Friday, October 26, 2012
Just after we got engaged Sudhir had a wonderful offer from a friend of his father's about joining him in New Delhi----and since I'd grown up in Chandigarh the friend thought that I'd be ideal as a wife if Sudhir did that!!Like a fool I said "No"!!Had I not said that perhaps Sudhir would have realised his full potential as a Lawyer on the biggest Canvas he could have got----The Supreme Court of India!!But then ours not to question Fate--things come to pass as they have been written and as a Fatalist I accept this fact!!For me New Delhi has been a dream come true and my association with it has left me with a zillion happy Memories--and a few bad ones!!
My Aunt--Kusum Atya--used to live near the Railway Tracks and we children had a great fascination for wandering about on these--specially the Iron Rails which were a way to test our balance.Walking on these without stepping down was like walking the Tight Rope for us.Once my cousin Vaija,Ritu and I were indulging in our favourite Balancing Act when some boys chanced upon us.Vaija with her extremely slender build and short haircut looked like a boy and must have seemed like a young lad to them---while fat little Ritu was just a round little ball some 5-6 years old.That made me appear an easy prey for them to target for entertaining themselves---but they didn't really know me.Despite my slender and feminine build I was wiry and as strong as Steel and very quick at drawing my slippers into my hand---and that done using these with great enthusiasm on those poor,hapless,unsuspecting victims!!Not just that---I enjoyed beating up those poor guys to within an inch of their lives---and gather appreciation from all the onlookers for having taught these rowdies a much needed lesson.
That day as Luck would have it I had an even better weapon--an old fashioned Umbrella--in my hands.As this gang of Boys drew near I hoped desperately that they would merely pass us by--but North Indian males are the most deprived B*****ds amongst the species of Indian men and they began making lewd remarks and suggestive gestures as they tried to circle us.I waited for the strongest of them to enter my striking range--acting scared and helpless all the while.Thinking that they had me where they wanted they closed in--and I struck!!!
Whirling around on the balls of my feet I flung my arm out and hit the nearest target with the Umbrella drawing on all my strength---striking the one nearest bang square in the face--splitting his cheek with the base of the Umbrella.The next one got clipped on his ear---and by now I was whirling like a Dervesh in a trance--enjoying the activity and completely in sync with myself. Adrenaline was pumping through my veins--and the utter consternation displayed on their faces added a ludicrous surrealty to the entire scene.Seeing my demeanor and determination writ large on my face those boys decided to turn tail and run--but one fellow--perhaps to salvage his male ego tried to wrest the Umbrella from me--using sheer physical force.What he didn't bargain for was my knee-- which I'd been instructed by my Nanny to use as an effective weapon---I brought it up smartly between his legs---and he fell writhing to the ground in agony!!!This really scattered all his friends and they took off in any which direction they could find--leaving him writhing in pain on the ground!!!
The situation having been satisfactorily settled the three of us also sped away with as much speed as we could muster--and since that day never went back to the Railway Tracks--for Discretion is definitely the better part of Valour!!