Gotham needs you…Wake up!
Ah! I’d be on top of World’s billionaire’s list, if I’d got a dollar, every time I change his diaper! 😝
How many times will you poop in a day Gowtham? Dadda is fed up! 😷😖
Why don’t you keep a track of it Batman?
Yeah! Your husband and son will enter into World records… Son for shitting maximum times a day and husband for cleaning that shit!
Wow Batty, you are so optimistic today… Billionaire, World records and all!! 😄😉
I can’t win this debate with you… You take Gowtham and put him to sleep… I need to sleep too…. I have a long day ahead tomorrow!
Come closer Batty… I need to Kiss you Good Night! 😘
Every night I change Gowtham’s diaper, I get annoyed to bits! I wonder why I even married her…. Don’t know what magic her good night kisses have…. They make me regret my thoughts a lot… I can do anything for those affectionate, warm cuddles and kisses of hers…..
Not every man would be blessed with a wife like that of mine… I’m more than lucky for that matter…. 😍
Vishak, you’re coming for the movie ok? I’m booking the tickets…
Next time…. I’ll sleep today please…Hardly any Saturday I get…Let me enjoy this… Please!
How many “next times”? I don’t know… I’m booking the tickets… you are coming with us!
Fine! I’ll come…
My friends dragged me to watch this silly Super hero movie Dawn of Justice!
Who’ll watch all these yaar? I’ll go home…. I can’t take in so much of fantasy… Grow up boys!
Abbey oh Pandit, you grow up!
There’s another half of the movie yaar, maybe you’ll find the other half interesting…
Wait, I’ll get some popcorn for us….
Fine, I’ll sit in your seat and you shift to mine…I’m uncomfortable here….
Ok re, sit wherever you want to! Acha, yours is caramel popcorn and pulpy orange na?
I was thoroughly annoyed all through the movie… There was this girl who was howling all through the movie, cursed the villain and spilled my only solace- my tub of caramel popcorn…. And when we walked out of the theatre, instead of apologizing to me, she and her friend laughed at me….She was uncontrollable… Her cheeks turned red, eyes became teary, she held her tummy and laughed so much!
I got angry and decided to teach her a lesson…. I followed her to the food court and sat opposite to her.
She looked at me and started laughing again.
Hello, why are you laughing? Do I look like a joker to you?
You are no less than one…
Why, why, why?
She brought her hands closer to my face and pulled out the 3D glasses…
You liked these so much, eh? Don’t you know that you have to give them back to the theatre guys?
Oh! Is it so? This is my first ever 3D movie… I’m not a movie buff! I don’t know all these….
Why are you still laughing at me?
I’m sorry, I spilled all your popcorn right?
Not all of them actually, there were some left over!
Well, those leftovers were the ones I picked from the floor and silently put them in your tub and you ate them all! 😂😂😂
Chee! That’s so gross! 😖
It is alright…. I’ll just call it another bad day!
On a Wednesday noon, I received a call from my manager to meet my new workmate… I stretched myself and swiftly walked to his cabin.
Vishak, meet Aruna, your counterpart and team mate, who will work with you on the new project.
The lady in cream coloured cotton kurti turned towards me and extended her hand to shake, spilling all the hot coffee on me!
Sorry… I’m very sorry… She said with the gleam of a 10 year old school bully. She did her best to supress her laughter and sport a serious look.
I grit my teeth in anger and she never bothered.
I don’t know how I’m going to work with her. The other day at the theatre she spilled all my popcorn, made fun of me and now she’s here too! God… Do something… please!!!
The next day, Aruna joined me at work.
This lady, I tell you…. She was so peculiar for me… Her laptop had superhero stickers, her bag zips bore cartoon keychains. She put a smiley badge on her ID tag… Her laptop’s wallpaper and screensaver had pictures of cartoons and superheroes. Her phone’s ring tone was “Mickey Mouse” cartoon title song!
In between work, she hardly took any breaks. When she did, she drank black coffee and munched along Snickers. Her bag was filled with chocolates!
Within a fortnight of joining, the office was abuzz with Aruna’s name. She made friends with every employee of every department… During lunch breaks she watched cartoons.
I always had a feeling that she’s a misfit in the corporate scenario….
Days passed, we reached our target for the first quarter, before time. I wanted a break from work, so I took a week’s leave, to go on a road trip.
Vishak, I’ll take care… you enjoy your break…
Are you sure? I am unable to trust you….
Yes I am… But why do you have trust issues with me?
See, you are very childish…. I can’t leave the whole responsibility on you….
There’s more to me than these stickers and keychains.
Ok! Ok! Don’t get offended… I’ll take leave now… bye!
Take care Vishak! Bye!
10 days passed since the second quarter has begun. I was advised complete rest. I met with an accident on a highway, on my way back from the road trip.
How are you Vishak?
I’m fine Aruna… How’s second quarter treating you?
So far so good Vishak….
How’s the client response?
They were satisfied with our performance in the previous quarter, we have got more work this quarter….
How are you managing the team all alone… Believe me, I find it so difficult to do it all alone… It is not a team of normal people… We have psychos, psycho monkeys!
Hahaha! not really… Everything is going on good… Don’t bother too much about work… I’m not here as a team mate today… I’m here as a friend!
Ok Ok! Coffee?
But I don’t know how to make black coffee…
That’s alright… I’ll have it with milk…
You need not strain… I can make it… you just accompany me to the kitchen.
Aruna visited me often… I felt assured of having a good friend in a place away from home.
My fractured hand gradually healed and through the process, Aruna helped me a lot. She managed work so well. The day I joined work, I was warmly welcomed by Aruna and my team. She surprised me with a special chair for me, with a hand-rest.
I heard from the team mates and my manager that Aruna managed it all so well… Though the second quarter was very hectic, Aruna never failed the client’s expectations. In my absence, she did my work also, silently.
Aruna, why didn’t you tell me that you did my work also? Why did you hide from me that you worked late nights?
Nothing like that Vishak! I just worked to meet the target.
You could’ve taken the team’s help as well.
Making the QA reports are confidential, had you been, I’d still have worked late nights.
But you could have contacted me, I’d have done a little at least.
That’s alright Vishak… I just did my duty…
You look so worked up buddy! Take a break….
Yes buddy! Take a break… You are so worked up… I’ll manage it all… I’m fit now.
Fine, fine… I’ll take a break for a week.
Aruna took a week’s off from work. It was a much needed break for her, after a whole month’s tiring work. We texted on WhatsApp every day. Not about work, but as any other friends would do…
Why are you not into superheroes, Vishak? It is actually a boy’s thing right? I feel I’m the only girl who loves super heroes.
Aruna, Superheroes are for boys… I am a Man! You get the difference right?
And Aruna, you are not a woman!
You are a 10 year old over-achiever kid.. A little girl who spills popcorns and laughs innocently at people!
Someone is being nice!!
Haha, not really…I’m just telling the truth….
Together, Aruna and I finished all the 4 quarters and both of us got promoted as Managers. We were sent to London for 6 months for training. Our friendship grew stronger during this period. We returned back and resumed our job as managers of the QA/QC team.
My parents began looking out matches for me. I went to my home town and a few other places, regarding the wedding alliances and nothing seemed to work well.
I discussed about every alliance with Aruna.
One Sunday, when my family was in town, my father wanted to meet his childhood friend Saketaraman, who invited us for lunch.
Is he your son?
Where is your daughter da?
She is helping her mother in the kitchen da… Hey… Aruna, get some water…
Aruna burst into laughter looking at me…
Appa, he is my colleague Vishak… We both went to London for training….
Oho… Hey Vishak, you have grown up to be a man! I saw you 23 years ago, as a 5 yr old… You were roaming around without a jetti!
Appa, don’t embarrass him like that…
That’s alright Aruna….
It was late in the afternoon, our families were engrossed in their nostalgic talks….
Vishak, wanna come out for a drive in my Batmobile?
Your new car, you mean?
Aruna and I went for a long drive, it was a very pleasant evening. The sun was now turning bright orange and Aruna stopped at a cliché road side tea stall.
I sat down enjoying the dusk sipping tea from the small matka-cup
Vishak, done with tea?
Yes…you want something else?
I want you!
Yes… I want you, I want to marry you….
Hmm… Shall we leave? It is getting dark…
We went back to the city….
Aruna, one min… I’ll come back…
Here, take this caramel popcorn and spill it on me as much as you want to!
Yeah, not just now, but all your life… I love you too Aruna!
Let’s tell this to our parents…
We drove back home in silence…
Amma, Appa, we want to tell you something….
Umm… Before that, we want to tell you something…
What is it?
You tell it first…
No, you tell it first…
Fine… We are elders, we will tell it first…
We were discussing about your marriages and we found the right match for the two of you.
We want you to see the pictures of the bride and groom and then tell us about how to proceed… Here, take it…
Vishak, here’s the bride’s picture, Aruna, here’s the groom’s picture. See properly, discuss and tell us your opinion…
Aruna came out howling in happiness and my eyes were moist… Aruna, she was my Bride! I embraced her tightly… Our parents were very happy when Aruna told them that she proposed to me for marriage….
It is 3 years of our marriage now… Out of her love for Super heroes, Aruna has re-named me as Batty, for Vishak sounds very Indian Super Hero Villian-ish.
8 months ago, she delivered our son. We named him Gowtham, whom she calls Gotham and every night he wakes up and cries, she whispers in my ears “Batman, Gotham needs you” and most of the time I end up cleaning his poop and changing his diapers.
Good that my father visited you when you were 5 and saw you like that, in that attire!
Chee! What are you talking?
No, What I mean is, my father had a forethought of marrying his daughter to you!
Hahaha! Sleep now!
I feel so safe in your arms! 😍😘
Let me hold you tight, you’ll feel more safer….
Some one, whom I hated sharing my work cabin with, when I first met, is now sharing herself with me…. She is my blessing, indeed!
My Wonder Woman that she is!😎 😍 😘