My Absent Abba

First Person

My Absent Abba

Illustration: Akshita Monga

I

t has been sixteen years since Abba’s death.

Abba was a popular man in our community. Friends would call him Kader Rangeela because of his colourful personality. But that was just a façade. Nobody knew about his internal demons and the life he lived, often on the edge of the law. Nobody knew about his alcoholism.

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