She smiled as she read the chat.
Just one word, yet, it made her smile. While typing out a yes, she wondered whether or not to add a smiley to go along with it… whether just the yes would sound rude to this overtly polite guy, or would the smiley give him an impression that she was anxiously waiting for his message. She chided herself for not having been active in the dating game in her younger days so she would know the nuances on how to, what to and what not to by now.
To her dismay, he found Milan to be a very nice guy, who spoke and behaved well, she felt quite comfortable around him. After lunch, they went to the nearby park and from there chose to walk back till her apartment. On their way back, Milan asked her if she enjoyed the afternoon with him, though she answered a simple ‘it was fine’, her smile revealed a lot more and he caught the twinkle in her eyes and smiled back. That cute boyish grin, again. Something happened to her when he smiled at her like that, her tummy was feeling all queasy.
“May I have your gtalk id? I assume you do come online once in a while.”
What!! Asha was expecting him to ask for her phone number, but here, this guy was asking for her gtalk id. 
Maybe seeing the puzzled expression on her face, he offered an explanation, “If I take your number and call you, you wouldn’t be able to avoid me without feeling bad about it yourself; but if I ping you when I come online, you can always go invisible or blame it on the bad network .“ Asha couldn’t help but smile and gladly wrote it down for him.
She replied, ‘yes :)’
She didn’t care what he thought of her, she was glad he pinged her and she would show her true feeling no matter what he thought about her.
She could tell by his reply that he was glad too that she replied and they talked for a long time after that, discussing books, music, politics, her dreams on being a journalist, his dreams on making it big in advertising. She felt good about it all, till now, she found no blemish on his character, or as much as he showed to her. 

Girls in India are caught in the drift when they reach a particular age. They suddenly face a dilemma as to what to focus on in their life, whether to make a career and ensure a living or to get married and secure their life. Girls who remain single after the so called marriageable age are frowned upon by the society and are considered a burden for their families.

Throughout the month of April, thanks to the AtoZ Challenge, I am trying to portray the life of Asha, a common Indian girl with dreams and aspirations. Everyday we focus on one alphabet starting from A on April 1st till Z on April 30th. Stick with me till the end of the journey and do tell me what you think of my writing and my Asha.

A - An Arranged Marriage
B - Bridal Dreams
C - Cherubs From Heaven
D - Rusty Dusty Delhi
E - Ernakulam 
F - Fretting Over F.R.I.E.N.D.S & Fiancé
G - Gratifying Rendezvous
H - Hospitality Crash Course
I - I Love You??!!
J - Journalism’s Joy
K - Krishna
L - Love, Longing & Life
M - Milan – A Meeting
N- Noodles, Nimbu Paani & A Nice Guy
O - Online?
P - Phone Number
Q - Questions!
R - Risks
S - Some Soul Searching
T - Timeless Tableau, A Twist in The Tale
U - Union

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36 thoughts on “Online?”

  1. oh God !! am a curious cAT now . want to know the ending 😀
    anyway I am liking this guy day by day
    Please make it a happy ending !! and I wish I too knew more about dating during my teens 😛
    Liked it bhavya

    • He he 🙂
      Thank you for sharing the excitement you felt 🙂
      Its really an out of the world experience when people are interested in your writing. I am the happiest person on Earth now 🙂 🙂

    • Thank you. At times when I write, I wonder if it all makes any sense, 90% of the time, I hit the Post button without re-reading what I have written.

  2. went back to play catch up
    Like the way you have her dialoguing in her head (so like a woman)
    great start with the relationship
    I makes it kinda fun to not know as the writer what is next
    do the comments from people help???

    Happy A to Z
    will be back

    • Aww, thanks so much 🙂
      This story is spontaneous and not planned out previously; so your comments do help me plan out how the story should go forth 🙂


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