Mayuri Joshi alighted from the crowded train at Thane and quickly moved aside. She always wondered how so many women could fit in one compartment. She walked out of the platform towards the auto stand avoiding bumping into as people as possible. She saw that already there were at least 100 people in the queue for auto. She joined at the end. Once she had joined the queue, she knew that it would take at least 10 minutes for her to get the auto. She opened her purse and fumbled inside. She removed a web cam from the purse and checked it. She was relieved to see that it was not broken or something. She had purchased it at Ghatkopar, but today there was too much crowd in the train and she feared for the cam. She put it back in the purse and also pulled out her cell phone. She had already moved ahead in the queue and had almost reached the head of it. There were just 15-20 people ahead of her now. She quickly dialed her husband and waited for him to answer. He didn’t answer the call. She dialed one more time. This time he answered quickly.
“Hi Avinash, where are you?” She spoke as he answered the call. She looked around and found that there were just 3 men ahead of her now.
“I have just reached the airport now. Where are you?” She moved ahead in the queue and came out in the open circle where autos would come one by one in 6 different lanes. She saw one auto in the third lane waiting for passenger and moved across to it.
“I was in the auto queue. I just got one. Hold one moment.” She said as she moved in the auto and called the driver.
“Ghodbandar Road.” Driver nodded and started the auto. She leaned back in the seat and spoke again in the phone.
“When is your flight?” She fumbled in the purse as she spoke ad looked for her comb.
“They have just announced it. I have checked in the counter. I will leave in 15 minutes now.” She got the comb out and placed it in her lap.
“Call me when your flight leaves. ” She replied.
“I can’t call you as they may ask me to switch off the phones. But don’t worry. I will call you once I reach U.S. in the morning. Take care of yourself.”
“Ok, no problem. Call me in the morning. Bye darling.” She replied and after hearing his bye in return, she disconnected the call and put the phone back in her purse. Then she leaned back in the seat and closed her eyes and thought.
Was she really going to do it? Was it really worth it? As the auto moved around in traffic, events of her past life flooded her mind.
Mayuri was 25 and worked in a call center at Ghatkopar. She had been married since last 5 years to Ashwin Joshi. Ashwin worked in a software company in Andheri.
In her college days, she used to frequent yahoo chat rooms and chatted with all kind of guys. She just had fun thinking how all kind of guys flocked to chat rooms and tried to contact girls. She didn’t want to meet anybody in real, but in the virtual world of internet it seemed so much fun. After marriage, she had continued to do it, though with less frequency. It was just her ways of having fun. There was nothing real about it. It gave you a chance to pretend what you are not and play it. There was nothing serious or real about it.
But around 1 year back, she had met a guy named Tausif in a chat room. He was an Indian, but living in Dubai. He was a student and was 5 years younger to her. In fact they shared the same birth day, 30th September. She treated him in the same way as she did everybody else. They shared pictures and talked about for almost a day or so. At the end of the day, Tausif added her in the friends list and she also added him. She was almost expecting him to ask her for her number so that she could deny him and use it as an excuse to sign off.
Instead Tausif asked her if she would like to become his chatting partner and continue to chat with him. She had said that as long as he didn’t ask her number, she was fine with chatting. So she had agreed to once again chat with him next Friday and had signed off. Next Friday, she had logged on at the agreed time and again chatted for couple of hours. One chat session led to another and suddenly she found herself chatting regularly with him. Avinash worked as per UK timing and came late in the evening at around 11 PM. So once she got back from office, she had ample time. Tausif would often log on the same time and they would chat.
Tausif was an interesting person. She found him very interesting and amusing. They chatted about all kinds of topics and she found Tausif good at almost any topic. Considering the fact that he was just 19, his maturity surprised her. He was very intelligent. In fact he was a computer geek and he owned a web designing company of his own. Though his father was rich, he himself had started his company with almost nothing at young age of 16. In 3 years, he had taken his company to annual turnover of 5 million. He was extremely confident and almost overwhelming to a certain extent. But at the same time, despite his achievements at such young age, he was still cool and down to earth.
They had continued to chat and soon after, she sensed an undercurrent of flirting. Tausif soon started flirting with her and she was bemused by the fact that even after knowing that she was married, he was trying to hit on her. But instead of resisting it, she soon found herself flirting back with him. She reminded herself that as long as flirting remained on internet, she shouldn’t have any problems with it. So she kept flirting back. Initially it was just fun, just lightweight flirting. But soon Tausif started flirting with her seriously. Even worse (Or was it better, she thought), he started leaving sexual innuendoes. But she was surprised that she didn’t mind them and in fact she had encouraged him.
Soon after, their chat sessions excluded everything else and just concentrated on sex. They often talked downright dirty and enjoyed it. She almost started loving their little sessions. At the back of her mind, she often felt a poignant feeling of cheating Avinash. But every time this happened, she found herself reminding her that this was all unreal and there was nothing.
Around 15 days back, when she told him that Avinash was going to US for a month, Tausif asked her if she would like to include a web cam in their sex chat. He wanted to actually see her when they talked dirty and hot sex. He wanted to see her naked when they chatted hot. Mayuri had initially resisted the idea, but soon enough Tausif convinced her about it. She had noticed that almost every time since they had started chatting; Tausif had been able to convince her about almost anything he wanted. It was to a certain extent because he was smart. But at the same time, she was under his sway. She was almost awed by his personality. He was knowledgeable, smart. At the same time he was also very aggressive and dominant. It was this aspect of his personality that she liked.