Monday, April 6, 2015

April 2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge- Chapter 5- Eye-opener

I'll Be There Beside You 

Chapter 5

Today’s Idiom – Eye-opener

Meaning- Something surprising, unexpected which reveals the truth about something or someone.

Lalitha was looking at me expectantly and I realized that she was waiting for a reply from me.

“Oh, that’s not an issue at all. In fact I’d prefer if you continue to work after marriage. You can easily get a job in your field of work in Bangalore. It shouldn’t be a problem.”

Lalitha exhaled as if she was relieved of a heavy burden. I was little astonished after learning of Lalitha’s wish. She looked like a homely girl who would choose domestic bliss rather than a professional career. I must have been a bit dazed because I voiced my opinion to Lalitha.

Anger and annoyance flashed in her eyes but it vanished as quickly as it had appeared.

“Oh, so you formed an opinion just because my parents are conservative? Or is it because I dress traditionally?  Well for your information I did my post-graduation in one of the top colleges and had my father allowed it, I’d be working in a firm bigger than yours and earning a salary equivalent to what you make. Just because you are a guy earning a 6-figure salary it doesn’t mean that you can condescend anyone. No, don’t look so shocked. I may be shy and reserved but I observe a lot. And I saw how disinterested you were when you were talking to my parents. Did your mother force you to come here? Have you already decided in your mind that I’m not the correct life partner for you because I’m not like you?”

Her face was flushed and angry. There were dark red spots on her cheeks. Gone was the docile and demure girl. I felt as if I had been whipped and I guess I deserved it. Had I been a little too judgmental of Lalitha? Was I snobbish? Did I hastily jump to the conclusion that Lalitha was not a match for me?

This conversation was turning out to be real eye-opener.

I wanted to defend myself and explain to Lalitha why I had seemed a little aloof downstairs. But Rashmi and my sister, Shilpa, were returning back.


“Listen Lalitha, you’ve misunderstood me. I’d like to explain. Can you meet me for coffee tomorrow? Marriage is a crucial decision and I’d like to talk to you, understand you and also give you a chance to assess me.” I pleaded hoping that I would get another chance to talk to her and clear the misunderstanding.

You can read the previous chapters here-
Chapter 1

35 comments:

  1. Hmm..yes that was quite an eye opener for him. I wonder if she agrees to go on a date. So far it is difficult to gauge what she feels about him. Looking forward to the next one.
    *Shantala @ ShanayaTales*

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    1. Do read the next chapters to know if Lalitha agrees to meet Sudhir :)

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  2. Caught on the back foot and peddling fast backwards. Like Lalitha's fire. Looking forward to the next part.

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    1. Ha ha yeah that is Sudhir's predicament :)

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  3. Hope he gets that chance....poor guy, he did not see what was coming his way.

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    1. Well, he did make a hasty judgement :)

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  4. First time here, Prasanna and I admire the passion in your writing :) I seem to have missed a few chapters. Hope I get time to catch up on them.

    *Shailaja/Alternate Angles/A-Z*

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    1. Thank you Shailaja :) Hope you enjoy the story :)

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  5. we are always too quick to judge others and too laborious to justify ourselves

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  6. Hope she gives him a second chance, its not always first impression is the best impression.

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    1. Do read the next chapters to know if Lalitha agrees to meet Sudhir :)

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  7. Lalitha shouldn't be so defensive. He sounds like a nice man and deserves another chance :)

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    1. Yes, but Sudhir did make a hasty judgement of Lalitha :)

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  8. people tend to be judgemental all the time...and clothes do not always maketh a man..hope he realises that, and hope they look beyond each other faults!

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  9. wow. that's a fierceness and determination that is well expressed in your words. I wonder what will happen next.

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  10. Lalitha is quite smart and sensitive, am sure when they meet and clarify, they will have better understanding of one another.. enjoyed reading..

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  11. I am liking Lalitha more and more :) But I do hope she gives him a second chance :)

    Entrapped

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  12. I do hope Lalitha gives Sudhir a chance to talk to her. Then again, I feel she was being rather mean to him. His first impression of her is that of an old-fashioned woman. She hadn't done anything to show him otherwise. I suppose she's frustrated with her father's treatment of women. Good going! Eagerly awaiting chapter 6 :D

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    1. Ah, there are many shades to her character. Thank you for the comments :)

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  13. "... and also give you a chance to assess me.” Wow.I wonder if would-be grooms in the real world would take this stance... " Good going.

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  14. Oh, I love how this is shaping up. So what she dresses traditionally and is coy. She makes her choices and I am beginning to be proud of her :)

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  15. Good going Prasanna. I am liking them both. :) They are the representatives of many of us.

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  16. Love the way you reveal inches of there dynamics. Very nice build. :)
    http://sytiva.blogspot.com/

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  17. Went back and read your posts. Loved the way the story is progressing! Good going, Prasanna! Sorry for the late visit. Down with fever!Thanks for stopping by my space.

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  18. Lalitha seems to be rather upset of the opinion. Hope it works out between them.:)

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  19. It's better to clear out every confusion.

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  20. Well.. she gave him quite an earful ;)

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  21. Lovely blog.Love the way the story is progressing and kudos to Lalitha for being bold and upfront.

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