Sam called when he waited for the gate announcement at Zurich International
"Are you still going to pretend you dont know me" she screamed
"Sam" he grunted... Samyukta, she was five years older, as tall as he was, TALLER she claimed, fair and leggy, he puked a bit at that thought about his own sister.
"Raman, I am serious" she shrieked
"What the hell is wrong with you" he barked
"WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU?" Youve been gone THREE FRICKIN YEARS"
"Tch Tch" he scolded
"OK three f**kING YEARS you moron, GET OVER IT" she yelled
"My gate got called, I have to take the sky train I will call you back" he told coldly
"OH NO OH NO! NOT THAT AGAIN... you are Zurich arent you?" she said
He looked at his phone... "HOW did she know? He panicked...
"I can hear the Swiss in the background genius" she responded
"I gotta go Sam" he said carelessly."You hang up and I am calling Interpol and pinning some money laundering fraud on you and dragging your sorry ass back home"
He laughed out loud... a SwissAir gate agent looked at him admiringly
He was over 6 feet tall... when he smiled e cleft formed on his left cheek... DIMPLE his other sister would mock him Manya, Manny to him...
he never adddressed either sister by Di or Didi... it irritated his Mom... His smiled vanished at the thought...the Red Plus sign...on the plane that pulled into the nearest gate magnified in his line of vision
the Swiss Air logo almost a warning... exactly like a warning
He picked up his overstuffed back pack and wound his way to Skytrain terminal... the flight to London LX316 was in three hours
"Are you there?" Sam came on... she had put him on hold...
"hmmm" he grunted"
"Have you stopped talking altogether?
'"What do u want to know Sam" irritated
"I want you home R&B " she ordered... Rhythm & Blues was his nickname... for Raman Bhalla
"I am not going to" he said unemotionally
"Do u even care if I had my baby?" she asked agonized...
"Its not like it wont come out if I dont make it he said careless"
"Its the most insensitive mean thing youve ever said you jerk" Sam teared up
He felt like a heel... but continued on... his white cotton shirt was crumpled... he hadnt taken a shower at the First Class Lounge... he took a nap instead..
"R&B please get home sweet heart, Chachu is back doing his thing u know" Sam begged
"The old man deserves it" Raman said punitively "He should rob him of all his money and leave him on the streets" Raman said scathingly
Sam sucked her breath in... dismayed "R&B PLEASE"
Raman did not apologize...
"Raman please, DONT SAY THAT"
"Oh I will... I will say that and MORE SAM"
"I cant make it before the end of the month" he said grudingly...
"Have you met Manny?" she asked sadly...
"DID U JUST SAY U ARE COMING HOME?" she shrieked...
He got on the Sky Train... "I might cut off" he mumbled...
Rubbing his 5 O Clock shadow...
"You are coming home, you are coming home, I am so happy R&B... I am going to send Tanmay to the airport" she giggled betweebn sobs
"Have you had that baby yet?" he asked kindly
"Its not coming out until u show up u moron" she said happily
He smiled... as she hung up, the sky train sped past Terminal 2 and 3 and glided to 4... he looked at Departures and scanned for LX316 Zurich to London...
DELAYED it flashed, as he swore colorfully... his THIRD cancelled/delayed in 18 hours..."Never flying this goddamn airline again" he cursed
"Amma enakku vendaam" Ishita Iyer squealed as Amma piled yet another steaming hot idli on her plate...
Appa looked up from his newspaper, the R K Puram Sector 12 Government flat in South Delhi was East facing... Appa enjoyed the early morning December
sunshine sipping his second dose coffee
Ishita tucked her Burberry shirt into her black dress pants, her lonnng braid swung as she shook her head...
"One more kanna" Amma cooed
"NOOO Amma" Ishita said sternly...
Appa shifted in his chair "let her be, if she doesnt want to eat" he said
"She has to go to Gurgaon" Amma said worried
"Shes beenm going to Gurgaon for SIX MONTHS Amma" Ishita mocked talking about herself in third person
Amma was miffed, she walked into the kitchen where the Tamil maid engaged her in conversation about a new flower vendor at Malai Mandir.
"do u like your job kanna?" Appa asked
LOVE IT Appa" Ishita gushed...
Appa stared at her... sombrely... "No trace of grief" he wondered... the young 27 year old... was headed to her job at the Professional Accounting firm...
She had topped her class at IIM Bangalore... at the mention of IIM Appa shifted uncomfortably... even a mention in thoughts did that to him
Ishita checked her phone... "5 minute, aap pehle mujhse milo phir hum dono client ke paas jaayenge" she said anf hung up quickly
Amma HATED it when anyone talked on the phone while eating
She took a quick sip of the scalding hot filter coffee...
"What will you be doing now?" Appa asked distracted
Appa had asked this Q a atleast 5 times, she smiled... it was his own way of making convo... "I am like a Deployment Mgr AND a certified CPA Appa"
"So u guys bought that software?" Huh?" he asked
"Mr Bansal bought the whole company Appa" she said PROUD...
Her eyes gleamed with hope and ambition...
"As long as they dont ask you to SELL stuff" Appa said bitterly
Ishita looked up from her email... "No Appa I wont sell, whoever buys it I will be the first point of contact for deployment" she said clinically
Her throat clogged up at the word Sales... she got up didnt say goodbye to Amma she just let herself out, and stepped down... a string of white ambassadors lined the block... all Govt Babus...
the drivers wiping and washing and wiping them off, she headed to towards her Toyota Corolla... silver... and used the keyless entry..
it clicked multiple times...threw her laptop case in the back seat...and suddenly rememebred she didnt say bye to Amma
"Bye Ma" she texted...The phone was programmed to Suryan FM, her fave Vidyasagar song from an Ajeeth movie started to play, she reversed gently..
"Bye Kanna drive safe" Amma texted back...
her phone flashed a Reuters Newsflash "Swiss Air in deal with Airbus to buy 30 planes"
"DON'T CARE, NEVER flying YOU guys again" she said in frustration as her tires screeched as she floored the gas... and turned towards Ring Road
Part 2 Page 4
Part 3 His and Her Past Page 6
Part 4 Burberry in Blue and pink Kalamkari Page 8
Part 5 Satan in Blue jeans and white shirt on 9
Part 6 Rakshasan & Roman Numeral on 11
Part 7 Google on 13
Part 8 Blood Pressure & Coconut Fiber on 17
Part 9 Holes in Swiss Cheese and Rs 5 on Page 19
Part 10 Brushing routine and Meenalochani on 25
Part 11 Upside down at Paati's House and Stolen Art on 28
Part 12 Notes to All Page 31
Part 13 Sugar Bin & Night vision on 37
Part 14 Loan Shark & Cab on 39
Part 15 Iyer Warriors on 42
Part 16 Menopause & Penang on 43
Part 17 Abilene Paradox & Appa's text on 47
Part 18 Star Wars & Samyukta on 49? God knows what... cant keep track now
Part 19 Mahipalpur & Backless Choli on 51
Part 20 100 crores & 45 minutes on 54
Part 21 Nose rings & Umbrellas on 57
Part 22 Abhang & Serpent on Page 61
Part 23 Srikanth & "Even" on 63
Part 24 Renegade & Cerebral Exam on 65
Part 25 Google Translator & Andamans on 69?
Part 26 NGO & Geometry lessons on 75
Part 27 Arsenic & Musical Chairs on 78
Part 28 Brooksea Chameleon & Working From Home on 80
Part 29 Radha Krishna & Plant Species on 82
Part 30 Just "sex" & Strategy on 85
Part 31 List of Complaints & Imagination Horses on 86
Part 32 Basketball matches & Making Babies on 87
Part 33 No Porsche YAYYY! & Homicide on 89
Part 34 Color Coordination & Rhythm on 90
Part 35 Time Allotment & Vampires on 91
Part 36 Akka's Crush & Grated Coconut on 94
Part 37 Water Color & Grammar on 97
Part 38 Kolaveri & Gillette on 102
Part 39 Haldi & French on 106
Part 40 Sherlock Holmes & Color Science on 110
Part 41 Definition of Scope Creep & Various Uses of Razor on 111
Part 42 Cleaning lady & Agri Business on 11
Part 43 Countless & Counting on 115
Part 44 R&B-ly and French Lessons on 118
Part 45 A "Suitable Boy" & Fire Cracker on 121
Part 46: Lists & Books on 125
Part 47 NOTHING from NOBODY and Minion on 127
Part 48 Mini Onions & Kollywood rain fight scene on 131
Part 49 Forfeits & Proposals on 133
Part 50 Revelation & Recipes on 136
Part 51 Sixth Sense & Sea Weed Green on 138
Part 52 Acrobatics & Math Hegemony on 141
Part 53 Earrings & Eight plus eight on 143
Part 54 Differences & Dimes on on 144
Part 55 Silk pouches & Horned Helmets on 147