Tuesday, 26 June 2012
That kiss had sent me to different world. And I loved it. It was the world of sweet imagination. I was dreaming with open eyes. I was about to enter my room, I heard Tanay yelling at me. I overheard him and entered my room. I skipped the dinner as I was more interested in cherishing and relishing all those moments with Upasana. My body settled at my bed. I closed my eyes and started knotting my dreams. I was sailing on the boat of imagination holding Upasana’s hand. The boat sailed on the river with green lushly trees on both the sides.The whole nature was surrounded with the most beautiful and colorful flowers. I heard the sweet chirping voice of birds flying high in the blue sky. I sailed the boat to the shore and held Upasana’s hand. We both climbed down and started walking through the lushly, shinny, spongy green gasses. We went to a tree and sat beneath it. She laid down on the grass and placed her head on my lap gently. I stared caressing her shinny soft hair with my hands and her fingers clutched mine. I eyes contacted hers and I just wanted to get drowned in their depth. I bowed my head down and brought my lips nearer to her’s. She moved her hand at my back and held my neck. We both looked at each other passionately. She brought her pink lips more close to mine and were about to touch. Suddenly I heard a bang at the door. I tried to recall the surrounding in my dream. I was wandering at a beautiful open greenly place. It wasn’t a room, so how come a door was possible to be banged. But the bang now became louder. It compelled me to open my eyes. Hell; I went to open the door with disgust. As I opened my friends came in my room.
“Oye!! kya kar raha hai be…12 bhi nahi baje aur tu so gaya.” Said one of them.
“Nope… I was just resting…a bit tired”. I responded.
“Let’s go to the cafeteria. We’ll have something to eat.” Dennis joined sitting on my bed.
“Nahi yaar… I said I’m tired, and that means I am tired.” I said making a dull expression.
“You must be having something home made. I remember aunty had sent those sweets. Where are those?”
“We already ate those…don’t remember, we were caught eating during Madhavan’s class.”I said to clarify.
“By the way…where were you whole evening?” Tanay enquired.
“Didn’t Rimsha say anything?” I asked in surprise although I knew Rimsha’s digestive quality in terms of these matters.
“Nahi bhai…I haven’t met her this eve, waise kaha tha tu?” Tanay said.
“Went to city to meet a friend…and now you guys leave my room.”I said pushing Tanay out of my room.
“FRIEND…KAUN SA FRIEND BE? HE OR SHE?” Again one of them asked.
"Do you guys think I’m gonna tell you all. Koi bhi ho, why do you guys have to care?” I answered. “And now you guys go…I really need to sleep.”
“Chal na be…okay! Have hundred bucks? Give us, we will leave. We just wanted to go to the cafeteria.” Dennis mocked
I searched for my wallet and forked out the money. They all went out of the room. Suddenly Tanay stopped and said, “Dude…she was just a friend or a date?” I kicked him and shut the door. This is hostel life. And friends are the best part of this life. They will never let you stay alone. If you’ll have problem, they will solve it for you and if you don’t, they will create one for you and will then die to solve it. If you are sad…they all will insanely make fun of each moment and will compel the smile to return back on your face. And if you are happy…you’ll get a patent response…party toh banti hai.
I was about to go to my bed but again was stopped by a knock at the door. I opened the door and Raj Chawla (the present student’s president) entered.
“Vyom…here's the chess championship coming. You need to contact and manage the teams. And yeah…do all the needful paperwork.” He said passing me the paper of details of the upcoming chess tournament.
“Okay! What about the juniors?” I asked.
“Yeah…even they can participate. And don’t forget to ask Rimsha. Tell her that we want the first prize again. It’s really tough to beat her up!” he exclaimed.
“Why don’t you personally tell her? After all you have good terms with her.” I said but in intention of taunting him.
“Okay! That will be indeed good for me. You handle others except Rimsha. I’ll talk to her…and I’ll really love to do it.” He chuckled and left.
I laid down on my bed and closed eyes to dream again. But I failed. I squeezed my eyes and tried hard to dream gain, but they had left me all alone. I cursed everyone. I got up and opened the Labour Law book. But then I thought to chat with Upasana. I typed- “Hey! Sleeping?”
As soon as I pressed the send button I realized a blunder. If the receiver I really sleeping, how could I can expect the person to reply. It was once pointed out by Rimsha. But still I waited for her reply and my excitement doubled when I got it.
“No…wid friends…jst gve me 10 mins.”
“Okay…take ur time and u can waste mineJ” I wrote back.
And after ten minutes God showered his grace on me and I got it.
“Hey! I’m back to my roomJnow u say…wat’s up?”
“Was just thinking and dreaming about the hangout…thanq Sana! J” I wrote and pressed the send button.
“Don’t lie…do you really mean it? I never imagined that it will be so special…and thank you for coming wid me J”
“Of course I do Sana…and it was my pleasure to come along with you…u ate the chocolate?” I asked.
"Nopes…It was difficult to hide it from my friends. But I handled it.” She wrote back in her reply.
“Did you like them?”
“Yeah…I did. And you know, the evening was such wonderful and memorable and the whole credit goes to youJ”
And to make myself surer I asked her the same question again-“so, you like the evening with me???”
If I had this done with Rimsha…I am damn sure that she would have pissed off and would have called me ‘Ass’ twice or thrice. But Upasana was taking it in such a sweet way. Her behavior made me to like her much more. She replied.
“C’mon Vyom…of course I did. I said that prior even.”
I took a risk and placed another question-“what if I ask you for another one??”
“Are u serious? :O”. She replied and it was clear that she hadn’t expected it. I realized that I shouldn’t be causal but should be careful. So I typed-
“I don’t think I’m kidding. But I’m pretty much smart to ask a beautiful girl for date. And that’s because I know I wouldn’t be disappointed.”I just pressed the send button and heard a loud noisy chaotic sound from outside. I decided to ignore that and kept my eyes on the mobile screen. But a bang at my door compelled me to open the door. I asked one of the fellows passing by and was informed about a fight among two of our batch mates. I then shut the door and came back to check my cell phone. But there wasn’t any reply from her. I typed again –“u der?” but was disappointed.
I logged in facebook and found Upasana online. I pinged her-
Vyom :U der?
No reply. I wrote again- Sana. U der? Is everything okay ?
But she didn’t respond. Now I was disgusted. I felt ignored. It’s really becomes so awful when a person makes you feel so special and the next moment they make you realize that you are only a simple and regular person in their life. I felt low. So I decided to hit my bed. I was about to log out when Rimsha pinged me.
Rimsha: hey, sweetieJ
Vyom: don’t call that.
Rimsha: Haww! How can I forget…u are kiddo.my fault. Sorry: P
Vyom: Rimsha, please…I’m not in a good mood.
Rimsha: ASS!!!! Perfect for u…isn’t it? :P
Vyom: bol, wat’s up?
Rimsha: u know, how mean u r? First u ditched me. And now when I was to ask abt ur evening wid UR ‘SANA’… u r ignoring me L
Vyom: I’m not telling you anything about it.
Rimsha: haww L y? C’mon Vyom, being ur best friend, I deserve to know about it.
Vyom : the date was fine. Had a coffee. Nothing else.
Rimsha : coffee and little rub-rub- under the table.Uh…Huh? :p
Vyom: do you know what d time now is? It’s 2:00 at night.
Vyom: btw, Y are u still awaken?
Rimsha: was doing an important task.
Vyom: task? :/
Rimsha: Ass…u think I gonnna tell u…huuuh…pehele tu bata.
Vyom: Good nite Rimsha :>
Rimsha: wat’s d matter Vyom?
Vyom: nothing, just go to hell.
Vyom: why thisJ??
Rimsha: the journey to the hell will be so wonderful and exciting since you r coming wid me ;)
Vyom: no way.
Rimsha: Wanna go for a walk?
Vyom: at nite two?? Are u kidding me?
Rimsha: c’mon Vyom, chal na…plzzz (puppy face).
Vyom: awwJ but no…I’m going to sleep and thnx Rimz J
Rimsha: of course my pleasure J Btw,I was watching something filthy :p
Vyom: Filthy??? What did u just say?
Rimsha: to know about what I said…kindly read the whole chat. Bye.Good nite.:>>> That’s the sarcastic grin.
She wrote and went offline.
I called Rimsha. But she didn’t pick my call. I knew she was playing with me. I was about to lie down when she called me.
“Why that miscall?” she asked laughingly.
“It wasn’t a miscall…you failed to pick it up.”I replied.
“Vyom…I was sitting right beside my phone…and you gave me a miscall. So how is Sana?” She threw another question to me.
“Why are you so interested to know that?”
“If you don’t want to share it with me then it’s okay…I’m hitting my bed. Bye. Good night. And don’t talk to me ever.” She said all these fluently.
A sudden bye, Good night and don’t talk to me by Rimsha was a signal that she was angry and will soon be losing her temper. That was my relation with Rimsha. I was well aware of how a mess she can be, how moody she can be and how to handle her. So I said quickly.
“Arrey, sun toh… I’m unable to understand her.”
“Sorry?” She said.
“When she was with me I found her to remain busy with herself. She hardly talked to me.” I said sadly.
“Aww L poor Vyom…then?” she sympathized me saying that.
“Then returning to college she was extra-ordinary sweet to me. And now…” I was cut by Rimsha in between.
“And now? Arrey tell na…” she said anxiously.
“And now she is again not responding to me…internet is also not working properly here. I just hate this place.” I said being disheartened.
“Don’t worry kiddo…these all things work out with time. So give time some time. Things will be fine.”
“For?” She asked.
“For this phone call…for your care and…”
And she interrupted again by saying “As I said earlier…totally my pleasure.bye”
Tuesday, 17 April 2012
I returned back and saw Upasana with same confused expression. I asked,” what have you decided?”
She spoke shrugging her shoulders, “I don’t know…you please suggest.”
“You want me to choose. Upasana, I think you were the one who was hungry.”
All of sudden she got up, grasped my hand and said, “let’s go to the games section, it’s so dull here.”
Now this was a straight insult to me. This was type of my first official date and the girl was bored in my company. I felt so low. The color of my face faded away. I then realized that it’s better sometimes to chit-chat with a girl on facebook or over phone. Otherwise they won’t lose a chance to make you feel an ultimate stupid. They are so unpredictable. I took this as a personal insult. But then I consoled myself as in experienced guy about this matter.
I nodded in consent and went to the games section and by God’s grace the princess smiled delightfully at my company. One the way to the college I gave her a box full of Hachez chocolates and getting that she jumped like an innocent child. Her eyes sparkled with joy. I then ignited the conversation.
“So, I think you didn’t enjoy so much with me. You got bored in my company.” I said with gravity.
“No, Vyom. I did enjoy with you. Why are you saying like this? You made feel so good and special.”
“Really, I don’t feel like that. Just tell me, how much did you talk to me, you were all busy with yourself.” My tone was gradually becoming harsh.
“You know…that’s the problem with me. Everyone gets me wrong. I take pretty long time to mix up with people. I’m very lame to start a conversation and carry it interestingly. I’m sorry Vyom, if you are hurt. I never meant like that.” She said and her eyes got welled up. Suddenly tears rolled down her pink cheeks. She turned her face on the other side and started wiping her tears. And these all things made me feel guilty. How can I make her cry? I was supposed to turn her evening from blue to pink. She must have expected a lot more good and fun things from me. But I had let her down. I chided myself for such an ass-ish and imperfect behavior. I was trying hard to figure out an idea to lighten up the atmosphere. And next moment by God’s grace it clicked.
“C’mon Sana, oh…sorry I mean Upasana.” I took a pause.
She turned towards me with a smile. “It sounds good. You can call me by that. I’ll love it.” She said smiling.
Now this was something I wanted. I had made a hit. I was gaining my sharpness. I continued. “Sana…I was just kidding. You must be surprised to know that you are the first girl with whom I felt so nice to come along. And I really mean it. I felt so awesome when you asked me for out. I really had an awesome and wonderful time with you. Please don’t cry…”
“Seriously…do you mean by that?” She asked making a puppy face.
“Of course, I do, sweetie”. I said seeing which way the wind was blowing. She was already enjoying my flirtatious behavior. My humbleness and decency had high chances to win over her down-heartedness. I have always noticed that girls adore decent boys. Remember, boys should never act meek. Their behavior and attitude wins when it is escorted by decency and wittiness.
“Oh…well sorry for that sweetie part.” I said playfully to amuse her.
I saw her blushes. It added more to my confidence. I knew that the situation was now under my feet. I was about to throw another card but she said in between ,“you mean, you have been out with many other girls but only I made you feel good?” Now this question was a tricky one and I had to answer it cleverly. I was trying hard to come up with a convincible answer but after a pause she continued, “Not even Rimsha, for that good and awesome part I’m asking…nothing else.”
“Rimsha…err…she is just a friend. I don’t like her as such. She just remains hooked up with me for grabbing attention. That’s just her sheer stupidity. Nothing else” I said.
She nodded and I continued, “hey…now don’t tell you think that something is there between us and she is my girlfriend.”
She smiled and answered, “You both remain together all the time. And that’s why I thought like that. At the beginning, when I joined it was surprising to see Rimsha into a relationship because it’s simply opposite to her no relationship-no tension theory.
“You know Rimsha beforehand?” I asked in shock.
“Yeah! Don’t you know…she is my school senior? When I got that task, it was really hard to find out your name and the other details…don’t know why? But it was actually difficult for me. But then I went to Rimsha.”
It then clicked my mind that both were from Kolkata and there were huge possibility that they were known to each other.
“She is very sweet to everyone. She helped me with the task.” She brought out this secret. And the moment she realized that she had spoken which she wasn’t supposed to, she insisted me not to tell this to anyone. I felt the need to come back.
I placed my palm on her and said, “Sana…you are really special to me. And always remember…when you are with Vyom you are absolutely safe.” And next thing whatever happened was beyond my expectations. If, you people are thinking that we kissed each other, so let me make it clear that nothing sort of happened. To bring an end to such enthralling time the auto reached its destination, that is, our college. We got down from auto and were quietly moving on the footpaths holding each other’s hand. Yeah!! This thing was new and I was mesmerizing it. When I was about to move to my hostel she held my hand, dragged me towards her and placed a kiss on my cheek and whispered in my ears, “Thanks Vyom, for this evening. I really had such a great time with you. I’ll always mesmerize this and hope the same for you. Bye and hope you’ll surely have a sweet dream.” Saying this she went away without giving me any time to react.
Sunday, 8 April 2012
So, Magneto or ….” I asked.
“Magneto” she said cutting me in between the conversation.
“Bhaiyya, Magneto chaliye.” I said to the auto driver.
As we headed towards the mall, I felt sickness in stomach. I prayed God not to play with me, at least today. The auto driver played the song ‘Chamak Challo’. I felt like I was dreaming. It was beyond my imagination that I was actually sitting beside Upasana and was going with her. But suddenly I saw her wiping her tears.
“You okay?” I asked her concernedly.
“I feel so lonely Vyom, it’s my baby’s birthday but he is not in this world’. She said and started sobbing.
‘Baby’! Now what the hell was this? Girls can say baby to anyone. I bet you… for them the elasticity of usage of this term is infinite. Many times it becomes pretty tough to figure out to whom are they addressing this term. And I got much more tensed and confused as she used ‘he’ in between the lines she spoke.
“Upasana, why are you crying? Is everything okay?” I asked.
“I’m missing by baby”. She answered in a cracking voice.
“Baby?” I asked being skeptical.
“Yeah. My baby! My lovely baby! My pet!” she flashed out its photo from her purse. And seeing it I was so relieved. Oh Bliss!! But thinking about the situation I too joined her tone.
“Ohh!! It’s so cute! Look at her eyes, just like…” I was speaking but she interrupted me saying, “Not her…his eyes. Tell me Vyom, doesn’t the eyes looks like diamond. And his tail.”
‘Tail’…I looked at the tail thoroughly but didn’t find anything unique about it. Its tail was also bending like others. But I decided to speak very concernedly and carefully.
“You miss him a lot.” I commented.
“You can’t imagine Vyom, how much do I miss him?” she said and continued, “Don’t
you want to know his name?”
I was least interested in knowing this creatures name but I asked. “Of course Upasana… it’s your pet, I know he will be having a cute name.”
“I named him Buzo”.
“BHUZO?” I asked confusingly as I was hearing such name for the first time.
“Not Bhuzo…BUZO”, She corrected me.
Seeing her so much possessive about her pet name I immediately said “wow!!! Such a cute name. It matches him so well.”
“Yeah, I know that. And thanks Vyom, thank you so much for coming with me. I was feeling so low.” She said holding my palm and clutching her fingers in between mine. I felt like heaven. I was on seventh sky.
“Don’t worry, I won’t get you bored.” I assured.
We exchanged smiles. During our way to the mall we talked about our interests, how she landed up with this institution, our families and many other things. In between these conversations I checked my pocket which I had flooded with enough cash.
After reaching there I asked. “So shall we watch some movie?”
“No, Vyom, we’ll get late and I don’t want to get any more show cause notice from the hostel warden.”
“So, is it true that you really got any such notice?”
“Yeah, and no more questions about it. I know the chapter has been closed and I’m not in writing any new one or revising the same”.
‘Upasana’…I voiced as I saw her talking to some of her friends. They all waved their hands to me and I smiled back. They were all like bubblegum having loads of fun. Upasana came towards me. I gaped her sophisticated style of walking.
“What? Why are you yelling?” She said disgustingly.
“What will we do here? See this movie is for only one and half hour, hope it will be a good time pass.” I said showing her the name of an unpopular movie. For me the span and the theme of movie was not an issue. Such movies never catches audience and the hall remains just next to vacant…and what happens next…we all are quite smart to intuit. But entering the hall brought a wave of disappointment in me. The hall was nearly choked by couples.
We were about to take our seat when Upasana mocked, “But I’m hungry”. When she said this, logically I was supposed to get angry at her but she had said this with a puppy like face and that moment she looked so adorable and kissable.
“Oh…so sorry, I never thought that…I’ll get some refreshments. You wait here and feel comfortable.” I said. But before going out I asked her for her preferences. I intentionally had booked three corner tickets in a series. During the movie I noticed Upasana least interested in movie. She was busy in some kind of message chat. I tried hard to read the person’s name but failed to do so.
“So how was the movie?” I asked.
“Umm…it was good and good because you were with Me.” she said smiling.
“Vyom…see KFC…wow…let’s go there.” She said excitedly like a kid.
“Are you really hungry? Upasana, I think we can spend our time more nicely then wasting at KFC”.
“Oh…so if I go to KFC, YOUR TIME WILL BE WASTED. GLAD TO HEAR THAT MR.VYOM MALHOTRA.”
“I never meant that…okay!!! As you wish.” I said and headed towards KFC. It was simply unbelievable for me that Upasana was actually ruling my life. I was giving her so much importance that I almost ignored my own interest. But still I allowed myself to let this happen as I was falling for her.
We took our seats and I continued to gaze her beauty, to feel the depth of her eyes, her flawless skin got me vibes, her beautiful lips held my heartbeats and her elegance was succeeding in taking away my heart.
She turned and tossed the menu with her beautifully shaped long-fingers. And with a puzzled expression she asked, “Vyom, I can’t decide what to order...Do you want anything?” I was about to answer but got disrupted by a phone call. I chose to skip that call but saw it was the incoming call from Rimsha. I thought in my mind, “God! Why can’t this girl just leave me alone for a second?” I said to Upasana, “Let me get rid of this.” and moved out to pick the call.
“Hello” I said but was interrupted by Rimsha, as expected.
“Where the hell are you, Ass, you promised me for a dinner…remember”.
“O-M-G…Rimsha…hell with you…you are disturbing me for this shit reason”. I spoke irritably.
“Shit reason…Haww, Vyom, how mean of you”. She said in her usual cute way.
“But I never promised for tonight”. I said to defend myself.
“Just cut the crap and tell me where on this earth, are you now?”
“Rimz… I’m with Sana…I mean Upasana”. I said shyly.
“Sana…hmm…you just return and meet me. I’ll drill and kick your butts.” She said groggily.
‘Rimz…please stop this…at least for now. I need to hang up, bye.” I said and disconnected the call.
Wednesday, 28 March 2012
“Can I ask you out?” I asked Rimsha being flirtatious.
She narrowed her big petal-shaped eyes which made her nothing else than more hug-able and cute.
‘I mean… out for a coffee…nothing much”. I said grinning.
‘Okay…but it should be followed by the dinner. And of course, IT’S NOT A DATE.’ She said making it confirm that I understand what actually she meant. ‘And it will be on you.’ She continued.
‘Definitely…I don’t have any special interest in dating you.’ I said rolling my eyes.
‘Oh…really…you really don’t have any interest in seeing me? I don’t believe this.’
‘I’M NOT INTERESTED IN YOU, remember that’, I said firmly.
At afternoon when I was laying on my bed suddenly my phone rang. With an incurious attitude I picked it up to see it was a call from Upasana. I decided to play with her for a while and so I disconnected the call. To my pleasant surprise I got the following text form Upasana.
I’m not feeling good since my day is blue. Believe me, it’s really true.
Can we both go out to the city? I guess the plan is quite pretty.
Perhaps I don’t have anyone here to cheer me up, you tell what’s up?
P.S. I’m very bad in rhyming the words. L
I was thrilled. I felt like I have won a race. Seventy percent of first and second year boys had hots on Upasana and I felt like I have kicked everyone behind and backed the trophy. I was about to pick up my phone to say ‘yes’ to her but I stopped for a while. If a boy shows an instant acquiescence to any offer by a girl, the girl gets to think that the boy is too much interested in her and so at present he is totally and easily accessible. Girls generally takes such ass-ish boys causally and for granted. So I waited for five whole minutes and then texted. “Umm…Have some other engagements.
Let me check, will there be any possible adjustments.
And for this, 10 minutes, you need to wait.
I was doing an important work and ur message gave me a break.”
P.S. I too share the same handicap in rhyming the words. :p
But I must say those ten minutes were so heart breaking and intolerant. It was not at all needed to make both of us wait for those ten minutes. But sometimes we boys really act in such stupid manner. I must have checked my watch hundred times in those ten minutes.
And then after ten minutes I texted. “At what time??? Eve five, will it be fine?” She replied-“sure! I’ll wait…c u at the main gate. J” .
I rushed to the bathroom to take shower. For the first time in my whole college life I took full half an hour to bath. But you guys don’t think that I don’t bathe daily. But half an hour was really a record for me. I tried at -least ten shirts and T- shirts to look fine and impressive. I worked according to the listed stuff I had drafted to look like a prince- charming and of course cool.
As I came out of my room, I saw my batch mates busy playing cricket in corridor. I sprinted down the stairs but was caught by Rupankar Suri. Rupankar was the most terrible dead wood in the whole college…umm…I would not be mistaken if I say on the whole face of the earth. He was such a guy who would ask questions like- if you are entering the loo he will block your way asking, “ Dude…are u going to the loo?” or if after the classes, during afternoon, he sees you with a plate full of food stuff in mess, he’ll ask, “ hey! Having lunch?” His questions were terrified as well as deadliest. Seeing me running downstairs he asked, “Hey! Going downstairs?” “No just checking where these stairs ends.” I replied, disgusted and sneaked out.
I reached fifteen minutes early. I was nervous and was breathing fast. I decided to wait at the cafeteria near- by the main gate. At five I called Upasana. But my called was disconnected immediately. I had no other choice than waiting for her. It has been aptly said- “the worth of each second can be only understood and valued by a person who waits for someone special.”
I turned my neck to look the road-way and I saw Upasana coming. She looked fabulous. My eye lashes stayed separated from each other for one whole minute. It seemed like she had summed the whole beauty for earth in her. She looked like the best creativity of nature. She wore a sleeveless maroon colored shirt with denim Capri which was above her knees. Her hairs were up to her shoulders and were well arranged which made her look more stunning. She looked beautiful like the sky during sun-rise. Her black untied hair resembled the beauty of dark night. Her natural pink glossy lips seemed softer than rose petals. Her sparkling eyes were like stars twinkling at night, unintentionally grabbing attention. Her extra fair-pink complexion was equivalent to the beauty of blossom of a light pink lotus flower. Her glowing skin appeared as shinny as a newly grown fresh leaf.
“How will we reach there?” she asked.
The words came to my ears but I was busy gazing her and my eyes capturing the idol of beauty.
“Vyom…stop staring at me.”
“Huh? Umm… here’s the auto, let’s go”. I said timidly.
We sat in the auto. I was continuously gazing to this awesome creativity of God. And how do I look? Let me tell you through a description given by a junior girl who was allotted with a task of writing a matrimonial add of mine. So here it goes..
Height- 5ft 10 inches.
Hair- not so neatly cut but a shock of hairs fell over his eye brows makes him look freakishly cute.
Face- not clean shaved but perfect due to the stubble.Body- Perfectly build. P.S. Spectacles makes him look more adorable and handsome rather than ‘Nerd’.
Wednesday, 21 March 2012
I had totally become an alien in terms of studies. I was not in talking terms with Tanay and had unfriended Rimsha from facebook and from my life. Mid-semester exams were just two days away but I kept myself engaged with Upasana. I used to go sometimes to Rishi’s room to check about his preparations. But never bothered about how he was doing.
I always noticed that Upasana used to be kind of disinterested during the chats but I wanted myself to be occupied as I was disconnected from the world of studies and true-friendship. I was lost in my own world. On the day of the first exam as I was moving to the exam hall, Dennis and Tanay came to me.
‘Hey... done with Section 67?’ Tanay asked.
‘Almost,’ I answered with utter disinterest.
‘Okay, then can you please deal with it. I have been knocking my head since last night but yaar kuch samajh nahi aa raha hai.’ Dennis said.
‘Seriously, we chewed Rishi’s brain but dimag me kuch gaya nahi, pata nahi ye banda bolna kya chahata hai.' Tanay spoke.
I then realized how devastatingly I was ready to goof up my paper. I did not know what they were talking about. The only section from which I was familiar was Section “Upasana”.
‘Just mug it up…and puke.’ I said and moved to sneak out.
While going to the academic block I got a good luck wish from Rimsha, in the form of a text message. It read: You cannot spare yourself from getting a good luck wish from me. N I know I’m nt 'dat' bad looking. It brought a smile to my face.
The question paper appeared like a death sentence which was signed by the setter as a punishment for ditching my studies. Someone aptly said: the question paper is like a dick… it gets hard and you are fucked up. I asked the invigilator how early I can leave. Each of the student seated in the hall fixed their eyes on me while the invigilator gave me a frowned look. My handicap condition made me sit quietly and I stared the question paper again to think what least things I can puke out. I cursed myself for opting law since we cannot bluff anything. After a whole half hour I begged the invigilator to take back my answer sheet and I came out of the examination hall. The whole corridor was vacant. While going towards my hostel I tried to call Upasana. But my call was disconnected and it followed a text message saying: DON’T DSTURB. I WNT 2 STAY ALONE. EXAMS. STUDIES. BUSY. It was more a telegram than a text message.
‘Have you gone crazy? It’s utterly IMPOSSIBLE dude!’ I exclaimed.
I got to know from Tanay that Rimsha’s research paper was selected and she was going to attend an Annual International Conference on Law and she was pretty excited to go to California. In each terms Rimsha was giving me a tough competition and I felt in some corner of my heart that she was becoming an eye sore. I then decided to study hard and stand up for competing with her.
‘Yeah, No…I mean I haven’t gone mad. We all were at IT LAB when she was reading the mail. She really had worked her ass off for it’. Tanay said trying to concentrate on notes I got from Prakriti. After getting boorishly raped in the last paper I had decided to study with Tanay.
What the hell this girl was doing? She already had had her summer internship at Trustman Management Consultant, Delhi. She was working with Prakriti and Dennis for the upcoming National Moot court competition at Amity Law School, Delhi. And now she has landed up with paper presentation at an international conference.
‘You know she is an anomalous, nobody likes her’. Ire was clear from my tone.
‘You don’t make any sense’, Tanay said looking at me angrily and continued ‘and can we study now?’
I decided not to think much about Rimsha and get engrossed in studies. As expected my next exam went much better than the first one. Tanay had made me learn everything. He had confirmed all the important portions from Rishi who always had excellent terms with teachers. I was satisfied with my performance. Upasana was even seated in the same room. After coming out of the room I asked her- “so how was it? I saw you wrote a lot.” I tried to sound much ironical.
‘You’ll get to see when the result comes.’ She winked.
Her bright and shiny face made my heart skipped my heartbeats. I looked for my group and saw them busy discussing the paper. I have never understood in my whole life why these people need to discuss the past? Why on this earth after each exam do they need to put their heads together about the answers, go to the teachers enquiring the correct ones, scratch and beat their head if they find it wrong. And at last examining whether the exam went well or they were at hell. Why can’t they just follow Upasana’s theory- ‘Let the result come.’Predictions are good but we cannot change the upshots. As mine was okay. I was least interested to join them.
I was turning to the mess when some juniors (Note- all girls) came to me. I was confused. As one of them was just about to start I gave them a puzzled look.
She spoke, ‘sir, tomorrow we have Oindrila ma’am’s paper. She praises you a lot for your writing and presentation skill. Could you please guide us’?
Now more than confused I was shocked to hear this. Oindrila ma’am praised about me, that too amongst juniors, in front of the whole class! It was next to impossible. I always believed that teachers always remain a step ahead to screw up the students and take revenge of whatever they have suffered in their past. Each and every teacher is awarded with a freaky nickname. They are mostly recognized by those names. I guess they are the most disliked creature on this face of the earth. People call teaching as the noblest profession but then why I see most of them remain so dull and dry? But in case of Oindrila ma’am the above mentioned concept stands somewhat different. She always had a smile on her face which made her look charming. Precisely, she was just the copy of Rimsha. But, I always argued with ma’am for never giving me highest marks. It was always taken away by Rimsha. According to ma’am the marks depends on quality and quantity both. She had related her marking scheme with the food service at a restaurant. According to her a person can only be satisfied in a restaurant if he gets a delicious food with the right quantity for which he was paying. Really, weird funda. I personally never liked her that much as the other students did. She was not doubt adorable and to large extent cute but to me she was never good. I remember in her first class I was kicked out when I was caught being online on facebook.
I enquired again to make it confirm, “What did you just say, Orindila ma’am asked you all to contact me. Are u sure? "
“Yes sir, she took the very name of yours”. The junior replied humbly.
It was simply unbelievable; instead of suggesting her favorite’s name…how can she remember me. But then I was feeling like a celebrity. I answered, “Okay. Hmm… after lunch, catch me up at the library but only for 10 minutes. Is that clear?” I said with gravity. They nodded and went for food.
‘U free?’ I asked Rimsha in mess. She was standing in the queue for getting food. I entered the line by breaking the queue. She remained indifferent from my behavior. And so it was sure that she was not at all interested in talking to me. I had forgotten about our last dispute. Fight with Rimsha after every second day was included in my time-table, only the subject of dispute use to get change. Rimsha never use to care about these illogical disputes as she knew very well how moody was I. The moment I got the good luck wish for my first exam from Rimsha I decided not to stretch the matter too long. After all she was the notes supplier of mine. And of course till now; my best friend. Tanay had not joined me as he preferred to tag along with Tushara. Girl friend sometimes comes first on the priority list, especially when you have just missed to pick her call when she was sobbing and you were at loo doing the needful.
‘RIMZ’ I said quite loudly and it worked.
‘Huh? You asked me something’. Rimsha replied sounding perfectly formal.
‘C’mon, Rimz, I need to talk to you. By the way how was your paper?’
‘It was somewhat good. And what I remember, you pledged never to see my face again. Correct?’ Sarcasm was dripping for her tone.
‘Rimz…you know we are best friends and how non-sense I behave sometimes.’
‘Sometimes…ahem ahem…Mr.Vyom Malhotra, you need to correct yourself. You behave such non-sense every time.’ She spoke and walked toward the table.
‘Now do you want me to say sorry to you?’ I asked.
‘I never expect such things or say such humble things from you. You are VYOM...THE GOD’. She said keeping the plate on the table. And she continued…
‘And from next time don’t break the queue from between like you did today.’
‘Okkiessss...Chill’ I said as I took a bite of roti from her plate.
‘Why don’t you take your own plate, Vyom?’ She asked but seeing me not bothered she went to take some more rotis and a spoon. These days I really missed all this care. Amidst of all these, from the corner of my eyes I saw her exchanging smiles with…with… I scanned and saw…RAJ CHAWLA, President of student union. Don’t know why but I felt some type of possessiveness for Rimsha. I asked her- ‘Rimsha, didn’t you miss me all these days or you found someone else?’
‘I’ll always go for someone better.’ she chuckled.
‘Rimsha…please, just answer me properly’ I said groggily.
‘Vyom’ she said pulling my cheeks ‘you look so cute when you make such faces.’
‘Rimz…I can see lot of smiles!’ I exclaimed but ironically.
‘If ever I exchange a smile that doesn’t mean that I am in any way interested in seeing that guy’. She smiled and said.
‘Okay so after lunch?’
‘Vyom…u know what’s tomorrow…its IPC…and by now the whole batch knows how bad I’m in the subject. I really need to study it. Well, what’s with you…u must be prepared’. She spoke sarcastically, as expected.
‘Don’t you know…Rimz, it’s too bad when the whole batch knows that I have already revised it twice, wait…thrice.’ I said in equal measure.
‘Ohh…Wow then…u can teach me the subject…I need not to worry now as God is with me. Right, Vyom.’she played the next shot.
It just then happened I saw Upasana and I was now more interested in watching her. It happens when an extremely beautiful girl becomes your passion. She becomes the most desirable need of life. But then another need- supplier of notes was just sitting in front of me and I cannot ignore her either.
‘The dal doesn’t taste well’, I said
‘I don’t remember it ever does.’ She said and got up after completing her meal.
‘Rimz…I really want to see you today. I don’t even have the notes.’ I said as I escorted her to the wash basins.
‘See you at library, evening, six…and yeah, go and take a shower…you stink terribly.’ She said smilingly and left to her hostel.
Rimsha has always been a bundle of sweetness and an ocean of care to me. I can hardly imagine my study life without her. She took a good care of mine and made it sure that I don’t leave even a single word to study. And as a result I again gained my momentum and speed. I performed excellently in all the rest papers.
I always used to be puzzled about our relationship. My friends always told me that Rimsha was in love with me but being in that attitude she will never confess. Her angelic care for me even sometimes made me believe something like that. But next moment I used to realize that she was ‘just my best friend’. I very often use to think that should I be happy as she is my best friend? Or cry because she would be just a ‘best friend’ forever. But it’s okay…let our friendship make a good story.
Thursday, 8 March 2012
One night following my usual schedule I was chatting with Rimsha.
Vyom : Rimz…please do something about me and Upasana. I really like that girl.
Vyom: wat hmm??? I’m serious. Okay! See Oindrila ma’am teaches her. Just ask from ma’am how is she in studies? Plzzzzzzzzzzzz.
Rimsha: wat?????? Have u gone mad?R u kidding me? u expect me to ask such a non-sense frm ma’am. R u out of ur mind??
Vyom : Rimz…plzzz. See it’s not a big deal for u. ma’am loves u a lot. If u ask her such questions, she’ll happily reply. Plz Rimz…do it for me, for our friendship.
Rimsha: Ur such an Ass! FYI, I ‘m not doing anything like dis. And it’s final.
Vyom: don’t u want to see me happy? How mean of u Rimz…ja mujhe tujhse nahi baat karni.
Rimsha: two days back u told me that u were interested in Suman.
Vyom: Suman?? Who is she?
Rimsha: the one who was allotted to write an essay on you.
Vyom : ohh…yeah…she is also good but no yaar…for me Upasana is perfect. If for any reason I don’t get Upasana, I’ll try dat girl. But for now, Upasana is best. Do something Rimz.
Rimsha: u know u r mentally imbalanced. Rite! Well proud to tell u that Upasana last nite got show cause notice frm the warden.
Vyom : wat?????? U r kidding, rite?? :O
Rimsha: no it’s true, she and some more 3 to 4 girls got the notice.
Vyom : but y?
Rimsha: they were trying to go out of the hostel at nite 2:30. The guard caught them. One of them even tried to bribe the guard. Bt nothing workd. Pretty smart juniors.
Vyom : dat's true!!! I can’t believe this. I mean… how can they dare to do so? Well, the whole group did that or only 1 or 2 are culprit and other innocents jst got caught.
Rimsha: I don’t know the details.
Vyom: is Upasana in danger??? Hw is she???
Rimsha: ohh….look at Vyom…he is sooooo concerned abt Upasana. Never knew Vyom is such a caring person.
Vyom: C’mon Rimz, stop it, y will I care for her, she isn’t my girl friend.
Rimsha: oh...I can see Vyom blushing.
I heard a knock at the door. I typed.
Vyom: some1 at the door. Wait, BRB.
Rimsha: f9 then, I’m getting sleepy, need to catch my bed. Bye, see u at class, good nite.and remember Upasana is not your piece of cake J.
As I came back I saw Rimsha was offline and read her offline message. This message made me annoyed. And so I texted her- ‘you owe me an explanation abt y is she out of my league. I want the answer 2mrw itself.’
She took no time to reply- for that u need to be up early and attend the class. And I know it’s simply impossible for u. Never mind my best wishes for u. bye, gudni8 and sweet dreamz of Upasana. I hope she is at least get-able in your dreams. J
I hardly use to attend the classes. My friends were champs in proxy business. Tanay informed me to positively attend the IPC class as we were supposed to get some assignments.
‘Is it really so important to attend this class?’ Ketan asked
‘I told it’s totally your wish. Being a member of academic committee, I thought it’s my duty to inform you guys.’, Tanay replied irritably
I moved inside the class and took my seat next to Rimsha, the usual first bench.
She whispered," why the hell you are sitting here? Take a back seat. The professor knows very well that you don’t attend his classes. "
“I RARELY attend any classes. And it hardly matters… I am still the TOPPER.” I answered leaning on her.
"Sit properly, Vyom. "she said firmly with a tone of anger in her voice.
Annabeth who was sitting beside Rimsha said, ‘Look, who’s sharing this place with us today. I feel so honored’.
‘Anna…he comes daily but he remains invisible. You know he is GOD…Vyom, the God!’ Rimsha added more fuel to the conversation while speaking in the best of her sarcastic tone.
I must say, if the world organizes a contest of “Queen of Sarcasm’, each and every girl will be the best contender for first condition.
‘You want me to change my seat?’ I asked in annoyance.
‘No need, you can’t deprive us from this honor and pleasure.’ Both of them said in their own ways.
‘I need a paper and a pen.’ I told Rimsha.
She fished her pen pouch and passed a pen to me.
‘What about the paper?’ I asked
She looked at me irritably and asked Annabeth to do the needful.
I hardly had any interest in attending the lecture. I used to get ready-made notes from Tanay and Rimsha. The secret of my good position in the batch were these notes. I never understood why Tanay never made it up to gain best rank. I was dreaming about Upasana. I was recalling the chats I had with her. I was planning my first official date. As the class ended, the professor asked to submit the assignment. But this notice was only for those who all have missed the submission. I first looked at Tanay saying what the hell? I was fazed; I then looked at Rimsha loathingly.
“Don’t say you missed it, Vyom! You know this professor will gonna screw you up.”
Her worried expression was quite clear from her face.
‘I never knew anything about this and what the fuck were you doing? You are supposed to inform me about these fucking submissions.’ I said yelling at Rimsha
I knew what the next reaction I would be getting from her.
‘What the heck? Ass! Don’t give that crap. Did you ever check your shit mail box? Anyways you have much shittiest things to do.’ She said while getting up from her seat.
‘Can’t you do it for me? What kind of friend are you? Why the fuck am I daily tolerating you? It’s really worthless to have you as my friend. You are certainly not a friend in need. So just fuck off. And never show your shit face to me.’ I yelled and turned to leave.
Annabeth and Betty were stunned and agape to see what ever happened. I went to the professor asking for an informal extension and ended-up with a never- solvable dispute. I had screwed up the screw up. I was frustrated. I rushed to my room where I saw Tanay waiting for me. Tanay knew that he will also be a victim of this storm. I ignoring him I got inside my room and slammed the door behind me.