It was 2:45 PM in a winter day and I had just taken my toddler to bed. I had work to do but I preferred to lie down with Ria so she would sleep fast. She had bathed that day and her hair was a little wet. I wanted to keep her warm so that she wouldn’t catch a cough again. While putting her to sleep, the warm comfort of the duvet in the cold afternoon made me want to sleep too. I did not mind taking advantage of that moment, draped the duvet around Ria and me, and comfortably fell asleep within a few minutes.

After a few minutes, an annoying voice started to disturb my sleep. I opened my eyes and looked at the window. I saw nothing. I assumed the pigeons were playing with sticks outside my window and they were making that noise. I pulled the duvet over my face and closed my eyes. Again, I heard noises, and this time they felt like the pitter-patter of raindrops. I concentrated on the noise and thought it must be raining outside.

I was too sleepy and I didn’t want to miss my sleep at any cost. I fell asleep again. After 5 mins, a sudden jolt woke me up.
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Two & A Half Meetings

Sometimes few incidents triggered a certain memory which has a strong impact on your mind. Or should I say, makes you remember that one thing which strongly influenced your life. Walking on the beach, I passed by one couple who were discussing their planets. Astrology, precisely. They were so engrossed in their conversation that they didn’t even notice my presence. I heard a few words as I crossed beside them and it brought a slightest smile on my face.

A few years ago, I went to meet one of my childhood friends in Delhi. He had just started his new business venture, a restaurant/bar in the outskirts of Delhi, and wanted me to visit. There he introduced me to one of his friends. I was meeting my old friend after such a long time so I hadn’t cared about getting to know his other friend keenly.

As far as my relationship status was concerned, I was freaked out with an ‘on and off’ thing with my boyfriend. So, I kind of started hating people, especially men, back in those days. That first meeting with that guy was just a passing event. To be exact, I didn’t even remember his name after that meeting. A few days later, I went to the same place again, to meet my friend, and was surprised to see that guy accompanying my friend. We exchanged pleasantries, as by that time I knew he was important to my friend and I should act mature.

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Love Just Happens

Mumbai’s weather was always unpredictable. One can never assume how long a bright sunny day will remain before clouds converge and rains start heavily. Today was such a day. I woke up to the sun’s rays on my face and now it is raining like the sun has gone on vacation since the last few days. Clouds were gathered in the sky and the fragrance of wet mud filled up my nostrils.

In spite of being annoyed by the weather, I decided to enjoy it with a cup of coffee and my favorite book. So I settled down in my balcony with three of my favorite things: books, coffee and music. I am fascinated by rains, because it makes everything look fresh and new. The surroundings become much cleaner and the trees look brighter. The birds come out to sing their melodious tunes once again. I saw a couple trying to shelter themselves from the rain. The whole scene was visible from my balcony and a chill breeze took me down my memory lane.
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