Prompt: The Club | Word count: 750 words | Genre: Drama
There was a small town in the plains of far western region of Nepal where there were mostly women and their children. Except for the rich landlords, traders and teachers, almost all men immigrated to India, to do anything they find for themselves and their families. Radha, 15, lived her mother in the outskirts of the town in a makeshift hut on a barren field. Generations of her grandfather and great-grandfathers had all lived, worked and died in the fields that belonged to a landlord. Even her father used to work in the same fields in his teenage days. The weather has been drier and drier every passing year, continuously for a decade or so. The lush green paddy fields were all slowly and surely turning sandy grey and whatever fertile land was remaining, the big tractors were ploughing them. Like everyone else, her father too left the village for better future in India. It has been more than 5 years, no one has heard anything about him. Her mother has been struggling to meet the ends for Radha and herself, running relentlessly from one chore to other at different landlords and traders. It was only since last year when Radha started working in a nearby hotel, she had a little respite. There was, however, no any happiness as the mother was bed ridden, looked tired and coughed incessantly. She refused to go for a medical check-up and little could Radha do about it. Radha used to go to nearby secondary school but ever since her mother’s discovery of her illness, she quitted her school to support her mother. Despite all adversities, she was a good student and dreamt of becoming a doctor, but now her dream looked even more distant.
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