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Status interruptus

My ‘no girlfriend’ status in the year of recession is the best thing to have happened to me, at least that’s what I thought. Collin Rodrigues regrets his singledom sometimes...

sex and relationships Updated: Feb 24, 2009 20:59 IST
Collin Rodrigues

My ‘no girlfriend’ status in the year of recession is the best thing to have happened to me, at least that’s what I thought. Finally, for the first time in years, I was without a girlfriend on Valentine’s Day. Almost a week before V-Day, I heard my friends cribbing about the prospects of dishing out their hard-earned money for gifts and lavish dinners. I felt so good when I thought of my good fortune.

V-Day finally dawned. I went to work. By midday, I was making elaborate plans to go out in the evening with other lonely hearts. I got a call from Meher, a good friend. We decided to meet.. and the best part of it was the treat was on her.

Plans made
She told me to meet her at Bandra station at 6.30 pm. I was there on time. Meher called to tell me that she was on her way but her friend Sonia would be joining us. I was okay with that as long as I wasn’t paying the bill. It was 7 pm by the time we met.

First, we went to a coffee shop in Bandra. The place was packed with couples. I was the only man with two women. Suddenly, Sonia asked me where I would take them out for dinner. But wasn’t this supposed to be Meher’s treat?
Still, they insisted that I foot the bill because I had never taken them out before. I gave in. But first, the girls wanted to have some drinks. I thought they were joking till Meher chipped in, with her list of demands.

So we went around looking for a restaurant which matched their demands. Luckily for me, all the big restaurants were packed.. and the girls didn’t want to wait. I breathed a sigh of relief.

The right place
Finally, we found a reasonably priced eating joint. Next was a bit of grooving at a nightclub. But before that, Sonia wanted to complete her V-day by checking out some ‘hot’ men. We marched to a nearby promenade where the girls feasted their eyes till around 10. 30 pm.

Suddenly, they realised that it was getting late and had to rush home. But it wasn’t over for me. When I dropped Sonia off, she told me that her Valentine’s Day gift was pending.

Off to home
On the way home, I wondered how, my day, which had started on such a positive note, had ended like this. How I wished I hadn’t broken up with my girlfriend. I wouldn’t have had to go through all this if my status hadn’t read, ‘Single and available’. What about Meher and Sonia? Thankfully, I’m not going around with either of them!

collin.rodrigues@hindustantimes.com