Divorce PART I (Somebody started the fire)

Monday, January 19, 2009

It’s like any other usual morning until the phone rings at 9 o’clock in the morning in a dwelling in Nagpur.
The husband picks up, pauses a jiffy as if hearing something, and says, “Don’t worry, I’ll be there on time,” and replaces the phone.

He then shouts to his wife, who is in the kitchen: “I’m going out for some toil. I’ll be back approximately one thirty or two for dine.”
“Where are you disappearing? You’ve taken leave today. Let’s go shopping; and then for lunch and a movie.” wife brings the list
“Please. Not today. I’ve taken leave just for this vital thing.” husband says trying to avoid.
“Vital thing? Where are you going?” the wife persists.

The husband knows now that he has no alternative but to tell her. He knows his wife’s nature so well – she’s not going to relax till she find out. She’ll plague him to death until he tells her.“I’m going to the Family Court,” he says.
“Family Court? Why?” Her eyes become larger than earth.
“A divorce case.” Husband replies
“Divorce? You’re trying to divorce me behind my back?” Wife says clutching her hair
“Please be silent. It’s not us. Pooja has asked me to come for the hearing.” Hubby replies
“You’ve met her." Wife smelling something fishy.
"She’s my collaborator at work.”
“Oh. That Pooja! I knew you for eternity you had a soft corner for her.” Wife says putting on sarcastic smile on her face
“It’s her concluding divorce hearing today and she’s called me.” husband defends his act

“Divorce? Called you? How are you involved? I hope she divorces not because of you? I knew you’d do something stupid. You are so susceptible you know – got trapped by her and now you are in dilemma being summoned by courts. Respectable persons never see the entrails of a court in their entire lives.” Wife says tryin to stop him in getting involved to all these.

“Please keep quiet! You just go on and on! Pooja’s called me just to give her emotional support.”
“Emotional support! I’m coming with you. Can’t you see what she’s up to?” .Wife says trying to scare his honey with her big eyes.
“Please. Pooja’s just a colleague going through a rough patch. As a friend, I have to help her out, show her a bit of compassion and kindness.” .Poor husband replies
“Compassion? It may soon turn into passion!” the wife says sarcastically,
“Drying a divorcee’s tears is one of the most dangerous pastimes for a man, especially a married man.” . Wife says, smelling some more fishy stuff
“Pastime? I’m not going there for amusement, but to help out a collaborator.”
“Anattractive colleague in distress, isn’t it? And our Knight in shining armor is rushing to her aid!”
“Okay. Why don’t you come along and see for yourself,” the husband says.

The moment he utters those words he instantly regrets it but it is too late, his wife has already picked up her purse and is heading towards the door.

“Why are they divorcing?” the wife asks, as they are driving in their car from their house towards the Family Court.
“Its divorce by mutual consent.” Husband defends his colleague.
“Mutual consent! What nonsense! There must be some other reason.” Wife says further inetrrograting like CBI officer
“No. They have just agreed to detach.”“If they can agree to separate why can’t they agree to stay together?”. Wife says at last some thing logical.
“I don’t know. Why don’t you ask her that!”
the husband says irritated.‘Of course I will. And I’ll give a piece of my mind to her husband too. Tell him to stop harassing his wife.”

“Please. For heaven’s sake don’t say anything there. They are parting amicably, as friends.”

“There is no such thing as amicable divorce. If a marital relationship is amicable, why divorce in the first place? If they can divorce and remain friends, why can’t they remain married and be friends?”

"Will you please keep quiet! I’m driving.” . Husband say as he gets irritated
“What’s her husband’s name?”
“See! Pooja and Abhishek! Even their names are compatible,” the wife says.
“There must be some adultery involved. This Abhishek must be having an affair. Or it must be Pooja. I’m sure she is having an affair.”
“Don’t be stupid. She’s not like that.” Husband Says
“How do you know?” Wife enquires again
“I know her for so many years now. She’s quite close to me. " Husband says."She’s told me everything.”
“Close to you? My God! I hope it’s not you?”
“Will you please shut up! I told you its mutual incompatibility.”

“Incompatibility, my foot! Let me tell you there is no one more incompatible than both of us. But are we divorcing?”. Lady says
“Why don’t we? At least I’ll have some peace and respite from your constant nagging.” Hubby says
“Ah! So you can marry her is it? You’ve got a hope in heaven! I’ll cling on to you till my dying day. And follow you even after that.” Wife says fuming with anger

They drive in silence for a while and then the wife asks,
“Has she got any kids?”
“Yes. Two. A boy and a girl. In school.”
“Poor children. What will happen to them?”
“They’ll go off to a boarding school for a while till Pooja settles down.”
“It’s funny. They’ve got children and are divorcing. We haven’t any but we are carrying on together!”
‘Yes,” the husband says, “I really wonder! We constantly fight but stay together; and they have such a cordial relationship but want to separate.”
“Marital relationships are not supposed to be cordial and cold,” the wife says snuggling up to her husband.
“I’ve realized one thing,” says the husband.
“The opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference.”



Shreya Rajput said...

nice reading this humorous at times. Looking 4ward to rest of the part.

Swati said...

that was nice n humorous sort of srious story wondering hw will u conclude it....

Prachi Pandey said...

nicely written lovely reading it.looking 4ward 2 second part

Rashmi said...

Nice one sir so u can write fiction also. Wife part is written well.....

Shalini Chopra said...

thats very common husbad wife coversation written in very nice way. well i can guess where this story will end let me see if m rite or not.will wait 4 next part

Mehnaaz said...

nice reading this.lovely post n even better blog hats off to u!!

Tulip Banerjee said...

that was nice reading.waiting for concluding part 2 see where this ends up.

Ria said...

well written with good sense of humor. Like most waiting 4 concluding part

Tracy said...

nicely written specially wife part...like a typical indian wife

अनु मिश्रा said...

पति-पत्नी के वार्तालाप को अच्छे ढंग से पेश किया है आपने. कही-कही पर व्यंग भी अच्छा लगा. अच्छा लेख लेते हो आप, कविता और कहानी दोनो ही. इसके दूसरे पार्ट का इंतेज़ार रहेगा.

Anonymous said...

nicely written

Rohit Sharma said...

without marriage how come u know wat n how wife talk?

Alec said...

The opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference
Really true..very good writting skills

Dr. Aradhna Awasthi said...

The opposite of love is not hate; it is indifference
100% true, really excellent line n very good story..waiting 4 next part

Dr.Nishi Chauhan said...

good one lekin rohit ki baato me dum hai

Puja said...

oye ye kaun sa naya rop tha tera?
maan gaye tujhe bhi, tell me wat u cant do?
Nicely written

Er. Nidhi Mishra said...

why u alwya writing negative things ..sad poems, divorce.....dont act like devdas n delete this post......change ur frame of mind plz

Anonymous said...

Nicely written

Divorce is the psychological equivalent of a triple coronary by-pass. After such a monumental assault on the heart, it takes years to amend all the habits and attitudes that led up to it.

Preeti said...

nicely written, good writting skills

Preeti said...

Ah, yes, divorce ... from the Latin word meaning to rip out a man's genitals through his wallet.

Jyoti Dixit said...

nice easy reading...good one

Jyoti Dixit said...

"For some reason, we see divorce as a signal of failure, despite the fact that each of us has a right, and an obligation, to rectify any other mistake we make in life."
good fiction sir

Anonymous said...

If things are natural, they're easy. If they're unnatural they're difficult. I have never met a man who found it difficult to marry, but I have never found a man who found it easy to divorce either.

Anonymous said...

Marriage is about love; divorce is about money

Anonymous said...

When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that they "don't understand" one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.
Nicely written..hope my quotes makes u all smile....

Dr. Pragya bajaj said...

good one.....waiting 2 see hw it concluded....wife part was written very well.....humoour in between was also good....plese dont strch it 2 many parts like Ekta Kapoor's serials :-)

Ashok said...

Nicely written...wife part was dealt with nicely....humor in between spoiced it up...
never saw this in ur diary in r college life....must have written now :-)
college diaries stuff were also good, try ppublishing that dehradun nightmare trip, guess all will love that.

BTW Rohit ke baato me dumm hai :-)

Er. Paayal Sharma said...

nicely written, wonder hw u do all these stuffs....Keep it up

Er. Snigddha Aggarwal said...

Getting divorced just because you don't love a man is almost as silly as getting married just because you do.

Er. Snigddha Aggarwal said...

was very well written hope its not in too many parts as i snse it has just strated (story) n lot many is left 2 be told in this story.

Anouska Awasthi said...

Good read....nice comic sense at diifrent parts of story....even though its a seriou topic but nicely written.

A lawyer is never entirely comfortable with a friendly divorce, anymore than a good mortician wants to finish his job and then have the patient sit up on the table

Rashmi said...

that was good read

Ria Taneja said...

The worst reconciliation is better than the best divorce.
It was well written good writting skills

Ritu said...

The time I am most powerful and in control of my life is when I drive my car. Whatever lonely feelings I have from the lack of communication with my husband disappear in no time flat. When the windows and the top are open with my favorite jazz station on the radio playing, nothing and nobody can touch me. Then I go home to the same relentless battle. Life can be a pisser

Anonymous said...

well written

Austeen Sufi said...

good writting skills, ever thot of writting book Sir?

Anonymous said...

good reading this...waiting 4 second part

Priya Talwar said...

well written sir

Dr. Palki Vajpayee said...

well written ....lets see how u conclude it

Dr. Neha Srivastav said...

goodreading this hope it ends nicely

Anonymous said...

good writting skills, funny at times

Anonymous said...

well written

Anonymous said...

nice reading both parts

Anonymous said...

When two people decide to get a divorce, it isn't a sign that they "don't understand" one another, but a sign that they have, at last, begun to.

Anonymous said...

To be happy with a man you must understand him a lot and love him a little. To be happy with a woman you must love her a lot and not try to understand her at all.

Rashmi said...

good read both the parts till now

Anonymous said...

both parts well written,reading it.

nidhi said...

tht ws nice readng both d parts,u write so wll yaar n am xcited 2 read d concludng part....
n it should b gud haaan.............

Anonymous said...

nice reading both parts.

Anonymous said...

You say you hate people who play games.
The lies that are told.
The constant attitude.
Back and forth, back and forth.
Yet you play games as well.
Ignoring and avoiding someone instead
of confronting them and solving the problem.
That, too, is a game.
Don't mess with people's minds like that.
Be a human being.
You say you hate people who play games.
Well, go look in the mirror.

Mind vs. Heart
You say your mind and thoughts take over.
So does your heart have nothing to say?
Is it silenced and muffled by the thoughts going
through your mind?
There is a happy medium!
Your mind and heart meet there.
They carefully regard each other and finally
understand what the other is trying to say.
They know that they must work together.
Or nothing will be accomplished.
The mind says, "common sense",
The heart says, "emotions are important too".
Complicated as the two may be,
they can go together.
Try it.
You may surprise yourself.
I know I did.

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