She partially opened her eyes.The noises around her banged her ear drums.She wanted to reach for her phone but she was all numb.When she opened her eyes,she saw a man lying next to her and his eyes were filled with rage.They looked deep into each other’s eyes and stories were told.

Priya – 24 hours ago

She looked herself in the mirror a million times and sighed.His parents are not going to like her.She is dusky,short-haired and free-spirited.She stood closer to the mirror to check whether she has any traits of a so-called family-type-girl.She looked ravishing and ultra-modern;a look which her friends raved about during college days.Changing poses in front of the mirror made no big difference but only made her more depressed.Her face showed strokes of uneasiness in a tight salwar suit.

She made sure not to take her car while going to the restaurant to meet the supposedly future-in-laws for dinner.She was sure that they would loathe her if they come to know that she drives a car,that too alone at night.He came running to welcome her but his parents didn’t even look at her or made an attempt to move from their seat.She expected them to acknowledge her presence but they were busy talking to each other.

Even under the coolest air conditioner,like the advertisement proclaims,she sweated profusely.She breathed like the earth was out of oxygen.She said “namaste” to both of his parents and sat down opposite them.He sat next to her and squeezed her hands.His mother talked about another girl who is his father’s friend’s daughter.She fell for that girl’s charm and culinary skills and craved for bringing her as the daughter-in-law.He stared at his mother throwing expressions conveying not to talk such matters now.His mother looked at her and asked how dal is made.She looked at him,looked down and then looked at his mother.He cut through the glances and asked whether it was an interview for a maid happening there.It was very evident from his voice that he was too ashamed about his mother’s behavior.No further talks were made and they ate in complete silence except his father’s burps.

Sahil – 24 hours ago…

He knew that something was fishy in his relationship.He sensed it since she started lying to him.He again dialled her number but there was no response.

Yes,he is arrogant and short-tempered but he has loved her sincerely.The thought of leaving her was never in his mind,even though he fights with her round the clock.

It happened when one of her school friends got a transfer to the town.He had warned her not to meet him because she had told him once about this guy who pestered her with proposals during school days.Once when he took her to a pub,they met her school friend.It was obvious that he still had a liking towards her.His eyes blinked with love and lust that he refused to leave her hand after the handshake.

He never thought that she would have fling despite his emotional torture and being in a live-in-relationship.The changes in her were sudden.She put up fights with him,stopped picking his calls while in office and made excuses when he wanted to have sex.It was then once he saw somebody similar to her sitting behind a man on a bike.It was a mere glimpse and he was half drunk.So he didn’t make an attempt to chase down them.When he got back home,she was already asleep.

Within a month,the house turned upside down due to fights and arguments and she moved out of the house.

Priya – 12 hours ago…

She didn’t want to pick up his calls.The embarrasment that she underwent the night before was more than enough to hate him.Finally she picked his call and heard him saying a thousand sorry.She remained silent and listened to all that he wanted to explain her.Before disconnecting the call,she told him that she doesn’t fit in his family and touched on “End Call”.

Sahil – 12 hours ago…

He woke early that day to wonder that he still has the talent to do so.He went to her house and found it locked.He tore off a notice from the near by wall and wrote a note for her on it.He slipped the document through the door vent and then slammed on the door.

Priya – 8 hours ago…

Her phone was flooded with his phone calls.She didn’t pick up the calls because she didn’t know what to tell him.She loved him dearly but she didn’t want to manipulate herself for his parents.Suddenly she got a call from the office security in her extension phone.She guessed that it would be him when the security told her that a visitor is waiting for her.When she walked to the reception her mind was blank.She saw him sitting on the couch and his hands badly supporting his head.She went to him and stood in front of him.He didn’t even look at her but reached out for her hands.She melted when he held her hands.

She sat next to him and they hugged each other.He held her face and she couldn’t control her tears.She cried in his hands like a baby forgetting that she was in office.He assured her that by evening,they would make a decision.

Sahil – 8 hours ago…

Though he went to office,he was very restless.He went even more restless when his friend informed him that some guy has been dropping her at home these days.

He cooked up a story and asked his manager for permission to leave the office.The manager was surprised to see him as an insominiac and readily nod for the leave request.

He drove to her office and got to know that she was on two days vacation.He was now sure that she has moved out of the relationship fooling him wonderfully.

Priya – 4 hours ago…

She looked at her phone without blinking and she was tensed as he was not calling her to let her know his decision.She couldn’t work or eat her lunch.Her heart beat faster making her breath heavily.She lied down on the desk and kept her phone next to her.She slept off.

Sahil – 4 hours ago…

He went to her house and sat down at the stairs adjacent to the gate.He lit a cigaratte and smoked up his worries.It was difficult for him to make him believe that she has not played around.He decided that if whatever he saw,thought and believed were mere illusions,then he would promise her to love her more and be nicer with her.

Priya – An hour ago…

Her phone had to ring a couple of times to make her wake up from sleep.She immediately picked up the phone and said sorry.He didn’t wait to listen to her but told her to listen to him.What she heard in next ten minutes was one of the best conversations they ever had in the relationship.He told her that they will register the marriage tommorow so that in a month’s time they can tie the knot.He told her to move in with him.Her joy saw no boundaries and she cried out of excitement.He told her to pack her things and wait for him at the metro rail station next to her house.She didn’t waste even a second.She ran out of the office and got inside an autorickshaw to reach the metro station.She felt that the auto moved very slowly and told the driver the to drive fast.The driver gave her a weird look but she was too happy and excited to bother about it.

Sahil – an hour ago…

He sat and sulked waiting for her arrival.When he checked his watch,he realized that he did sleep soundly for more than two hours.

Priya – 30 minutes ago…

She sent him texts pouring all her love for him.She didn’t want to call him as he must riding his bike.Her face was brighter than moon and the joy on her face made even the strangers smile with happiness.She waited for her station to reach and looked outside smiling at infinity.

Sahil – 30 minutes ago…

A bright light made him close his eyes and when he stood up to see the vehicle,he saw a red car coming towards him.He saw her in the front seat with her school friend in the driver seat.His blood flushed with anger that he went up to the car and open the door for her.He wanted to pull her out of the car and slap her but back in his mind he hoped that she was innocent and her schoold friend is just another friend.

He took her hands and helped her in getting out of the car.She refused to get out of the car.He was furious and he could read her mind clearly now.He pulled her out of the car and shouted at top of his voice.Her school friend jumped out of the car and tried to compromise with him.He punched him hard and again turned to her.He clenched her arms and looked deep into her eyes.Her eyes were lifeless and he saw little love for him in them.

Priya – 2 minutes ago…

She got down from the train and ran out of the station.She couldn’t find any auto rickshaws so she planned to walk further to get one.

Sahil – 2 minutes ago…

He looked at her for the last time and asked her “Why?”.Without waiting for her answer,he got on his bike and rode away.

Priya – 42 seconds ago…

She walked,then walked faster and then she ran.She just wanted to reach home,take her things and then be with him for a lifetime.

Sahil – 42 seconds ago…

He was dejected.He couldn’t handle his emotions.Tears flooded his eyes making them difficult to hold back and flowed freely on his cheeks through his stubbles.

Priya – 5 seconds ago…

She wanted to text him so she looked for her phone.

Sahil – 5 seconds ago…

He was furious and he wanted to kill her.He couldn’t believe that she actually moved on with somebody without even breaking the relationship with him.

Priya – 2 seconds ago…

She took her phone and looked the screen to begin texting.

Sahil – 2 seconds ago…

He turned his bike to kill her.

1 second ago…

Even before Priya could lift her head and look straight,a bright light made her go blind.Sahil raced his bike in anger that he raced it on to hit Priya.


She partially opened her eyes.The noises around her banged her ear drums.She wanted to reach for her phone but she was all numb.When she opened her eyes,she saw a man lying next to her and his eyes were filled with rage.They looked deep into each other’s eyes and stories were told in the noisy road.

Priya saw nothing except some vague images.Somebody lifted her and she wanted to tell them to inform her guy waiting for her but her voice evanescenced in the air.

When people came to lift Sahil,he was muttering that he hates her.

Inside the ambulance,when they looked at each other,Priya didn’t see any rage in Sahil’s eyes.Blood flowed from his forehead(or head) and it got mixed with his tears.He looked into Priya’s eyes and attempted to tell her sorry.But even before he opened his mouth,her eyes closed for ever.

He closed his eyes and he saw no light again.



11 thoughts on “Entangled

  1. you have mixed two different stories wonderfully , I read it twice to make sure about it now .. Sad both had to go but in Priya’s case she was going ot marry her love but luck had different idea.. One died happy and hte other in anger

  2. I opened this looking at the title ”entangled”. I had done a short film of illegal fishing and a crocodile getting entangled in a fishing net. Little did I realise that your entangled means of two lives moving in different directions.. At times it was slightly tough to relate to who she was referring to. However, nicely written, albeit a sad story.

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