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Melancholy: Between Tears & Smiles (Five Sentence Fiction)

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Shraddha erupted into tears holding her new born baby in hands, thinking she was the greatest gift of God to her after those stressful struggles, tyrannical traumas and anguished agonies.

Seeing her cry the nurse smiled and said, “Seems she wished a boy that’s why she’s unhappy giving birth to this girl.”

Everyone, there, misunderstood her tears as she was crying recklessly seeing her dejection being rewarded as a daughter to answer back her gender bias surroundings and to prove her worth to the world.

20 years later, Shraddha was smiling today, but not out of happiness but of being deeply hurt and humiliated by her daughter for expecting her to be a pathfinder rather than a commoner.

Today, Shraddha was torn between her tears and smiles as both were the expressions of one feeling— her melancholy.

Sangeeta Mishra


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  • Beautifully Post Sangeeta ji 🙂

  • There is so much more expressed silently between these 5 lines….straight from the heart..loved it 🙂

    • Thank you so much dear Roma. Glad that you liked it. Yes, indeed, it’s straight from the heart 🙂

  • Matheikal

    One of the many ironies of life. You’ve captured that in a few sentences.

    • Thank you so much Mr. Matheikal. Glad that you liked it. 🙂

  • Beautifully expressed. 🙂

  • sad sad sad!!!!
    very well expressed Sangeetaji 🙂 loved the emotions in the piece….

  • Don’t be hurt. Daughters don’t know what they are saying. 🙂

  • Arun Prasadh

    Good one.

  • Purba Chakraborty

    This is so beautifully written. Heart touching, Ma’am. Within 5 lines, you have portrayed the emotions of Shraddha so wonderfully.

  • I wish smile overpower the tears soon… 🙂

  • Beautifully penned Sangeeta ji 🙂

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