The surprise

(A phone conversation)

She : “What time are you coming home”
He : “About 9”
She : “Come sooner if possible, a surprise awaits you”
He: “You know I hate suspense, come out with it”
She: “Then keep guessing”
He: “Baby, am tired already, don’t have the energy to play guessing games”
She: “Hahaha, cut the call and see to it that you come home soon.”

Sighing, he cut the call and concentrated on the document he was proof reading. Once done, he switched off the laptop and let his mind wander, thinking what could be the surprise. She had just joined a reputed fashion house . Maybe she had designed a new dress to impress him. Smiling to himself, he winded up things from his desk and started to leave. While waiting at a traffic signal, he mulled what would they have for dinner. If there was one thing she absolutely had no clue about was cooking. Boarding school, hostel, PG – these were the three words she uttered accompanied by a sorry smile, while she relished his pasta at one potluck get together, when he asked her “what have you cooked”.

“If she has a surprise for me today, I will have one for her too. Let me try some Indo-Chinese today. She will love it.”

He rang the door bell to his apartment.

In his mind, he saw her coming with a whiff of freshness and a hint of fragrance.
All he saw was a hint of flour on her cheeks and a whiff of garam masala.

Bewildered, he made way for the giggling neighbour hurrying away.

“Thanks a lot”, she shouted to the neighbour.

“Welcome”, she said with a bright smile.
His heart soared.



68 thoughts on “The surprise

  1. I thought it was Zack and you too ! And then there were a few pointers – you cook so well so umm you would have probably contributed a lot to the potluck.

    But yes, I was about to ask which fashion house you joined though 😛

    Very nice writing there Visha! 🙂

    • The poor girl has just started cooking, that too with the help of their neighbour 😛 😛

      Of course ghost babu, your number will be on speed dial IF at all there is extra food :mrgreen:

  2. Sweet story Visha :). I guessed she cooked something special and ensured that was the surprise after he remembered that she didn’t know cooking. Flour on the cheeks and whiff of garam masala, did she make parathas and curry or chole bature or….? 🙂

    • Thanks Seena 🙂

      Your guess is perfect 😉

      Haha, the dinner menu I do not know..since she just started cooking, that too with the help of her neighbour, might be something basic 🙂

  3. Super Visha!! 🙂 I kinda guessed she would have cooked for him 😀 While her surprise survived, he lost his idea. SIgh! Such is life 🙂 He must be happy isn’t it, that she cooked for him.. may be he is too afraid to be the “experimental rat” 😀 😀

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