"Veyil ennama sutterikuthu..shabba..thaanga mudila.." entered Priya with a deep sigh.
"Neenga thaana madam ippovay shopping poganumnu single leg la stand panneenga....resign pannathukaaga shopping poi celebrate panna oray aal neeya thaan iruppa"
"Hey...oru chinna test. Un facelenthu antha thuppattava edu?' said Ram.
"!!?? ok?? en?"
"Illa..Azhagaana ponnunga veyil adikarapo mugatha thupatta vachu maraikarathunaala avangala paaka mudiathaa kovathula suriyan micha perai sutterikuthu nu oru poem la padichiruken...ipo veyill soodula oru changeum illangaratha paatha...haioo..amma..pisaasu..en ipdi killara"
"Naan azhagaa illanu nakkal panrathoda matumilaama..atha tabu shankar poem vachu vera solriyaa...pichuuuu"
"Paravalaye..Tom Clancy padikara peter nenacha..Tabu Shankarum teriyuma...niceee"
"Halloo..he has more girl followers than guys...en ponnungalaam kavithai padika koodatha...elaa
pasanugalumay hypocrites thaanda...male ego"
"Ada..oru kavithai innoru kavithaiye epdi padika mudiyumngara arthathula kaetta"
She blushed for a moment and punched Ram with her handbag.."Shhhutup..ipdi ethaachum mokka poatu paechha maathiru" said amidst smiling.
"usss...paaru rathamay vanthiruchi..ipdiya killuva"
"Killina idathil ratham vanthathu nu pulambura muttalay..nalla paaru..vanthathu rathama..illa...kaathala"
Ram looked stunned for a moment.
"Ada..ithuvum Tabu shankar poem thaanpa..ivlo reaction ethuku" sollitu she startd walking with a glowing smile on her face.
"Pullaya killitu thotittala aatra pazhakkam epo thaan maarumo" mumbled Ram.
"enna anga saththammm"
"onnumillaaye..." Ram mimed the meek husband pose like Vadivelu.
Looking at his antics Priya started laughing and chases him waving her hand bag like a mace. She stumbles and both fell on the sofa.
"Enna Ram ivlo theevirama yosikkara?"
"Illa... heroines thadukki vizharathukaagavay sofa create pannirupangalonu"
"Rombaa mukkiyam..seri..formalitykaga oru vaati ketudren...nee enna love panra thaana?"
"Ivlo romantica intha kelviya Indialaye yaarum ketruka maatanga"
"Aaama..ithukaga Empire state mela eri ninna propose panna mudiyum..pakki..appovum paaru..ponnu naan kekaren..nee kalluli mangan mathiri ukkanthitukka"
"Hey...cinemaala thaan pasanga paatu paadi..vitham vithamaa propose panrathelam..actualla naangalaam romba shy type aakum.."
"Aiya..athaan paathene..ponnu paaka vantha anniku athana neram kadalai poatta.."
"Athennamo therila..un kitta pesinappo first time pesara mathiriye thonala..etho regulara meet panravangalta pesitruntha mathiri oru ..hmmm..comfort irunthichi"
"Ithey dialogue ethana per kitta sollirupa..hahaha...aanaa truth be told..enakum athaan strike aachu. First time meet panra mathiriye illa...oru vela intha made for each other solrangalay antha mathiri irukumo?..hey...thirudaa..apdiye platea maathitaan paar...nee innumum enna love panrenu sollala"
Before he could say anything, right at that moment his mobile cried..."yaarupa ithu boojai nerathula karadi" nu he picked the phone mumbling his "hello"
Somehow, Priya felt he attended to the call more on purpose than by chance.
"Ennada..moonjiye thooki vachitu ukkanthitrukka? Priya resign pannitu ponaalum pona..un thollai perum thollai aaidichi" asked Anil
"Hey..athelaam onnumilla..naan sonnathunaala thaana avalay resign panna..it was a joint decision anyways...oray office..oray teamla irunthikittu ....athuvum she had been my reportee...HR policy prachanailaam varum..athunaala thaana ava quit panna"
"Nethu she proposed to me"
"Vekka kedu...unna nenachu Aan vargamay perumai paduthu machi...nee enna sonna..same to you va??"
"Illada...enakku enna solrathunnay therila"
"LKG pasangala kaettalay solvangalaydaa...ithana naala athana romance scene oatittu ippo enna solrathu therilanna enna artham??!!"
Looking at his serious reaction "hey..ennada ivlo yosikara? unaku Priyava pudicihruku thaana?"
"Kandippaada..aana..i feel like..i am cheating on her"
"aahaaa..side gapla vera engayaachum padam otiniya?"
"illada..ithu Priyava meet panrathuku munnadiye..."
"Ada paavi...ithu ennada pudhu kathai?"
Ram logged into his personal mail and showed Anil a mail dated few years back and still in Drafts folder.
"As a kid i had been warned
never to look at lightning directly..
But couldnt help it
when you showed up
Like a multicolored lightning..
burning your picture on my mind..
and blinding me with love.....
And they say
Lightning never strikes twice at the same place
Maybe my heart was an exception to that..
you were my sweetest dream
which stayed on with my eyes
even while open....
Like a mid afternoon breeze
you came into my life..
Life never looked rosier
You had the most talkative eyes..
They more than compensated for
by making a mess of mine
Then came the season of seperation
Now if one think about it..
has no rhyme or reason..
happiness stepped out when
ego stepped in..
neither did i budge
nor did you give in..
Time rolled away..
and we went seperate ways..
travelled too far..
there is no comeback..
still goin on
with the hope that...
our paths may cross oneday..
to meet and part is the way of life..
to part and meet is the hope of life"
"Emmaadi..ivlo peria maila..atha yen innum anupama save panni vachiruka? bye the bye..ithu kavithainu mattum sollidaatha..kadupaaiduven. Yendaa..oray linela adichaa sentenceu..atheye enter thatti poatta kavithaiyaa aidumaa...neengalaam thirunthavay maateengalaada?"
"Ava per Uma..avala oru social networking sitela meet pannen...not sure how i ended up in her profile..mailla mokka poda arambichu.apdiye messenger..phonenu improvise aagi..oru stagela i felt she was my extended virtual relation..vidia vidia phonela arattai adichaalum..oru thadava kooda nerla paakra chance kedaikala"
"ithenna mokkathanama iruku...fotola kooda paakalia?"
"illada..she was very conscious of uploading pics on the net and naan avaloda photo pathi visaarikaathathu thaan thanna impress pannithunu adikadi solluva...so ..."
"Ushaar partya irukkay...oru vela yaarachum kalaaichirupaangalo? check pannia?"
"I felt it was always a real person"
"hmmmm....unakkulla oru 'Vaaranam Aayiram" Surya olinjindu irukaan nu Priya solluva...athu "Katrathu tamizh" la climaxla vara Jeeva va irukkumnu teriaama poachu.Seri..antha ponnu ipo enga? nee propose panni reject pannitaala? athuku thaan intha soga geetham lyricsa?"
"Illada...thideernu oru naal contact poidichuda..epdi suddena start aacho..apdiye end aadichi...oru stagela ava yaarunu terinjikka..ennamolaam try panni paathen..oru naal antha idku anupina mail bounce aaidichi..aprum thaan realised..she had deleted the profile....aprum naanum inga shift aagi vanthuten..lifela neria maatrangal...apdiye time poiduthu..aanalum...i am still unable to forget herda..i always felt that she would be the one for me...you wouldnt believe how much we had in common...each day..office mudichitu will come rushing to my PC..just for the sake of talking with her..aana yennu therila..thideernu kaanama poitta"
"Very obvious..kadalai poda real lifela aal sikkirupaan.."
"Possible..aana oru vaarthai sollitu poirukalaam"
"Loosaapaa nee...Kannu munnaadi paar..Priyakku ennada kuraichal..neria thadava unga rendu pera paathu naan evlo poraama patruken teriyuma..ipdilaam couple amaiya kuduthu vachirukanumda. Nee aairam sonnalum..i feel Priya is the one for you"
"Therilada..i need some time to think..logicalla yosicha..nee solrathu obviousaana truth nu teiryuthu..irunthaalum..heyyy..ennada panra??"
"Intha mail iruntha thaana ivlo emotional aagara...athaan delete panren..."
"Machi...emotions, like products need to be set with expiry date...validity dateku aprum saaptaa, medicine kooda poison aaidum..unnoda intha relation antha mathiri thaan. It might have given you comfort and pleasure..aana athuvay ipo unnoda present lifea naasam pannitruku. Delete this mail and forget about this Uma character...and for god's sake..dont loose Priya...atha vida madathanam iruka mudiyaathu"
Ram sat silently...watching Anil delete the mail and remove it from trash.
"Romba advice panrennu thappa nenachukatha machi...nee ivlo senti party nu teriaama poachu...seri..naan kelambaren...itha pathi yosikaratha stop pannitu positiva oru decision edukka try pannu..bye maams..naalikku paakalam"
He sat glaring at the monitor..which once was his portkey to his past. With a sudden thought he hurriedly opened his desk drawer and rummaged through the contents and finally located the printout of the very mail...lying safely underneath layers and layers of his present day priorities.