Thursday, November 09, 2006


Ashish's eye flew open and his heart leaped to his mouth. Damn, he should've set his cell's profile to silent. He quickly reached to his side and flipped it open. Through groggy eyes, he tried to identify the number, and frowned. What the...

There went his siesta.


"Ashish?" Whoa, the voice was sexy.

"Yes?" He was wide awake now.

"Hi Ashish, Mrinalini here."

Mrina...oh, Mrinalini. The RJ!

A second, and he was all ears. In fact he was all everything.

"Uh, hi! Hey..thanks for calling."

Finally, all those emails paid off.

"You wanted to meet?"

He fell back on his pillow. Ahh!


He looked at his watch for the 500th time. Was he looking good? He checked his breath, ran a hand through his hair. The usual guy things. They'd agreed to meet up at Ulsoor lake. They could've met up in a cafe, but she preferred it that way. And he was ok with it so long as she agreed to meet him. And then she walked in. Oh boy, was she beautiful or what.

She came up to him, with a faint hint of short breath. Maybe she walked a bit. He didn't seem to notice any car outside. Good. He could give her a ride home. They sat on the bench.

He smiled at her. She smiled back. He smiled some more, nervously now, not knowing what to say. She raised her brows and smiled again.



"So, say something."

He was sheepish.

She turned to him for a better view and threw her hair back, which almost killed him. No, not the hair..his heart stopped for a fleeting second that is...

"Do you know how many emails you sent me?"

He shook his head.

"54, to be precise."

He grimaced. That's all? So much for being an admirer.

She read his mind.
"Well, I've received more fan-mail, but you were different."

Ah, so it proved it. He had a way around girls. He settled in now.

"So, what is it that you 'so badly' wanted to talk with me?"

He scratched his head. "Don't know, Mrinalini. I your voice. I mean, you're so damn good." She raised a single eye-brow. He bit his lip. Damn good? all those rehearsals in front of the mirror and all he could come up with was 'damn good?'

"Err..what I meant''s - wow!" He chuckled.

"Thanks." She smiled coyly.

"So..what is different in my emails?" His turn to interrogate. Anyway this is how any real conversation could come about. So he played it straight, like her.

"Ummm, don't know. The way you use your words, perhaps?"

"How do I use my words?"

"Ashish.." She frowned mockingly.

"Ok, ok."

They spoke about themselves, he about his personal life, interests etc etc..and she followed suit. To cut a long story short, they got comfy with each other.

She looked in his eyes for a moment and turned her gaze on him. "You know, I wanted to meet you. At least to see who you were. At least once. I really liked the way you persisted in your emails. Maybe you should try your hand scripting my shows."

"Sure! But why did you want to meet me only once?" He feigned disappointment.

She smiled. "Once is enough, don't you think? You've met me, so my inbox can breathe now."

"Don't be too sure." They laughed over it and she looked away dreamily at the ducks in the pond.

"It's so calming to see them, na?"


"The ducks, stupid."

"Oh, the ducks. Hmmm, yeah." He gazed at the birds now.

"Sometimes I want to jussst float along, like these guys."


"Yeah. Have you ever..?"

"What? Floated? NO way!"

"Offoh! No, I mean thought about them."

He shook his head.

"Well, you could try."

And then, with a heave she shoved him into the lake.

"What the..."


"Wake up, you lazy oaf. We've a movie to catch."

Sudhanshu, his roomie stood over him, with a mug of water in his hand.

"And who's this Mrinalini huh?" Sud had a smirk on his face. Ashish grabbed the cell from his hand and read the messages. Gosh, 2 messages and a missed call.

He clicked to view the message - Please don't sent me any more emails or I'll have to call the police - Mrinalini.



Krish said...

Ha! Ha! Well..compared to other "twisty" entries, this is a little different...rather tame and predictable. Guess I got used to the 'unexpected' twists.

Nice anyway..thanks for the distraction. :)

Full2 Faltu said...

Expected ending. Always happens to me. Even when i don't persist so much.

Nice read


phatichar said...

krish: you're welcome always! :)

punds: that's expected of you, in any case. :)

SilenceKilled said...

Quite different from what u write...
Great description....

Vin said...

this was too gud... "What? Floated? NO way!"
was really funny ..... liked the ending too.. :-)

phatichar said...

silence: thanx.. :)

vin: :) thanx, ma'am..

itchingtowrite said...

nice one ha ha
good ending

Prerona said...

nice ...

Prerona said...

i thought she will turn out be the ghost of a girl who drowned in a pool (hence i DIDNT float - I drowned) lol. Nice change - from macabre to funny :P

shub said...

Googly in more than one sense :) One is the last line, and the other, as usual I expected a gory, macabre end. Didn't happen!
You rock :D [ and I lie. Just kidding! You're a master story teller, Ramana! :) ]

Ash said...

Nice one :)

Sudipta Chatterjee said...

Phatichar... this is top quality stuff. Funny and nice and a lot more. Great! Keep 'em coming!

dharmu said...

this one was really funny. to confess, i was expecting a murder plot in the ulsoor lake.
like, floating body or something.

too good.

prasil said...

Haha! I had a laugh :)

phatichar said...

itchingtowrite; :) thx..

Prerona: heheh..that would've been typical me, huh?

shub: long time...:) thx..u flatter me, truly...

Ash: thanx dear..

Sudipta: thanx babu moshai.. :)

dharmu: hey.. :)thx..r u in india btw?

prasil; thanx...

Di said...

he he...gud one..u really dreamt it or was it complete fiction?!

//"In fact he was all everything"

phatichar said...

Di: Totalllly fiction.. :)

manuscrypts said...

ouch..sleeping duck!!

phatichar said...

manu: :)

Gubbacchi said...

Nice one :)

enigma said...

sweet! i pity ashish though.. i know how it feels when u get those "It might have been" dreams!

phatichar said...

gubbacchi: thanks..

enigma: hmmm, really?

The Smiling Girl said...

Uhhh... here also the crime element.. but I like this one.. :)

The Smiling Girl said...

WHy dont u write an out and out romantic story? :)

Popsickle said...

Hey was just blog hopping and came across your blog.. really liked this story.. Man ! Why haven't I ever thought of throwing a guy into Ulsoor lake ??!! Ah well, the next one who troubles me gets to swim.. ;-))))

Sachin R K said...

Hilarious :)))

Priya Iyer said...

:)) loved this...

phatichar said...

priya: thx :)

Mampi said...

Finally you saved someone's life. Punnya milega aapko.