Thursday, 23 June 2011

A Haunting melody 1 - "She is a girl!!!"

Well...
well...
well...
do not suspect that this might be some case of a ghost or something like that...it's just a segment of my life that has made a deep impact on me...and obviously "she" is a girl!!!
Generally i am a bit too shy while dealing with girls,in particular, my classmates.But a day has forced me squarely and roundly to change this attitude,although i continued to be "mind-strong"...
It was our fourth semester at IITM.The heavy academic homeworks and assignments usually implicate us to take a periodic break from the pell-mell.Without an exception,i went to home that sem too,this time,for Ugadi(the Telugu New Year).
With great trouble,i reached home...well,you know it's not so easy to reach Vizag from Chennai if the journey is not preplanned.The onward journey went too cool,with heavy music around my ears for most of the time,and some chatpata...Finally i reached home at 6.15 a.m, only to see my parents eagerly waiting for me to arrive.
The day,as i expected,went cool,and everyone in India was waiting for the next day...well...it was going to be the final of the  world cup cricket match...As every Tom and Dick knows,India happened to win the game.Personally i enjoyed the game along with the famous "chilli bajji",although most would like to mix some pop corn into a game of cricket.
Meanwhile,many thoughts were running in my mind about how to return;infact,most of the time i stay at Vizag goes into thinking about my mode of returning to chennai.Not as an exception,this time too,more than ever before,i was feeling more and more tense about my journey.My father,as usual, scolds me for making such unplanned journeys, and my mother wishes i would stay longer at home even if it means bunking a few classes.Finally,anyhow,my decision prevails,and i search for the nitty-gritty details of all the trains possible.That day night, however,i had no stock of ideas,and without a second thought,were hoping for a "tatkal ticket" as all of us were very busy in enjoying the cricket match.

Next day

Here starts the main story.....
As usual i woke up the next day at 6 a.m.,and i should say even in my mind i did not lose track of having a return ticket even in my dreams...well...i should just say it is...

8 a.m...
the time when the purchase of tatkal tickets commence.As most our travelling guys know,people become literal dogs hungry for their coveted ticket.As everybody else,I too,was glued to my computer,having made all the arrangements for the booking to be successful.
The booking started!!!
i logged in with my usual id..."samp1315"
"logged in successfully"!!!
"search for trains from vskp to mas"
"hwh-mas mail"...the train i wanted!!!
"check availability..."
"available-6"!!!
"Book ticket"...
"please wait till your transaction materialises...dont press back or refresh"
As this all was going on,my adrenaline was gushing and rushing and playing with me all kinds of games...A ray of hope rose above the horizon,waiting for me to reach it...and ofcourse,i reached it...
the hourglass was toppling over itself again and again...
finally...
"sorry your transaction could not proceed due to unknown reasons"!!!....
Suddenly i lost my mind...it was as if i lost my life...nay...myself!
Slowly consolations came saying "it's ok...this is not the end of your life..."
Well.i know this is not the end of my life...bu..bu...but....BULLSHIT!
Ofcourse with little hope,i searched for other trains as well,and to  my dismay,i could not get a ticket for a comfortable journey.Finally,i had my ticket saying"from vskp to gudur;not valid without id proof,bla bla bla..."...i was not very satisfied...
"cool man...cool!!!"
Then,suddenly my father told,"dont worry,you still have the chance...i asked an agent to have a ticket for you"...
"ok whatever it is,i am travelling to chennai and attend my class on tuesday"...
The sun was getting slowly down the mountains...
Suddenly,the door was knocked...
"namaskaram murty garu..."
"namaskaram saar...mee abbayiki ticket kavalannaruga...idigo,aayana(the agent)book chesina ticket..."
I was feeling relaxed...thank god!...i need not take any pain for this "after-all" journey...
As he was handing the ticket over to me i was feeling more relaxed than ever before...it was as if i was    
brought from the ethiopian heat to the Himalayan mountain range...also a strange feeling somewhat akin to curiosity i was experiencing...
The ticket read,
"vskp to mas tatkal seva ticket"
"s6/35/(sex)M/(age)19/rupees six hundred ninty two"...
unexpectedly the next line  read,
"s6/36/(sex)F/(age)19"...
thought i read it wrong...
again it reads,"s6/36/(sex)F/(age)19"...
"Holy Shit!!!...i have to travel with a girl???...that too with the original ticket in her hands...No! never!...i am not going to travel tomorrow"...
Slowly i began to accept the reality..."just twelve hours man....it's ok...you need not think so much!"
The next day went quite well,with some friends and some "pani-puri"...By this time the fact got digested in my mind...no alternative...i have to travel with a girl sharing the same ticket...yep!...it's ok man...be cool...
The day of journey arrived...
the train was at 1.45 p.m...
It also happened to be the day of "ugadi"...
As always i had an extra dose of the "ugadi pacchadi"...this time i was being careful as i had a journey ahead...
This time too,like always,my father escorted me to the railway station.Not surprisingly the train already had itself on the platform..(the howrah-chennai mail is notorious for being on time...all the time!).Unfortunately i had only the photocopy of the ticket;the original is with the "sex F age 19"...
I had a preconception that the daughters of known ones are seldom good-looking...So i was not hoping for anything other than a dark face with lot of pimples on it,and a fat figure.To add to my curiosity she was a bit too late...infact she arrived only two minutes before the ETD...(to be contd. in part 2)...

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