Song of hope…

The Other Side of the StoryThe Other Side of the Story by Daphine Priscilla Brown- Jack
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

He continued to look helplessly to the honourable man in front of him.
As if he is inside a vortex-sinking, sinking, and sinking!
There is no past, no present, and no future for him-everything is overlapped into a black canvas!
Is there any light at the end of the tunnel?
Is judiciary blind? Is Nemesis blind?
The Other Side Of The Story by Daphine Pristella Browns-Jack is a tale of struggle-struggle of a lady for the man he adored- against a heartless all prevailing bureaucracy and the judicial system! the man who was arrested for unspecified crime- just like Josef K of the trial- went through storms that not only snatches the light away from his face- but also laughter turned out to be an alien word for the rest of the doting family of the man!
When you will read the story-story itself will compel you to think in utter shock and disbelief-‘is it possible?’ but it is the personal experience of Mrs. Jack- a chronicle of the trauma she and her family had undergone.
It all stated in the eventful day- of August 26-2009. The writer and her husband were taking their daughter to college and
“On August 26, everything was fine-at least I thought so. God had blessed my youngest daughter with getting into the middle school of her choice. While driving home from work, I began to reflect on my day. I was excited and thankful for my blessings. But then an unusual thought came to my mind, today is too perfect. I had a gut instinct that something went wrong.”
And her instinct was proved correct-well, she would be happier if she was wrong! It was a test for the writer- in tears and in grief-whether to believe the allegation or not. her mind swinged like a pendulum-between yes and no-sometimes her brain is telling it might be true- sometimes heart totally going against it! Nineteen years of happy marriage life- she had seen a lot of her husband- a caring father, a loving husband, a dutiful son- and he could not commit the crime…..
Unfortunately judiciary does not listen to the heart-and he has to depart his family- isolated. The writer sees the hand of god in this incident-as her mother in law‘s last days were filled with happiness in the company of her adoring son! The vacuum created in the demise inside the mind of the writer is never to be cured.
But as they say –time is the best healer!
Then came a rude shock-her younger children were separated from her. It was a tsunami inside her mind- but she has to triumph her. Judiciary was too busy for that insignificant matter- but to the heart of a mother there is no more significant one. Fortunately for her-the children soon returned to the safe haven of their mother….
After that she has her real struggle started- her struggle against the system. He was framed again and again-every time he is released from the jaws of judiciary- every time the case gets the dismissal order-.every time new charges were levelled against him. He may be free to the outside world- but his world is full of shadowy thoughts- thoughts of getting convicted-thought of getting under the gallows. Even framed charges were given against him when in reality he was out of the country.
Suitable reward for a man who has given his today for a better tomorrow of the citizens-he was from army!
Just like a dog- perhaps the protagonist of The Trial may whisper!
And that’s not all. Astronomical figures were demanded from Mr. Jack by the lawyers- for pleading his case. There is no oasis in the desert- only scorching heat! Dates were reset like casting of the dice- date after date after date-because he was unable to satisfy their demand.
‘Our finance sometimes would not allow us to buy groceries. Sometimes we had enough money to buy a bag of chicken, which would last about two days. There were then we ate egg sandwiches for three days. It was funny because the kids were content with what we had to eat at the time. Then I would get a call from a longtime friend asking if we need anything. I was embarrassed to say that we did not have any food.”
it is a moving story- moving in terms of narration-moving in terms of carefully crafted language and moving in terms of story telling that oozes straight from the heart-so spontaneous that it will make your mind grief stricken.
Where the destiny will take them? Will their family bond is adhesive enough to be tested with this fiery test of stress?
Over the ages –human has created the boundary of what is right-what is wrong. In place of god- judges are the persons on earth to judge the right and wrong. Sitting on the chair of justice- can he deny the right?
It is torrentially raining in this part of the globe- it is a sad evening here. Finishing the book- I kept on thinking- human may be a sand of grain at the hand of the destiny- but has ………….has the potential to rise above this fragile life- triumph over all obstacles.
It is a song of hope- hope which is the driving force of life!

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