It was past seven, way past the time, Mona was supposed to be home.

Each time the bell rang, I went running to the door, only to discover it was someone else. With a sinking feeling,

I rang up the neighbors, security.

Nobody had seen her. I was stricken now.

I was down in the dumps when the bell rang again..

‘kya ri Mona? subah subah itna der kar dete ho. Sab ko tayaar hoke jaana hain, sink bhar ke bartan hain!’

I let go at her.

She walked in with a cheeky smile, confident that she would be pacified later with malai masala chai.

I followed meekly with a silent prayer on my lips and a song in my heart..

Yippee its a great day.

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