A Teen Story

It all started six years ago.  Udit saw her first then. Her name was Vanya.  They both gained entry in the first year of their Engineering College. He liked her then & there. From a back bench, while she sits in another row, sometimes talking to her friends, sometimes laughing, sometimes taking notes, listening to her tutor, he always saw her. Now it was third year. Days passed & passed. Things changed, as they always do. He tried talking to her in that year’s annual function but couldn’t gather the courage to do so.

It looks so old now. As if it was a previous birth. Sugriv told him once, that he is just wasting his time. But it was useless. ‘It is just Karmic’, Sugriv said it too once, but he couldn’t take it.  One thing he had in control was his studies. As his parents had stakes on him, he was always sincere about it. He wasn’t a topper but managed to get decent marks over the semesters.

Then, when they entered in to their third year, fifth semester, he became more serious about this affair. ‘I cannot live without her’, Udit told Sugriv when again the topic of her came.

‘I should talk to her this time.’

‘Ha ha, the last time she came near you, you were breathless. That’s one joke.’ Sugriv said laughing.

‘You don’t understand, you never fall in love.’ Udit protested.

‘I don’t want to fall in this kind of stupidity. It doesn’t have either head or tail.’

‘This time, I will go to her. We are having annual function party next week, that will be a good chance to get to know her.’ Udit said, rather convinced that he will succeed this time.

‘Lol, I challenge you, you can’t.’

‘I can & I will, similarly like what last President of USA said.’

‘I bet, 500 bucks. I pay, if you talk to her, else you pay.’ Sugriv said with his hand stretched out to Udit.

Udit, like a man, shook that hand. ‘Done.’

He betted. But he came into dilemma sooner. How? How? How? This question was continuously revolving around his mind. Talking to girls, like many other boys, wasn’t his forte. So, this how was all he had for now.

Days were passing by. Annual function was coming nearer. Now it’s just five days away.

‘Did you know, Vanya is getting married?’ The moment he heard this line from Sugriv in evening one day, Udit thought he started losing his ground.

‘What???’

‘We were sitting in a group, where her friend Raksha & two other girls were too. Raksha was talking about Vanya, she told us. Vanya is getting engage once she is through the final year. Her family is are little traditional, so they found a boy and want to marry her off soon.’

‘So, they don’t even want Vanya to do job?’

‘I don’t know about it, all I know, she is getting married after finishing her BE. Now it’s more useless for you to chase her. At least now you will move on.’ Said Sugriv.

‘No, I don’t think so.’ Udit said, dejected, feeling all his dreams crumbling down.

‘You became crazy for her. And I am tired of telling you to be practical.’

‘Hmm.’ Udit went into deep thought, standing near window, looking towards the evening sun.

Udit became restless since that day. Constantly thinking of her, started making him mad about her. With a suggestion of Sugriv, he started investing his energies in studies & thus gaining time, space from thoughts of Vanya.

Annual function party came & went away. But Vanya thoughts weren’t from Udit’s mind. He sometime tried forgetting her, by watching Cricket Matches, joined language classes, so that he gets less free time. But whenever he got free time, Vanya occupied his mind.

After passing his 8th Semester, Udit got a job in Software Development Company in Delhi. As almost all the private companies do, he had a 12-hour job. From 10 in the morning to 10 in night, sometimes 12, sometimes 6 in the morning. Last time he heard about Vanya, she got engaged, in a grand ceremony in one of the finest hotel in the Mumbai.  The person she engaged to, was son of a businessman. Last he heard, Vanya was very happy & was busy dreaming about her future.

He is looking for a girl, who does not know he exists, or the story that has brought him here. He has no reasons to be discreet but still he has to be careful. He is standing near the doorway and surveying the golden banquet hall, which is filled with refined bodies in saris and jackets, and beautiful young women with straight hair who never make facial expressions. But they will, soon. Any moment now.

The story. That brought him here. One day, his routine was broken. Since finishing his studies, he was engrossed in his work so much, that he rarely keeps in touch with his college friends, even Sugriv.  But that day, Sugriv called him early in the morning. Udit was preparing himself for the presentation, he has to give that day to his clients, about the software he & his team had developed for them.

‘Hi Udit, how are you?’

‘Hey Sugriv, I am good. It’s a long time, how are you brother?’ Udit asked excitedly. He hadn’t talked to him for more than five months now.

‘I am fine too, yeah it’s really a long time. I called you to tell something.’

‘Yes, sure, I am all ears.’ Udit said while mulling what his close friend wants to tell him.

‘Vanya’s engagement broke.’

‘What? Are you serious?’

‘Yes. She told me. We met yesterday in a mall here. She came with Raksha & Vidya, exploring this new mall. We people met & sat in a restaurant. Revisiting old college memories.’

‘Then?’

‘There Raksha told me about her. Vanya sat quiet. Without words, looking downwards. Vidya was comforting her by putting her hand over hers.’

‘How was this happened?’ Udit asked curiously.

‘Raksha didn’t went into details. But the boy became abusive. There were quarrels every day. She tried everything to sort out matters. But one day, she got the news. The guy broke the engagement with her & went with another girl.’

Udit was stunned.

Sugriv continued. ‘Vanya went into depression. For months, she didn’t come out of her house. But eventually, time heals every wound. Here she was, with her friends having an outing.’

‘Thanks for calling Sugriv. But, I am sorry I have to go to the office. I have a presentation today. Will definitely call you once I finished few things. Bye brother.’ All he can say.

Going to the office, he has mind all over Vanya. Is god providing again a chance? Is destiny bringing them together? The more he tried going away from her thoughts, the more she was there.

After the presentation, he called Sugriv again. He asked about Vanya. Where she is, what she is doing currently, did she remember him?

‘I don’t think so. Though Raksha asked about you. But I don’t think Vanya is interested in another guy, for a while.’ Sugriv spoke.

That night Udit couldn’t sleep. All night he just thought of what he should do now. And then he made a plan.

He went to Mumbai next day. Stayed there in a Hotel & called Raksha, whom number he has taken from Sugriv, that morning.

‘Hello Raksha, this is Udit, Sugriv’s room partner during College days.’ He spoke when she picked up the phone.

‘Hi Udit, I know you. Tell me what I can do for you?’ Raksha said in a happy voice.

‘Honestly speaking Raksha, I came here in Mumbai for few days, I need to meet you & talk to you about Vanya.’

‘Why? What about her?’ Raksha became sceptical.

‘Raksha, I would like you to help me please. Meet me in a restaurant of your choice & I will tell you everything.’

Raksha told him the name of restaurant & time. He reached there at given time.

On cup of coffee & biscuits, he told her about everything. His college days, about hearing about Vanya’s engagement & now about her broken engagement.

‘Why do you think she will come with you, let alone be interested, she even doesn’t know you exists.’ Raksha said.

‘Raksha, I loved her in those college days, but I went away too when I heard about her engagement. I know she doesn’t know me, but now when things changed, I think I should try at least once.’

‘Tomorrow is her parents 25th anniversary. They are giving a party in the evening. Come with me, I will take you to her.’ She said.

‘Thanks, Raksha. That’s very obliging.’  Udit spoke. They finished their coffee & went to their respective abodes, decided to meet next day at Raksha’s house.

And thus, he was here. In the Banquet hall. Looking at the people. Nervous. Suddenly, she saw him. For the first time. The young women saw him. The men saw him. He was still at the doorway with Raksha. She took him inside. He was looking good & handsome, dressed up for this special occasion.

He met her. After six years since he first saw her. It was all like a dream. They form a group. He went & congratulated her parents on their anniversary, gave them the bouquet he brought with him. After all the formalities, he sat with Vanya & Raksha & began talking.

‘Vanya, I don’t know, if you remember me, but I was Sugriv’s roommate in college.’

‘Yes, I know you, saw you many times during classes & in lab. How are you?’ Said Vanya, unaware about what is coming next.

‘Vanya, I know about your past. I want to confess, that I liked you since our first year in college. I even wanted to propose you in third year’s Annual function, but then I heard about your engagement & went my own way. But I want to say now, that I want to marry you. I thought about it for longest time & I always came to conclude that I love you & I want to marry you & only you.’

Vanya was stunned. She didn’t expect this, more so at this time, at all. She couldn’t speak for few minutes. Then she stood up & went away.

‘I think, its time for you to go too. I’ll go & see Vanya.’ Raksha said, with a little worried voice.

‘I think so too. Thank you Raksha, for everything.’ And Udit came to Delhi the same night. From next day, he got used to the routine he had.

Few days later, he got a message from Vanya. He called her. They had a brief talk. She told him that it was unexpected for her, the abusive relationship she went through & everything that followed, was too much for her. But, life moves on. She had discussed him with her parents. Parents as were already worried about the future of their daughter, thought to give this one shot. So, she wants Udit & his parents to come to her place to talk more.

Udit, realizing his dream came true, that he is going to marry love of his life, made him so happy that he called his family immediately.

Getting nod from his family, they arranged to meet Vanya & her family the following week. As expected, things turned out for the good. Udit & Vanya also liked each other’s company. They soon got engaged. The date of marriage was just few weeks away.

Udit called Sugriv. ‘Hey Sugriv, I want to tell you something.’

‘Hey Udit, what is the surprise?’

‘Me & Vanya are getting married on 24th next month. And I request you & your family’s gracious presence on this auspicious occasion.’ Udit spoke in a comical tone.

‘That’s great news Udit, you really surprised me. Of course, we will come. But first you tell me how all this happened?’

Udit said everything happened in the past few months. In the end he said, ‘We were destined to be together, I am happy by this turn of destiny.’ After saying goodbyes to each other, Udit put off the phone & slept. He slept the way, he never slept before, relieved from the worries about his future, about everything.

The following month, on the evening of 24th, Udit & Vanya got married. Only closed ones were invited in this private ceremony. They took blessings from both the parents & then elders. After one month, the newly-wed couple went to Switzerland for their honeymoon.

Waking up in the bed, in an early beautiful morning in the lap of Swiss Alps, Udit saw beautiful sleeping face of the girl he used to see few years ago, about whom he never thought, will be beside him, will become his life partner.

She opened her eyes. He took her into his arms & kissed her forehead. ‘This is my luckiest day.’ He said.

‘So is mine. So is mine too.’ Said she, putting her head over his shoulder.

And they both looked through the window, at the mountains, turning golden with the rise of the morning sun.

THE END

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aam Aadmi

On March 11, 2017, election results for 5 states were announced. One party won, other lost. All the hullabaloo for the past few months suddenly changed in to silence, deep enough. Major party of India currently, named Bhartiya Janata Party or BJP, synonymus to Hindutva for some, Anti-Dalit/Muslim for some, had much on stake, so did its main leader & Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi (Don’t call me Bhakt just for using ‘Shri’ before PM’s Name. He is PM, he deserves it). They won historically in UP/UK, almost there in Manipur & Goa, but lost in Punjab, mostly because of SAD (Shiromani Akali Dal). 

But I am not writing to praise PM, but I have a different focus. One person, who suddenly came into horizon of politics 6 years ago, with campaign known as Anti-Corruption Movement ran by Shri Anna Hazare, who made a party soon after, who was the torchbearer(?) of honesty & clean politics, who targets BJP, accuses & abuses PM every morning on social media (where everyone else starts with good morning), who’s party members & supporters had the worst language for politics & who never left any chance to humiliate the current Central Government, has lost.

He not only lost, its a humiliating defeat for a party who’s members boasts of being almost angels on earth. A defeat, which can be remembered for, if not ages, atleast for some time. With this defeat, they are, for now, silent on social media

They acquired 0 seats in Goa & 20 seats in Punjab, 2 states where they were winning with overwhelming, whopping votes & definitely forming governments, as they did in Delhi two years ago. Isn’t that overconfidence, unless you have true knowledge of reality? That person, either didnt know the truth, or ignored it, had to pay the price.

There were many factors were in play, according to me. First & foremost, his work for his state Delhi. Being a Chief Minister, he has totally ignored it. For the past two years, he went to Dadri, to Hyderabad, where some unfortunate incidents happened & where he can show the present government in bad light. Whereas the Delhi state govt employees were not getting their salaries on time, constant tiff with the former Lieutenant Governer, & now with the new LG, played against him. Secondly, his sole purpose is to accuse PM, in any thing whatsoever. I feel, he couldn’t digest losing to him in Varanasi by a margin of 3.5 lac votes in General Elections in 2014.

In my opinion, he seems to be hungry for power, satta ka bhookha. Which he showed from time to time, you can see it too, if you have an eye for details. First, he became CM of Delhi in 2013, then after only 49 days in office, he resigned, & fought GE, ofcourse to become PM of India, he lost. He came back, apologised to Delhi, made promises (many are not fulfilled till now, unless I am wrong), became CM again. From there on he is complaining on & on, from LG to Delhi Police & so on. 

Then they contested elections in Punjab, & I am not sure, but if he had hopes for becoming CM of Punjab, it will not be exaggeration. All in all, he is a selfish leader, who only thinks of becoming a powerful one. Like, if being CM is powerful, he will try to become one, if being PM is powerful, he will try for it & if position of President is more powerful then he will try for that too. He wanted to be a leader, with everything is in his hands, where he can enjoy power, with no questions from anyone, most likely a dictator. 

I am, personally, very happy that he lost. Not because I love BJP, I can support Congres too in his case. Because, despite of being old parties in politics & main opponents to each other, BJP & Congress always maintained a decorum, tehzeeb, in politics, which AAP lacked. From using vernacular language on public platform to shameful trends on social media abusing our PM, was more than worst for a political party. If you are against a party or its ideology, you have the right to speak against it, but nobody has the right to abuse its leader with whatsoever words. Questioning a party is good, but asking proof from the National Army not. 

This party, its supporters had used such a downtrodden language, which is not only below the dignity of politics, but even a normal person might not use it. Jaitley ki Ketli, Churanchap Bhakts, is not the level of language you would expect from a political party, its more of street language. 

With the defeat of AAP, people had rejected their kind of politics, that is evident. It also broke the hopes of its leader of becoming a national hero. With piling up of cases of defamation against him plus dissatisfaction of the people of Delhi & employees under state government, his chances of winning other states such as M.P. & Gujrat are not only impossible, but even chances of winning MCD elections are very grim.

I am not god & because time is the biggest player in politics, it will be better if we wait for these election results too. But what I am sure of, he now has only Delhi in his hand, which may also be lost in next elections in 2020, if he didnt change his lines.

Shatrunjay

A Piece

Today there was a March For Unity, by ex-Servicemen which came in large numbers, about 20,000 or more, which was to show India is one united county. Why we need this, was the first question I came up with, Why? It all started a few days ago, when there was an anti-Indian sloganeering in a Central University, in which slogans raised to divide India into parts & destroy it. And they almost succeeded, because people are divided on this sensitive issue.

Being an Indian, it deeply pained me to hear about this incident, which although I am use to hear it from Pakistan, but was shocking when it emanated from my own country. Since this incident, all views & counter-views started flowing in, people stood with them, people stood against. One person is behind bars, one is absconding. They are labelled as traitors, I don’t want to go in to this.

A terrorist who attacked Parliament or masterminded it, got caught, went through a fair trial ( & of course it was a fair & just trial, may what one think), hanged after looking at every aspect, was hailed as martyr & people started questioning court decision, which itself is an offence. For me, its an injustice to real martyrs who got killed saving this motherland, whether on border or anywhere on this land.

There is one other thing, India is intolerant Nation. There is no Freedom of Expression or Speech. And those advocating this, are doing so by mediums of press conference. Should I laugh, write Lol or Rofl?? Where people are using terms such as ‘Jumla’ for our honorable Prime Minister or running trend such as #ModiBhagaoDeshBachao, does there be any restriction on any freedom, it is on the contrary called ‘Misuse’ of Freedom given to us. If it happened in any other country, doers would have been inside jail, no questions asked.

India is going through a tough phase, but people should understand, India although divided on physical lines, it cannot be divided internally, it is almost impossible. This country has a history of more than 10,000 yrs, it was there when there were no one & will be there when there will be no one. People came, attacked India & destroyed in this process, but India remained stood.

We are known by our country. When I was transiting through Egypt in 2012, I was greeted by ‘Namaste’ by the attendant who was checking my passport. Or when I was on vacation on west coast of Mexico & introduced myself to a French guy, he said ‘India!!’. That felt proud mate.

So, one should remember, a terrorist is a terrorist, killing 9 or 200 people, than surrendering doesn’t exempt you from your past actions or make you a martyr. Believe in your nation & believe, that there is nothing called ‘Judicious Killing’.

What some people are doing, is damaging the image of India, on an international level. But, we are a strong nation who has greatest ability to stand again after falling & I am proud of this virtue of my country.

We are largest democracy, most tolerant country I ever heard about & is greatest nation of all times. So, stop questioning the country on national matters. If you have problem with a particular party, (saffron, to be more precise) who is in power, or your loyalty lies with another older party, you have every right to have your views, but does not enable you to justify traitors, who eat food of this land, who drink water from this land, who breathe in its air but say ‘Bhookha Nanga Hindustan, Jaan Se Pyara Pakistan’. That hurts.

You should know, we are from this country, not country from us. Feel proud to be an Indian or if you have problem living here, you are totally free to go to either a doomed country who is going down since 1970 & became a failed state today or anywhere in this world.

In conclusion, I wish & hope that we shouldn’t need any March for Unity in future, to show us as a one country, because for me, we are one & we will be always. It doesn’t need any proof every quarter of a year.

Shatrunjay

Suryavanshi Maryada Purshottam Shri Ramchandra

This is my first blog post, so I thought to start with one person, whom I admire more than anyone else. One person who I take it as role model & I like to walk on the path, which he treaded about 7000 yrs ago. I, for the past 2 years, had this person or Bhagwan sitting in my mind.

It was November 13, 2012. I heard statement from a noted Supreme Court lawyer telling to the media that he doesn’t consider Ram as a good husband, because he left his wife, when she was pregnant. I laughed at this statement, because I saw loopholes in his statement. First, that it was a shallow comment. At that time, I compare previous instances involving Shri Ram. I thought that this person, came 7000 yrs ago, lived his life, killed Ravana, had its good & bad times, & went away. Does fighting over him makes any sense? For me, he might be laughing over these issues.

So, with this thought I went to sleep. In my dream, I saw Shri Ram, Laxman & Sita, & I was standing in front of them, with my head bowed down as a mark of respect. They were in their vanwaas, in their saffron colour clothes. Ram & Laxman were standing & Sita was sitting, on what is called a stump of tree. Laxman had a fruit, which he took a bite, than handed it over to Sita, who had another bite & then gave it to Ram. Ram after taking over the third bite, gave it to me, which I took it as a prasad, & ask me to eat it.

In that dream, I saw the respect which was shown to Ram, by his family, that even a fruit which he received should not be a bad one. In the morning, when I woke up, I brood over this dream, & from this time, Ram became a kind of central figure in my mind.

From then on, Ram & me had many encounters, ofcourse in dreams & I love the fact that he is so humble a person that he used to come to me. This was his greatness, which unfortunately, many people failed to recognise & understand. But he got a fan for sure & I got a role model in him after Shri Krishna.

I am going to write more on this topic & I think it should be sooner as I have more things to say which came up in last few months & with this conclusion, I finish my first post.

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