Distant Spaces

Monday, May 29, 2006

Distant Spaces - Chapter 3 - The Encounter

She was jerked out of her thoughts yet again as she heard the loud banging at the door.Raeshma put on the clothes they had given her, she preferred the bedsheet to those.She looked at herself in the mirror, which was precariously balanced against a wall in the corner of the room.A long flowy multicolored skirt, began below her navel and ended above her ankles, she tried to pull it higher but realized it looked more slutty higher than lower.The skirt was paired up with a tight tie-up blouse which was too small for her, and didnt allow for any breathing, it pushed her breasts up and tucked her stomach in. She looked like a dancer right out of an item number.She used the little rag of a dupatta to look the least bit presentable, by covering up as much as she could.
"Come faaaaast, what are you doing in there?",dragged a voice from outside.
Raeshma opened the door in reply to face a tall slender girl, also dressed in a similar outfit as hers, only her dupatta was non-existent and her skirt was pulled up and tucked in near her belly, revealing her right leg well above the knee.She was chewing a twig,and did not take the trouble of removing it when she talked, thus ended up spitting a lot of it when she talked,
"Oh! Are you new here? I am Champa, What's your name?", she asked, resting on the door with one hand and throwing away the half chewed twig on the floor, a spitting out the remaining from her mouth right there.
"Raeshma" she replied without meeting Champa's eye.
"Hi, Raeshma, dont be scared, this is a nice place, lots of money and lots of....you no what" she said with a pause and a wink.
Raeshma remained silent, she wasnt going to talk to anybody,
"Co-operate! my foot" she thought, but did not dare utter a word.
"Dont worry, everything's going to be fine", said Champa,
"We are usually light during the day, so, i will show you around." she continued,
She grabbed Raeshma's hand and dragged her out of the room,
"Okay that is Ganga..." she said pointing to a bone thin pale girl, who was crying,
"Psst, she is always like that, dont mind her," she whispered into Raeshma's ear.
"Where do you stay?" asked Raeshma,
"Ah! Finally you decided to open that pretty little mouth of yours have you? okay that is good, well, all of us live in one place",
"All of you? How many are there here?", Raeshma asked
"Oh about 30 I think", came the reply,
"So, where do you all live?", she asked Champa again,
"Okay, I will show you", she replied and pulled her down a fleet of stairs and then another, and just as Raeshma was wondering how deep they would go under the building, they reached a dark small room, not much bigger than Raeshma's bedroom at home, there was a pitcher of water at one corner and some blankets strewn around the place,there was a girl sleeping all bundled up at one corner, there was no window or any other way for air to enter leave or circulate in the room.
"Uhh! How many stay here?", she could guess the answer but asked anyway.
"Huh?What do you mean how many? All of us!", replied Champa quite "matter of fact"ly.
"But you dont need to panic, its quite rare sleeping here,you know, business starts in the night", she continued with a nudge and a wink.
"Okay, we better get going", and they made their way up to the building again,
"Champa where were you? Aunty was looking for that new girl for a long time, go meet her before she gets angry", said ganga still sobbing and wiping her tears with a rag that looked like it was a sock once upon a time.
"Oh gosh! Go fast Raeshma you dont want to get aunty mad", said Champa and taking her hand yet again pulled her towards a door, as the figure of the round plump aunty appeared in the frame. She didnt seem to be in the best of spirits.Suddenly they heard a scream from one of the higher floors, Raeshma and Champa looked up in the direction of the sound simultaneously.
"Dont mind that, its Cho Sion with those two guys." said aunty
"Those two are horrible perverts,always insist on going two on one,horrible guys, well they do pay well", informed Champa whispering into Raeshma's ear.
"Horrible perverts?Ha! and what are the others?",thought Raeshma and almost laughed out loud.
"There is a customer waiting, send Raeshma to the first room on the second floor", she said
"I dont want to do this", protested Raeshma.
"No one asked your opinion here, you are responsible for taking her there Champa and you su ling, you too", she said pointing to Champa and a plump chinese looking girl, who nodded in reply.
"Cooperate and everything will be fine." she said and left.
"Raeshma it,s better to listen and obey, you are not going anywhere from here, better live amicably, everything will turn out fine." said Champa,
"Fine", said Raeshma,
"Fine I will cooperate, I will cooperate quite well,just see how well." she thought. She had an idea.Oh yeah! She was getting out of this hell.
She followed Champa towards the room specified, it was similar to all the others in that floor. Wooden doors with minimal decoration, unlike the elaborate door at the entrance of the house, she knocked on it and almost instantaneously a bald middle aged man, with a huge paunch opened the door, he had no shirt on, and his trousers were unzipped, and pulled down revealing red underpants.He looked drunk, Raeshma was taken aback but pulled herself together,she had a mission to accomplish. Maybe the most difficult objective she had ever attempted to achieve in her whole life.

Distant Spaces - Chapter 3 - The Encounter

She was jerked out of her thoughts yet again as she heard the loud banging at the door.Raeshma put on the clothes they had given her, she preferred the bedsheet to those.She looked at herself in the mirror, which was precariously balanced against a wall in the corner of the room.A long flowy multicolored skirt, began below her navel and ended above her ankles, she tried to pull it higher but realized it looked more slutty higher than lower.The skirt was paired up with a tight tie-up blouse which was too small for her, and didnt allow for any breathing, it pushed her breasts up and tucked her stomach in. She looked like a dancer right out of an item number.She used the little rag of a dupatta to look the least bit presentable, by covering up as much as she could.
"Come faaaaast, what are you doing in there?",dragged a voice from outside.
Raeshma opened the door in reply to face a tall slender girl, also dressed in a similar outfit as hers, only her dupatta was non-existent and her skirt was pulled up and tucked in near her belly, revealing her right leg well above the knee.She was chewing a twig,and did not take the trouble of removing it when she talked, thus ended up spitting a lot of it when she talked,
"Oh! Are you new here? I am Champa, What's your name?", she asked, resting on the door with one hand and throwing away the half chewed twig on the floor, a spitting out the remaining from her mouth right there.
"Raeshma" she replied without meeting Champa's eye.
"Hi, Raeshma, dont be scared, this is a nice place, lots of money and lots of....you no what" she said with a pause and a wink.
Raeshma remained silent, she wasnt going to talk to anybody,
"Co-operate! my foot" she thought, but did not dare utter a word.
"Dont worry, everything's going to be fine", said Champa,
"We are usually light during the day, so, i will show you around." she continued,
She grabbed Raeshma's hand and dragged her out of the room,
"Okay that is Ganga..." she said pointing to a bone thin pale girl, who was crying,
"Psst, she is always like that, dont mind her," she whispered into Raeshma's ear.
"Where do you stay?" asked Raeshma,
"Ah! Finally you decided to open that pretty little mouth of yours have you? okay that is good, well, all of us live in one place",
"All of you? How many are there here?", Raeshma asked
"Oh about 30 I think", came the reply,
"So, where do you all live?", she asked Champa again,
"Okay, I will show you", she replied and pulled her down a fleet of stairs and then another, and just as Raeshma was wondering how deep they would go under the building, they reached a dark small room, not much bigger than Raeshma's bedroom at home, there was a pitcher of water at one corner and some blankets strewn around the place,there was a girl sleeping all bundled up at one corner, there was no window or any other way for air to enter leave or circulate in the room.
"Uhh! How many stay here?", she could guess the answer but asked anyway.
"Huh?What do you mean how many? All of us!", replied Champa quite "matter of fact"ly.
"But you dont need to panic, its quite rare sleeping here,you know, business starts in the night", she continued with a nudge and a wink.
"Okay, we better get going", and they made their way up to the building again,
"Champa where were you? Aunty was looking for that new girl for a long time, go meet her before she gets angry", said ganga still sobbing and wiping her tears with a rag that looked like it was a sock once upon a time.
"Oh gosh! Go fast Raeshma you dont want to get aunty mad", said Champa and taking her hand yet again pulled her towards a door, as the figure of the round plump aunty appeared in the frame. She didnt seem to be in the best of spirits.Suddenly they heard a scream from one of the higher floors, Raeshma and Champa looked up in the direction of the sound simultaneously.
"Dont mind that, its Cho Sion with those two guys." said aunty
"Those two are horrible perverts,always insist on going two on one,horrible guys, well they do pay well", informed Champa whispering into Raeshma's ear.
"Horrible perverts?Ha! and what are the others?",thought Raeshma and almost laughed out loud.
"There is a customer waiting, send Raeshma to the first room on the second floor", she said
"I dont want to do this", protested Raeshma.
"No one asked your opinion here, you are responsible for taking her there Champa and you su ling, you too", she said pointing to Champa and a plump chinese looking girl, who nodded in reply.
"Cooperate and everything will be fine." she said and left.
"Raeshma it,s better to listen and obey, you are not going anywhere from here, better live amicably, everything will turn out fine." said Champa,
"Fine", said Raeshma,
"Fine I will cooperate, I will cooperate quite well,just see how well." she thought. She had an idea.Oh yeah! She was getting out of this hell.
She followed Champa towards the room specified, it was similar to all the others in that floor. Wooden doors with minimal decoration, unlike the elaborate door at the entrance of the house, she knocked on it and almost instantaneously a bald middle aged man, with a huge paunch opened the door, he had no shirt on, and his trousers were unzipped, and pulled down revealing red underpants.He looked drunk, Raeshma was taken aback but pulled herself together,she had a mission to accomplish. Maybe the most difficult objective she had ever attempted to achieve in her whole life.

Distant Spaces - Chapter 2 - The Place

Raeshma woke up with a start in the alien room, her head was swirling and her body felt weak and tired.She was aimlessly staring at the ceiling, the beautiful chandelier a blur.Her head felt heavy, she tried to open her mouth but it was gagged.She tried to move her hands and legs but realised they were tied to the ends of the bed she was on.She felt cold, which was weird as it was mid summer, she looked down at herself,lying sprawled on the bed. Her hands and legs tied to the four posters.She was naked except for a white bed sheet that covered her body.She glanced around the room from the corner of her eyes and could see the people who had encroached upon her body.
"Wow, a good catch this time, we are going to make a hefty sum for sure.", said one guy,
"Ya, better keep more chloroform ready she might wake up anytime now.", repied another,
Raeshma's heart started beating faster and louder, she feared they might hear it, she wondered what they meant by getting a hefty price, was she going to be held for ransom? was she going to be sold off to an arab for money? She hoped not. These thoughts sent shivers of fear down her spine,the thought of not meeting her family again, the thought of what her family would say if they knew what happened the night before. The thought of yesterday's events made her stomach churn, her body cringed and a cold tear ran down her now hot and flushed face, she felt used and wasted. She wished she had died than live to see that day.
The voices resumed jerking her out of her thoughts,
"I think she wont wake up so soon, she's knocked out cold, you must have used too much chloroform", said a heavily bearded guy, hitting a scrawny looking one on the shoulder.
"It wasnt the chloroform, it was us", he replied with a loud guffaw and a long bout of laughter that ended in a snort, the others were laughing too, seemingly pleased.
This made Raeshma feel even more gullible and exploited.Another tear ran down her cheek and down her neck and onto the bed, she wished she were dead, she did not want to live, she did not want to live through this nightmare. She wanted to die, die and just die. She clenched her teeth in exasperation and tightened her fists, but she couldnt feel them. The ropes had been tied tight her hands and feet had gone numb.
"Hey you sure we cant get another bite of her? MAN it was good", he continued.
"No we dont have time for that, I told aunty that I would have her there by 10am today, is already 9, we must hurry or the fucking traffic will get better of us", replied another,
"I think we better get her ready now",said a third guy munching at what looked like a piece of cake, he was heavy and uncouth, the thought of him on her disgusted Raeshma.
Suddenly they all got up and started walking towards her.Raeshma closed her eyes and pretended to be asleep.She heard the voices coming towards her and heavy uncoordinated steps approach her.She felt them untie her numb hands and feet, surges of pain thrust through her hands as the blood rushed into them.She couldnt help twitch.Her hands and legs were free for just a few seconds and she contemplated running away.She wanted to push them off and run, run for her life, but she felt very weak and she knew she would be overpowered, and decided to wait for another opputunity.They first tied her feet and hands together then, wrapped the white sheets around her and tied them up at the waist and below her armpits making a weird kind of robe, but atleast she wasnt naked thought Raeshma.
"Now, how are we going to get her out of here?", asked one,
"I made an arrangement with one of the staff, gave him a few hundred bucks, he's going to open the fire exit for us, the exits open at the back of the building, the car will be waiting there, it will be a cake walk to get her out", came an instant reply.
"Then everything's set then", said one, and she felt herself being pulled up and landed on a shoulder, the shoulder dug into her ribs as she was carried down 8 floors to the car.One of the friends was at the wheel,
"okay you two come on the bike, we four will go in the car", said the possible leader, her date,
She was ushered in and they started for "aunty's place", she wondered who this aunty person was. This felt like the longest journey of her life as she was taken through smooth roads,bumpy tracks and even dirt tracks as she assumed by the movement of the car.
"You better wake her up,we are almost there", said the guy who was driving, and she felt water being sprinkled on her face, and she acted like she just woke up, slowly opening her eyes,
"Co-operate and you will be fine",said her date, to think she had almost fallen in love with him, Raeshma felt betrayed and sad, but she couldnt do anything.She just stared into empty space.He was looking into her eyes with a smirk on his face, to think she had fallen for a smile on this face. Just to think...
Her thoughts were interrupted as the car screeched to a halt, she looked out to a deserted street, a huge three storeyed house stood in front of her, the whole place looked haunted, yet had a rich look to it.There was an eery silence about.She could see some girls moving in and out at the balcony on top.There was another car parked in the driveway but it did not seem to belong to the residents of the house.The neighbouring houses seemed deserted, she wondered if she was still in the city anymore.Her feet were untied again and she was ushered into the house, the four men holding her hard by her hands and shoulders.
She entered the heavy wooden carved doors, it looked quite normal, there were lots of rooms, and lots of girls, they were wearing very skimpy outfits, the two men started fondling two of them, they seemed to be regular visitors out there and knew them quite well.Both of the girls let go of the guys as a woman appears out of the white lace curtains,she was in her middle ages and was quite plump, she wore a big necklace which hid her thick neck making it seem as though her head was attached to her body with a necklace,she was in a saree and had a whole lot of bangles in her hands, her bindi was the hugest Raeshma had ever seen, the woman gestured them to sit, and the guys sat down. Then she gave both the girls a lasting glare which made them disappear through one of the many doors in that room.Raeshma didnt sit, she was still standing huddled in the corner wondering which place she landed in, the woman walked right up to Raeshma and with her hand holding her shoulder looked all over her slender body, and then holding her chin turned it from side to side to check her face.Raeshma felt like an object up for sale as she was examined from head to toe, clad in just a skimpy bed sheet. Then with a smile on her face, she walked to the guys, and nodded,
"How is she, aunty?" asked one of them,
"Quite good, I am impressed", thus replying, the aunty reached into a suitcase counted some money and handed it to the guys, one of them counted the money and with a puzzled expression on his face explained quite well that something was wrong,
"But aunty you said we would get 1 lakh(100,000), this is only Rs70,000, how is that?"
"well, i dont know if this is a working model, let her co-operate and then you will get the remainder of the deal"
"You drive a hard bargain aunty", comes the reply and with a hesistant nod they leave her, but before they go out of the room, they approach Raeshma,
"Listen, co-operate with her or you will have to face us again", he said clenching her mouth in his palm,
"She will co-operate dont worry", said aunty and with a smirk on her face, taking a handful of clothes
"Wear this and come, you will learn everything about your job this morning",
saying this she throws the bundle of clothes at Raeshma, who realised what was happening, she was being sold, sold like an animal, she was in a brothel,she was absorbed in these thoughts as some of the girls push her into a room, and lock it behind her, to get her changed.She wished the clothes in her hands would some how turn into snakes and kill her, she wished the walls would close in on her crushing her life out of her, she wished the house collapsed on her killing her then and there, she wished that she breathed poison instead of oxygen, she didnt want to live, she better die than leave her dignity.She wished she hadnt lived to see this day, and wished somebody would help her, that was all she could do, wish.

Distant Spaces - Chapter 1 - The Meeting

He stared into her beautiful brown eyes, the same eyes he fell in love with 2 years ago, the very eyes that changed his life, future and destiny.
Her beautiful eyes embedded in a smooth face, her black hair as smooth as silk,her full bosom a sight no man could resist, prancing all over the house, she was excited yet tense, and a whole lot nervous,
"raeshma, calm down, you are making a bigdeal of nothing",said soumya, her roommate.
"goodness, what would he think of me if i turned up shaby? or my hair didnt look good, or my heel comes loose?" cried raeshma,
"razz dear, how many times did all that happen before?" asked soumya patiently,
"umm....never i guess, but that doesnt mean we can count out the possibilities",
"just calm down girl, you are going to have a swell time"
"God! what should I say? What if I cant talk anything? What if i talk too much? what if..." cried raeshma nervously fixing her make up,
"Girl, you have to fix your head more than your make up..." said soumya glancing at raeshma, she looked stunning, in a red halter top dress, that seemed to light up the room, her chandeleir ear rings dangling down to her neck, which was adorned by a slender platinum necklace with a matching pendent,peeking out from the shoulder length black hair, the figure hugging dress ran all the way down ending just above her feet, she was wearing red matching sandals, with shining silver heels,
"Ha, and she's nervous" thought soumya,
"I am sooo nervous....tie this up for me will u?" said raeshma fiddling with her silver bracelet, and turningaround to get the red strings of her dress tied by soumya.Soumya had just finished tying up the strings as the door bell rang,
"Ohh God, I s'pose he's here, how do i look? hoe do i look?" sha said smoothening out her dress,
"Girl, right now i feel sorry i am a girl", said soumya cheekily giving raeshma a wink and pushing her towards the door,
"I shall leave you two alone now", she said and left the room,
Raeshma opened the door nervously, and had her first glance at her cyber lover, he was tall and had dark curly hair, he was in a dark formal suit, with a cream shirt underneath, he had flowers in his hand, and his eyes lit up as soon as he looked at raeshma,
"rosa?" he said, referring to her screen name,
"yeah...call me raeshma", she said, giving a broad smile and taking the flowers he offered her.
"So raeshma, lets go?" he said, turning around to point to his car, it seemed to be a shade of light lavender but raeshma couldnt make out which colour it actually was in due to the dim light of the night.
"umm...where are we going?" she asked,
"whats the hurry?, its a surprise", he said
They walked to the car and she was ushered into it. It was a ford ikon with quite plush interiors,
"Wow this guy must be well off", she thought,
"How do you lie my car?" he asked,
"your car?" she inquired,
"yeah, bought it myself, from stuff i earned through some parttime jobs", he said,
"Wow", was all raeshma could exclaim, she wondered whic kind of parttime jobs paid that much, but drifted into different thoughts, as he turned on the cd player in the car, both of them were lost in the rocking music when he put a hand on her lap and touched her lightly, she didnt object but slowly removed it and replaced it on the gear,
"concentrate on the road now",she said,
They reached their destination a half hour later, it was a huge hotel cum restaurant,7 star she reckoned,she accompanied him in and expected him to turn to the restaurant but was surprised when he headed to the hotel reception, but did not ask any questions.
"we are having a private party with some of my friends", he said
Raeshma was relieved that they were atleast going to have company,
"Room 801 sir", replied the receptionist, they boarded the elevator,the 8th floor was the top most floor.
Raeshma realised it was the presidential suite. There were only 4 rooms on the entire floor, they reached the plush red wood door set with heavy trapestry, the door was open, there were people inside, Raeshma walked in as he locked the door behind them.She did not have a good feeling about this. There were 6 other guys in the room, they seemed drunk, and did not notice them coming in.Raeshma did not feel good at all.
"you sure this is alright?", she asked
"Yes of course", he said flashing his charming smile again as he took of his coat and tie and uncuffed his hands, to head for a glass of whiskey lying around,after taking a long swig,
"umm...drink?", he asked,
"no, i dont drink",she replied,
"HEY GUYS LOOK WHO'S HERE", he said, announcing loudly to the little group,they were all very drunk, only one seemed to be able to speak coherantly.
"Nice item this time man", said one shabby looking guy, now, Raeshma's heart was racing, she wanted to get out of the place, drops of swat started to form on her forehead inspite of the air conditioning in the room.
"Hey lets go out into the restaurant, there seems to be a nice band playing",she said, trying to get herself out of the room.
"No, come on we can have much more fun here",he said as he grabbed her shoulder and pulled the strings on her back loose, and grabbing her hand pulled her close to him,raeshma tried to scream but he put his hand on her mouth,shocks of pain ran through her as he twisted her hand around to her back, and bit her on her neck,she was helpless,the other guys were starting to come towards them, she stomped his foot with her heel driving it with full force, he let out a shout of pain and let go of her, but on of his friends caught her as she tried to open the locked door.She banged on the door with no avail, there did not seem to be anyone outside.She tried to hit them away but she was greatly outnumbered.She was exhausted and felt them grab her now torn dress and pull it off...she knew what was coming, and she couldnt do anything about it.She felt herself being pushed onto the huge bed, she could see nothing, just a blur of random images as she felt her body being explored.The immense pain was unbearable,everytime she tried to scream, a hand would muffle it, she felt a wad of cotton being thrust on her mouth and nose,as she felt the fumes of chloroform entering her nose numbing her sensations,and she felt herself drifting off into a dark abyss of forced intoxication.

Monday, November 21, 2005

OOoops! you got me CRAZY baby...

BEWARE!! THIS IS GOING TO BE THE MOST BORING BLOG U EVER VISITED!!

A big senti story, about why I am crazy about anything and everything IIT!!

(All names have been changed and all events have been altered to suit the story line, this is part fictional and part real, determining which part is left totally to your discretion)

PART 1:
" Mom! It’s is so crowded here..." cried a young girl of about 11 or 12 years of age, brushing thick black locks away from her face and giving a sorrowful look, to her mom. " I told you it was going to be crowded!!" retorted her mom, giving her what she called "the mom look". "Now, Now...this is her first time here, don’t be so mean to her dear" said her dad. "Nicky, do you know how many people visit this tirumala shrine each year?" he asked trying to divert her thoughts from the claustrophobic environment.

“No…but I bet there are a lot” she said;

“23 million people visit this temple each year”, replied her father, amused at the look of amazement in his daughter’s brown eyes, “look at that?” He showed, pointing to the tip of what looked like a roof, but only yellow in colour, “That is made of gold, and the God who lives inside is very powerful, he grants all wishes,” he said.

“I know who the God is, he is Lord Venkateshwara, he is my favourite God!” said the girl, her face now delighted.

“Really? Then you would surely be his favourite devotee, think about what you are going to wish for,” replied her father, trying to amuse the now highly excited and energetic girl.

“Hmm…wish…I don’t have any wish, I have everything I need…!” said the girl innocently; “well, then thank god for all he has given you,” replied her dad.

PART 2: (Narrated by the girl)

It would take at least 3 hrs to get to the darshan, due to the time, being summer there was a huge rush in the temple, my mom told me.

So I better find a way to amuse myself, I thought, looking around at all the people around me, most of them were bald, their hair being shaved off as an offering to the God. One of my friends, who accompanied us, was shaved bald; his father gave his pleas a deaf ear. Now, I looked at them, chatting away merrily, the taller one, Rahul, looked at me and gave his endearing smile, the smile that made my heart jump a beat. I smiled back in the sweetest way possible.

“What’s wrong? Why are you so silent?” he asked,

“Uhh…Huh…nothing…” I replied, in a small stuttering whisper. “Ohh God! Why does this always happen??” I thought cursing myself. I had a massive crush on him and couldn’t ever say a word near him without making a fool of myself.

“Ohh…Okay then” he shrugged, and gliding his hand through his brown silky hair, turned to the shorter guy, Santosh, who was already eyeing me with a look of dislike on his face at being interrupted from the discussion.

“You guys go on, I will join your discussion later”, I said trying to look like I had a very important thing on my mind. I actually did, I was thinking of what my wish should be; then looked at Rahul, now I knew exactly what I should wish for!

I turned my attention back to the swarm of people, in the narrow passageway, trying to find at least one unshaved head, and also feeling guilty I hadn’t offered any hair at all.

Finally I find one, a guy, of about 21 or 22, quite tall, he had black hair and black thoughtful eyes, he had an inexplicable aura around him, like he was under the focus of a permanent spotlight, a feeling of respect filled inside me, and I didn’t even know why there was this pull towards him, he didn’t look very handsome, nor was there anything special about him, but still there was something in this guy, I couldn’t quite get. I wanted to talk to him, know who he was, but he was too far to talk to, and the place was too noisy with loud chants of mantras and prayers from the devotees. I was also too meek to even try.

All this time we had been moving in endless passages in the temple, now we arrive at a junction and the line we are moving in is joined with another, making the crowded area even more so.

I strained my eyes to search for that guy, but couldn’t, “ohh! Well”, I thought, “lets just go on, I am not going to find him anyway, and even if did what was I going to do?”

I looked around, and found swarms of highly amusing people, who were all shouting out the verses at the highest pitch possible, a very handsome guy, with his hair in spikes, a crying child, a scolding mother, even a puking kid, but none of these people could stop the nagging feeling inside my head, I wanted to look at that one guy. Rahul, having finished his conversation with Santhosh came up beside me and tried to initiate another conversation. I loved it when he talked to me, I could look directly into his eyes and his wavy silky hair. However, today I didn’t feel like talking, or looking at his eyes or hair, all I wanted to do was- FIND THAT GUY!

“Come on, what’s wrong with you?” said Rahul, now looking concerned.

PART 3:

“Its nothing I am just feeling a bit claus…” I turned my head upwards to look at his face, when I found who I was looking for. That guy, he was just beside me, now, intently chatting away with a friend of his, and I was staring directly at him. I WAS JUST BESIDE HIM!!

“Oohh…now I get it” said Rahul, giving me a naughty smile and a wink.

“Rahul, don’t assume okay!” I said, getting a tad bit irritated,

“Ohh! You don’t talk the whole day, and now when you do, you get irritated??”, he retorted.

“But…” as I tried to explain, “You can blink your eyes now, he wont disappear if you blink!” Rahul said, now very annoyed with me.

“Excuse me sir, but my friend here has a crush on you,” shouted Rahul, trying to tease me, when the guy turned around, to face me!!

“Hi, seems like there is a discussion going on about me here”, he said with a smile on his face.

“She has a cr…” started Rahul, when I interrupted and screamed, “HI, I M NICKY, NICE TO MEET YOU!!” to drown Rahul’s words in mine, then suddenly realizing I was not supposed to be talking to strangers, looked around to see if my parents were watching, they were a few feet ahead of us and turned back and waved as they checked on me and Rahul just then, they were quite content to see that I was with him.

“Hi, I am Anil”, he said, the smile on his face still unfaded,

“Which class are you studying in?” He asked.

I had dreaded this moment, and it had to happen, “Now, how will I be able to get my mouth to talk??” I thought frantically, and mumbled nervously, “umm 6th class”, I said.

“Where are you from?” He asked,

“Umm, me? Uhh I m from ………”, my mind froze, and my hands quivered, I had never felt like this!! Not even near Rahul, “now what is happening to me?” I thought.

“now, why are you so nervous? Come on cool down, I am not taking an interview!” he said and laughed, I smiled a weakly, unaware of what to do next.

“Which class are you in?” I asked innocently,

“I am doing my b-tech 4th yr”, he said

“Now which class is that?” I asked having no idea what gibberish he had talked right then.

“Umm, that is the 16th class” he replied, with a mocking serious look on his face,

“Oh my God! You are 9 classes senior to me!” I said with a look of amazement on my face, making his smile even broader, I was still trying to comprehend how much more Anil must know compared to me,

“What’s your favourite subject?” he asked,

“I love science”, I said,

“really? Very good then, what do you want to become when you grow up?” he inquired,

“engineer!”, I replied, almost instantaneously, most of my classmates wanted to be engineers too, we had already decided to go to the same college together!

Anil gave me a broad grin, and replied “yes, good ambition, I wanted to be one too”

“well, I heard it isn’t easy to be an engineer, you have to be very intelligent to be one and also very hardworking”, I replied with an air of pride and a look of “know-it-all” on my face.

“Yes you are right” he replied giving out a loud guffaw. Unable to understand what was so funny, and a futile attempt to laugh, which faded immediately, I was saved from a very awkward situation by Rahul who nudged me and said, “Okay, very nice, friendship finished, we have to go, your parents are calling you” he said with a tone of urgency in his otherwise cheerful voice.

“Uhh, okay” I said still perplexed at my unintended humour.

“Okay, guess you have to leave now, so long then, bye”, said Anil giving me a small wave.

“Bye”, I said with a smile, the first ever since I entered into the temple, and waved.

“Very nice, at least he could make you smile” Rahul said, clearly irritated by the attention Anil was getting from me.

“Why are you so jealous?” I asked and winked,

“Who is jealous here? You are the one acting weirdly from the morning!” he replied.

“Now lets stop fighting, where are my parents?”, I said trying to find them in the crowd ahead,

“They are behind us, you passed them without even noticing them?! Man! That Anil guy is a magician or a hypnotist of some kind!! ”

“Shut up Rahul!” I said exasperated at his immature behaviour, “Rahul, I must be crazy to actually have a crush on this guy!” I thought to myself.

“Hey! If not for me, you would have been lost by now, you talking to strangers and all!” said Rahul,

“I think you forgot who started it, now lets quit arguing and search for my parents” I said trying to stop the argument.

“Ok fine” he said,

“Wow, we aren’t even boyfriend girlfriend and we seem to be breaking up already!!” I thought,

PART4 :

We stood to a corner and let the crowd pass by, my eyes never losing sight of Anil, I still couldn’t understand what I saw in him, his cheerfulness, his friendly tone, and that aura, constantly attracted me towards him, but it wasn’t what I felt towards Rahul, it wasn’t a crush, this was a totally different feeling; a feeling I hadn’t ever had towards anyone, ever, a humbling feeling welled up inside me when I looked at him, I felt as though an energy surrounding me, I couldn’t understand what that was then; nor can I comprehend what it is even now.

We had neared the main shrine of the temple, the floor of the passage turned to a smooth marble floor from stone and I was starting to have second thoughts on what I wanted wish for, when Rahul asked me “So what are you going to wish for?”, I couldn’t stop myself from smiling as Rahul echoed my thoughts, “You are going mad, you are smiling for no reason!”, he said, “I was just thinking about what to wish for”, I replied. “Why don’t you wish for that guy?” mocked Rahul, “Rahul, it was funny the first 2000 times you said it! Now its just plain boring ”I said, “okay… okay I will stop teasing you now” he replied.

I looked in Anil’s direction and noticed that the moving line had stopped. I could also feel that it was quite humid there inside the main temple, as though he was reading my thoughts, Anil removed his jacket revealing a white unflattering t-shirt, it had something written all over the back, in black, I could figure out a big name, INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MADRAS and CHEMICAL ENGINEERING written below it.

“Hey Rahul”, I called, “what is the Indian Institute of Technology?” I asked,

“Oh! That’s an institute for engineering, its the best in India” he replied,

“Umm and when can we get into it?” I asked innocently,

“After 12th. You have a long time girl, don’t even think about it, that Anil guy is going to pass in and out of it thrice before you get in” he exclaimed.

“Rahul, cant you think of a girl and boy just being friends?……. Like me and you?” I snapped back.

“You and I aren’t friends,” he said, and giving out a big laugh after looking at the puzzled look on my face, said, “We are best friends” and grinned.

I gave him a wide smile and was almost about to hug him, when I felt the butterflies in my stomach vanish and a great warmth spread over me, I no more felt self-conscious near him, “Aah, its so much better to have a best friend than a boy friend” I thought. Just then I spotted both of our parents coming towards us, “We are almost about to reach the shrine, keep all your wishes ready everyone” announced my dad, “I have mine ready!” I exclaimed, “Yeah, She is going to wish for An…owwww”, howled Rahul as I pinched him real hard. “An Owl I wanted to wish for an Owl.... Lots of mosquitoes here, Rahul, I told you to wear some trousers, but you didn’t listen to me” I said with a naughty grin on my face trying to ignore the puzzled stares of my parents. “You are the mosquito…you…”, began Rahul, aggravated, when my mom broke the fight up “Come on children stop fighting we have reached the golden entrance, now be careful, they shove very hard in there” warned my mom.

I looked around at the beautifully decorated shrine, which was lit by numerous lamps filling the room with an eerie and yet calming yellow light, a smell of incense filled the air, giving a deep feel of peace and tranquility even in the midst of hundreds of people. All the people were pushing each other and to add this chaos were some NCC volunteers who were pushing everyone in whichever direction they could, I neared the idol, the prayers from the devotees getting more and more intense and frantic, the whole atmosphere making me feel like I was in a trance, I face the idol now a few feet away from me and then closed my eyes; folded my hands and with the most devotion I could gather, made my first sincere wish ever.