She did know when Amma Appa returned but did not greet them... she woke late... past 9
Amma was worried she checked on her multiple times... Amma worked later these days 10 ish to 5 ish... because of Periappa
Her face was puffy and her eyes were sore
"ennachu Kanna?" amma enquired, she whispered "Do u have cramps?"
"On touch by the Rakshasan I probably went into menopause so dont expect anything from this daughter" she LIED blatantly to herself... "Ille ma... no"
"You look tired and upset"
"U guys were so late last night... or innkki morning... this morning" she giggled...
"We returned at 4 Appa is still asleep"
Amma fixed PONGAL for breakfast... Ishita balked... thinking of what she had told the Rakshasan in her mind last nite
"Pongal and thick (getti) chutney.. it was like AMMA was clairvoyant
Amma said" Get ready and then I will give you some homam prashad from the shrardh" she nodded obediently
"when did u return?" she asked
"Seekram" "soon" she lied... this should be good... a life of lies
She opened the paper gentlllyy hoping for the scandal in the first page... a South Indian Bureaucrat's daughter caught having SEX with a Punjabi businessman"
The various farmhouse scandals Delhi was already famous for...
THERE WAS STRANGELY NONE... ONLY NAMO... and Afghanistan and Sonia...
"Becoming famous is not in my kismat" she told herself
quickly showered texted Baldev.. got ready... "Car la petrol irukka?" "is the tank full?" she asked
"amma didnt know..."I better go fast Amma if I have to get petrol
She ate the pongal... quietly bit on whole black peppers... and jumped
Amma: Ennachu kanna moonjila (WHAT HAPPENED TO YOUR FACE)
she spit the pepper out...
amma tapped her head and gave her water...
"ENGE? WHERE?" she stood up
"ISHITA" amma stared shocked "whats wrong?.. u are acting weird... raatri edavadu ketta sopanam kandeya.. did u have a bad dream?"
"YES" SHE SAID LOUD
Your face is bruised kanna" Amma went to touch...
Ishita stepped back
Blushing a glorious red, at saving her beard burn skin from her mother...
She wore a purple gurjari kurta and a yellow chudidaar... FULLY COVERED... even over the WAIST
"put some cold cream kanna" Amma ordered
"Hmmm" she agreed... the strange... sugar bin feeling taking over all over again...
she waved goodbye to Periappa he looked at her sombrely like he knew she cried
"I dont have a choice" she muttered... as she walked out
Amma handed cold cream... she put some on... it stung...
Amma looked on shocked... as Ishita walked out...Amma shoved the Nivea into her laptop case
"Bye Ma" she texted
"Bye... take care of ur face, pottukko afternoon, wear it during the day" she texted back
She spent all day in her cUBE
DID NOT STEP OUT
DID NOT SAY A WORD TO BALDEV
Hid in teh elevator... did not talk about Excelsior, did not open one email from Ashiwni
Did not say word about the Gurgaon deployment
Opened her drawer and got her wallet out... and stuffed it in her purse
NEVER AGAIN... she reassured herself
By 7 ish she completed the benchmarking analysis and sent it to the duo and the Excelsior team
was all she said...
Began to work on the Cost structure data
She hated her job hated her life
every time the phone rang she was sure it was Aaj Tak or Sahara News
R&B @ EXcelsior.com it said an email popped in
"Data is insufficient... 2009 Penang Caterpillar Tractor numbers incorrect"
Downnn at the bottom...
P.S. The dinner last nite was Rs.500
No best regards
NO BLOODY SIGNATURE
For the first time in life she tasted her intestines...as it rushed to her mouth... they tasted like socks