Mood Indigo

mood indigo

“I always get that mood indigo,
Since my baby said goodbye.
And in the evenin’ when the lights are low,
 I’m so lonely I could cry.”
The song was played on the radio as I was sitting in the car, waiting for the signal to turn green. Ah! That song! It was one of my favourites a few years ago. But it had an air of melancholy to it and I was reminded of my painful memories. It was my first day in college and I was excited to have made it to my dream college. But my parents were far more excited and though I’d told them that I’d manage to travel alone to college, they had insisted on coming along with me and had ensured that I was comfortably settled in the new city. As I was just finding my way around the college campus, I got a call that changed my life. My parents had met with an accident and lost their lives in that accident. My mind went blank and I didn’t know what to do. I had rushed into the closest building which happened to be the library and there was a group of guys, seniors I assumed who were trying to talk to me. But I heard nothing of what they said. The pain was too much to bear.
That first day of college was the last day too. I had to go back to my hometown because I not only had to fend for myself, but I also had to take care of my little brother who was still in school. Life was difficult but I couldn’t give. I somehow managed to get a job that paid me enough to make ends meet. My eyes well up with tears when I even think about those times.
But life is a lot better now. Call it blessings or a stroke of luck, the firm that I was working for came across some of the things I had written during my spare time. It was my way of dealing with all that life had to offer me and I never intended to publish it. But then people at work who read it were interested in getting it published.  And that is where I am headed now – the launch of my book.
When I sit back and think about it all, I wonder how different life would turn out to be! How would college be like? How well would I fare in my course? I don’t know! The last that I had heard about college was from the only friend I had managed to make on that first day. She had told me that a bunch of seniors had nicknamed me “The Shrinking Violet”
Was I really a shrinking violet or had life made me one?
But with that, I had decided on the title for my book.
I wish life would be different. But no matter how much I wished for it, would it really be different?
I went back to being in my mood indigo.
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Mood Indigo – Mood Indigo” (1930) is a jazz composition and song, with music by Duke Ellington and Barney Bigard with lyrics by Irving Mills.
barathon
I’m participating in Bar-A-Thon and this post is my second post.
This time the theme for the Bar-A-Thon is “Seven”. I chose the seven colours of the rainbow. So each of my posts will be titled according to the colours of the rainbow.
Initially I had thought of writing separate stories for the Barathon. But now it looks like this is going to be a series! 😀

27 responses to “Mood Indigo”

  1. woow very nice fantastic articles

  2. Neha says:

    How much ever you fret, its impossible to change the past. Lovely piece. A song can bring out so many memories, totally random yet related.

  3. Ooh… this format is definitely better. I like that it’s interconnected snippets!

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  4. Shalzmojo says:

    Loving the way you have now shown the other side of the coin today. I cant wait to keep reading. Very interesting take on the theme Reemz – bring it on!!!

  5. kalaravi16 says:

    Awesome idea Reema! I never expected Mood Indigo to link up with Shrinking Violet! I wonder what you are planning next!

  6. Yesterday’s piece had certain questions unanswered but this one today fitted into some of yesterday’s empty spaces. I would love to read what happens next.

  7. Shilpa Garg says:

    Aha! It is a series of a story. How amazing it is to know that there are two sides to every story. Looking forward to the next color of the rainbow!

  8. mahekg says:

    Made me very emotional while reading each line. Life is so unpredictable.

  9. When I first read the title, I thought of the IIT-B fest, Mood Indigo! Didn’t know that it was a song too.
    We now have the perspective of the author, and the seniors. What’s next for tomorrow? #suspense

  10. Ah, this is even better! The other side of the story. You’ve crafted the tale so beautifully here. Can’t wait for the rest of the story now. 🙂

  11. Obsessivemom says:

    So that’s what happened. Now to wait for the next instalment.

  12. Rajlakshmi says:

    So that’s why she ran away… It would be interesting to see what happens when they meet again.

  13. shanayatales says:

    Ah I love the way you have made this into a series of interconnect snippets. Can’t wait to read more. 🙂

  14. Ranjini says:

    So well written Reems. Moving on to the next part 🙂

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