Friendship between opposite sex is always clubbed with desire

Rachana Chakraborty
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Minu was married and at the ripe age of forty plus she enjoyed small words of praise for her. And without realizing she too enjoyed the words said by her son’s friend. She thought that there was nothing wrong in such a friendship , but when a simple friendship turned out to be her heart’s desire she didn’t knew.

Minu was just forty plus and also happily married mother of a young handsome boy of twenty one years of age, this was the time when she needed lot of attention of her family but everyone was engaged in the quest for establishment and somehow everyone started taking her granted .They had forgotten that she too had some feelings which needed to be nurtured and it was at this crucial moment that her neighbour’s son Sonu who was just twenty eight years old and always at home started to mingle with her subdued feelings. Minu though in the beginning only entertained his shattered dreams and tried to implant only positivity in him. Minu’s son was also Sonu’s friend but her son was working in a reputed company and Sonu still jobless.

Sonu too was going through a very difficult phase of his life he was an engineering dropout with IT skills and here no job to evade,so he too needed someone to talk his feelings out. It was at this time that Minu tried to council him and slowly slowly they became very good friends .Now even they started chatting if they couldn’t meet. He used to share everything with her and she too loved to listen to him for hours together they chatted throughout the night.This went on for some months and now both started liking each other Sonu started openly expressing his feelings for her over his chats though initially Minu resisted his feelings but later on she too loved to talk to him. It was only he who understood Minu and her dreams. Minu couldn’t understand her feelings as she enjoyed every moment when she was with him. Many a times she asked me whether it was allowed to think about someone so much right? “I thought so” would be my answer.

Now their friendship went on for one and a half years and during this whole period of friendship they never touched each other but only spent time in long chats, sometimes about their job crisis and sometimes about his desires to meet her once alone.

Minu now after a year and a half decided to go out with him as he had requested many a time about it. She was very happy to spend a full day with him together very close to him, continuously gazing at each other but just speechless. Minu all the time went on asking “Sonu I hope this is allowed in friendship”, and Sonu of course liked to be with her most of the time .

Now this went on for few days but one day her husband wanted to go out with her to see where she was going and with whom ? This disturbed her very much she quickly texted Sonu as it was not possible to go to his house and inform him not to come that day. Everything was done but Minu made a mistake she forgot to delete the last message from her mobile and here everything went Topsy -turvy her husband burst out with lot of questions after coming home ,though her son trusted his mother and of course his friend told his Dad “Daddy please trust mom . After all Sonu is my friend how can you believe mom to do such a thing?”

This question further tormented Minu as she knew she was not doing anything wrong only that she loved to be in his company , but it was also true that she was hiding everything from the family …..but she couldn’t help she really couldn’t understand whether it was Desire or Friendship???……

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