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  1. blackbeauty84

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    Sweat drenched Shilpa’s face though she was on air conditioned room. ‘I’m stronger than this..This is a temporary feeling’ she said to herself and distracted herself with huge office work.

    But she was wrong. That feeling grabbed her more intensely this time and she was helpless as a tender flower caught in the wind. She grabbed a water bottle and gulped it completely.

    ‘Offer is still on J’ read the message from Rajiv her colleague and close friend. He was living just two houses away.

    ‘Damn this lockdown..’ she said aloud. Her husband, She and Neel were working mostly out of home and this clipped her wings. He has his way about how things should go in this house.

    Shilpa paced in the huge hall as if the mere walk would bring her some answers. ‘Either you have to join him or leave him. Persons like Neel hardly change..’ words of Rajiv echoed in her head. But But..There is a chance that Rajiv is biased. It was after her marriage she came to know Rajiv had feelings for her , when she countered him about it he agreed. Things would have changed if she knew about it before…

    May be I can sneak to Rajiv’s, Neel hardly come out of his work den.. she suddenly thought. No don’t think about it, she instructed herself and got back to work. A long meeting which was scheduled got cancelled and the sudden free time made her mind wander. ‘Why don’t we meet for a coffee? Don’t tell me you are so busy after marriage. I can come to your home if needed.’ Her close friend texted. Thing is that Shilpa hasn’t told about Neel to her. With Neel she could rarely entertain guests…she used to plead with him to be normal when her parents are around; they rarely visit now due to lockdown.

    It was Rajiv who understood things and asked about it even when she declined. She glanced at that unused portion of her house longingly for a minute, a strong feeling overcame her and in the instant she decided to peep into Rajiv’s .Neel need not know and will not know, he comes out of his work den only at night. She went near Neel’s work den, not a peep. She is not allowed to enter his workspace, one another Neel’s weird rule.

    She opened the house gate with minimal noise and went towards’s Rajiv’s. It’s not as if Neel will hear noise and react. One day she missed her keys while going out, Neel didn’t hear the house bell enormous number of times or answered his mobile. ‘You know I don’t answer mobile while in office..’ he responded coolly when he came out of his den after three hours.

    ‘I know you would come..’ Rajiv smiled while opening the door for Shilpa.

    ‘I was not sure till …’ she said feeling guilty

    ‘It’s okay my baby.. come in..relax..’ he invited her inside and she began to relax.

    She was sweating when she came back to her house, when she found Neel was sitting in a corner her heart skipped a beat.

    ‘Hi Neel.. I went for a stroll..pleasant weather..’ she said.

    ‘Some good news Shilpa, We got that approval…’Neel was jumping with joy and came towards hugging her. Neel released from hug and his face expression changed.

    ‘Shilpa what’s this smell…’ Neel asked seriously

    She wanted to take a shower and get rid of the smell but sudden appearance of him…

    ‘Neel..it’s nothing..I went around the shops where…’ she bluffed.But one look from Neel, she knew he found out.

    ‘Shilpa…’

    ‘Neel..I’m sorry.. it has been almost an year and we don’t do anything….’

    ‘Shilpa you agreed for it even before we got married…wasn’t I clear? Look at me…’

    ‘I didn’t know I will miss it so much…Neel I’m sorry..I don’t want to live like this…’ she screamed amidst her tears.

    ‘You promised to be part of my life and experiment. You are getting compensated for it even..’ Neel shouted back.

    ‘I can’t Neel..I simply can’t….I want to be normal like other human beings…’ she sobbed.

    ‘Your definition of normal and need to please the society..you are so obsessed with it… Shilpa why do you refuse to understand.. we don’t need it to be happy..’

    ‘I crave for it..Yes Neel, the aroma of doing tadka, the pleasure of touching the cooked food, the taste it feels..your food tablet cannot replace it…’ Shilpa pleaded.

    ‘and go on splurging money when half the world dies in hunger..Shilpa we are trying to create world without hunger..food tablet thrice a day is sufficient for meeting your nutrient needs..you are not hungry but stimulated by world around to eat…foodie like Rajiv will never understand this…’ Neel explained.

    ‘No one understands this except you and your weird friends. I can’t keep sneaking to Rajiv’s when I feel like smelling and eating food. Don’t you realize we can’t entertain any of our relatives and friends here….You refuse to let me cook for them..’

    ‘We don’t starve them..my food tablets are healthy and enough to meet their nutritional needs…Kitchen is a forbidden place in this house…’Neel roared.

    That night restaurant owner was puzzled to see a young lady crying over every bite of food and a man sitting next to her whispering ‘Chill my baby..it’s okay…’
     
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    WoW !
     
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    @blackbeauty84 I knew that some suspense should be waiting for me at end of the story. So I read the whole story very quickly to disclose the secret of Shilpa. You maintained the mystery until climax as usual :thumbup:. I felt horrible when I imagined my life without proper Indian food.
     
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    Thanks Ashima for the comment
     
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    Thanks for stopping by in this thread Mistt :)

    Seriously I cant imagine life with out those aromas coming out of kitchen , so yes that's a horrible feeling.
     
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    Well done!!

    There are actually two mysteries or surprises. One is obviously Rajiv. The other is what have Neel and Shilpa not done for almost an year. :blush:
    Neatly presented. And all ends nicely tied.

    In addition to the Rajiv-reality surprise, I liked the capitulation at the end. The absence of explanation between the last two paragraphs is deft -- left to the reader's imagination why they end up a threesome with Rajiv. :blush:
     
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    I won't consider doing it with someone who denies Indian food :) Priorities
    Thanks for stopping by Rihana, glad to see your comment
     
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    Wow! Really nice story. Few months back we friends discussed how postdated, grubhub, Uber eats/ swiggy and other food delivery apps would take out regular homemade foods. Kitchen would be only to reheat in microwave and fridge to store leftovers.
     
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    First of all, I hope everyone is safe in India and other parts of the world !

    Kudos BB!

    What an idea! Of course it doesn't work for me , but the concept is such a out of the box one!
    Lovely Snippet !

    --Saritha
     
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    As always, a gripping story:clap2:
     

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