By Nilesh P. Khandare(03 May 2012)
Kokan in the 1930's was witness to an incredible story of love, sacrifice, passion and values.
Haridada was the head of the Damle Family. After the demise of his father, Haridada took all the responsibilities of his family on his strong shoulders. Getting his sister married, raising his three children and educating his younger brother were never looked at as responsibilities. Haridada actually loved doing it.
When Mahadev, Haridada's younger brother was doing his last year of Law Haridada decided to get a bride for him, Durga- later named Uma became the apple of everybody's eye.
Durga was 13years old when her marriage to Mahadev was arranged. She at first thought that Haridada was the groom and liked him at first glance. She got married to Mahadev but tragedy struck when Mahadev succumbed on the very night when their marriage was to be solemnized.
Widows in those days used to be ostracized and isolated, their heads shaven bald and they were not allowed to take part in any rituals. Uma too was a victim of this system but the day her head was to be shaven Haridada put his foot down and refused to follow any rituals, which would isolate Uma.
He stood by her rock solid in all her difficulties. There were doubts raised about his intentions, not just in the minds of others but also in the minds of his family members. The last straw was when even his wife started to doubt his integrity. Years later she realized her mistake and asked Haridada to marry Uma. Haridada laughed and to stop tongues wagging got his son married so that another woman's presence in the house would stop gossip mongers.
But One day fate struck a cruel blow and Haridada had no choice but to stop talking to Uma. Uma who by this time idealized Haridada couldn't take it and started sinking. But nothing and nobody could shake Haridada's resolve, until Haridada's own son took a stand against his father.
Haridada had no option but to come out with the truth to explain his behavior. A truth, which shocked everyone including Uma. What was that shocking truth? Did he accept Uma the way she was? Did society accept the shocking truth?
Kaksparsh has all these answers!!!