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This Day Then

Nervously along with my cousin sister, brother and along with some unknown people we were at this balcony looking across the Powai Lake.


And this effervescent girl is also noticed around. Bright , bespectacled, with a pony-tail bobbing and wearing a bright kurta and jeans/capris.

Before anyone could talk, The Teacher ushered us into what was a makeshift classroom.

It was the house of one of uncles. The hall which had the balcony had durries spread across its length, with the Glass Dining table pushed in the the corner, the chairs laid around the walls.

We were on the third day of the five day Art of Living program being organised at the house of one of the volunteers.
All through the brief exercises of Yoga and discussions, apart from exchanging smirks with my cousins, I could not help notice the presence of the girl.

At the end of the class, there was brief community snack/ dinner organised. It was late evening by the end of the class and amazing wind was ruffling in the balcony. I saw myself move back into the hall from the balcony , with my plate towards this group where this girl had started chatting with my cousins and others froom the program.

While exchanging names and work-places with the girl, I frowned, smiled and surprised myself and everyone around by saying that we have met!!


I narrated, with my cousins( Now giving me looks) and this girl who was working in a TV News Channel then , that we had shared a auto-rickshaw from the station on a rainy day six odd months and back!
I recalled coz she was wearing a similarly bright blue-red-purple kurta along with jean, and had told me where she worked, and I smartly, had nearly walked out when it was my stop without paying the amount shared!

WOW! She too recalled and exclaimed," Hey!! how the hell did I miss YOU out then!!"

We talked on here and there

(Just two weeks before the course, I had this major tiff, with this one-of-the-few-females-I-knew-in-mumbai! and we had stopped talking completely)


The balance two days zipped by mixed with learnings and excitement and we were on the last day.

We exchanged email ids, numbers etc.

What followed was a another strange short relation-ship of my life.
We were the greatest of friends within no time. Meeting everyday, long walks, dinners and reading each others minds.
The other would call, when one would think of talking and we were both equally surprised, not only by the sudden strange connection but even notiiced that "aries" and "saggitarians" make and excellent couple and we were both nine numbered.


4 odd months whizzed passed with our families knowing about each other.

For me it was too strange and too quick, As usual!

She quit her job as she always wanted to be and RJ and was fed-up of her over-political office.

Much faster than slowly, we had little to talk to each other. But if one would be thinking about the other, the other would still call!
The connection was alive, but the attaraction was starting to wear off.

It kept wearing down.
She got her dream job.
Busied herself was a dance course and another one.

We talk now, once in a blue moon.

Today in one year from that day in the balcony!

Comments

vishesh said…
ha,my friend howdy? what a story,how life is cruel to us...how much do we give it yet we give up...
niki yokota said…
cool post!!
and wat a coincidence lol
i wish i could have sat there and looked at lake with u.
Moi said…
:) one moves on....
@ Vishesh:

Well that is tru buddy!
@ NIki:
Hey you are most welcome!!
@ Moi

(:

well yess!

it moves on for sure!!
Manish Juneja said…
My friend has asked me to be active in the Blogosphere ...... so I m here dear...
Anyway ....subtle yet powerful as always.
Class!!!!
niki yokota said…
awww thank u sooo very much!!
may i link u?? :)
Jas Bhambra said…
Sorry to hear about that. Not easy, though. The memories stay there forever...
Megster said…
That must hurt..(:
Keshi said…
attraction doesnt last forever...but memories do.

Nice post Abhi.

Keshi.
Radha said…
Awww, sad that it didnt last; but maybe thats how its meant to be
Trinnie said…
oh! i thought u were getting married... and were writing on how u met 'her'
:(

bad boy! paise diye bina chalne ki soch rahe the... :P

on a serious note, it gave me a feeling of those bittersweet times... that hanging feeling... of time stopping for moments that seem like years...
:)

take care!
That was a great read Abhi. Beautiful.

:)
Rauf said…
Hi abhishek,
i am sorry its been a while.
been traveling, traveling again tomorrow. Love being in the wild.
i really don't know why it is called wild. Actually i am in the wild, in a city, not as wild as Mumbai though. i think the language needs some drastic changes. ' killing two birds with one stone', i am a sitting duck' 'within a striking distance'

From a wild city i go to the civilised wildreness.

Very well written Abhishek, first impression is the best impression.
And you'll know that the friendship is going to last. Pride plays an important role. When the chemistry is perfect, pride and ego gets thrown out of the window.
If one clings on to pride the friendship may not last for long.
i think you should call her. Some initiative is needed here.

'boost is the secret of my energy'
Have a glass of boost and call her.

On a personal level Abhishek, why do people create a void that can only be filled with some new philosophy ? Would i teach a monkey the art of living ?

Hope you are doing fine
warm regards
rauf
Łóòň Ġãĺ said…
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Łóòň Ġãĺ said…
Waah kya baat hai!

Art of Living gets me all excited ... temme have they still got those same teachers? Deepali Patel and Amy Patel and a few others I can't really recall but I remember their faces ... now dont temme they got zillion teachers ... these 2 were the ones u cud find everywhere .. they're both sisters ...

and abt ur post ... it was a gud read ... :) ... hamaari adhuri kahaaani...
J said…
Whoa... happens dude, happens. Shit happens.
@ Niki:
Heya, Sure you can link!!
@ Jas:
hey...
its good na..
learnings!!
"ex"-periances
Hey @ Megster:

well hurt....
though i would not want to but.. it does..
though i dunno if the hurt is really that much..
but something close to hurt!!
@ Keshi:

Hey thanks for compliments..

BUt then what lasts forever!??
@ Radha:

Well dunno whats meant to be in life?

Is it all that happens and is said to be meant to be??
@ Trinnnieeeeeeeeee:

Its surprising you bring up bittersweet here..
on a inetersting tangent, it was one of the ring tones she had then...

AING::: How did u know!!!
@ Sweetstickychewy ::

Thank youssssssssss
@ Rauf

Thanks .
Its lovely to see you here anytime.

***'boost is the secret of my energy'
Have a glass of boost and call her.

-----> Hee hee!!
yes I think i will do this now!!



****On a personal level Abhishek, why do people create a void that can only be filled with some new philosophy ? Would i teach a monkey the art of living ?

-----> Maybe its another way we find to describe things apart from science.. which fails at times!!!
@ Loon Gal:

Oie Motiii::
Theya re umpteen teachers for AOL!! here in mumbai..

@Humari Adhuri Kahani..
Hahahaha
@ J:
Yeah.. shit happnes eveyday ( luckily)(

;)
Sarad said…
mmm:(
dharmabum said…
it sounded like it was gonna end on a 'all's well...' note :) beautiful, the way u have crafted ur memories into words..
Keshi said…
Actually nothing lasts forever...

Even memories die along with us when we die...

Keshi.
WElcomezzzZZzzz. lol!:D

Have a good day Abhi.:)

Cheers!
# keshi:

wel thats true,.. but is it something we should be sad about?

if not that how should we percieve this, " Nothing lasts forever"?
Keshi said…
as humans we will be sad abt it while we live...

Keshi.
Łóòň Ġãĺ said…
i know there are .... but i mentioned these 2 .. coz they used to be EVERYWHEREE!! lol u think am some really dumb ass ! grrr

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