Prawn is my favorite and so is you. You got pungent words, marvellous looks and irresistible attitude…just like prawns cooked in Bengali style with lots of spice, poppy seeds, coconut milk and pulp. I often think you are the human version of our “Daab chingri.”
On a sunny summer Sunday noon, you showed up at my doorstep with a box of milky, spicy prawns. I was about to order something from ‘Swiggy’ and your appearance made me cancel the plan. I was so startled with your action that couldn’t even say a word for five minutes and you kept grinning impishly. I always knew that my girl doesn’t cook, can’t cook and will never cook just because ‘she is a girl !’
“Why do you bring this?”
“Because it is your favorite!” she chuckled.
“Did you cook yourself?” I had to ask.
“Yes!!” said she while transferring the prawns from box to bowl, “A girl should not always cook but a little cooking doesn’t hurt.”
“Wow! I am changing you” I rejoiced just to make her angry.
“Not really, little boy” She said in sarcastic tone, “Now you have to prepare the rice.”
However, she helped me preparing the rice too. And it was a grand lunch with rice and “Daab chingri”. It was really a gala day for my taste buds. The prawns bathed in coconut milk just like a Cleopatra in goat milk and we relished the dish like ‘heaven is now here’, in our taste buds. I have never had such a quaint taste in restaurant food; the food was homely yet delicious.
When we finished the food, my heart was fuller than stomach. I asked her the reason behind such a treat while still busy on licking my fingers.
“I have finally dumped my bastard boyfriend to be with you,” she embraced me in a bear hug. I have always wanted this to happen. It should be like dream coming into reality for me. But sadly, I couldn’t. I just stood still stupidly. I felt sorry for him who once was my enemy.
Finally my crush is saying “Yes” when I least expected it. All my thoughts went to ‘that bastard’ who is my current best friend !!
Pic courtesy: Afraa