My Friend Arundhati

My wife asked yesterday, “Why do you often call me babajana these days? What’s that?”

“It’s an endearment that Kashmiris bestow on their very close and loved ones.”

“Who told you?”

“Arundhati…”

“That’s not a Kashmiri name. When did she tell this to you?”

“6th June this year.”

“Is she your colleague?”

“No.”

“What does she do?”

“She mostly roams around all across India and, to some extent, across the world as well.”

“Where does she live?”

“Chanakya Puri.”

“How old is she?”

“Around Kuttimama’s age.”

“How did she meet you?”

“She never met me.”

“Damn. You talking about Arundhati Roy all this while?”

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