I'll Be There Beside You
Today’s Idiom – Heart in the right place
The next morning I came early to the coffee shop and sat in a corner seat that overlooked the front street. At quarter past 11, I saw Rashmi and Lalitha deep in conversation, moving towards the café. They hadn’t noticed me, so I got the opportunity to gaze at Lalitha.
She looked resplendent in a bright yellow salwar and she had left her hair open. I noticed that she had applied make-up and that small fact pleased me a lot. She looked gorgeous and I couldn’t help feel a pang of jealousy as I noticed men looking at her direction when she walked into the café.
“Hi Sudhir, sorry we are a bit late but you look like you’ve been here for a long time”, Rashmi teased and she was met with a stern stare from Lalitha.
“Ok, I’m going to take off now. Call me when you are done” She turned to Lalitha as she spoke and sauntered off happily.
After we had placed our orders, I decided to start with my opening lines.
“Sorry” Lalitha blurted out
We both spoke at the same time and I laughed nervously.
“Please continue”, I replied.
“I just wanted to say I’m sorry if I was rude to you yesterday. I was nervous and edgy and a bit embarrassed about how my father was reacting. He becomes unduly protective about me sometimes but he has his heart in the right place. I hope you were not offended by anything I said yesterday.” She held my gaze as she spoke and I appreciated her candid, straight from the heart speech. She put me at ease.
“I’m sorry too for judging you wrongly. Let’s start afresh, shall we?”
Our conversation flowed freely after that and I was delighted to know that we shared a common love for old Hindi film songs. She spoke about her work as a HR executive and how she had to declare at the onset of her job that she couldn’t travel because of her family constraints and how her manager had given her a contemptuous look. She was still hired because of her impeccable administrative skills.
We lost track of time and only when Rashmi returned did we realize that we had spent more than 3 hours in the café, talking and regaling each other with our stories.
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