Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Drenched

Was there a point in carrying the umbrella? Her damp saree clung to her body, in a desperate attempt to avoid the pattering drops. Wet tendrils of brown black hair kissed her neck and forehead. She squinted skywards seeking the elusive sun, knowing she wouldn’t find him there. Her feet, comfortably ensconced in her practical footwear, beat splashes of water in the puddles as she hurried homewards. Once again her eyes skirted the periphery for the remotest signs of an auto.

Her gaze collided with jet black ones. Before she acknowledged him, her heart skipped a beat. Time slithered to a complete halt as memories flooded back to recreate a new moment. She wanted to say something; a million things all together. But words just tripped over themselves inside her head. The torrential rains veiled them from each other, but their eyes did not need the help of vision to know what lay on the other side. Just a blink and all would be lost. She knew that, he knew that.

A pearly droplet landed on her long eyelashes, blurring her vision. But she did not blink.

Somewhere in those recesses of her mind, which were beyond her own reach, she wanted this moment to last forever. She stared as the traffic buzzed in between them, unaware of the storm brewing on the opposite sides of the street. She watched him as he stared back at her.

Her cell phone rang. Without taking his eyes off him, she reached for her phone.

“Mamma?” the three year old crooned. “Gods are really angry, they sent the rains to scare me. When are you coming home?”

She looked away from him and stared at the phone. She looked back to where he was standing. He was still watching her.

“Mamma?”

Which of them were real? She stared from her phone to him and back. A tiny tear mixed with the rain and beat a hot path down her cheek. She put the phone back to her ear.

“I’ll be home in ten minutes baby!” she consoled her frightened daughter.

On cue an auto stopped right in front of her. She hurried into the backseat, lest she be tempted to glance back and be captured by that black gaze forever. She threw her head back and let the silent tears cascade down her cheeks. How she missed him!!!

She had missed him all these years. Yet, she had never known how to find her way back to him. What was he doing in her town? Why had he come after all these years to ruffle her peace. He would have to know how it would affect her. Was it his way of exacting revenge?

How could he affect her after all these years? She had married the man she loved, hadn’t she? And her husband loved her back with a crazy passion? Why on earth then, did that rainy moment threaten to haunt her in the days to come?

The auto screeched to a halt in front of the gate. She walked in and hugged her three year old daughter, deriving comfort from her warm body. She was not only married, she was also a mother. She had no business letting a stranger disrupt her life. Only, he wasn’t a stranger. If she closed her eyes, she would in a flash recreate everything about him, as she had known him.

But that was five years ago.

Time did strange things to people. She had changed in these five years. Drastically. They say, marriage does that you. Yet, in that one moment when their eyes had met, his black eyes had cut right through her defenses and stared straight at her soul.


Saturday, July 4, 2009

Two dots and a curve

Gtalk conversations:

HE: c’mon its just a matter of 2 days!
Sent at 1:50pm on Friday

SHE: I cant stand him for 2 hrs, let alone 2 days
Sent at 1:51pm on Friday

HE: But I promised!
Sent at 1:53pm on Friday

SHE: You didn’t ask me b’fore you promised!
Sent at 1:54pm on Friday

He: C’mon honey just this one time, please ?
Sent at 2:01pm on Friday

SHE: You mean till you goof up the next time?
Sent at 2:02pm on Friday

HE: :* you know that’s why I love you! So he can come?
Sent at 2:03pm on Friday

SHE::)
Sent at 2:26pm on Friday

He thinks: man! So much ado just to have a good ole bud over! But all’s well, she did smile in the end, didn’t she?
She thinks: You will never understand, will you? I bet you thought that smiley meant I was smiling! Men!

SMS saga

From : Him
Date : 03.07.2009
Time : 18:00
Hon, b late. Imp meeting. Fuckin boss. Pls pik him up

From : Her
Date : 03.07.2009
Time: 18:11
Pic hoo?

From : Him
Date : 03.07.2009
Time :18:12
Akash? He comin over, u agreed dis aft remember? Wont b able to pik him up myself. Imp meeting

From : Her
Date : 03.07.2009
Time: 18:14
He really coming? And now I have to pic him? Wt fuk?!

From : Him
Date: 03.07.2009
Time: 18:17
Hon pls. promise wil make it up 2 u. shoppin morrow? My treat!

From : Her
Date : 03.07.2009
Time : 18:30
:)

He thinks: phew! That wasn’t so difficult was it? Maybe just a bit heavy on the pocket tomorrow but what the heck…
She thinks: such an arrogant prick?! Now he wants me to go chauffeuring his buds! Shopping tomorrow? What’s he thinking? Buy me some pink candy? Gawd! Men!!!

Email Bonanza

Date: 04.07.2009
Time : 10:05 am
From : him@rediffmail.com
Subject: Thank you ma love

Hey gorgeous!
You know I hate waking up without you next to me. Do you really have to work today?
Mmmmmuwah! Thanks for being a sport yesterday
- Me

Date: 04.07.2009
Time :10:12 am
From: her @gmail.com
Subject: Re: Thank you ma love
You slept next to Akash last night, how would you wake up beside me?
Yes, I really need to work today.
---
>Hey gorgeous!
>You know I hate waking up without you next to me. Do you really have to work today?
>Mmmmmuwah! Thanks for being a sport yesterday
- Me

Date: 04.07.2009
Time: 10:43 am
From: him@ rediffmail.com
Subject: RE: re: Thank you ma love!
Come on! You know I was just trying be a lil romantic here! Cut this guy some slack! Besides its sexy weather and ma babes not even on gtalk? What if I flirt with someone else?
---
>You slept next to Akash last night, how would you wake up beside me?
>Yes, I really need to work today.
---
>Hey gorgeous!
>You know I hate waking up without you next to me. Do you really have to work today?
>Mmmmmuwah! Thanks for being a sport yesterday
- Me

Date: 04.07.2009
Time: 11:03 am
From : her @gmail.com
Subject: re: re: re: Thanks ma love!
:)
--
>Come on! You know I was just trying be a lil romantic here! Cut this guy some slack! Besides its sexy
>weather and ma babes not even on gtalk? What if I flirt with someone else?
---
>You slept next to Akash last night, how would you wake up beside me?
>Yes, I really need to work today.
---
>Hey gorgeous!
>You know I hate waking up without you next to me. Do you really have to work today?
>Mmmmmuwah! Thanks for being a sport yesterday
- Me

He thinks : Crap! Say hello to another ‘wooing Saturday’! What’s with women really?
She thinks: Flirt with other women? Really? See if I care?!