Friday, February 13, 2009

Twist in the tale

An year back , specifically last new year,J bought this wonderful metallic spark car selling his old Zen.This car has a special place in my heart. It was this car that took me for our first romantic date on the Vday when J gave me a leaf shaped ring & I presented him a Titan watch! From then on the car became an integral part of our romance and later in all our family occasions.

Now in all these days I have never once driven the car nor have I tried driving because my dear friends, I cant drive! Technically according to J, I have been learning car driving for the past one year. Please dont give a gasp.. I'll explain. I started my driving classes and due to my concentrations in other stuff like marriage, marriage, marriage..etc I never went regularly. Then one day I got married and shifted to a new place leaving my driving school behind!!
Now after nearly 6 months when my LLR expired I woke up with a jolt and took up a class in a near by place.
So I own another LLR and I'm supposed to take my driving test this Saturday.

Now coming back to the story,this sunday I decided to practise my driving in our Sparky. We started off from our home and went to a very deserted road. It was easy to find one on a Sunday afternoon. For once I was happy that I was driving quite okay and after exhausting in the road, we moved to another lane.I managed to reach the end of the lane which now looked perpendicular to the main road. Now its time to turn back.
So I try to take a turn and the car stops. I start again ..again the car stops. Now I have reached nearly the middle of the road and the car doesnt is going to reach the other end and unfortunately there is a hurdle - a footpath. J says "Break.. Break.. Break.." and all I remember is me dashing a tree in front and as I look up , I'm surrounded by smoke!!!!!!
Tears drop from my eyes.
"Car is totally damaged!.. get down" tells J,
I get down and feel shocked about the intensity of the damage.
"Why did u go so fast !! I was shouting you to stop"
"I didnt press the accelerator .. "
As I utter these words I realize much to my embarrasement that I have pressed the accelerator instead of break !! And as he uttered "Break break break" I have pressed the accelerator even more firmly.(Did someone interchange A & B )

The car refused to start and we had to call the helpline and they had to tow it and go.
"Noone can damage a car like this..!! "
he says "Come lets have pani puri"
and we walk to the chaat shop when J says, "Madam did you come for a stroll in the road?..!!" in his usual critic way and I keep a puppy face.

To make things worse the insurance expired on Saturday mid night and so we had to camouflage and gave the time of accident as Saturday!

P.S: The car is totally damaged with a big estimate which I donot want to disclose! The engine is totally out. But insurance is cleared!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Expressions -02

Expressions refer to a fiction series in this blog. Catch up with the previous parts with the label Expressions .
Click here to check the first part.

The words , "The Mermaid" hung across the tiny shop in the corner of the very busy street. A lovely flower vase with fresh white lilies welcomed the customers.

Rows of colorful dupattas occupied the left hand corner of the shop followed by mix and match pattialas.

Lines of salwar suites hung in the center part of the shop and a separate small section for western wear lined the rear end.

At 7:30 pm the shop was quite empty with only a couple of ladies browsing.

There was a small dressing room suitably placed with mirrors & it was knocked by a little girl in a pinafore.
"Amma..come out soon.. I'm hungry..."
"Wait sweety... will be back soon.. just be calm.."

The girl was interrupted by a lady in a green salwar.She was tall ,slender and wheatish in complexion. Her high heeled sandal complemented her foot.People would never fail to take a second look at her lovely face.

"Hi kutti.. here have a chocolate.. your mom would be here very soon.."
"No thanks aunty.. amma will scold me... "
"no no.. come here I will tell "
"ummm... thanks aunty.. err... I want to sit in this chair... its very high.."
"Haha.. there now you are seated .. happy?"
"Aunty...can I get one more choc.."

Her words were interrupted by her mom who was moving towards the cash counter rapidly.

"Dhivya thats the fifth chocolate you are eating today!! Did I not tell you to sit down quietly..why are you disturbing aunty.."

"Thats not a problem..she is such a sweety Mrs.Mani..that would be total 3098..hope you liked our new salwar collections.."

"Yes.. they are awesome. I have already decided to come another round...anyways its getting late..see ya..tell bye to Aunty dear.."
"Bye Aunty" ..
"Bye kutti.."

Signed Anu closing the cash register.

****To be Continued