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Dear fellows, we all belong to the large and harrassed community of husbands and this blog of mine focusses on the biggest trouble that we people face.
No, it's not about perfect time management between wife and girlfriend. You know we all do it perfectly and those who fail to do so fail to live to tell their stories anyhow.
It is about the torture that we people face in the form of shopping. Based on the personal experience, I can tell you that a mere mental resolve is never going to be sufficient to escape from this torture because wives are very clever species and they always know how to get us rolling along if they want us to.
I mean how can you deny if she gives you that extra concern and tells you in a sugar coated voice that all she wants is to buy a few new shirts for you because you have been wearing the same old shirts for the last two months and you need to look dashing to the women in your office. You just close your eyes and imagine that gorgeous babe adoring your sense of dressing and you shout out "Yeah, I am going to be ready in five minutes.".
That's how it used to be with me. Thereafter, it was always the same torturous routine of trudging along with a heap of shopping bags and wondering when and where would you be allowed to park yourself and eat something. Afterall, isn't a good mall all about a good foodcourt? The end of the shopping spree used to be another heartbreaking situation for me when dear wife used to get her cutest expression, look into my eyes and say, "I am so sorry, I think I overspent? I hope you don't feel bad about it." Was there ever an option apart from, "No honey, its nothing to worry about. You have really bought me so much." Correction. "No honey, its nothing to worry about. I am sure we needed all this including this remote operated lock that you are going to fix to the refrigerator."
It all changed that one day when I actually realized that I have a brain. I know its a difficult realization considering we all got married and after marriage either a husband is dumb or has a wicked brain. I decided to use the wicked version finally. The information I am going to share with you next is worth 50 million USD if I sell it as commercial advice to all the husbands, but, today it is free here as I am playing a messiah for all husbands.
One fine day, the scene where I was conned into going for shopping was perfectly enacted. The only difference was that I was grinning, singing and sounding very enthusiastic rather than putting on the routine grim, tired and scared look. She even asked me if I was ok and gave me a confused look when I said, "I am perfectly fine and excited about our shopping excursion." I had to really tone down my enthusiasm, otherwise, she was about to give up on the shopping idea then itself. I convinced her into going out (I didn't want it to be a one time escape, but, a permanent relief you see).
First store, that to me, appeared to stock all sorts of pieces of clothes that one can possibly imagine, didn't appeal to her as she thought they didn't have enough variety of designs. (A checked shirt isn't just a checked shirt, first you have to see whether the lines are thin lines or thick lines, whether the lines are blue coloured or black coloured and whether they have a darker shade or a lighter one etc.) The next store she entered, she liked the clothes there and I was ready with strategy A. Every piece of cloth that she picked up, I quickly told her that it was not good enough, didn't suit her complexion etc. "Come on, how can you even buy this? It's so miserable. Why don't we go and try some more stores before deciding. I am sure the next one would have better clothes." I told her. She was surprized, but, agreed and we walked out of that store.
Next store, strategy B, as soon as we entered the store, I gestured to her that I need to go to the washroom urgently. She was shocked, but, had no other option than to let me go. After about 15 minutes, I resumed my duties by her side.
"Hey, how is this T-shirt? It looks cool to me." She asked me.
"Yeah, it is a fabulous one. It will just look awesome on you." I said happily.
"The problem is this one seems to be over-sized and I am not able to find one fit for me." She said.
"No problem dear, we can cut it short by cutting these extra few inches from this side and that would also give you two sets of matching hankies to go with this T-shirt. Isn't that a great idea?" I said loudly, holding the T-shirt up and cutting it through imaginary scissors. She snatched the T-shirt from me and dragged me out of the shop to escape the assorted giggles that filled the store after my brilliant statement.
At the next store, she again started asking me about the clothes and when she asked me about a particular Kurta, I replied "I love red." I got a mild slap and a glare because she was holding a green kurta and she had followed the trail led by my eyes to locate the red kurta which was a couple of counters away.
Another store, she started selecting some slogan T-shirts and I said loudly, "Why do you think people write slogans on their clothes? I guess these people wanted to become writers or maybe they wanted to go to college. However, lack of funds prevented them from doing so and now they are displaying their skills by writing on the clothes. What a shame this is to the society?" Again I was hauled out of the store and faced the following question.
"Are you doing all this deliberately? I want you to stop acting funny and help me in my shopping." She told me.
"What? What have I done? I am loving it here. Let's go to that store which displays flat 50% off." I pointed innocently to another store and was very happy to see my strategy working.
"Honey, I am feeling a little tired. I will sit here while you select some clothes. I will give my opinion when you try the selected pieces." I said to her and unsuspectingly she walked away towards the counters leaving me on the bench near the trial rooms.
After a few minutes, she was back and I was laughing when she looked at me.
"What are you laughing at?" She asked me.
"No, nothing at all." I pretended to suppress my grin.
"Tell me now." She sat next to me and stared at my face.
"Do you see that pretty sales girl there. She is very funny and you know she seems to be in love with that guy on that counter....." I started my fictitious gossip which was cut short by her.
"I thought you needed some rest and didn't know that you were busy looking at girls and trying to overhear their conversations. We are getting out of here right now." She stormed out of the store almost dragging me as I said to her "Ok, I promise not to look at that sales girl, but, please buy something." She paused for a second and looked at me, only to find my eyes following the footsteps of another pretty girl.
"We are going to the departmental store over there to buy some household stuff and then we will go home. You can order a pizza or something, but, I won't let you dine at the foodcourt." She gave her next order.
A few minutes later, the following conversation took place in the departmental store.
"Honey, why is every article in this store second hand sales item? Even the vegetables are stale and fruits are rotten." I asked her innocently and loudly enough for the sales boy to hear.
"No Sir, all this is fresh stock and we never sell used stuff here." He tried to explain.
"Oh come on, I know its your job to sell this stuff, but, you can't fool me. You really have a great sense of humour, still, how can you even call this room freshner to be of good quality?" I picked up a can as I spoke to him.
"That's a deodorant and not a room freshner." He said gritting his teeth.
"Here you go again. You call this a deodorant and it smells worse than a mosquito spray!! If this is the quality of your stuff then how do you expect good customers to buy this? People must be really dumb to buy any of these." I said loudly and the words had a good impact on the few people gathered around that counter, on the sales guy and the best impact on my wife who dragged me out again.
"I am never ever going to take you to shopping again. No matter how much you plead." She said later at home.
I feel sorry for the sales boy and all the staff members of the stores that I visited, but, I have been enjoying my freedom gleefully.
‘To grab it or to stay clear of it’ was the question that had played on Mohan’s mind for almost an hour before he hurriedly walked across the lane and picked up the red rucksack, which had been lying in an ignored corner near the Municipal dustbin.
Had it not been a day as rainy, damp and freezing cold, chances were that the bag could have been picked up by any of the numerous beggars lining the street, from near the dustbin, right upto the stairs of the Kali Temple. But, today, nobody dared the freezing weather, apart from Mohan, who couldn’t stay at home..because he didn’t have a home.
He looked around and then rushed into the waterlogged backlane, where he could put the bag on the window sill of the dilapidated house and check out its contents. The window sill of the long abandoned house was in fact the night shelter for him ever since he was 8.
‘God, I wish there is some warm clothing in this bag’ he had a silent prayer on his lips as his near numb fingers fumbled with the bag’s zipper.
In the near darkness, he felt the touch of paper and was immediately disheartened.
‘Damn, seems like some rascal has filled waste papers into this rucksack and purposely thrown it near the dustbin’. It suddenly made sense to him until his mind reasoned again.
‘Who would be stupid enough to fill waste paper in an expensive new rucksack?’
After five minutes, his fingers were trembling faster or maybe his heart was trying to pound out of his chest. He had just realized that the fistful of papers was nothing, but, a handful of crispy new 1000 rupee notes.
His head was spinning as he realized that the entire rucksack, was filled with such notes.
The rain that seeped through his ragged clothing and froze him right down to his bones ensured that he didn’t mistake it for a dream.
Suddenly, there were a million possibilities.
‘Damn! So much money! I can buy everything that I want and probably live in a small cottage of my own’
And then there crept up a billion fears.
‘Whose money is this? Will they come back for it and snatch it away from me? Will I be caught by the cops and wrongly jailed as a thief?’
Night had set in and the wind was howling. The splattering sheets of rain were no longer felt by him, he was lost in a world of his own.
It was difficult to really figure out, but, several hours had rushed by when he allayed the fears and resolved.
‘I don’t know whose money this is, but, it is God’s gift to me and I will use it to better my life. I will live like a human being now and marry and..I shall no longer be kicked by the cops and chased by the dogs.’
A little distance down the main street, barely about 50 paces from where Mohan had picked up the rucksack, was parked a Maroon Maruti Swift. The driver took out his cell phone and dialled a number.
“Yes Sir, he took the bag, just as we had wanted him to. He is still in the backlane with it. Poor soul is probably too stunned with the sudden fortune which God has blessed him with!” The words were punctuated by a hearty laugh.
“Yes sir, he is very much in our view and grip. Don’t worry, he won’t slip out of the net. Let’s just hope he acts as per plan and acts quickly.” He said and disconnected the call.
He looked around the street. His watch indicated that it was almost midnight and there couldn’t have been a soul on that rain lashed Shimla street at that hour. There was a black car, probably an old Honda City was parked another hundred yards down the road, but, there was no sign of activity anywhere in the visual reach.
Mohan woke with a start. It was still pitch dark and he immediately groped for the rucksack lying next to him on that window sill.
Once he felt the warmth that crispy hard cash generates, his spirits soared again.
‘It was all true and all his for the taking.’
His next main concern was the safety of his new found wealth and to spend it without being suspected for theft.
He gave the bag a roll in the muddy water and managed to tear holes into it at different points, so as to make it look extremely dirty and worn out. A brand new expensive bag in the posession of a vagabond like him was bound to land him in trouble, but, not now.
In the darkness itself, he started his trek toward the deep jungle, some nooks and corners of which were known only to animals and him and saner, busier people never cared to venture in those parts.
By the time he reached his destination, it was almost noon. Though, there was absolutely no chance, still he looked around to ensure that nobody had seen or followed him.
He entered the small circular hideout that was created by a natural arrangement of some rocks and which was capable of giving shelter to a couple of people if it rained or snowed.
He emptied the contents of the bag and found that it created a nice little heap of crisp 500 and 1000 denomination currency notes.
He filled his pocket with a few of the 500 ones and after stuffing the money back into the bag, he hid it safely at the base of one of the rocks, from where only he could have procured it.
Next morning he bought some clothes and a pair of shoes from the Lakkar Bazaar. He had the money, but, not yet the guts to go into a fancy showroom at ‘The Mall’ so he settled for the small roadside shops at the Lakkar Bazaar.
A few days rolled by and time had emboldened him, he purchased a small cottage in a village near Kufri and with the help of Daya, a man in his mid 30s, whom Mohan had employed as his domestic help, he had fitted the house with all the amenities.
Soon, a good portion of the newly found fortune was taken out from under the stone and spent on creating a life that Mohan had only dreamt of till then.
Wearing a blue Nike (flea market) jogging suit and a pair of locally made sports shoes, Mohan was streaking downhill towards the Glenn. Though, most of Shimla was deserted at that early an hour, the road was even lonelier once he crossed the Vidhan Sabha. All he could hear was the sound of hundreds of shrieking monkeys, chirping of birds and the sound of some heavy vehicles zipping through the NH 22 some distance away.
After a strenuous downhill run of about 30 minutes, he paused for breath. The curve in the road has led him towards the back of the hill, a side where it was even darker than above because the rising sun’s rays would reach there the last. Suddenly he became conscious of company as he noticed a shadow swiftly moving from one thicket to another. He couldn’t really make out an outline, but, he was sure that some living being was behind a thick Pine tree, five feet away from him.
It was really strange and a chill ran through his spine. For a moment,he wondered if some wild animal was stalking him, but, then he assured himself that there were no dangerous wild animals in Shimla’s vicinity. It could only be some monkey,langoor or a human being. The last, though, was still a scarier option as he hadn’t noticed anyone following him and if someone was really following him, why would he hide behind a tree unless..
He stared hard at the pine tree, heart throbbing and mind panicking a bit and waited for the next move from the shadow.
His suspense didn’t last long.
A large hand grabbed his collar and he was thrown violently on the road.
After a painful thud, he turned around and found two tall and really mean looking men staring at him with a nasty look on their faces.
Before he could utter a word, the shadow sprang out from behind the tree and acquired the shape of a slightly better looking man, though the nasty expression was shared by him too.
“Where is the money? What have you done with my money?” He yelled at Mohan.
“What money?” Mohan could barely say it before a hard kick to his guts made him double up with pain.
“You &^E*&! Don’t even try to act smart. It is much better for you to sing the truth and sing it faster. Interrogation is not something I love, but, if I interrogate you, you’ll hate it.” The man bent down and whispered to Mohan before slapping him hard.
“Please, I didn’t steal it. I swear, I didn’t do anything wrong.” Mohan pleaded knowing that he would get badly roughed up if he tried to argue.
“But, you spent it nonetheless, knowing very well that it was not your money.” Another slap followed.
“I am sorry. There is no fault of mine. Please let me go!” Mohan sobbed.
“Let you go? Let you go after you have swindled my money? Let you go without recovering it?” A kick to the temple followed.
“What do you want now?” Pain made Mohan growl.
“The money. All of it and right now.” One of the taller men bent down and hauled Mohan up by his collar.
“I can return whatever Is left. I don’t have much with me. I am sorry.” Mohan looked at his tormentors, expecting another nasty beating.
“Hmmm..I have ways and methods of extracting my money.” The interrogator circled Mohan and whispered down his neck.
“What will you do?” Mohan asked shakily. He was pale white and sweating profusely. There was some blood oozing out of his left ear, where one of the kicks had connected.
“I am a doctor. I can’t recover my lost cash, but, I will make you pay for it by using the damned body that you spent my money on.” His interrogator’s face was red with rage.
“I don’t get you.” Mohan was about to faint with fear.
“I will take one of these eyes and a kidney out of you. That will teach you a lesson and suffice for the money that you squandered.” The man said as he slammed a punch to Mohan’s stomach, making him scream in pain.
“No..Please don’t’ do that. I will become useless. I will work hard and pay the rest of your money too.” Mohan fell down to his feet and pleaded.
“You were always useless anyhow. I can’t wait for years to get what I can obtain in 24 hours.” The man turned around, signalling the two other guys to carry Mohan with them.
Around the bend in the road, the maroon Maruti Swift was waiting and a gagged Mohan, who was now packed inside a sack was thrown in at the backseat. He felt the car zipping away.
After the Maroon Swift went out of sight, a guy emerged out of a thicket, a few yards away.
“They have taken him. Task over to Team two now.” He spoke to someone on his cellphone.
Mohan found himself to be lying in pitch darkness, though the warmth of the surroundings made him realize that he was indoors.
“Oh God! What have I done to deserve this? Please if you wish then take this wretched money away, but, don’t let them maim me. I am happy the way I am.” He prayed silently.
A few minutes had gone by when the door opened, bringing in a beam of sharp light that made Mohan uncomfortable and then the men, who entered the room turned on some more lights.
After a couple of seconds, he could see around without squirming.
The interrogator was there with another three people, who were wearing coats similar to the ones that doctors use. The other two taller men, stood near the door, blocking the exit.
Suddenly he became conscious that he was not lying on a bed, but, was loosely tied to an operation table with overhead lights and the room had a large refrigerator and many other machines of various kinds.
“Hello Mohan, we have come to operate you. In another two hours, you will be a free man. Now all you need to do is to sign some papers.” His interrogator, whose actual name was Dr Rajat Mehta, took out a stack of papers from a nearby drawer.
“I don’t know how to sign.” Mohan mumbled.
“Damn..Well, we will have to take your thumb impressions then.” Dr Rajat said to Mohan.
“Please have mercy! Don’t do this to me. God will give you lots of wealth.” Mohan started weeping as he spoke.
“Just relax. Think of all the good things that you enjoyed with my money while we take the refund from you.” Dr Rajat opened another drawer and the bunch of doctors got busy in selecting their surgical equipment, which appeared to be murder weapons to Mohan.
He flailed his arms, yelled and struggled with his bonds, but, there was no escape.
They pulled the sheet covering his body down to his waist and started making markings on his stomach.
He cried incessantly.
One of them pressed a strongly scented towel on his nose. He felt cold steel touch his stomach as darkness engulfed him from all sides.
‘He is ready’. The man who had administered the sedatives announced to the others.
They all looked at each other, smiled briefly and got ready to perform their heinous operation.
Just as the first incision was about to be made, there was a violent thump on the door.
One of the duo guarding the door called out as the others froze in their spots at this unexpected arrival.
“Who is it?” The man asked loudly.
“It’s me. Nurse Rashmi. I have something very important and urgent to tell Dr Rajat.” A feminine voice answered from outside.
The guy looked at Dr Rajat, who after pondering for a second, signaled him to let her in.
However, as soon as the door was unlatched and the handle turned to open it, it was flung open by the extreme force from outside, sending the man holding the door handle smashing into the refrigerator.
Half a dozen strong looking men filled in the room alongwith a shivering nurse.
There was a gun placed on her temple and the man who wielded the gun was a smartly dressed young man.
“You are under arrest Doctor Rajat. Your game is over.” The youngman flashed his police id card as he signaled his fellows to point their guns at the group huddled around the operation table.
“Oh no!” One of the doctors slumped to the ground with his hands covering his face.
“Hey, let us go or else I will slit this man’s throat.” Dr Rajat put a surgical blade to the throat of unconscious Mohan.
“You won’t do that Doctor. Till now you are charged with posessing a fake doctor’s degree and human organ trafficking, but, if you do what you said, you all will be charged with a murder and I swear on God that I will pump all these bullets into your skull, before arresting your fellows for the murder.” Inspector Sunil, as the young man was known, replied calmly.
“Rajat, have you gone crazy? Don’t attempt such a thing.” Saying this the other three pounced on him, trying to snatch the surgical blade away.
A violent scuffle followed which was brought to a halt by a nasty shriek and a stream of blood jetting out of Doctor Rajat’s throat. The surgical blade which was in his left hand, was embedded deep into his throat now.
His dead figure crashed onto the squeaky clean white tiled floor which rapidly acquired the shade of red as the other doctors watched in horror.
“Bastard, met his just end from his own hands.” Inspector Sunil said with a frown on his face and then asked his team to arrest the remaining criminals and to send the dead body for postmortem.
Next afternoon, Inspector Sunil met Mohan in his cottage.
“Nice little place that you have set up, eh?” He remarked as he looked around.
“I hate this place now. It’s blood money that I used to buy all this stuff.” Mohan had a look of contempt on his face.
“Its not your fault. You didn’t commit any crime and if you still feel bad about it, you can donate the same amount from the prize money that you will be getting soon.” Inspector Sunil smiled.
“Prize money?” Mohan was shocked.
“Yes, this guy Rajat Mehta was not a doctor, but, a much wanted criminal, who had killed several people in Singapore before fleeing to India and setting up this organ racket. There is a prize of one crore rupees on his head.” Sunil looked at Mohan’s face and noticed changing expressions as Mohan grasped the news.
“But, you arrested him so the money belongs to you.” Mohan asked.
“Yes, it does, but, we wanted to nab him red handedly and for that we needed a prospective victim. We shadowed each move of his and had to wait until he tried to play his trick on you. It was his standard modus operandi. He used to lure homeless people by this money bag trick and then took out their organs for sale. The poor victims never spoke due to the fear of being charged with theft of money etc. Therefore, me and my team are gladly willing to share one fourth of the prize money with you. You are our main man.” Inspector Sunil patted Mohan’s back as he got up.
“I will be back next week with your cheque.” The cop smiled and left the place.
That evening, sunset didn’t mean the end of the day to Mohan, but, the start of a party that would go on lifelong.
“India is in big trouble. Sachin Tendulkar is out now for 97 and India still needs 200 runs to win in 20 overs. New man Dhruv Sharma walks in, its his first match and let us hope he saves India from further troubles” the voice on the microphone boomed through the stadium as Dhruv Sharma walked onto the field. He looked around the field to see any gaps which he could hit through and he immediately noticed that there was no one at square leg boundary. He took his stance and Mitchell Johnson started running in. He bowled a short and fast delivery and Dhruv was ready for it, he rocked onto his backfoot and swung the bat for a mighty heave over square leg. The bowler looked shell-shocked as the umpire raised both his arms up in the air. The entire stadium erupted in cheers. “Dhruv, Dhruv, Dhruv” he could only hear his name all around. Suddenly a splash of water made him jump out of his bed. In a very harsh manner, Dhruv realized that he had been day-dreaming.
“Father, I do not like this shopkeeper’s job. I want to play cricket and become as big a star as Sachin is.” He replied in an annoyed voice.
“Trust my words Mr. Sharma. I have seen enough cricket and cricketers and have groomed many current players from my school itself. I can identify a prodigy when I see one. Your investment in your son and your trust in his capabilities is going to make him the number one batsman of the world in the years to come.” Karmakar said in almost a tone resembling a magician trying to hypnotize a spectator.
“Ok. So I am willing to support him. Tell me what do I have to do and how much it will cost?” Dhruv’s father made a decision.
“Fantastic. You have made the right choice Mr. Sharma. I plan to send Dhruv for attending advance cricket coaching at the Western AustraliaCricketAcademy. Its run by an Australian player who is a very good friend of mine. Once Dhruv receives training for three months in Australia, I will ensure him a place in the Ranaji trophy team for Mumbai as soon as he comes back. After that its only a matter of a season or two and he will be batting right alongside all the stars that you see on television. It will cost you a total of about rupees 15 lakhs only.” Karmakar beamed.
“I will do anything for him since you are supporting him, sir”. Dhruv’s father seemed worried but determined.
“Ok then, you pay me the money and I will make arrangements for his early departure to Australia.” Karmakar said.
Dhruv’s father found it very difficult to arrange the amount. He sold his shop and borrowed another five lakh rupees by mortgaging his house. Karmakar assured him that its would be less than a year and Dhruv will earn much more than this and also make his father world famous. He received the payment and left for Mumbai for arrangements. However, even after a month passed, there was no response from his side. Dhruv and his father went to Mumbai to meet Mr. Karmakar. However, they were whisked away by the security guards at the gates of his bungalow and he did not meet them even after two days. The phone number that Karmakar had given to Dhruv was no longer working. The dejected duo kept trying everything they could to meet him and after running out of money, they returned home one week later. A few days later, the local police inspector came to Dhruv’s house and threatened his father to stop following Karmakar and warned him of dire consequences. The moneylenders started pressurizing him for repayment and his father became completely disheartened and took to bed. He did not survive long and the responsibility of a widowed mother and two young sisters fell on Dhruv’s shoulders.
One evening, Dhruv lit a small fire and burnt his cricket kit.
“I resolve not to ever talk about cricket or to let anyone else in my family play cricket” he said to God as tears streamed down his cheeks.
He now works at a dhaba in Mumbai earning 3000 rupees per month and hopes to save enough money for his sisters’ marriages.
(Reproduction of a story originally uploaded on www.wizardprince.sulekha.com on 17th Oct 2007.
Sitting in his cab, Rahul was speaking to a friend on fone. It was his first day in the big call center. He was quite nervous and awed by the atmosphere around him as he entered the automatic turn-stills. He went to the concierge and was guided to one of the training rooms. It was a hall with rows of computers and smartly dressed people all around. He walked quickly and took a corner seat in the second last row. His friendly and soft-spoken manners soon made him befriend most of the people in the room. Days flew quickly and after 7 days of training regarding the process, voice and accent and other work related subjects, his trainer told him that he would be ‘Going live’ that afternoon.
“Going live? So soon? I have not yet mastered the process?” Rahul feebly protested.
“Oh come on Rahul, I know you are capable of doing a great job. No questions now, just take a short break and then you will be logging in” The trainer snapped in. (Little did Rahul knew, that a sales process does not really need well trained agents only but those who are live and selling).
His first day on the floor was nothing to make him feel good about his new job. He made dozens of calls, however, he only got hang ups or racial abuses. He logged out at 11 pm and soon found himself stuffed in the third row seat of a qualis for a two hour ride back home.
Lying in bed that night, he prayed to God to give him success, to give him a reason to be happy and stay at the new job.
Next day was even worse. His first full day of calling did not get him any sales and to make him feel worse, his Team Leader and Trainer were constantly breathing down his neck to make a sale. As soon as the logout happened, he wanted to go away and slump in the backseat of the qualis, but, he was directed by his Team Leader to stay on the floor for a brief Team Meet. He was unwilling but choiceless and he ambled across to the conference room. He positioned himself in a corner where he would be least visible to the process manager. Senior process members stood on the opposite side of the room. Then, the magic happened, there she was, standing in one corner looking oh so innocent! Beautiful! Perfectly dressed in a black suit that made her look fair complexion even more attractive. He looked at her spellbound, she was a real beauty with poise and the look of a dignified girl yet innocent like Alice in Wonderland. He did not even know what took place in the meeting but was just stunned by her looks. On the way back, he kept thinking about her and was jolted out of his dreams by the cab driver as he had reached his drop point.
In the bed that night, Rahul prayed to God to give him love in his life. He just wanted to have a girlfriend like that girl.
“God, she is perfect.” He requested.
Rahul was an ordinary 25 year old guy with nothing to write about his looks and he belonged to a lower middle class family, living in a rented accommodation. His father had once been a well earning businessman but it was all ruined now and they even did not own a house anymore. In short, he was not the sort of a guy who would steal hearts with his appearance, especially when the heart in question was the heart of a gorgeous, convent educated, upper middle class girl. Still he prayed to Lord Krishna (he had been praying in the same manner for the last ten years) to give him love, to bring that girl in his life.
Next afternoon, he was trying to login into his system at office when he was interrupted by his Team Leader.
“Rahul, the seating plan has changed and today onwards, you will be logging in the system next to Supriya in the first bay.” He pointed to the vacant bay next to where Rahul was sitting.
Rahul walked towards the empty bay feeling even worse because now he was going to be sitting next to a senior girl who would be arrogant and maybe pretty too. Then he saw her walk in,. He tried to hide his gaze but found her walking straight towards him.
“Hi, I am Supriya. So you are going to login here from now on?” A musical voice filled his ears.
“eh? Oh yes, Hi Supriya. My name is, I mean I am Rahul.” Rahul fumbled as if there were no words to say.
Days went by and due to Rahul’s friendly and well mannered ways, they became good friends in no time, sharing food, thoughts, breaks and soon started talking on phone for hours and hours when they were not on the floor. Rahul was madly in love with her, but she knew nothing of it. Everyone in the office used to make fun of them and soon they were branded as the couple of the process. Rahul felt very embarrassed although, in his heart, he wished that they may become a couple one day.
Then one day, he could not bear it anymore and gathered courage to speak to her about his emotions. He spent the entire day sitting next to her in the office but could not get the right moment to talk to her. He called her on phone as soon as they took their cabs on the way back, but could not say anything to her. Finally, after she disconnected the call, he sent her a message confessing his love for her. An hour went by, and he felt that he had ruined a lovely friendship and she would be very angry to him.
“Probably she would never speak to him again and may even insult him in front of the office staff’, his thoughts wandered in all directions. Suddenly the phone rang. He was scared to see her number flashing on the screen and did not attend the call because he knew that she was going to give him an earful. However, the phone kept ringing and finally, he attended the call, saying a feeble and terrified “hello”.
“I love you too, Rahul” Supriya’s musical voice rang in his ears.
“What? I mean you mean what you said? I am sorry. I thought you would be upset. It was really foolish of me to propose to you like that. You are a good girl. I do not want to lose a precious friend like you. Please do not be…..” he mumbled.
“Shut up. Just listen to me. I love you and please do not be so shy. You are as good a person as anyone else in the world. If you wanted my love, all you needed was to just say it. I am glad to have a partner like you. Now take care, sweet dreams and make sure to give me a treat tomorrow for getting a great girlfriend” She giggled and hung up.
Miracles do happen friends. Love can come anytime, anywhere and to anyone. If you love someone, then take my word, go ahead and confess your honest feelings in a proper manner. Not saying it would not get you anywhere but if you confess, you may just become lucky like Rahul. God bless all.