Our fate live within us. You only have to be brave to see it

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“I wonder every time looking at you if you are really my daughter. Every year you disappoint me with your result. Look at Sonal, she tops in her class everytime, who would say you two are real sisters. Which college will give admission to a duffer like you?” Minal’s father, Sunil threw her report card on the floor angrily and left from the room slamming the door. Minal was sobbing in the corner and Sonal was sitting next to her trying to console her. Minal scored 85% marks in her 12th examination while Sonal was a top scorer this year too in 6th standard. She had always been a star performer since childhood that makes her the favorite of everyone in the family, especially her father who has always dreamt of seeing both her daughters as doctors, a dream that he had seen for himself but could not pursue because of his family’s financial conditions.

Sunil was employed in a private bank as a manager in Bareilly and was working very hard to give the best education to both his daughters. He wanted his daughters to fulfill his dream at any cost. Minal aspired to be a writer and had no interest in holding a stethoscope or scissors. After a lot of arguments and fights with Sunil, she finally opted for B.A. in English Literature in a decent college of Lucknow.

6 years later

Sonal got selected in NEET examination and secured a seat in a reputed Government medical college in Vellore, Chennai. Her father’s chest swelled with proud and happiness on her achievement. He started preparations to send Sonal one step closer towards his dream. All his focus and excitement was for Sonal only while Minal had her mother’s back who herself was an English teacher in a school. She was elated on Minal’s choice secretly but did not express it to her husband as she knew his reaction. She preferred to support her daughter quitely. After finishing her graduation and then Masters from the same college, Minal was working in Bangalore University as a Professor pursuing her Doctorate parallelly. Sunil hardly spoke to her all these years as he wasn’t in the favour of her decision of choosing this career. Her weekly calls were limited to few mins only with Rekha and Sonal.


“Get me my new tie, Rekha”, said Sunil humming a song. He was on cloud nine as it was Sonal’s convocation ceremony and both of them went to Vellore to attend the same. Sonal was working as an Intern with a big multispeciality hospital in Chennai and already had an offer from another top notch hospital in New Delhi to work for them after her convocation. Sunil could see his dream coming true. He was just a degree away from it. Rekha wore a silk saree and both of them very happily went to the venue to attend the ceremony. As they reached well on time, they secured the front seats just at the back of the chief guest who was yet to arrive. Sitting there, Sunil said to Rekha, “I wish Minal would have listened to me too, we would have been the proudest parents today with two doctors in the family. Don’t know what laurels she would get sitting in the library of that college and teaching those children. Where everyone would appreciate Sonal today on her achievements, nobody would even know Minal. Two sisters, both born with a different fate, see the destiny”. Rekha put her hand on Sunil’s shoulder and pacified him.

The function started and there came the chief guest, a tall lady dressed in crisp sky blue saree walking in confidence. Sunil and Rekha were stunned to see and could not take their eyes off her. She was no one else but Minal, the chief guest of the function. She was now working as the Head of Department in Bangalore University and was there to inaugurate her first book. As everyone clapped and welcomed Minal, the welcome song performance started in the auditorium. Soon after, the convocation ceremony started and Minal was called on the stage to handover the degrees to all the students. Finally, Sonal’s name was announced and Minal handed over the degree to her sister.

After the convocation, the Principal announced the launch of Minal’s new book named “Fate can change, trust yourself”. Minal invited her parents to do the honor and unveil her book. Sunil and Rekha walked proudly to the stage as it was the best day of their lives. Both their daughters were the stars today.

Minal ended the function reading a few words about her book:

They say it’s all destined in your palms

The victory or the loss, the peace or the storm

I say it’s you who can change your fate

Get up, show up, just dont wait!!!

“Our fate live within us. You only have to be brave to see it”. 
There was a huge round of applause and people dispersed for dinner while all four of them hugged each other as it was the perfect reunion.

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June 25, 2018 11:36 pm

Its sad why sometimes parents don’t understand they child’s interest and show their support towards them. I felt so proud of Minal thatch didn’t anything come in her way and kept going. Somewhere she must have wanted to make her parents proud of her.

Akshata Ram
June 26, 2018 2:44 am

An empowering one.. no profession is any less worthy than the other.. what you need is grit and passion to succeed

Mayuri Nidigallu
June 26, 2018 3:40 am

As long as we believe in ourselves, we are the master of our fate. Such an inspiring story, Vartika!

June 26, 2018 3:57 am

each one is unique and we just need to find our USP.But the tragedy is very few understand what they really want from life.

June 26, 2018 4:40 am

A nice story but a bit improbable don’t you think? Why would an HOD be invited as Chief Guest of a convocation? And surely the parents knew about their non medico doctor’s position?

Esha M Dutta
June 26, 2018 6:21 am

Very inspiring story, Vartika. I wish every parent saw how their attitude can often get in the way of a child’s ability to reach their true potential in life!

June 26, 2018 6:33 am

You never know how fate changes..often the best students are not successful in life while the college drop outs make a mark

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June 26, 2018 6:54 am

Inspiring story. every one has a unique talent and we need to guide them to understand and nuture it.

June 26, 2018 7:07 am

This story is in particular very relevant to Indian parents who weigh their kids down with the burden of their aspirations. I hope more families had a fate similar to your story.

June 26, 2018 9:06 am

Inspiring story.. Every house has this kind of story.. felt it very honest. great writing vartika.

June 26, 2018 9:07 am

Glad this had a happy ending. your story depicted the essence of the prompt very well.

June 26, 2018 9:19 am

Get up, show up, just don’t wait.
Beautifully narrated Vartika. I loved this story 🙂

Sonia Chatterjee
June 26, 2018 12:26 pm

This is one of the most inspiring stories I have read in recent times. Beautiful writing Vartika.

Sunita Saldhana
June 26, 2018 1:39 pm

This is true of so many homes. I know of people who are best selling authors but their families know nothing about it.

June 26, 2018 2:11 pm

Great story! Glad that Minal followed her heart and didn’t cow down to her father’s pressures. It made her happy and her father proud eventually!

Shilpa Garg
June 27, 2018 5:12 am

A story of our times, where parents want to fulfill their dreams and aspirations through their children. But loved the turn around!

September 2, 2018 9:45 am

Loved that Minal decided to follow her own path. Though I do wonder about Sonal. Did she really want to be a doctor or was she better at listening to her father than Minal. Makes you think of the possibilities.

September 2, 2018 11:11 am

It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul. Very inspiring story Vartika.

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