Sunday, September 05, 2010

Love in the times of prejudice

They walked in hand in hand, and looked around in wonderment. The opulence of the mall seemed to overwhelm them. They looked like kids from the lower middle class. Their clothes tailored and out of place. They clung together, a little intimidated by the mall. They were in their teens I could make out. They walked in hand in hand. Their trust and reliance in each other was heartwarming. This was no ordinary romance. They looked so comfortable in the silence that enveloped them as they gazed around.

I fiddled with my coffee. I was waiting for the office gang to land up for a birthday treat. My eyes wandered to the couple. They were going around the mall, looking with awe at the shops, displays, colors and general branding merriment. Their eyes enthralled by the atmosphere, soaking in the sights.

Just as I was taking the last sip of my coffee, I saw them walking out. They had an air of people who had a wonderful day at the circus or zoo. They walked out hand in hand. People looked at them curiously. I was lost in the warmth of the moment to notice... that they were both guys.

Love has no borders or colors. It just takes two people to love. Whatever their gender.

13 comments:

Gauri Gharpure said...

that's so beautifully put..

$$ said...

unanticipated climax! nicely written :)

Prathik said...

Verbal brilliance, as usual! :)

Pradeep said...

Nothing like pure love... But not without sacrifice.. a point that's easily forgotten!

~==[[[ Abhi ]]]==~ said...

Unexpected ending; but still it was a good read! Last lines made my day!

~ M ~ said...

Nice.. :)

~ M ~ said...

Nice.. :)

RAJI MUTHUKRISHNAN said...

Short and sweet!

Anonymous said...

But GOD made Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve !!!

Anonymous said...

In India, 99.99% of the time, 2 guys who walk hand-in-hand are just straight guys who just dont know tht people will think u r gay if u walk hand in hand with a guy!! So chill ;-) - Neo

Dr.Antony said...

You could be mistaken.If you had seen them in a mall in Europe,you would have been right.They take you for granted as gay.But in India,we still have such friendships.
Things are not the way they appear always.

silverine said...

Gauri: Thank you! :)

Richie Rich a.k.a $$: Thank you :)

Prathik: Thank you dear! :)

M: Thank you :)

Raji: Thank you very much:)

Anon: Evolution my dear :p

Anon at 2:24 and Dr.Anthony: There is a difference between holding hands casually and clinging onto each other the whole time, plus body language.

hope and love said...

And 'slut' is the easiest insult to make a woman cower and shutup isnt it ?