First off, thank you for doing this interview for us. I know you don’t have time for frivolous activities these days, what with your IVF cycle and your husband’s chemo.
Simeen: It’s okay. I actually could use a break from all that. And from checking off items on Nirvaan’s tedious Titanic Wish List.
What’s the Titanic Wish List?
Simeen: Nirvaan’s bucket list. You know he doesn’t have long, so he wants to do all the things that matter to him before…he succumbs.
I’m very sorry about Nirvaan’s cancer…
Simeen: Thank you. But it’s okay. We’re okay. We’re dealing. So ask away.
Right. Um, so…let’s start with, What’s the secret to having a good marriage?
Simeen (grinning): A kinky spouse.
Interesting answer. It certainly broke the ice. Next question, What’s the most fun party you ever attended?
Simeen: The beach party where Nirvaan, Zayaan and I met for the first time. It was our fifteenth birthday—you know the three of us share our birthdays, right? So, we met at Dandi Beach, one hot summer night long ago.
Wow. That’s some coincidence—the three of you sharing a birthday.
Simeen: That’s not all we share. No pun intended. We also lived on the same street back in Surat, while growing up.
I know that you’ve been best friends for fifteen years. So, what are the most important qualities in friends?
Simeen: Giving each other space. Trust. Unequivocal support, to begin with.
What got you into trouble when you were young?
Simeen (laughing out loud): With those two rascals flanking me, what didn’t I get in trouble about? We were not called the Shaitans of Surat for nothing!
(Shaitan means devil, for those who didn’t get the reference.) What’s the funniest advice your mother gave you?
Simeen: Mumsy always gave me good advice. It’s Daddy who was weird about things. He made me wear rubber bands on my teeth for a whole month when I was twelve because I’d asked for my teeth to be straightened. He refused to pay an orthodontist for something that had a home remedy.
You’re kidding. Rubber bands on your teeth? Did it work?
Simeen shows her not-quite-aligned teeth: It did not, as you see.
Ah. Hm. So, what’s your favorite quotation?
Simeen: Something my father used to say and which Nirvaan has taken to quoting with gusto: Love is a dish best served naked.
I like that one. It rings of fun and seriousness both. On a more serious note, is justice or forgiveness more important?
Simeen: Justice. But that’s not in our hands. Forgiveness is though. But I’m not big on it.
What’s the hardest thing you’ve ever done?
Simeen: Saying goodbye.
Oh. Yes, that is tough. And, appropriate as we seem to have run out of time for this interview. Once again, thank you for indulging us, Simeen. And we wish you the best with the Wish List.
About Falguni Kothari
Falguni Kothari is a New York-based hybrid author, and an amateur Latin and Ballroom dance silver medalist with a semi-professional background in Indian Classical dance. She writes in a variety of genres sewn together by the colorful and cultural threads of her South Asian heritage and expat experiences. She’s published in India in contemporary fiction with global e-book availability, and will launch her mythic fantasy series, The Age of Kali, in November of 2015. When not writing or dancing or being house-wifey, she fools around on all manner of social media, and loves to connect with readers.
About MY LAST LOVE STORY
Love is meant to heal wounds.
Love was meant to make my world sparkle and spin.
Love has ripped my life apart, and shattered my soul.
I love my husband, and he loves me. But Nirvaan is dying.
I love my husband. I want to make him happy. But he is asking for the impossible.
He is asking me to make lemonade with the lemons life has handed me.
I don’t want a baby. I don’t want to make nice with Zayaan.
I don’t want another chance at another love story.