TODAY -

Unheimlich :: A Short Novel
- Part 9 -

Louriyam Bebica *

Unheimlich :: A Short Novel


In the interest of the reading public and with the permission of the writer, we are reproducing the novella in a serial format... .
- Hueiyen Lanpao

"Thoi, I don't know if it's right to ask you or not. But I was shocked when Robin told me about your past life, day before yesterday. I thought of calling you that day itself, but then I thought it might hurt you", Albeit said.

"It's okay, you can ask me anything", Thoi replied.

"Do you mind if I ask you about your sister? Why didn't you ever mention her?"

There was a dark silent.

After a while, Thoi said slowly-

"I still remember the day, it was on Sunday. All my family members went for a picnic. I and my sister were also there. You know, she was not like me, introvert. She could make heaven out of hell. On that day too, she was the moon blenched land of everyone's eyes. She was dancing, playing with our parents, uncles, aunties. In fact, everyone could hardly close their mouth and eyes because of her".

"Nao, you sit with your sister", said my mom to her.

"No, mama I will sit with you and babaa".

"See my little girl, our car is already packed with things, so we can only occupy the front seat".

"Thoi, just take Nao with you. Let's hurry up, we are already late. Do you hear me, Thoi?"

I went straight and pulled my sister who was holding on my mom's waist. I and my sister sat in another car with our driver. It was already dusk when we reached half of the way to home. Suddenly, our cars were stopped by 5/6 men. They were wearing masks. I could not see any of their faces. My parents were at gun-point and warned me not to make a single noise.

I could still see clearly the vision how my mom tried to control her tears, emotion and fear. In fact, a tear from her eyes or a sound from her mouth might harm her babies. I just cried out and one of them slapped me. That was the only thing I remember. When I opened my eyes, I was on my bed and I can hear the voice of my mom from the hall, breaking down again and again. Babaa was holding her and assuring her something mom was willing to accept. She said nothing, yet her eyes were the epitome.

Many unknown faces crowded my home. Some of them were in uniform. Other than our watchman, I couldn't recognize any of them. But I could not find my sister among those thousand heads. The same situation continued for five days. I don't understand what was going on, but I was sure that no one was happy. Whenever I asked about my sister, my mom cried and broke down herself. So I decided not to ask again.

On the sixth day, my clothes were packed. I didn't know why, still no one talk. My kaka took me in his car. Mom, dad and aunty came out till the gate and waved their hands as though we were going somewhere. It was the first time that I was going without my parents or sister. When I landed, it was an unfamiliar place to me.

I and my kaka stayed in a big building the whole day. He was making a lot of phone calls and trying to write something. The next day, he dressed me up and we went to a school. It was a nice school with a big playground. Many girls were there. I was trying to observe their eyes, color which were different from mine. I thought of asking it to my kaka, the reason of their big eyes and tall nose latter when we are back in the room. I would love to study there with my sister. This sudden thought reminded me of her. I hoped she must be back by then.

I was asked to wait outside the room where my kaka had entered. He was talking with a bald man. After some minutes, he came out. We went straight to the room. I had the desire of asking if my sister has come back or not. But this thought of asking frightened me. So I dropped that idea. None of us talked or smiled.

The next morning, kaka woke me up and old to dress up. He was packing my things also. I was delighted in hope that I was going home but actually since that day I was left out from my home. I spend four years without coming home. The moment he walked from the room, leaving me there, I realized that he won't take me back.

I ran straight to him and clutched on his waist. My favourite pink skirt was completely wet with tears and mucus. Even after he left the place, I was rolling on the floor, crying aloud and demanding for him. You know, no one was there to ask me why I was crying or I don't understand a single thing they were speaking to me. I was crying with my own echo.

I saw my mom only after one year when she came down there. It was her request to my father that I should not come back home. Every vacation they came to spend time with me. But I was longing for my room where I had slept with my sister, the garden where we had planted those marigolds, the pond where she had named the fishes after us. In every memory, my sister was there but I was too scared to ask them about her.

After my class IX exam, I came home. There, my mom broke her silent. My sister was kidnapped and killed. They raped her because my parents delayed in paying their ransom. She was tied up inside a sack and thrown in Nambul River. Can you imagine a baby in that condition? How could they rape my sister? She was a child, not even a girl.

She died with the pain, the pain I couldn't even think of. She was only five and half years old. Mom took out all the newspapers where her photos were there with the news of her 'missing to death'. I closed my eyes and prayed that it be a dream. But it was not a dream", Thoi began to weep. Trying to control her tears, she continued again-

"They only knew how to send a demand letter. But we only know how much our father work to earn those paisas. 'Pay or die' is the only logo in their dictionary. Hard work, mercy is something they never knew. Everyone says I'm strong. I can accept her death and bring new life in my parents. But no one knows the nights I spent trying not to make a sound when I cried. There is not a single second I didn't feel her touch on my fingers, asking me why I failed to save her".

There was a long silence before Albeit finally spoke up.

"Thoi, I'm sorry."

"It's okay, good night."

"Good night."

The whole world might have slept. Thoi was still asking why her baby sister was killed. She got no reply than those tears.

To be continued...



Louriyam Bebica

Unhimlich" written by Louriyam Bebica was released at Imphal Hotel on December 17, 2011 .

Organised by Cultural Research Centre Manipur, the book launched function was graced by Special Secretary and Director (YAS) H Deleep Singh, IAS as chief guest, Asst professor Kha Manipur College Chirom Rajketan as president and Olivia High School Principal Kaibon Dirinamai as guest of honour respectively.

Prof Jodha C Sanasham, head of department of ENT JNIMS, also attended the function as book reader.
TSE News




* Louriyam Bebica wrote this novella and is now reproduced by Hueiyen Lanpao (English Edition)
The writer can be contacted at bebicalouriyam708(at)gmail(dot)com
This article was posted on June 03, 2012 .



* Comments posted by users in this discussion thread and other parts of this site are opinions of the individuals posting them (whose user ID is displayed alongside) and not the views of e-pao.net. We strongly recommend that users exercise responsibility, sensitivity and caution over language while writing your opinions which will be seen and read by other users. Please read a complete Guideline on using comments on this website.




LATEST IN E-PAO.NET
  • Mera Chaorel Houba #2 : Gallery
  • Anglo-Kuki War 1917-19 : Gallery
  • Tribes, Castes & Development :: Book
  • Durga Puja celebration in Manipur
  • Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis
  • Life did put me into darkness :: Poem
  • Matrimonial sites: Dangerous proposals
  • Absentee in history
  • Of KTC and demand of UMLA
  • Pari Imom (Film Scenes) #1 :: eRang
  • Chunglenyanba, Awa Leima :: eMing
  • Manipur State Constitution Act, 1947 #1
  • 7th anniversary of PCRM
  • Funding TB response is smart investment
  • The Broken Stone:: Poem
  • 15 Ceremonial Horses handed to Myanmar
  • Needs for realizing the truth
  • Time to put education on track
  • Bor khoiramba @Hiyangthang #1 : Gallery
  • Kuki Black Day: desperation to Nagas #2
  • Finance knowledge to make better decision
  • Naga Peace Process :: News Timeline
  • Bunglawn Remembers Dr Kalam's Visit
  • No baab tree :: Poem
  • Official website of Sangai Photo Festival
  • Beauty care with natural ingredients
  • Deportation of Rohingya against intl law
  • Noting efforts to put MU on track
  • MU: Teachers/students released : Gallery
  • Death Anniv - Bhagyachandra #3 : Gallery
  • Ithai Barrage Impact on Environment
  • Rural development as career option
  • Put the kibosh on ochlocracy
  • Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in women
  • India International Cherry Blossom Festival
  • Marketing Assistant @ PiCiDi, Canchipur
  • 'Ram Madhav is wrongly briefed' : NPF
  • Uniforms for school teacher: What purpose?
  • Marangwon at @Mt Khorung #3 : Gallery
  • Police Day Marathon #1: Gallery
  • I call it life :: Poem
  • International day for Disaster reduction
  • Contested territorial demands in Manipur
  • WhatsApp & mobile usage study results
  • Physics Programme in Nowgong College
  • Rejoinder to NDPP [15 October]
  • Stop bluffing Nagas
  • The state of the states
  • Gearing up for Oct 31 rally
  • Historical Evaluation of Puya Meithaba #4
  • MU: Student/police clash -10 Oct #2: Gallery
  • X-Jam -Extreme Sports & Music festival
  • Urban Local Govt in Mizoram :: Book
  • 3 perspectives in context of present Manipur
  • Figures in the Shadows :: Poem
  • To UNC, Zomi Council, Hmar Inpui on ST
  • HC acted in good faith for MU
  • Jarnail Singh @ MU : Gallery
  • Heikru Hidongba #3 : Gallery
  • The undeniable subtlety of Atingkok
  • Kuki Black Day: desperation to Nagas #1
  • Let me shower moonlight :: Poem
  • On allegations issued by NPF : NDPP
  • Challenges to the digital dreams
  • Eyes now on K Yugindro
  • Lamyanba Irabot- March Past #3: Gallery
  • Death Anniv - Bhagyachandra #2 : Gallery
  • Meetei Tribe wont grab land of Hill Tribes
  • Making a tangible difference
  • Contradicted journey of IPC Section 377
  • Free open defecation & open pee
  • Act East & Importance of Myanmar & NE
  • Vacancies at Multimind Software
  • Waiting for "Sorry"
  • Out Yugindro in Jarnail Singh
  • Mera Chaorel Houba #1 : Gallery
  • AMAND Pune: Cultural evening : Gallery
  • Management Convergence at Mizoram Univ
  • Observation of World Mental Health Day
  • Cry of a Dying River - 49 :: Poem
  • Buddhism is free from compulsion...
  • 7th AGM / Cultural evening of AMAND, Pune
  • Forsaken farmers - food for thought
  • Second police raid at MU
  • NESO opposes Indo-Nepal Treaty in NE
  • British Council, NEC sign MoU
  • MU: Student/police clash -10 Oct #1: Gallery
  • Death Anniv - Bhagyachandra #1 : Gallery
  • Anglo-Kuki War 1917-1919
  • University :: Poem
  • Remembering class boycott 2009-2010
  • Hair stylist as career option #2
  • Training of Trainers on Gender Justice
  • Manipur University fresh violence by police
  • MU Crisis- admissions and omissions
  • Issues besetting State before LS polls
  • Langban Heitha Leithaba #2 : Gallery
  • Sizo Festival @Saikot : Gallery
  • Opening of Moreh-Tamu Border Gate
  • Forest Cover of Nagaland :: Book Review
  • Ingocha Chingtham: Cycling from Mumbai ..
  • Blood Transfusion service- future in Manipur
  • IT Enabled Employment Generating Course
  • NDPP condemns statement of NPF
  • Beyond the reality
  • Need for MUTA to approach Court
  • Kang Tournament @Kongba #2: Gallery
  • Elangbam Sonamani : Sahityaratna 2017
  • Celebrating the rights of wildlife- Are we
  • The sky's gone wonderful :: Poem
  • Communal Harmony and Integration
  • Opportunity for India in Indo-Pacific Region
  • To be a good man
  • Education : Why no private players here ?
  • Tarpon Sonba : Gallery
  • mtM :: Seireng
  • MN Singh promoted as IG of CBI felicitated
  • Loktak from different perspectives #2
  • The Killing Fields 2013-18 : News Timeline
  • The Journey of Happiness :: Poem
  • A personal discourse of Manipuri people
  • Improper use of loud speakers in Manipur
  • Art Exhibition @Art College #3: Gallery
  • Sudip Kongbrailatpam -recording engineer
  • Dismantled 9th times & safer in 10th times
  • Remembering Irawat: Are we following ..
  • State Level Archery Championship 2018
  • Stop religious encroachment at Kangla
  • Navratri (festival) make up
  • khongjang changsinnaba sem sarey : ST
  • MU crisis: Emerging questions
  • Lining up five days blockade
  • Dhol Chollom @Sangai Fest: Gallery
  • A Road Trip to Myanmar #2
  • Maroi napakpi in Manipuri dishes
  • National Integration Tour Team
  • Cry of a Dying River - 48 :: Poem
  • Ending antimicobial resistance to #endTB
  • Condoles death of Pu Kaikhokam Kipgen
  • Rejoinder to NDPP (5th Oct) : NPF
  • Responsibility required - not restriction
  • After Thuingaleng Muivah who ?
  • Paddy dry up due to deficit rainfall
  • Lamyanba Irabot- March Past #2: Gallery
  • Binalakshmi Nepram : RAW in WAR Award
  • Agribusiness & Carbon Management : Book
  • Is Gandhi (ian) relevant today ?
  • Guidelines for Hostels for Children
  • ATM based frauds : Router compromise
  • 'Rio's announcement as just mockery'
  • Training Program on Mushroom Cultivation
  • 'Chadong' - the victim of development
  • Poles apart : Pandey and Singh
  • Manipuri Diaspora in Myanmar #2
  • Why has Egg become Danger for Manipur?
  • Speech by Atif Anik on Irabot Day 2018
  • Wounded tree :: Poem
  • Hair stylist as career option
  • Synopsis of Sizo Festival 2018
  • Traffic regulation still a Flop show
  • In the evening of his life : Th Muivah
  • Langban Heitha Leithaba : Gallery
  • World Bamboo Day #2: Gallery
  • Where have all the lights gone ?
  • Mahatma and non-violence
  • Detention of students/professors of MU
  • Gandhi Jayenti at Itanagar
  • IBSD cleans Imphal City
  • MU: Abide by wisdom of Sr citizens
  • Power of humility
  • Ghost of Pandey : Four teachers suspended
  • Lamyanba Irabot- March Past #1: Gallery
  • October Calendar for Year 2018 :: Tools
  • Looking at Loktak from perspectives #1
  • Morning - a Haiku :: Poem
  • R&V Art House curates 'Land of Polo'
  • Show for football fans at NEUFC Fan Park
  • Indigenous People: Stand against Fascist
  • Clarification on Tamei Residential School
  • Organic Farming Tour to Sikkim
  • System error- or is this real democracy
  • Autonomy for Naga- Stakeholders on board
  • Th. Muivah hospitalized
  • Lamyanba Irabot- Floral Tribute #1: Gallery
  • Choidev Chongba @Kang Fest : Gallery
  • A Road Trip to Myanmar #1
  • The day after Sahnit-Ni
  • Cry of a Dying River - 47 :: Poem
  • Observation of World Alzheimer's Day
  • Benefits of almond oil for the hair
  • NEUFC Fan to host musical performances
  • ..but Irabot may still shed tears in heaven
  • Heikru Hidongba #2 : Gallery
  • Lamyanba Hijam Irabot :: Read all about
  • Tingmila Doungel : Manipuri Boxer
  • Tarpon: Annual offerings to dead by living
  • Manipur: Past & Present (Vol.2) :: Book
  • Genesis of Naga-Kuki clash in early nineties
  • 9th Children's Cultural Meet 2018
  • Parakram Diwas : 2nd Anniversary
  • International Visitors Leadership Program
  • He calls state Govt as unrecognized..
  • Tough stand of Govt noted
  • Historical Evaluation of Puya Meithaba #3
  • MU: General Srtike [27 Sep] #2 :: Gallery
  • Tribute to Oja Nandiram with 'In Memoriam'
  • The resurgence of Hijam Irabot
  • Love for post of MU vice-chancellor
  • Condemns arrests of MU student/teachers
  • Spot Enquiry by MCPCR Team
  • Seriousness with sincerity matters
  • 48 hours bandh on, then what ?
  • MU: General Srtike [27 Sep] #1 :: Gallery
  • Hijam Irabot - Our 'Icon of Revolution'
  • Food preparation among Zeliangrong
  • Is it the final countdown to #endTB?
  • Let's give time a chance :: Poem
  • If Buddhism Is Not A Religion Or Philosophy
  • Using false identity to mislead
  • In response to CM's appeal
  • CM's call against bandh
  • MU: Hunger Strike[25 Sep] :: Gallery
  • Irabot's letter to Assembly :: 18 Oct 1948
  • Ringui Village, Ukhrul :: Gallery: Gallery
  • Front Page Photo 2018 #4: Gallery
  • Tuilha Kol waterfall #2: Gallery
  • Eyek Tamba :: Learn Manipuri script
  • Kuki Black Day @CCpur : Gallery
  • Sit-In: Naga Peace Talk #2 : Gallery
  • Inner Line Permit (ILP) Demand :: Timeline
  • Jangou Rah : eRang Classic
  • Manglandasu Nang - OST :: e-pao Radio
  • Old Manipuri Movie #1 :: eRang Classic
  • SPONSORED ADS