She was lazily flipping channels on the TV when she saw it. It had been years, but watching an old performance from the renowned dancer brought back memories of her own arangettam.
“Enough of dance, it’s time to get you married, Ambili,” her mother had said, and that had been the end of that. She argued for a while, and then gave in to her mother’s wishes.
The next day, when she entered her bedroom, she noticed a delicately wrapped gift on the bedside table. The moment she took it in her hands, she knew what it was.
“It’s never too late to be the dancer you wanted to be,” said the note from Sree, her husband, as the chilanka fell unwrapped onto her bed.
chilanka: a dancer’s anklets; arangettam: a classical dancer’s debut on-stage performance.
(© Vinay Leo R. @ I Rhyme Without Reason,
4th April, 2018)