Monday, March 08, 2010

She called me

I saw her number flash on my mobile screen as the ringing tone filled the empty dim lighted corridor of my office. I decided to ignore it.
After 9 rings:
"Hi Mandy, how're you? I just called to..."
"Please Shruti, this is not a good time. I'm kind of in the middle of something."
"I know you don't want to talk to me, but please listen to me. I just wanted to..."
"You've always been so persistent. God! I felt so stifled when we were together. Everything had to be about you! Last few months have been so liberating."
"But I can't help it Mandy, this is who I am. I can't change now."
"Oh sure, but I could, isn't it? Mandy don't do this, Mandy do that, Mandy this..."

After fifteen minutes:
At the other end of the corridor, I saw silhouette of Mr. Mehta waving at me. I looked at my watch.
"Listen Shruti, I don't have time to listen to you crying over the phone. Please could you not do this. I am seriously in the middle of something right now."
I disconnect the call.
"Gosh! I wish she was here. Why do I still miss her? Bitch!" I spoke to myself in low voice as I hurried to the grand hall in the office campus.
"Mandeep, where had you been? Everybody is waiting!"
"Yes Mehta ji, I'm really sorry. Was attending an important call."
As I entered the grand hall, I saw everyone dressed up and a banner that read "Happy Birthday Sirjee". I heard my mobile beep an incoming message signal which was drowned under the "Happy Birthday" song which everybody started singing.
The message was from Shruti.
"Happy Birthday Mandy."

11 comments:

Aniket said...

Good one there Abhishek. We see lots of cases like Mandy in corporate life and elsewhere these days. Life is so fast and people so prejudiced and judgemental that sometimes they miss out on some precious things.

Keep writing :)

manish said...

It was touching :D

Alok said...

goods.. liked...

Kunal said...

Nice one..

Paradox said...

hmmmmm.. made me think... that's all :-)

Atul Dwivedi said...

hmmm ... you should not forget b'day dude :P

Altamish said...

I love the end. The small message, which is tiny compared to the grand party, still gets noticed. ..

Abhishek said...

Thank you everyone for reading, and liking my story. :)
@Altamish: Didn't think of that aspect while writing the story though!

shashank said...

kewl

Shiben Bhattacharjee said...

chicks dont 4get bdays, lol

Abhishek said...

@Shiben: Honestly they don't! :D