Posted: 12 July 2006 at 10:48am
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Koki comes out of her bathroom after taking a shower. She is still in a pink bathrobe when she picks up her coffee and paper. Browsing through the pages she finds something that makes her very happy. Dressing in record time she runs out of the room…the camera focuses upon an advertisement announcing the concert of Karnatic music singer Padma Mahaswari giving a concert. "I don't believe this the woman whose music I enjoy is coming to the very place I am staying in – Mumbi. I can't miss this golden opportunity I am going to meet her some how." Down Koki came skipping down and dashed out after grabbing some toast.
When she goes to the shop and buys the ticket, "Do you have any of her albums? I want to take a look at them." They did and Koki buys, seven of the albums out of the ten that were available in the shop. The sales person joked, "You seem to like her music a lot."
"Yes I really love her music." Koki answered and continued, "I am hopping to meet her."
"Then you're wish has come true." Says a voice behind her, Koki turns around and there stands Padma Mahashwari (played by Shabana Azmi) "Good Morning." She is dressed in a classical fawn cotton sari, neatly pined…the only jewellery she wore were a chain, with some bangles that matched her dress, a watch and small earrings. Her bindi was set with a round red sticker…small but detectable, the smile that could win any heart. "Namastha madam. I am Koki, a pop music singer, there is so much I want to talk to you about."
"I am familiar with you. Why don't you come to my home we will speak in the comfort." Koki immediately agreed. When Koki entered she found her self in a beautiful house, a room filled with many books on poetry and prose. "Come I will make us some tea." Koki sat on the kitchen slab and watched as Padma made tea. The care with witch is set the water to boil and then adding the tea powder, letting them simmer on. On another she placed some milk and warmed them but took it off before it boiled and poured it into a tea mug of a china tea set. When the tea was 'ready' she transferred filtered the contents into a tea pot, placing some cakes took the whole tray and lead Koki to the balcony were she had set a table and some chairs made in bamoo. A large view of nature was available. The fresh wind blew through Kuki's hair, as she observed her host. "You have a great western influence in you're habits."
"You observed – yes I had a very close English friend. Milk or lime with sugar or honey?"
"Milk and sugar please." Koki answered as she gratefully accepted the tea and cake she was offered. "Home made." She declared tasting it.
"Yes help you're self as much as you want. I can see you really enjoy it." Padma sat back crossed leg with her own tea. "What is it you wanted to talk to me about?"
"I don't know were to start – it is just that I happened to stumble on you're song and well I really liked it…so much that I became you're fan." Koki tried to explain. "Actually when I hared you're song I felt some thing pass through me…"
"Darling music has that effect on everyone, it kindlers all the old emotions in a new way, when you sing or listen to music there is always a magic that is set around it. Singing is one thing, listening is another but talking about that pleasure is something completely different. A friend of mine once said, music does not control the wild beast, it destroys it." After this statement for nearly two hours Koki and Padma talk until Koki has to leave. "I will await you today evening." Padma says as she hugs Koki good by. After she left Padma cries a bit and then goes away sadly inside the house. "It is good she does not know – for now."
Koki entered the large hall were everything is ready, she walks confidently towards the front row and seated her self and spent a whole evening immerged in the music.
In the mean time Mukti was sitting in Mahash's room and working on her presentation for the next day. When she works Mahash comes in with a plate of food and says, "Mukti beta, jab tum kaam karo I will feed you. Now open you're mouth." Mukti opens he feeds her a spoon. Mukti is typing away and Mahash is feeding her. Vishaka comes to ask him something and sees this seen and smiles, "Chahu you take such good care of Mukti, in this rate you will want her to always be with you."
"Her job is like that she needs to place extra effort in her work. That is why she needs to be fed, she already missed a meal." Mahash explains to her. The smile on Vishaka's face tightens but she stays silent. "You know she is working for a very large project and for this she had a meal bar. Another today and Snaha will have my blood. Babi would be excused because she has all of you to take care of but me no, never, you know how Snaha is." Vishaka only nods.
"Chacu bass I can't eat more." Mukti says – clearly she does not want to eat but Mahash forces her fondly.
"Thoda aur beta, thoda aur." Mahash persuades her and Vishaka leaves the place.