The New Bride

by Agrini Bhattacharya 

When Radhika’s eldest brother got married, she was very upset. She had two more elder brothers and an elder sister. She was everybody’s pet and did not want any strangers in the house.

Plus she didn’t want Uday to get married. She thought that he would not pay attention to her if he got married. And she had seen Uday give that horrible Sarita a nice big present. She envied her.

She was very unhappy.

When all the ceremonies were done, she went into her bedroom and locked it. Lying awake, she kept on thinking about how to take revenge on her bhabhi (sister-in-law). She started weeping.

Ma was passing by her room. She went in and asked her what the matter was. Radhika told her everything. But before Ma could say anything, Baba called Ma because some guests are asking for her. She kissed Radhika on her forehead and went away.

Radhika kept on thinking and ultimately fell asleep. In the morning she refused to come down to breakfast. At the table, Uday asked Ma “Where is Radhika? Still sleeping?”

“No. She is angry with you. She says that you have forgotten her and will now not play with her.”

Uday went up to her bedroom. She was reading a book.

Uday said “Are you upset?”

Radhika nodded. “Why?” asked Uday. She told him the reason.

Uday said “I will play with only you. Sarita is so much older, and she doesn’t even know how to play ‘tag’. Happy?”

At that moment Sarita came in. She sat down and said sorry. She  gave Radhika a big gift. Now Radhika was happy.

But two months later another new bride…………….

Agrini Bhattacharya is a 12 year-old from Delhi, India. She is a student of class VII in DAV Vikaspuri. Her one enduring interest is reading. 

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 08:11:04

    This is something charming and also deeply writerly. She has a natural talent for ending on the right note, brevity and simplicity!


  2. Ashutosh Kumar
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 10:00:48

    Really nice, reminds me of my elder cousin, who was upset when my father (her mama) got married to my mom,,,and was even upset more when i was born. Ashutosh


    • agrini
      Jul 06, 2011 @ 14:58:59

      thanks for your comments. with so many comments pouring, my ‘comment box’ will be full! will meet u on another picnic.

      the great author………..[cheeni]


        Oct 19, 2011 @ 15:03:50

        hiiiiii agrini i am your friend PARUL IN THE SOCIETY .



  3. sindhu
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 10:04:38

    dear cheeni, i wonder at you for such sensitive writing. i had similar feelings when my younger sister – your mausi – was born. I felt totally neglected and refused to come back home from my nani’s place for weeks. My fear was that with a new bundle of joy, mom and dad would forget me!!! Mom


  4. vivek seal
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 10:18:07

    Excellent writing, keep it up, cheers


  5. Mayank Aggarwal
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 11:44:33

    Agrini, the simplicity with which u have approached the complex n emotional subject really deserves a big applaud …. i could totally relate to it … feel the emotion ….. loved it very much … u shud actually keep it up …. listen to ur thoughts and keep pouring out your thoughts ……


  6. agrini
    Jul 06, 2011 @ 15:00:05

    thank you. hope to meet you soon…..



  7. Madhavi
    Jul 07, 2011 @ 12:23:32

    Hi Agrini,
    Really impressed with your story-telling ability !
    To write with such brevity yet total clarity is a great thing to master – so Congrats…
    The best part’s the ending – you surely have a flair for suspense :-)…
    Keep writing and show us more of your light, sensitive touch.



  8. Ritu
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 05:29:00

    Loved reading it Agrini! Please write more……Cheers Ritu


  9. Sumita
    Jul 08, 2011 @ 06:02:48

    Totally impressed, sugar girl! You are a natural story teller…..touched by your poignant story. God Bless……..Sumita


  10. Jethu
    Jul 14, 2011 @ 09:06:31

    We extend our best wishes with all our appreciation for the zeal you have shown in story writing. Keep it up…Very articulate, very contemporary and very meaningful. I will publish this story in our Durga Puja Journal in coming months.

    Jethu, Jethi & Aditya…


    Jul 23, 2011 @ 11:18:27

    Totally impressed, sugar girl! You are a natural story teller…..touched by your poignant story. God Bless……..KITU PRINCE .


  12. PARUL
    Sep 12, 2012 @ 15:03:06

    girl you have the talent in your self so all the best

    best of luck



      Sep 13, 2012 @ 08:02:44

      Hi, have been trying to reach you guys for quite some time as my daughter Agrini wanted to send another story. Where shall I mail this new story?
      Sindhu Bhattacharya, Mother
      Sent on my BlackBerry® from Vodafone


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