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Cindrella- An Untold Story

Sunday, October 07, 2012 , 72 Comments

This post has been published by me as a part of the Blog-a-Ton 32; the thirty-second edition of the online marathon of Bloggers; where we decide and we write. To be part of the next edition, visit and start following Blog-a-Ton. The theme for the month is 'An Untold Story'



Ding dong! The clock strike 12 and Cinderella ran out of ballroom, leaving her crystal sandal behind on tall staircase. Fairy God mother's words "Return before 12" were ringing in her ears. By the time she can reach her house, things started turning back to their original form- her lovely gown into her usual rags, the horses back into mice and cart back into pumpkin. She jumped back into the ground and had a quick save. Phew, so much for partying and dancing with young prince. Or may be true love she sighed.

Legend has the prince longing for his lady love who danced in his arms a night before and left without trace, came looking out for her next morning, with her shoe in his hand. He went door to door with her shoe in hand and her yearning in his heart. Little did he knew that the beautiful princess who he is fancying is a poor girl staying in backtown doing dishes and mopping floors. 

Nevertheless, shoe size matched (surprisingly, leaving all other damsels in town with foot size any but hers). The prince married cinder-leila and they lived happily ever after. Errrrrrr twist in tale

Love is blind and marriage is eye opener. Cliche? Well they lived happily ever after itself is such a big cliche. All of us have read one fable or other as part of our growing up and seen them ending on a note of "They lived happily ever after". What we do not know is what happens after and that is our- "Untold Story".

... Cinderella move sin with Prince Charming to his royal palace bidding good riddance to her evil step mother and her even more evil step sister, dreaming about a new life in the luxury and comfort of the palaces. She reached on the front door of the palace. No horses, no elephant and no troops to welcome her. She reached to the main entrance and in the hall with no sight of anyone. Maybe my prince loves privacy or maybe today is the romantic day, and we are all  by ourselves. Love struck she followed her prince whom she briefly met a night hitherto. Little did the poor girl realized what lied ahead of her. The prince was nothing sort of romantic he seemed to be. Rather he had a habit of drinking and losing out. Gradually she was introduced to the other members of the house- A fashionista mother in law (adulterous & , gluttonous brother in law (high on gambling) and a vamp of sister in law (haughty, scheming and greedy). The only lovable person she found in home was his wheel chair bound grandmother who dressed in white silk and pearls. To cut the story short, this is what TV soaps are largely made of. The family left no stone upturned to make the naive little Cinderella feel miserable and her husband's heavily dependence on his mother queen bring no good to her. 

Love flied out of window gradually and poor Cinderella was tortured for money (dowry) every day. She was taunted from being poor and ridiculed for marrying the prince. They called her cheat for she hasn't disclosed her true state while at ball and fooled prince for being the most elegant princess in the hall. To make the matter worse, prince moved away from the town and started spending his other damsels in nearby county, in awake of a re marriage. Cinderella slogged hard in the palace, doing all household work. In return she got only deprivations, starvation, taunts and ill treatments. So much so that, one day she almost escaped a tryst wherein the family members tried to burn her to get the prince married to the rich princess of a province from other continent. 

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Well Cinderella was an imaginary creature from a fairy tale. She inspired many girls in India and other parts of Asia  and other continents, who dreamt of nothing less but a fairy tale wedding, a husband like prince charming and a life "live happily ever after". Alas! not many of them are as lucky she originally was. The untold story here depicts the life of many such women who are lured by a fairy tale wedding to only see them end in night mare. Daily many women are beaten, harassed and even burnt for dowry. Some girls are lured into matrimony merely for dowry and money so that they can fund their flirtatious husband's education/ job abroad, meet the scooter, car, jewellery greeds of her in laws and still being treated worse than maids even after. Fairy tales have cheated their innocent childhoods and institution of marriage raped their youth and loneliness eating away their old ages. Their prince charming fades in to mean bundle of a living vulture, dreams of happy family rolls in hall of monsters and their children either a victim of this disgrace or not allowed to be born. They are known for the ones who makes food, cleans house, wash cloths and run all sundry while at night beam like an object of affection satisfaction for their chauvinistic husbands or for that matter any other adulterous member of the family. They bring jewels in the house but their bodies are adorned with burn or beaten marks- black & blue. A lot of them gets transformed into great make up artist, camouflaging all injuries behind colors of cosmetics, glasses & scarves.

A lot of them are either killed, commits suicide, goes into depression, sold into brothels or continue to live in the same hell, waiting for their unseen state to be seen, unheard voice to be heard and untold story to be told.

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72 comments:

  1. Untold sufferings for Indian women.

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    1. Well that was a quick reply. Yes!

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    2. It's an eye opener but the problem is we don't keep our eyes opened for long

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    3. Well Upasana, you can't afford to keep the close for long either :)

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  2. Yes, fiction always produces the happily ever after moments. Thats a rare commodity, considering the fact that nothing is ever completely perfect in life. There's a lot of suffering to be dealt with as well.
    Nicely written post Ekta :)
    Keep it up

    Regards,

    Jay
    http://road-to-sanitarium.blogspot.in/

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    1. Thanks Jay!!

      Off late marriages are just turning upto wedding and that to mere a social function of big show-sha...somewhere institution of marriage suffers a big blow and seriously seeking redress.

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  3. Well, it takes some time to understand that life goes on after a happily-ever-after. The only 'The end' that will come in your life will be when you die.
    Well written.

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    1. Thanks Amit. Though life goes on till end, its not the fairy tale we are brought up to...Understand that there would be ups and downs but extremes are just soooo avoidable..no?

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  4. The last segment of the story is nothing but the truth! It is definitely untold and the irony is despite talking about it to friends and family women choose to keep mum as well.
    All the best for BAT 32 :)

    Regards,
    Megha.

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  5. Loved your imagination and agree that it is the fate of myriad Indian women but I still love to wander in a imaginary world where everything ends up like "Happily ever after"... may be until I face the same.. All the very best.. :)

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    1. Don't worry, our thoughts becomes our lives and following that you too have a fairy tale life....Enjoy every moment and never give up.

      ATB to you too, Ayushi! :)

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  6. Interesting writing and an interesting picture too.And i have to agree that women in India are all Cinderallas too :)

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    1. Thanks soo much Uma...yes, we all girls fancies to be like princesses from fables, to be woed by a prince charming! :)

      Do vote for me on BAT :)

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  7. Your take on the topic is brilliant-what a slant you have given to this fable.And this line below is a powerful quote!

    Love is blind and marriage is eye opener!!

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    1. Thanks sooo much Induji :)

      Having your comments on my blog, makes my day!!!

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  8. Beautifully written, Numero...:))
    We see many Cinderellas around us, facing life without hope, feeling isolated, humiliated even in this century! Everything looks so crazy. Let's hope for a better tomorrow!
    Loved this..I liked the way you weaved the original fable of Cinderella..:)

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    1. Thanks Panchali!

      Tumi comments bolchi, amaake onek bhalo lag che :)

      Yes, such Cinderellas are aplenty, hoping for a better today, a better tomorrow!!

      Thanks soo much for your kind words...pl keep visiting :)

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  9. Great move of linking up the fairy tale to reality!!

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    1. Thanks Roshni! Seeing u first time here...keep visiting :)

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  10. ..a sorely touching untold story! Very well written Ekta! All the best:)

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    1. Thanks so much Amit! Pl do vote for me in BAT if you liked my post :)

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  11. Hi! this was outstanding...very well written. This is my first to your blog and it was an amazing visit....keep the write ups coming. Am sharing this if you do not mind.

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    1. Hey Viraj,
      Welcome to my blog!!! Lemme know where u sharing. As long as you share it on my name, am ok :)

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  12. its actually an untold story sad but true -superb ekta kudos !!

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    1. Thanks sooooo much Vinisha!!!

      You have a wonderful blog and I just loved your poem. Left my remarks there, hope you liked it :)

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  13. Remarkable issues here. I’m very satisfied to peer your article. Thank you so much and I amhaving a look forward to touch you. Will you please drop me a mail?

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    1. whats' this all about?????????

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  14. Reality told in a very different way,liked it .Nice post. :)

    All the Best :)

    Do check my blog.

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    1. Thanks Arjun!

      Yes I did checked your post too and left my feedback too :)

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  15. Loved this version of Cinderella, bare truth & nothing but the truth...ATB for BAT :)

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    1. Thanks soooo much Rinaya...loved your line- bare truth & nothing but the truth!...

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  16. What you have written here is such a true reflection of what happens after the prince and princess are together.! Its all around us. Its sad that what was called a cynics point of view earlier, is now the reality.

    P.S : One reads posts on the situation of women in our world.But the fact that you used a very known fairy tale to speak your mind, makes it stand out!

    My world, my thoughts, my musings...

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    1. Thanks Upasana, your words are as beautiful as you and am soooo touched. I really appreciate the fact that you liked my blog and my post regardless of few flaws that I noticed later after posting.

      Fully agree that there is nothing called happily ever live after. I didn't wanted to brag or talk gyaan here hence clubbed with whatever that came to my mind first and am glad that you liked it :)

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  17. That was an interesting twist and yet so realistic. My first visit here and really liked it.

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    1. Thanks ilakshee...keep visiting...thanks for your encouragement too :)

      keep writing!

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  18. Came for the first time...n feels gr8 after reading the Ekta Khatan Blog :)
    Very well written! M ur fan now :)

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    1. Two fans meet and say- howdy! :)

      BTW, I am Khetan not khatan..hee hee

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  19. Great concept. The fairytale seamlessly merges into brutal reality of everyday lives.

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    1. Thanks a ton for your positive feedback Sandeep. Am glad that you liked it :)

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  20. Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice at the same time as you amend your web site, how can i subscribe for a blog web site? The account aided me a applicable deal I have been tiny bit familiar of this your broadcast provided shiny transparent concept.

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  21. Hi Ekta

    I love your cover photo. pls tell me where was this shot? Is this place a store? I want to buy one of those mirrors.

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    1. Hi Shagun,

      Thanks. I shot this at KOD in Gurgaon. I am not sure whether they sell the mirrors or not but you can definitely find one at any furniture store. Lemme know what you buy :)

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    2. KOD...Ok ok...what a fab picture. I will definitely show you what to buy!

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  22. Liked it very much Ekta..Last minute efforts always produce awesome outputs..didn't I say you?

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    1. Thanks sooo much Tomz...Moreover thank you for motivating me to write this one even till the last hour. I am glad you lied it as well :)

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    2. Your harmless spelling errors create fantastic changes in the meaning..Do you think I lied you?

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    3. Ooops....sorry....Its actually "liked" :)

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  23. A very sad reality. I am glad you decided to dedicate your post to these harsh grim realities! Even though a lot of Indian women face these, its not limited to Indians. I hope wish and pray that women worldwide (and men too if they're caught in abusive relationships, trust me, happens the other way round too, just not that common) get strength to find a better way and life for themselves.

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    1. Amen!!!

      Thanks Deepa...good wishes never goes wrong. For hands those bless others, gets lots of blessings in return! :)

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  24. Hi Ekta,

    This was so true ... and you have narrated it strong and powerful. Hats off to you.

    I am following your blog now. You write superb !!!

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    1. Hi Green Speck,

      Thanks a ton for your feedback. I am glad you liked it. If you get time, pl do vote for met at- http://www.blogaton.in/2012/10/its-voting-time-whats-best-untold-story.html

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    2. Unfortunately, I guess I won't be able to vote ... only those who participated can vote :-(

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  25. Very powerful...
    Great read!

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  26. Now, this is what I call thinking out of cinderallas shoes ! :) :) :) Good one :)

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  27. Lived happily ever after is never the end. Briliantly potrayed the harsh realities. Amazing post :-)

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  28. thought provoking...eye opener
    ATB for BAT :)

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    1. Thank so much! If you r participating, ATB to you too...Also, do vote for me :)

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  29. These stories are sometimes told . But they form just the tip of the iceberg . Most of the horrible truths lie hidden behind the made up faces as u mentioned .

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    1. True...completely agree with you!

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  30. I really don't know how to praise you for such an eye opening story. In this way, many lives today are heart-breaking. Hope things change and girls and boys take life decisions with greater maturity.

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    1. That's very flattering Aativas...many a thanks. I am glad that you too agree with same and the fact that how v r so daunted by our fairy tale beliefs that we forget the hard hitting truth.

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  31. This is certainly an untold story of many cindrella. Thanks for sharing this :)

    Someone is Special

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    1. Thanks and am glad you liked it :)

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