Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Checking her appearance one last time in the mirror, Preeti walked back to the table she had reserved for the evening and steeled herself for the most important hour of her life. She looked stunning in her new backless LBD. In a few minutes, they would all be here. It was time for her to carefully weigh the merits of each case and decide on her future. Sheetal,Ramya, Kiran, Nikil,Joe and few more friends had settled themselves in the adjoining table and just ordered starters. The last conversation with her best friend Divya and those final words of advice rang loud and clear.
“So you told him yesterday that you would give your answer tonight?”
“Yes, I hinted at that.”
“Are you really sure today is the day?”
“Yes, Divya ! I have waited too many years looking for Mr. Perfect that I have given up. Surely he is not going to fall down from heaven on my lap. I got to decide with what I’ve got – Besides there is no point in postponing this.”
“But Preeti, you barely know this guy. How could you even be thinking about him seriously? C’mon, you met him during one of your training sessions and then work in the same team for sometime. Granted he is intelligent, going places with his career but don’t you think he suffers from a big “I-am-the-biggest-gift-to-womankind” attitude?”
“We vibe well, Divya. I think his attitude rocks. If he’s got it, I see no reason why he shouldn’t flaunt it. Also he gives me the space to do what I want, ya sometimes there seems to be too much of a distance that I need to get his attention ,but that’s ok”
“So does that mean Mr. “Funny n Romantic” is out?”
“Hmmm.. I have actually called him too. Yes, we did have some wonderful times together. Those coffee dates, those movie outings, those delightful mail exchanges – I don’t deny that he is special but then we have drifted apart these last 6 months. I always got the feeling he wasn’t serious about this whole thing – he kidded around too much for my liking.”
“Oh my god! You are just imagining things. Why don’t you just ask him?”
“Maybe today I shall”
“Is that all or has anyone else also invited to this Swayamvar ?”
“Don’t kid me Divya. Of course, you-know-who is also coming. I just mailed him today morning and he said he would join me.”
“What??? Don’t tell me. Has the puppy still not stopped following the lady? Its been a year, Preeti. What more proof do you want? Can't you see he is madly in love with you."
“So how are you going to choose between them?”
“God knows. Shucks, gotta rush coz I don’t want to be late. Maybe I will just choose on a first-come-first-served basis considering you know how finicky I am about being on time.”
“You are so impossible Pri.. Whatever happens, darling, just remember to go with the flow. Follow your heart.”
Friday, February 13, 2009
…Everything I do……I do it for …. Youuuuuu.” The lilting music came to a slow stop and the audience instantaneously broke into raptures. The handsome crooner took turns bowing to various sections of the audience, lapping up the well-deserved applause. Sitting at the far end, Preeti watched as all the people jostled towards the centre of the dance floor where the huge 10 feet cake had been laid. It was almost midnight and Preeti glanced at her watch yet again. There were a lot of things that bugged her in life but men coming late for a date was one thing she had never been able to tolerate. "How could people mess up on what is probably the most important occasion of their lives?" she pondered aloud for the umpteenth time, staring at the three empty chairs in front of her.
And just as she was resigning herself to making a quiet exit, she saw them coming. Surprise. "They have all made it finally - but hey, am I seeing it right ? Are they actually coming in together ?” Viewing them suspiciously as only a woman can do, Preeti's instincts told her that something crazy was about to happen.
Friday, February 13, 2009
Girish was first. Nervous that he clearly was, fiddling with his hands in his pockets, he ventured “Hi Preeti. Sorry I am late.” And just as he was done with the sentence, Harsh, who had a big bouquet of Preeti’s favourite orchids, rushed in. Seeing Girish around, he quizzically turned towards Preeti seeking an explanation and had barely started a question when Vijay trooped in. Seeing the other two, he was totally puzzled.
And then it happened.
The green-eyed, handsome crooner who had been wading through the crowd of admirers joined the group and introduced himself. “Hi, I am Aditya…
Ten... Nine... Eight....
Turning his eyes to Preeti, he said “ I’ve been observing you all evening. You’ve been waiting for someone for the last few hours. Some people spend their entire life times waiting to find their soul mates. I have found mine today. When I saw you from that corner , I realized you were my future. I realized my existence would be meaningless without you. Will you marry me ?”
Saturday, February 14, 2009
“Yes…… I will.”
P.S: intha ponnungalay ipdi thaan...kutunga esamaan kuthunga :)