Sushi & Soiled Sheets
Manya drank more and ate less, she didnt care for khichri anyway, so Mahavir fixed something chicken or fish for her
She was on her third glass of some cocktail when I was done with dinner
She spoke little, just asked her how she liked Venice but just when she was ready to get up
Ranjan took a call and wandered to the back patio as it rained heavily
"School se bhaagkar movie dekhne jaati thi?" she asked somberly
"Once or twice, but I got caught" Ii said guilty flush covering her face
"Ur Mom's a teacher na, tabhi" Manya nodded at her genius discovery
"Amma didnt find out one of my friends tattled" she said,
"Tabhi kaam se bhaagkar apne pati se milne chali gayi?" she asked
"umm... I" II didnt know how to respond to that one
"U knew it was his Bday?" she asked
"YA!!!???" II said vehemently
"U know its a arranged marriage and all to mujhe laga all that must not be spoken" Manya took a dig
"I knew him before I married him" Ii said defensively
"Ya... umm... ya... if u want to call it that" Manya smiled
"Ya I know it was lame" II nodded
"U are well behaved" Manny made it sound like "U are a s**t"
"I try to break that when ever I can" Ii said proudly trying to please her
"Huh!! Good luck with that... mujhe nahi lagta u can be a rebel" Manya dismissed
"Kyon? I can be one" II argued
"Rebels dont marry the first guy that proposes to them" Manya pointed out
I CANNOT IMAGINE MARRYING ANYONE ELSE
DO U HAVE A CLUE WHAT YOUR BROTHER DOES TO ME?
IN PERSON OR INVISIBLE, HE TORMENTS ME
I THINK OF HOW HE SHOWED UP AND HOW SAID THOSE WORDS
THATS THE CLOSEST MY HEART HAS COME TO EXPLODING
HE LOOKED AT ME STRAIGHT IN THE EYE AND BOOM!!!
LIKE HE JUST FIRED... BOOM!!!
"U HAVE NO IDEA ABOUT HIM... HES IMPOSSIBLY SEXY
HES A DEVIL, A TYRANT A DIABOLICAL FEIND
"I didnt know u much then, otherwise u could have taught me how to play hard to get" she muttered
I DONT KNOW YOU "NOW"
U SUDDENLY HAVE THIS CURIOSITY ABOUT MY LIFE
"Too late now" Manny said smugly
"Have u been to Venice?" II steered the topic away from Manny's breakup
"Oh! Many times" she said carelessly
"Weve been to Venice atleast a half a dozen times with Ma, Ma loved it" she said
"Niiice... I LOVED it too... its wonderful" she nodded
"U have to stay there atleast for a couple weeks, how many days did u stay?"
"5?" "I think" II calculated
"u need to stay more" Manny said bluntly
"Kya scene hai tum dono ka?" Manny asked
II's heart sank
DONT ASK ME THAT
I DONT KNOWWW
"About what?" she lied
"U see each other on vacations?" she asked
"Umm.. ya it does seem like that doesnt it?" II giggled nervously
"He would come to Sydney that way, ek din do din ke liye, he wont stay, he'll take off, he'll sleep on my couch all day, order take out, eat and leave
sometimes I will be in the lab for experiments for 24-48 hours, he will sleep on the couch, read, eat take out and leave" Manny said fondly
"Does he like Sushi?" she asked softly
"He HATES it" Manny said shaking her head and making a face
"Oh? Umm..." II nodded
"But..." Manny STOPPED
II kept staring at her face for the sentence...
6 PM ish Monday she readied to go to the hospital
It was an awful day in every which way, she was jet lagged, worried about periappa, unnerved about conversation with Manya
Sam and lasya were at a "Mommy & Me" play date so she couldnt visit Sunday
THAT was it...
He was in meetings all evening with Sukrit so he blew her off
He went to work early as well on Monday so he was in the office when the driver was taking her to work
she was sleep and Rakshasan deprived when she arrived at work
the meetings with Ritu were stilted and uncomfortable, according to her, Ritu seemed pleasant and smiling
Bally met her in the hallway and asked to report home so Suman to check "where all u are tanned" he said those words
"Kahin par nahi" II mumbled
"Chal theek hai Suman apne aap jaanch karegi, bus time se pahunch ja" he winked
"He wouldnt take me anywhere" II lied
"Oh!! TERI!!! Phir Suman will count something else kiddo" he hugged her
"Shut up" II warned
"I want all the machines in the Gurgaon showroom and workshop stripped off of the monster
hippo SW and then we can talk about the downgraded version, we need to take care of this by this weekend" Ritu said politely
At the meeting...
II nodded dazed and tired
"Gurgaon is their shining star child, weve left it unattended way too long, we can never use it in our press docs and brochures" Ritu warned
"Mr Ranjan needs to approve it" II began
"I can take care of all that, I have a 1:1 with Mr B this afternoon I am going to address this" Ritu smiled
"Oh! great" Ii mumbled
"Plus there are more than 7 or 11 fallouts in Dilshad Garden in the past week, can u please investigate?" Ritu asked
"Absolutely" II nodded
"Plus u and Ashwini seem to be on a vendetta, she is gone now, for three weeks so don ur SW hat, and get down in the dumps and get ur hands dirty" she winked
BECOME A CODER AND DEBUGGER?U MEAN
I WILL DO IT!!!
"Did u have a godo vacy?" she asked FINALLY!!!
"Umm... ya.. it was good" Ii said cautiously
"I was hoping for more fun response... hey it was Paris? right?" she asked
"Unless the (hotel)sheets were soiled" Ritu cracked herself up "Or u found a cockroach in the bathroom" she chuckled letting herself out of the center island meeting room
"Neither" II said as it dawned on her that Ritu didnt have a clue R&B was based in Paris