Thursday, April 02, 2009

It Happened One Night

It was around 10 P.M. They both went to that upclass sweet shop. She saw the boy standing near a couple. She thought they were a family and that it was their child. He was dressed in clean clothes. On a second look, she could see that pile of papers tucked under his arm. She even saw him persuading them to buy one of those papers.

They went in, she bought her apple pie, had a fight with the counter guy for heating it up too much. He tasted his favorite sweet, laughed about with the counter boys if only to make up for her bad humored verbal exchange. She wanted ice cream, he said, "I will share it with you. " He should have said, “Don’t eat so many sweets. You are already fat, sweets will undo your workout.” Instead he indulged her. They came out to the car. She placed her pie, their ice cream on the car boot and started to look for the car key that he often tells her to put in her bag.

The boy came near them, they tried to ignore. He said, “Ma’am, Please buy this map from me.” “But I don't need one, Beta,” she said, but told him to show her the maps. “I will take the city map. No, the state map is better. Umm, or maybe, India map is more useful. Uhoon, Let me take this world map.” He told the little boy, “Ow just give me the city map. How much is it for?” “Sir, it is for 25 Rupees,” He began to look at the map. She saw the boy looking at the feast kept on the car bonnet. She looked at the boy, he smiled. She asked him, “Do you study?” He said, “Yes, I am in class 6th.” She thought, “Almost as old as my older one.” Then asked him “Would you like to have an ice cream?” The boy hesitated, then said, “yes”. She blinked her eyes, gave him the little bowl, he paid the boy for the map and told him to keep the change. The boy grinned and thanked her. She decided it was the most beautiful smile she had seen lately . She would never forget the grin. Once the boy went, she thought aloud, “Glad I gave the ice cream away. Saved me from sinning.” Once inside the car, she told him, “We are a crazy couple, aren’t we? !!!” He said, “Why do you think so?” She said, “Aiwen ee.” He said, “You are !! and that’s why I love you.”

39 comments:

roop said...

awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww isn't ice cream supposed to cool ur interiors but this one warmed me up!! :)))

beautifully expressed. welcome back!!! this is where u belong. writing ... and more writing. :)

~nm said...

super sweet!!

I know who that sweet lady was and who that indulgent husband was ;)

So good to see you back to writing ..hugs..

Iya said...

:) :)
u know we have had many such experiences, thanks to the good soul i am married to..lemme do a post too sometime!!

Oreen said...

the good Samaritan who also watches her calorie intake :)

nice post... welcome back

Monika said...

awwwwwwwww that such a nice post... mampi good to have u back now post more often dr mampi :)

i am what i am said...

wow!!!so beautiful!!!!!such simple sweet gesturs actually make you feel nice about yourself.

How do we know said...

aawww... thats so like the Mampi i know.. :-) And thank God u r back to blogging again!

maheshinder_singh said...

What a cute,simple, terse( but loaded) short story. I loved to read it.

Pradeep said...

Manpreet, good to see you back after a break... The act of sharing is more valuable than what is shared. That's what I felt.

Nice little post. And, it means a lot as well. Also because, it very subtly lets you know who the lovely couple were!

Inexplicably said...

:)))))))))))

Phoenixritu said...

Brought tears into my eyes aiwen ee. Such a sweet incident, written so well.

Welcome back

hitch writer said...

A very sweet post, backed by noble deeds... and very well written !

god bless !

Mampi said...

Roop-Thanks. Even I feel great after posting here.

NM-You do? THanks my dear.

Iya-Yeah, waiting for that post.

Oreen-Yeah, Some of us like to kill two birds with one stone.

Monika-Told you, the prefix is super-satisfying.

I am what I am-Yeah, I almost felt like crying.

HDWK-Thank you sweetiepie.

Mahesh-You are the best critic because you always praise.

Pradeep-Thank you so much.

Inexplicably- :))

Ritu-Hai sachi? When you say it is well written, it means a lot.

Hitch writer-Thanks.

Sidhusaaheb said...

I take it that the young map-seller wasn't too pesky, since he managed to close a sale and earned a bonus as well.

:D

BTW, I like the Abida Parveen album.

:)

Sidhusaaheb said...

Check out: http://www.apnaorg.com/music/abida2/

You'll require RealPlayer installed on your machine, in case it isn't already.

:)

Imp's Mom said...

awww... that's really sweet! Glad to have you back Mampi...

u knw I did the same thing when i was preg... had gone to an ice cream palour and as I was walking out, saw 3 kids, gave them my cone and bought new ones for the rest...

mum says its something to do with us being mothers! :D

Rajindarjit said...

I loved this post.
Giving a smile to a needy one, is a very good gesture. I liked the boy's earning a self-help trial.
I wish he could excel in his studies too.
The way you expressed the feelings of the moments you gone through, is highly appreciable. A nice piece.
God Bless you!
Dhindsa

Kiran said...

sooo sweet Dr :)
good to have you back!

Pradip Biswas said...

The inside truth and the picture you depicted is very bitter,hit our face as if with a cane, one of the best story I read.

MAN IN PAINTING said...

nice one mampi...
it was natural..
nice..
wishes..

Mampi said...

SS-Well, its better to be initiated young into the ways of the world as that young man was.
ABIDA always has a becalming effect. I knew you would notice. Thanks for that Apnaorg link. Would go to it.

Imp's Mom-Your mom is right. Glad to know I m not the only Phool around.

Mama- :) Thanks.

Kiran-What an ego boost to be called a Dr. Am here now and sticking back.

Pradip-Thanks.

MIP-Glad you liked it. Thanks.

my space said...

Aiween hee kaam karne mein hee zindagi ka mazaa hai...

June Saville said...

Give and we also receive ...
June in Oz

zirelda said...

What a nice story. :)

And I love being indulged. Dan does it quite well I've found.

grewal kiran said...

I know somebody,who is just like "she" and i think i know somebody, who is just like "he". but i dont know the little boy in the story. but overall it was very lovely post.
I LOVE YOU

Hip Grandma said...

no icecreams for me too.yet I manage to have one every now and then.if i can do it at my age what abt little kids who cannot afford it.touching story.

Pinku said...

thats cute...

i remember giving away a baskin robbins icecream similarly...this is way back when they had just opened in delhi and I had bought my first one at the store...

I went about feeling happy at my deed for a week.

welcome back

Gazal said...

am sure this ice cream tasted much sweeter than it should have,even without tasting it.

the world is a better place to live in thanks to people like them.

Devika said...

Nice, Mampi :)

wishes,
devika

Mama - Mia said...

:)

hugs to you! aiwe hi!

cheers!

abha

Mampi said...

MySpace-Right said.

June-Yup, I believe in the same philosophy. My icecream will surely come back.

Z- but you have lost weight. I have not.

KiranG- :)

HG-absolutely right. What an irony of life it is.

Pinku-These are the things that leave u satisfied.

Gazal-Yeah, so right.

Devika-Thank you my dear.

Abha-Thanks, the aiwen hee hugs always are the best.

Sneha Divakar said...

very cute story.. keep them coming

Indian Home Maker said...

I LOVE this post Mampi, not aiwain hee, but because it warmed the cockles of my heart :)

Life Begins said...

How on earth did I miss this post... :|

Well, as always beautifully woven words full of emotions. Toooo good. WE all should make it a point to do one such good deed atleast once a week which is this much satisfying.

Aiwen hee aap bahut dilon ko chu jate ho :)

Mithe said...

Oh great! It comes across wonderfully. As nm said, it is rather apparent who the lady and the man were...
You know somthing? Writing it this way gave it more appeal:)
and I came on your blog just to tell you I have not stopped reading your blog...I have missed it actually :)

The Seeker said...

That was a wonderful read.... Loved it...

Manasa said...

That was a nice gesture. :)

So he said you're fat eating sweets ;)

anamika said...

I am hopping here after a long while! I know who the man and wife here! I have not forgotten what I gathered from your previous posts! I like this style of yours - indirect reference!!

Manish Raj said...

You touch hearts...you always do.

Cheers
Manish