Thursday, October 21, 2010

Ring!

Disclaimer: All the Characters and incidents portrayed in this story are fictitious. Any resemblance of the characters to an actual person, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

Today, 06.30 hours….

“I thought you’ve got me something yesterday… for the first time I think I guessed wrong”…. said Malini sipping her coffee…. With an expression of is it?... Arvind walks in to fetch his bag….. seeing Arvind wearing a sarcastic smile and bag in his hand Malini realizes her guess wasn’t wrong!....

“This is cheating!... I guessed right… show me what’s it!”….

Yesterday, 10.30 hours

Arvind was so happy that day, he was all geared up when he left house. Malini could sense his happiness when she signed him off at the door….. She just signaled him with her eyes questioning what the history behind the happiness is?…. He responded with a nod of nothing with his head…. They are happily married middle class couple, who’ve been living in this same rented cluster since their marriage. Its 20 years since they held hand together… their bond is stronger than what fevicol claims to be!...

Malini text’s him…. “My intuition says I am going to get something today :P…”

“You’ve gone mad :D [as usual]”… read the reply.

With lots of smile on face that day went off at the rate of escape velocity, it was that evening which he was anticipating the long day. In fact when the dusk feathered out, he could sense his nerves stringing like guitar and the turbulence of the blood… generally people feel butterflies flying in the stomach but he could feel all the varieties of birds flying there.

Yesterday, 12.30 hours

Karthik was waiting at the canteen entrance for Priya… She arrives in the next couple of minutes when both walk in… Priya’s face read that she wasn’t in good mood at all. Karthik though reacted as if he didn’t sense it.

“Where is Shalini… your pet?”… asked Karthik

“Don’t talk about her now… btw we’ll be completing one year of our relationship tomorrow… what do you plan to give me?”… puzzled Priya.

“Surprise!... “said Karthik….

“I’ll be happy if I get an ear ring!.. I am looking one for long”… smiled Priya!...

“Can I refuse something you ask for… will get it by the evening for you!”…

A couple of hours ago….

“Priya!, I don’t feel that Karthik is a person to hang out with… there are so many news about him in the college including theft of our madam’s ear ring”…

“Do you believe in that Shalini?.... if yes then I won’t believe you!... responded Priya….

Yesterday, 18. 30 hours….

Karthik and a couple of his friends were following Arvind for the past one hour… they board the same bus and Karthik sits adjacent seat to Arvind. His friends in the crowd eventually diverts Arvind’s attention and meanwhile Karthik executes his plan!... he elegantly removes the box from Arvind’s bag!. Arvind was already so very happy and was literally on cloud nine so he didn’t realize anything going around him!. All he thought was not to surprise Malini in the evening as she had a guess on this and he was planning to reveal this tomorrow morning!...

Yesterday, 19.30 hours….

Arvind reaches home and keeps the bag in the almirah… generally he keeps that on the table… Malini raising her eyebrow and questioning why so late?... Arvind smiles and responds… “You know about the traffic these days… I was caught up in the bus”. Malini was expecting something to come out of his bag but ended in getting nothing. Arvind was filled with ecstasy to see Malini disappointed.. but he didn’t react!....

Priya jumps with joy to see a brand new golden ear ring… she was more happy that it was not the one of madam’s which was lost…. She was fuming on Shalini even more now!... She thought of firing her tomorrow at the college in front of Karthik…. She reaches home.. keeps the box in the bag… and went to her room to start her usual conversation with Karthik on phone!....

Today, 06.40 hours…

Arvind pulls out the box and shows her the ear ring he got it for her which she wished to get a year back!......

With so much of joy and cheer!.. She just hugged Arvind and loudly cheered… “Priya!, come here… finally your dad fulfills my wish by getting this ear ring!”…..