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Antara was glad when Mama left the house one evening for a "long drive" and did not return, but Meghna would never forgive it; to be loved and abandoned was perhaps greater sorrow than not being loved at all. Some months later when there was talk of divorce and custody, Antara dreaded the thought of testifying in court, telling the world she did not want to live with Mama; it would humiliate the woman who had borne her.
And then she understood: it was Meghna Mama wanted, not her.
Father never spoke about Mama. When Meghna grumbled about how she had abandoned them, he only said – "She is your mother; remember that always."
Despite his family's urgings, he never remarried, offering up his loneliness on the altar of their happiness.