6 years ago
Kind or cruel
"that was mean and insulting" II bit her lower lip
He took a step forward apologetic
She stepped back and stepped on a hot wheels car? dinosaur? not sure which, and
winced, he bend down and collected the 15 toys all over the 1st floor lounge
And threw it in a basket in the corner, already over flowing
She picked up wet towels and lotion and phone and went to the boys' bathroom
He followed her
"I made aloo curry, Mavvy's making chicken I think, Dad wanted naan, chhotey waale ko (Ved)
cut up the pieces. I am going to take a shower and go. Please dont tell Dad" she warned
He blocked her way out
"He doesnt want u to know, I shudnt have told u, I broke his promise.I fact that
"I" know about it is privilege enough" II was devastated when admitting it
the chasm between the families more conspicuous.
"Is he out?" R&B asked gruffly
II nodded ashamed
One would expect a wealthy kid to be out of control
Shravu was curious right from age 2? 3?
He got into trouble with the ipad, and many such small and big things and now this...
"Can I talk to Tan please?" he asked
"Nahi... Athim wudnt want Tan's help in rescuing Shravu, think about it, unke bache ki galti nahi hai, phir bhi hes diving in?" II was ashamed
"Tan... u know Tan II" R&B argued
"I know... but" II shooked her head
"Was alcohol involved?" he asked
"I dont know, Athim said, he went to the Tughlaq Rd police station, at 3 AM" II cringed
He knew "cringe", it was his best friend... from 2010
From Le Meridien, when he went to identify Ranjan in the suite
"I shud go with you"
"Bachon ka kya karenge phir?" "all the 4 with Dad?" "dad ko kya kahenge?"
"Hes going to find out, if he already doesnt know" R&B said bluntly
"Its probably on some stupid TV channel too. Tan is famous in Delhi... but its not a Batra kid, its Shravan Balachandran" II cackled cynically
"Hes a teenager" R&B shouted
"I hope u are able to say that if it turns out some person is dead" II was merciless
He was furious... "Dont exaggerate"
"There was NO need for him to touch Nandu's car. He is obsessed with fast cars" II was angry
"They are friends... even before they are cousins" R&B was trying to be reasonable
"I mean taking Nandu's Ferrari "out for a spin?" USNE kyon chalaane di gaadi?" II demanded
He reached and touched her shoulder gently "Teenagers do crzy things" he whispered
"NOT middle class Iyer boys" II was haughty
"What do u mean?" he was pissed
"He doesnt have the means to go spend Rs 1 lakh on a nite out ina pub, or change his car every 6 months,
he lives in a joint family in a 3 bedroom apartment in munirka." II was self deprecatory
"But I guess u are right, crime is no longer the personal fiefdom of the rich" she was bitter
"U need to quit insulting the kid" he warned
"None of ur business" she shot back
"bahar jaaogey, mujhe nahana hai" she bit out
"HERE?" he asked
she realized she was in the kids bathroom
She walked out in a huff, went up, showered and stepped out wearing an elegant
chudidaar in off white with a hand embroidered flowing kurta in many colors.
Sam had texted her while she was in the shower
"Come home for lunch II"
"Please jaan?" Sam begged
II felt tears threaten to cloud her eyesight
"How is Nandu?" II asked
"Hes fine" Sam said
"Gaadi ko bahut damage hua hai"
"II" Sam pleaded just like the man II was married to
"Sam... I have to go to Akka's"
"I am going to go see Vandu also" Sam said
"Dont be too nice to Akka, it will hurt her more" II said (II imagined the dignified, self respecting
Akka receiving enormous pity and understanding and compassion from Tan and Sam)
"But then dont be harsh it would hurt me" II groaned as she typed, beginning to cry
II cried softly
Nivi came up, with a phone, II sniffled, wiped her tears, and splashed water on her face
Nivi was confused why her Amma would do that soo soon after a shower
"Amma did u see this arch?" she asked
II changed her expression "No kanna, show me" she smiled
The slate arch was just perfect
Nivi was quiet and responsible and artistic and shy and creative
I AM NONE OF THOSE
MUST BE RAKSHASAN!!!
II cursed the dude silently
"U have glue all over ur hands kanna, go take a shower, did u set it to dry?" II asked caringly
"Mavvy uncle set up the picnic table on the East side and set it all out under the awning, he said even if it rains it wont touch it" Nici spoke softly
R&B came up, Nivi turned to smile and, shyly went up to him, to show him the arch
He just picked her up, and smoothed the silky tendrils off her face
"U want to see a surprise?" Nivi asked
And shut his eyes, he guessed 10 really bad things
Nivi laughed heartily, he kissed her many times.
And when she finally showed him
He was speechless
II was a lil jealous
OK A LOT
LIKE SHE GETS THE COOL LOVING DAD
I GET THE PRICKLY SOUR MEANIE
II pretended to braid her already braided hair, unwilling to leave
Ogling at the father daughter duo
"Want to go shoot some hoops? he asked
"Diplomatic Club?' she asked
"Can Amma go too?" Nivi asked
He looked at his wife, and noticed she had been crying