A Quarantine Love Story

In a global crisis too, positivity and love can find their way

A Rustic Mind (Manali Desai)


The loudest cheer of ‘Bharat mata ki jai’ along with the banging of the dishes came from the balcony right opposite his,
That’s when he first saw her, cheering away excitedly, hair blowing in the wind, and with an aggressive look as if she dared the virus to harm her and those around her.
He had never believed in ‘love at first sight’ but that day his sight never left hers for those 5 minutes which felt like the best moments of his life so far.

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He started visiting the balcony more from then on,
Never before did he have a favorite spot in the house, but now he had found it!
From the morning breakfast, to the evening tea, all were savoured from where he could catch a glimpse of her.
Unfortunately, he wasn’t that lucky as she hardly came out. The one or two times she did, she never turned his way.

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He wished there would be some excuse to catch her attention, and then came another task by the beloved PM. The cells in his brain started churning and he came up with a plan.
At 9 pm two days later, he held up LED lights that spelled out ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and cheered the same as loud as he could.
He couldn’t see her, but her following cheers after his were enough to tell him he had caught her attention.
When the lights came back on after 9 minutes, as he’d hoped, she was looking right at him and smiling.
He was prepared! He smiled, waved and held up a placard with his phone number.
She made a face and ran away inside.

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He was disheartened but continued his routine of waiting for her in the balcony,
Now whenever she came out, she glimpsed too!
Before he could smile and wave, she would turn and walk away inside.
After few days of…