It was the same old taunt again. Tina was fed up with having to deal with it again and again. It was the hundredth time she had explained things to her sister Veena but then she never understood. She just couldn’t think of a way to put things straight. She sat in her room gazing at the stars outside. She loved the view from her room, the beautiful sky and the lovely stars shimmering away. She felt a comfort which she didn’t feel anywhere else, a comfort as cozy as a mother’s lap to lie on and forget everything in life.
She kept wondering what had changed over the years. They had always been friends rather than sisters even though Veena was a good five years elder to her. They had a lovely childhood growing up in the picturesque Shimla. They both had been toppers all the way. While Veena chose to stick to her love for literature, Tina chose to study medicine in Bangalore and went on to become an accomplished neurosurgeon. In course of time, Veena had got married to a man of her choice and moved to Bangalore. She had two lovely kids now. The sisters were beyond happiness when Tina took Veena to show her new house. It was a beautiful villa. Tina handed over the keys to her sister and requested her to stay with her. Veena was besides herself with pride on the accomplishments of her sister. She moved in with her sister much against the wishes of her husband. Her husband had to reluctantly follow her. Tina had a hectic work schedule which often involved late nights. Veena never complained. She looked after her like her own child. It was a perfect family or so it seemed.
Tina’s neighbour was a not so well to do family. The lady of the house was a mean lady who was jealous of the accomplishments of Tina who was almost half her age. She had wanted to become a actress during her younger years but was married off much against her wishes. The unfulfilled desire in her made her vent out on people who were successful. She slowly befriended Veena and started sowing seeds of jealously in her too. Her statements like “You are living on the leftovers of Tina, She is only showing off her wealth to you” made Veena uncomfortable. Veena was a simple lady not aware of the devilish ways of her neighbour but the strong statements of her neighbour had infiltrated into her mind. Veena’s husband saw this day in and day out and tried to reason out with his wife but she would not hear anything against their neighbour. After all, she was showing her the right way.
All this made Veena irritated and the irritation turned into jealously and anger. She started to pick on every single thing of Tina – her daily night routine, her expensive clothes, her car, her house, her income … just about everything. The anger was vented out on Tina everyday. “Can’t you come early?” “Can’t you maintain some sane hours?” “I don’t know what work you do that you have to stay so late in hospital. I also work but I am home at 5pm or is it that you don’t want to help me with the household work?” If Tina got anything expensive for her nephews, they were thrown out with the taunt “I know you are filthy rich and we can’t afford these things. So, don’t try to showoff to us”. Tina just couldn’t understand what had gone wrong with her sister. Her sister had no need to do any work in the house. There were a good number of helps to do the household work. Tina had never asked her to stay up late. She only wanted to be near her sister and her family. After all, they were the only family she had after her parents death and she dearly loved her nephews. They were her bundles of joy. Whatever she got for her, she thought it was her right over them. Veena’s husband saw the same drama day after day. He knew who was at fault and decided it was high time he moved his family away from Tina so that everyone was at peace. Veena was easily convinced this time. Tina was in tears when Veena’s husband told her about this. He made her understand the need to do this and Tina agreed with the hope that things would be sorted out soon.
The loneliness at home started to drive Tina mad. Tina could not figure what had made her sister so jealous of her. She started to spend all her free time at the hospital. In short, she had become a workaholic but beyond that it had affected her personality. A once cheerful person, she now went about her work mechanically. She had mood swings that her colleagues found difficult to deal with. One moment she was her normal self and the other she was raging at everyone. Her friend at work, Pia could understand her situation and was worried this may have adverse effect on Tina. She decided to talk to Tina’s sister and see if she could amend the situation. The meeting however turned out to futile. Veena was adamant on not meeting Tina. Pia was left without an option but to leave things to time.
Jealously makes or kills a person. In the right way, it may induce a person to achieve new heights but in the wrong way, can turn a person’s life into ruins.