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IWD: Woman who never gives up hope

IWD: Woman who never gives up hope

By Shivani Nauriyal

New Delhi, Mar 8 (UNI) Soon after entering ladies compartment of Rewari-Meerut passenger train, one can see a dusky, hefty, and smiling woman selling edibles and cosmetics with a heavy bag on her head, and one in hand.

The cheerful woman tries to make every person she comes in contact with happy and forms a connect with them easily.

Though other vendors also sell edibles which people demand but Bala stands out with her songs, dance and unique style.

Forty-five-year-old 'Bala' aka chachi, as she is fondly called by every co-passenger in the train, tries hard to make both ends meet.

What makes her unique is her never dying spirit.

"A fake smile may fool the crowd but it never eases the pain," Kelly Brook rightly said.

Chachi's world is also no different...

Chachi, who hides a lot of pain behind her smile, broke down in tears when asked about her family.

A sobbing Chachi revealed that her childhood was pretty sad. When she was five-year-old, her brother was killed and dumped into a nullah by a neighobour who did that as they didn't have any child.

After Bala's brother became a victim of an occult practice, her parents did not allow her to move freely. As the grief-stricken parents feared losing her, she was not allowed to go to school or play with the kids.

She was married off to a fruit seller in Meerut at an early age. Like every woman, she had also dreamt of a husband who would support her in every situation but as luck would have it, in the in-law's house also, she didn't get happiness.

A mother of seven children -- four sons and three daughters, she has to work very hard for earning bread and butter.

Her husband, a gambler, always used to ask for money from her and to make both the ends meet, she stepped out of the house to support the family.

Now, she works in a small factory in the national capital and sells edibles while travelling to and fro.

As her husband borrowed a lot of money from market for gambling, the amount piled up and he fled the scene and moved to Punjab.

But a non-complaining Chachi is paying the debt her husband had taken.

Undettered by the challenges life throws at her, Bala continues to smile.

Her life remains an inspiration and motivation for so many women like us!

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