Twiddling her fingers, more on a habit than owing to impatience, Mira reclined back on her favourite spot at the extreme west corner of the park. She shuddered a little as the damp, cold metal surface of the sturdy bench pressed against her shoulder, thrusting a bolt of shiver through her petite body. A mellow pleasing tune had been sprouting inside her since morning and now, when the situation was least appeasing, the song was starting to wriggle free from the constraints of her mind. Repressing the urge to hum out the tune loudly, Mira diverted her thoughts to the lush greenery extending before her in all its splendour.
Again, more on habit than on irkness, she rolled back the frilled lacy fringes of her sleeve to check the progress of time on her watch – the gleaming silver hands of her watch pointed it to be 5 0 ‘ clock in the evening . As if to prove the machine right, a cluster of clouds started drifting over her, imparting multiple shades of saffron hues to the sky .
‘This is so beautiful ‘ – Mira exclaimed as her pupils dilated as if in a trance to imbibe every bit of the mesmerising sight being presented to her by nature.
Saffron has always been the most preferred colour of her choice. To her, the colour seemed to exude a melange of intense qualities. Any shade of saffron was enigmatic, alluring, boisterous and zestful all at once for her and intentionally or not, she always secured a saffron piece of cloth for the most auspicious of the occasions.
A cold moist breeze swept past her skin softly, taking care not to disturb the serenity lingering around her spot in the park.
Ahead of her, on the supple green meadow, sat a young couple encased in a bubble of their own, oblivious to the many furtive glances thrown at them from the many corners of the park. The girl, seemingly in her early twenties, was snuffling every now and then, inviting a cascade of deep felt emotions in the form of endearing gestures from the boy, sometimes a graze of his fingers wiping her tears from her flushed red cheeks and at other times a consoling touch on her trembling hand. He seemed absolutely astounded on being indulging in the outwardly experience of confronting and comforting a goddess suffering in agony, something which would melt even the most insensitive of male hearts, at least in the blooming stage of a relation.
‘ Life is indeed all about love in its multifarious forms ‘
Half way through her thoughts, Mira smiled as she watched the girl lean her head against his shoulder, but the very next moment she was snapped back from her reverie as a lady cuddling a crying baby approached her spot. Mira slided on her seat to offer her space, finding that the lady was almost in tatters trying to pacify the frenzied child.
‘ Do you need any help ?’ , Mira asked the lady in her controlled voice.
‘ Thank you . But its okay, my husband will soon join me. ‘ , the lady replied smiling, touched by Mira’s kindness.
‘ Kids are so demanding, isn’t ? ‘ Mira stated while she bend down to pick the baby’s cloth that had slipped out from the lady’s grasp.
‘ Oh yes, they are. In a bitter sweet way. They arrive storming into our lives walloping our minds in every which way possible, but eventually brighten our lives like an enthralling rainbow after the day long menacing drizzle. ‘ , the lady etched out a metaphor in the blip of a second, which Mira listened to in absolute amusement.
‘ Are you a writer ? ‘ the query blurted itself out from Mira before she could restrain it.
‘ Yes, i am. Now that is indeed a surprise, for even my husband never could conjure himself to decipher my metaphorical lines this easily. Oh, still, he is the most wonderful person in the whole world, I would say sans doubt ‘.
Seeing the eager expression on Mira’s face, she continued, though a bit reluctantly.
‘ You know, I used to be one of those secluded women who would cringe at the thought of marriage for fear that my much treasured freedom would be encroached and enslaved. How wrong I was, when I come to think of it now. Every stage of life has its merits and demerits. Somehow or the other, the merits always vanquish the downsides to propel life forward through thick and through thin. You just need to grab on steadfast, trusting your insights for the sight of a rainbow always awaits around the sharpest corner. ‘
Pausing for a second, the lady continued with much fervour dominating her demeanour.
‘ Are you married ? If yes, you will surely understand what I am saying ‘, the lady enquired wrapping up her evocative flow of thoughts.
‘No i am not married, but i am definitely starting to understand what you are saying ‘ Mira said as her eyes coyly danced around.
Noticing the curiousity flickering on the lady’s face, Mira thought of explaining herself, but was stopped short by the lady who was staring ahead across the other end of the park.
‘ Look back. Somebody is calling out for you ‘, Mira glanced back promptly on the cue.
A smile broke out on her blushing face as she waved back exultingly at the person who was slowly turning to be the cynosure of her brimming delightful thought bits.
‘ He came for me ‘ Mira told the lady in an exhilirated manner as she stood up to join her fiancee.
Maybe her mind had retreated to its loquacious mood on seeing her love, for she sure did miss the glint of acknowledgement that shimmered on the lady’s smiling face as she watched Mira walk away in joyous strides.