Literary Lion: Flower
Here is the gajra I promised. Its Thursday and you always loved wearing it in your hair every Thursday.
I vowed to keep gajra in front of your photograph, today I keep this letter too.
You see, I have been diagnosed with cancer. We must have a strong love because I too have stomach cancer, terminal and doctors gave me three months to live. The doctor was ready with tissues and sympathetic look, awaiting the tears. But you should have seen his face when I cracked up, I was so relieved I started laughing!
Samir and Girija doesn’t understand my happiness. They want me to undergo chemotherapy and all the other procedures. I don’t want to do that, I saw what those procedures did to you. I saw my beautiful wife become this thin fragile carcass and I know you hated it. I know you wanted an end three years ago but you fought because I was fighting with you.
For that I am sorry, I should have paid heed to you. I blame myself for your horribly painful death. I was selfish. I still am selfish, I want an end too because there’s no joy in this world without you.
Parvati promised me she will take care of Samir, she understands why I am happy. Girija has a new boyfriend did I tell you? Really nice guy. He will keep her company, he will take care of her.
Our varis Shruti is beautiful. One year old and so fragile. She looks just like Samir, she has all of his childhood habits. She spits milk when fed, she keeps using my head as a tabla and occasionally while asleep she giggles. Remember Samir used to do that? We were so scared that we took him to three doctors.
Samir doesn’t find it funny but Parvati does. She made a video of it and its there on something called YouTube. Really popular too.
I digress. Today I kissed Shruti goodbye, made tea for all the members and now they think I am going for my walk. Do you think they will forgive me? I hope they do.
And you my love, I am coming. Because without you I don’t have any heart in life.
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