Part 3: Someone Special
“Yeah. That’s good.” one or two in the group replied as an approval.
“Currently I am doing my MBA. My ambition is to start a business. It is hotel business. In five years I should own a group of hotels. There should be at least one hotel at each village which can serve food at a very least cost. I don’t want any person dying because of hunger. This is my dream since my childhood and so far I tried my best to reach it. When I explained about this to my parents after my 10th class, they were very much pleased hearing my thoughts. I had seen people, kids many others dying because of no proper food. I really got disturbed by listening to the people who suffered in pain. Food, Shelter and Clothes are the basic needs for a person to live. I want to help the needy a bit from my side. This is my future plan.” She finished.
We don’t know what to say. We thought she is crazy when she says about her orphanage visits. We teased her.
But, No one saw her heart. No one had listened to her with interest. If we would have listened to her thoughts before, we would have definitely understood her a long time back. Even today is not so late to appreciate her.
I was the first to stand and clap for her. Everyone in the class felt so happy.
They shouted in joy. “Mother Naina, You are great”. This time they meant it. She was happily smiling. May be now she felt this minute as special or she had already found her special moments in orphanage itself. But, she didn’t realize it. I think the special moment in her life will occur when her dream is fulfilled. I will wait till she realizes that.
We all wished her good luck.
“How come you didn’t share this with us for these many years? When did you decide this?” Yuvraj asked her.
“I don’t know when I decided. Since childhood I was very much interested in gardening. But, my house was so small and we didn’t have many plants to water them. In front of our house there was that old age home which had a big garden. I used to go there and spent my evenings there helping the people while gardening. Slowly, I got know about their whereabouts. They treated me as like their grandchild. Later, I started visiting orphanage also. At both the places I felt some strange feeling like missing something. After school, When I was in intermediate I had joined some voluntary organizations to serve my best. There I learnt about my interests. I joined some groups and started visiting all the orphanages and all, still I felt incomplete. There were funds, charities, and missionaries etc to help them. But, still there are many needy people who are suffering outside the organizations. I thought of doing something for them which will let them live like others. Hope my dream would make me complete this time.” Saying this she came back to her seat.
We all wished her good luck again.
I was still in surprise thinking that how great my friends has become.
When all were in our own thoughts Shilpa stood up and said that she wanted to talk next.
We all started shouting and teasing her “Ooooo”... As this was the first time she stood up for something without anyone pushing her up
“Hi all, I know you all would be wondering how come the silent gal is now on stage talking without any one forcing her… All the credit for this goes to my Riddhu… She is my life, she is there for me all the time I wanted someone, she always understands me so well that I don’t need to tell her anything, she is the support of my life, when I was very young I lost my mother and dad got remarried… but my step mother never wanted me to stay with them even so my dad started ignoring me…. I was out of all my basic needs and it was Riddhima’s dad who helped me in my studies and come up in life… uncle never treated me as someone unknown… he always gave the love and care what he gave to Riddhima…. I’m always thankful for him… My biggest support in life is Riddhima, she is SOMEONE SPECIAL to me, so far I have never expressed this to her but now I feel like telling her what she means to… thank you so much for making my life special, not just special for making my life meaningful. Thank you Riddhu”
Saying so she came and hugged me… didn’t know what to tell or how to react… She means everything to me… by now both of us had tears in our eyes…
Whole the class started clapping seeing us being together….
To bring back to normal Armaan went to stage and announced
“Now, Sid is here my friends. He wants to share something special with us.”
“Hi all. Hope everyone is doing fine. First of all I wish our Naina, a very good luck. She is really great and our lord will stay beside her all the time in her good deeds. And of course we too are with you to complete your dream.” He told to Naina.
“Thanks Sid.” She replied from the group.
“Well. I was here in this school with you for only 2yrs. I had joined in 9th class. But, I feel I had lot of fun than my previous schools. When I heard about this get-together, I decided that I should not miss it. I am hearing a lot about everyone’s interests and also special moments. I am very glad that I didn’t miss this day. Coming to my special moments, there are many. Mine is also more like Atul’s.” He took a deep breath before starting.
Meanwhile we all started to shout “Ohhhh..!!!!” showing our interest to listen to one more love story.
“Yeah. Even I feel the same when I think about it.” He laughed and said.
“Go on boss.” Shubhankar shouted with impatience as he was eager to listen to it.
“I was a playful kid at schools. Because of my father’s job, our family didn’t stay at one place for more than 2yrs. When I get used to one school and the kids there, my dad would get the transfer again and I leave the school hoping I will get good friends like now in the next school. I never got close to any friend emotionally, as I know that I won’t be there for more than couple of years. I treated everyone as the same. There were no particular best friends to me. I only share my deep feelings with my sister and my mom if there are any.
After my 10th, my dad again got transfer. I joined my intermediate in a private college. Though my parents were in the same town, I preferred to stay in hostel. Even my dad felt the same. Though my mom was against to this, she packed all my things without saying much. I felt little bad but I assured her that I would be coming home often.
Two years in hostel was completely fun. I started enjoying college life, as my grades started to fall. I maintained average marks for which my dad was not at all satisfied. He asked me to change my college but I didn’t pay much attention. After two years, He suddenly showed up in our college talking to our principal. I don’t know how he made it, the next minute I was out of my college with my luggage. I thought he might have got transfer and told the same to principal. I didn’t speak to him as I was so angry upon him for doing this to me. I know he won’t listen to me whatever I say. I silently followed him to house, went to my mom and asked what was going on. She said we were moving out of town. I hated the transfers. I talked to my mom that I wanted to stay at one place from now onwards and I got sick of moving places. I had talked to my mom and dad about this. Finally, my dad said yes only upon one condition. They can again send me to hostel only if I change the college and study well. That was really good enough to me. I accepted it.
As I had finished my Inter exams, I joined in other college for short term coaching. This time my dad chose the college, where I should not meet my previous college friends. He thinks that because of my friends, my grades are down. This coaching is for only one month. I thought to give my best in this one month and later in B.Tech, I wanted to get into good college and start having fun for four complete years at one place. So, first day I felt myself interested in class. I studied well that night till late hours. This happened for one week.
After a week, again I felt bore. First class was Maths, in ten minutes class will end. But, I am not feeling to attend the next class Chemistry. Before lecture came to my class, I slowly slipped out of my class and went to roam around the campus. Our principal caught me and asked me why am I out of my class at this time. I told that I was thirsty. He asked me to have water and go back to my class. I went to drink water as he was still watching me. As I crossed my way, he left from there. I felt irritated.
When I reached the corner, there was a girl who was trying to fill up her bottle. She was wearing white dress but her dupatta was yellow. There were some bells swinging at the edge of it. I thought who in the world wears such a combination. She was facing some problem to turn the tap. I thought of waiting for her to ask me. She didn’t notice me. So, I thought to make time pass there also. But, she was taking much time. I got irritated and said
“Excuse me, Shall I help you?”
Hearing me suddenly she was startled it seems, she did something and moved leaving the tap broken. All the water started to fly high like a water fountain. I tried to close that as soon as possible. But, I only got wet in fighting to save water. After few minutes, I heard someone shouting at me, he came near me with a cloth and we both closed it tight. That was a guy from our mess. He asked me why I broke it. I said that it was not me and when I turned to face her, she was not there. I was puzzled thinking whether I had any dream. But, I later found that she left me there. I got angry and wondered that’s why people might call them as girls. If it was a boy, he wouldn’t have left me like that. I know this for sure. Being all wet, I have no other option but to go to room and get changed. Everyone in the campus was watching me with wonder. Since it was so sunny, and didn’t rain at all they might be surprised how I was wet. I felt embarrassed and felt still angrier on that girl. If I see her again, I don’t know what I could do. But, How? I didn’t see her face properly. There were hundreds of girls in the campus. I hope I won’t see her again. But, part of me wanted to see her again.
After few weeks, one afternoon, I didn’t go for lunch. I was solving some math questions in the class alone where all the class went for lunch. It was pin drop silence when I heard sound of small bells jingling. It was coming from the windows beside. I saw a yellow dupatta. Suddenly I felt my heart beat growing fast. It was the same dupatta and same bells swinging at the edge of it. She was the girl. I am sure. She entered in to my class. It was the same white dress with yellow combination. I was shocked to see her face. She is beautiful. She was wearing matching bangles. She left her hair free wearing a small clip. She saw me staring at her. She bent her head down as soon as she saw me. ‘I think she remembers me’. I don’t know what to say. She silently went to a seat there and sat. She started solving some problems. “What was she doing here? Is she from the same class of mine? Oh My God. I didn’t see her before.” It took me few more seconds for me to look back into my books.
“What did I do till now? How can I stare like that? Shouldn’t I be angry? I was angry all these days whenever I see a girl in the campus. But what happened to me now? It was her face, which I can’t help it but to stare. But, till now I was angry on that unseen face. Why didn’t I see her before? Why did I see her now?”
I don’t know which question popped in to my mind, but all the questions seemed to popping at the same time instead of the formulas or ideas to solve the math problem before me. I couldn’t see the problem anymore other than her face. I closed my eyes, and opened them again. But, it was her face again. I saw her face clearly but still I felt that I didn’t see her properly. I wanted to see her again. I slowly lifted my head. There was no one around. I saw her again. She was deeply looking into her books as if she is going to hypnotize the words in the book. She can do it easily I guess, as she did already something to me. I thought even she might be thinking something but acting like she was reading something. I wondered what she was thinking. “Is it about me? She still remembers me?” I wanted to start a conversation to confirm. “But, how can I talk?” I thought at least somehow I should talk. “I won’t get chance like this. In few minutes, everyone will come for afternoon classes. Later I won’t get time to talk to her alone. If somehow my attempt fails, then that is also good to me at this moment as there are no witnesses to make fun of me.” Thinking like this, I gathered all my courage to talk to her.”
“Hi.” I said politely. But, this is not how I wanted to treat that unseen face that left me there that day. I don’t know where all my anger went and how I turned like this.
She turned to me wondering whom I was speaking to. “Hi” I said again smiling at her reassuring her it was her I am referring to.
“Hi” She replied in low voice hesitatingly.
“I was just wondering whether you might have seen me before anywhere.” I don’t know how words came out without making any sense. Generally people ask in the opposite way – I was wondering whether I had seen you somewhere as your face seems familiar to me. I waited for her to say something. I know it was the same girl. If she doesn’t remember me, her answer will be a NO. I can’t say even if she remembers me she can lie easily to me for her safe side. Girls avoid these types of conversations easily.
“Yeah. I remember seeing you one day when I came to get water. That was you right?” She said.
Wow. What did I hear? She told the truth. I know she is the same girl.
“Yes yes. You are right. So It was you who broke the tap and ran away right?” I said laughing out remembering that scene. I don’t know why I was laughing; I thought to be serious and angry if I see that unseen girl who did that to me on that day.
“What? I didn’t. I mean, I didn’t mean to leave you like that. I know you were trying to close it back. But, I know it was broken and can’t be fixed. If I too were joined with you, it would be of no use. We will end up wasting all the water making that place messy and also we will get wet. So, I thought to get someone to do something right. I went and informed about that to a person in mess. He said he will look into that. Then, I realized I was late for the class. I directly went to class. I am sorry if something went wrong on that day.” She almost said in a worrying tone.
I sat there looking at her with an open mouth. I am really a fool to misunderstand her like that. Her explanation is absolutely correct. She was right and spontaneous at that situation and I was thinking why I didn’t think like that. Instead of that, I was blaming her all the time till now. I don’t know what to say. She was looking at me to say something. I felt guilty to look at her.
“I am so sorry. I thought you were afraid and left from there. I didn’t think in this way. Nothing went wrong on that day. When I turned to see you, you were not there. I felt something odd and alone feeling that I am responsible for this to happen which was not true. So, I got angry. I am sorry, I shouldn’t have thought like that.” I said scolding myself inside.
“Oh. It’s ok. If I were in your stage, even I might have thought the same.” She said and looked at me for a few seconds to say something. I didn’t know what to say more. I turned my head towards my books still thinking the same thing how wrong I was. She too didn’t say anything for the day.
“That night, I was rewinding whole conversation again and again in my mind. I didn’t think about any other girl like this before. I used to tease girls from my earlier classes a lot. I never thought about or regret that later. But, this was really different to me. I wanted to talk to her again. Firstly, I met her accidentally on one day but I didn’t see her face. I searched for her thinking every girl might be her. Then, strangely she was in my class itself all those days and I didn’t happen to notice her till today. My heart skipped a bit as soon as I saw her that afternoon and I was sure that was her, whom I was searching for. I behaved totally opposite what I planned I should be. After listening to her, I got attracted more to her. I couldn’t sleep that night.
The next day I purposely didn’t go to lunch. I remained there in the class. I was hoping her to come soon as she did yesterday. Exactly at same time as yesterday or I can say even few minutes early, she was there approaching our class. I saw her through corner of my eyes. I was waiting for her. I smiled without looking to her directly. I saw that she too was smiling seeing me smiling. I felt funny. I wanted to talk to her. My heart was urging to start the conversation. I didn’t plan that. But, somehow I should talk. I cleared my throat and started.”
“Hi. Had lunch?” I asked her keeping my voice steady.
“Hi. Yeah I had. What about you?” She said. I felt she too was maintaining a serious tone.
“No. I didn’t go. I was not feeling to have lunch.” I said smiling myself as I couldn’t control my heart. It was jumping.
“Why? What happened?” She was still serious.
“Nothing. I got bored of food here. That’s it.” I said making my answer logical as every hosteller feel the same after few days in hostel.
“Oh. Yeah. Even I feel the same. I was counting the days for the exam. So that I can go home soon after finishing the exam.” She said partly low and partly in exciting voice.
“Suddenly I felt my heart giving a jerk. I forgot that there were only 10 more days to finish our term there. Till the before day even I was feeling the same to get out of that campus. But, then I was not ready for that. I was feeling something new feeling whenever I thought about that girl. This has started only after 24hrs I saw her. But, I felt I was feeling that from a long time and I want it to feel like that forever. Again I didn’t know what to say to her. I think she was puzzled by my silence. Every time I start a conversation and I end up being silent.
Again that night I was thinking. I can’t stop the time. So, I needed to think other ways which will help me not to end this here. I made up my mind. I know I was crazy. I wanted to know something more about her. I was going to use those final days to know her better. I didn’t think why I thought like that as that was not important to me right at that time.
I was happy as the fate also my side helping me. Every day I started skipping my lunch and she too started coming early from her lunch. She would go with her friends and come. I felt easier to talk to her day by day. We got to know about each other. Not completely but good enough to talk about. The days were passing more quick than we thought. I can say that she too enjoyed our talks as much as I enjoyed. I thought I would definitely miss her after our couching term. The thought itself startled me daily. No matter what happens, I wanted to say how I felt about her. The day before exam, when we were talking I wanted to express my feelings towards her. I just said it.”
“I like you. I think I am in love.”
First she was shocked to hear me like that. Then, she took it easily.
“Sorry? You don’t know me much. We started talking just like that. Not even more than 10days. You are thinking in wrong way. Once after the exam we don’t even be in contact and you eventually forget all these talks.” She said smiling and nodding her head in disagreement to my words.
“I listened to her. I sighed when she is done from her side. She didn’t tell me that she doesn’t like me and she didn’t sound angry also. That was enough for then. I stood up closing my books for the day.”
“Ok. I am sure about my feelings and my thoughts. I won’t change my decision. If you want to speak to me at any time, you can call me to this number.” I wrote down my number in a paper and placed it on her desk. She was staring at me in shock.
“Good Luck” I said without meeting her eyes and left the class.
I didn’t go to class again. I didn’t see her then again. We finished our exam and every one left to our homes. I was thinking all the time why I said like that. Part of me was expecting a call from her and part of me was saying that she would have thrown the paper I gave in to a dustbin and forgot about my episode.” He finished.
“That’s it?” I wanted to ask him. I feel there is something more. It didn’t end like this I guess.
But everyone had remained frozen in their seats as I am.
Some of them are expecting him to continue. Some of them are wishing it should not end like this. But he didn’t start again.
“Hey. What happened again? Is this is the end?” Muskan broke the silence and asked with curiosity.
“I wish this was the end” He said in a low voice looking down.
No one said anything. So, there is something more. But, if doesn’t want to go further, we don’t want to force him. But he didn’t move from there. We remained silent for few seconds.
He started again. “I got a message one day. I was lying on bed and thinking about her. By that time, I had told everything to my mom and sister. They didn’t react much. They just listened to me which I wanted only that from them.”
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