A tragicomedy: a play in 12 days.

“To (be able to) laugh at our misery is the only way we have found of coming to terms with it.”


Day 1:

Hey, so when are you planning to come?

What for?

Dude, I am getting engaged! We are having a grand party here. You have to be here. Don’t give me any reasons.

I know and I will be there, just send me the dates, and I’ll let you know how can I arrange things. I wouldn’t want to miss it for anything.

Day 2:

I will reach right before the day of your engagement. This is all I could do in such short notice. My work is all jammed up and any day before that would be really difficult. (And expensive)

Okay, no problem! All that matters is you’d be here on that day. You are my only girl, babe!

Day 3:

Since I am going so far I might as well visit my brother. He has just gone to this new city, and a surprise wouldn’t harm anyone. I think he’d be glad.

Day 4:

The stay extends up to a week long, making me return after Raksha Bandhan. What best gift for my brother than a surprise visit on this day?

Day 5:

Buying of gifts for this pretty “bride to be” and my brother.

Day 6:

Trying to finish all the work, literally all the work that could not wait for a week, and also everything that couldn’t be done by anyone else instead of me! And believe me the list went on.

Day 7:

A little bit of shopping for myself.  I wouldn’t want to look like someone not invited to that grand celebration of that lovely couple.

Day 8:

The rain persists.

Day 9:

Doubt of plans.

Day 10:

I am sorry darling; I don’t think I can make it on time. There is water everywhere. The streets are flooded, roads are jammed, there is barely any movement. The officials have warned everyone around not to get out of the house unless very urgent. The airport is almost submerged, and even if the flight takes off there are pretty chances that they’d land me on some other city altogether, if the situation worsens. I don’t think I can manage so much hassle now. It is really difficult to travel so far now.

Why do you stay so far?

I know, I understand but this is clearly not in my hands, it is an act of god. (Pleading my case as if in a court.)

I don’t know you have to be here. You always have reasons.

When have I last made a reason?

I don’t know, you have to be here.

I wish I knew how to swim, I would then surely be there. (I risked a joke.)

Okay, you don’t want to come, don’t come then, even I won’t attend your engagement.

Seriously, I wish I could come; it’s really not in my hands. After such disastrous delayed flights even my parents wouldn’t want me to travel. I am sending you the picture of airport, tell me if you still want me to come.


Okay, I got to go now; I am getting a call from ‘him’.

Okay, take care babe; I am really sorry that I am not able to come. (Oh God, what about the money that I wasted on booking tickets and now cancelling it?)

Day 11:

Back to work, which I think I completed in advance. (Oh wow, for the first time running ahead of the deadline.)

Day 12:

Writing this and trying to get her to receive my call!


My brother being the only one who did not know what was to happen, and what never happened! (Saved, I guess from all the extra drama!)

Published by Moushmi Radhanpara

A bilingual writer, Moushmi Radhanpara has authored three poetry collections so far, namely POSIES and 03:21 AM –An Ode to Rust & Restlessness, and Resignation of an Angel. She is also scribbling an unplanned rough draft of a story as a part of NANOWRIMO 2020 and hopes that something might come out of it. She has also co-authored two books, The Lockdown Stories and Mirage so far. Her poetries can be found on her blog https://aestheticmiradh.com/ and a few other online portals. She believes in the fact that a better reader makes a better writer. Reading a 100 books a year is her latest obsession. She can be found either drunk on coffee or hiding away from everything and admiring the gorgeous sun.

41 thoughts on “A tragicomedy: a play in 12 days.

      1. I have not been in this situation so i will be honest that i may not be able to feel what you may be feeling but this is your friends day Her engagement day i mean the first step of a big change over in life and am pretty sure u wanna be standing right next to your girl ‘The would be Bride’ but because of this weather, legitimate concerns and obligations are obvious and safety is must but now what you should do is just make your friend feel your presence I mean you can’t be their physically but in this era of apps and technology you can make yourself help with skype …Tell a common friend of yours to set a camera so that you can watch the engagement…You’ll have already apologized half a dozen times already but now its time to be happy for your girl Just share her Happy times and everything that’s gonna happen in her big day…And Don’t forget to give a big fat tight hug when you meet her and in the end she’s your girl so thoda gussa hona to bnta h uska so let her express it after all she has her rights on you….and i apologise if i have Hurt your feelings😊

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      2. Oh dear, do not worry you have not hurt me.
        And I have now tried setting up video calls with her. The only thing now is to rely on the network connections, seeing this bad weather. But I have tried almost evrything now! Lets see how it all works now.

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      1. Hahahaha
        I would fail despite that.
        But she is doing well now., Had I been in her place even I’d have felt the same way. We don’t have many girls in each other’s lives. We are surrounded by only men, be it friends or cousins, so a girl companion would really have been better.
        I lost my money, and also the chance to visit her!
        Just hope she does not revenge upon me later 😉

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      2. She probably has the wedding mind right now and is mentally exhausted and will see more clearly soon – just like you say was super bummed out! Hey what is your email as I have a question about women’s relationships that I don’t want to publicly ask as it might be too personal 😊(nothing crazy but still).

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      3. I don’t think I could handle being a wedding planner as some brides are just mean! We have a tv show here about bridezilla’s even! Ok I will email probably tomorrow as today is the Wedding Shower party 👏😄

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  1. This seems like the pic of recent Ahmedabad Flood situation, isn’t it??
    Anyways though the write up was just lovely, enjoyed it…😄😁

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