Tuesday, April 7, 2015

April 2015 A to Z Blogging Challenge- Chapter 6-Fly off the handle

I’ll Be There Beside You

Chapter 6

Today’s Idiom – Fly off the handle

Meaning- If someone flies off the handle, they get very angry.

Rashmi, Lalitha’s cousin, and my sister, Shilpa, returned with a silly grin on their face.
“Have you finished talking or do you want some more time?” Rashmi teased. Lalitha smiled before leading us down to the hall where our parents were eagerly looking at our expressions, trying to gauge if we liked each other or not. Lalitha had composed herself after her sudden outburst and she went inside another room along with her cousin. I was still trying to figure out why I felt this urge to explain to Lalitha that I was not being patronizing to her.

As expected when I requested to meet Lalitha at the coffee shop, so that we could understand each other better and judge if we were compatible, Bala uncle looked ready to fly off the handle. I wondered if Lalitha felt stifled by so many restrictions and rules in her house. I mean after all, she was intelligent, she was gorgeous and from our last conversation, I knew that she had an independent streak. How could she bow down to her father’s diktats so meekly?

Asha Shastri, Lalitha’s mother, had to mediate again. “Well, let me ask Lalitha about it. If she likes Sudhir and she is ready to meet him again, then we have no objections. Of course Rashmi can accompany her to the meeting”.

As Bala uncle sat morosely, glaring at me, I felt that the whole episode hadn’t gone as expected. When mom informed me of this boy-meets-girl session couple of days back, I’d decided to keep an open mind. To meet the girl, talk to her, get to know her and decide if she would be the right life partner for me. But here I was sweating it out, thinking what if Lalitha didn’t want to see me again. What if she rejected me outright?

A few minutes later Asha aunty returned to inform us that Lalitha indeed would like to speak to me again. So it was decided that I’d meet Lalitha at the Cosmo coffee shop tomorrow at 11 in the morning. Rashmi readily agreed to accompany Lalitha but she sneakily winked at me and I had a hard time controlling my grin.


As my family and I bid goodbye to the Shastri household and rode away in our Hyundai Santro car, I looked forward to meet Lalitha again. Had I developed a tiny crush on her? Maybe I thought, as I smiled to myself.

You can read the previous chapters here-
Chapter 1

20 comments:

  1. Good going..I would love bit more pace in the story though. Keep it up. :)

    For me E is Embrace it! :)
    http://bluesomeheart.blogspot.in/2015/04/embrace-it.html

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  2. tiny crush, huh...? Looks like the start of something big!! Good going! I love mushy romance stories! so keep this coming!

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  3. I am curious to know how the meeting will go :) Will he be able to convince Lalitha that he wasn't narrow minded? Waiting for the next part :)

    Few Things Left Unsaid

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  4. It's a typical middle class Indian scenario. But it never fails to interest me - the building of romance in an arranged setting. Good narration Prasanna :)

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  5. I am loving this boy-meets-girl story in the most traditional way :D All the uncertainty and nervousness is so cute! So real!

    *Shailaja/Alternate Angles/A-Z*

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  6. I was right!!! There's going to be a romance :)

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  7. Ah, I find myself grinning as I am going through this process in life too. Nice story btw :)

    Do drop into www.malavikka.blogspot.com

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  8. I love the way you are connecting your posts and educating us at the same time!!

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  9. It left me smiling..Can't you give us in one shot..It's hard to wait for 20 more days..

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  10. Yeah...I can feel the uneasiness of the boy.

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  11. Hmmm, seems like he had... Lets see where this is going-)

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  12. Aha! Nice tale you have going on here. Reminds me of a similar series I did in my first ever AtoZ.

    Read my G post here!

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  13. It definitely is a crush since he is looking forward to meet her ;) Great going !

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  14. Am enjoying the discomfort the hero is feeling :)

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  15. Awesome! Waiting for their coffee shop meeting now!

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  16. Aww, he has developed a crush. How cute!

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  17. Well, well.. even I would like to know if he had developed a crush on her ;)

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  18. Typical family. But i didn't expect the guy to judge the girl on his first meet without knowing anything about her. Sad, but a truth of life.:(

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