Dhyuti’s Diary

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge was first held in 2010. The challenge is that we have to post every day of April, except on the four Sundays. April 1st is a theme with letter A, 2nd with letter B and so on till April 30th which will be Z themed. This year, I’m planning to do short pieces of fiction (not a series), or a poem based on a word with that letter.

Dhyuti’s Diary

The fragrance of incense sticks lingered in the hall though the funeral had been over many hours back.

Not many had come to offer condolences, but Anuj was thankful for that. It would’ve just been a formality had they come.

“I hadn’t loved you long enough, Dhyuti,” he whispered to the silence around him, a tear slipping from his eyes.

He remembered the first few days of their marriage. She had been silent, unable to look him in the eye and blushed as she slid under the covers next to him every night. It was only after her birthday that she began to talk with him properly.

When she had seen the gift in his hand, she had been surprised. She had deftly opened it, careful not to tear the glittering green wrapping paper which had pink hearts on it. Inside was a brand new diary, with a dark brown leather cover and a small lock on the side. On the cover, he had drawn a heart in red marker, and written her name inside with black. There was a card too.

“For your secrets, which I don’t need to know… So you don’t need to keep it locked in your heart.”

He smiled now, remembering her breaking her shyness then and giving him a sudden, warm hug.

It had been a year and eleven days since then, when she fell into an illness she never recovered from.

Remembering the diary, he got up and looked in her cupboard. Sure enough, it was there, below her blouses. He wondered if he should read it now. He wanted to know more about her. He just didn’t feel like saying goodbye.

He was about to search for the tiny key when he noticed it. There was no lock on the diary.

Surprised, he opened the diary to the first page. The diary was as empty as it had been when he gave it.

Or so it seemed.

On the day marked “June 11”, their anniversary, there was an entry.

A red heart, with his name, Anuj, written inside in black.

Beneath it was written, “I have nothing to write here, for I am, with my secrets, always in your heart.”

Like last year, I’m taking the challenge along with my friend Bhavya. We’re writing on the same themes each day, and giving each other the themes on alternate days. Day 04, the word chosen by us was ~Diary~.

(© 4th April 2015)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

42 thoughts on “Dhyuti’s Diary”

  1. Happy first friendship Anniversary!!! This day last year “I want to Boogie” 4 words that began a life long friendship. As for this story, I wish she had shared her secrets with him. Life is too difficult to live while carrying so many secrets.
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  2. Dude how the hell do you write like this?!

    Too good.

    You writing is down to earth, simple and from the heart. If your writing reflects the person that you are, you must be a gem of a person! 🙂

    Beautifully penned..!

  3. Wow, I loved the way he presented her the diary to write all her secrets. Tragic love story are always sad to read.

  4. Oh…that’s wonderful that she didn’t have any secrets to be kept from her husband…just the way a relationship should be…But that she died so young and so soon makes me wish she had written something in the diary, if not secrets, something to keep him going, as he himself says he didn’t get to know her so much…kind of sad!
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  5. So that’s the “lock diary” women keep asking for at my shop! Will have to add it to my inventory one of these days.
    I liked the way how you presented this story from a guy’s point of view… the things he noticed about her. You just hardly ever come across a guy like that in real life, you know, one who is able to put things like that in words!
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    • I’ve never seen a diary like that either Chicky. Only heard of it. Will have to ask you to take a picture when you add it to your inventory I guess. 🙂

      Glad you liked the point of view and the story. Thanks for the appreciation.
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