Janaki had a feeling of hope. She thought someone would land there and help her. She had a gruesome road accident. A high beam had thrown her off the scooter. She only hoped of moving from there. She had a sense that she was in touching distance of death. It was 2 AM.
She was busy watching a sitcom at home when she received a phone call from Mukthar. Mukthar sounded all panicky. She called Janaki from a wash room. She informed that her boyfriend made her drink wine and was forcing her to have sex with him. It was around midnight when Janaki received this call. She immediately rushed to Mukthar’s place. Nihar was right there. All drunk.
She called up Roy, her journalist friend and threatens Nihar. Well that worked. He ran away. Mukthar thanked Janaki. She didn’t need that. She quickly left the place.
Janaki went past the row houses. Nihar was hiding behind a tree. She failed to notice. She sped past him. The road was pitch dark. A high beam of a car coming from the opposite direction hit her eyes. She was blinded.
She failed to notice a massive pothole and the scooter had a dangerous skid.
Potholes in December!! Where are the god damn rains!!!!
She fell on her back with the scooter on her left leg. This made her immobile.
The phone started ringing.
She was laying on her back. She pushed her right hand against the ground and reached towards the mobile phone tucked in her denim.
It was Roy!
“Dude, I met with an accident. I can’t fucking move my leg.”
She informed the address and Roy came in about 15 minutes.
Roy rushed her to a hospital. Her leg was fractured. He called up Mukthar.
“She’s met with an accident.”
“I’m a little busy, can you call me back in a while!” she replied.
Roy was furious.
“Your friend, Janaki, if you know who she is, has met with an accident after leaving your place. So kindly grab your scooter and come to the Apollo Hospital right now,” Roy yelled back.
Janaki was looking at Roy and asked him to place the call on speaker.
“Don’t yell at me Roy. After Janaki left, Nihar came back and apologized to me. We are sorting things out. And stop calling females at this ungodly hour.”
Mukthar hung up.
“How does it feel, Janaki? What do you get after helping such people?” Roy asked.
“A broken leg.”
“Don’t be nice to people. 2 AM is not the time to rush to someone’s place. Whatever is the reason? I just don’t get it. Have these people helped you when you were in trouble? Why the fuck do you have to go out of your way to help people?” Roy tried to explain.
Janaki nodded in partial agreement.
“Look here. Look into my eyes, Janaki. People know what you are. They know you are into this social service shit. Think about yourself for once. For just once. Be selfish. Your sitcoms give you better peace. Do not give two shits about what help people are looking for. At least not at 2 AM.”
“What’s with the profanity dude?”
“So now you are going to cleanse my language,” Roy replied in disgust.
He continued, “You were just a fucking option. This is all bullshit. Oh sorry for the profanity again. This is all bull poo-poo!”
Janaki learnt her lesson. Lesson learnt the hard way.
The cast was removed after 2 weeks. And then she receives a call from Mukthar.
She picks up the call. Speaks with her. Tells her to stay away.
And that’s how Janaki erased Mukthar from her life.
Friends are a part of life. But there needs to be a line which shouldn’t be crossed. Life is about yourself. Your well being. If friends don’t give that, chop them off your life. Include only those people in your life who can give you happiness and not those who suck the happiness off it.
(N.B. To be Continued…. So this would be the last post for this year. Season’s Greetings to follow.)