Keya and Ankur, met for first time in school function of their kids. You can read part of that story here.
Before Keya could forget first meeting, Ankur was in front of her again. This time, in different surrounding. While Keya was looking for Nimit’s favorite crackers at super market, she saw that warm smile again. While she was still in dilemma to go to Ankur or not, she saw him coming to her. Unconsciously, she pulled down her waist length pink shirt and made hair with hands.
Hey Keya, Ankur waved from a feet length.
She just smiled.
How are you? He asked casually.
I am good. How is Revati? Keya tried to divert the talk, while trying to not give wrong signal to Ankur.
Oh, she is doing good but still not recovered completely, Ankur replied.
And 10 seconds long silence, where both of them did not know what to talk about.
OK, I need to leave….see you soon, Keya tried to sneak out but her mouth spoke her mind. She wanted to see Ankur soon, again.
If you are not in hurry, let’s have ice-cream together, Ankur offered.
Ummm….ok, confused Keya could not say No. When she could? From silent rape from Nimit to constant demands from son, she could never deny. While thinking whether she had done right thing or not, she started walking with Ankur.
Which flavor? Ankur asked enthusiastically at ice-cream corner in super market.
Anything….Keya was confused again.
Oh come on, you must have some favorite flavors…Strawberry, Coconut, Coffee, Chocolate, Ankur started speaking out each flavor available.
Coconut, Keya said hurriedly to stop him
Two coconut ice-cream, Ankur ordered and they both sat on a table.
Ankur was still very casual but with each passing moment Keya was getting more and more conscious about this ice-cream treat.
One more long silence before ice-cream served.
So what do you do Keya? On first spoon Ankur asked.
Nothing, she said for a moment and responded.
Well, I meant, what are your hobbies?, Ankur
Oh, I have many hobbies but now a days, I do not get time at all, words came out of mouth before Keya could control
Happens…..I keep telling Revati to take out some time to re-consider her hobbies but she is not at all interested, Ankur said it casually again.
For a moment, Keya felt jealous for Revati. How lucky she was. Her husband was asking her to take out time whereas Nimit was used to express demands.
You did not answer, what do you like to do, Ankur re-phrased the question this time.
Oh, I like music, books, colors, dance, crafts….Keya started
Wow, seems you are good at many things, Ankur responded encouragingly.
Yeah, I was used to be a leader during college time, have won many competitions for singing and dancing, Keya enthusiastically spoke. Her favorite flavored ice-cream plus someone who was ready to listen to her, had made this shrinking lady blooming for a moment.
You should start all of it again, Ankur said.
I so want to but now a days, life is busy. I hardly have anytime for me, Keya was opening up.
If you were leader, you should know that time management is the important characteristic. If you cannot manage your time, you can not manage anything else, Ankur said while looking into her eyes straight.
And those words worked as an alarm for her. She felt like she was sleeping for long time and suddenly someone woke her up. Rest of the ice-cream melted while she stared at it and her mind started playing the movie of last 10 years when she did not do anything much other than fulfilling others’ demand.
And a call from Nimit brought her in real life again.
I will have to leave, she said to Ankur, after 20 seconds of talk on phone.
Sure. Thanks for the company, Ankur was still casual.
Thanks for the ice-cream, Keya smiled consciously and left.
Why married women have to be conscious while even smiling with other males? Well, Indian society works that way.
Later in the evening, two people were awake till late, while thinking about each other.
Ankur and Keya….they did not know, what destiny had for them 🙂
As promised in last post, presenting the visual treat about Island Hopping from Phi Phi Island and yes, as promised, I will not use many words.
BTW, don’t forget to scroll down to the end of the post…..I have added magic there 🙂
So, that was the island hopping morning from Phi Phi Island. Believe me, the beauty I could capture is not even 20% of what you will experience being there.
And yeah, I know, I promised to show some magic…..look at the below image….Don’t they look like two lovers far apart from each other in ocean?
How would you feel if you see them hugging suddenly? Yes, you start believing in love…..:-)
Thailand was never on my list as I always believed it was overrated (yes, I assume things), but when it happened the first thing I wanted to visit was Phi Phi Island. Had read and heard many things about this vehicle free tiny island where culture is great, parties are great and weather is romantic. Let me show you the whole episode of journey from Phuket to Phi Phi (the second Boracay?), via pictures…
Flight from Bangkok to Phuket was sleepy…..It took too much time to reach Phuket (or that’s what I think).
But surprise was waiting on Phuket airport. The jetty to get a boat to Phi Phi was an hour travel from airport. Hooh, I said silently but with no option, got into car. And soon, my disappointment vanished. Traveling to Phuket roads was beautiful. Finally, reached jetty almost on time to catch the boat but managed to get that thirst killer and got into boat.
And the journey started…..everywhere you see, its water, beautiful islands and blue sky. The beauty was wordless….
Finally, after almost 1.5 hours of comfortable boat ride, saw first sight of Phi Phi island.
Got down to pier and waited for next boat to reach to hotel, while drinking beauty of nature around…
And yay, there is the hotel….the beach looked awesome from that long tail boat
BTW, I did notice that NoRegrets tag and its so right….No regrets, if you get to travel 🙂
Evening at Phi Phi was one of the most memorable evening in Thailand.
Walking through the beach street bare foot, next morning and boozing with sunlight was something, I would do again and again. That little street, where you do not see any vehicle but only aromatic food, candle lit dinner tables, fire shows, pool parties, rock dances, happy faces and beautiful structures…..
Saying bye to Phi Phi was the most difficult task but knowing the next destination was soothing. Want to know, what was my next destination? But before that, you will have to tolerate photo story of island hopping around Phi Phi
Stay tuned :-)….I promise, I will use less words and more pictures for it 🙂
And Keya stared at her phone screen….The bright screen stressed her eyes in dark room but she could not put it off. At the age of 36, when you are too busy with kids, family and social life, if you read “I Love You” from someone special (who is not your husband) at 2 am in the morning, it surely makes you numb. And that is what Keya was….
Meeting with Ankur was just a co-incidence. A year back, at annual function in school, where her son grabbed 3 prizes, Keya was beaming with pride and that is where Ankur came to her with a warm smile, congratulating her. In 2 minutes talk with Ankur, Keya learned that Ankur’s daughter was a classmate of her son and a good friend of his too. Keya asked for Revati, Ankur’s wife and he said, she was not well. A formal bye and back to real life…that’s how first meeting ended.
Later in the day, while talking with Nimit, her husband, Keya mentioned the talk with Ankur. As usual, Nimit was busy with business call. This was routine for the couple. No fights, no arguments, no discussions and no excitement. Sometimes Keya wondered what she was looking forward in life. But a self-talk about society praising Nimit so much as husband, was always used to be helpful. Keya did not have any complaint but life was not she had thought of or imagined.
A creative mind with full of life, Keya was used to be a leader personality. Her confidence always put her ahead of crowd. “I get what I want” was her mantra for life. When girls of her age were used to worry about make-up and fashion, this girl with thick glasses was used to lose herself in romance novels. But romance never happened in real time for Keya. May be because of her personality, may be because of her expectations, may be because of her attitude or may be because of her patient nature to wait for right person. Again, when other girls were used to talk about BFs, Keya was used to be happy with her daydreams.
Time flew by and before Keya could realize the loss of golden teenage years, Nimit was in her life – of course, arranged marriages work that way only. You blink and you are in lifelong, society approved bondage with the most unknown person and whether you like (forget about love) or not, you are supposed to make a lemonade from sour limes. Keya accepted Nimit with whole heart but Nimit kept failing in meeting her expectations – those little gestures, she was waiting for him to do, she was excited to share with him, never happened. And Keya started shrinking. That bubbly, independent, leader had transformed to kind, confused, introvert and respectful mother after 10 years of marriage life. Occasional fulfillment of biological needs, constant stress to meet expectations from everyone around and almost no time for self, that’s how life was for her, until……
When you think you are settled with life and have accepted the circumstances, life surprises you :-). And with silent but strong intention to change her life, Ankur entered into her life….
Stay tuned to know more about what happened to Keya (and Ankur)…..