Ek Din Achanak... by G Shenoy


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SUMMARY: Ek Din Achanak... (One day suddenly...) A new style of story telling I'm exprimenting with...Written partly in Hindi with English sub-titles ;-)

Ek Din Achanak...
(One day suddenly...)

4.00 pm Lands End, BandStand

The waves seemed to get feircer every minute...the sea more black...the tide lashed salty sprinkles all over Uma...her hair,her face,her clothes..salty sea water drenching her from head to toe. And all Uma did was just sit and gaze..gaze beyond that far away horizon where the sea seemed to meet the sky above...The sky was pregnant with dark clouds, it would begin raining any minute...and then she would get more drenched...if she was not drenched enough already..

'Oye Kya Kar Rahi hai!!(What are you upto!) ' some urchin yelled out to her ' Pagal ho gayi hai kya??!!' Those words didnt seem to have any effect on her. She seemed to have gone into some kind of deep trance, watching the wicked sea dance...

Until yesterday Uma Chaudhury had been prancing about in merry abundant, shopping for this and that...so, so very happy!!! "Koi good news hai kya?(Any good news?)" her colleagues teased.."Ah that seems like the blush of someone in love" her close friends commented. And then all of a sudden...out of nowhere..."Kissi Ki Burri Nazar Lag Gayi"(someone has cast their evil eye)..."Hey Bhagwan!! Yeh kya ho gaya??!!"(Good Lord, how did this happen?) "Aise Kaise Hua yaar??...(How did this all happen...One Day suddenly!!??)
Ek Din Achanak??"

11.30 am Ashreya Nivas

"Rohaaannn!!!Arre Oh Rohan!!" Leela Aunty's shriek voice filled the hallway... " Kahan gaya kalmuha!!" (where is the rascal gone!) A youth in his late twenties leaned out of the first floor window. " Kya hua Aunty??"(What happened Aunty?)

"Abe Aunty ke bacche! Yeh Rohan Ka Kuch Ataa-pataa hai??!! Na jaane kal se kahaan gayab hai!"(You good-for-nothing, do you have any idea where Rohan has gone. Havent seen him since yesterday.) Leela aunty sounded exremely worried.

"Arre ho ga yaheen kahin!"(Must be around somewhere) the lad replied "Aapne uske room pe dekha?"(Did you check out his room?)

"Subah se darwaza khat-khatake mere haath toot gaye, leking andar se koi jawab nahi!"(I'm banging his door since morning but there has been no reply)

"Tension Kahe ko leti ho Aunty? So raha ho ga, jaag jayega to darwaza khol ke bahar aa jayega...ab mujhe mera kaam karne do!"(Why are you getting worried unnecessarily, Aunty? Must be asleep, he'll open the door when he wakes up.) saying so the lad went in.

"Hey Bhagwan!" Leela aunty exclaimed "Yeh aaj kal ke ladke dus gyaarah baje tak kaise so sakte hain??!!" (Good Lord!! These young lads!! how can they sleep until 10-11 o'clock??!!)

6.00 am Ashreya Nivas, Rohan's bedroom

"Yes"
"Yeah"
"No"
"Yeah Uma"
"Yes dear"
"I'm fine!!"
"Okay Babes!!"
"I'm telling you I'm Fine!!"
"Everything is alright, I swear!!"
"Common sweetie, give me a break!! If something was wrong I would tell you first..before anybody else, and you know that..."
"I told you a hundred times before and I'm telling you again...I had gone to that clinic to collect test reports for a friend!"
"It was an HIV clinic dammit!! any guy would feel embarassed to go there. You know how our society treats HIV +ve people!!! we have to support our friends in times like these!"
" I am not hiding anything from you sweetie!.."
"Yeah..yeahh..I know..."
"I am Happy..I swear I'm happy that we are going to have a baby!!"
"What do you want me to do at 6 am in the morning to prove that??!!"
"Dont get into that fishwife routine!!"
"You know what lets meet later..."
"Yeah.."
"I'll Call you..love you sweetie..give my love to our baby..."
"I'll call man!! whats got into you??!!"
"What do you mean I'll never call again??"
"Hello???!!...Helllooo??..."
"Umaaa!"
Bang
"Shit!"