Monday, July 16, 2007

Her eye's view

After a hard day's work, she was sitting in a swing in the balcony of her flat, with a cup of coffee in her hand. Nowadays, this has become her favourite way of destressing herself. The swinging action gives her body a rhythm which brings back the memories of her childhood. It reminds her of the summer holidays which she used to spend in her grandma's house. The innumerable hours, she with her cousins, used to play in the swing, in the mangrove. Big battles were fought to decide who will swing first and how long. Those were the memories which refused to leave her, which brings back a smile to her face even after so many years.

Looking down from her balcony, she could see many glimpses of a busy metropolitan city life. There were buses and vehicles rushing past in the road below. People were frantically rushing towards their destinations. Everyone is busy with their own lives. Everyone is in a search for a better life, a better job, true love, more money and many other things which they feel will bring them happiness. This mad rush had been a part of the life for some time now. Four years back when she came to this city with a job, leaving the close comforts of her home, she had no idea that life in this city will change her attitude and views to such a great extend. It had transformed her into a different person, a person whom she herself finds it difficult to relate to, at times.

She shuddered at the flow of these unnecessary thoughts. She glanced around. Towards her left, inside the flat in the floor just below hers, she could see a woman in her kitchen. Her face is red with all the smoke and heat that is emanating from the vessel. She was preparing something in a hurried manner. Maybe her husband is about to reach home after a day's work and its already dinner time. It made her wonder whether she will be there in that woman's place any day. A marriage? She hasn't found a person to get married to and she is already thinking about cooking a meal for him. She laughed at her own folly. After all dreams, they are sky bound.

In the balcony of the flat two floors below, she could see two cute little girls playing with their dolls. They had got a papa doll, mama doll and two other dolls as children. They were enacting the whole play as in papa goes to work, mama cooks and cleans, children go to school, the whole happy family drama. It reminded of her own childhood games with her girlfriends and dolls. How much fun they had while acting as loving mamas, bringing up their dolls as their own children, cooking meals for them and dressing them up in beautiful frocks. She still has the first doll which she got as a present from her aunt, somewhere deep inside her cupboard. She doesn't feel like giving it away though it had been years since she stopped using it. Maybe we cling on to certain things because they give us a breather in those moments when we feel like giving it all up.

Suddenly she could hear the loud music and feel the thumping on the floor. A bunch of teenagers must be partying in the adjacent flat. Those carefree days, when all you worried about was what clothes to wear and which classes to bunk. Gossiping all the way through a plate of pani-puri, those hush hush conversations about secret crushes, the teachers you silently admired, the list of craziness never ended. She misses her friends, friends who have chosen their own paths and moved ahead in life. Friends whom she lost contact with many years ago. Sometimes she feels being ambitious makes life much more difficult to live. Somewhere down the line, in the process of being successful, you miss out on the small happy moments with your friends, family and loved ones. At the same time, she is happy about whatever she has achieved in her professional life. She let out a sigh thinking about the irony of the whole situation.

In the balcony of the flat on her right side, she could see an old woman in her armchair. She has seen this lady at the same place so many times. Someone had even told her that the old woman is a widow and her children are all settled aboard. She is living in the flat with a servant. She imagined what it feels like to be living all alone when you are old. Inspite of being young and having a hectic work schedule, she finds herself lonely at times. Boring weekends, lonely evenings have all become a part of her life. All of a sudden, she felt sorry for the old woman. She said a silent prayer for her.

Different lives, different phases. She may have donned a dozen roles in her life, but she has more to don and many more acts to play.

She continued swinging, sipping coffee.

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15 Comments:

At July 18, 2007 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Dhanya said...

Sitting in the swing of balcony you have beutifully gone through all the life's phases.. Good post :)

 
At July 18, 2007 at 9:06 PM , Blogger Dewdrop said...

@dhanya

Thanks. Keep visiting :)

 
At July 18, 2007 at 10:36 PM , Blogger KbHbEjTi said...

I love the way you narrate.
Another glittering dew drop!!

 
At July 19, 2007 at 12:14 AM , Blogger Pratibha said...

So very beautiful my dear... could see bits and pieces of my life as well in your story.. i dint read the post i felt it...very well written :)

 
At July 19, 2007 at 12:20 AM , Blogger Dewdrop said...

@kbhejti

Thanks. I am happy you liked it.

@pratibha

After all, women wherever they are think alike. :)

 
At July 29, 2007 at 1:15 AM , Blogger Mohammed S Nulwala said...

Happy blogging

Regards

 
At July 30, 2007 at 4:27 PM , Anonymous Prongs said...

hey,
haven't seen any post from you in long time.
don't stop after such an amazing post.
can't wait to read more

 
At August 2, 2007 at 1:45 AM , Blogger pophabhi said...

You've captured each swing that she took beautifully. The phases, the ticking of the clock, and finally a silence.

And it must be true that 'she' is you, sans the details.

 
At August 2, 2007 at 8:45 AM , Blogger Dewdrop said...

@mohammed

Thanks :)

@prongs

I am not writing due to the heavy time crunch i am facing. Will post more soon.

@popabhi

Thanks :)

The point about it being me, well, i think anyone of us can relate to it. :)

 
At October 3, 2007 at 12:39 PM , Blogger novice said...

hey..
thought of getting a glimpse fo ur posts after i found you comment on my blog..
loved this one!!... found a similatiry in the way we pick up simple things, give it a perspective and make it an interesting read!!
i am sure to frequent your blog from now on! could i know ur name though?

 
At October 11, 2007 at 8:24 AM , Blogger Roji Abraham said...

Excellent writing Hima ! That was a good short story. Something a lot of people can identify with.

keep up the good work

 
At December 17, 2007 at 8:38 AM , Blogger Bindu Kumar said...

:)

 
At December 18, 2007 at 10:59 PM , Blogger Aroj said...

Beautifully poetic :-)

 
At December 19, 2007 at 12:19 AM , Blogger Aroj said...

wow..thanks :-)

I come back from lunch to read some more of your writings, and theres this comment from you already... :-)

 
At December 21, 2007 at 11:48 AM , Blogger Dewdrop said...

@novice

I am happy u liked this post. Keep visiting

@roji

Thanks a lot!!!

@bindu

:))

@aroj

Thanks and keep visiting :)

 

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