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Pages from the Diary of an Unknown Teenager


February 14

Anindita and Valentine’s day = Cool. Her boyfriend is taking her on a cruise.

Indrani and Valentines day = Boring. She has been on the phone chat stages since ages and will be for God knows how long.

Swasthi and valentines day = regular stuff – Dinner and dance.

Boski and valentines day = so sweet! He is cooking dinner for her and has composed a song for her! I am happy for her.

Me and Valentines Day =???

Sigh! Its Valentines Day again. There is a flutter all around me- Much ado about nothing like some star-studded Bollywood movies I say…

Since the day before yesterday, I have been subjected to demonstration of all sort of mush which has continued today to its full potent form. Not that I have any objection to anyone’s private preferences but at a point of time all these gets to you – especially if you are single and with only a diary as a companion. So there is no other option but to escape to my safe heaven in the building terrace with my diary, sit out for a few hours doing nothing particular…

Hmm! The sky is a beautiful blue with the white clouds making lovely pattern. The building to my left is a beehive of activity with some sort of construction going on but I guess it is lunch hour now. And there is a…Whoa! Now I will be darned…

Hey! Hey! Hey! No matter how voyeuristic it may sound but I am kind of liking what is going on there over at an inconspicuous corner…and so let me give you a word by word account of what’s happening there.

Well actually there are a couple there- labourers. No they aren’t exactly making out…but I saw the guy suddenly pull the female, towards him and she pushed him away smiling shyly… sweet! Real sweet! Ok from the looks, I think they are newly married, and she is not a worker but has come to visit him…

Wait a minute!  Now what are they up to? why are they sitting down?

Oh! Ok! They are about to have lunch.  She is fanning away the flies I guess… while he has his lunch in peace… how sweet! Wow! He does care for her… he is feeding her too in between bites… My God! The man really has love written all over him for her (no it’s not lust, at least not yet). He just now, lovingly pulled back a hair from her face which was bothering her… all the while chatting away gaily. (I wonder what they are chatting away so animatedly. Do they know it is Valentines Day today?)

Ok lunch is over… finally… But she has to leave now… and gosh! she looks really forlorn but she still manages to smile a sweet expectant smile. Her fingers entwined in his. Slowly parting his hand… but where is he rushing off to suddenly?  Ok… he is searching something in his shirt pockets near by…Hell! Don’t tell me it is a packet of condom…I…I think…Owoww! It’s a pack of bindi… for her… Just look at her eyes light up after she changed her existing one for the new one…

But she is going away now while he watches from his post…And he is still watching… while she is moving further away from him. And he is…still watching…but the contractor has called him I think…for after a one last longing look, he moves away… shoulders hunched… chin in the chest….

And I too retreat for the day to my den… with a new entry in diary:

Me and Valentines Day = Hope for true love… Hope in the power of Love.

– Article written by Mani Padma. She is a Doctor by profession, working in Delhi. She is the chief-co brewer of GingerChai and has to her credit some of the interesting categories you see in GingerChai. Want to read more of her articles ? Click HERE.

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  1. chatterbox

    Beautiful post Mani 🙂
    Loved the detailed narration with the well woven thoughts to give it a brilliant impact 🙂 🙂

    Keep up the wonderful work 🙂


  2. chatterbox

    Not sure where my comment disappeared 🙁
    Loved this sweet post with a keen eye for detail and interlacing of thoughts by the teenager.

    Keep up the good work 🙂


    1. Lakshmi Rajan

      heehee sometimes your comments gets disappeared and i pull them back to limelight 😀 don’t worry they don’t get lost when am around 🙂

  3. Mani padma

    A special note. But before that thanks Rajan for the ahem! Pic. But tell me have i mentioned anywhere that the teenager is a girl. 😛 it can be a guy who has gals as his pals, isnt it? But i think it is unique and distinct in how a male and female thinks, percieves and writes. I mean Ambi or Pumpkin LS writing this is unimaginable, isn’t it?( i wonder how they were in their teens) or for that matter even Ali, Pranjal and pramathesh…well not pram. I know his capability. He can be behave and think like a piece of furniture too. And that leaves us with LR. Hmm! Now won’t that be interesting to know-

    1. Usha

      hmm..I didn’t realise either. I went with the misleading image I guess..haha
      Now that you mention it, even a guy can withdraw to his diary. But not too sure if the guy will be as observant as the girl was towards the couple…


    2. pranjal

      well this comment seems to be consistent with my views…i have always maintained there are two different sets of equations which determine the algorithms on which male and female minds work :P.
      jokes apart, mani ji wonderful post… i seriously fail to comprehend how (brilliant)people concoct details this fine… may be i’ll learn that too with time.

      ps- mani please have a look at this post and tell me how do u find it

      1. Mani padma

        Maniji? Eh pranjal? I m not that ancient i think!! But thanks anyways. And yeah! I checked out your post. I liked the cryptic style. You can work on it out further and try out for GC.

        1. pranjal

          haha… ok no ‘ji’.
          thanks for going to the post and liking it :). sure i’ll try on GC… with u and others around i can always hope to improve!!

    3. Anney

      Mani, here is a perspective. I though it was a diary of a girl due to the details that were noted. A girl usually has a fine eye to things like the pattern on the sky, thinking that a guy making dinner is sweet and cruise beeing cool…A guy would say wat the pattern in the sky was, the dinner bit would be noted as tedious and the cruise would induce a balance book examining effect…so wat say u? :silly: :heh:

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