Of Ice and Men

Jack Daniels whiskey and few cubes of ice, turns Rakesh into a completely different man. Being a frequent business traveler, he enjoys the complimentary whiskey served, at the airport’s business class lounge, on each of his trips abroad.  During most of his trips he boards the flight quite inebriated often at the risk of getting offloaded by the crew.  Rakesh expresses a myriad of emotions the moment whiskey and ice cubes chill his stomach. On days he becomes a music aficionado and starts playing different genres of music on his iPod, on other days he just becomes too sloth. However each time he gulps down few pegs his love for Trina increases.

The day, Rakesh was leaving for Brazil, he called Trina from the airport. He was as always in high spirits and his deep manly voice appeared sexier over the phone. From the slur in his speech Trina understood that he was dead drunk. He started talking incoherently, and soon his language turned foul. In his drunkenness he called Trina ‘bitch’. She went ice cold for few moments hearing the ‘B’ word. The otherwise decent and sober Rakesh had turned into a nasty truck driver exactly the way Himu used to get transformed after few pegs.

Holding the phone in her hands, listening to Rakesh, Trina wondered, is history going to repeat itself. Suddenly the difference between Rakesh and Himu got blurred. She presumed, probably all men turn into the same monster with whiskey and few cubes of ice.


I am participating in Bar-A-Thon, organised by Blog-A-Rhythm. This challenge is to write seven posts in a series, every alternate day beginning June 17th. This is my Third post, and today’s prompt is – “Of Ice and Men“.
First prompt post  “The Fault in our Stares”
Second prompt post  “Life of Pie”

36 thoughts on “Of Ice and Men

  1. Shalzmojo says:

    Its sad to see what we women are WILLING to put up with in our lives, by our choice! Why must we be so? Its not ok to be abused- we have done nothing to deserve it! And no – excusing a man’s foul behaviour becuase he is a man and he is drunk – is very very unacceptable! I really hope to see women empowered enough to be aware to revel in their choices in life and not take being put down as their Karma! I like the post as it connects with my theme Balaka…. hope my comment is not too strong or offensive!

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    • Balaka says:

      I absolutely loved your comment…you understood the real essence of the write-up…The story is not about whiskey but about the abuse..whiskey is just an excuse to get abusive…Loved your comment..thanks for visiting.

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  2. the bespectacled mother says:

    My first thoughts after reading this poignant piece was – All men are the same, be it with or without the whiskey. Majority of them think low of the females and this leads to abuse.
    Then a few lines from the book ‘The Forty Rules of Love’ came to my mind in which Rumi says it is not the fault of the alcohol. it sets the person free bringing out what is hidden deep in a person’s heart. If there is love, love will flow out freely. If there is negativity and hatred hidden, then so will it flow out. The bitter truth is people have more hatred and malice in them and then we blame the alcohol and the bars.

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    • Balaka says:

      You aptly said Anamika….what is inside will come out…and as I said in my previous reply it is not the alcohol but the abuse that needs to be addressed…thanks for this lovely and thoughtful comment😃


  3. Obsessivemom says:

    Oh that’s sad. So many women forgive men saying that they were drunk and continue to live with them. But alcohol simply exposes the truth in a person’s heart. I hope Trina found the strength to end this.

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    • Balaka says:

      I guess she did… she had already ended one abusive relationship with Himu…so I guess she will have the courage to end this one as well…thanks for the comment dear..


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