Romantic stories have a tendency to get repetitive and boring after one reads quite a few of them. So when I decided to write about Manav and Tanya, I was really worried that this story would share the same fate as rest of its counterparts. The worry was quite genuine because these two formed just a normal couple, and even when I gave it a hard and long thought, nothing extraordinary or special came into my mind. The good and bad days of their relationship, romance and the little fights are sort of the most common and usual ones. Here’s an excerpt:
“Shut up. I know I’m fat!” Tanya said in a rage. Manav was happy that she’d got her facts right. An amateur would get quite confused to how to react to such a rhetorical statement. But Manav knew just what he was supposed to say.
“Oh no, I think you have just the right amount of fat at right places.”
Then he winked.
And everything was normal all over again, at least for a few more minutes.
“But this school uniform suit barely fits me now. It used to be loose a few months ago. I seriously think I’ve put on some weight.” Then she looked at Manav with eyes filled with hope of some consolation.
“Well, the good news is that you don’t have to wear it anymore. There’s only a month left for our school-life to get over.” Manav exclaimed.
“That’s not the point!” She was in rage again. Even the most experienced boyfriends tend to lose grip of such situations.
Manav and Tanya were committed for about an year, and things were as good as ever. Now for those who don’t realize it yet, this particular green colored suit of the school uniform forms a crucial part of this story. Years later, when Manav was sitting lonely, idle and sad, he held this very piece of cloth and was missing Tanya terribly all the more at the time. But we aren’t there yet. First we need to know how exactly he got hold of Tanya’s school uniform’s green suit. Well like every other instance, this also happened in a plain simple way: He just asked for it.
“The neck of this suit is so small. I can’t get my hand inside.” Manav mumbled. They had bunked the classes and were sitting in a practically empty movie theater. Those were the final days of the school and the young love was sprouting at the highest of its rates.
“Don’t try too hard, it’s already too tight on me. A slight tension here and there and it’ll tore apart.” She yelled keeping her voice as low as possible. However it had no effect of Manav’s endeavors whatsoever. After a few seconds, it got ripped slightly from the shoulder area.
She got outraged, and he instantly knew he is in for a real trouble.
“I’m sorry, I’m really sorry!” Those were the few words he managed to get out of his mouth.
“I will kill you!” She roared and he knew she meant it.
“Oh come on, it’s not a big deal. See, I too got a lipstick stain on my shirt. But I’m not complaining!” He replied. He later realized it was the most stupid thing to say at the time.
She gave him a full long stare before she walked out of theater to the ladies washroom.
That day he realized that trouble can come when least expected. He also realized that she indeed had got a little fat afterall. Though after buying her a new kurti top, a few chocolates and several apologies later, things got a little better again.
On the day of farewell, he was quite sad. He knew that he won’t be able to see much of her in future. It was just a matter of few days before Tanya would leave to US for her college, a decision for which her dad was quite adamant at. He asked her to give him the school uniform suit. “I’ll keep it as a souvenir of our lovely relationship.” He said.
“Goodbye!” She whispered in her ear as he bid goodbye to her at the airport.
And then she gave her the green suit, gift wrapped.
“Come back soon. I don’t want to die virgin.” He shouted, as she started walking away. She looked back at him.
Then he winked.
She smiled, and continued walking. She was gone.
Now after years later, whenever Manav feels lonely and upset, he sits idle holding this very piece of cloth and misses Tanya terribly all the more. He’s glad to have her green suit with him, but he’s sad that the lipstick stains on his shirt have faded with due course of time.
PS — No PS this time.
PS — Except for a message.
PS — Dear Diana Penty,
PS — my love for you is true, endless and infallible! <3
PS — I swear!
PS — Ciao.