 😒
      Thank you so much for always reading and appreciating my posts❀❀

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