December 11, 2008
One rain, many faces..!!
On a lovely wet evening with my car’s wipers dancing in unison, I along with Anjali were speeding along a deserted road. I wondered if God had lost patience with me and gifted me this free car wash. Anyway, as I steered along I managed a few glances towards her sitting next to me. As usually, she was lost. It was on one such rainy evening that we had hugged each other an ‘I-Love-You’. Since then, every spell of rain makes me nostalgic and it gives me goosebumps. I loved rain.
It was only a while back that she had called me and said- “ Can you pick me n take me home now?” And here I am, as loyally as ever obeying her instructions. Anyway, I thought I should remind her that I was still alive and said- “Hello madam! Lost into wonderland?” No reply. It wasn’t her birthday today nor were we married to remember the anniversary date and all that. Anyway, she would tell me if there is something.
Also I had my own problems. Me and nature shared close associations, in the sense that every time it rains, I get a ‘Nature Call’. I spotted a public rest room, parked the car, informed her- “ I need to visit the White-House” and ran to finish my duties. I came back, pulled out my blazer from the rear seat, put it on, hit the accelerator and said- “ From the White-House to Your House” and left. I felt like James Bond, with a sulky Bond girl on board.
After a ride for an hour, which included few more of my featherbrained jokes greeted with ‘no reactions’, we reached the end of her street where I usually drop her off. In an attempt to cheer her up, I pretended to call up someone on my phone and announced- “ Hello. See, in 5 seconds Anjali is going to laugh….. 5,4,3,2,1” and I looked at her in anticipation.. She pulled me over by my blazer, rested her forehead on my chest and started crying. She said - “ Please drop me off at the gate.”
Something was seriously wrong. As we approached I saw people and an ambulance outside the gate. She held my hand tight with her forehead still resting on my chest- “ My mom. 2 hours ago. Heart Attack.”
Now, every time it rained, memories killed me.
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P.S- I somehow dint want to post this tragedy ending thing since many posts were posted on similar lines already. But anyway, better to post than store. Rain and humor, not impossible I guess, so wait for my ‘Happy Post’. ;) Thank You!