Saturday, March 3, 2012

The Dilemma

After having a sumptuous dinner and couple of drinks of their favorite cocktails at an exquisite multi cuisine restaurant on a Sunday evening, Sameer was abruptly moved from the flirtatious and romantic world on the seventh cloud to the hard hitting practicalities on the earth when he saw the bill presented to him by the charming waitress with a grin on her face. While handing over his credit card to her, he blurted “Your maintenance cost is becoming unbearable for me these days!” Pallavi smirked and snapped him saying “And you still bear it when you know that it’s going to be a dead investment with no returns!”

Sameer faked ignorance and was staring at the waitress whose gait would make any man stare at her arse. In a spontaneous response, Pallavi leaned forward on the table and clicked her fingers in front of Sameer while saying “Shall we move??”

Exactly 4 days before, at 6:30 am in the morning, when Sameer was still lying in his bed, his cell phone ranged. He picked up the call and got to hear “Happy Birthday Sameer! “ He and Pallavi talked for almost half hour on that call. As usual their conversation was full of arguments. Pallavi insisted on Sameer giving her a party on his birthday in Delhi. Sameer refused saying he does not have time and money to fly all the way from Bangalore to Delhi and do a favor on a girl who doesn’t even qualify to be his girl friend. Pallavi hit him back saying that their friendship was a tragic mistake committed by her and she would prefer to be a nun in the church rather than becoming his girl friend. He called his trip to be a dead investment if he would do it. “You would be in Delhi in next 7 days for giving me a party “, this was the last line she spoke before hanging up the phone. On the same day in the afternoon, Sameer received a parcel in his office through courier. It was from Pallavi. When he opened it, he was delighted to see 5-6 music CDs in the box. They had covers of his all time favorite artists such as John Lennon, Bob Marley, Jim Morison, Guns N Roses and Led Zeppelin. However his joy was short lived. Soon he realized that those were just covers of the CDs. At the corner of the box was lying a Nike shoe along with a note saying ‘Throw me a party in Delhi on the coming weekend to get the CDs and the other shoe of the pair. Happy Birthday!’ Sameer smiled to himself and booked the return flight tickets for the weekend. The thought that he could buy all that stuff in Bangalore for the cost less than the return flights for Delhi did not even cross his mind.

After the dinner, Pallavi drove Sameer to her home. They were teasing and fighting with each other along the way. When they reached her home, Pallavi gifted him the stuff missing from the parcel and told him that she kept her word. Sameer replied sarcastically that he was dying to get this stuff. He could have never purchased it in his life! Both bid good night to each other and went to their bed rooms. Five minutes later, Sameer came to her room. He looked at her. He turned and was about to exit the room. He stopped for a moment and confessed to her “Pallavi, all the things I told you about the Russian babes in Goa are untrue. I did not even meet any of them.” Pallavi got up and hugged him from back. Caressing his neck and mane with her hands, in a hushed voice, she told him “And all the things I told you about Yuvraj have never happened. Yes I know Yuvraj and still dream about him at night. But sadly he doesn’t even know me and obviously he wouldn’t even be thinking about me. Although he would be having lot of spare time these days since he is not playing cricket for last six months.” Moments later Sameer kissed her on lips and hugged her tightly. Soon they were inside her bed wrapped under the blanket.

Sameer got up early in the morning at 6. He rushed to Airport to catch his return flight. He did not even wake her up before leaving. Later in the day, around 1 pm, Sameer got an SMS from Pallavi saying “I did not go to office today.”

Sameer replied with the capital letter “Y”.

Pallavi texted him back saying “Because I slept till late in the morning. You did not let me sleep last night “.

Sameer replied “Yeah Baby. My fire on the bed would have kept you awake the whole night: P”

Pallavi replied “No bastard. You were snoring so loudly the whole night!!”

Sameer replied “Ha ha ..LOL :D” when he could have replied asking her why did she not move to the other bedroom then.