10 August, 2005

Goodbye

It was a party to bid farewell to 1993 and usher in 1994.

The girl was bored with her friends. All they wanted to do was watch 'Jurassic Park' over and over again. The games they played were stupid. She'd much rather get out of the room and talk to the grown-ups.

She quietly slipped out and walked into the living room, where loud hindi music was blasting out of huge speakers. Some of the grown- ups were dancing, most were having a few drinks and chit chatting. Her mother was at one corner gossiping, her dad at the other, talking business with a few tipsy men.

Her eyes settled at the bar, where the yuppies of the group were. Her favourite yuppie, 20- something Uncle N was there drinking away to glory with his friends. She became incensed about the fact that he was paying her no attention, and that he was drinking so much, because everyone told her that alcohol was bad.

She sat there for the longest time, patiently answering condescending questions by the grown- ups and scowling at Uncle N.
It wasn't long before Uncle N walked up to her.

"Sweetheart! Why do you look so angry??"
"Don't call me sweetheart. I hate boys and I'm angry at you!"
"Arre! What did I do?"
"Stop drinking Uncle N!!!! Drinks are bad for health!!"

Uncle N laughed for the longest time. But it wasn't unkind.
"Oh Mahi, you're too cute. I'm going to marry you when you turn 21." He gazed at her like she was a precious gem.

"Oh N, don't be a cradle snatcher!" said a lady who passed by, and she laughed.
"She's too cute. I want to have a daughter like her, one day."

The girl sat there. Cross legged. Arms folded. Scowling. Clearly not amused (but secretly delighted).

Two of N's friends came up to him, just as drunk, to inform him that they had to make a move.
"Ok, ok let me say 'bye' to everyone."

And he got up to say his goodbyes. He made his way to the door and stopped suddenly and turned to face the girl, who was still sitting there, quite unhappy with him.

"Bye Mahima!"

She just turned her face away.

"Oh come on, please don't be angry with me! I'm saying 'bye' to you so nicely!"

She still continued to look away.

"Ok, I'm sorry I won't tease you or drink next time...bye??"

No response.
She heard the door close 10 seconds later.




The next morning her mother woke her up. She had tears in her eyes.

"Mahi..last night Uncle N and his friends got into a bad car accident...."


His friends had made it through.
He didnt.



A little piece of me dies everytime I think about how I refused to say Goodbye to him.

29 Comments:

Blogger garfy did the happy dance and finally said..

***hugs***

12:54 AM  
Blogger Jay did the happy dance and finally said..

Oh Mahima.... that's just too bloody sad!!! -hugs-

Note to self: MUST remember to say goodbye to everybody from now on.

1:32 AM  
Blogger The Box did the happy dance and finally said..

Oh babe. ****Hugs.****

1:32 AM  
Blogger APOO did the happy dance and finally said..

Everyone has a memory like this one, dont they? I do.

Whats more important is what you learn out of it. And what you preach out of it. Anyone who reads this post is reminded yet again of the importance of people around them. All near and dear ones...

3:41 AM  
Anonymous ds did the happy dance and finally said..

Carpe Diem...
Kal ho na ho...

seriously mate, that's sad.
and NO...it wasnt your fault so dont u ever blame yourself!!

7:23 AM  
Anonymous Rajesh did the happy dance and finally said..

I know how this feels.

Its true, u dont really knw the true value of someone till thy are gone.

We are but memories, without them we equal nothing, and as long as ur uncle and everyone u love stay in ur momories, thy are immortal

Thanks to you, ur uncle is immortal.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

Garfy - *hugs back* thanks =) i needed that..

Jay - I know..if theres ever a tragedy, theres an example..note to everyone- always say good bye and dont forget to tell your loved ones how much u love them..

Box - thanks :) *hugs back* You know, one of your mangrange juices with the umbrella would be awesome right about now :P

apoo - too right..its so easy to take everyone and everthing for granted..we scoff when people say 'if tomorrow never comes..' but fact is, it just might not.

dev - you know, while i was growing up, i felt guilty for the longest time..but i realised it wasnt guilt..just tremendous sadness that i never got to say goodbye..but i'm sure he knows that i really wanted to =)

rajesh - so true...i've said goodbye to him now, by paying him this 'tribute' if you might want to call it that..

thanks eveyrone =)

11:00 AM  
Blogger iyer education did the happy dance and finally said..

so very touching...

just another example to keep reminding us the fact that, we HAVE to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment of whatever comes our ways...

*tries to find some action for HATS OFF* :)

12:24 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

rumpy - definitely...enjoy life and dont stay pissed off at friends for too long
=) thats the lesson i learnt

12:30 PM  
Blogger FRZ did the happy dance and finally said..

am sorry...don't kill urself over it. it wasn't ur fault. u will meet him again one day.

Faraz

12:39 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

faraz - COMFORTING WORDS FARAZ!
hahahaha
idiot.
(but thanks :P)

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Cheryl did the happy dance and finally said..

Mahi, seriously i thot it was just another interesting story spun by your creative mind..UNTIL i read yr frens comments..

You have been strong..

2:48 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

cheryl - babes i wish it was just another story.. :(..its so weird though...years go and by and bam! it just hits you one day..
thats life i guess..

2:51 PM  
Blogger Grafxgurl did the happy dance and finally said..

ohh man.... *hugs*... im so sorry... ..*hugs*...

3:39 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

thanks grafx =) im fine no worries :)

4:07 PM  
Blogger garfy did the happy dance and finally said..

I just didn't know what to say. And I am terrible at responding when something goes wrong.

PS: A sad unky mood at the site of some chirpy person stands out all the more! Hope you feel better soon! :)

4:56 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

aww garfy im sorry i made you feel so awkward! i didnt mean to!!
anyway..i AM feeling much better actually =)
watch out for a new unkymood :P

5:20 PM  
Blogger Mint Chutney did the happy dance and finally said..

This was a beautiful tribute to Uncle N. (hugs)

11:22 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

thanks minty *hugs back*

11:31 PM  
Blogger APOO did the happy dance and finally said..

LOL! Faz, even in this moment of seriousness, I liked your comment. LOL!

And Mahima, I'll marry u when u r 21. Dont worry about that part!

12:39 AM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

apooooo hahahah oye! dont side with faraz!!
and by the way i'm already 21. YOU'RE LATE!

10:09 AM  
Blogger couchpotato did the happy dance and finally said..

That's so sad!

I really don't know what to say... pretty bad at handling such situations, like Garfy. But guess it happens to everyone.
Actually, I was this morbid kid who used to say emphatic goodbyes to all of my elderly relatives just in case they died before I met them the next time!

2:36 PM  
Anonymous Rajesh did the happy dance and finally said..

Mahima - I am glad you are feeling betta now! and thank again k :)

Btw, since Apoorva is late, how bout I marry you when your are 22?!?! :p

3:13 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

couch - no worries =) here's a secret..i'm like you and garfy too..
and wow..that IS morbid :S (but kinda sweet)

rajesh - haha no worries...ok ok lets see in about 6 months time. apoo's on probation. haha

4:23 PM  
Blogger Drops Of Jupiter did the happy dance and finally said..

Gosh, I feel terrible for you...I've heard stories like this before but I never thought ....
I'm sure he's smiling at you now.

4:41 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

jups - i KNOW he's smiling =) he's in a good place..

8:53 PM  
Blogger garfy did the happy dance and finally said..

:O Couchie, you do that? you must be my twin... ever since my uncle passed away, I feel this need to say goodbyes to everyone! :|

Mahi - *hugs* anyway! :P

9:45 PM  
Blogger APOO did the happy dance and finally said..

If you are already 21, then I aint late. Lets get married!

On a different note, I was talking about being 21 "mentally". Actually walking talking and THINKING like a 21 year old. Lets see... that shud take u another 14 years... or more?

:-P

10:05 PM  
Blogger Madame Mahima did the happy dance and finally said..

thanks garf! :D *hug*

har-dee-har-har apoo that was soooo funny even my toes are laughing. no REALLY.
REALLY.

10:30 PM  

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