She belonged to a ‘bhadra lok’ family, a Bengali Brahmin, aristocratic, genteel and elite. That’s what the word means. We shall call her Swati, who married this CFO of a major multinational company, who earned a neat package like most C level executives do and they lived in a mansion in Bangalore. She was the quintessential queen of romance, and he – let’s call him Deb – was the hovering bumblebee. Right from the start, he invited his chaddi friend to savour his new bride. She was horrified but didn’t protest too much. So Deb babu proceeded with his former lifestyle of party, booze, and women and went on as if his bride better get used to it. The sex was all right she said, but ‘meri rooh pyaasi reh gayi’.
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A musical affair
All Bengali women have music in their lives; she took to singing on her own in the large bungalow, while her husband travelled overseas on work. To her delight, their car driver, who drove her around all over the city, sang like a dream. Soon, they sang Rabindra sangeet together and in the divine moment found themselves entwined in the most euphoric love she had ever imagined.