‘My Heart Aches Too ‘ By Ashi

Sarangi who was once the charm of her mothers’ eyes and the pride of her father has now become a burden to the family. Three years ago, she completed her education from an excellent university securing the highest package from an admired company. For the first time she felt people saw the potential in her and finally looked through beyond her dark complexion. However, the past three years have been difficult for her as her family has been desperately trying to search a suitable groom for her. Disgraceful comments about her skin colour have completely shattered Sarangi from the inside and decimated her self-esteem. Already been rejected by twenty families she is getting ready to be presented in front of the next prospective groom Daiwik. As soon as his family arrives, they express their discontent about how they have been cheated through fairer photographs of the girl. Sarangi is very close to a mental breakdown until Daiwik decides to talk to her alone. Soon, the girl finds herself sympathizing with the aggrieved soul of Daiwik who is a transgender but was never allowed to become a girl. The story unfolds as the two pestered souls have a heartfelt conversation about how the cruelty of the world broke them piece by piece. The conversation ends with Sarangi developing a deep appreciation for her beautiful feminine body while Daiwik sings a poem to express his torment.

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