It was just a normal day where Abhi came to his workplace and was checking whether all the photos that he taken had came out well.
One of his colleague came to his cabin and looked at him. Abhi “What are u looking at Manoj?” Manoj “Just to check whether u are free to play some games?” Abhi asked in a puzzled tone “What? Games?” Manoj “Ya I heard nowadays u are playing games with small kids at your apartment!” Abhi “How did u know? Do u have a spy or what?” Manoj “I know…how I know all that is suspense!” Abhi “What u want now?” Manoj “Play games with us!” Abhi “Who is this us now?” Manoj “Nothing big….our boss had planned to play a game with the name of the new staffs that joined us!” Abhi “With names there is games? What is she thinking of us ah?” Manoj “I think she is thinking that we are very free!” Abhi hearing that laughed and said “Ya true….she is always like that!” Manoj “Now leave all this and come with me yaar…I need some support too!” Abhi left his things on the table and he went out of the cabin to the cafeteria.
Abhi whispered to Manoj “If u ask me to eat here then I will do that happily….but playing games and that too with her is very boring!” Manoj “I know right! She doesn’t know….” Their boss looked at them and signalled them to sit opposite to her. Boss “As u all know that a group of new staff had joined us and I want to play a game with their names!” Abhi and other colleagues smiled in response. Abhi “But Boss…where are the new staff?” Boss in a teasing tone asked “Why are u so eager? Do u want to flirt with girls?” Abhi with a witty smile said “Not as much as I am eager to flirt u…” Manoj “Do u know what are u telling Abhi?” Abhi “Sorry Boss….I just said that for fun!” Boss gave a deadly stare towards him and continued to say the instructions of the game.
Abhi, How weirdly she had planned a game! First she will give papers with the first letter of the new staffs. There would be blanks after the first letter and we need to guess their name! How can we even guess strangers’ names???
Boss “ I know what u all are thinking but this is the cheapest game that I can think of! No expenses! The papers used are the rejected contract papers! I am using the back of the papers which are blank!”
Abhi, How stingy is she? For this she could just save the time by not even playing this game! She even calls the game she planned as cheapest game!
Manoj looking at Abhi’s expressions laughed out loudly. Manoj “Abhi! Can u stop giving an expression as if u are having constipation!” Hearing that all the other staff laughed and Abhi got furious looking at all of them. Boss “Silence!!” Abhi “Let me start this game and then leave first….I have lots of work to be done!” He took the paper randomly and saw the first letter as P. Followed by him the rest of them also picked the papers and were deeply thinking of the names.
Everybody were giving different names and boss said “Ok I know this is a ridiculous game but from u all I have lots of idea for writing a names book for babies!” Abhi was silent all the while staring at the paper and suddenly said “Pragya!” Boss looked surprisingly at him. Manoj “Why do u have to tell this name so loudly?” Abhi “I don’t know…I just thought of this name!” Boss “Actually Manoj, Abhi is right! One of the staff that joined us is called Pragya!” Abhi was also even surprised hearing that and gave a victorious smile. Boss “So Abhi! Do u know what is the prize for this game?” Abhi “Boss! U should tell…after all your prizes would be as different as this game!” Boss “Thank u! At times, I don’t know whether u are praising me or…..” Abhi in a dramatic way said “No Boss…How can I even? I can’t even think like that…Please Boss….don’t ever say like that….I feel like my heart is bursting now….” All his colleagues tried to control their laughter looking at Abhi’s antics….Boss “Ok so the prize is….” She took something from her bag that was on the table. Boss “Abhi! This is the prize and see what’s inside this later!” She passed him a blue rectangular box and he thanked for the prize. After that, all of them parted to their respective cabins and resumed their work.
Manoj “Abhi! Tell me what’s inside it later!” Abhi winked and told “If it’s nice then I will surely tell u man!”
Abhi placed the prize in a drawer and was busy in his works. Time passed, his work ended and he switched off the lights before leaving his cabin. That’s when he remembered about the prize and he took it from the drawer and kept inside his bag.
He left his workplace by driving his bike and reached the apartment. That’s when he received a call. He picked up the call “Hello!” Pragya in a hurried tone said “I am sorry to disturb u….but the prize that Boss gave u is not the right one…” Abhi “Oh I see…I haven’t opened it yet…Does boss want me to return it to her now?” Pragya “No….it’s not that urgent! You can return it to her tomorrow!” Abhi “Ok Thanks for informing! By the way who is this?” Pragya with hesitation said “The same name that u had won this prize for….” Abhi didn’t know how to respond and stumbled with words. Pragya chuckled lightly hearing to him and said “Bye and Good night!” Abhi “Bye and Good night Pragya!” With that their conversation ended.
Abhi with a pleasant smile thought, Very familiar voice but can’t remember when I heard her before…..Very soothing voice too…
Abhi saw his phone and he received a text from Cutie. He read the message and smiled widely.
Cutie sent the message as:
Good night Friend! Happy News: AK 47 is not teaching me anymore! 😉 I will tell u the story behind this tmrw….Ma is staring at me now!
He too replied Good night to her and head to his house by taking lift.
Abhi went to his house and he was too exhausted to even change his clothes so he just slept on the sofa.
Once again, the next day he was waked up by the door bell and he knew it would be Cutie.
He opened the door and saw Cutie in home clothes. Abhi with surprise asked “Hey Cutie! Today u are not going to school?” Cutie “No friend….Today I don’t feel like going and Ma also say I can stay at home” Abhi “Come in Cutie….” Cutie came inside and looked Abhi from top to bottom as he looked very messy. Abhi “Why are u looking like that Cutie?” Cutie “Friend! You never bath ah?” Abhi sheepishly looked at Cutie and said “I never even brushed my teeth too!” Cutie said loudly “Chemelly!! Chemelly!” Abhi “It’s smelly Cutie!” Cutie still mispronounced it as Chemelly….Abhi “Okok I will go brush and bath! You just stay here!”
Cutie couldn’t stay at one place and walked around the house and saw the white cloth on his chair. She took it and was waiting for Abhi to return. Abhi came with a fresh look and saw Cutie holding onto the cloth. Abhi “Cutie! Give me that cloth!” Cutie in an excited tone asked “Friend! Are u playing game?” Abhi “No Cutie…just give me the cloth…” Cutie “Friend…I saw Ma using this cloth before….Can u give me?” Abhi thought for a moment and realized why can’t Cutie’s Ma be the unknown person?
Abhi bent down and asked Cutie “What’s your Ma’s name?” Cutie remembered her Ma’s words and said “Naina!” Abhi “Cutie! I want to see your Ma! Is she at home now?” Cutie “Yes friend she is mostly at home! Come I will bring u!” Cutie brought him to his house.
Will Abhi find out Cutie’s Ma is her sister? Or something else will happen?
There is a small twist in this and I think some of u all could guess it too! Please wait to know that!
I heard there is some Jallikattu issues going in Tamil nadu and as a half Tamilian, I hope that proper rules and regulations could be implemented and the ban on it can be cancelled. Aditi roy! It’s great of u in supporting and I tried commenting in yours as usual my comment was not posted! 🙁 Hope everything turns out to be well and I heard some people in Singapore just like in other nations are also doing some activities to show their support towards this issue. I hope all this are taken into consideration by the authorities. With hopes bye from a Singaporean Indian…….