Friday, April 19, 2019

A lot can happen over a coffee : Chapter 1

A lot can happen over a coffee - Chapter 1

Warning: The following story is a work of fiction and solely a product of imagination. Any resemblance to real events, persons, or locations is purely coincidental. The story should not be interpreted as factual or based on any true occurrences. Please enjoy it as a creative piece and suspend any beliefs or assumptions about its authenticity.🤣🤣🤣

Remember, this narrative is meant for entertainment purposes only.
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Love's Wake-Up Call

The gentle morning air carried a whispered promise of love as Karthik set out on his morning jog, the caress of the breeze ruffling his hair and filling his lungs with the scent of a new day. The thought of Deepika added an extra spring to Karthik's stride, lifting him with an sense of excitement. The world seemed to come alive, dancing in sync with his racing heart. 

Karthik possessed a charm that effortlessly captivated hearts, his infectious smile casting a spell on anyone fortunate enough to cross his path. His hair, with a feather-like grace, danced in the wind with every movement. His unique features and magnetic personality drew curiosity and admiration like a magnet.

The vibrant hues of nature painted Cubbon Park as an exquisite backdrop. Weaving through the jogging track, Karthik marveled at the beauty around him. Children's laughter intertwined with the rustling leaves in a gentle breeze, a melody that harmonized with his soul. The rain from the previous night had cleansed the ordinary, leaving behind a canvas vibrant with love's colors.

Lost in his thoughts, Karthik's gaze shifted to a group of elderly individuals engaged in laughter therapy. Their contagious joy blended seamlessly with his, warming his heart. In a moment of serendipity, his eyes fell upon a swan gliding gracefully across the lake. Its elegance mirrored his own grace, as if destiny had orchestrated this meeting to encourage his pursuit of love.

For years, Karthik had frequented the track, yet the swans had remained unnoticed until now. Love had awakened his senses, revealing hidden wonders just beyond his reach. Today, a newfound energy surged through him, propelling him forward with unwavering determination.

With each stride, a symphony of emotions swelled within him. Setting a personal best of completing 5 kilometers in 32 minutes, he showcased his renewed vigor. Beads of sweat adorned his forehead as he crossed the finish line, glistening under the warm sun. Overcoming his hesitation, he captured a selfie, freezing the essence of his elation, and shared it on his WhatsApp status.

Karthik, who usually shied away on social media, suddenly turned into a digital showman, hoping to catch Deepika's eye without sounding too forward. So, he took the indirect route and posted a selfie on his status, hoping it would be like a fishing line to reel in her attention.

Minutes later, a soft tune resonated from his phone, signaling a reply from Deepika. "Wow, that's impressive," her words danced across the screen, evoking a radiant smile upon Karthik's face. Her acknowledgment fueled his motivation, filling him with a determination to seize the day. Yet, as he contemplated embarking on another round, the reality of time slipped through his mind. 

This day held a more significance that mere routine. It marked a momentous occasion, as Karthik had summoned the courage to invite Deepika for a rendezvous over a cup of coffee. The prospect of their first face-to-face meeting sent his heart aflutter, resonating with the fervor of a thousand butterflies taking flight.

As he stepped into the comfort of his home, the lingering aroma of brewed coffee enveloped his senses. Naresh, his friendly roommate, looked at him with sleepy eyes.

"The room smells good," Karthik remarked, his voice laced with excitement.

A playful grin adorned Naresh's lips as he replied, "Love must be in the air, my friend."

Suppressing a chuckle, Karthik playfully retorted, "Hold your jests, Naresh. We haven't even met yet. There's still so much uncertainty. We must both feel a connection, and so many things are at play."

Naresh, ever the observant friend, couldn't resist offering his insights. "I've been watching you closely for the past week, my friend. I've seen the way you light up when you talk to her. In these five short days, you've been consumed by her presence"

Karthik couldn't help but smile at Naresh's teasing yet astute observations. "Naresh, it's only been a few days, and our interactions have mostly been through phone calls. However, I strongly believe that meeting in person is a crucial step in this journey. Eventually, our families will also have to meet, and it's important that they form a connection too. This is just the beginning of the chapter."

Naresh playfully rolled his eyes, his voice tinged with a hint of mischief. "The point is, my dear friend, you've been on cloud nine since she entered your life."

Before Karthik could respond, a gentle notification chimed on his phone. It was a WhatsApp message from Deepika and he couldn't help but blush at the sight of her message.

"Hey, I can't wear a saree or salwar. I have to go back to the office, and I don't want to give my colleagues the pleasure of gossip 😜. Would jeans and a casual t-shirt be alright?"

A surge of delight washed over Karthik. He could almost picture Deepika, radiant and carefree in her casual attire. With an air of enthusiasm, he quickly responded, "Absolutely, Deepika. Your comfort matters the most. Let's meet at Coffee Day. Take care 😊"

A wild romantic thought galloped through Karthik's mind: a chance to meet Deepika earlier and bask in her company before the big rendezvous. And so, his fingers danced across the words, conjuring the words: "Hey, how about I become your very own office chauffeur?". He playfully proposed, enthusiasm oozing from every word.

Deepika's response was swift, her agreement clear as she shared her office location. Karthik couldn't contain his excitement. This was the perfect opportunity to spend a few more moments with Deepika, to build upon the foundation they had laid through their conversations.

Opt-ing a blue shirt and dark pants, he stared at his reflection, excitement running wild in his veins.

Stepping out of his house, Karthik was greeted by a gentle breeze that caressed his face, carrying with it the sweet scent of possibility. It was a day painted with hues of promise and aAs he ignited the engine of his car, his destination clear in his mind, he couldn't help but feel the flutter of butterflies in his stomach.

☕❤ ☕

Deepika -In a world where peers of her age were adorning wedding silk sarees, she chose to wear the cloak of professional triumph. Despite the alliances and proposals that crossed her path, that connection continued to play hide-and-seek. For years, she wedded her independence, and inadvertently becoming her own soulmate. Just when she was reveling in her hyper comfort and had seemingly mastered the art of the single life, Karthik's proposal came.

Up until now, whenever she heard about potential matches, she would be like a robot attempting to watch a Rajinikanth movie without erupting into applause and whistling. But the moment his name, Karthik, entered her world, and with every call they shared, she transformed into a fan who gets goosebumps even when Rajinikanth is zoomed out. 

Simple and practical were her usual choices, but on this occasion, she found herself yearning for something more. It wasn't a desire born out of a need to impress. She lived like a breath of fresh air, unburdened by superficial expectations. Her home lacked mirrors, for she believed that true beauty was a reflection of the heart, not a mere reflection in glass.

Back in her college days, she had walked the halls with a unique perspective. Instead of judging others by their attire, she sought the kaleidoscope of positive qualities and character that lay beneath. It was a rare quality, one that set her apart, and it was this very essence that attracted Karthik to her.

Now, fate's whims had brought Karthik into her life, and in his presence, she discovered an uncharted territory of emotions. The desire to leave a lasting impression on him tugged at her heartstrings, a feeling she couldn't ignore. 

And so, amidst her simple wardrobe, she stood at a crossroads. As she pondered investing in new clothes, she couldn't help but smile at the irony of it all. A woman who cherished her singularity was now tempted to change for love's sake.

☕❤ ☕

Karthik arrived at the location that Deepika had shared with him. He parked his car and waited eagerly for her. He felt a mix of nervousness and excitement, as he was about to meet her for the first time. He checked his appearance in the rearview mirror, wanting to make an impression.

As he waited, he looked around his surroundings. He spotted a thin skinned girl wearing a simple dark blue silk salwar, standing in front of the gate with her eyes fixed on the road, searching for his car. Her hair was let loose, flowing freely in the breeze. Karthik was able to recognize her from the photo - this must be Deepika. She was more beautiful than he had imagined. Her top and shawl were all in shades of dark blue. Her tops were so long that they touched the floor, which seemed quite funny to Karthik.
"Sheikh-style" thought Karthik and he couldn't help but smile at her simple attire. Love, he thought, doesn't require perfection. It only takes a moment to connect with someone. He appreciated the elegance in her clothing and style. In fact, he had already started liking her since the moment the proposal came. Karthik drove the car slowly towards her and motioned for Deepika to get inside the car. 

As soon as Deepika saw Karthik, she recognized him instantly and stared at him for a moment. Karthik rolled down the window on her side and unlocked the car door from inside. With a warm smile, she got into the car and tucked her shining hair behind her ear.

As she sat in a comfortable posture, Deepika's heartbeat quickened when Karthik extended his hand with a chuckle, "I am Karthik," Deepika was amused by the comical tradition of introducing one's name after a week of talking.

The car zoomed toward Coffee Day, its engine revving with the excitement of romance. The cupid sign, with a playful wink, seemed to acknowledge that it wasn't merely a journey to a coffee stop, but a commencement towards their life's destination of love.

Brewing in progress ...

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