Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Who had the last laugh?

Lekha was lying in the bed after a hectic morning.Getting up early in the morning, preparing hurriedly breakfast and lunch,sending her six year old son to the school by 8am was a bugbear.It was a big ordeal to wake him up, give a bath,force feed the breakfast with milk and send him with his books for the day without forgetting the lunch box.But she enjoyed doing it though it irritated her sometimes making her raise her voice.Her hubby would have no time for her in the mornings but he never troubled her for his things.It was only after 10 am she would be some what relaxed when she would switch on the TV resting on the bed with the day’s paper and mobile by her side and the laptop on the other.

It was an independent house with a tiny garden. She loved gardening. As she was in the bed one afternoon, she heard the buzzer.She saw through the window a tall young man in early twenties dressed well in pant and shirt with a matching tie standing with a brief case in his hand.He had a curly hair and looked quite handsome. When he saw her, he bowed his head and said “Madam, sorry to disturb you at this hour.I have come to introduce to you some burglar alarms that would ensure total security.I wonder whether you would like to have a look.It wouldn’t take 15 minutes, madam”

“I don’t think we would be interested in burglar alarms.Thanks anyway for checking” Lekha replied.

“Madam, you must be aware of the spate of thefts and robberies in the vicinty of late.Amost daily some house is burgled.Much worse is the fact inmates are attacked and even killed.There is a great demand for our products particulay from independent houses.You needn’t have to buy..It is enogh if you make yourself aware of the foolproof security systems available with us” he pleaded .

She hesitated for a while He looked decent and harmless.His shoes were glisenting with polish.She said before going in “Please wait. I will ask my husband if he is interested.”

Lekhaa was cautioned to be careful by her husband though he had no objection to her seeing the stuff and collect details of price etc.

She opened the door and let him in. He was perspiring a lot..She switched on the fan and told him to wait as she went to kitchen to fetche a glass of water he desired.

When she retunred she found to her shock the door which she had left ajar was closed and locked.. As he drank the water with a smirk in his face, she knew she had erred in her judgment.As he advanced towards her making her recede backwards to a chair, he laughed and said” madam, please remember no burglar alarm would be of any avail if you let in unknown strangers into your house.Sit on the chair and don’t make any noise.Hand over the keys to the almirah.If you comply with my request without demur you would not get hurt bodily. There are wicked men who rape before killing the victims. You seem intelligent. Please give the keys” he said in a soft and leering tone.

“Young man, you seem to be new to this profession.Do you think I would ever open the door without ensuring adequate precaution?.I did not go to telephone my husband as you surmised. .I opened the back door and alerted the three gardeneres who were clearing the weeds and cleaning the garden to come inside with their implements.They are behind the unlocked closed doors on either side of this drawing hall” she said


“What do you mean?” blurted the young chap

“Nothing but what I told you. .I could see that you are educated and speak English fluently.I have a suspicion you have strayed into this wrong path by mistake.You must be having parents, sisters and brothers.I can spoil your life. I have two options. I can give signal to the gardeners behind the doors to pounce upon you.They are armed with sickle, crowbars and what not.I can call the police and hand you over.The other option is to let you go scotfree if you promise that you would never indulge in such crimes.I do not want a young life and the dependent family to come to grief.Tell me quickly before I change my mind what you wish to do”

The young man promptly fell at her feet and clasping her legs said “ Sorry madam.This is my first foolish attempt.I am not getting any job.My family is starving.I hired these clothes for a day.I promise to turn a new leaf and never ever dream of such misdoings. Please forgive me and let me go.”

She then let him pick up his brief case and opened the door for him to go out..Once he left and the door was secured she sat on the sofa and broke into peels of laughter.She narrated to her husband about ignoring his caution and the clever trick she employed with great presence of mind about the imaginary gardeners behind the doors to scare the young fellow away.

.It was then she heard the school bus approaching from the loud horn.She turned to look at the expensive crystal clock on the side table for seeing time.But it was not there to her great shock.Then she remembered her iPod she had left there when she answered the door bell of the young man.It was also missing.Her spirit of joy gave way to gloom at her foolishness.

10 comments:

  1. :) that was a nice one! story with a twist! hope to see many more..

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  2. dear,
    after a long tiresome day,you 've given me a chance to have a good laugh...:)

    "Getting up early in the morning, preparing hurriedly breakfast and lunch,sending her six year old son to the school by 8am was a bugbear.It was a big ordeal to wake him up, give a bath,force feed the breakfast with milk and send him with his books for the day without forgetting the lunch box.But she enjoyed doing it though it irritated her sometimes making her raise her voice.Her hubby would have no time for her in the mornings but he never troubled her for his things....(I saw me here...!!!!!!!)

    love
    joe

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  3. nice..even i felt the same @ jyotsna.all those are so realistic expression ..

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  4. That indeed was an interesting story.

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  5. You are a great writer
    I read it two times ...... :-)
    It was for me so many lines in english !!
    Very touching story.

    " A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity into smiles"

    Have a nice day

    Greetings Anya

    (@^.^@)

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  6. Nice twist to the story. Just when we thought the lady was 'smart'!

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  7. God! and the woman thought she was the one who was clever, whom does one trust especially the poor salesmen that comr to the door, its a pain to tell them to go since they plead so much but I think being practical and cautious is very important in todays world.
    Thanks for a great story!

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  8. At least there was no major theft and physical harm. Though foolish initially, she made it up with her presence of mind. :)

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  9. thats going nice..
    i guess you are once again getting back to the groove...
    hopefully we will once again get to cherish the feast here...

    this one made me smile... well, of course only towards the end!
    nice one...

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