Well,life has been hard on me for the last two weeks.The most exciting thing that I did is also the most stupid thing.My mom is mad at me for not doing the house chore,dad is mad at me for not doing a part-time job,and I am mad at myself for blowing the best chance that I could have got.I guess there are some people in everybody's life whom you meet only whenyou are depressed.People who are probably born to annoy you.I have quite a few in my life.She is one of them.
"Hii!! What are you doing here?",she says in her annoyingly sweet voice.
"Uhhh....eating.I guess that is what peoplelike me do???" I hadn't expected to see her here.
"You could be a little cheery for a change,ya know?",she snaps.
"Not with ya around.You found me by accident or by purpose??"
"Well, guess what you'd like?I'd like a masala dosa.",she turns to the waiter hovering above me."You sound as sour as you were during that bhelpuri episode",comes the next quip.
Boy,I so remember that.It was,is and will be the singularly most embarassing thing that i have ever done.Bicker with a girl in the middle of the street.It was the year before last.One of the most depressing periods of my life.I had flunked my 12th boards twice in a row,my boss at the day job was pissed off at me,dad was totally upset and mom was going through hi-blood pressure.I was living hell,and she rubbed iodised salt into my wounds.Every one of her projects at my comp class would be selected,and mine disregarded.It was one of those'effing-days';to borrow a phraseology.My friend offered to take me for a free treat,but didn't have the money and I ended up paying for it.But just as i was about to dig into my first spoon,someone bumps ito me and sends my plate spiralling at the speed of light from my hand to the platform.What followed was the most embarassingly hilarious event of my life.
It was her again.Giggling,gaggling in all her petite,prettiness with her friends.any other boy in my place would have actually utilised the opportunity,But i had some other plans.I tapped her on the shoulder,mind it tapped her.
"don't you think you owe me an apology??'',I scowled in hindi.
"What??? ",she lookeed quizzically at me.
"Well,you just spoiled my 10 bucks.The least you could do is apologise".By now,the devil was inside me.
"Oh!!sorry,it was just an accident.No need to be all angry.",she reasoned.
"Accidents don't happen for free,ya know!!",.Man,was i cheap.
"ten rupees,that is what you cost me right now..Pay up".By now my poor friend was embarrassedly tugging me away.
"Where do they make cheap-skates like you?",she snapped back,understandably.
"The same place where they make you".You couldn't have held me back with a titanium barricade that day.
"At least I have more money",was her wise remark.
"Good for me.now pay up."I was out of my blistering mind,now if i think of it.
"Here have a twenty..and guess what.Keep the ten as a tip.'',Then she turns to my friend and says,"I know institutions that take care of people like these.I'll give you their numbers if you want."
I would have choked the royal air out of her lungs if it weren't for my friend.Most of my family won't beleive this if i told tem.But this happened.In the middle of a damn,bustling street.
"You aren't eating ?Lost appetite?",she snaps me out of it.
"UHH no.Just that...I am sorry for that" the faster it is out,the better.
"what???",then it dawns on her,"Ohhh...never mind.You were going through a bad phase.Anyways,wanna join me at a party now??",she ends it in a strange way.
"C'mon.Show some civility.It is not some unknown place,it is rahul's Bday."she answers before
adding,"rahul???ur comp partner.???"
"UHh...No thanx.I..I'd rather go home now.It is time.",I still am thinking.
"Ok.Dnt regret it later"
Ohh by the way,wish rahul for me."
"Yah sure",was her last quip.
As i step out of the eatery,I am still thinking.Should I have said yes.It is not everyday that I am asked out by a GIRL.But the other part says,Remember how strange it would be.For you two to walk into a room full of people from your class,together.two days have passed,I am still arguing about it.The date that I almost could have gone.