The incomplete kiss…

30 June 2009 (Bandra-Worli Sea-link was inaugurated on this day)

Mohan heart secretly swelled in pride as he marked a circle around this day on the calendar.

Free for all….Only for today…(these words kept running through his mind)

Mohan polished off his breakfast, gulped his milk and dashed to the car with a new-found energy. Today was the most special day of his life…a day he had only dreamed of…for a long time…

Fingers crossed while proposing
Today he will finally express his love…

It was THE day he had chosen to tell her how he felt…he could feel his breath turning faster ….he could almost hear his heart beating…just then his mobile phone rang….it was her….the number flashing on the screen made his heart jump up to his mouth….it was her…the love of his life…hmmn…today was the day…how was he going to face her?

“Hello…! Hello???” she quizzically screamed on the other side…

“hi Sonia…’ hhhhoww are you?”

‘I am fine Mohan, I am about to leave for office…see you at the same place…are you taking the new sea-link today?’

“well sonia…yeah…ok…I will…I will reach faster i guess…”

“ok…see ya…bye…”

She hung up…he wondered WHEN will the ‘see ya’ turn to ‘love u Jaan’…

Lovers at the beach
He wondered when the “See ya” will turn to “I love you Jaan”…

He quickly got into the car and sped away to the meet her…..he almost forgot that he was to go to office…he just concentrated on meeting her…and that’s all…

He left from his Andheri home to reach Prabhadevi…

Bandra-Worli-Sea-Link Mumbai
One day I will kiss her below the tallest pillar of the sea-link.

‘Today i will take the new Sea-link…and one day I will kiss her while driving on the sea-link’…

He could picture her in a silk gown…looking as ravishing as ever, halter necks really suit slender frames like hers he thought to himself…he could see her skin glistening under the bright lights of the Sea-link…and just under the tallest part of the bridge…he could see him just about to kiss her in the moonlight…

 

Beautiful gown Worli Sea Link
Halter necks really suit a slender frame

He was jolted by a loud horn….uff these drivers…can’t they let a man drive and dream in peace? His car cruised along the highway…just when he was about to hit the reclamation bridge….he was shocked to see a serpentine queue of traffic in fron t of him….and then he was stuck…

While he was stuck in the traffic…he drifted back into his fantasy world…

Walking down the aisle
They walked out of the bridge, straight on to the wedding aisle.

…they walked down the bridge and into the aisle…the priest announced them man and wife…and said…You may now kiss the bride…he was just about to kiss her …and bells were ringing all around him…arre…yeh kya hogaya…the bells turned into the sound of blaring horns….and…he was jolted back to reality…his car inched forward as if it were the last life-saving inch in his life…

All around there was honking, smell of petrol stench in the air…smoke of car exhaust…and all he could smell is her perfume…hmmn….woody and earthy just like tea tree and lemon…a perfume that made him go crazy each time she passed him…his nose caught a whiff of the heavenly smell…the tiny baby he held in his arms smelled very different…lovely…heavenly and blessed feeling, a hand touched him and it was her…she bore a tired but elated look on her face and whispered…
‘Congratulations Jaan’…and he bent down to kiss her….

Couple looking at baby
‘Congratulations Jaan’ she said as he bent down to kiss her…

Honk honk honk….abey….kya karta hai…aagae jaa…screamed the driver from the car….
Mohan was rudely woken up…

Traffic Jam abusing
Abbey…!! Kya kar raha hai??

The road was clearer…he tried to focus on his driving….and kept rehearsing his lines….
how will he tell her…how will she react? they have been travelling together since the past 3 years and everyday the laughter between them was getting louder and louder…
she had not come to office yesterday….and he missed her so much ….that’s when he decided to tell her how he felt…

Finally he reached the destination, she jumped into the car and exclaimed…”arre…what took you so long??”…

He kept looking at her blankly…his heart pumping with joy…it was her animated exterior that hid her warm heart beneath…she spoke nonstop about how badly she was waiting for him to come…and how she wanted to talk to him and share her special day with him….he was just not listening..he could just see flashes of all that he had been dreaming till now…

Couple in love
She kept talking…he was lost in happy thoughts of them being together forever

Snap snap snap…arre…Mohan…what happened? Why are you looking at me like this…did you hear me?

Girl showing engagement ring
“I got engaged yesterday!!” His heart sank

I said I got engaged..!! I got engaged yesterday Mohan…!!

He looked at her…aghast…and something inside just snapped…is this why every time in his dreams he tried to kiss her. the dream never got completed…?

Girl walks away after break up
She kept talking. His heart was sinking…deeper and deeper

He congratulated her dryly and she went on talking…

They reached office…disembarked from the vehicle…he asked her to go up to office and told her he will join her…later…he waited till she left…she waved at him..he stared…


on his way back home in the evening ….he took the sea-link again….it was the same bridge…the same traffic…the same smell in the air…but…

…he was not the same person….

Bandra Worli Sea link
The same sea-link, the same traffic…but …he was not the same person

Penned by:

Mayura Amarkant

This post is written as a part of the #AlexaTheIncredible campaign hosted by #womenbloggerwb”

This is my 13th post in the Stories & Poems category. Here are the rest:

  1. From this world to the next, a transition in waiting
  2. The Power of Prayer
  3. The day I died…
  4. The long wait…is this your story?
  5. Chapter Extract: How was Anju raped?
  6. The Security Guard
  7. Even Change Changes
  8. Her first kiss
  9. Short Story: What if…
  10. Sawal hi galat ho to koi jawab kaise dega – Vibhuti Duggar Mutha
  11. My Shadow, have you seen it anywhere?
  12. Gloria’s Quest for Peace: Short Story
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15 thoughts on “The incomplete kiss…

  1. Har prem kahani adhuri kyon hoti hai,
    Har chah ki rah kyon nahi hoti hai,
    Jab kisi apne ko khojte hai is bheed main,
    Apno se hi bewafai kyon hoti hai,
    Sapno ki urano main,
    Manjil Tak pahuchte pahuchte kyon har dor choot jati hai…
    Bus ..har prem kahani adhuri kyon hoti hai………
    Loved it Mayura, these words are my expressions to how I felt while reading your story…

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