Shalini and Jai have been married for the past 7 years. Every year, Jai never failed to surprise her on her birthday. She still cherishes the very first birthday after her marriage, fresh in her mind.
How could she forget? One of the most memorable birthday in her life – celebrated mid-air at 35000 feet.
Jai and Shalini were going on a Singapore trip for her birthday. She was actually not very happy with this because she wished to stay with her parents for that birthday. It was Jai’s persistence that made her drop that plan and board this flight. After the meal was served, Shalini immediately went to sleeping. All the past days spent in preparation and packing have taken a toll on her.
Suddenly she realized a bright light on her face, which disturbed her sleep. She woke up to the sound of someone singing happy birthday. It was Jai and few other air hostess singing with a cake in his hand.
She could not control her emotions and just hugged him with tears from eyes.
This was 7 years before. And tomorrow is her birthday, but she is out in this Forest with her collegues for the “Save animal” activity organized by her NGO. She really missed Jai by her side. She was dreaming about what could be Jai’s surprise party this year if she had been back in the home.
Thinking about the same, she fell asleep.
All of a sudden she realized a shadow sitting next to her on her bed. The shadow was holding a yellow Balloon. She gathered all the courage and was about to scream. A firm arm shut her down and dropped its head cover.
“OMG. Jai? What are you doing here at this time?”
“Happy Birthday, darling.” Jai was kneeling on his one leg with his hands stretched to her. The hand had a beautiful rose and a greeting card.
This is what made her a great admirer of Jai. Jai is very gentle, romantic and never hides his love. Irresistible Love.
Shalini grabs the card and the rose. Places the rose on the bed and opened the Envelope. She pulled out the greeting card, and read the handwritten words in there.
You are my Maatha,
Such bole tho,
You are my Ram
I am your Hanuman
Please accept my Pranam.
She was taken by those words. And looks into the eyes of Jai, holds his both hands and says
“In this pose, you do look like one!” Both burst out laughing.
Jai got up, came near to her. She should up, hugged him with all her love.
Suddenly, Jai crushed like a piece of cotton.
She woke up shocked only to realize it was all her dream. And it was not Jai, but the pillow that was crushed by her abundance love.
She smiles herself in shame and shy. Looks at the clock, it was midnight.
Gets up to grab a glass of water. With the glass on one hand she walks to the window. When she was about to drink the water, she noticed a shadow moving out there. First, she thought it was a Burglar.
Then she noticed the yellow balloon in the hands of the shadow.
The shadow was actually moving towards her cottage.
“Jai, you never fail to surprise.”
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