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ILAA : Daughter of Manu

By Indrajit All Rights Reserved ©

Drama / Action

Blurb

Manuraj was about to ignore the lot with a smile, when the sight made him stop in his track. It was not a usual fight between the boys. It was fight between two sari wearing girls fighting against six boys; some seemed even elder than the two. He recognized one as Tara, who was shielding the mango loot, pushing and biting whosoever tried coming near her. But she was hardly facing any trouble, as the boys were finding the other girl quite handful. The other girl, about five or six in age, with her untied mane flaying, was fighting the boys’ singlehandedly. With her sari tied in the traditional Marathi style, her legs were free to issue the deadly kicks; while holding one of the boys by his neck around her left arm, she was punching and slapping furiously at the rest. Soon the boys gave up; one of them lifted a pebble, planning to throw at the girls. Tara’s shout alerts the other girl, who stared back at the boy to dare him throw. The boy got the message and fled. With victory confirmed, the girl, deftly tied her hair into a bun and turned towards Tara. Manuraj was stunned to see her daughter Ilaa.

Chapter 1

Close to the city of Paithan, in a small village called Sauviragram, which lay along the banks of the great river Godavari, lived a woman named Ilaa. Being cotton farmers, her family was well to do, but not among the richest in their area. It was the harvest season, and cotton had to be picked from the plants. The wholesalers and traders from Paithan would be arriving in just a few weeks, carrying gold and goods for barter. They would exchange what they carried for the cotton that the farmers grew. The bales of cotton had to be ready in time! Work was at its peak!

But Ilaa was not to be found in the fields. She wasn’t working. Instead, she was sitting by the banks of the great river Godavari.

“I am sick of this!” she grunted loudly.

“Still thinking of your dream?” Tara calmly inquired, her gaze fixed on flowing Godavari.

“Why can’t I shake this off - it comes back again and again!”

“Come on it’s just a nightmare”

“And what about all the trouble it brings after it?”

“What is there to worry so much about it? And anyway, I like you better when you call yourself Sudyumna; you act so peaceful and logical.”

“What about that I don’t remember a second what happened during it. Baba says I get possessed, because I go out at night with my hair untied.”

“Nonsense, why do we girls only need to follow all the rules?”

“Exactly, was goddess Kaali always possessed? She always had her hair untied.”

“You are no less fearsome than goddess Kaali, when you have the sword unsheathed.”

“And you still prefer me as Sudyumna?”

“I don’t want to lie, but the warrior Ilaa is much more useful at current situation”

“Now you are talking. So is our tonight’s plan final?”

“Yes we meet at midnight.”

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