Kolaveri & Gillette
Her parents were not home when she returned... she stood in the freezing balcony... first thought... of course HIM
"WHY IS NOT COLD?" "WHAT is he made of?" ALWAYS in cargo shorts and flip flops?
Akka called within a MINUTE
"Where are you?"
At home Ka"
"I thought u must have gone with him to his place" Akka said with a straight face But it was II's turn to respond with a straight face... "WE DID THAT ALREADY WE MADE OUT ON HIS COUCH FOR LIKE 25 MINUTES WHEN I WENT TO PICK SHRAVU UP"
Her voice was a complete give away... shaky and trembling and nervous
"HA HA NICE KANNA... Trying to get one up on your Akka?" Akka BLEW IT OFF
"Why are u shaking by the way? DID U ACTUALLY DO IT" Giggling conspiratorily
"I am in the balcony... DO U THINK I WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT?" she demanded breathlessly
Her face heating up
She walked in and sat on her bed... pulling her blankets up... she was COLD AND SHAKING ALL OVER..YET HER FACE FELT LIKE 50C
"I know... YOU WONT" said Akka softly...
II shut her eyes her face taking on an intensely troubled expression... almost in tears
HE DOES NOT LEAVE ME ALONE... ITS LIKE THIS IS WHY HE WANTS TO SEE ME...
LIKE YOUR WEEKEND POST NAP SAGA IN MUNIRKA, AKKA... HE WAKES UP ON A SUNDAY AFT AND FINDS ME
AND PROCEEDS TO TORMENT ME ON THE DAY BED FOR 25 MINUTES... he wont shave... he wont talk he wont laugh... he makes out with the most intense expression on his face
Like if I were to leave him he would do something to himself
"ISHITA?" akka called
"Hmm" barely audible
"DO U LIKE HIM?" AKKA ASKED
"WHY?" she asked suddenly afraid
"No... what I mean is... Ille.. I mean... HE LOOKS LIKE A MOVIE STAR... BUT WITH NO ARROGANCE.. AND YET U ACTED LIKE U DID NOT CARE FOR HIM" "He is an arrogant bas***d" she hissed passionately... exactly like how her body writhed under him to express the same thing during his love making
"ISHITA" Akka's stern tone
"U have no idea how mean he can be" EVERYWHERE... PERIOD... Rakshasan..
"He does NOT LOOK LIKE A MOVIE STAR" II LIED BLATANTLY "And PLEASE BALA ATHIM IS A HOTTIE.. NOT THE DUDE" she bit her tongue as the FIRST SLIP happened
"THE DUDE AA? U call him THE DUDE?" Akka asked
"ERMMM.. NO.. I MEANT What was that about u were ready to leave Bala Athim... HOW MEAN"
"Ishita, this guy is goddamn sexy di... I mean did u see his eyes?" His lashes curl over his eyebrows ALMOST" Akka giggled
I KNOW AKKA... I HAVE FELT THOSE GODDAMN LASHES... ALL OVER MY NECK AND FACE...
HOW TALL IS HE?" Akka continued
"Next time paathenna I will ASK HIM OK? "II offered.. "Or even better Akka HOW ABOUT I GO RIGHT NOW AND ASK HIM?"
LIKE HE WILL LET ME GO AFTERWARDS... Hey... ermmm Mr Bhalla I am just here so I can know your height, Akka wants to know..
I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO RETURN HOME UNTIL ... I DONT KNOW... IF I WENT TO HIS HOUSE VOLUNTARILY I DOUBT IF HE WILL LET ME STEP OUT OF IT
THE WAY HE LOOKS AT ME... when he makes love.. if ANY of u saw it... u would go take a dive in the Holy Ganga..
"I LOVED EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM... Shravu and I are thinking of leaving Bala Di" Akka said soulfully
"DO THAT I WILL MAKE SURE HE MARRIES SOME 20 SOMETHING VIRGIN THAT LOOKS LIKE NAYANTARA" II said gleefully
"I dont care... I would be living with a 6'3" that has a cleft on his left cheek when he smiles and speaks French and wears cargo shorts in Delhi winters"
AKKA WHO WEARS SHORTS? IN WINTER... SO RUDE... he should have changed..." II began an unreasonable argument to slam him
"I dont care di... he looked like he owned it" Akka gushed
GOOD GOD! II LAMENTED... I WILL NOW HAVE TO KILL MY AKKA? MY VERY OWN AKKA?
Sat up... suddenly... "If u really like him u shud tell him Akka" she said seriously
"Kaash yeh mumkin hota di" Akka said sadly.
I think he likes you" II said smiling
"DID HE SAY ANYTHING KUCH KAHA USNE TUJHSE... KYA KAHA sollu di tell me" Akka was eager like a teenager
"DOES HE LIKE YOU, DO U KNOW?" Akka asked
"NO... HE DOESNT HE HATES ME... HE CANT STAND ME... WE BARELY SAY A WORD TO EACH OTHER... DROP OUT KAHIN KA...
his greatest ambition is prolly to manage his Pappaji's BINNESS
AVANA KANDAALE KOLAVERI VARADU ENAKKU I get kolaveri when I see him... the days I DONT SEE HIM ARE THE BEST DAYS FOR ME
MY LIFE WILL NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN BECAUSE IVE SEEN HIM AND MET HIM... RAKSHASAN" she actually said the WHOLE DAMN THING
She cant see it but Akka's jaw dropped at Munirka... and a strange uneasiness took over...
"You hate him SO much?" she asked baffled
"I dont think I will hate anyone SO MUCH... EVER" II said trying to make a point... but strangely breathless and husky
Monday was uneventful... except for a quick update at 20th floor in Spectrum
She acted like she didnt hear or see or talk to R&B over the weekend
"Tumne kya kiya?" Baldev asked...
"Soyi, ladi Amma Appa se.. aur soyi thoda aur.. aur Akka se ladi"
"Kis baat par bhai?"
"Generally jab kuch hota nahi hai to main koi topic nikaal hi leti hoon" II giggled
"Are they trying to get u married?" Baldev enquired..
"Ab unhoney care karna chhod diya... I told them if they ever talk about it I will move to Singapore or Blore"
Singapore aur Bangalore hi kyon?"
She smacked him "Because we have offices there... u dummy... tum kaho to main yeh company chhod doon I will go someplace else"
AREY NAHI NAHI MERI MA" he held her hands and begged her
She smiled smugly... "I think they are too afriad to talk about marriage to me... After Subbu I am DONE WITH MEN in general"
"Kitna angelic hoga nahi Subbu?" Baldev rolled on the floor.. "He threw u off the male scent altogether"
She blushed a glorious red... looking down at her key board so she didnt give herself away too much..
"I dont think men like me either" she lied glibly
"Kyon kisi aur taraf mudne ka iraada hai kya?" Baldev asked
"NAHI JI AISA KOI IRAADA NAHI HAI... I AM JUST... I AM JUST DONE WITH MEN" ESPECIALLY ONE IN PARTICULAR THATS ON THE 20TH
The meeting was at Noon...it was with Ranjan and his IT people... to go over the timeline for when they can get Gurgaon to a satisfactory level
They were almost done when R&B walked in... off white cargo shorts and a green checked u cut... shoulder strap shirt... folded unfolded.. tucked un tucked UNSHAVEN..
She had dragged his arm away grabbing a button on Sunday... his arm was creeping under her skinny tee at the back too much... to almost an inch below her hook
All she could grab was that...on his tee shirt like shirt he wore yesterday... before he changed into the brick red for Akka's
She avoided looking at him today... he didnt care to either.. it seemed like
She wore a LOVELY dark pink ruched chiffon blouse with tan trousers... her lipstick and a tear drop like dark pink pendant all matched perfectly
"The IT guys slid papers across the huge polished redwood table... he looked at em like he always did... uninterested and nonchalant..
She typed away not looking at him
Baldev excused himself for a minute and left...
"So Ms Iyer will be able to get the ball rolling next week?" he asked the IT guy
"She says they will test for a week , before they even install on 5 PCs... kuch nahi karenge pehle connectivity check karenge"
"So any delays from THAT POINT ON IS BECAUSE OF KMPG then?" he said ever so softly HOW DARE U... HOW DARE U R&B
she wanted to get up and smack him across the face with her imac
"Evlav kozhuppu da onakku... kitni himmat.. because I expressed disappointment at Gurgaon last week u insult me today?"
Ranjan.. squirmed... not wanting to take his son's side but feeling he was legit..
The IT guys had no such shame... "Jee sir USKE BAAD TO KMPG PAR HAI SAB KUCH"
She felt like lunging at the guy and hitting him too
ranjan left the meeting... excusing himself
the two IT guys and Ashwini left to discuss system requirements across the board
She wrapped up quickly... yanking her powercord off from under the table
Watched his clean feet... turned red re-imagining what it did to her yesterday
"You were dressed COMPLETELY inappropriately for Akka's" she accused
Excuse me?" he said NOT LOOKING AT HER but at his iMac
"You were dressed in shorts for Akka's" she hissed
"I always wear shorts" UVE SEEN ME IN THEM 20 TIMES tone
"Well I know.. I MEANT ITS NOT APPROPRIATE... Athai commented about it" she LIED
He shrugged and DIDNT RESPOND
"U shud be wearing pants when u visit"
"Does this mean I AM ALLOWED TO VISIT AGAIN?" he ASKED SOFTLY "U can go to hell" she said softly back at him
She walked away furious... so she didnt see the half /twitch smile
She went to a local grocery store at lunch and did something unusual
bought a Gilette Mach 3 4 5 6 7 the highest powered razor, bought 6 packs and a tin of shave foam all for Rs. 918... left the receipt in the box
painfully gift wrapped the goddamn thing and had it COURIERED off to someone in Excelsior WITH NO SENDER INFO
Had to reboot her PC at 7 ish that evening because an update had loaded
The 4th new email in her in box with NO SUBJECT after she rebooted..she clicked...
"U must stop by and show me how to use it"