Dusk: Conflict with Self


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Dear Saanjh

I don’t know from where to begin.

You won’t understand till I tell you. But it is difficult to put it into words.

Years have passed. Everything seems alright outside. But it is not on the inside. I know. Nobody understands what is going on. Nobody will ever understand.

Your Soul



It’s empty. Everywhere I see, it’s dark. No light. It’s like I am walking inside a tunnel for a long time. I don’t know where it would lead me to. I don’t know how much time it would take to reach the end. I walk aimlessly.

Your Thoughts


Dear Saanjh

This is not where I belong to. Why do you want to trap me in a world I can’t live in?

Don’t you wish good for me?

Don’t you love me?

Don’t you wish good for yourself?

Don’t you love yourself?

Your Soul


Dear Thoughts

The way you reacted to everything was not right. I know. You hurt them. You know. I know that you can’t help it. It’s not in your hands. You lose your ability to think and act.

You reacted with repulsion. You wanted to be alone. Alone. For some time at least. To get back to your senses.

I understand you completely. But you also need to realise that this won’t help us. This neither helped then nor will this help now. You need to understand that even if you can’t find a reason for our happiness, you never have the right to make things worse for us.

Your Soul


Dear Soul

The other day she asked me what was wrong with me. Was I reacting that way because of something she did? I tried to change the conversation topic and left the room.

I don’t know what to tell her. I have the answer but not the strength to speak out the truth. What breaks you into pieces on hearing, how can you speak it out?



Dear Saanjh

I don’t know what to tell Him. He knows His strange behaviour worries us a lot. Sometimes He behaves like this intentionally. It gives Him pleasure.

Yes. Pleasure in Pain. It feels like there is nothing else. So embrace whatever is in store for you. This is how He justifies Himself.

I understand Him. But discussing things makes me all the more weak sometimes. Maybe that’s why I am not able to understand things clearly sometimes.

I told Him the truth. He regretted. But it wasn’t His fault. It was mine. I wasn’t doing it intentionally this time. This time, it was genuine and because of an unknown reason.

Now? I’m ignoring Him for unexplained reasons. I do wish to talk. But I can’t forget what happened. It weakens me when I have to accept the truth.

Your Soul



My leaving you in that state of mind wasn’t right. But my point is also valid. Do you expect me to praise you for quitting? Quitting is for losers. I have decided not to quit. I will live and not just survive!

Die! Yes, you should die. You aren’t good for me. You are a devil. Die and let me live in peace.

Your Soul


Dear Saanjh

The conversation of last night with them was a good one. For the first time, I poured out my actual wishes in front of them.

I want to do some things. I have no reason why I want to do them. It’s my wish to do them. I don’t know whether they’ll help me in future or not. Yet, I wish to do them.

They didn’t question me. I just spoke carefree. We never talked like that before.

I wish to study further.

I like to read.

I like to write.

I want to explore the unexplored within me.

I like to help people.

I like managing things in a certain way.

I like to be organized.

I want to inculcate my habits into others.

Something says, “Saanjh, you should do this!”

This? No! But why? Give it a try at least!

Seriously, this?

Your Soul



I have been shedding tears since morning. Tears of happiness. Tears of freedom from everything. An end to all my suffering has come.

All that has happened in the past 4 years has fallen into place. It’s all good now. Perfect! I feel liberated from every iron that held me behind.

I was right! It would give us everything we have ever wanted. It will let me stay close to everything I have ever loved. It will let me stay in my world. It won’t let me lose my original self.

After so many years, I can see light. I feel so light now.

You know what? I was so curious to share all this with someone, I shared it with a stranger, knowing that she won’t judge me.

And when I shared this news with her, she said, “This is the best thing I have heard in days.”

It is the best thing I have said in years.

Your Soul



The world is welcoming a new year outside. Here, I make you sit with me to listen to me.

Something asks me stop her. I don’t know what it is. I don’t see it, I don’t hear it, I don’t understand it but I can feel it.

What should be absent is present. What should be present is absent.

Your Thoughts



Whenever I feel that a door is opening, you find an obstacle to stop me.

Why her? We are a part of her. Don’t you know this? By torturing yourself, you put us in trouble. Why don’t you understand this? Stop thinking! For the Almighty’s sake, please! If you can’t make things better, don’t worsen them at least.

Leave us alone! She doesn’t need you. I don’t want you. You have given us nothing but tears. You have made us miserable.

Why do you always have to do this to us? What is our fault?

We never let a scratch hurt you. Then why are you giving us these permanent scars?

Your Soul



I can’t take it anymore. He will never let us live happily. It has been years. He doesn’t let me move forward. I am still stuck there where I was then. Every step forward is a step backward. He makes it like this. He has caught us in His trap. You have tried in vain and I am helpless. We can’t do anything.

I am tired of trying  to keep all the pieces together because they don’t adjust with each other now. Some broke down and are missing, and others have grown excessively. I am exhausted. I can’t take it anymore. I am sorry.

I quit!


Saanjh is Hindi for Dusk.

This is a fictional work.

Photo by my friend Akshay Nayak

23 thoughts on “Dusk: Conflict with Self

  1. Your voice is very bold for the internet. Most people only talk that way in their head. It reminded me of certain smells and feelings. Beautiful.

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    1. Thankyou so much ❤ It is challenging to say the unspoken. I'm glad my words touched you. 🙂


  2. Wow this was so beautifully written. So powerful and heartbreaking. You mentioned it was fictional work but the whole time I was reading it I couldn’t help but this what has this poor woman gone through to feel this. It was very mysterious. You have such a gift! Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thankyou so much Janita! I’m glad you liked it. I believe some things need to remain a mystery. I had to mention that it is fictional because I wanted to assure my readers that nothing is wrong with me (because of the conclusion) 😛

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  3. Saumya, Wow! This was brilliant. The struggle between soul and thoughts was powerful and relatable. We all have that conversation going on internally. (Im glad it is fiction and you are ok) the conclusion is dark and leaves one wondering. Great work as always! Hugs, Maggie

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    1. Yeah that was the idea, to give words to the conflicting internal thoughts. Thanks. I’m glad you liked it ❤


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