“Chicha! Give me a gum” he said as he sat down on the bench in the park
It was a general hangout space for this gang, it was just so pleasant and they also had fun there since their childhood.
“Hey! Bharath have you forgot to bring the gum today i told you to get that for all of us!” Shashank asked him in return.
Shashank bharath were the ‘Chaddi Baddi ’ friends that they call themselves. They were pretty good in their studies and have never missed any fun that their age group have had.
It was a very pleasant morning with the breeze blowing from east gently over the trees that take in the fresh rays of the morning sun, dancing to the breeze to the music of the birds chirping in the peaceful and quite park over the branches looking at the aged people exhaust as they walk in the park in keeping their health fit. They walk in just like any day and sit over the newly built wood benches just to match the park and increase the elegance of the park.
“I do not know what is wrong with these girls now a days they have no taste....”Shashank utters to himself “Arrggh! I wish i had the luck of her holding my hand as she walks on the road and the whole world shall feel so jealous of me. Shit!”
“What happened to you! Like a mad guy talking to your selves. Pooja or what?” Bharath says.
“No! Pooja? Is she here man! I do not want to talk to, ask her to leave now. I do not want to see her face” Shashank replies furiously lifting his head to see bharath.
“Haha! I get it now. What’s wrong with Pooja and you, have you given up your liking for her now. At last she has something to cheer upon” Bharath replies laughing at his reaction
“Come on now, don’t laugh da” Shashank replies.
‘Da’ is a general word that they call their close friends
Shashank was 10 years when he thought he felt his heart skipped a beat. And he felt the same way in his next five years consecutively and everytime he only felt but he never tried to let it out to the other gender. But it was in his 17th year that he had the same feeling no wonder it was routine to feel that way but this time he expressed his feelings only to a certain extent and he had his methods of trying to impress with his stunting techniques and skills on his bike and his funky junky hair styles that he used to get it done as his fathers friend owned a beauty saloon for men and women and was so popular in the city.
“Pooja ! i do not know what has happened to my senses after i saw you Pooja! I do not know what has happened to my thoughts as i keep thinking only about you Pooja i do not know what happened to me after i saw you” he paused
After a week bharath has pulled all his guts to speak in front of pooja with a written script given by shashank and after his rehearsals for the last 2 days.
“I smile suddenly i do not know why
I suddenly forget my friends name for yours i do not know why
I suddenly see all the faces fade away as you pass by me i wonder why
I did not know the reason and in silence my heart answered all these questions.” Bharath continued as he recollected all the lines written by shashank and told them with a feel that he has never practiced. He was tensed that is for sure.
Pooja stood still like a rock looking at the empty streets. curling the hair strands behind her ears which let her dazzling long ear rings visible which caught almost everyone’s eyes along with a lips so delicate and red which were one of the highlights that she possessed. She was so thin wearing her black jeans that showed her physique that a girl would be trying so hard to be and she had a knack over maintaining it perfectly. With all these is not enough she had these deep black eyes that were so beautiful along with the kajol that she had put on and those never let any one from not staring at her. No doubt bharath’s heart skipped a beat.
“Do you know why? Pooja” He said with a smile of curiousness of listening to tell her that she likes him also
“I think you should ask these questions to a doctor and you would get a better answer for that” Pooja replied with an immediate answer.
“Oh! Pooja you are very funny. Okay then i will tell you” Bharath spoke after sensing the situation. “It was all because of you pooja. Yes since the day i saw you. I love you pooja” he completed his sentence strongly.
“I would better ask you not to come back with this sort of stuff bharath.”Pooja replied and she left.
It was after a week of his proposal that he saw pooja with a guy who the whole college talks of as a rich guy and also was good looking with a pleasant smile and bharath could not take it.
“Chillax boss nothing to worry may this be for a better future, for you” Bharath was diplomatic and these words had a little impact over him and he cooled down
They smiled at each other suddenly. A new start, a new time, another beginning of their late teenage days. But that is not the case in here they smiled at each other not because of realizing the truth that pooja would be in his life. Its because they saw a girl in a distance from their bench. She was so traditional that was his first impression when he saw her for the first time.
I do not know whether it was a real but i never wanted it to be my beautiful day dream. I am sure about one thing that she did not make me skip a beat but she did mean my smile right now the one that i had it on my face.
I would not want to see myself getting mocked about me having a crush over a stranger never-the-less not to my heart because she is my heart, She is the one i would continue to walk with holding her hand in hand all the way from the goa beaches to the pilgrimage’s. OMG my heart is speaking to itself never felt this way, my hearts pounding at a higher rate i never felt anything like this ever before
“Bharath! Bharath!. Da Bharath!” Shashank calls out to the lost bharath
Bharath by the time he regains his senses..
“Yes, ma i am coming back in ten minutes. Bye.”Bharath answers the phone call
“Lets go! Da tomorrow onwards we gotta be here earlier” Bharath tells to shashank
“Whats wrong Bharath what are you thinking. Anything wrong with you” Shashank asks
“Nothing wrong I.. I think I am in love...”Bharath tells Shashank atlast
“Da! who is she” Shashank curiously “Where did you see her? What’s her name ? when did you see her? ” Shashank continued
“I do not know anything about her at all. Call it love at first sight and one side love too” Bharath replied
“Come on man when and where did you see her?” Shashank asked
“Here right here in the park on that bench yesterday” Bharath smiles as he recollect all the memories
“Come on lets see if she is anywhere in the park” Shashank wanted to see that girl no matter what
Shashank and Bharath were on their move in search of the girl everywhere in the park. This is common for these two but it was always for Shashank
But this time for Bharath and after a round up and down the park duo reaches back to the same place their hangout spot.
Opposite to them they see, a girl sitting over the bench playing with her silky loose hair falling all over her peacock blue chudidar with a thin golden border that fits in perfectly with her ear rings hanging and shining. To all these her black kajal on her eye lids and with a thing long black sticker covering 1/4th of her forehead she was looking like an angel for his eyes, actually she was angel for him anytime.
“Da! Are you serious? Gosh! I could have see her before.” Shashank tells Bharath.
“Man! Believe me you are talking about my wife.” Bharath speaks jokingly
“I am the happiest person for you if you would end up marrying her”
“I know that man. Brother from another womb!”
“Gotta leave da mom asked me to come back, there is some work can you do a small favour?”
“Yeah tell me”
“Will you try to manage to bring out some information. Please”
“Yeah! I will give it a try”
The very day Shashank had to go to Hyderabad for he has got his interview letter. So every day Bharath himself went to alone, she always managed to come earlier than him. Each day she looked even more prettier and the feelings over her grew more and more.
“29/04.....Every day i walk into the park with only one motive, today is no different.
I watched from the same bench admiring her caring nature towards children sitting along side her. She never moved from her place but still the way she was smiling talking and every act, she is just good.....”
“30/04....today she was looking towards me...not continuously though but occasionally i think it was random but my heart says she noticed me. This makes me think of two things 1. Should i go and talk to her or 2. Should i wait for shashank to come and tell me what to do...He had lost his mobile so could not reach him....But this girl is what my mind thinks of every time. She is stunning today in her yellow chudidar”
“31/04 fudge! I should have set my alarm much earlier....yeah i was very late and i could not get dressed well but i managed to go there but she already left and i always wonder why i could never stay until she leaves and follow her home.....but i do not know but it was never possible.....okay but today she was stunning in her black chudidar and she was stunning beautiful... ”
“01/05 Today i could not go I was very upset and every time i think about it i ask my self, did she miss me? Did she notice my absence? And all my heart says is......nothing it has more questions rather than answer so i stopped listening to it....I will come back tomorrow i will not miss”
“02/05 Man i really missed her today man she did not come today i was really sad about that i just cannot talk...i will come back tomorrow...by the way shashank is buying his phone tomorrow gotta talk to him soon about this.. good night”
“03/05 i talked to priya about my love issue and she says that i have to approach her immediately and talk to her as i told her that i found her staring at me too some times and she told me that girls hate people staring at them and like the people who approach them with confidence....i am sure i gotta pull all my guts and approach her soon but should i do it without Shashank?...I donno i will think about it now...bye.”
“07/05 sorry could not talk to you i was little busy but all these days i managed to rehearse the proposal in front of the mirror, in front of priya, in front of teddy beat and also in front of snoopy my dog. I think it is weird but yet i feel confident about talking to her now........yeah i am gonna talk to her tomorrow and propose her.... ”
She was as beautiful as she could ever be. She was wearing a white chudidar with a peacock design over it along with a fat blue and golden border. She has got her compensating gold long chains type ear rings hanging beautifully, her hair pulled to a side over her forehead along with a little punk falling before over her eyes and a plates behind. She was looking perfect just like some one would get ready on a important night. But here it was just co incidence and i loved it.
I could not reach Shashank before going so i texted him what i was gonna do and i am sure he will be happy for me
“Gosh! Why am i unable to reach his phone now. Please god do not let him go there! Please do not let Bharath meet priyanka ”Shashank talks to himself in a sad and at the same time with some desperation.
Priyanka is the name of the girl and shashank could figure out some details about her “Priya....Priya! i have to talk to her” shashank feels that it is the right move
“Hello priya just go to the park immediately and look for Bharath his phone is out of reach. Please go fast ” Shashank insists priya
What is wrong with him! Why is he stopping him! Why does he not want him to meet her? OMG! Should I do this, should i ask him not to meet her. He was dying for this day. Let Shashanl have a good reason in doing this
“The number you are calling is not reachable do you want to leave a voice mail” Priya listens as she tries to reach Bharath.
“Hey Bharath please wait do not meet her before meeting me. Got to talk to you something wait at cafe coffee day. Priya” Priya leaves a voice mail in anxiety
“Priya I am on my way home i will bein the city in 1 hr please hold him for me .” Shashank pleads priya for this favour
“Goddamn! Shashank! Can you please let me know why do you want to stop him” Priya shouts over the phone
“.... it’s...you know on the other day when he showed me her in the park....he left before...” Shashank speaks hesitantly “You know on that day i was waiting for my friend...till late morning.......and..”Shashank speaks confused
“08/05 Yeah i am writing much early today even though the day did not come to an end but i am sure if i write it in the evening i will be out of words, over cloud9, I am sure my feelings are true and she is truly impressed with the way i was behaving ‘Being positive of yourself and what you are speaking will impress girls a lot’ priya always used to say. Okay i will go now bye...hey wait wish me luck!”
Bharath writes and leaves to the park in order to propose her and....
“Let me explain how important she is to my life! She is the painter and i am the canvas, I am the flute and she is the air blowing through it. She is the heart and i am the body of love.... I will let her know all this”Bharath speaks as he slowly walks to the park and approaching to may be his turning point of my his life.
“Hey!... ah!.. I....ah!.... I want you to.... know something” Bharath speaks as he picks each of his words carefully
“Yeah! Sure! But who am I speaking to” Priyanka replies
“Um!...The one whom you used to look back at every morning?” Bharath speaks
“I am sorry I do not look at anyone..Practically i...”priyanka speaks when she is cut off by shashank
“Ah! Would you mind us coming back in a second. Bharath there is a phone call for you!”Shashank speaks fast and gets him out of there in a hurry
“Man! I am glad you are back but let me go i am proposing man! Now i am even more confident because you are back......”Bharath talks like the happiest man in the world.
“Da! I do not...... I do not want you to propose her. ”Shashank tells bharath in low voice
Sensing the situation is not right “Da! Why? I am going.....I am going to let her know. Do not stop” Bharath walks off as he speaks to shashank
“Da! She is not correct!”
“She is not correct? What do you mean she is not correct. Yeah she is not correct she is the perfect one that fills this space of my life”
“Man! Okay! Let me tell you. She is blind!”
“What!”Bharath falls down on his knees crying.
By the time priya reaches to the place, she listens someone sobbing.
“Hey! Bharath what is this” Priya tries to console him Priya and Shashank tries to get him back to his senses for the next 10 minutes and to their surprise things turn pretty unexpectedly and Priya and Shashank were out of their words.....
“....What are you talking bharath...are you sure about it...”
“Da!....but! what about your mom”
“do you find any problem in Priyanka! Priya?”
“Bharath! Go for it I support your mindset. I will tell shashank”
“Priya why did you leave him? His mom? What if she does not approve? What will happen to his love of life? What happens to his life? What....”Shashank is stopped from any further questions
“His love is so true like that of mother to their children. I will talk to his mother” Priya says as they walk towards Bharath to know what is going to happen
Priyanka is in her sea blue chudidar with a blue sticker and her hair left loose to one side of her face completely and only her left ear is visible as their ear rings making their impression along with her stunning beauty.
“Do you mind walking with me? ” Bharath asks
“Sorry! , may i know who you are” Priyanka’s friend asks Bharath
“I am sorry. My name is Bharath and I.... I want to walk with her”
“Walk with her? Walk with her for what? And she cannot s..”
“Yeah! I will cut you right there. And I know everything about her.”Bharath speaks stubbornly “Now! Priyanka may I have the privilege walking with you ”
“What! Why do you want to walk with me” Priyanka speaks to him for the first time. Her soft and gentle voice was like music to his ears.
“You come with me first!”
“Okay? Do you think it is okay shivani?”
“Yeah! Seems like he is in love with you let us see” She whispers in her ears
“Okay! But till where?”
“As long as you can show me a place where there is no GOD i want to walk hand in hand with you and lead a life”
Priyanka is shocked on what she hears
“Will you marry me?” Bharath kneels down holding her right hand
“What!?” Priyanka’s surprised
He removes his finger ring and gently lets priyanka know by making her feel what he has got in his hand.
“Shivani do you think it okay”
“Shivani can you call her parents” Bharath asks her
“Of course! Here you go”
“Hey! Shivani what was that for?”
“Priyanka you might not be able to see him but I can sense his true love for you and I do not think he is the best”
“Uncle! I am Bharath, I have completed my graduation and I am about to join into Google as assistant GUI designer. I get a salary around 65k and I live in a combined family with a well cultured and good community family ....why i am telling you all this is because I am in love with your daughter and you have to accept me and I think I can keep her happy!”...... “Okay uncle. Take care bye” Bharath cuts the phone and hands it over to Shivani with his head down
Priya and Shashank watches him walk slowly in with his head down and they rush towards him and asks what has happened to him
“Priyanka....Um...”Bharath speaks in low broken voice “All the doors are closed now...”
“Do not worry! You will surely find a better person”
“Wait! All the doors are closed for you”
“All the doors are closed? What for me. Why are the doors closed for me? What are you talking about?”
“Your parents have approved for our alliance. It is up to you for your decision. Will you marry me?”
“OMG! I may not see you but I am sure you will take care of me.”
“How do you know all that?”
“I may live in a world that looks black but I know you have the lantern to fill my life with light and colour”
Shivani, Priya and Shashank watches them walk off from them hand in hand.