A train moving fast towards its destination. Stations after stations were passing by. In the second class AC coach everyone was dozing off in the afternoon.
She was sitting all alone by herself. Eyes glued to the magazine she was holding in her hand, but thoughts were running away in other direction. She was bit tensed, her looks told.
Opposite to her was sitting a boy who was busy gazing at her and noticing every change in her expressions. He was noting down something every now and then.
Both were completely ignoring what sceneries were passing outside the window and the hawkers who came in the coach to sell something.
The time passed and it was 5 in the evening when she finally tore off her gaze from the magazine and took notice of her surrounding. It was then that she noticed the boy. She changed her intrest to another family sitting on the side berth. They had a small kid who was equally tired of the long journey and was crying. The mother was trying to comfort him somehow. Father was giving them an irritated look, for disturbing the others.
She stood up from her place and walked towards the toilets. The sudden jerk in the train got her imbalanced and she stumbled but managed to stand again. While she was returning, the train had stopped at a small station. She got down to get some refreshment and tea. While she was stepping up the door the train started to move and before she could understand a strong arm took hold of her arm and pulled her up.
Back on her seat, she thanked him and again lost in her magazine. But was easily getting distracted, and looking out of the window with a frown. It was getting dark by now and nothing was visible clearly fro the tinted window of the AC coach.
Seeing her so frustrated, boy tried to talk her out of her boredom. It was then she got to know that the boy was a struggling script writer who was looking for a female character in his story and that he based it on her. She told him that she was an orphan who lived with her maternal uncle and aunt who were not good to her. So she had applied for a job far from her hometown. Actually to escape from their torture.
The hello hi of the train journey became a good friendship of their life. The girl got good job in an private company with high package and the boy got a picture made on his script. It was a hit and he got the credit for it. He gave the whole credit to her and they became more then friends.
One fine morning he came along with his parents and friends to her home. It was a nice small apartment with greenery around. She was about to leave for office when the doorbell rang and on opening the door she found all of them at her door step. She welcomed them in with a smile, to her drawing room with minimal furniture, white and peach curtains of lace and net hanging on the big windows facing the park of their society. Her apartment was on second floor and the balcony was big enough to seat a party of 5 members. The apartment had her characteristics visible in decoration with simplicity, cleanliness and specious place speaking of her inner beauty.
His mom said she is perfect for the occasion wearing yellow saree with broad red border, with red binding on her forehead making her wheatish complexion glow even more. Big eyes lined with kohl and neutral pearl color on her lips. Golden bracelet on left wrist and brown leather strapped round dial with mother of pearl base watch on her right wrist.
She was bit astonished, for what occasion was his mother talking about. And when she looked at him puzzled and said she is already running late for office so if he tells the reason for comming so alarmingly, it would be good. He only smiled but his mother again said that now onwards she is not to worry about office and work or money, but only if she accepts the proposal of her son with love and without feeling any pressure.
She was dumb struck and without blinking gazing at his mother. It was then his mother came slowly to her and touched her palm lightly and placed a ring on her ring finger and looked with hope in her eyes.
She bent down to touch her feet with a blush on her cheeks and then turned to his father to touch his feet. And she was gathered into his arms and welcomed by cheers and claps from friends.
Soon the most awaited night came and the whole night echoed with the wedding chants and with the laughter of friends and family. On their wedding night he got a call from a director and was asked to write a script of a block buster hit Tamil film, but was required to stay in chennai for the required period of time. The boy couldnot refuse to the offer because it was from an well known big director who was very selective about everything related to his movie, so the boy didn’t want to miss the opportunity. He told everyone about this offer the next day and very one started praising her for being a lucky charm for him. He nicknamed her as his lady luck. And in a week he went off to chennai.
Though the girl was sad as they didn’t get proper time to be togather and he had to go leaving her but she was happy for him, too. They used to talk on phone, whatsapp, face time. But as her work was demanding too, she could not took time off to go to chennai. She began missing him now even more, so one day she planned to surprise him and risked her job by taking an day off at the time of project go on air time. And landed at chennai airport. Called her husband saying that she needs to know the address to send some gift. He replied sadly that he will not be able to receive as he was staying with the director of the original film and he has taken him out for a weekend for a better understand and bond between the two as he was working on the script of his film.
She couldnot control her tears and a sob escaped from her mouth. He then realised that she herself was the gift and began feeling bad for them both. She then hung up the phone giving him a kiss over the phone, as she understood his situation.
By the time he could convince Tamil director and reached airport her flight back to home took off. With the tears swelling up 8 his eyes too he waved to the plane.
Back home she busied herself in her work and tried to take her mind off from the lonelyness she felt from his absence. Time at home she used to fill with spending with in laws. The talks on phone, face time and whatsapp continued.
Time passed by and after 2 months he returned. It was like a festival for her. They were busy catching up on the missed time when one day he planned to take her on the honeymoon. She was very excited. He went to his director’s office and she was packing their luggage when she got a call from him. Tears rolled down on her cheeks and she sat down on the bed with a thump. Her mother in law came and asked her what was the matter, why suddenly her glowing face became dull? Wiping her tears she told that the son of this director was getting married and they have to attend the wedding that too on the same day when they were about to leave for their honey moon destination. Her mother in law released a deep breath and kept a compassionate hand on her shoulder.
Next day he postponed their tickets to next month, so she was content with this. And happily went back to her job cancelling her holidays. One month passed and he was engrossed in his work and she was to meet the deadline again and this time she didn’t want to take any risk. So this time also their plan was postponed but not for more than a week. And finally it was cancelled. She then gave up on the hope because she understood the nature of his work. So whenever he used to say we will go this time and due to some meeting or some script work had to cancel, she only compassionately smiled and then got busy with her work. This went on for two years, and one fine day he finally gave the tickets in her hand to the her most favourite place, she applied for a week long leave and was granted.
Next week they flew off and enjoyed their stay. A week later at home, she was feeling very relaxed and refreshed. The routine work started again.
Two more years passed, he was a well known name now and she was promoted too . He got busier and she started feeling lonely. On evening she told him that she was thinking of taking a break from her job and spend more time with him, may be her loneliness will reduce. He said he was with her in any decision she takes.
She applied for a long break from the firm, stating that she will gain continue the job with them after the break. And that was agreed upon. She felt very light hearted that evening. The family celebrated the occasion.
For the first few days he spent the proper time with her but one day said that he had to go abroad for some script work on a foreign film, to talk about the rights and all. When she asked why he ? His reply was, he was launching himself as a director with this movie, because for how long can he write for others and sit back looking them under the lime light. On hearing this she became very happy and asked for how many days this time? And if she could join him?
On the day of leaving, she hugged him cried bitterly because she was refused the visa. But then she was happy for her husband. Again the old story repeated of calls and chats. This time 3 months passed and when he returned she threw a party.
With his directorial debut he hit the charts. And as a director too became a successful name. She from her side did whatever she could, to make him feel free for his work. Whenever there was some doubt he would ask her or being the nature of the field he was in, rumours came up she stood with him. People did try to make her go against him, but not successful. She always trusted him. Whatever he said was the only truth for her.
One day a letter arrived at the post and was a dressed to him. She opened it and was dumbstruck. When he called her up in the afternoon to enquire about her day, she in the last told him about the letter. To which he was struck too. When he came back that night, she asked was this real whatever was written in it about him. He shrugged it off and said no, actually it was a trick by his rivals who still consider him a mere script writer and his success doesn’t go down well with them. Everything was calmed down that moment and they slept soundly.
He had started coming home late now a days but made a point to ask her about her day at home and after that went to sleep, sometimes without listening to what she was answering to her enquiry.
Years passed but they didn’t get another chance to go out. And he became more busy and the rumor mills were grinding fast. She was noticing some change in him, now a days. But said nothing, for she thought it was her mind playing tricks. Even in his whatsapp dp and face time dp there was drastic change, he kept the pic of radhakrishna and murugun swamy with two wives of his. She asked whim why sudden change? From past 4 years and a half the same dp because he didn’t want to attract unwanted attention. Then why now? To this he said it was like an lucky charm plus his pic was attracting unknown people so changed. To this she laughed and teased him of scratching the face of any radha who would dreams to come near his love. This happened twice or thrice. She asked him to cut shot another dp to one wife and murugun swampy to which he cropped both the wives. Everything was taken lightly and was forgotten by her.
He grew more busy and she more lonely. She started feeling suffocated and squeezed now. But never came up with any complaints. Her in laws Meanwhile shifted to their beach house. And came now and then to visit them. She thought may it’s the reason why she is feeling more lonely. So she invited them to stay with them. They did come but for a month and then returned back as they didn’t want to disturb their privacy, to which she opposed a lot. The day when they were returning, he got ready in a very desirable way that she longed to keep him on her side. She said to him jokingly if he was seeing someone these days and he was taken aback. But recovered soon and smiled sheepishly saying no its all in her mind.
Continued in next part….