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Venkat Raman V

Drama Romance


Venkat Raman V

Drama Romance

Black and White and Mom's Lover

Black and White and Mom's Lover

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A painting's beauty is in the eyes of the beholder

A saying just couldn't get any stupider. I saw a divine painting sometime back. I saw talent that mortal artists lack

The strokes and texture were breathtaking. The artist had worked painstakingly

The outline magnified its brilliance. The painting - a work of flamboyance. My woman's eyes were like no other They would make you jealous of her

Pranitha was an independent girl. She was twenty-eight years old and she worked as an editor in a famous publishing company. She was the only child and stayed with her parents. She often traveled for work in different places. Pranitha loved her job and the freedom that came with it. She could choose her work timings and she enjoyed the work very much. From when she completed college, her mother Lakshmi wanted was to get her married.

"I can't get married just because you had children of your own when you were my age", said Pranitha hotly. This was a charade they had to go through every time her mother attended a wedding. "It is not my fault grandpa couldn't stand you", she snapped.

"You are so beautiful and you are old enough", said her mother ignoring the jibe. "Why don't you get married?", she implored.

"That isn't a reason to get married", said Pranitha in exasperation.

"Look at this boy. Tell me what is wrong with him", said her mother, Lakshmi showing a photo on the website.

"He looks like he has hemorrhoids", she said without bothering to look at the picture.

"Don't insult people you do not know. You should be respectful of others", said Lakshmi looking angry. She looked at the picture with pity and angrily closed the browser screen.

"You asked for my opinion. If you don't want it, don't ask", said Pranitha hotly. She began to start fidgeting with her phone. She checked for mails but her inbox was empty.

"How will you get married if you never even look at the pictures?", asked her mother looking downcast.

"I don't want to get married because I have to. I want to do it because I want to", said Pranitha. Her mother stared at her but she did not flinch. She had made up her mind that her mother wouldn't guilt her into doing this.

"I gave you all the time in the world to find yourself a guy. It's not my fault you couldn't find one on your own", said her mother.

"Ma, I want to marry for love. I don't want to have a child with someone first and then try to get to know them. Why am I telling you all this! You wouldn't even know what love is!", said Pranitha in exasperation. Her parents had clearly said right from when she was a teenager that they would support her if she loved someone. She just hadn't found the right guy.

"Who said I don't know what love is?", asked Lakshmi calmly.

"Don't tell me you loved someone", said Pranitha sarcastically. She looked at her mother grin widely and said, "You're kidding".

"It was about a year before I got married", began her mother. Pranitha had been ready to storm out the door but this caught her interest. She pulled up a chair and turned it around as she sat with a curious grin on her face. She couldn't believe what her mother was telling her but she couldn't ignore her either.

"I was at my uncle's place in the village. We visited his friend, the local postmaster", her mother continued as she spoke reminiscing her seemingly fond memory. There was a different expression on her face. "My aunt and the postmaster's wife were having a very boring conversation when her son came to the house. They had been speaking about him non-stop. He was working in the city and came home for the holidays. He was all the woman could speak about. I looked at him, initially disinterested. He had beautiful hair and he ruffled it casually as he stepped into the room.

He pulled his collar backward stylishly and kept snapping his fingers as he took off his shoes and whistled a random tune. He was sweaty and looked tired but he looked handsome. He spoke to his mother about wanting some money. His mother went for her purse and my mom went with her. He ruffled his hair and checked me out like a celluloid hero. He didn't smile but kept looking at me. I looked back at him too. I wasn't disinterested anymore", she said.

"What happened then?", asked Pranitha.

"I knew that this was the man I had to be married to. I knew then that he was my life", she said.

"That's it? Hair, snapping fingers and a whistle?", asked Pranitha.

"With the right person, that is all you need", she said fondly.

"Go on", said Pranitha as her mom began to blush. The doorbell rang and Pranitha walked to the door, cursing the timing.

Her father stood at the door and smiled at her. "You are home so soon", he said touching her head, blessing her. Pranitha smiled and hugged him but then it hit her. Her mom had been in love with someone else.

She watched awkwardly as her father stepped in. The man was half bald and he was not in shape. Her mom had loved a handsome man but had to marry her father. She turned to the kitchen to look at her mom. She was not visible from where she stood. She wanted to go back and hear the rest of her story but she couldn't when her father was here. The truth would be catastrophic. She loved her father. He was a good man and a kind husband. Her mind began to race about how unfair the revelation would be on him.

Just as she watched him, he ran his fingers over what was left of his hair and eyed the kitchen over the corner of his eye. He was looking to see if her mother was watching him. He pulled his collar stylishly, snapped his fingers as he took off his shoes, and began to whistle a tune. Pranitha watched open-mouthed as her mother came from the kitchen with coffee. She had washed her face, adjusted her hair, and changed her clothes in a matter of a minute. It then hit her that her grandfather used to live in a village before moving to the city on retirement. She never asked where he worked exactly but he often used to take pride in telling anyone who would listen that he worked for the central government. It became clear. Her mother did not have an arranged marriage. Her father was a handsome guy from her uncle's village.

"She takes an hour to dress up to go to the grocery store", thought Pranitha sarcastically. She now wanted to hear the rest of the story from her mother. She smiled widely as she went to her mother in the kitchen. She didn't know so far that her mother was interesting.

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