Dunno why you have been hogging my thoughts lately, predominantly so. Is it because you too have been thinking of me at the same rate?? No clue.
Although you are physically distant, Abbas and I constantly feel your presence in the form of your grand-daughter (Mannu). With her around, it’s as if a miniature you is living with us.
When she gets bugged with that particle of food stuck in between her teeth, I am transported to those times when you and I would sit in the drawing-room armed with a tooth pick each in our hands post a meal.
When she sits royally with her one leg perched on the other and both her palms joined to act as a headrest, I am overwhelmed by the miracle of nature.
When she stands besides Abbas and watches him shave, memories of me by your side waiting for you to smear that after shave on my cheeks gush in.
When she expresses her obvious favoritism towards Abbas over me, he tells me “Seemu, now I know why your Dad is mad at me. I took his treasured gem away.”
I know Annu, that you think I am a traitor for I betrayed your trust. You might never embrace me in this life of mine. But would you not like to experience the joy of holding your replica in your arms?