Who Knocked My Heart?

After a nice manicure and pedicure in a posh salon, Rajni was all set for a great reunion, a long awaited moment which everyone waits for. After all, she was going to meet her good old college friends. By the time she came home it was already 5 pm. The maid also ensured that she finished the housework and cooked for the night before time. After all, she had a long awaited movie plan…

The maid said Madam, All the work is done and now I am leaving. Have a good weekend said Rajni. The maid raised her eyebrows and thought, “madam is on a fly since morning”.

It was six and Rajni scanned through her cupboard for the perfect evening dress which she had purchased recently. The peach colored dress perfectly complimented her looks and her freshly painted nails.

As she was lifting the dress, a bag with packed clothes fell from the top shelf. With inquisitiveness, she opened the pack. It was the old dress which she had bought when she met Rajeev for the first time. Her Valentines dress. She saw the dress with great love and suddenly her eyes moved to the label saying S. She thought for a minute” S for Small”.

Over the years post marriage and 2 kids, she had forgotten all about herself. The way she looked, her personal choice. It was all about family, husband, and children. Rajeev then gave a voice from behind and said aren’t you getting late? It will take a  good 40 mins from here.

Rajni quickly packed the bag and pushed the clothes inside. She got ready as usual in style and left for the party. She kissed a goodbye to her kids and said she would be back soon.

It was 7 pm and Rajni reached the venue much in time. As she entered the party hall she scanned through a number of faces to find her good old buddies. A voice came to her “Rajni here”…
Rita.. her best buddy.. as she was approaching Rajni’s eyes blinked…Wow, Rita, you look fab!!!!!
Where are you these days and you look so fit…… thanks a ton and You too look cute Rajni … said, Rita
How many kids Rajni?  2.  Ayan and Sneha What about you Rita? 2.. Aarav and Anirudh…
Wow!!!! life just sways away like a sand and we don’t realize it said Rita.. Very true said Rajni….

But you don’t even look like you have 1… said Rajni…What’s the secret?
Ah.. That’s a long story said, Rita. Will meet sometime and share tips. They quickly exchanged numbers.

The party was so colorful …some old good buddies.. memories of panipuri, vada pav and the whole universe and the bunking off lectures… The party ended with a cool selfie which instantly Rajni posted on her FaceBoook and tagged all her friends…

As she left the party she said to herself…”What is it that I miss the most?”. Something which I have never had and Rita had. This was killing her from inside. She had looked at her herself in the mirror at the party and thought ” Look at Rita she is so fit and mother of 2 kids and look at me … I have put on so much weight “.

Rajni came home with mixed feelings. The kids had slept. Rajeev was watching his tennis match. As she walked into her bedroom Rajeev asked, Hey how was the reunion? It was ok.. said Rajni with mixed feeling and looking at herself in the mirror. She had blown she realized …

Next morning, Rajni received a text message ” Can we meet at 4 at CCD near your house? … Rita
Rajni instantly replied Yes. After all, she was wanting to take tips from Rita.

At 4 pm both ladies were at the coffee shop and were looking to order. Rita asked Rajni what will you have Coffee said Rajni… and You?
The waiter then came to take the order.OK… 2 coffees and one without sugar and Puff said Rajni… Ah.. ok said Rita .. one veg puff as well…

You still like puffs said, Rita. Yes, I still do and my kids as well. What about you?. Oh, that were olden days not now. Now I am into more healthy eating … No sugar, no carbs…eat right and stay fit. That’s my Mantra…. said, Rita….

As the coffee arrived Rajni took a scoop of sugar and mixed in her coffee after all her favorite veg puff was right at her desk…

My god…. said, Rita. So much Sugar? That’s too much along with puff… do you exercise? How do you burn the calories?

Rajni’s face sagged .. I don’t .. I don’t get time… My days goes off with kids their studies, husband .. taking care of their needs that I don’t even have time for myself…
Rita kept her hand on Rajni .. I know I can understand, .. Even I went through this.. so much of ups and downs. But I saw my Valentines dress one day and said, … Now I will change myself and took baby steps….

I joined a gym.. initially, I was bored to go and kept missing days but then a good friend helped me get motivated and today I am what I am in front of you…..

Rajni you need to change … live for yourself. Your kids are grown up… Stop spoon feeding them .. Do what you like .. what makes you feel good. It’s your life, it’s in your hands…
Finishing the coffee both hugged each other and bid goodbye…

As Rajni passed by she saw a gym near her house post inquiries she took a one year membership. Initially, the teething face was difficult but as time passed by 6 months Rajni lost a good 15 kgs. This is something she had never done before. Her entire family was awwed by her fat to fit status.
On a fine evening, Rajeev messaged her Can we go out for Dinner? This is unusual for Rajni…
She quickly glanced her cupboard and took out her old Valentines dress. She fit in it like how she was during her some 20’s… and she said Wow… Now I am what I am …..

The candle light dinner made Rajni’s evening. Rajeev held her hand and said I knew you could always do it…

Rajni blushed with a smile as tears flowed on her cheeks…..

Who was it who knocked her heart?