‘Can’t help buddy,’ She texted me back.
With my entry to home, my folks glowed with happiness.Mother was extremely delighted to see me back after many years.All these days we had been listening to each other,talking on phone.I have never missed my mother and father just because of the fact that I’m used to living this way. I can adapt to places very easily and quickly.This is what which differentiates me from other people.
‘Maa, the porridge is just sweet like you are,’ I embraced my mother.
‘Love you beta..and look your daddy is not here to welcome you,’ Mother has always been a whiner as far as I know.Her experiments with new food was something which got praises for her but she found it difficult to manage my father.Father,on contrary was a busy man for whom office was more important than family.
‘I had a word with Papa,..’I retorted.
‘Papa has always been like this Maa…don’t think you can change him..,’ said.
‘Nevermind..I am tired of telling him…,‘ She got vexed.
‘Hey Delhi boy..had lunch?,’ A text from Afreen was received at 1 PM.
‘Oh yes..just now.. 🙂 ,’ I send her a reply.
‘Bhaiyya…see what i got for you..,’ Priyanka came running towards me. She has always been the hearthrob of our house. We all adored and loved her.Pri was daddy’s favourite.
‘Pri…my sweety ..,’ I hugged her.
‘See bhaiyya..I got this Frankie for you..eat it..I know you love it,‘My little sister said to me. It gave me immense pleasure to talk to my sister in real after a long time.I always knew that there was one girl who would always miss my presence and that girl would be my sister.I spoke to my mother and Priyanka for sometime and left for my room. The entire day was spend meeting old friends,teachers,neighbours and cousins.I planned to return back by evening but I had an important work. I had to go to FMS to submit few documents.Family and Friends are two important entities in our life which one should not miss.One should perhaps cherish every moment of his life while he is with his family and friends.You can be relocated or may be time would drag you to some other city where you would be all alone craving to meet your loved ones.Thats why I always believed in the principle of enjoy life as it comes by.I had submitted my documents and left for home at around 6 pm.
I received Afreen’s call.I was surprised to see her call.I could not believe my eyes as I picked up. For once she told me that she won’t talk to me again. Was it my charisma which impelled her to call me.
‘Hello MAdame…’ I greeted her.
‘Nothing much ..dark sky..I guess it would rain her any moment…’I joked.
‘Haha..you seem happy today ..Whats the matter Rahul?,‘She asked me.
‘Nothing much…I’m just tired and trying to go home..Delhi traffic…huh,’ I was fully exhausted.
‘Hahaha…I knew that was coming..so tell me how is my voice,’ She said. I always admired her voice. The very first time when I spoke to her I’d realized that she had a mature voice.It was a voice which was old enough for her.She could do wonders with this asset of hers.It was something special,a gift.
‘I love it buddy..Do you even know what..I am planning to call you everyday just to hear your voice.. such a magic you are ..i mean your voice is,’ I laughed.
‘Idiot..stop making fun of me,..or may be you are flirting dude..,’ She got vexed.
‘Flirting…Haha..Yes may be..I’m not sure,‘ I asserted.
‘Perhaps I can sense the sweet things said by you..its guys old tricks Rahul..Are you a Sagitarian by any chance?,’ She curiously asked me.
‘Yes..I’m a Sagitarian..and what about you,’ I smiled.
‘Well not thats what makes you a perfect Flirt buddy…God..I can’t believe I’m even talking to you…a Flirtu,’ She seemed shocked for a while.
‘Cheer up buddy..I don’t flirt ok…and When is your birthday?,’ I asked.
‘Well I am an Arian girl.10th April is my birthday….Quite disciplined girl that I am,’ She laughed.
‘Oh God..you are so funny..Anyways I’ve reached my home now…Can I give you a call back soon ,’ I said to Afreen.
‘Sure Rahul.,’ She said and cut the phone.
Soon I received a message from her. ‘ 🙂 ‘ I could see only one smile emoticon in that text.
‘Its always a pleasure talking to you Sweetheart,’ I replied to her text. Days passed and we both used to talk for hours and hours on phone. We would talk about random things. Sometimes she would bore me with her Medical stuffs. I can’t cease to understand why do girls have to talk about their studies and stuffs when an interesting person calls them.
My Classes at FMS had begun and it was a new experience. A transition from an Engineering student to a Management student was going to happen. This transition itself was something which could change my life completely.I would talk to Afreen daily for 1 hour. I fail to realize that by doing so I might really fall in love with Afreen.I had never been in love before and as days passed this feeling was growing stronger.We used to talk to each other like a boyfriend and girlfriend although we weren’t one.
‘Hey Sweety..whatsup..,’ I ‘d called her sharp at 7.30 pm. I would call her daily at 7.30 pm.
‘Don’t you have any better words ..new words I mean..,‘ She said.
‘New words..Jaanu will do?,’
‘Jaanu belongs to the 1980’s era..something creative and innovative..,’ she said.
‘Baby…please do not test me..You make me fall in love with you ..every time I call you to hear your voice and I fall in love with you…,’ I laughed.
‘Oh Common!! try this with some other girl..she might fall for you..but not to me,’ She got angry.
‘Anyways…you know what happened today..That stupid Anatomy viva was very bad.. the mam was sweet but the Sir was too bad.He asked me things which I never knew,’ She said.
‘Oh thats too cruel of him.I had send him 2 bags of cash,‘ I said.
‘Cash to ask you simple and easy questions and make you pass,’ I joked.
‘Uff…you are so bad na,..you making fun of my pathetic situation…I seriously hate you…,‘She said.
‘But I unhate you..,’ I said.
‘UnHate…Hahaha,..does such word exists in Thesaurus,’ She laughed.
‘I mean..I love you..,’
‘Oh Not again..please..why do you love me? Tell me,’ She asked.
‘Well because you are someone whom I am looking forward in my life,…a guide,companion ,philosopher..you are the twinkling star which i am waiting for..I love you sweety,’
‘See I proposed you right now…,’ I continued.
‘Haha, this is not called proposing… its should be like ,’ She said.
‘If Stars could speak..even they would give the testimony of my love for you,’ She continued.
‘Wow..That was good dear,’ I said to her.
‘We are constantly talking since few months and I warn you up hand..don’t fall for me ok?,’ She said.
‘Don’t…Love just happens idiot…it just happens..its un controllable,’ I said.
‘But..ok fine.don’t you think we both talk a lot? If this continues then we would seriously get addicted to each other…,’ She said and I completely agreed to each word of hers.
‘Its not called Addiction..Its friendship..,’ I said.
‘But we can’t tell…It makes people dependent on each other and then separation at some-point of time hurts…people may become busy and we can’t always expect to talk like this yaar,’ She added.
‘It is good or bad,’
‘No it is not good..Addiction of any kind is bad..,’ She turned into a serious mode.
‘Well Jaanu..listen..you should not think too much okay,’
‘I’m not your jaanu,’ She got angry.
‘Okay, Darling we should be friends and we already know that our friendship is growing stronger and someday we might be best friends,’ I said.
‘I’m my own best friend Rahul.In such friendship there is lots of responsibilities and expectation.If we fail we eventually get betrayed and hurt.I already have a bad experience of betrayal and getting hurt.I don’t want to get hurt again ,’ She said.
‘What happened re,’I asked her.
‘No..I had a best friend from school. We were so close and we were like soul sisters.Some misunderstandings and she stopped talking to me.ITs the worst thing which happened in my life. You don’t know how much I miss talking to her…People come in my life ..mark their presence and leave my life without telling me..,’ She said.
‘Well that happens dear…one should learn to cope up with life…I’m damn sure I might fall in love with you some day…I’m quite sure about it..,‘ I smiled.
‘I already knew this was coming..and thats why I warn you,’ She warned.
‘Lets see…‘I said.
‘Are you in touch with Ankita Didi?,’ Afreen asked me. Hearing Ankita’s name made me think about the day when Ankita had proposed me.All these while I was feeling good but for some reason I started feeling weird.
‘Ankita….,’ I said.
(To be continued…)