The notepad is carefully designed to offset greyness of the decor.
Nisha needed a push to draw the window curtains open. Deepa’s thoughts wandered back to her college days, when a Maths professor, R.K. Talreja, not very competent in English would keep saying,
“Open the windows. Let the atmosphere come in.”
He was always the butt of ridicule. Bless the poor soul! Talreja may not be alive now, but she desperately wants her sister Nisha to feel the freshness of life outdoors. She needs courage to face the world, as a normal adult and single mother.
It is not a crime to have a challenged child, and she needs to bond with similar caregivers.
It is for a strategic reason that she has invited Robert, another single parent with similar challenges, for tea today.