The shopping was quick, there was not much to buy, she was a horrible cook and her cullinary skills were very limited, but it was heavy, really heavy.
She gestured to a ricksha, the puller eagerly pulled close.
“The old house on the top of that hill…Shantiniketan (abode of peace)… how much?” she asked.
The man’s face hung instantly, he muttered something under his breath, Tanya had a feeling that he was muttering the name of Lord Ram, that sounded bad….
“How much?” she asked again.
The man was already on his seat, “Won’t go there …” he said, the firm tone of his voice hinted that there were no chances of his changing mind.
“I will pay whatever you want…” her hand were about fall off her shoulders…
“What about a free lift?” a voice asked, right behind her shoulder and a hand grabbed one of the bags.
She turned and her eyes met the smiling eyes of the agent who brought her here. He was standing beside a small car.
“Did you rented it?” she asked.
“Yes, they are quite available in the town… After visiting your lawyer here, I realized I will have to do a lot of up and down from here to there because that guy will not enter your threshold, he says it is cursed… so I rented this car.” he answered.
The car was slowly snaking its way up the road, to her mansion, “Cursed…?” she asked with a little uneasiness.
“Oh you know small town people… or may be you dont, I was born and brought up in one, a single unmarried woman, beautiful …. your aunt was a beauty even when she was in her deathbed, shooing away all romantic advances… living a secluded life, totally secluded… people will make up ugliest stories.” he smiled, “BTW we have not been formally introduced, I am Ritwik Ghosh.”
“I am Tanya Chaturvedi. How come you know Hindi so well?” she asked.
“I was born and brought up in Delhi, then I shifed to Kolkata for job.” he said.
“Your driveway needs real work…” he said, avoiding yet another bush that has made its home in the middle of the road, “We would have been walking, dragging those grocery bags if this car was not this small in size.”
She could see that too.
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