He is the one who lights the lamps for Diwali.
He arranges the flowers for Dushera.
He wants payasam for Onam.
He dusts the old picture of Guruvayurappan.
He keeps checking the vastu when they move homes.
He cautions her about timing when she starts something new.
Today he seems worried.
He tells her, “I need to look for my documents, and my dad’s and his.”
Her friend of mixed parentage – Dad Muslim, Mom Hindu – worries.
She doesn’t know if he needs to be.
But she is sad that he even mentioned it.
Maya Unnikrishnan is a reluctant writer. She has has been working on a book since 2017. She works as a human resource professional and has plenty of time on her hands.
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