.....coz I don't hate love stories.
Part2: Close encounters of the pretty kind
Hazaaron khwaisheyen jage hai iss dil mein
Zyada intezaar mat karana..
Yeh nazarein tarase hei tere ek jhalak ke liye
Sheshe se bhi nazook iss dil ko tootane mat dena…
Bhool kar tumko jee na payenge
Tujhe dekh kar jo dil dhadkana sikha tha…
Tere pyar ke bina, dil kahin dhadkana bhul na jaye...
Bas itne guzaarish hai ke tumhare dil ke recycle bin mein mat rakhna.
It’s strange isn't it? the very thought of a potential* life partner changes your life all together. You see love in the air first time, apart from pollution & new microbes causing new flu etc nowadays…There are instances in life where you don’t know what you want from life & life seems to make no sense & instances where you know exactly what you want in life, but still life seems make no sense, because there is no way you could get it. Well, Shruti seemed just an excellent example, but worth a heart-breaking try though
Raj ke dil mein to Simran ko dekh kar kuch kuch hua tha…
Hamare dil mein to iss anjane khoobsurat ladki ko dekh kar bahut kuch ho
potential* : of course conditions apply, wish I could be lost in this dream for ever, reluctant to embrace the reality where the complexity of lives determines the probability of two people falling in love.
A day’s long wait was over finally & Shruti & Sunil met at the same restaurant.
Finally getting a break from uncertainty & wondering that whether she is actually gonna come for me or it was just a kind of joke.
Sunil : Hi I am Raj, naam to suna he hoga ?
Shruti : ha ha…good one, its been long I never heard this. Hmm, well I am Simran, who looked back one last time wondering whether the guy who stared at her so long was at all going to approach for asking out.
Sunil : Is it ? Wow, I feel Ah Ah I feel ..I feel..Oh god now it seems so easy to express those complex mathematical equations rather than to express these feelings. That too when pretty girl is 5 inches near to you.
Sunil (after thinking long could come up with this only) : well, I am surprised, I thought you were way out of league for me…
Shruti : Why, you have not been asked out by a pretty girl earlier ?
Sunil : Oh ho ho, I am not gonna fall for that, you want to hear your appreciation from me, let me say your handwriting is very nice. I am Sunil, why don’t we sit here…
Shruti : Oh good, Raj name wouldn't suit you anyway.
Sunil : I may look like a software engineer, but really I am not, working in that white boring building opposite to colorful Forum mall, & amateur astronomer, pretty cool sky-observation stuff you know ? I swear to God I am not a geek.
Although I now realize why Pooja had instructed me not to be too much of myself. Thank God, otherwise I would have started simply Chapter 1 : Introduction to Astronomy.
Shruti : Oh, Who is Pooja ?
Sunil: Did I say that aloud? I thought I said it in my mind.
I wanted to say she is my girlfriend, but that may ruin the current attempt of making Shruti my girl friend, besides the fact that Pooja was really like my girl friend, we both knew everything about each other, thanks to that long hours of office work, at least I had a good company, a good friend to seek advices, more importantly to make a useless attempt to understand a girl's mind. All i could deduce after lot of research was Girl's mind is very unpredictable.
Why is that girls are interested in other girls, & why it’s so important for them to be told by others about their appearances, obviously the answer is gonna be that they look pretty.
Sunil: Pooja is my colleague, she told not to be myself too much !
Ah again…Damn it you nervousness, I realize that I should have not told this too..
Shruti : I like people who are the same inside & outside
Sunil : Enough about me, I have spent many hours updating about me in orkut, facebook, & don’t know still many sites, you can look up there always. Tell me about you…
Shruti : Well I am apparel designer, studying now, wish to take up as profession later.
Sunil : cool ! I suppose you design ornaments. Not many people do what they like to do in life.
Shruti : No it's not ornaments, it's clothing fashion designing.
Sunil : Oh FTV stuff, Bikini destinations stuff, cat walks etc cool, this time controlled to say it aloud.
Destiny had done a sort of tit for tat with me, many people believe I am astrologer when they hear astronomer, & I explain to them the difference between astrology & astronomy, wondering whether they are stupid or something. Now I got couldn't pick up apparel designing as clothing or rather less clothing.
Shruti : I see you don’t care for fashion much, you have this professor type ka look.
Sunil : ya that’s true, you are good at observing things. – hope this appreciation cheers her up & still wants to be my friend.
Shruti : Tell me more, how come serous science about sky is your hobby
Sunil : ok, I don’t want to bore you now, just I was interested from childhood, picked up things & understood & got into like minded friends.
Ya I have done it, I have stopped being myself completely, now I am the romantic guy any girl could fall in love with, sorry any pretty girl could fall in love with, sorry Shruti could fall in love with.
Shruti does this strange action she places her hand making it a phone shaped & virtually calls up her friend. She is apparently updating her close friend about new guy - me.
Shruti : Hey I met one nice weird guy, at restaurant…I think I like him, Shruti continues the reply on behalf of her friend as well, Oh cool, how is he? tell me more, is it love at first sight ? I just like him, don’t know …he is nice, tall & handsome, He is from
& software engineer. He does not care about fashion etc, dressing sense etc but I think I will teach him. Bangalore
Admist my wondering if I marry Shruti, Oh my god, astronomy most toughest thing is taking most of my time, Now I have to learn fashion, not cool ! Let me be myself, Our children will have to learn fashion…how can I allow this when real science is out there to be explored. I hear a voice : Now, you call up your friend & tell about me
What stupid thing, telling about some one in front of someone, just as my appraisal process in office I wanted to tell, but did not. Oh, this is supposed to be a romantic thing, why to ruin it ?
Sunil : Hmm, I will call up Pooja…She was the only one who ran across my mind.
Hey it’s Sunil, remember the girl I told you about. I met her today, she is more beautiful that I had seen her the day before. She seems a nice girl though I don’t know much about her. Ya you were right…the probability of finding a girl who has same interests or hobbies as mine is less. If Shruti agrees, I can simply send her photo in the photo competition at office & win a prize easily. Hey it’s great, good to hear about your new girl.
As I dint have anything more to tell, so made up this clever reply : Pooja was busy & kept the phone - I said.
Her smile was more than enough to make it my day, but how could I forget about her likely boy friend who stood her up yesterday?
Sunil: if you don’t mind, was that your boy friend yesterday whom you were waiting for.
Shruti: Yes, why do you ask?
Sunil: Oh is it? I felt like mother of hero of Hindi movies who goes to temple & asks in front of God- Oh God, Why ?
Shruti (laughing): I can’t stand that look on your face, sorry was just messing up with you. I was waiting for my cousin who is studying in college & apparently had assignments to complete, hence couldn't catch up last evening.
I think I must go, it was very nice meeting you, take my number & do you want to write it on your hand or somewhere as you shirt says ‘I have Amnesia’
I wanted to say, I designed it myself, but seemed contradictory to my swearing to god that I am not a geek just few minutes before.
Sunil: Ya tell me, oh that one, it doesn't apply with situations involving pretty girls.
Took down her number & controlled myself not to seem desperate from saying: I love you, wish you could be the love of my life, I could dedicate romantic poems to her, already many in my blog. But just told, it was wonderful meeting you & cannot wait to meet again.
Shruti: same here, So give me a call.
Sunil: wait let me tell..unlike rakj mere dil mein bahut kuch hota hai.. Hope atleast a fraction of that happen in you.
Shruti: still we don’t know each other, let’s see. Bye, take care.
Sunil catches up Pooja in office & tells hey I have got a new blog post, very exciting one this time.
Pooja : I know it's your meeting with that pretty girl isn’t it? can you think of something else apart from blogging & astronomy ?
Sunil: alright, don’t scold me, you just remind me of my mom, thank god my mom does not understand either astronomy or blogging.
Pooja: Ok, tell me, something, anything working out ?
Sunil: She is a Punjabi girl, bubbly, fun loving girl, caring have to see where things go, and did I tell you that she is pretty?
Pooja: ya ya you told me many times that she is pretty, Oh Punjabi, yet another 2 states story like Chetan bhagat? Good luck buddy
I am destiny, the narrator of the story, I unfold in strange ways.