"Murali..." she called out as I came in to the heavily crowded KFC on a sunday afternoon... "Here.. I kept a seat " she said enthusiastically, I had to cross the heavily crowded 30 meters or so to reach the table she was at , on reaching there, she said .. "you are sweating, let me help you out .." I thought she will reach out in to her hand bag and wipe my forehead.. Instead she took over the tray in my hand.. I thought I was expecting more.
"There are some small things that change how we look on our life , isn't it?" she said looking in to my eyes. " I guess so ... Why do you say that ? "I asked thinking of all the possible reasons she could have thought about. " Nothing, there are a number of such small things that I experienced when I was with you that made me look at my life very differently .." she said looking down on her chicken burger, "I do not know what to say.. But .. you are very special to me and now that you are leaving India .. I feel lost .. Will you be calling me as frequently as you were doing here?" .. I looked at her .. She was looking directly in my eyes .. I know what she was expecting from me .. I feel that way too.. But Its never gonna happen with all the issues in my/her family. I did not want to tell her how I feel about her and disturb her again. She was just being recovering from her past. I could not lie looking in her eyes at the same time. " It may cost more to call that frequently, but ya.. I will surely try .." I said trying to bring the mood a little lighter. " I will miss you " she said , as little drops of water rolled over her cheeks from her eyes.. I do not know why.. but I said " I will miss you too .. do you want me to stay back? " ... " Will you do that for me?" she said with a bright shining in her eyes.
"Here you go .. This is where I say good bye " I said leaving her near her home.. She stood there thinking and staring at me. "Murali, I dont know if its correct to ask you this .. Do you like me?".
I was taken by surprise... " I said , yes , I do .. If it was some girl that I have liked in the recent years, It was you.. but nothing is going to happen between us. Its a no-no all together you know with all the caste thing.. " I said to only see her eyes flooding middle of the road. "Please control yourself ..." I looked around to see the possibility of people mis understanding . " I am sorry , I just wanted to confirm .. " she said and walked even without looking back at me. I thought It was the last time that I would see her after this episode. But, fate has something else in store and I did not knew it .