Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Folly Wise - II

The apartment door had been opened, as expected, by the keeper of the house, who, if reports had to be believed, also doubled as the cook. Looking quite comfortable on the designer white couches had been, quite unexpectedly, Ravi Kapoor; the newest male sensation to flicker across bollywood screens. Mira De’s boyfriend, correction, EX boyfriend. She had left him quite abruptly to chase the much older, more handsome (at least according to Harni’s personal standards) Rohit Khanna. So what was he doing here?

“We never stopped being friends…” of course! In the very human and vibrant film industry, nobody ever committed the fatal mistake of not being friends with anybody.

She was friends with her south Indian masseur, who spoke no English whatsoever. The only conversation between them had been “Madam likes?” “I waits outside” and “Thank you”. Despite the fact that she was beating her muscles into a not-so-pleasant numbness; probably venting her day’s frustration by slapping smart shots on her back, they were still friends. They smiled at each other at the end of ever session. First signs of friendship – you can still look at each other and smile.

Ravi Kapoor with his chocolate boy face, had earned the sympathies of the masses, after his unceremonious dump. He had managed to retain his youthful, teenage looks, while Mira had moved on the mature with grace. She had been the woman in the relation, while he had been the boy. She often wondered what happened when at some social event or the other someone, quite callously, pointed to Mira, that she looked older to Ravi? Did she tell it to Ravi with a laughter filled voice, trying to pass it off as a joke, when it actually hit quite close to the core? Did he then laugh with her, hug her and tell her that they looked just perfect together, but all the while thinking that he was the one with the edge in the relationship?Relationships, in certain circles were about prestige and power. Competitiom replaced the pride one ought to have in the partner’s talent.

“I don’t know,” Ravi said, with the perfect amount of glistening sheen accumulating in the red rims of his eyes. Did actors ever stop acting? “It was all so abrupt!”

“Her death?” Harni interrupted.

“That too,” he said quite conversationally, as if her death itself was insignificant in comparison to the incident he was mentioning. “I was talking of the end of our relation. It was as if she just got up one day and whoosh! Disappeared!” After the whooshing motion of his hand, which so typically follows the sound every single time, he sighed.

He looked up straight at Harni, his eyes locked on to hers, the perfect I-am-going-to-make-a-point stance. “You know, I always felt she did not want to leave me. She was not happy without me!” Voila! The perfect bollywood chauvinist. How could a woman not want him?

“Of course, Ravi is a great guy!” Of course and we are back to the everybody-is-happy and the-world-is-such-nice-place phase. “But this is not about Ravi, is it?”

And this is not about you! Harni almost added. But kept quite.

Her slapping, patting routine over, the masseur was drawing lazy pressurized circled all along her back. Now, that felt good. What did not feel good, was the way Ravi’s eyes kept flicking towards Mira’s picture. There was no love there, but a calmness. The kind she often saw in the eyes of the friends of victims, who were present when justice was meted out.

14 comments:

marvin the paranoid android said...

now i am indeed waiting for the next episode... ever tried writing for teleserials??

Pri said...

u know u should try ur hand at writing novels...seriously..no jokes!!
this stuff is real good :)
i could actually picture the whole thing happening infront of me as i read along...

Crimson Feet said...

so have you been a part of the glam world to know their psyche? :)

interesting character ravi!

waiting for the next...

Mavron said...

this is like a piece cut from d motley. i am waititng for d whole tho.the realism surrounding d characters is touching. n u hav a knack for delving deep into d minds of ur men n women.keep writing.gr8 work. :)

Cinderella. said...

This was cool ! When is the sequel coming ?

sid said...

Is this the starting script on a novel you are thinking of publishing???have you thought of it??..Gr8 piece!

Pollyannaish said...

okay girl...we all waant to read ahead.....so bring it on' !!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ marvin

teleserials?? This would have to be a saas bahu story then :P

But i'll take that as a complimet.. thank you :)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Pri

Keep encouraging me and I just might!!

On a different note, I actually have this story right down to the last bit in mind..

And I am putting it up in bits...

a) I need time to write it out. And that time has to be if work permits.. :(

b) I dont want to post something too lengthy to read here.. gets quite tedious that way!

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ crimson feet

Lets see I have been with them long enough to know what they think like, but short enough to not become one of them !

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ mavron

thanks girl! I will keep the story as real as fiction is allowed to get

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ cinderella

As soon as almost now :)

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ Sid

thanks!! I am publishing it right here on blogspot...

Beauty and the BEast said...

@ pollyannaish

amen! :D