Flutter

With every warm breeze that blew gently, the leaves from the banana plant fluttered gracefully. Eyes closed and reclining on the bay window, I kept my ears open to the musical show in the garden. Blending in with the occasional chirping of a bird, it was a perfect afternoon view. On the table near the window my half-finished painting and a book I had been reading lay. Painting or reading by that window, while I listened to the calm flutter of the leaves was another experience altogether. Every time I lifted my head from the book or took a pause from the depths of swirling colours I would gaze at that picture perfect rectangular view.

It was almost as if I was looking out into a different world, where everything moved in some magical symphony, something that was an epitome of simplicity yet extremely hard to truly capture.

I broke out of my reverie and looked at the time. It was almost 4. I brought a kettle of water to a boil and added tea leaves. The water turn red and brown, flooding the kitchen with the aroma of chai. Crushing cardamoms, cloves and a snippet of lemon grass, right from the kitchen window, I threw them into the mix, and the gorgeous alchemy of flavours set in. My eyes were fixated on the window, because I knew she would be here soon and we’d enjoy a cup of chai as she told me all about her day and me about mine. There would always be a spread of something savoury and something sweet to go with our chai, of course. I got the tea table by the bay window ready with the delicacies, completing the setup of our little everyday ritual as the chai continued to boil. Just when I added in the milk, I heard the gate in the backyard creak open and footsteps down the path.

“Hey I smell chai.”

Pushing open the door with a big smile, she said.

“Always on time!”

We settled down at the bay window cradling in our palms the white porcelain cups of chai like we had all these years.

The banana leaves continued to flutter, sending in warm summer air to touch our faces amidst those afternoon nothings.

The backyard with the fluttering leaves of lush green banana plants

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(Inspired by how much me and my sister enjoyed our tea parties every evening)

23 Comments Add yours

  1. Deepti Menon says:

    Leha, you weave magic with your words, almost like poetry. I loved reading your post.
    If you enjoy classic poetry, do visit my blog: https://deepties.blogspot.com/
    Thank you and happy writing!

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    1. Leha says:

      Thank you Deepti, checking out your blog:)

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  2. Harshita says:

    the words weave in and out, almost hypnotically. I am loving your series, it is all about nothing, yet everything!

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    1. Leha says:

      Yay you noticed what it is about!

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  3. Shalini says:

    Such sweet simple joys of life! Reading your posts is so refreshing! Now I can sleep well 🙂

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    1. Leha says:

      You’re so sweet:)

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  4. Raunica says:

    When I read flutter the first thing that came to my mind was the feeling of my baby during my pregnancy. You’ve written so beautifully…I am craving chai like at 1am

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    1. Leha says:

      That’s such a lovely and fond memory you shared. Thank you. HAHA, no time is too late for chai!

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  5. daisybala says:

    A vivid description of a breezy afternoon seething with tea and sunshine!

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    1. Leha says:

      Thank you for reading 🙂

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  6. Anita says:

    Refreshing!
    Nature is such a stimulant. Nice words, Leha.

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    1. Leha says:

      Thanks Anita:)

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  7. Varsh says:

    I’m sure the flutter of banana leaves would a topic of conversation over that cup of tea too. You write so beautifully, Leha!

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  8. purbajune says:

    This is such a magical piece. The simple pleasures of life in the bosom of Nature. Beautifully written!

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  9. Suchita says:

    Loved how this one engaged all the senses.

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    1. Leha says:

      Thanks Suchita:)

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  10. Poonam says:

    That Chai! Thank you for mentioning chai and the explanation of that aroma. For once I get to read about chai rather than a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

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    1. Leha says:

      haha, chai lovers unite:)

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  11. Tarang says:

    Beautiful piece of writing! I love how your writing creates lovely imagery.

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    1. Leha says:

      Thank you so much:)

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  12. Lovely words.. joyfull life! this magical words are here to say! loved reading it

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  13. Mayuri6 says:

    Such a precious piece, Leha. Loved how your words recreated that afternoon for me.

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