They say:?ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY
Then WHY DO I STILL LUST FOR HER
Short?Fiction?- A Love?Story - Passionate Romance
Dear Reader:?Here is a story from my collection?COCKTAIL.?
Please read?this story with a pinch of salt. I think it is one of my?bizarre?stories ? an example of my inchoate and amateurish attempts at writing in my early days.?
I wrote this yarn, a rather tall story, sometime in the 1990?s, I think, during a visit to Goad, during that unforgettable time when you traveled to Goa by that delightful metre-gauge train winding its way down from Londa past the cascading Dudhsagar falls to Vasco.
I wonder what genre one can call this.
Romance? Pulp Fiction? Chic Lit? Or maybe what they now call Metro Read.?
Let's say that it is a story for Urban Adults.?
Well, I have warned you...
Now, My Dear Reader, if you still want to read this bizarre, preposterous story, go ahead, do so at your own peril. So just relax, transport yourself back in time 20 years to the 1990s, and enjoy this story.
Have a laugh; and don?t forget the brickbats (and bouquets, if any).?
As always, I value your comments and feedback.
I looked at the familiar words on the brass plaque:?The first time you slap me it is your fault;
The second time you slap me it is my fault.?
I was baffled, nonplussed. Why had Menaka sent me this brass plaque? Was there a hidden message in this? I looked at the??Thank-you? card.??From Menaka Kumar? -?the??Kumar? was intriguing - those days she called herself??Menaka? - that?s all.?Tell me Anita, who is this Kumar that Menaka remarried. Or is it her first husband?s surname. Or was it her maiden name?? I asked Anita. Anita burst out laughing, ?She married Suhas. Suhas Kumar. Your ex-deputy. Have you forgotten him?? I felt angry, betrayed. Suhas Kumar! Just imagine? Menaka married that effete womanish softy. He was hardly man enough for her. What a mismatch. She needed a real man ? a strong, virile, potent man like me. Seeing the look on my face, Anita spoke quickly, ?Suhas and Menaka got married soon after you left. Now they have set up their own firm. I work for them.? She abruptly stopped speaking. I could sense her hesitation. But I wanted to know why Menaka had sent Anita to me. It was an intriguing mystery. ?Go on,? I said. ?Tell me everything.? Anita gave me a curious look and said, ?Menaka is pregnant for the first time. She was trying desperately all these years. And finally it happened after so long. I am so happy for her. The baby is due in another three months time.?
Comprehension dawned on me pretty fast. Anita need not have spelt it out to me. I did not know whether to laugh or to cry. Menaka had used me again, for the second time, to realize her goal and then cast me aside. She had ?slapped? me again!?But was it a slap? Had she slapped me for the second time? Delivered a sucker punch? I don?t know. I truly don?t know. And I don?t care. I picked up the brass plaque, looked at it nostalgically for the last time, and tossed it out of the window. No more proverbs for me. ?Convey my congratulations and best wishes to Menaka,? I said genuinely to Anita. ?Tell her I am eagerly waiting for the next rendezvous with her. Whenever she wants me, wherever she wants me, any time, any place, I?ll always be there at her service.? Ten years have passed since ? ten long years.
Often I think of Menaka, yearn for her, and wonder when I am going to have my next rendezvous with her ? I eagerly wait for her to??slap? me again. Yes, I wait in anticipation for her to deliver the?next sucker punch.Foodie Book:? Appetite for a Stroll
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer and blogger. Educated at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and an anthology of short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional ?and academic research papers in journals and edited in-house journals and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.
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