Shantala and Sudha sat gazing at the stars in the sky, as Sudha peeled an orange and handed over a few pieces to Shantala. They bit into the juicy orange as they reminisced their childhood days. They were childhood buddies, inseparable, people called them Siamese twins.
Their favorite activity was climbing the orange tree in Bhau’s orchid and feasting on the juicy oranges. They loved squirting the orange peels into each other’s eyes. With time, both grew up into young ladies.
Shantala was married off at 21 and she went to live in USA with her hubby. The 2 friends were physically separated but distance was never a barrier. They wrote letters to each other, made a trunk call and with advent of the internet, each was as happy as a lark. Time was now spent in skype, chatting and sharing stuff via Facebook.
Motherhood and responsibilities at home meant they found it a challenge to devote time to each other. At times, the letters were short, the phone calls ended abruptly as a baby wailed nearby. Life’s challenges which each had to face only made their bond stronger. When Shantala wrote her post-graduation exam after 2 kids and Sudha made it to a senior manager post in the bank. both celebrated with equal gusto. Shantala’s hysterectomy and Sudha’s losing her parents in an accident made them hold on to each other even tighter.
Today as they celebrate 55 years of their friendship, they sit side by side enjoying the tranquility of the moment. Shantala has come to India for a visit and the first thing the 2 friends did is take a trip- all by themselves. The squeezed orange peels lay by their side, as they gaze at the stars absorbed in their banter, each thankful for this gift of sisterhood and promising to do her bit in keeping this flame burning.
(This post has been written for the second edition of BAR-A-THON, the fortnight-long blogging marathon for bloggers everywhere! My theme is “7 colours of the rainbow ROYGBIV”. I present a Flash Fiction in 300 words based on one colour for each day of the challenge and blend it with something that personifies that colour)
(Blog post image courtesy: Shortday.in)