The Greener Grass - contd..
by Nikita Nayak
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They finally reached Meera’s place in half an hour. It was quite close to the office. She lived in a posh 2 BHK apartment with exquisite furniture. She offered a change of clothes to the girls. And turned to Nikhil.
“I might have something for you as well. My dad keeps some of his night suits and other clothes here.”
She asked her cook to bring them tea and some cookies. She also gave her instructions for their dinner.
“I envy your life. I hate to cook at home. My kids have their tantrums,” said Vidya.
“Your apartment is so beautiful. You have lovely interiors,” said Nikhil trying to feel the furniture.
“Do you live by yourself?” asked Ayushi.
“Yes, my parents stay in Chandigarh.”
“Wow so lucky! My parents have restrictions for me over a lot of things. Wish I lived alone too”.
They continued to chat for a while but all of a sudden there was a power-cut. Meera got some candles from her cupboard and lit them.
Then she went to her kitchen and came back with an empty bottle in her hand.
“Let’s play spin the bottle. The one who faces the head has to answer any question that the one sitting facing toward the bottom asks,” she said.
Everyone agreed and the game started. Meera was the first to spin the bottle. The bottle pointed out and Nikhil and the bottom toward Ayushi.
“So, are you single or committed? Ayushi asked rubbing her palms.
“What! A cute guy like you & single! Ayushi exclaimed.
“You need money to impress girls. I’m struggling to even settle down.”
“Money isn’t everything Nikhil. Ayushi has been trying to take a shot at you since so long but all you do is sulk,” said Meera.
“I’m sorry, you guys don’t understand. We men need to settle down well before we even start dating. We need to fulfill our woman’s needs.”
“I agree Nikhil but money is not everything,” said Meera.
Now the bottle was spun by Ayushi and it was Meera’s turn to ask a question to Vidya.
“Since you’ve had a love marriage, please tell us the story of how you met.”
Vidya narrated her story and everyone began to clap
after she finished but all of a sudden Vidya began to look pale.
“Are you alright? Did we make you uncomfortable?" Meera asked.
“No, no, not at all.”
Now the bottle pointed out at Meera and it was Nikhil’s turn to ask a question.
“So Meera, you have a perfect luxurious life. Do you still feel like you miss out something in your life?”
“Off course I do. I wish I had my own family.”
“What does that mean?” asked Nikhil.
“I have a weak heart due to which my health isn’t very great. So I have decided not to ever get married. I don’t want to ruin someone else’s life; and I don’t want my parents taking care of me their whole life either. Therefore, I chose to live alone. It’s very complicated guys. A husband and two children is what I miss.”
“I’m so sorry to hear that Meera,” Vidya held her hand.
“I’m sorry for asking you that question,” said Nikhil and Ayushi got up and offered Meera a hug.
“You are indeed lucky,” said Meera turning to Vidya.
“No, am not! I think my husband’s cheating on me,” Vidya broke down.
“I’m so sorry. I didn’t know,” said Meera apologetically.
Vidya placed her head on Meera’s shoulders and began to sob.
It was at the moment that everyone realized how they had their own battles to fight and grass always looked greener on the other side. Vidya would soon confront her husband but give him a second chance since she didn’t want to be alone. Meera realized that picture-perfect families weren’t always perfect.
Ayushi realized that her life was so much better. She promised herself that she wouldn’t grumble about her parents.
As for Nikhil, he was just dumb-founded. He finally realized that money wasn’t the solution to everything. From now, he would live his life to the fullest. Probably hang out more often with his friends. It was also at that point, that he noticed Ayushi and realized how pretty she was. She didn’t give up flirting with him even though she knew he wasn’t that rich. He would probably ask her on a date when the two were alone. He had his whole life ahead of him to make money but his youth would be just for once. ***