“Shadow of Truth” – Episode-27

December 13th 2010 13:59 Hrs:

“It’s not just only that. There is a bigger picture.”

“What is that Aravind?”

“She dint try to kill herself.”


“She tried to kill the baby inside her.”


Tarun was shocked on hearing this. He has no words to speak when Aravind was explaining about what happened that day morning with Amrutha.

14:11 Hrs:

“Doctor Aravind. What are you speaking? I mean. How can a mother kill her own baby?”

“Yes. Even I am not able to believe this. I have to run more analysis on this by running more sessions on her and try to figure out why exactly she did like this.”

“Aravind. I thought after we moved to Bangalore, she is recovering. But then now again?”

“Tarun. I can’t just use the casual line and say Everything is fine. Yes, I know it’s a big loss and that to when it comes this way, Yes it will be shocking thing. But we have to figure out why and how this happened. I guess there will be a strong reason behind this. Let me sit with her for few more times. Then we can get the exact update.”

“Okay Aravind. What is her condition right now?”

“She is fine now. And the best part is she won’t remember anything that happened.”

“Aravind. So, what should I answer if she asks about the baby.”

“I am thinking the same in my mind from last 2 hours.”

“Doctor. How is her physical health condition now. Can you examine her now and tell us so that we can decided what to tell her about the baby and what happened.” – Aravind.

“Yes Doctor. That would be helpful for me to answer her questions.” –Aravind

“Aravind. How stable is she now mentally. I mean, when she wakes up and asks me about the baby. Can I tell her that the baby is no more to us?”

“Tarun. As I told u, in these kind of cases, the patients forget completely what happened and what they did in those kind of situations and so don’t worry about her situation. She is al fine now.”

“But still I am not able to establish a link on why did she do it like this.”

“Tarun. We will figure that out. Don’t worry. First let’s get her back to normal stage and let her know about the baby.”

“What should we tell her about the baby?” – Tarun

“Doctor. I know this is a tough questions to ask. But, we don’t have any other choice. What kind of scenario should I tell her now about the baby so that she don’t run into shock again.”

“Tarun and Aravind. Yes, it is a real tough question for me to answer. Actually speaking, I am running blank now.”

“Doctor. Please try to figure out an answer for this. As you said, she may woke up any minute. And at that time, I need to be there next to her with an answer for all her questions.”

“Tarun. I can understand your situation. Just give me a couple of minutes so that I will figure out what can be done now.”

“Okay Doctor. Thank you so much.”

“Tarun. I will leave now. She will start getting more questions in her mind if I am here. I will go and be with Sneha. Will meet you in the evening.”

“Okay Aravind. I completely forgot about Sneha. Please go and be with her. I will call you once Amrutha wakes up.”

“Okay Tarun. Take care. Anything emergency call me, I will come immediately.”

“Okay Tarun. Take care of Sneha. Tell her that I am struck in the legal formalities at head quarters.”

“Sure Tarun.”

Aravind left from there leaving Tarun in a tough time. Tarun is facing a real tough situation as he is not understanding how all this happened and what he should tell to Amrutha regarding the baby.

14:43 Hrs:

Tarun is waiting outside when the nurse is examining Amrutha on her physical strength and health condition to confirm how stable she is to know the truth.

15:08 Hrs:

“Sir. She may come into consciousness in next 5 minutes. You may now go inside.”

Tarun went inside and got seated next to Amrutha’s bed and looking at her with the same thought running in his mind regarding what he should tell her about the baby.”

15:11 Hrs:

After just 2 minutes, he heard the sound of door. When he looked at it, he saw the doctor making signs to call him outside.

Tarun was making signs back saying that Amrutha may get up any minute.

Doctor was still continuously making signs requesting him to come out.

15:12 Hrs:

“What happened Doctor?”

“Tarun. I know what I am doing is not right. But I don’t have any other choice left with me.”

“What Doctor? Tell me clear. I am not able to understand?”

“Tarun. Let us put the baby inside incubator and tell her that the baby is not grown completely and so had to keep her in the incubator for observation.”

“Doctor. But?”

“Yes Tarun. I understand that we are trying to fool her with the dead baby. But now I am thinking more like a woman and more like a mother rather than like a doctor. We don’t have any other choice with us right now other than this.”

“Doctor. I am not understanding how to react.”

“Tarun. We don’t have a choice. We need to get this ready by the time she comes conscious.”

“Okay Doctor. As you say.”

“Okay. I will get this done as quickly as possible. If she comes conscious make her believe that the baby is not physically grown and so she was kept in incubator and there are only very few chances for the baby to survive.”

“Dcotor. But, what to tell her about why we had to go for a surgery in the middle of 8th month.”

“Tarun. Tell her that she fell down and so had to go for surgery and there was no other option to save the baby and the mother.”

“Okay Doctor.”

“Okay Tarun. Go and be with her I will make arrangements.”


“Tarun. I can understand your situation. What we are doing is right. To save Amrutha, we don’t have better choice than this. Just go inside.”

“Okay Doctor. Thank you so much for all the help.”

“It’s my duty to take care of my patients.”

Tarun left from there and started walking toward the room in which Amrutha was there.


“Yes Doctor.”

“Be strong.”

“Okay Doctor.”

15:24 Hrs:

Tarun came inside the room and sat next to Amrutha. After few minutes, Amrutha gained consciousness.

“Tarun. Why are we here?” What happened to me?”

“Amrutha.. Amrutha..”

Amrutha was looking around the surroundings and started questioning Tarun. She then suddenly looked at herself and was shocked to see that there is no baby inside her.

“Tarun. Where is the baby? What happened to me? Why are we here?”

“Amrutha relax. Amrutha listen. Listen to me.”

“Tell me where is my baby.”

“Amrutha listen. Calm down. Let me explain you what happened.”

As Amrutha is losing control, Tarun caught her hands and was trying to calm her down.

“Amrutha. Listen. Baby is undergoing treatment. She is placed in incubator.”

“What? Why? How did this happen.”

“Amrutha. You fell down to the ground. I rushed you here and the doctors said they had to do surgery and take the baby out to save her. But then the baby was not physically strong and so they kept her in observation.”

“I want to see my baby Tarun. Take me to my baby.”

“Amrutha listen. You should not move now. They will bring the baby here. Don’t worry. Just calm down.”

Amrutha tried to get up from the bed. But then her surgery stitches started giving pain when she was trying to get up.

“Amrutha. Just relax. They will bring the baby here once they confirm she is safe.”

April 01st 2013 18:12 Hrs:

(Present. Where Tarun is telling the flash back to Sneha)

“Tarun. So, that day you showed me in the incubator is a dead baby?”

“Yes Sneha. I don’t have any other choice that time.”

And then after 2 days, we told Amrutha that the baby is dead.

“Tarun. Why you dint tell all this to me before?”

“Sneha. Look. I am sorry for hiding the truth. But then I want you to be with Amrutha as a support to her and so dint tell you the truth. If you also know the truth, then you cannot be free with her. Always the truth will follow you like a shadow keeping you disturbed which I am facing from 2 years.”

¿¿¿: Shadow of Truth Follows…


“Shadow of Truth” – Episode-26

December 13th 2010 07:42 Hrs:

After searching all the rooms, Tarun stepped into his room and was shocked to see Amrutha.

“Amruthaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.” – Tarun

On hearing Tarun’s voice, Aravind went running inside.

“Oh My God!” – Aravind

Tarun and Aravind were shocked to see Amrutha lying on the ground with the whole room shattered like anything.

Tarun quickly called for an Ambulance service. They both lifted Amrutha and made her lie down on the bed.

08:11 Hrs:

Tarun was searching for the file and started gathering all the papers that were lying on the floor. After few mins, they heard the Ambulance siren; Aravind went out and guided the people to the room where Amrutha was lying down.

They moved Amrutha into the Ambulance whereas Tarun was still searching for the missing papers in the files. Ambulance people were just about to start and then Tarun came out running after he found out all the missing papers of the file.

Tarun was about to lock the door and leave to hospital with Amrutha.

“Tarun. Wait.”

“What happened Aravind? We have to go.”

“Yes. I know. You just go with the Ambulance. I will join in few minutes.”

“What? What happened?”

“Tarun. Just go. I have found out something. I will directly come to the hospital. Just tell me the address once you reach there.”

“Okay Aravind. I am leaving. I will be at the hospital. Don’t tell anything to Sneha yet. I will call someone from my department to collect the file.”

“Okay Tarun. Hurry up.”

Aravind has found out something when they were about to leave from the room. After Tarun left, he searched each and every room and especially in which Amrutha was lying down.

08:40 Hrs:

Tring… Tring… Tring…

“Tarun. Where are you? Did you reach hospital?”

“Ya Aravind. We just reached. Did you start from the house?”

“I am just starting Tarun. I will go to Sneha. She is alone there.”

“Okay. That’s a good thing. Go there and finish those things. I will call you later.”

09:10 Hrs:

Aravind reached the place where Sneha and Rachana’s parents were there for the funeral of Rachana.

“Where is Tarun?”

“He is there with Amrutha and will join us after sometime.”
“Okay. Is everything fine?”

“Ya fine.”

Aravind was trying to hide it from Sneha as she was already in heavy pain with the loss of Rachana.

Sneha noticed that Aravind is thinking of something deep.

“Aravind. What happened? You are thinking of something very deep and not responding to me properly.”

“Is everything fine there?”

“Fine Sneha. Everything is okay.”

“No Aravind. You are trying to hide something from me. I could figure it out from your actions.”

“There is nothing like that Sneha. No sleep from last 2 days and so just feeling tired that’s it. Don’t worry dear. Stay with Aunt and Uncle. They need our support now.”

“Okay Aravind.”

10:12 Hrs:

Sneha is with Rachana’s parents trying to make them comfortable. It was not easy for her to console her as Rachana is their only daughter. They were also not aware that Rachana committed suicide by removing oxygen mask.

Aravind is looking after the arrangements there and then suddenly he gets call from Tarun.

“Hello Tarun. How is the situation there?”


“Hello. Tarun. Are you okay? What happened?”
“The baby is dead Aravind.”

“What? Tarun? What are you talking? How is Amrutha now?”

“She is behaving very odd Aravind. Its better if you can come over here.”

“Tarun. I will be right there.”
“What will you tell to Sneha?”

“I will manage her somehow Tarun. You don’t worry. I will be there at the hospital in the next 30 mins.”

“Okay Aravind. Thank you so much.”

10:27 Hrs:


“Yes Aravind.”

“Tarun called me. He has to go for a press meet at his office right now and so he called me to collect the file.”

“Okay. Come back soon Aravind.”

“Sure Sneha.”

Aravind drove so fast to reach the hospital as he was tensed about Amrutha and Tarun.

11:13 Hrs:

Aravind reached hospital and enquired about Amrutha at the reception.

“Hi. Can I know in which room number patient named Amrutha is admitted?”

“Gynec ward, Room No 217 Sir.”

“Thank You.”

11:17 Hrs:


“Aravind. Where is Amrutha? Who is looking after her? I want to meet the doctor right now.”

“She is in the ICU. Doctor is inside.”

“Okay. You stay here. Let me go inside and talk to the doctor.”

“Is there anything serious?”

“No Tarun. Nothing to worry. Just let me go and meet the doctor.”

11:19 Hrs:

“Doc. Can I come in?”

“Please wait out. Do not disturb the patient now. She is behaving weird. We are trying to calm her down with more dose of Anesthesia.”

“No No No No Doctor.”


“Doctor listen. I am Doctor Aravind, Psychiatrist. Amrutha has a problem and I am treating her. You have to let me in. I have some information regarding what happened to her today.”

“Oh. Okay. Sorry. Please come in.”

“Thanks doctor.”

11:23 Hrs:

“Doctor. Please don’t give her more dose of anesthesia.”


“Can I get the basic test results of her?”

“They will be out at any minute from the lab.”

“Okay. Can you allow me to talk to her alone?”
“Okay Doctor. I will be out.”

11:27 Hrs:

Aravind tried controlling Amrutha with his words and tried to make conversation with her. But she was not responding to his questions. She is continuously asking the same question.

“Where is my baby?”

“Amrutha. Listen. Baby is not healthy and so they had to keep her in incubator. Please relax. She is fine.”

“I want to see my baby now. Please allow me to go and see my baby.”

“Amrutha listen. Trust me. Baby is safe. Doctors are looking after her. Just talk to me.”

“No. I want to see my baby now.”

“Amrutha. Amrutha. Listen. Tell me what happened in the morning. How did you fall down on the ground.”




Aravind had almost two hours of discussion with Amrutha. After all the talks, finally Amrutha went into a deep sleep. Aravind stepped out of the room and the doctor and Tarun were waiting outside.

13:17 Hrs:

“Doctor Aravind. Amrutha’s reports are out.”

“Okay. Let’s go and talk inside. I have a lot to discuss.”

“Okay Doctor.”

“And, Can I talk to any senior doctor here?”

“Okay Aravind. We shall meet in the cabin.”

“Thank you. Please call up Tarun also.”


“Yes. That’s okay. He knows about Amrutha’s problem. And I have to tell this to him.”

“Okay Aravind. Give me 5 mins. I will arrange it up in the cabin next to ICU.”

13:29 Hrs:

Tarun, Aravind and the senior doctor met in the cabin and were talking about Amrutha. Aravind is explaining about Amrutha’s situation.

13:42 Hrs:

“Aravind. The report says that the child was dead because she consumed a mixed variety of medicines.”

“What?” – Tarun.

“Tarun. Wait. You remember the situation in Mumbai right? The same thing repeated here.”

“But, Aravind. Why is it so?”

“Because she saw the pics of Rachana from your file and also read the whole report.”

“Oh my God. It was completely my mistake. So, you mean to say, she ran into the same psychological problem and out of control she drank a mixed variety of medicines?”


“It’s not just only that. There is a bigger picture.”

“What is that Aravind?”

“She dint try to kill herself.”


“She tried to kill the baby inside her.”


¿¿¿: Why did she try to kill her baby


“Shadow of Truth” – Episode-21

When clearance was given in the city, we moved to my home from the hospital. Aravind used to visit once in 3 days and used to do some basic talks with her. That is the time when I called you (Sneha) to Mumbai as Amu is staying alone. And that’s how you and Aravind met each other.

December 23rd 2008 14:01 Hrs:

After you returned to Chennai, two days later Amrutha received a letter from her head office instructing her to join at Bangalore. That letter gave me a mixed set of feelings. One is that Amrutha can move out of Mumbai. And the next is that I cannot leave her alone and my next transfer period is still 6 months later. I can try for a transfer with an agreement of one more transfer in 24 months after this. I dint think of the later affects. All I wanted to happen is that we need to leave Mumbai and Amrutha should be back normal. It takes at least 60 days for me to get transfer. I did not know what to do in that situation as they gave only 7 days window period for Amrutha to report. I reached out to various officials and finally they have agreed to transfer me in 40 days.

I had to explain all this to Amrutha. I thought it would be better if I can take her somewhere out and then talk to her about all these things.

As she likes long drives, we went for a drive to Pune one night.

“Yes Tarun…”
“When shall we start to Bangalore?”
“Tarun. I am not able to decide anything. This particular profession was my dream from many years and now it’s right in my hands. But, at the same time, you are the best thing that happened in my life. And in this situation, I cannot leave you and go.”
“Amu. You don’t need to worry at all dear. I am strong enough to handle things like this. The only thing I want is that you need to move out of this city and report there. I don’t want you to be here and keep thinking about things that cannot be reverted back.”
“Tarun. You can be so strong at handle things like this. But you cannot be normal at your eyes. I am still not able to understand one thing. Every moment you are thinking about me and only me. I have never seen you thinking about the loss that had happened to you.”
“Amu. Profession taught me many things. This profession makes us strong, this profession makes us bold and this profession gives us strength to accept bitter truths. I am not sad for the loss, I am angry for the way I lost them. Let’s not think about that Amu. We are starting to Bangalore on 28th morning. Sneha is coming to Bangalore from Chennai to see us. You will be staying in her friend’s flat for a month. She told she will be coming to you every weekend.”
“Tarun. What about you?”
“Don’t worry Amu. I have initiated my transfer formalities. They will be completed in 30 to 45 days. Once I come there we can plan rest of the things.”

We discussed about many things and then finally the most important question came in the middle.

“Our marriage?”  I asked this question to myself.

I dint talk anything to her on this. But that was in my mind right from the start of the discussion. I knew that it was also in her mind.

December 28th 2008 08:01 Hrs:

We got into the flight and settled ourselves. Amrutha was looking outside from the window and was thinking about something deep.

“Amu… what happened Amu?”
“Nothing Tarun. Mumbai taught me many things. And this is the first place I have been to. This is the place which gave you to me. I am still not able to believe that I had to leave this place so soon. I have imagined our life here. Things happened so fast Tarun.”
“Yes Amrutha. It was the same to me. Hey Amu. I forgot to tell you. I have sent back the confirmation to them saying that you will not be staying in staff quarters.”
“Okay Tarun. Anyway I cannot stay there alone now.”
“And I have also sent all the required documents to them.”
“Okay Tarun. You don’t need to explain me everything. I know how you take care about things. The only thing I am worried is how to stay there without you. And also that place is very new to me. Even though I belong to the same state, I have never been to that city till now.”

‘Passengers attention please. The flight is ready to land. Please be prepared’

10:29 Hrs:

“Hello Amu. I never thought I can see you so soon.” – Sneha
“Hi Sneha, How are you?”
“I am fine Tarun. Come let’s go.”

11:41 Hrs:

“Come, get down. This is where you are going to stay Amu. And you need not worry at all. I will be coming every weekend here.”
“Thank you so much Sneha.”
“That’s okay Amu. Come in.”
“Hello Sneha. I am waiting for you.” – Rachana
“Hey Rachana. This is my friend Tarun and this is Amrutha his fiancé. And this is Rachana my best buddy.”
“Welcome. Come in come in.”

December 29th 2008 06:20 Hrs:

“Tarun. Why did you wake up so early?” – Sneha.
“Hey Sneha. Good Morning.”
“Good morning Tarun. What are you thinking?”
“Sneha. I don’t want to leave Amrutha alone here. But I have no other choice. I have initiated my transfer and it takes 40 more days.”
“Tarun. You don’t need to worry at all. Rachana is a very caring girl and she will definitely take care of Amrutha very well. And I will also be coming regularly. So, you don’t need to worry at all.”
“I cannot thank you enough Sneha.”
“Hey Tarun. No formalities. So… What about your marriage plans?”
“I dint talk with her anything Sneha. I do not know how to start.”
“Don’t worry Tarun. I will talk with her when she is in good mood.”
“Hmmm. And also I am planning to make it simple register marriage.”
“Let us first listen to her Tarun. Then we can decide on other things later.”

After I returned to Mumbai, I became busy with my duty. Keeping in view of the attacks that happened recently, we had to tighten the security as the New Year celebrations also arrived.

January 1st 2009 09:11 Hrs:

Tring. Tring. Tring.

“Happy New Year Tarun…”
“Happy New Year Sneha. Why are you so loud?”
“Hey idiot. I am trying to reach you from night. I have some important news for you.”
“What’s that Sneha?”
“I spoke to Amrutha. She said once you settle in Bangalore, we can start marriage works. And as like you, she also said that she wants to go with simple register marriage.”
“Wow. Really happy news Sneha. Thank you so much.”

August 15th 2010 08:11 Hrs:

After I got transferred to Bangalore, we got married on March 19th 2009 and got settled in Jaya Nagar. Amrutha is handling her profession very well and is completely out of what happened in Mumbai. We used to go out to new place every month as Amrutha likes visiting new places and also it makes her get out of routine environment.

On August 15th 2010, I was given the charge of Special Officer for the flag hoisting at Assembly. While I was in the duty, I received number of calls from you and Amrutha. But, I was not in a situation to answer the calls.

11:29 Hrs:

Once the flag hoisting and the speeches were over, we cleared the area.

“Hello Amrutha.”
“Hello Tarun.”
“Hey Sneha. What are you doing there? When did you come?”
“I came in the morning. Where are you? When are you coming home?”
“Just now done with the works here. I may start any minute.”
“Come fast.”
“What happened?”
“You come fast. Then you will know it.”

13:07 Hrs:

“Hey what happened? Can one of you tell me? If you both are silent then how will I know?”
“Tarun. From now on you have one more responsibility.”
“What’s that?”
“You are going to be father Mr. Tarun.”

$$$: Happiest Episode Ever

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