Shanta loved 'chatting' but unfortunately her husband did not! "You know darling!, I have learnt how to chat!" Shanta exclaimed one day as she came back from office excited and happy at having learnt "how to chat" from a much younger friend! Shanta was 45 and worked in a cooperative bank in this small town of Kerala, where she and her husband Shankaran had lived for what seemed like eternity! Her bank had been recently computerized and a new recruit Saritha had been appointed to train the staff about this new hullabaloo (computer!). Shanta and Sarita had become very close by virtue of Shanta’s very friendly nature and now was Sarita’s most enthusiastic disciple in the whole bank! So much so that Shanta even bought a computer for herself at home with a dial-up internet connection which was by far the newest facility that this sleepy town offered! The first day Shanta learnt to “chat” was one of the most embarrassing days that Shankaran had ever come across in all his 50 years of life! "Chatting is so nice! you meet different people from all over the world" and ..blah blah blah.... So as she rattled on about the 'chatting' virtues, she switched on the brand new PC, literally dragged Shankaran and made him sit in front of it and said "see what I learnt from Saritha today!" and zealously entered a chat room which her chatting guru Saritha often visited. Shankaran adjusted his glasses and sat open mouthed as she 'logged in' as 'Samantha!' and looked at her in anguish and asked "when did u change ur name?" She gave a villainous laugh and said "u don't have to be true here, u could be anything here in cyberspace yaar!" Another look of surprise from Shankaran followed, as this was the first time she called him 'yaar!' She waited for someone to say 'hi'. She never took the first step as she was new and had 'starting problems!' Her joy knew no bounds when one 'xyz' addressed her, "Hi Sam! She replied "hi!" and rolled her eyes at Shankaran with a sly smile as if she had won a trophy! But pop came the next question "would you like to make me wet?" and she was ready to scream! Her husband equally petrified asked....gosh Sam! sorry Shanta, how dare you ****??? Shanta came around, collected herself, and defensively said, "hey come on! sometimes u have to encounter such questions, see it is no fault of mine darling." Shanta felt sheepish. "Did people ask such questions here?" Shanta asked herself. "Stop this nonsense" Shankaran grunted, "this is for people who have nothing else in this world to do!" For duds who have all the time in this world for silly things like these." So saying he left her in anger. "When will you learn to have fun?" she thought, and sat there in the chat room nonchalantly ignoring the "wet-question" guy. She waited for someone else to ask her something. Yes, pop came a question from one Dilip, "ur asl please? "Gosh! what on earth was that?" she wondered shivering, "was it again a 'wet question'? She quickly shut down her PC put off at her own ignorance. “I ‘gotta’ learn more from Saritha tomorrow” she thought. Yes, she was happy at the thought of secretly getting back at her husband for beckoning her. Beckoning always unleashed the devil in her!