Posted July 5, 2008on:
They thought of going to a famous restaurant, which was on the way, for a cup of coffee. As Tina entered the restaurant she got shocked! She didn’t know what to do. She just wanted to turn around and run. And that’s exactly what she did!
Rahul came after her too, confused.
“What happened suddenly? Why are you crying?, he asked.
“Nothing, please take me home.”
“Arey, but WHAT HAPPENED?” he asked with exasperation.
“Girls!!!!!” he thought
Tina was crying relentlessly now. She just wanted to go home.
No, she didn’t want to go home… never!
“How could she! How could she!”
“What was she doing here? Why? How?”
So many questions! She couldn’t think properly.
She again asked Rahul to take her somewhere, anywhere but home!
Now Rahul was also worried. He took her to his place and made coffee for both of them. He waited for her to come around. Tina had stopped crying but her eyes brimmed with tears every now and then.
“Something is seriously wrong!” he talked to himself.
He waited for her to say something on her own. He knew her moods too well; after all they were friends since as long as he remembered.
“I saw mom with somebody, some man, at the restaurant. How could she do this?” she said without a preamble.
“Arey, what’s there to get so upset about? It might be a business meeting or they might be good friends.” Rahul didn’t understand the fuss.
“But the way they were sitting… there has to be something! Her eyes watered again. “How could she do this to me and dad?”
“Dad? Tina, it’s been 12 years since your dad passed away! Don’t be unreasonable!”
“But still…” she didn’t want to give up.
“Look Tina, first of all there are all the chances that it was purely a friendly meet. And in-case it was not, if your mom was having ‘something’, as you put it, doesn’t she deserve to be happy?”
“But how could she? She is a mother, my mother!”
“She is a woman too! She is the best mom anybody could have. You agree to that, don’t you?”
Tina nodded meekly.
“She has given her best years of her life to you and your sister. Do you think it was easy for her with your dad not around?”
Tina was looking at Rahul with a new perception.
“Did she ever failed in any of her duties? Be it being a mother, a bread earner, your friend or even, at times, a father? She has done everything for you guys so that you two should not face any problems.
When your dad died you were of not more than 5 years and your sister was just of two. Have you ever imagined what it would have been for her to be widowed at the age of 29?
She didn’t remarry so you two should not get compromised…
Why should she be deprived of a simple emotion which is called happiness? Doesn’t she deserve it? And if that happiness comes from her being close to somebody, why should you make such hue and cry?
And, all said and done, you don’t even know whether her meeting with that man was professional or otherwise. Don’t jump to the conclusions…
Think Tina, think!”
Tina just stared in the oblivion…
Ting tong… Ting Tong
As her mother opened the door, Tina simply hugged her tight and started crying.
“I love you, mom. I love you”