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The Greener Grass - contd..

by Nikita Nayak
(Mumbai, India)

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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.
“Thanks guys.”
“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.
“Single.”
“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.
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Nov 04, 2019
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Keep it up
by: Your Name:Rajashree

I loved the narration Nikita. It did taught me a lesson to focus on oneself rather than comparing to others. Grass is always greener on the other side indeed. Thankyou. Can’t wait to read more from you.

Sep 19, 2019
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Fahim
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Absolutely Fahim.. Truly said

Sep 18, 2019
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Good Short Story
by: Your Name:Fahim

Everyone is battling their own battles.
I wish life could be simpler and easier to understand.Then people would be lot happier.

May 03, 2019
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Thank you
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Thank you so much Nao & Pooja :)

May 02, 2019
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The greener grass
by: Naomi

Amazing story .Teaches me to be happy wid what i have and live life to the fullest irrespective of the ups and downs💕This story is also based on perspectives

May 02, 2019
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Beautiful Story
by: Pooja G

Very well written..Life fails to be perfect but it never fails to be beautiful.

May 02, 2019
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Thank you Mummy
by: Your Name: Nikita Nayak

Thank you Mummy for your forever support and encouragement in everything :)

May 02, 2019
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Thank you
by: Your Name: Nikita Nayak

Thank you Rakesh, Avani & Mahima for your supportive words. Am glad you'll enjoyed it. Will keep writing more :)

May 01, 2019
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Excellent story
by: Name:mahima

Very well written story with a great message which we all should realise 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Learn to be happy with whatever we have on our plate !!


May 01, 2019
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Fabulous story. Keep it up
by: SHEELA NAYAK

Excellent job. Keep it up

May 01, 2019
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A scrumptous read!!
by: Avani Dalal

It is a wonderful narrative which allows you to be a live audience as the scenes so realisticallly unfold!

May 01, 2019
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Awesome and relatable story
by: Your Name: Rakesh

Never knew you have this talent Nikita. I liked the flow and narration. Superb effort. Keep it up and all the best

May 01, 2019
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Thank you
by: Your Name: Nikita Nayak

Thank you so much Milind for summing up the whole story beautifully. I'm glad you liked it :)

May 01, 2019
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A simple story with a powerful message
by: Milind J

Your life never seems to be fare (yet enviable for many). Speak up your problems and you will find how insignificant they are comparing to other's. Nicely penned down Nikita. Kudos!

May 01, 2019
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A second chance
by: Your Name: Milind Joglekar

Stories of four lives, who were accidentally gifted a second chance, in a simple and relatable manner. I liked the build up, the common monsoon struggle and the use of the bottle game at the end. An underlined message, for me, is many problems can be solved/avoided by simply talking about them with someone who cares. Kudos, Nikita. Waiting for many more.

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