Episode 68: Veni woke up as her phone rang. It was 5.45 and it was her mom’s cousin. “Hello… Aunty…Where are you?” – Veni “Good morning Veni. Am standing outside your main door. People at your home might be sleeping na. So I didn’t want to press the calling bell. Can you come and open the door?” – Gayathri aunty “Ok. I will come now”- Veni got up from bed and Rishi woke up. “My aunt has come. Come lets receive her”- Veni “Ok.”- Rishi was getting down from the bed Both walked towards the main door and Gayathri was standing outside with a wide smile. “Good morning both of you”- She smiled “Come inside aunty”- Veni “Good morning aunty. Please come.”- Rishi “So how are you Rishi? Any vague memory of seeing me in your wedding?”- Gayathri aunty asked softly as they reached their room. “Aunty….. actually…”- Rishi hesitated “I understood”- Gayathri smiled Gayathri aunty was in her mid forties and she was looking like a thirty plus. She was wearing a dark blue jean and a white short kurti to compliment that. Her hair was tied into a pony tail. A small gold stud on her ears and a bagpack. She was crisp and neat. “Aunty… there is the bathroom. You can refresh”- Rishi “Thank you so much. I will first do that”- Gayathri aunty said as she took her hand towel. Veni murmured as Gayathri aunty locked herself inside the bathroom. “No wonder why everyone hates her….”- Veni said as she started folding her blanket. “Why?! Everyone hates her?”- Rishi asked taking his blanket in his hands “Yeah! Everyone hates her in the family. Even her own kids…” – Veni “What????” – Rishi was shocked “Yeah! My mom never allowed me to talk to her much… Everyone were afraid that she is a bad influence for their daughters” – Veni “Come on….She seems to be very sensible…” – Rishi “Its not even 10 minutes since you met her. How do you say that?”- Veni “She stood outside patiently without pressing the calling bell just because everyone is sleeping. How thoughtful…”- Rishi said and walked away to the wash area “yeah….but I didn’t think of that”- Veni thought. “Aunty... tea or coffee?” – Veni asked “Coconut. Do you have one?” – Gayathri aunty “Yeah. I will bring from the fridge”- Veni started to walk towards the fridge frowning her face. “No dear. Wait. Is there any vegetable shop near by?”- Gayathri aunty “Yeah aunty. But I do have at home.”- Veni showed her the coconut pieces wrapped inside an almost wet plastic cover. “No dear. I use only fresh coconut for preparing coconut milk. I will just go and buy”- Gayathri aunty said as she took her purse. Veni stood quiet. “Rishi….Have your coffee”- Veni stood as such “Thank you! Where is she?”- Rishi asked as he tasted the coffee. “Seems she will have coconut milk in empty stomach and that too with fresh coconut. Too much na….”- Veni made faces “Is it?” – Rishi asked calmly “Don’t you feel its annoying? She is a guest here. She can have all these rituals once she goes back to her home na…” – Veni “Did she ask you to prepare coconut milk for her?”- Rishi “No”- Veni “Asked you to buy coconut?”- Rishi “No”- Veni “Asked you money to buy coconut?”- Rishi “No”- Veni replied and Rishi walked away and washed his coffee cup. Veni stood quietly “But her dress….”- Veni started “That’s her decision. She wants herself to show that way to the society. May be she is comfortable. May be she likes pony tail.”- Rishi said and walked away "And by the way, she looks neat and decent enough in that attire" - Rishi said and Veni looked at him angrily. "You have got problem Veni ……if people being happier annoys you"- Rishi was bold enough this time. “What???? Am I a sadist?”- Veni raised her voice “Vijaya aunty is coming down from the terrace”- Rishi warned her and walked away Veni stood angrily. He never dares to talk to me like this. What happened to him suddenly. Veni was annoyed. “Good morning Veni….”- Vijaya aunty smiled and Gayathri aunty walked in with a fresh coconut. “Good morning aunty. This is my aunt gayathri”- Veni introduced “Hello”- Gayathri smiled and Vijaya aunty reciprocated. Vijaya aunty was looking graceful with flowers adorning her long straight hair. “Beautiful flowers!”- Gayathri aunty “Thank you”- Vijaya aunty smiled. “Rishi…. Dry the clothes…Its time”- Veni “Veni…I am leaving early today. Forgot? “- Rishi “Oh yeah” – Veni put all the clothes in the bucket and went to the terrace. She was surprised to see what was happening in the terrace.