Chitralekha is the wife of an ex-Air Force officer. She has done her post graduation in Philosophy and LLB from Calcutta University. She also has a B Ed degree and taught in various schools before taking up legal profession. A member of the Supreme Court Bar Association, she is practising in Delhi and is also working as a mediator.
I have remained a loner since my childhood. Being an introvert to the core, leading an active social life is not my cup of tea. So it was but natural that I had a limited friend circle. But strangely enough, even an introvert like me longed for companionship. Thus being trapped in conflicting expectations, I looked for an escape route. And what could have been better than the internet, where my desire for camaraderie was fulfilled without allowing anyone to encroach into my private space. I was introduced to the internet by my daughter and my life changed forever.
It was an absolute new experience for me, when I started interacting with strangers in the cyber world. I was cautioned by my husband for venturing into a territory, where sinful desires stem from the dark side of our mind. That being the general perception about internet chatting, his concern was understandable. But what he did not want to believe was, that every coin had two sides and I wanted to cash in, on the positive side. That is why, in contrast to the widespread belief, my exposure in the virtual world had a different story to tell. I have found many friends here, who have enriched my life in some way or the other. 'Delayed Monsoon'; is a tribute to all my friends, whom I met in this so-called shadowy world and because of whom, I am what I am today.