I’m ready to find a man.
We were meeting after a long time. I arrived at the restauarant first, a suburban chain that did a little Desi, some Continental & a bit of Chinese. Well, it was meeting him that mattered.
It’s been a while since I have known for sure.
I quickly erased the thought that H had put on weight, to envelope him in a warm embrace, but felt guilty later. The guilt played in my gaze and he noticed it. We let it go and sat down across the table.
Have I found the right place to look? Not yet.
I was having a Virgin Caipiroska (mint, orange, watermelon) mocktail. H ordered a cappuccino first. I raised an eyebrow — he said he just felt like it. I then asked for a Madras Filter Coffee. I pointed out the kind of menu here — he changed his mind and stuck to Cappuccino.
I didn’t like groups. One on one was a yes.
He was taken aback by my revelations. I was pleased but not surprised by his progress. That brought us to the main course. H is vegetarian. I decided to eat veg too. Easier that way.
Some want a relationship, some like it casual. I want …
We kept handing each other the menu. Finally, I decided to choose. Promptly, H revealed he had eaten paneer yesterday. And that he was allergic to mushrooms. That was half the menu gone.
Yes — you are right. I do have a strong defence mechanism.
We agreed on a Pizza Margherita (tomatoes, fresh Mozzarella & Basil) followed by a Grilled Cottage cheese sizzler in Sriracha Sauce — Paneer again. We loved the Pizza, the sizzler was just ‘ehh’.
Next time we should meet at ‘P’ bookstore. The owner was really cute 🙂
H wanted to walk home. I commented on the heat. He changed his mind. We hugged. I felt this warm protective feeling towards him. He stepped back, I stepped back. We exited the place together into the bright afternoon sun.
I think I will walk for a bit, then take a rickshaw.