Shell shocked she tried to regain her balance. She sat down heavily on the corner of her bed as past twenty years of their marriage flashed by. Sam had cheated on her all along. The second mobile phone with its messages from a string of nymphets was proof enough. She had to get a grip on self and a new life now. She had to prepare carefully.
Demi aka Damini and Samir Shroff were well known socialite couple, much sought after by high society and numerous ribbon cutting ceremonies. Both hailed from well to do business families and it was a union of bodies, minds and businesses. The formula had worked or so it had seemed. Now it was unraveling.
Sam was a charmer with classic Adonis looks, smooth tongue and a body kept shipshape and in perfect health by personal trainers and nutritionists. Everyone doted on him including his wife Demi and two college going kids. He was clueless about the crack in this perfect family portrait. He loved his family to the extent he was capable of, no more no less.
Demi was beautiful but not a beauty. She had a perfect body and her pliant face was capable of being gorgeous or not by mere clever strokes of makeup. She was a makeup man’s dream come true as it could be transformed at will. She had mastered this skill well and looked her best in Sam’s company. They featured in Page 3 often as fodder for gossip and rumor’s grist mill. Strangely, this family was unspoilt and down to earth.
This knowledge of Sam’s betrayal cut her to the quick and she decided to emerge from his shadow and come into her own. She no longer cared to bask in his limelight. Enough was enough.
Demi created a new persona taking the latter half of her name “mini” and her parental last name of Mittal. She created Mini Mittal and brought her to life by slowly adding substance, blood, bones, and sinew to this persona. She got an affidavit from her maternal grandma regarding her birth date and applied for a new birth certificate under name of Mini Mittal along with new passport, bank account and PAN number for filing income taxes. Mini was finally born. Demi celebrated this event with her childhood bosom buddy MK and grandma. They were sworn to secrecy about this. MK too had married a social butterfly and had soon realized he did not love her anymore. The children were another thing though as he loved his two sons dearly and consequently stayed put.
MK’s family owned newspapers and he decided to offer her an advice column. This idea had been tossed around recently and she would be a perfect fit. He knew about her secret passion for creative writing. Granny transferred a good amount of her trust to Mini’s account after taking her trustees into confidence. Demi/Mini was determined about not taking any money from Sam. She had to make it on her own. Her dual life commenced. She continued to shine wine and dine with her philandering husband. In spare time she started writing for the column. She also purchased a small apartment with a sea view and hired a live in housekeeper.
The advice column slowly built up a good readership and the trickle of letters to the paper soon became a flood. Circulation increased by leaps and bounds. Paper was forced to hire couple of eager beaver wannabe journalists to sift through the mail and pick out the juicy ones. Twenty questions were answered in each column. In the meantime, Mini Mittal (MM) published her first novel aptly called “Makeover”. Backed by a reputable publishing house that loved her column and reviewed by the mainstream newspapers, it became an overnight hit. She attended book readings and signings setup by her publisher within the city. She left her hair as is with an early cowlick of grey and understated makeup that lent an aura of mystery and solidity to her new persona. Mini Mittal had finally arrived. It was a year today since her new self had been born. To complete her makeover, she wore padded inner garments to affect a fuller figure. Now she was ready to walk away from her old self.
Dinner was over and as whole family was present – she called them to the study.
Then, she dropped her bombshell. She said that she was leaving Sam for good. In order to preserve the family image she was going to fake her own death by drowning. She had already created a new life for herself. Then she informed them that they already knew her under her new name! Everyone was flabbergasted. Within few minutes she effected a change and returned as Mini Mittal. Their collective gasp and jaw drop cut the silence sharply. The kids and Sam bombarded her with questions. Her accusing hurt look at Sam aborted his questions and then she told the kids that she was tired of her shallow life and wanted time for herself. Henceforth she would like them to call her aunt Mini and never mom. She set the date of funeral of former Mrs. Demi Shroff socialite as first of following month. Next she left to fake her own death.
Demi was gone and Mini was born.
(picture from internet)