Sundar rang the bell, just as Rima came up behind him.
“Where the hell were you?” He rounded upon her. “You made me wait in the heat.”
“I was right behind you,” she opened the door, “and your AC cab just dropped you. I went walking in the heat to drop Neelam to a birthday party.” She held out a glass of chilled water.
“Shut up! How dare you talk to me like that?” He snarled.
“I am learning.” She tapped her chin. “I need to work on my tone.”
“What’s wrong with you?”
“Nothing. Everything is just perfect.” She spread out her arms and twirled on her toes.
“Stop this nonsense right now!” He yelled. “Otherwise,” he raised his hand.
She grabbed their son’s bat. “Otherwise what?” Her voice was firm and even.
“What happened?” he dropped his hand. Where was his meek cowering wife?
Rima laughed. “Didn’t you hear the death knell of male dominance?”
“What rot are you talking?”
“The triple talaq* got banned.”
It was his turn to laugh. “That is for Muslim women. And…”
“The ruling has empowered all women.”
“Rubbish! My word is still the law…”
She hefted the bat. “Overruled by 3 against 1.”
*The Supreme Court of India in a historic verdict on 22nd August 2017 struck down the practice of instant triple talaq by a 3:2 majority in India as unconstitutional and illegal. Triple talaq is a form of Islamic divorce that allows any Muslim man to divorce his wife by simply saying talaq thrice, over Skype, telephone, Whatsapp or by courier. This has not only empowered and liberated Muslim women but also revived hopes of doing away with other myriad social malpractices that continue in the name of religion and tradition.
The eclipse of 1,400 years is finally over and as you can see I am over the moon. 😀
Hip Hip Hurrah!
P.S Regarding the title, just in case it is too technical and the connection obscure, escape velocity is the lowest velocity, which a body must have in order to escape the gravitational attraction of a particular planet or other object.
Written for the Sunday Photo Fiction – a story in 200 words or less. Thanks to Alistair Forbes for hosting this challenge and the photo prompt. To read the other stories inspired by this prompt click here.
For readers of Moonshine, here's Chapter 167