Where have you been staying?
Here and there.
K, my gypsy friend was restless. 2 weeks of Swiggy, Netflix, or living in a gated society during lockdown just wasn’t him. And that’s when he found out about the island.
What is your name?
I like to be known as just K.
The only way to get to the island was by ferry. It had villas, wildlife, villagers, even a bird sanctuary. The people there didn’t want to go anywhere in a hurry – perfect for K.
What do you do?
I used to work earlier, not now.
All types – Corporate, NGO’s, even as a teacher. Then I stopped.
Because I didn’t want to teach.
K visited the island – found common friends, danced with dogs and befriended future foes. All to find the ideal shelter for himself to stay there.
Does your family agree with all this?
I lost my dad a year ago and I also lost my mother a few days back.
Did you say days?
Are you not able to go back to your home-town?
No- I chose to stay here.
K made friends with a local, who spoke of a man who could have a space for him. K called him, but they couldn’t speak – bad network. Another sign that told K the place was perfect.
Where have you been staying till now?
Now, am in the north. Past two months, I was staying towards the south.
With a local family.
Did you know them?
K reached our place where there was network. He called the man again. This time they spoke.
What do you do about money?
Are you married?
We were out for a walk. Thats when K made the call.
You can stay in the apartment. But it needs repair.
If there are four walls, just a room, I will manage.
But can you afford the rent?
What is it?
The man was afraid the rent may be too high. K said he could afford it. K cut the call.
Best rent conversation ever.
I know bro.
Next time, can you please negotiate my rent too.
For that you have to come to the island now.
K will be off next week to his island. And I will be moving on in life. Will meet again, in a new place, a new island.
Writing credits – Soni Anthony.