Red for danger

This story is part of a novella – A girl was born

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red for danger

He stood up before she could reach him. She gingerly extended her hand forward. He took it in his and then gave her a big tight hug. It felt good to be in his arms again. She admitted to herself, not very comfortably. It was as if she was in a time warp. It was as if the eighteen years hadn’t taken place. And they were the same Tara and Himanshu who had met in the café in Ahmedabad years ago. He released her as abruptly as he had hugged her and gave her a long hard look. A smile of genuine happiness lit up his face. Signalling her to sit in the opposite chair, he sat too.

“After such a long time. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw you entering the café. I had to blink my eyes twice to make sure it was really you, Tara!”

“How are you? Are you alone?” He asked.

She nodded. She found she could not speak. Her throat was dry and her lips parched. Wetting her lips with her tongue, she said, “Yes!”, which came out like a hoarse whisper.

He signalled to a waiter who promptly came to their table.

“What will you have?”

“Masala chai with lots of ginger.”

“And, a refill of expresso for me.” He said.

“Anything to eat?” He asked.

She refused. As hungry as she was a while ago, her appetite had suddenly deserted her.

She could not take her eyes off him. He had changed. The first thing she noticed were his glasses. Also, his hair had receded and grey hairs had covered his temples. He looked like a man in his mid-forties, and a very distinguished one at that. His good looks made her realize her bedraggled appearance. She was suddenly conscious of her wet clothes and her dishevelled hair, because she had no time to run a comb through them in the morning and were now hanging down her shoulders in a wet bunch.

“Who would have thought we would meet like this unexpectedly in Mumbai of all places!” He exclaimed. He said with a childlike joy on his face.

“What do you do, Tara?”

“I teach high school students.”

“And I am sure they all love you, like your earlier kindergarten kids.” He was good at handing out compliments, he hadn’t changed much in that aspect.

“I take it you are married.” She nodded.

“So what does your husband do?”

“He runs a media company.”

“He must be an interesting man” He said. Tara didn’t reply. She could not confess that she had never thought of Nikhil in those terms.  


“One, daughter. What about you?”

“None, and how I regret it!” He sighed.

“It’s not as if you are over the hill. You still have time.”

“I got divorced when it was actually the right time for having babies.”

Surprisingly, that piece of information didn’t give her the pleasure she had envisaged when she had prepared the list of his supposed misfortunes.  

And, then suddenly out of nowhere which pulled her out from her reverie, he announced, “You are still as beautiful!”

Was Himanshu flirting with Tara after all these years? Find out in Sweet and Sour

37 thoughts on “Red for danger

  1. No Tara.. Don’t fall into this trap. Honestly difficult for me to accept if Tara falls for him. I am not that traditional Nari to say pati dev mera Sabkuch hain. But I can’t tolerate to think of the ex after marriage. True, the ex haunts but it’s better to discard the emotions. I will be honest and I will expect my partner to be honest too. Past is always a past.. Tara, old don’t do this. I believe u

    1. I was telling the same thing to Shalini that if at all I find myself in Tara’s position, I don’t know how I will act or react. I would still like to meet him or talk to him once for old times’ sake, I guess. May be Tara is doing the same!! 🙂

        1. Thanks for reading the post Seema and sharing your opinion. It’s amazing how every reader friend of mine is coming up with her or his take on Tara’s decision – I am so glad of it. Tara will make a decision soon. Do come by again to learn of it. 🙂

  2. What a jerk if he is fliritng with her. I can never be civil to my Exes – I feel once that bond is broken, there is nothing left there except anger and sadness which often leads to cruelty. So I close it off completely. Had I been her, I wouldnt have gone over and been civil. I would have ignored him to allow myself to realise that its over and there is no point in going after it again.
    I just hope she doesnt start reliving in the “what if” now….

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    1. I admit I have wondered a few times what it would be like to meet my ex again. If I would like to meet him or how I would react if at all I meet him. Sometimes we think something and act quite different. Tara is a dreamer, she had always this feeling that her love story was incomplete, hence it was very natural for her to behave as if nothing had happened in the past. Also, Himanshu is charming, you need to give him that 😉

  3. Oh my my thats a danger zone. Though her reaction when she heard about his divorce was absolutely normal. We often think we will be so happy at the misfortune of a person who dumped us but we are indifferent. Its like they are no longer a part of our life. She has actually moved on though she doesn’t realise it

    1. Oh, wow. Those are the golden words – she has actually moved on though she doesn’t realise it herself. When would she or would she at all – let’s see in the next chapters!

  4. He is flirting with her for sure. I hope she does not fall into the trap yet again. He always knew how to charm her. But, she must draw a line. Will come back tomorrow.

  5. Superb!! What a twist in the tale Anshu!!! Awesome!! Just loved it. I don’t know why but I got a sadist pleasure that Himanshu is divorced.

  6. Definitely a difficult terrain ahead for Tara. She must negotiate the bumpy roads with much caution. I am anxious now…as the ghost from the past has resurfaced for real.

        1. No worries, Mahak, with a toddler, I can imagine! Take your time!! The story will always be here!! 🙂 BTW, I have some reading to do too!! What the little baby’s diary is chronicling, I haven’t read it in a while now!

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