He has to go for an 9 hour journey by train, he doesn’t have reservation, tatkal tickets aren’t available… he has decided to go in the general compartment.
Its been years since he travelled in a general compartment, but he is going alone and has almost no luggage so be it…
He announces the previous night home that my train is at 4 pm tomorrow, I will go directly from office as office is midway between the house and the station.
The wife lets out a sigh, she wants more of him, she would always want him to come home and kiss her good bye before he left. But he is more practical, more sensible not so romantic any more after 7 years of marriage.
He reaches the station and finds out where the general compartment will be, he is waiting for the train, suddenly he turns back and finds his wife has come to see him off. He is pleasantly surprised, happy in his heart but doesn’t know how to express, he starts off :
He : Oh.. wow… Hey you have really become so dark !! These days you travel a lot in the noon on your dio and the sun has just tanned you !! (what a super compliment you idiot)
She (looking at the funny side) : Shu kariye, kaali majuri je kariye che takda ma !! (what to do, we do black labour in the sun)
Both giggle… he pats her head affectionately
He : Whats this in your hand ?
She : This is for you (hands it over)
(a box of sweets, and two aluminum foils which were probably carrying dinner and a few snacks)
He (with a crooked face ) : You know I don’t like all this, why do you pamper me so much, I can always buy food from the station. You know I don’t like to carry all this plastic bags ( he said it in a semi angry tone without thinking or worrying of the consequences )
She looks away… (he realizes, oh… you idiot, she came for you, brought food for you and you’re like the thankless rascal)
He (now apologetic and a lil lovingly) : Look, oh I am so sorry, you brought it for me and I am like… sorry… look at me…
She keeps looking here and there and there is a tear in her eye…
He : Hey really sorry, look at me… what are you looking at ??
She (angrily) : trying to find a beggar to hand this over to…
He : Oh sweetheart I am really sorry, you know I am a jerk, I don’t deserve such a good wife, I am really sorry… I know you did all this for me coz your care….
Suddenly the train came, he is to board the general compartment, its closed… people are going helter skelter trying to board it, he is cool, he doesn’t move… finally the door opens every one is running in… he watches them and stands, over confident he will find a place to sit, he turns to find his wife is gone… he looks here and there isn’t able to see her, suddenly he spots her near a window and she tells him she has reserved the window seat for him, that he board the train and sit.
He is just stunned, amazed and cannot quite comprehend how in the last 7 years he had started to take all these things for granted. He loved her coz she was caring, he loved her coz she was resourceful, he loved her coz she was intelligent, he loved her coz she was beautiful, he loved her coz she was his best company, he loved her coz she loved him unlimitedly….
He kept apologizing, he knew he had hurt her, she was like its ok, it happens at times… He kept looking at her till the train moved and she was out of sight. He knew he was the biggest jack ass and he also knows he doesn’t deserve such a forgiving wife.
Expressing his love for her in front of others has been easy, all his friends envy him that he has the bestest of wives, coolest of wives some one who never stops him, who never gags him, some one who cares, some one who is the most wonderful cook, some one who is smart, some one who is intelligent, some one who is fun to be with, she cracks great jokes and has a wonderful sense of humour, she is some one who is an individual and not just his wife.
She had brought a box of besan ka laddoo which she makes, his brother doesn’t eat sweets but only this made by her bhabhi !! So she thought the brother in law would love to eat it… The train route is odd and apart from some dirty samosa’s you don’t really get a lot fo good food to eat….
She had packed his favourite Macroni for him for snacks and Poori Subji for him so that he wouldn’t have to take the trouble of finding foods. While eating these he kept thanking her….
Than he realized, its no good to appreciate only in your heart, at times it is important to express the same appreciation. He kept calling her through out the journey… thanking her and trying to cajole her and get her into good spirits.
At times we don’t appreciate what our loved ones do for us, but hey don’t take them for granted.
I made a mistake, I got away, she is too kind, I am trying my best to make up… in many ways. She is the best I can hope for, she has probably even forgotten it… but I haven’t and I will try to remember this and not make the same mistake again.