Betrayal in Relationship
Betrayal always does not mean disloyalty.
“It does not make me more or less committed to the relationship,” said the newly married Emilie to her mother-in-law who happened to be the professor of the best college in town. She expected the educated woman to understand and interpret her situation. She was born and brought up in a Christian household, sent to a convent and she was soft, docile and benevolent from the outside, only a careful reading of her inside out would give away the impression of the rebellious thoughts that her mind nurtured secretly.
Atul was the one and only son, a devout Brahman and the only tragic flaw in his character was that he was madly in love with a girl from a Christian household. He was madly in love with his childhood darling Emilie and he had decided not to settle for anyone apart from her, he was headstrong and timid right from his childhood and his mother wished he was a bit flexible so that she could convince him to marry off their caste but at last she gave up and accepted Emilie as a part of her own family.
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Between the Beetle and the Block
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There is a knock on the door, the audience hears a bang on the door, Arnav rises from the bed and opens the door to the house cleaner, and she informs him that Namrata wants both of them downstairs for the supper is ready. Arnav bangs the door shut. The back light goes off. Arnav and Rhea enter the stage through the staircase. Namrata is sitting comfortably on the couch and preparing the platter. Arnav sits next to his mother on the couch, picks up his plate, and starts eating.
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TIME IN MEMORIAL
Contemplated by the grim reality that her brilliance was, not much reflected in her intellectual pursuit Aarushi took refuge to introspection while her hands took to scribbling. A drowsy numbness penetrated her nerves and she felt prey to siesta. While she took to an ephemeral state of laze he took to the eternal state of slump. His demise transcended the moral and ethical conventions that blemished and tainted the subconscious Aarushi. The unnerving jolt had conferred to her the bitter; that he had left the world of the mortals forever.
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Namrata rests herself on the couch, looks at Arun’s frame and speaks to herself, spotlights on Namrata, the audience lends an ear to her conscience.
Namrata: Ever since you left, things went out of hands; our children refuse to comply with me. Ever since you left us, there has not been a day that we did not notice an argument. Rhea wants to pursue higher studies, in a foreign land; she has mastered the art of pretension. She wants to run away from me. Your son wants to follow her footsteps. I want them to be happy but…
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Between the Beetle and the Block
Act I: Recognition
The living room of Mrs. Namrata Ray in the heart of Kolkata, the adornment is opulent. Upstage center is the couch and a table, upstage right is a bookshelf stacked with the literary classics of all times, next to it is a stereo system and a few audio cassettes shrouded in dust. The Chandeliers reflect the bewitching blush of the spitting images of Lord Krishna put up on the wall.
There is a Hindu Alter towards the eastern corner, stacked with the idols of Lord Krishna besides it is a framed photograph of Mr. Arun Ray. A large window overlooks the garden: the staircase leads to the bedroom of Namrata visible through the screen light when it is back-lit & next to it is the room of her children Arnav and Rhea, visible through the screen light when it is back-lit. There is an exit to the main door and an exit to the kitchen next to it.
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