4. Lets place this one here!
This according to me is the most dangerous phrase in the world. As much as it leads to you to explore the innumerable possibilities in the world, it also leads you to question everything that happened in your life.
What if Lakshmi had not gone for shopping that day?
What if I had not agreed to baby sit so that Lakshmi could go shopping?
What if I had agreed to baby sit but not let her take the car?
What if Meenakshi had cried a little more like every other time and made her change her decision?
What if she had worn the seat belt?
What if it had not rained so heavily that day making visibility so poor?
What if a Mumbai had shown the so called 'spirit of Mumbai' and ensured she reached the hospital on time?
What if the hospital had her blood group available?
What if she had survived a few minutes more just to see Meenakshi and me before her last breath?
What if I had not decided to move out of our house post Lakshmi's death?
What if I had not requested a lift back home with a stranger from the airport?
What if I had not noticed the same stranger sitting at the window and drinking her tea?
What if Meenakshi had not smiled back at her?
What if the same stranger had not let Meenakshi and me into her life?
What if Meenakshi had not accepted the same stranger as her mother?
The thoughts were just about to wander away when Meenakshi's giggles brought me back to reality. Mom and daughter came into the room, completely drenched. They seemed happy and in a world of their own. I didn't feel like disturbing them.
She quickly changed Meenakshi's dress and gave her to me. She seemed to be not in a mood to change and was longingly looking at the rains outside as if she wanted to go out and get drenched. As soon as my gaze caught hers, she quickly picked her clothes and went to change.
There was a lot of silence between us. But it's a comfortable silence. A silence we both enjoy. The rains continued.