Beta, listen to me, there is this boy.
Just meet him once na.
Just once. That’s all.
And here she was. Shockingly this guy didn’t seem too bad. His was nice looking, well dressed and his hair wasn’t an amalgamation of goop.
It’s going to be just a coffee Ma, no dinner-vinner.
Arre, but it will look so bad.
Coffee Ma, nothing more.
Sometimes, I really don’t understand you, you no.
She had picked the café. A quiet little Italian place with a tiny faded bookstore next to it. She was addicted to both. Coffee and a book, a potent combination.
Really he wasn’t bad. When she mentioned she’d pay for herself, he didn’t gasp in horror or defend his masculinity. A first. He didn’t faint when she lit a cigarette, he didn’t even stare at her tattoo. She could already see her mother doing a little jig at home, lighting the diya, thanking the Gods for “settling ” her daughter.
Can we stop at the bookstore for a minute?
Uhh … sure.
I just need to pick a book.
Sure … hey look at this, isn’t this a movie? Now they’ve made a book too? God, Hollywood!
She heard her mother’s heart break into a hundred little bits.
It was too good to be true anyway.