Sunday, February 19, 2006

15 minutes from Bangalore to Pondicherry

'Happy Birthday', I wished him, hoping I was right this once.

Even if I wasn't, he didn't correct me. Relaxing in the assumed right air, I waited wondering what to type on the hovering window of the yahoo messenger.

I didn't want to make wishes that I didn't mean. Not this time.

Choosing words carefully, I made an almost reverential wish. One about dreams, hopes, fears, loves and finding desires.

'Thank you', blinked on my screen.

'What would you like for a birthday present?'. Ritualistic.

'Get ready. Dinner and a movie after. '

I took out the pen from my mouth. I had to purse up my lips and that isn't best done with the lean finger of the pen held horizontally between clenched teeth.

'Ok. I'll wear a white salwar kameez and a pink dupatta.' His favorite, I think.

'Great. See you in 15 minutes.'

I hear the vanishing sound of the person leaving.

Opening my cupboard, I looked for the white dress I had in mind. Inside it was placed a blue dupatta.

Taking it out carefully, I put it away for another day. It was to be pink today.

I do not know how many kilometers it is from Bangalore to Pondicherry. But I don't think it can be covered in 15 minutes.

I hope you had a good dinner. I hope she wore a pink dupatta.

Happy birthday again.


Blogger Chugs said...


7:19 AM  
Blogger Hyde said...

300-350 kms, I would guess.

7:50 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Chugs: :o)

Hyde: That's 50 kms in between! Talk about approximation!

7:55 AM  
Blogger Arvind Iyer said...

fiction ? (i'll never know..)

9:37 AM  
Blogger Sujit said...

was that reality or imagination.. a bit confused as usual :)

12:17 PM  
Anonymous Prashant Kumar said...

sachchi... this time i am totally bowled!! i mean as in clean bowled by a googly of confusion.. couldnt make much of it.. :D

12:33 PM  
Blogger Lost in trance... said...

why? let go?

2:25 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Arvind: I'll help you here. Not a word written is not true.

Sujit: As real as you n me!

Prashant: Lol! I really thought it was pretty simple!

Lost in trance: Never was mine to.

5:08 PM  
Blogger ashish said...

Oh !! "these birthdays" can at times be awkward occasions :)

6:36 AM  
Blogger seraph said...

Hey.... adore ur style of writing..and ur way of expressin..and fcors..the feeling the words contain..

9:14 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Ashish: This one wasn't too bad!

Seraph: Fcors?

9:02 PM  
Blogger Dhanya said...

what the fish man? why do u always think of having lost? or r u? anyways, i liked the post. yeah i did, but i hate you for losing everytime.

:| humph!!!


10:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this lass sure as hell doesn't write abt winning...shez forgotten that shez won over me!! ;D
wot say pvij?! ;o)
nice one...

10:39 PM  
Blogger Lost in trance... said...

sweet pain better than void? aint it a nother clever escape route?

12:03 AM  
Blogger Dhanya said...

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1:45 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Dhanya: There isn't anything to lose in this case!!!!!

Sharat: I won you? Where? Hoopla hoop?

Lost in trance: I agree there. Pain is better felt than not.

3:19 AM  
Blogger icy_highs said...

that has to be one of the sweetest fuckin things ive read in a long long time..very nice man..

8:23 AM  
Blogger arvindiyer said...

If I knew how long it takes to get to pondicherry from bangalore, i would have come there a long time back:) How are you? You back?

7:56 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Icy_highs: Lol! You couldn't have expressed it better!

Arvind: It takes an overnight journey. And yes, am back.

9:15 PM  
Blogger yesbob said...


9:26 PM  
Blogger Hyde said...

Approximately 325. :-)

12:22 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Yesbob: Thanks! :p

Hyde: Maybe I should meet you. And kill you.

12:38 AM  
Blogger A.G.Sudarshan said...

Had been actually afraid to visit ur blog for a few weeks... :)....

12:19 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Sudarshan: Lol! Am I that terrifying?!

9:42 PM  
Blogger Hyde said...

Do you think you sound sweet when you say "Maybe I should meet you. And kill you"?

11:10 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Hyde: Shudder! Why the hell would I want to sound 'sweet'?!!!

11:25 PM  
Blogger Hyde said...

My question was in response to your question to Sudarshan.

6:37 AM  
Blogger sinjhini said...

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7:00 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Hyde: You are spamming!

Sinjhini: Thank you.

9:54 PM  
Blogger Hyde said...

Am I really? Compared to the number of times a certain Poornima has commented here, it isn't much. :-P

2:15 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Hyde: Last comment. Of your life. Lets see if you survive the weekend.

7:34 AM  
Blogger Hyde said...

Too bad I did not see your comment before. And by the time you see this, I will have survived the weekend.

9:03 AM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Hyde: Grrr....

10:12 PM  
Blogger Arvind said...

Interesting blog!

8:49 PM  
Blogger Poornima said...

Arvind: Hmm.

8:39 AM  
Blogger Dhanush said...

Poornima - Beautifully put in :)

4:02 AM  
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Beautifully written.

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