Love is an Adventure : Part 7

Love is an Adventure : Part 7

Previous episodes of this story are available as Part-1 and grew to  part-2, Part-3, Part-4, Part-5 and Part-6.

After being awake for the whole night and being in virtual company of each other, when both the love birds went back to real life, both had new rhythm in their moves. Ankur’s last message was still replaying in Keya’s mind…

Can’t wait to see you at school in the afternoon.

Keya kept thinking, what she will talk with Ankur when they both will meet at school pick-up gate. She kept smiling at herself for the silly love thoughts. When Nimit came on breakfast table, she happily joined him and that surprised Nimit. He tried to understand the unexpected return of charming smile on Keya’s face, he had seen before years. It made him happy and concerned at the same time but he decided to wait.

Once Nimit left, Keya wrapped up kitchen fast and took shower to get ready. After years, she used hair straightner and changed hair partition. She stared herself in mirror and smiled. That baby pink waist length, cold shoulder shirt paired with black jeans made her look beautiful with perfectly set hair. Not a big fan of accessories, she never tried anything from her best collection of earrings and watches. Today, she tried that long hanging diamond earrings and it made her round face look long and attractive. After spending almost 20 minutes in front of mirror, it was time to take selfie. For the first time in her life, she took almost 50 selfies, in different poses and while going through all of them, she was still not happy. And while the process of taking more selfies continued, phone buzzed with specific notification after almost 3 hours. She hurriedly opened the chat log to read message.  Ankur had sent his fresh smiling picture along with caption – for the new life (love)…

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Not sure what to do, Keya kept looking at that smiling face. Ankur was not extraordinarily handsome but he had an appealing smile. But more than that killer smile of Ankur, she loved the caption. Being married to Nimit for more than 10 years now, she never heard that kind of romantic statement from him. Keya quickly took one more selfie and clicked on send without thinking much. And before she could put back the phone, that special sound was there again.  She quickly reached out.

Ankur : Beaaaaautiful……So want to kiss those rose petal lips (kiss) (kiss)

Keya was taken a back with the pace of things were moving on. Ankur’s message made her uncomfortable.

How is he looking at me? Did I send any wrong signal by accepting the love proposal? Is he physically attracted to me? Keya’s mind started working on a totally different track than she was onto just 10 minutes before. The more she thought, more uncomfortable she felt. Suddenly cloud of negative thoughts covered her mind.

Why should I get into all this?

Not sure what Ankur must have thought about me…

Aren’t I hurting Nimit by doing this?

Why am I risking my already settled life?

And while processing all those negative thoughts, when she realized that she was getting late to pick Vihan, she rushed. On the way, she decided to avoid Ankur and if possible, hide herself in crowd. She did not want to see Ankur anymore. Somewhere that physical affection Ankur showed, had impacted her mind. She heard her phone buzzing with special notifications from Ankur but was not interested in looking at it.

At school gate, she spotted Ankur and before he could see her, she started walking in opposite direction. But before she could reach Vihan, Ankur reached to her.

Hey Keya, Ankur was standing behind her with same killer smile.

Hi…she said while being aloof

Looking beautiful, Ankur tried to talk

Yeah, that’s what you are interested in, Keya stroke back

And before Ankur could understand anything, she left with Vihan. Ankur kept staring at her back and tried to understand what went wrong.

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Want to know what happened to this one night young love couple?

Stay tuned… 🙂

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Love is an Adventure : Part 6

Love is an Adventure : Part 6

This story started as Part-1 and grew to  part-2, Part-3, Part-4 and Part-5..

Why someone is not responding? Hope everything is ok…Keya sent the message after seeing her four previous messages were read but not responded by Ankur. She was growing impatient and lots of thoughts – positive and negative, attacked her mind.

When you are known about the situation at other end, it’s easy to be patient or to not expect something. But when you are not known what’s going on at other end and you are so habituated with “Mutual Routine”, it’s tough to wait.

Tired Nimit was sleeping tight beside her but Keya had lost her sleep. By now, she was tired by checking phone for more than 100 times, checking notification tone, checking whether her messages were read or not….And now, she was just staring in dark, hoping and praying to listen from Ankur soon.

And it was around 2 am when Keya heard that known notification. She swiftly reached to phone and checked message. What she read was completely unexpected, at least at that moment.

Ankur : I have been struggling with myself for last few days, especially last few hours. I cannot do this anymore. I need to tell you something, Keya. I LOVE YOU. I know, it looks odd but I cannot control myself anymore. Waiting for you and your response.

Keya was thunderstruck. She never knew, Ankur will give word to the feeling so easily. She was still not sure, what that feeling of slightly discomfort with Nimit since last few days, without reason. But now, her heart was answering that question.

None of us can love/like multiples with same intensity/feeling. For years, Keya kept convincing herself that Nimit was the one for her but after meeting Ankur, something was changed. Of course, she was not ready to accept the truth that she was in love but she was not in position to deny it. Ankur did not do anything specific for her but she was feeling irresistible attraction for him. Somewhere in heart, she was feeling guilty but one part of her heart was happy to find someone for whom she felt that undefined feeling of love. She kept staring at phone screen in dark.

Now, it was Ankur’s turn to grow impatient.

Did I do anything wrong?

What would be her response?

Hope she will not stop talking.

What if she ..?

Why isn’t she responding?

Yes, men are equally impatient and emotional when it comes to love. Ankur’s mind was out of control. He started thinking about all possibilities and with each moment of wait, negative possibilities took over.

Wish, I would not have sent that message. I do not want to lose her, he talked to himself. He kept pacing in room while looking at Revati.

And almost after 45 minutes, his phone buzzed. He quickly checked it and it was Keya.

Keya :  🙂

Without any word, Keya had said something, which made Ankur incredibly happy. He literally kissed that smile on phone.

So true it is….Love changes everything in a moment. At one moment, It lifts you to the mountain peak and it makes you fall to the ground at other moment.

As of now, both love birds, although away from each other, were feeling on top of the world. For the whole night, they kept chatting…exploring each other’s life, experiences and desires.  That darkness of the night brought an unexpected brightness to these love birds….

Stay tuned to know what happened next…

P.S. : Yes, this post shows, I am back from vacation and blog is obtaining my attention again. So you are safe, if you want to wait. Will keep up the promise to publish next episode soon 🙂

 

Love is an Adventure : Part 4

Love is an Adventure : Part 4

Earlier episodes of this story are here : Part-1, part-2 and Part-3.

With so many questions and lots of confusion, Keya lay on floor and slept there. In the morning, when she woke up, whole body was in pain but routine duties were waiting. After saying bye to Vihan at school, she got busy in kitchen. NImit woke up and briefly hugged her. This routine process felt odd to her today but at the same time thoughts started flowing…..

After all, he cares for me so much…

How can I think of my happy marriage as cage?

Not everyone is lucky like me to have a husband like Nimit….

It’s me who is not able to do anything….I cannot blame Nimit for that….

On breakfast table, while sipping coffee, Nimit stared at her. This lady in low bun had changed his life completely, he thought to himself. Any man feels contented and be successful only when he feels peace at home…..I am lucky, he talked to himself.

Why are you looking so tired? Did not you sleep well last night? Nimit asked.

Keya came out from thought chain suddenly.

Just overworked, she made it short.

Please take rest and take care of yourself, Nimit continued.

Why does he cares for me so much?

How could I think of going away from this guy? He has given me life, again thoughts took over.

I am not suffering. I am happy where I am, she silently convinced herself.

But the creator of life knows about your happiness better than you. In the afternoon, when she reached school to pick Vihan, she saw Ankur. She literally started walking in opposite direction. She had decided to not face Ankur again.

I do not want to make myself realize what leaders do and how I should take out time to follow my passion, she said to herself sarcastically.

But…….Better plans, as I said 🙂

Hi Keya, how are you doing today? Ankur was standing in front of him when she reached the second gate of school.

With no option, she smiled briefly and nodded. She did not care to ask him his or Revati’s well being.

Ankur stared at her for 10 seconds….

Keya, you look drained….Are you OK? Can I help you? With genuine concern, he asked.

I am OK and my lovely husband cares for me so much. He showed same concern today morning and if anything, I have to do, I will do it, Keya replied rudely.

Ankur was taken aback.

He just smiled and shrugged. Not able to understand, what went wrong, Ankur decided to move away. Keya breathed deep and went to pick Vihan. But her mind was on work.

I was not supposed to be that rude.

He did not do anything wrong to me. He just showed concern. Her left mind processed.

But why should he? What difference does it make to him? The right mind was ready with argument.

Well, he might be just like this, with everyone. I am taking it too personally….the left  mind resigned.

But she could not forgive herself. In the afternoon, when Vihan went for a nap, she accessed the Parents’ section in his Almanac. School was used to publish both parents’ phone numbers in almanac for the particular class so that parents can be in touch with each other. She searched for Ankur and found his phone number.

On dial pad, she entered the number but could not press Dial.

What will he think if I call him? Left mind started

Well, you just want to say sorry…there is no wrong signal. Right mind defended.

But he might be busy. I should not disturb him….left mind started finding excuses to not follow right mind.

Then leave message atleast, the right mind had instant solution.

Finally, she was convinced to say sorry via message. And this is how, the never ending message chain started.

[3:05:30 pm] keya : Hi Ankur, Keya here. Just wanted to say sorry about whatever happened at school gate today. I did not mean to hurt you.

[3:05:42 pm] Ankur : Hey keya, don’t be sorry. I was just concerned. Don’t think so much. Mood swings happen with everyone. I tolerate it everyday by being with Revati :-).

The prompt response and that “mood swing” word instantly spread smile on Keya’s face.

[3:06:22 pm] Keya : Thanks for the understanding. Revati is really lucky 🙂.

Keya was amazed at her own response but before she could think much, she realized the message was already delivered.

[3:06:40 pm] Ankur : Yeah, I too feel same way. Revati is lucky and Nimit is very lucky :-):-).

The statement violated her heart beats rate but she did not wanted to be over sentimental again.

[3:08:00 pm] Keya : Grass is always greener on other side :-):-).

[3:08:30 pm] Ankur : its only because we are habituated to see the greenery far away from us and have accepted that it cannot be ours.

Keya was dumbfounded. She did not expect one more life truth coming in flow of chat.

Do not want to start it again, let me cut it short, she told herself.

[3:12:00 pm[ Keya : So right. That’s how we have been nurtured and society has been formed.

[3:12:02 pm] Keya : Need to rush…..Thanks for your time Ankur.

Keya made it simple and short, without emotions and stared at phone screen.

[3:13:00 pm] Ankur : Sure Keya, please carry on. I will wait for your next message.

And again thought flow started at other end.

Why would he wait for my message?  She kept thinking while preparing dinner, while evening walk, while talking with neighbors. Ankur was ruling her mind today. She kept looking at notifications but there was no more messages from Ankur.

On dinner table, when Nimit asked about her day, she was irritated.

My days are no different. I am not doing anything different. Just taking care of your home and kid, she said loudly.

Nimit was shocked by her reaction.

Is she the same keya? He thought to himself but decided to not argue and got busy with his phone.

Keya wrapped up kitchen, helped Vihan for his homework, tucked him in bed and got into shower. But thoughts were overwhelming.

Why he did not send any message if he was so eager to wait for it? Left mind.

The latest technology and instant messengers have made us so impatient. We want everything instant because wait is always difficult.

Finally on bed, while Nimit was still busy with his phone, she took her phone and checked messages and felt shiver. Ankur’s message was there, almost 15 minutes ago.

[10:15:03 pm] Ankur : Waited for your message for whole evening. Seems you are busy. Hope you are enjoying evening.

[10:32:14 pm] Keya : Yup, had a busy evening. Hope you are enjoying evening too.

Almost 10 minutes and there was no response. She kept checking phone. And now impatient, she started cursing herself.

I was not supposed to respond. Why did I do it? Left mind….

Oh come on, don’t be silly. The way you were busy, he might be busy too….Right mind.

But why should I think about him? Left mind….

But before right mind could respond, she heard one more notification tone and checked phone again. It was most awaited message this time.

[10:46:55 pm] Ankur : Oh yeah, had a good evening.

[10:46:58 pm] Ankur : Planning to sleep?

For a moment, keya felt jealous and weird. How come he can have good evening while I kept thinking about him for whole evening? She could not control the sarcasm…

[10:47:03 pm] Keya : Yeah, I thought so…you must have  been enjoying evening because I did not see any message earlier.

[10:47:10 pm] Ankur : Wow, so you thought about me? Lucky I am J

[10:47:14 pm] Ankur : Would love to talk if you are not sleepy.

Keya was taken aback with this straight flirt statement.

[10:47:49 pm] Keya : Actually I am very sleepy. Good night.

And she saw one more prompt response.

[10:48:00 pm] Ankur : OK…Good night. Wake up happy. Talk to you soon.

Not sure where this chat was leading, Keya tried to sleep but one more consecutive night was waiting for her….to introspect, to silently blame, to decide something and to lay down on floor.

What do you think? Where this story should/would lead?

 

 

Love is an Adventure : Part 2

Love is an Adventure : Part 2

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 🙂

 

 

 

 

Love is an Adventure : Part 1

Love is an Adventure : Part 1

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)…..

10 romantically intelligent WA Status while on HONEYMOON

10 romantically intelligent WA Status while on HONEYMOON
  1. In each other, we found each other….Away from the world. Biology learning needs serenity. and focus.
  2. The beach, the beauty and the beer…..honeymoon is going awesome.
  3. Eating breakfast on bed…naked with a companion of life….Thats what is called HONEYMOON (love)
  4. The love is growing and glowing in mountains….while valley is getting constant rain 🙂
  5. The GPS is set to “LOST” while we are “LOST” into each other….
  6. Exploring together is an experience…talking about world, not sure what you thought (laugh)
  7. Testing strength of mattress, every night….oops, every day too (smile)
  8. Creating memories to make our kids proud, hard work always creates productivity 🙂
  9. Honey is feeling on moon and I see moon in honey (love)
  10. Zero cloth is a dress code here….in freezing cold, wearing other body is more preferable…