Wednesday, April 24, 2013

S8 39 Circar Express - part 5

I did bump into many of my friends several times but thanks to my luck I never got bumped into any girl. I mean I’m not like my brother (who is two years elder to me) who always manages to play the lead role against the girl who is virtually everyone's crush in their class & outside. Trust me there are friends of my brother who would have willingly died/ killed to get to play that role. Although my brother was like 1840’s model nerd & conservative who wouldn't give a damn about all these. 

Well, all these knocks were not because I’m clumsy or something but because our school corridor seemed to have a lot of right angles. 

I bumped into someone that day too. 

Unusually I was early to school that day (everything happens for a reason?) and was hanging out around with my friends and went to some of the junior classes to tease them & have some fun. Suddenly we realized it almost time for our class and started back to our class, all of us except me. I needed to goo to restroom (I guess I had a lot of water earlier that morning or may be it is fated thus).

On my way back to class to compensate the loss of time I picked up speed and the cheetah version of me bumped into someone coming out from Principal’s room. 


I fell face flat on ground, oh no not on ground on her. 

“I’m sorry madam,” I said while still on her and trying to regain my position awkwardly after which I noticed that was not Principal madam or any staff member. She was a girl and that too a gorgeous one.

I may have started liking my school corridors from then.

“I’m really sorry, I was like kinda like ummm... was getting late to class, so...., I should have moved a bit slowly, are you alright?” I said while dusting off myself (Actually there was no need to, It was just that I got jittery and...).

She was in a brand new clothes except for a few dust patches which I guess, might have appeared right that moment. 

Suddenly I realized I was staring at her (I generally don't do that) and may be she was cursing me but her words rang hollow in my ears. 

She was neither too tall not too small just a tad smaller than me. A beautiful fragrance came from her, she smelled like a jasmine (I promise you seriously I didn't sniff, since I was too close when I fell on her I could smell her)The way her hair is moving while she is dusting herself off, Oh God, I'm definitely staring her, completely oblivious of ramifications and left out the breath which I didn't realize I was holding till then.

“Ouch!” She said , still rubbing her temples furiously. 

“I’m sorry, but you are an idiot! You've completely spoiled my dress”

Well I would still rate the dress pretty good compared to what my dress becomes by the evening. I mean there was very slightest evidence of her fall after she dusted it off.

“Well, as I said I was being late, I really need to get going, extremely sorry and meet you later many be” 

“Well you are not just an idiot, you are mean too,” is what I heard in a training voice as I've already started moving towards my class.

After my first period I had a pseudo free period, I mean our Math teacher asked us to read something she printed and distributed and she herself started reading something. I always had a doubt how she can actually read a math book like a novel, I mean you can do it/ solve the problems. 

I'd rather read telephone directory, I mean come on its just the first week of school. I take at least a good ten days to reset my clock & get adapted to school after every summer vacation. So I was just simply staring out of the window from my seat into the fields & gardens.

I was the class representative and thus always managed to get the best seat available. From my place once can enjoy cool breeze while also looking at our class garden (yeah, we had one, we are forced to have one).

While I was lost in rustling of leaves (I might have dozed of a little) there came some footsteps as if by new & heavy leather shoes on lonesome floor, and then there was a murmur. 

“So she is Sonia,” announced my math teacher, “new admission, sit wherever you like, of course only if it is vacant” and she laughed at her own joke (& few others who either clamored for her attention or weak in math).

So a new student, I thought to myself and turned to see who it was and immediately turned back and kept biting the inside of my cheek. It was her and she was coming towards me, though she had not yet seen me.

“Mind if I share this bench with you?”

So she thinks I’m the lonesome occupant of the bench while the truth is the other occupant has gone to other bench only for that period.

I don’t know why I said this but I said, “Yeah, It's all yours,” while still facing the window.

She made herself comfortable and carefully placed her bag in the desk and said “Hi!, I’m So...- Oh!! It’s you, the idiot.”

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

S8 39 Circar Express - part 4

For most part of the remaining journey I clung to the bars of window as if it would bring her back into the sight. I crossed Rajahmundry. I cursed myself for not recognizing her while having traveled with her all the evening the other day.

I felt like a kid lost in a fair, searching for his parents.

Back when I was in school she always had a special piece in my heart, she still has.

While some part of me kept saying 'dude you are overdoing things, just her name matches, there's fair probability that she is not whom you think she is'.

But I know it’s her (k I mean I'm kind of 70% sure).

I was so lost in thought that I forgot my dad will be coming to receive me; I walked all my way to my home. My mother embraced me and asked to call my dad and convey him about my arrival so he would stop waiting there and come back.

I had taken my bath which just happened while I was still in my deep thought...
I decided it’s no use thinking of her since anyway the story ended, come on! I don't think she will contact me. The sole point of contact was my email ID which she noted down on the back of her ticket which of course she might have lost already.

All I was able to do was sit back, relax and enjoy the much waited and anticipated home cooked food, which suddenly didn't seem to excite me enough.


Luckily I was proven wrong.

She contacted me, yes you heard me right, she did. Though I wouldn't call it an awesome mail, but she contacted nevertheless.

'Hey this is Sonia, hope you've not forgotten me. Reply ASAP'

What else could I do other than replying, she has not even given her number , I mailed hr back.

'Hey of course I've not forgotten you, hey here is my number 805XXXXX08, reply me there I'll not be available on my mail for few days' (I lied . To expedite the talk and give her my number while at the same time not lowering myself).

Well that day I was expecting her msg so badly that I was quite irritated when I got so many msgs and none of them was from her. To add to my frustration I got two calls & three msgs from my service provider, Vodafone, with their usual annoying IVRS nuisance.

The next day a msg popped up
'How did you guess my last name? I skipped a heart beat when you said it.

I wanted to call her immediately, coz I've so much to talk but I decided it would be a heavy dose if I tell her everything that instant, moreover I want her to guess rather than me giving out all the details. It doesn't really matter if she doesn't remember anything, and moreover I'm not quite sure myself.

I've to take some deep breaths to lessen my curiosity and settle down for a msg.

'May be I made a wild guess, what do you think?'

'That didn't seem like a wild guess, moreover I felt a tinge of recognition in your eyes when you said that & I feel familiar about you too but just that I can't exactly place you. '

Well that's a good sign, she felt familiar about me. :-) :-D
'Well you had your schooling in your Samalkot, staying at your aunt's, didn't you?'

'Hey this is not fair you seem to know a lot about me while I'm at complete loss of info, spill some beans already'

'I'll give you a clue, I'm elder to you by ten days'

'October 8, OMG!!! you don't say you are the RAVI of our school, Samalkot, do you?'

It took me fair amount of time to digest that she guessed me with first clue, & she actually remembers me.

'It's not in my hands not to say that, since that would be lying, & yeah I'm Ravi'.

I hardly got the delivery report of the msg when I got a call from her. I was not yet fully ready to take that but....

She didn't even say a hello she directly blurted out as if troubled by the fact 'but but you look entirely different, except for your skin tone nothing is same'

'I didn't have much choice, Situation demanded, haha. I get that a lot, even some of my close relatives had difficulty in recognizing me after I've gone to college, only puberty to blame, I guess.'

'What should I say I'm at loss of words, I never thought I'd meet you again, right from the starting of journey I was having a gut feeling that I know you that's the reason why I actually got engaged in conversation with you. I still can't believe it's you. OMG!!! Hey and I'm sorry I was not able to guess who you are. Why didn't you say this when we were on train?'

'That's okay, I got that only after you stepped out of train. Hey and I'm very happy that you still remember my B'Day'

'How could I forget your B’Day dumbo, it was you who always forgot my B’Day remember'

'Yeah, I remember that, Mahi'

There was a sudden silence, which I expected, I touched a raw nerve when I called her Mahi, the name reserved only to her intimate circle - her family members and me.

'You still remember that?' She asked with a cracking voice.

'How could I forget that, after all I'm the only person to have that honor besides your family.'

Another much longer silence, and I didn't want to interrupt her silence, coz I know a lot of things would be running in her mind at that moment, just like mine.

She broke that long silence saying 'I wanna meet you now.'

'Madam, sleep for today it's pretty late already, let's talk tomorrow, good night. I know we have a lot more to talk.'

'Good night, Pandu'

I knew there would be no sleep today, for either of us.

Not after I called her Mahi, the honor given to me on the very first day of meeting her, and only one in school to know that name. I want some time for myself to savor the moment which is why I've cut the call abruptly.

After all she still remembers me after all these years. I pinch myself to check if I’m in a dream. 'Ouch!' it hurts and for good.

I well remember the day she walked into our class for the first time with her iconic backpack. I still feel as if it happened yesterday. 

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