Karma, Cupid & I
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Karma, Cupid & I by Nethra Ram
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A constant ringing in my ear from all the phone calls I had made during the day distracted me momentarily from the joke VJ was cracking. A second later though, I was in on it, and with a satisfied grin I headed to the coffee machine down the corridor. When I got back with my zodiac mug full of steaming caffeine, my phone was ringing. Hello, Hi. Is this Madhumita? Yes, Madhumita, I am Raghu. We met at Surekhas wedding, remember? Of course! I thought sarcastically. No, I couldnt remember him. Because I dont remember guys I meet. I remember guys I fight with! This one clearly wasnt on my hit list. Umm We talked about outsourcing. Oh yes! How did he get my number? I got your number from Surekha. Hope you dont mind. Ok, hes a mind-reader too? Oh Raghu. Yeah, thats fine. It struck me at that instant that I remembered him for something else, but I couldnt place my finger on it. I need to talk to you about something. Its important. Can we meet? How about 6.00PM, the CCD near your office? Uhh I know this is out of the blue, but it is really necessary that I meet you. Please. Ok, he won. He was polite, rare for men. Ok, Ill be there. Thank you. Nice day to you. And you. Bye. Bye.
I shut the flip close on my phone. Three pairs of eyes were fixed on me, anxiety doing a Mexican wave in each of them. You guys have work to do you know, I said. Oh! Shut up, went Appu. So who was he? What does he want? she cried, almost jumping out of her seat. Well his name is Raghu and hes a FOAF and told me theres something important he wants to discuss with me, I replied. Did he say what it was? Danny questioned. Nope, I replied. Oh my God! I had agreed to meet with a stranger just because he was polite and supposedly had something to tell me. I seriously felt the need for common sense lessons! So are you going to meet him? VJ asked. I said I would be there. Looks like I have to, I replied. This was followed by a moments silence where my workmates ingested the fact I had supplied them with and tried coming up with something for or against it. My caffeine concoction had understood a minute ago that it wasnt my priority anymore and had stopped steaming. Finally, they let out sighs and shrugged. Their eyes held a clear message conference call at 7.00PM for the FIR. I picked up the mug and headed towards my cubicle. The clock on my desktop read 11.00AM. * * * The morning zoomed by, or maybe it was just good ol Einsteins relativity thing at work. I picked up my bag and prepared to leave at 5.45PM. CCD was just a couple of blocks away and I could make it in about five minutes even if I had to crawl on all fours! I looked across at my team. VJ held two thumbs up. Appu had her fingers crossed and Danny winked. I smiled at them and walked out towards the elevators. I walked into CCD at 5.55PM pretty impressed with myself (I had to wait for an elevator). Sam gave me a good evening salute that I returned. My gang was as frequent there as coffee beans! Danny and I had downed the Devils Own so many times that if the devil were to pick his own, we would definitely be top of his list. I scanned the tables to see if there were any occupied by a single guy staring at me. None. Good. I was early and that meant I neednt have clumsy on my behavior list for the evening and I could pretend like I had been waiting for ages and throw some attitude. I picked up a chocolate milkshake and headed to my favourite corner table for four. I took a sip and resumed my people watching. I had hardly gone past two tables when a guy walked in through the door. He paused for half a second and located me. His face lit up with a smile of recognition and I returned half of it hesitantly. He didnt wait for it though because he went on to hold the door open for someone. A moment later my sister Aditi walked in. Her face appeared flushed and her eyes dropped to the floor as he
took her arm and led her towards my table. I buried a stunned face in my milkshake for those few seconds, which confirmed Einsteins theory yet again and stretched to ages!