Ayan was frantically searching every inch of the room when Tina walked in.
“What are you looking for?” she asked her husband.
“My watch. I can’t find it anywhere. I remember keeping it on the table last night.”
In his anxiety, Ayan didn’t notice the smile on Tina’s face.
“I’ve a gift for you,” she said, showing him the packet she was hiding behind her back.
“You’ve had that old silver strap watch since so many years. It has lost its color, its shine, its beauty. It’s your birthday today, your first one after our marriage. So I took that away and bought you a new one.”
Ayan opened the packet to find a new gold watch. She smiled seeing the beauty of the new watch, gave him a hug and went out of the room.
He stood there, unable to speak, remembering the birthday twenty years back when his father had given him the old watch.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
3rd April, 2017)