Thursday, March 5, 2009

Pieces of Vandy

Vandana couldn’t take her eyes of Laksha . The perfect face – eyelashes long , the nose pert and lovely rosebud mouth. Who wouldn’t love her. Her whole family did, so much so, they always ran to her side for every little gesture. Her father who pretended deafness at her every shout, seem hear Laksha’s little sigh from a mile away.

Who could compete with a smile so angelic, that even butter would melt at the mere sight of it? Vandy certainly couldn’t. As she washed away at the clothes, she thought that even a month back everyone had centred on Vandy. Her every whim was satisfied, her favorite foods prepared or bought. Calls from all her friends all the time and total relaxation in front of the idiot box. Then Laksha had arrived, and Vandana’s life seemed to take a role reversal. The friends faded away , the pampering was forgotten and now all she seemed to do is serve Laksha’s every whim. Looking at the loads of clothes she had to dry, Vandy felt a sense of frustration sweep over her. She was a leader, a manager in the outside world, she wouldn’t let a little piece of pretty get in the way of her life. She wanted to get out, away from her family and Laksha, run towards the life where she was free and happy.

Overcome by the urge to fly, Vandy changed into her outside clothes, picked up her bag, and started towards the door. As she neared it, her mom eyed her disapprovingly and her dad glared.
“Nothing should stop me now .I rebelled against the world and got married, I stopped my boss in his tracks when he raged and I have even bungee jumped from a barely hanging bridge . Family disapproval would definitely not stop me” she thought. As she took the step out, a little mewl stopped her. She looked out at the waiting auto, at another sigh and a mewl, seemed to block everything else. She knew she couldn’t win. She shooed the auto away and turned back .

As the hand curled around her chain and the burp sounded, she knew she made the right choice. Her daughter had made her life topsy turvey but as the bald head snuggled into her shoulder, she knew that a piece of her had fitted right back in .As usual, the craziness of the world faded away and absolute peace seemed to settle in on Vandy, when her little piece of heaven was with her

12 comments:

SMM said...

Ummm first hand experience Anu :p

Lakshmi said...

good to see u writing again..

writerzblock said...

Ow...so sweet. At first, I thought it was sibling rivalry. But it turned out to be otherwise. Enjoyed it a lot, nevertheless. But, as Supriya asked, is it first-hand experience or what?? Is this the reason for the hiatus from writing?

Meghna said...

This was great :)

So sorry tob e away for so long....

my exams r ovr...am back....will be visiting often anu di :)

Keshi said...

as usual, intense, deep and beautiful story writing here!

Keshi.

Fantasies of a Lifetime said...

Such a lovely & sweet story :) . . Glad u filled up this blog again :)

MeghnaK said...

i guessed correctly....

wen u tld abt her washing clothes, I guessed it was abt a baby

but then u got to the philosophical thing of getting free n all....then i thght i was wrong

bu u proved me correct :)

lovely read :)

Anu said...

@SMM :P .. considering im 3000 miles away from an auto, nope its not :D
@Lakshmi thks
@Pal :Yep got a lil baby girl this feb
@Meghna:Nice to have u back my dear
@Keshi: Thks dear
@Priya:Yeah,so many ideas , but so lil time now
@Meghna K : Had to deflect the story somehow or it would be too easy to guess

Abhishek..Painted Blank :-y said...

Hi Annu

Your writing is really gr8.. I love the way u play with the words..So eased out and yet philosophical...Gr8..

I hope you don't mind me following you..I mean your blog:)

God Bless!

Adisha S said...

That's so very sweet ! Visiting first time and enjoyed the read.

First thought comes of sibling rivalry and then it turns out she's just a mother beginning in a new role !

Cheers, keep at it ...

Mohammed Musthafa said...

Hey,
Liked your story....reminded me of O.Henry...no surprise twist, but still plays with the reader's thoughts....good one...

btw, do check out this story and let me know your opinion...
http://www.laptopdiary.blogspot.com/2008/02/in-memory-of.html

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