Tuesday, February 4, 2014

SWEETIE

Humor in and out of Uniform

SWEETIE
An Apocryphal Story
By
VIKRAM KARVE

Disclaimer:
1. Please read this apocryphal story only if you have a sense of humor. This yarn is a spoof, pure fiction, just for fun and humor, no offence is meant to anyone, so take it with a pinch of salt and have a laugh.
2.  This story is a work of fiction. Events, Places, Settings and Incidents narrated in the story are a figment of my imagination. The characters do not exist and are purely imaginary. Any resemblance to persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.

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SWEETIE – An Apocryphal Story by Vikram Karve

“Have you seen Sweetie?” Colonel “P” asked me.

“No, Sir,” I said.

“I don’t know where she has gone. The Dean wants to meet her and I just can’t find her anywhere,” the Colonel said.

“Don’t worry, Sir – I’ll find her and bring her to you,” I said.

The Colonel returned to the senior officers’ group.

I started walking down to the boat jetty.

This happened almost 30 years ago, in the mid 1980’s, in a lovely place called IAT nestled in the hills of Girinagar near the city of Pune.

It was one of those Sunday morning get-togethers for officers and families at the Naval Bay on the banks of Khadakwasla lake.

It was a verdant and picturesque place, with shady trees, lush green lawns and abundance of flora alongside the cool blue waters of the lake – an ideal setting for a picnic on a bright winter morning.

“Hey, you guys, have you seen the Colonel’s daughter?” I asked some student officers who were walking up from the boat jetty.

“The Colonel’s daughter? Sir, I thought the D of S (Army) had two sons,” one of them said.

“No. No. Not the outgoing Colonel. I am talking of the newly arrived Colonel. He has a small daughter – must be around 3 years old – her name is Sweetie – I had seen her playing on the lawns up there – and now she is not there – and the Colonel is worried,” I said.

“Is she a 3 year old girl, Sir? I think she had gone for a boat ride. I saw Sub Lieutenant “X” getting into the boat with a small girl in his arms,” one of the officers said.

“Are you sure?” I asked.

“Yes, Sir, I am quite sure,” he said.

Then, another officer said, “Sir, I will get the binoculars from the boat shed, then we can see clearly.”

I looked through the binoculars.

The boat was moving slowly across the Khadakwasla lake.

I could clearly see Sweetie – she was sitting on the Sub Lieutenant’s lap and he was holding her tight.

I walked up to the lawns and reported to the Colonel, “Don’t worry, Sir, Sweetie is safe and sound.”

“But where is she?” he asked, looking anxious.

“She is enjoying a boat ride,” I said.

“She has gone for a boat ride? How is that possible? She does not know how to swim. And she is so scared of water. I wonder how she got into the boat?” the Colonel asked.

“Sir, Sub Lieutenant “X” picked her up in her arms…”

“A Sub Lieutenant picked her up in his arms?”

“Don’t worry, Sir, I myself checked up through the binoculars – Sweetie is sitting on the Sub Lieutenant’s lap and he is holding onto her tightly,” I said.

“What? Sweetie is sitting on a Sub Lieutenant’s lap?” the Colonel exclaimed, looking flabbergasted.

Then, as if in a daze, he broke off from the gathering, and we saw him running down towards the boat jetty.

“What’s wrong with him? Why is he so hyper?” someone asked.

“Maybe it is because he’s just got one daughter – Sweetie is his only child. And that too so late in life, he’s got a kid after the age of 40 – maybe that’s why he is so possessive and over protective,” I reasoned.

We sipped our beer.

A few moments later, we saw Commander “M” emerge from the woods with a ravishing beauty – we just couldn’t take our eyes off her.

“Hello, Navy Boys – you’ve got a lovely place here – your Commander just took me for an exciting trek on the banks of the lake,” she said, looking quite flushed.

“Good morning, Ma’am,” we said.

“Oh, I forgot to introduce myself, or rather, your Commander forgot to introduce me,” she said.

The Commander looked embarrassed and started to speak.

But before he could say anything, the beautiful woman looked at me, proffered her hand and said, “My name is Sweetie.”

“Sweetie?” I exclaimed, looking shocked and dumbfounded.

“Why? You don’t like my name? Ain’t I sweet?” she joked, flirtatiously.

“No, Ma’am. Yes, Ma’am…” I fumbled in embarrassment.

“Hey, please don’t call me, Ma’am, or Mrs “P”, or Mrs Colonel like someone once did,” she laughed vivaciously, and she said to me, “you are my age – so just call me Sweetie.

I got her a drink. 

We talked. We sipped our drinks. Sweetie was really sweet and I enjoyed her company.

Suddenly, Sweetie looked beyond my shoulder and said, “Ah, there comes my boring husband.”

I turned around and followed her gaze.

Colonel “P” was trudging up the slopes holding his 3 year old daughter in his arms.

As he approached, I could see that the Colonel was giving me quite a dirty look, so I quickly excused myself and left the scene.

VIKRAM KARVE
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A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer and blogger. Educated at IIT Delhi, IIT (BHU) Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and an anthology of short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories and creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional  and academic research papers in journals and edited in-house journals and magazines for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for 15 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing and blogging. Vikram Karve lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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