Sep 3, 2009

Our half hidden faces

As the girl walks away, Karma Tshering wishes if he could keep her for life. And his right hand involuntarily reaches his forehead. But this is god’s doing. The pain on his heart - there is this pain of losing the girl (he knows he will not see her again) and the pain of having to part with his most prized iPhone. Does the pleasant experience of a night spent together with this most beautiful woman compensate the loss?

Guilt-ridden, Karma goes home that morning and as his wife stares at him with understanding eyes, his heart is shattered. Appreciation, of his hard work to make ends meet, having to stand on guard when others are asleep, is writ large on his wife’s face. His hearts immediately goes to his two children sleeping peacefully.

After a hurried breakfast, he is on his way, guilt accompanying him like a dog. He has obviously turned his fantasy of sleeping with this woman into reality, but his conscience questions him if it wasn’t a selfish act.

And he remembers what a hassle it was going through the whole procedure of getting a loan from Bank of Bhutan. Nothing remains of it now but the burden of repaying it and an iPhone that he no more owns.

The policeman thinks of his faithful wife.