She never wore any jewellery except the black and golden mangalsutra which is a symbol of marriage. It is specially worn by newly married Indian women. Some women wear it regularly, and some on special occassions. It is believed to be auspicious.
She was not a newly married woman. Infact she was sepatated from her husband. But a part of her refused to let go. Moreover, the Indian society doesnot accepts a single mother. Therefore she kept it as a signboard that she is married, and not abandoned. Therefore she didnot get any judgemental views. Instead people cursed her husband for leaving them and working… Away from the family.
But the mangalsutra was choking her personal life,and her aspirations. She couldnot look for any guy, as they would think that she is cheating on her husband. Even if someone was interested in her, they didnot come forward.
Her career was also suffering as she couldnot concentrate properly. She also felt she failed as a mother, as her child was not getting proper attention from her. She was in two minds. Her values said, a mangalsutra should only be opened from her neck incase of death of her husband. But he is not dead.
But is he really alive to her? She took a deep breath and justified her situation. What mattered to her is her happiness, and her existence without a man who abused her in every way he could. She stood infront of the mirror, gave a last look at the black n gold object then with all her strength,pulled it away from her neck!!
As the beads and the pendant scattered around, she felt a sense of pleasure. She was not chained by the society anymore. She was ready to embrace a new life.
As the first rays of sun touched her face, she laughed and cried at the same time. She was single again!