Love is an adventure : Part 5

.This story started as Part-1 and grew to  part-2, Part-3 and Part-4..

And after one more night of self blames and half sleep, Keya checked phone as first thing in the morning.

A Good Morning message from Ankur spread a smile on her message. It was just 10 minutes back. She replied with smile and headed to kitchen. It was still dark out there. Winter months make it tough to get out of blanket but once you are out, a cup of ginger tea and some time for yourself always make your day start wonderful. After pouring her tea in that beautifully crafted “Wifey” mug, which NImit brought for her from his last trip to Australia, she sat on couch. After confirming phone notification tone on highest, she was disturbed.

Why did not Ankur replied?  She thought.

Human mind is the most volatile organ of the body. Keya decided to cut off the communication with Ankur and one Good morning message from him, melted her.

Why all of us are always in search of more?

Why are we not habituated or nurtured to feel the blessings we have in life?

Why as a human, we want to find best match for our mind and heart and body?

Why slightest change of routine attracts us?

One more notification tone and Keya was again out of thought loop. She reached to phone and her heart raced. She quickly unlocked the phone and reached to messenger app but it was not Ankur. With heavy heart, she got up and tried to by busy in kitchen. But her ears were eager to hear notification tone and every time she heard it, she reached to phone and grew disheartened.

Why am I waiting for his response?  She thought to herself.

After dropping Vihan to school, she really got busy with routine day. While sipping second tea with Nimit, she looked into his eyes and felt guilty.

How can I even think of other man? Again a self-thought and she tried hard to ignore it.

Let’s take lunch together today. I will come home, Nimit proposed.

Why suddenly? She could not hide her discomfort.

Why is he trying to be nicer to me? Her mind was at work

I thought we will have sometime together. Why are you so surprised? Do you have any other plan? Nimit asked.

Not at all. No plans. Call me whenever you leave from office and I will keep lunch ready, she said dryly and resumed routine.

Once NImit left, she checked phone again but phone battery was drained. She got irritated and plugged in the battery. This was the routine case for her. Most of the times, phone battery was drained and she did not realized it for hours. She never felt a pinch of irritation due to that. Today phone felt like a lifeline to the already growing frustration of not received response from Ankur.

After shower, she came back to phone and restarted it. There were 4 new notifications and with hope, she quickly opened the messenger app. And yes, finally all the messages were from Ankur.

[10:52:34 am} Ankur : Hey Keya, hope you enjoyed busy morning.

[10:53:00 am] Ankur : I hope you slept well. Hope your day is coming alone well. I missed you in the morning. Had an ice-cream for breakfast and I recalled our ice-cream date :-).

Keya read the messages for multiple times.

He cares so much for my day, my feeling and yes, only after one ice-cream together, he missed me. And Nimit? He never misses me for anything, Keya’s mind started comparing without second thought.

That “ice-cream date” word made her blushed. She immediately sent response.

[11:02:00 am] Keya : Hi….Yes, day is good. Thanks!!

[11:02:37 am} Keya : Oh yeah, I remember ice-cream time and talk 🙂.

Not sure what to write, she stared at screen.  But in fraction of second, she saw response.

[11:03:00 am] Ankur : what do you remember about that talk?

[11:03:45 am] Keya : Almost everything….Not sure where to start, Keya replied.

[11:04:40 am] Ankur : Do you remember that leadership conversation?

[11:05:03 am] Ankur : I would be really happy if you can start something for your happiness…something, which can make you happy…..Please.

Reading that Keya almost got tears.

What a difference!! The one, who should be motivating, must not have even thought about it and this barely known man is encouraging me to be happy.

[11:07:00 am] Keya : Yeah, will do something soon. Thanks again :-).

The chat went on for an hour while exploring each other’s hobbies, interests and much more about everyday life. Both of them found each other so similar in many terms. Suddenly, she saw something on screen which made her smile again. Ankur had sent his picture asking for her smile in return.

Not fond of selfie, Keya tried to take selfie from different angles but was not satisfied with result. After a  promise to send the picture soon, she hurriedly left to pick Vihan. But her mind was working on ideas to take good picture.

From not interested in posing for picture to thinking about taking good selfie….Keya loved the change in herself.  By the time, she reached back home with Vihan, Nimit was already home for lunch. Keya promptly asked Nimit to take her picture. Nimit could not believe it. In past, whenever he offered to take picture for her, she always ignored.

Nimit took out his phone happily but before he could click, Keya came running…take picture from my phone, please. Another surprise for Nimit but he was happy. He clicked 3-4 pictures for Keya and gave the phone back. Keya immediately sent one of the picture to Ankur, while Nimit and VIhan waited for her for lunch.  Even while eating lunch, Keya kept smiling while looking at phone, where Ankur praised her for her fresh look and beautiful hair. Nimit noticed those little changes but did not want to judge anything.

After lunch, Vihan laid down for nap and Nimit left for work. And another session of long chat started. Not sure where they were heading, Ankur and Keya were enjoying virtual company of each other.

But that night became unexpectedly decisive night for both of them. Want to know, how?

Stay tuned 🙂





Closed eyes and mind at work, this combination

Closed eyes and mind at work, this combination most of the time, leaves the human being with a world called dream. Preyaa too was in the same world today. She closed her eyes and re-lived those days again. Those 12 days, where life was full and beautiful. Those 12 days, when she was treated as princess. Those 12 days, when love bloomed and grew. Her honeymoon with Ravi at ALPS, yes, at Alps. The white bed sheet of snow on mountains and the same white snowy smile on Ravi’s face, she was in love. She was mad. And Ravi too replicated same behavior. He was madly in love with Preyaa. They talked, explored, made love, talked till 4 am in the morning and swallowed life fullest. So much happiness and love was around. She felt so beautiful when Ravi sang a song appreciating her beauty, in those White Mountains.

And suddenly she opens her eyes. Oh my God, the dream has been spoiled. She is amidst the demanding office chores. So many things, she is supposed to finish before running to home. HOME – its no more home now. Its just a house. She has been living with Ravi in same house but now that warmth of relationship has been disappeared. After completing two years of marriage, they found themselves busy with work and career. Their ambitions have now overwhelmed them and as far as Preyaa remembers, its been a week since they both sat together and talked about anything. Most of the time, they are busy and running and talking about requirements and schedules. If schedule clashes, it results in a big fight. FIGHT – the word, they decided to hate the most. They decided to not fight and even if it happens, they should make up within 2 hours. Now a days, fighting results in silence of more than three days consecutively. Preyaa tries to remember, when it was the last time, she looked at Ravi with love or even gave a look to him. She is very busy and so Ravi is. And that increasing silence never gave them an opportunity to talk about their future, to talk about their family planning and just to talk about anything. They are just like room mates rather than a married couple.

And today, while searching for something, Preyaa navigated to a blog where a female described how she was enjoying her marriage life even after 25 years of marriage. She gave it a thought. What was the missing thing in her marriage, which made it the most unbearable thing on the earth? And she decided something. She locked her computer and went to her manager and asked for a half day sick leave as she was feeling feverish. Her manager was shocked as since last one year, Preyaa did not ask for sick leave even while she was burning with 104 temperatures. Although he granter her sick leave and she ran out of office like anything.

The mission is started. She went to the nearest gift shop and bought the peppermint flavored candles and flowers. Then bought some groceries for today’s dinner. After almost 6 months, she was going to prepare dinner on her own. She had a song in her walk and a charm on her face. By evening, she prepared those favorite dishes of Ravi – Spinach curry with paneer, garlic naan, vegetable pulao and spaghetti. She decorated the dining table with all the dishes along with flowers and candles. Now, it was her turn. She took a bath and wore that red sari, Ravi gifted her while on honeymoon, with golden sleeveless blouse.  She did a light makeup and got ready with basic hair style. When she looked herself in the mirror, she realized that she was seeking this moment since long. Today, she was confident because she found herself beautiful.

And the doorbell rang and her heart started racing. What will happen now? What if Ravi will not respond? How will he react? So many thoughts in her mind. She just switched off all the lights in her HOME, and the only light available was from those candles, on dining table. She opened the door slowly and Ravi came in. For first few moments, he did not even notice Preyaa and went to his bedroom (yes, since last few days, they were not sharing the bedroom) and put his laptop bag. When he went to refrigerator for water, he realized that light from candles and saw that decorated dining table. Now his eyes were searching for Preyaa. He almost ran to her bedroom but she was not there. He looked into kitchen and drawing room too. He shouted her name in anxiety. And suddenly a sweet voice singing the song “I am with you and only with you, always” came nearer to him. The magical moment from their honeymoon time was successfully re-created by Preyaa. He could not speak anything. He just carried her. Both of them were speechless and a lump in their throat. How much they needed this private time with each other, during their busy life? Today, everything was heaven and everything was beautiful. Ravi kissed Preyaa on her forehead and said “Thank you”. In response to that, Preyaa smiled and started helping him for dinner.

So, sometimes in our routine life, its really necessary to re-create those magical moments of past. These little efforts and initiatives can save our lives and relationships by becoming trustless and worthless. We are here to live and we are the only persons, who can make your life, a LIFE.

So start re-creating those magical moments of your past and lighten up your present J.