Monday, August 27, 2007

Imperfect

It had been going so smoothly. Madhavi had at last been impressed with the credentials of the guy that her parents had suggested to her, enough to agree to meet him. The guy's family seemed very practical and open-minded, and hadn't cringed when she had asked to go out with the guy a couple of times before she decided. The guy himself - Dinesh - was a perfect gentleman, and kept her amused and engaged on both the times they had gone out together, and didn't ask a single WTH question. She had surprised herself when she went home after the second date and told her parents that she was ready to marry this guy.

Her parents were thrilled, and immediately started preparations for the engagement. They watched with amazement at their daughter smiling and laughing on the phone with Dinesh, and looked on with joy when she actually started making an effort to look good while going out with him.

It therefore came as a shock when Madhavi returned early from a date and announced that the engagement was off. Frantic questioning brought no response. Madhavi had totally zipped up. She didn't seem upset, though, said her sister.

Madhavi wasn't upset, oh no, but terribly disappointed. But she knew she had made the right decision. She couldn't possibly tell anybody the reason, not even her sister. They wouldn't understand. Dinesh was a wonderful guy, there was hardly any doubt about that. But no way, no way on earth could she marry a person who could wear a magenta-coloured silk shirt. No way.

33 comments:

Dhanya said...

ROFL.. I was taking to a friend abt the girl he met and his confusions just before I read this.. So I've warned him not to wear magenta-coloured silk shirt :D

Altoid said...

LOL! *Nodding head* NO frikkin way :D

I love Lucy said...

:-))

After that kind of fashion faux-paus??Absolutely not!

Bit Hawk said...

Superb!! Totally unexpected and great ending! :D

Abhi said...

Excellent ending :)

Kiran said...

hehe...twisted ending!! Have written a couple of short stories (Anti-thesis again)in my latest blog...read them and lemme know!!

Yesh said...

Hahhaha, excellent reading, kept me guessing till the last 2-3 words :), the ending was totally unexpected

serendipity said...

Just imagine what else this guy could be capable of!! *shriek*

chitra said...

ROFL . Majenta shirt .........Cant even imagine.

Arun said...

Admitted, surprised at the last sentance :) Never expected anything close.. :)

Anonymous said...

Lol.Poor guy. Now I know the reason why engagements are broken. Magenta silk shirts.. huh..

And yep this is the same Raaji...
- Raaji

chitra said...

Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?? Magenta coloured silk shirt??

Shyam said...

yikes... that's super finicky and sooperdooper-critical! :) I mean, WHY would somebody object to a magenta-coloured silk shirt??????

hahahaha!

i-am-the-legend said...

u know what, as u daily say abt ur kid, i thought this time u r saying abt ur friend's incident! only after reading it sompletely,i found out that its a short story.

that is the real victory for a short story writer i hope!!!

anyway, that was anice one!

Kadalabal said...

hilarious and at the end you can find people like this too
good one shruthi throughly
enjoyed and great break from hectic activity

pranesh

anoop said...

Nice tactic, even though I doubt it if Madhavi did this on purpose. First give the go-ahead signal, get the guy into his comfort zone, then make your observations. hmmm... nice tactic indeed...
Is a Magenta silk shirt that bad!

Madhu said...

Nice one Shruthi! I had not read your previous fiction posts, I am going through them now. Nice! Now I am inspired to post some fiction on my blog. :)

Devaki said...

Hilarious! The last line was so creative and unexpected. It inspired me to try a more rambling post of my own on the topic.

Veena Shivanna said...

Ha Ha !! Witty and creative.. I guess tips from people must have worked and little one is sleeping during the day time and you got to write/think about all this..
Magenta colored silk shirt !!!!!!!! Ha Ha Ha...

chaitra said...

Ha ha! Hey, you've done the O.Henry ending story more than once, and you do it quite well. Do write more fiction, I think you are at your best there.

shark said...

ROTFL! Thank God he decided to wear that on one of his dates on not on their reception day ;-)

Shruthi said...

Dhanya, heh heh :D Good luck to him! :D

Altoid, I love Lucy, Chitra at 11 11, Chitra at 5 31, no chance no? :D heh heh :D

Bit Hawk, Abhi, Yesh, Arun, I am the legend, Kadalabal, thank you! :)

Kiran, LOL! Funny, what a damp squib :D

Serendipity, LOL! Hadn't thought of it that way :D

Raaji, welcome back! :D And yes, now you know the reason :D

Shyam, LOL! Maybe I should wear sunglasses before coming to meet you? ;)

Anoop, aha, looking deep into the issue, are we? :D Oh yes, magenta silk shirt is that bad!

Madhu, hey that's cool! Looking fwd to read them!

Devaki, yup, do so! Would love to read it!

Veena, no no, on the contrary, I built the story while rocking/walking her endlessly ;)

Chaitra, oh, i am flattered, thanks, will do!

Shark, ROFL! Yeahhh thank heavens for that!

Chitra said...

Oh my god !!!!!!!!!That was a beautiful climax to an excellent suspense thriller..............
LOL

Stone said...

ohh c'mon nobody wears such stuff!!!

Shruthi said...

Chitra, heh heh, thanks :D

Stone, so you think :D This post was inspired by the sight of a man wearing just that - a magenta silk shirt.

8&20 said...

you know what... i'm going to be honest. i don't see a thing wrong with a guy wearing a magenta silk shirt. in fact, i think it's totally fine, and almost classy. as long as he can pull it off, of course.

perhaps i'm the only one who thinks so, but i must stand by what i think.

:P

maverick said...

no doubt, i wouldn't go out with a guy like tht either :)

Swati said...

oops ..

hahhhahah..LOL

ಉಉನಾಶೆ said...

What color is magenta anyway?
I know only 5 colors. Black, White, Red, Amber and Green (last three lear in OJT).

I heard about a guy who went to meet his girl all the way from Mangalore to Chennai, wearing a hawai slipper.
Next thing..Engagement was called off!

Shruthi said...

8&20, ha ha! :)) Of course, you are completely allowed to think its ok :) And I would really be interested in meeting someone who could carry off a magenta silk shirt ;) But believe me, the man in the magenta silk shirt who inspired me to write this post looked like a candy stick :O [and by that I don't mean, sweet!] ;)

Maverick, uhh.. ahem ahem... ok :D

Swati, heh heh :D

Uunaashe, it is dark pink, you could say. Go to google, type magenta and click on images. You will know :)
And LOLing at the hawaii chappal incident :D

Lakshmi said...

hahahahaaa .........OMG..that was a very good ending.

sowji said...

Jus bumped into ur blog for the first time .....( am sure there will b many more accidents in the time to come ...)

too gud stuff ....cud not stop laughing at the magenta coloured shirt ...:)

keep going ........:)

Viky said...

Where was I when you wrote this?

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