I'll Be There Beside You
Today’s Idiom – Kill Time
My week started on a busy note. But during lunch time I met my friends from office, Karthik and Santhosh, and announced the news of my engagement.
“Are you already engaged? You didn’t even call us?” cried Karthik after many congratulations and much clapping on the back.
“The engagement will happen next month and the wedding soon afterwards. Listen, Lalitha is coming to Bangalore this weekend and I want to take her somewhere special. Do you have any suggestions?”
“You can take her shopping in M.G.Road and then take her for lunch in a fancy restaurant.”
“I know this new discotheque which has opened in Richmond Road. Why don’t you take her there?” Santhosh was a night owl and he was known in all the discotheques of Bangalore on a first name basis.
I didn’t think Lalitha was a girl who enjoyed going to fancy restaurants or discotheques. I had to work on this one alone, I thought. I reached my PG room at 7 in the evening and wondered how I’d keep myself occupied for the next hour. Lalitha had said to call her at 8, when she would be alone at home.
To kill time I looked at advertisements in paper for an apartment for rent. I would have to start looking out for a new house. Maybe I could line up a few so that Lalitha and I could look at them next weekend. So much for special plans, huh?
When Lalitha called I picked up on the first ring.
“Hey, how was your day?” she asked in her soft voice.
“It was good. My friends asked for a party when they came to know I’m getting engaged.”
“Really? So where are you going?”
“We thought we’d go to this new discotheque that has opened recently. We are planning on Saturday night. You can join us, if you want.” Although I knew her reply, I was still disappointed on hearing it.
“I don’t enjoy parties or loud music or too many people crowding me. It gives me a headache. But you go and enjoy. So do you party often?” She asked in an amused tone.
“No I hate discos too but my friends are insisting on it. What do you want to visit in Bangalore? There are many places where you can shop or we can go to some nice restaurants”
“Well, actually the flower show is going on in Lalbagh grounds. I’d love to go there”. Her reply brought a smile to my lips. Her simplicity and naivety had once again won my heart.
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