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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Of that same old thing that we call love

There are people who are just born to be in love. I am one of them.


There are people who are born to be loved. I am not one of them.


I am not Anna Scott, who found her love at the end of the movie.


I have loved. A little too many times. I’ve been loved. By too many. Never for the right reasons. I am 35 now. The grease paint doesn’t look too good on my skin, which never got used to it in the first place. I’ve money to change the way age sits on me. But I refuse. And for that the movies left me. I have no complaints. I did love acting, but only under the spot lights. When acting percolated too much into the way I brushed my teeth, read my morning paper or sipped my coffee, I began to hate it.
I loved yes. The first ever actor I acted with, the first person I kissed—not under a tree, while shivering in the rain like my poor 17 year old self dreamed—but in front of a camera, the director’s beady eyes looking for a moment to call “Cut” and probably 70 spot boys who stood on top looking down on us, probably seeing my breasts too through the v-neck of a top that was supposed to show off my youth. It wasn’t perfect in the real sense of the word, but it was, under the circumstances. The movie ended, me and my breasts became famous, and my first love got lost somewhere along the way.


I fell in love again, with the dimples and the smile of a director who gave me my first “woman centred” role. He made me the centre of his world too. Or so I thought until he got married to my then close friend.


I fell in love yet again with the gentleness of my manager, the witty talk of my driver, the love for Dali of a reporter, the kalari teacher who tutored me for a film, a business man who had an art gallery and would let me sit in front of Water Lilies as long as I wanted... yes I fell in love. Too often. Too soon. For too many reasons.


I am 35 now. The tabloids gave up on me a long time ago. I told you—the grease paint just doesn’t sit on my face anymore.


I am pregnant. I know who the father is. But I don’t think about him. I think I did my best acting there that night with him. I remember Monet’s “Poppies at Argenteuil” hanging at the foot of the bed. I dreamt me walking between the red poppies, a little pair of feet behind me. The dream is now in me. The dream of someone to love and be loved at last.


How selfish love makes us.

17 comments:

Matangi Mawley said...

Hey!!!!! Beautiful finish!! U'r narration is something that i have always admired! But- the story this time.. the finish was always there- n u spotted it very well.. Very good!

yadu said...

this is very different.. and i had to forget everything else for a moment to read.. :) and it was very good. +1 and yeah! keep writing :D hehe..

priyadutta said...

I love it!!!! you are an amazing writer.. able to write that most of us are unable to voice out.. :D
miss ya :)

Anon...let me be... said...

it was really wonderful.. poignant in its own ways... and appealing... i mirror what one of the other readers said.. i did forget everythin else for a moment...

crumbs said...

love, of course is one of the most selfish exercises that we ever indulge in...under the myth of "unconditional"

nicely done

Anamika said...

@ Matangi

thank you. I was a little unhappy with the narration in this one myself...

Anamika said...

@Yadu

I've badly wanted to write something even a tiny bit different from the usual..glad you found this different.

And yes I want to keep writing too

Anamika said...

@Priyadutta

you are missed too..in a lot more ways than you can imagine

Anamika said...

@ Anon

:)

Anamika said...

@ Crumbs

Thanks!

savi said...

I liked it .. nice .

Anamika said...

@ Savi

Thank you so much :)

紅豆 said...

Dexterity comes by experience. ....................................................

Anamika Sureka said...

Quite a different narration...interesting.:)and yes love is selfish and almost all of us are into it.

kaatib said...

been long. waiting for the next

Anamika said...

@Anamika

Its a pity that even when we realize love is selfish, we self proclaim its not...

Thanks for the comment and most importantly, the visit :)

Anamika said...

@Kaatib

Me too... :)