Rajiv started the video-calling app. He looked around to ensure he is alone before he dialed his wife. Soon Naina’s beautiful face filled up the cell screen. She stared back as if it was unreal.
‘Hey,’ she said shyly, ‘how are you?’.
‘Missing you Naina,’ he said softly.
‘Amma and Baba are also here,’ she said as they came onto the screen.
Rajiv felt emotional. He missed them a lot. He wanted to leave this wretched job and go home. But he imagined their starving existence. He cannot be selfish, he resolved.
‘Your home is beautiful,’ Naina said, ‘Lovely flowers. How I wish I could come over.’
‘Soon,’ he said but he knew it would be never.
He heard the owners returning from their daily walk. He disconnected and sneaked to his flat, still panting as he reached his bed at the end of a cramped row of bunk beds.
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Romance is one of my favourite genres and so is mythology. Therefore, a mythological romance made me really excited about reading this book. And it has been a really good read.
The book contains not one, but three love stories. The first is about Ganesha and his three wives. It was a bit difficult to accept Ganesha trying to woo three girls at the same time. But, when you look at the deeper meaning of the words Riddhi, Siddhi and Buddhi, it all makes sense. After all, isn’t Ganesha the lord of these three achievements – intelligence, learning, wisdom. I enjoyed reading this story which was light and had a playful take on loving and wooing the ladies.
Samantha could look at Jonathan unobserved from her corner desk. Jonathan was busy on the laptop, preparing the shopping list which goes out on Fridays for the Saturday market. His fingers flying across the keyboard, like a pianist. They were long and beautiful. And soft, she remembered.
Annie, her four year old bumbled into the reception waving a paper which had colorful crayon scribblings. Samantha made her sit on top of the desk.
‘See my dlawing Mommy,’ Annie lisped. Samantha kissed her and cooed about her drawing.
‘Look Jon, my dlawing,’ Annie passed on the paper to Jonathan.
He had been watching them and thinking about how wonderful they looked together. He was tempted to be part of their life. This cottage inn ‘in the sticks’ had given him a lot more than his comfortable city job. But, it was time now to leave, before it becomes too difficult. Continue reading