It Comes Back

Daily Prompt: Karma Chamelion
This just in: let’s pretend that science has proven that karma is a thing. Your words and actions will influence what happens to you in the future. How (if at all) will you change your ways?


The old belief, “We reap what we sow”, has been with us for centuries. Some of us pay heed to it and we keep to the right and some go the other way. And karma is, “Whatever you do, comes back to you”.

My children and I were living in Quetta, while my husband was at some border post. Since we were alone we would have early meals, letting our helper leave us after washing the dishes. We would watch tv together for a little while, then say our prayers and go to sleep.

We were watching a show when there were shouts, loud bangs and crashes at our gate. I couldn’t let my son go out alone. (He was eleven at that time). I went with him to investigate.

Our gate lights were broken. A passerby told us that a group of boys driving a car, had done the breakage. They were shouting obscenities while breaking the lights. This was their form of enjoyment. The chap had been quick in jotting down their car plate number. He gave it to my son.

Next day I informed the officer in charge as to what had happened at our home. I was frightened because if anyone could break our gate lights, they could come and break our windows or do anything. We didn’t feel safe anymore.

The officer in charge didn’t do anything. Somehow he twisted the story and made us the culprits. It was bizarre. I was flabbergasted. I felt betrayed as he and his wife were family friends. Probably they were more friends with the car owners family, and this was clearly a police case where the boys could get punishment. We became the scapegoats instead of even getting an apology.

I left it to God. I felt anger at the officer more than at the boys who did the damage at our gates.

Next I knew the Chief of Staff along with his wife was at our front door. The story had reached him somehow. He was incensed at what had happened, and came personally to look into it. A guard was posted at our gates. The officer in charge was relieved of his post. The parents of the miscreants apologized and begged us to take back our complaint.

With all this happening I was sadly disillusioned with friends.
It Comes back

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