Acrobatics & Math Hegemony
At around 11 ish.. she was late actually... Amma made her sing for an hour... when she got out of the house it was 11, she reached Dilli Haat around 1 ish
she wore a blue jeans and a pink Lacoste tee with a white cami..layers... and her white Old Navy hoodie,
hair in loong braid... she wore some pink white offwhite things in her wrists... beaded bracelety kind...
Amma wasnt thrilled but she didnt say anything
Amma and Appa hovered over her like CIA drones... interfering and cloying
"Why do u have to work tomorrow kanna? If u hang out late, u shud just rest tomorrow"
REALLY? THIS FROM AN AMMA THAT MADE HER CHANGE THREE BUSES ON THE DAY OF AUTO STRIKE FOR A RANDOM JOB INTERVIEW? "Amma, I am telling you, if he chooses to return to Delhi next week, I AM not his shopping guide tour guide anything, my review is coming up I havent rated my direct reports
I have peer feedback over ... flowing on each one of them padikkave 6 hours aagum, to read alone it will take 6 hours...last year I had one,
max two people reporting to me this year FOUR
I AM NOT EVEN INTERESTED IN THE BAY AREA RIGHT NOW (Sach ka saamna?)
She turned red and quickly dug into her upma...
"Coffee jillnu irukku, its cold" she sulked, getting up to go reheat in the microwave
"Kanna its a long time since u cooked u shud stay home tomorrow and make PUNJABI FOOD YOUR FAVORITE"
She dropped the china cup she picked up thankfully her coffee was in the steel tumbler THAT didnt fall
The cup broke all over the kitchen floor
She took a broom out and cleaned
Never mind, u are in a hurry u shud go" Amma said
I AM NOT IN A HURRY I WILL NOT COOK PUNJABI FOOD, WE OFFICIALLY STOPPED LOVING PUNJABI FOOD
"I only love IYER FOOD MA" she SAID She is a genius correct?... so she dropped that BIG FAT HINT for Amma and Appa They nodded conspiratorily "Avan adu daan pidikum nu solirpaan" "Srikanth must have told her he only loves Iyer food"
On the car drive she talked to herself... "An affair?"
Can I come out alive?"
the thought scared her... "does he even want an affair?"
"It must all be imagination"
He waited outside...
He hugged for the greeting, she quirmed a little.. but maybe a familiarity thing?
He was seeing her for the third time?
"Busy morning?" he asked politely
"amma paada vechutta" she muttered sulking "Amma asked me to sing"
"WHAT DID U SING?" he asked
She told him "Two Tyagaraja kritis, one Purandaradasa and one Abhang" Did u record it?" he asked eagerly
"NOOO! I never record anything, I sing an hour most days, well thats a lie I sing 4-5 hours a week, left to Amma I would sing 10 hours a week.
Avlav memory afford panna mudiyadu, we cant buy so many USB drives or storage space" she giggled
They walked through, spending an hour... walking chatting...
A street performer was doing an acrobatic act, people were crowded around him... 100s maybe...
R&B stood there in the crowd with his French buddies 2 women and 3 men...
He wore cargo shorts and a pistachhio green Lacoste...his feet were NOT in flip flops... clever... to avoid the dust most likely
He saw them approach, his eyes not leaving her... he wore Ray Bans... nothing ultra expensive nothing reeking "I AM A RICH PUNJABI"
So II HAD ONE MORE THING TO HATE ABOUT HIM
Couldnt he have been flashy and loud? Ayyo!!
His eyes followed them through the crowd, she was the tallest woman... she frequently rubbed her eyes as the dust flew
The man made room for her in front she slid up she turned to listen as he said something, he showed his arm a scar may be?
She peered and smiled... and said something loud... he made a wing like hand gesture
The acrobat invited Sree...
NO SREE, NO SREE, II panicked.. "Vendaam please... NO.. this not easy... u have no idea... polam vaango, aap chalo please" she aynked his forearm
The Dude tried to be all cowboy... but the II stopped him
R&B 's phone rang, he yanked the ear bud from his left ear and answered the phone...
One of his French female friends was summoned for the act... she handed him his purse squealed and ran into the crowd
The other friend standing by him said something in French and grabbed her Cartier purse, he smiled wide at the joke
And THATS WHEN SHE SAW HIM
They held the gaze for the longesttt time...
she didnt smile... the Rasam induced heartburn... he didnt either, but 50 feet from each other they know who they were looking at..
she didnt know until the girl was done that she was part of his group... her eyes followed the girl, she stood by a Fench dude
The crowd milled around after the act, Sree and II disappeared... he had 7 bags already...
He paused near a Kashmiri stall and began bargaining, she checked her messages...
Texted Akka... she said she was at Sector 12...II wondered why
" I am just here because I was bored" Akka texted
Sree began talking about the acrobat
"Ayyo ongalala mudiyadu, they act make it look easy but u cant do it" II had a startled looked
R&B walked by
Sree demanded a lower price the guy reluctantly agreed... at Rs. 42 each..
"Do u need 10?' she asked grinning
"37" he said proudly.. "OK 38 I can give u one" he said openly flirting...
To say color snaked from her toes to her hair scalp would be an understatement
R&B a foot away... LITERALLY with his firang group, they bought at the next stall
R&B and a guy were now at the Kashmiri vendor... R&B transalated fluently
YOU KNOW EVERYTHING IN FRENCH OTHER THAN "GET LOST" DONT U
For a second she thought about telling the French dude what R&B taught her...
AYYO VENDAAM.. HE WILL TORTURE ME IN PRIVATE NO... NO..
RAKSHASAN... U CANT SEE ME HAVING A LITTLE FUN?.. WHAT ARE U DOING HERE... WHERE ARE THE FIRANGS U WERE KISSING UP TO?.."TOUR GUIDE SAALA... she cursed..
Inadevertently she found herself placing an inch or two distance between Sree and herself
NO provocation, no glares from R&B... no grinding teeth... no Hindi film style rage...
He had his hands tucked in his pockets...
The guy said adtees? 38? at 42 and stared at R&B
Sree wanted 22 of the big ones at 63.. the owner got all confused...
"Rs.1596+ Rs 1386
R&B and II both spoke at the same time Rs. 2,982...
It ticked her off ofcourse because in one second he had displaced her Math hegemony...
Sree smiled at R&B
"You are as fast as her" Sree said proudly.. almost touching II
R&B did not say a word
AVAN PESA MAATTAN... AVANODA DAY JOB ENNA KODUMAI PADUTHARDU... AVAN NAAL POORA ENNA EPDI ELLAM SODIKKALAM THINK PANNUVAN
He wont talk, his day job is to torture me... he spends all day thinking how all he can torment me
That thought was very unsettling and R&B was not good for her heart...
"I ve not scored less than 100 in Math ever" she said smugly to Sree... yep...
AND YOU?' SREE ASKED FOR OPINION from R&B
ARE U MADD? U ARE ASKING HIM?
Avan Rakshasan... some roundabout sort of way he will prove I cheated or the question papers were inaccurate
He will send them for re evaluation and THATS IT
My PRIDE AND JOY WILL BE GONE
"I did OK" said the dude softly
HEY I AM SREEKANTH, SREE TO HER" SAID Srikanth
AYYYO... SREE TO ME? SREE TO ME... NO U ARE NOT... U ARE NOT ANYTHING TO ME... JUST AS HE ..
I MEAN... NEVER MIND
R&B extended a polite hand and said "Raman Bhalla"...
"RAKSHASAN TO ME!!!!" II muttered to herself THUS BEGAN II'S ANGUISH AND DISTRESS... FOR THE SATURDAY