November 02, 2006

What lies beneath?

"Let me call Papa out. He should know his priorities"
Outside Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai, two women in their mid thirties, with an arm around each other, sat on the car park wall, facing their back to the visitors. One of them had been crying. A man about their age walked up, turned on his cell and said those words. He looked agitated and concerned.

Had Papa lost his lifetime mamma just then and was so much in grief that he was unwilling to come out of the hospital and do the necessary things


Was Papa in a meeting and not bothered to come and tend to an ailing wife at the hospital

Maybe Papa was divorced and so insensitive that he did not see why he should be around at least for his kids ( the weeping daughter)

Papa could have been such a good husband that he had forgotten he needed to be a good father

Was Papa attending to a close friend and had forgotten that his wife was returning from a long trip abroad and he had to pick her up ( maybe the weeping lady was the friend's daughter)

Maybe Papa's son was worried that Papa may contract some contagious disease if he stayed on in the hospital

Had Papa and Mama been in an accident together and only Mama had been injured, badly?

Maybe Papa's son wanted to book an FIR/ or talk things out with the insurance guys

Was Papa a GP and fighting out with experts who were handling his wife's case

I do hope Papa understood his priorities and everyone is okay.

12 comments:

Eclipsed Thoughts said...

Liked the way you gave so many options to papa... very much impressed by the multidimensionality (correct word??) of your thoughts...

i too hope papa knew his priorities...

Inder said...

may be papa knows that his kids tend to over-react a bit.
may be the papa really knows his priorities and is into more critical thing.
we would never know what lies beneath...

Noodlehead said...

maybe man-on-phone misunderstood....maybe papa does know his priorities but was unwillingly drawn into something else? maybe papa had an accident on the way? maybe papa was tending to his ex-wife/legally-wedded wife and the group outside detested that?

i think i want to give papa the benefit of doubt.....maybe man-on-phone said this in the heat of the moment? ( i say that to my husband at least 20 times a day although he has his priorities as right as can be!)

artnavy said...

I gave it from both perspectives - some favour Papa and some favour the son

keep your versions coming!

Intirguing is it not - the power of a FEW words- how they can speak a story and so many of them

Has to be me said...

I too do hope papa got his priorities right! Maybe we shd give him the benefit of doubt!

starry nights said...

I do hope papa got his priorities straight.

Life Lover said...

Its interesting to see that our analysis is always sensational, whether or not the situation is or not :) Sometimes when people talk they can be really dramatic; making even the most mundane of situations sound really garma garam! Just my two cents...BTW, hope papa got his priorities right, whatever those might be!

Anonymous said...

May be papa went to pick the second kid from school, and not turned up for long...
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itchingtowrite said...

very nicely put. really one tends to start thinking varoius versions when one hears snatches of a conversation

mommyof2 said...

I hope so too..:-)

artnavy said...

lifelover- welcome here and possibly true what you have to say

all- thanks for ur comments/ observations

Usha said...

Very nice post. How a line of conversation overheard sets our imagination on a journey. I would have done exactly the same obsessing over the line.