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Meeting people in lockdown – I

And now we are 5.

She: P is coming over. 

Me: How?

She: If stopped. She will tell – is out to get medicine from the chemist near our home.

Questions shot from either end of my brains – ‘What’s the hurry?’, ‘Why today?’ & the most relevant ‘Wasn’t P in Manali before she got here?’

She: P quarantined herself for 10 days. Like she could read my mind, then added, ‘Plus P is my bestie, I have to see her’. 

Case closed. 

She: (a matter-of-fact tone) M & G will be stopping by as well.

I shot her a look. Lockdown – section 144 – gathering of 4 or more people & all that jazz. 

‘It wasn’t planned-’ she retorted, ‘we were chatting, it slipped out that P is coming over. & M invited herself over. I couldn’t say no’. 

‘And G?’, the words spilled out of my mouth without thought. 

‘M & G are a couple!’ she exclaimed while giving me a ‘what’s wrong with you?’ look. Hopelessly I rest my case. 

And now we were 5.

Next part, tomorrow.


Published by appamprawns

soni writes about children and people in controlled spaces, in his quest for appam stew. homi writes in the hope of being able to buy prawns to make patiyo.

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