Today I met you nearly after 2 years (that also after you reminding me that it's from 2 years you are not in Mumbai). After waiting for nearly 10 minutes (oh,i hate waiting for anyone in my life although i always reach late ;)), I saw you in the same purani yedfut types t-shirt and jeans looking here and there with those chit-chor eyes and I was laughing in my mind saying that "you are still the same". As soon you looked at me, you smiled! Was wondering why did you smile, although you should be really very angry on me for not being in touch with you from past 2 years by not talking to you, ignoring you, no replies to your messages... ufff so bad of me!! ;) The first line i uttered when i saw you "I would kill you. Itna late? You made me wait for 10 long minutes!!!!! Idiot. Stupid.! And again you smiled saying "I didn't do anything. You called me and said me to come in 15 minutes." (Tune mujhe call kiya aur bulaya. Maine kuch nahi kiya) Haha. I laughed and laughed. You and your Hindi is the same. Tuta phuta like you with that Keralite ascent.
I said "You are the same". (tum abhi bhi nahi badle) And you said "You are also the same. Only you have become a bit fat. But your anger is the same. Donno when it's gonna change!?" (Tu bhi abhi waisi hi hai. Bas thodi aur moti ho gayi. Gussa abhi bhi waisa hi hai. Pata nahi kab sudhregi tu?!) With my expressions changing , you stopped and asked "Kya kar rahi tu aajkal? Tera Bandra ka woh khatam ho gaya?" (What are you doing these days? Have you stopped going to Bandra?) You hardly know why I used to go to Bandra and when did I finish my graduation, but still showing off as if you know every happening in my life. Then Mystraightforward
question "Why did you come here?" (Tu kyu aaya idhar?) And you are doubtfully asking "Here means I should not have come to meet you?" (Idhar matlab main tereko nahi milneka).
Arey, I asked "Why did you come to Mumbai?" He smiled and said "To meet you, sneha, anup.." (Main tujhe, tereko, sneha, anup in sab se milne aaya). Again my bad habit of laughing at things, I laughed and in a teasing tone said "Tujhe and tereko are the same, and the list should have 1 more name, howcome you are forgetting?" You got irritated "Haan, to meet her also, now happy, now don't ask me more questions". Still then I wasn't convinced. I asked you again "Why did you come here?" Your reply "I am looking for jobs in Mumbai. Tomorrow there is an interview and if i get selected, would stay here or else leave for Kerala." What should be my reaction? Neither I am happy nor sad. Before I can be happy, you made me sad saying you would go back. Thought atleast You would be here to help me out of my problems. But before I could share anything with you of what has happened, you made me quiet by saying this statement. Alright then there came a Ice-cream shop, remembered the old days we both used to always eat Paani puri and then an ice-cream. (what a strange combination ;) ) , but our group was really strange! "Lets go there and have ice-cream" (Chal na udhar jaate hai ice-cream khaane". We went there and you ordered "Chocolate Cornetto" (it was favorite of both of us) and i said "Chocolate Nuts Bar", you said "Even I want the same" (Mujhe bhi phir wohi do). You paid and I said "After all, you have started earning now, going to get married soon, so it's your treat". You said, " That's not the case, I had money so I am paying it. Next time it would be your turn". (Paisa tha isliye de raha hun, nahi toh tu hi pay karegi). I was staring at you and giving gaalis in my mind Stupid, donkey, idiot, fool... and you smiled seeing me. Really you are Stupid! Then what my questions started "How's all at home? How's your mom, dad, sis? What's your sis doing? When are you getting married? You won't call me to your marriage and I know that very well. By the way tell me whom are you going to get married? Which girl? You had many options and thats why i am asking, now tell fast!"
You ate the whole icecream till my questions got over and I hadn't even started. Now you said "All are fine at home. My sis is now doing Dentistry, she would treat you soon (seeing at my braces) ;) My marriage still has 2 months sorry 2 years and i would send you train ticket with my wedding card, now happy?" Hmm. I started eating ice-cream and it was half-finished. Again there was silence, then asked "Tell me frankly shaadi kar kisse raha hai?" Then you showed me your engagement ring "See this is silver ring, my engagement ring. We don't wear gold rings."
I was seeing at it and the ice-cream fell on my dress. You again got irritated, took my bag and started searching "Kuch hai kya bag mein pochne layak? Abhi tak icecream khana nahi aata bacchi ko!" and then gave my handkerchief. You continued saying "You wanna see her pics? I had sent you before in mails. You didn't check them?" I nodded saying yes. Again my kerchief fell down and mobile was about to fall down. Your purana wala dialogue "Tu kab sudhregi?" and my topic change karnewala attitude "Accha, aajkal tu apne behen ka photo wallet mein leke ghumta hai?" You asked "Kya? You know who she is?" I said "Yeah, isliye toh mazak kar rahi thi, i saw it when u were paying for the icecream.
Are you serious that you would marry her only?" You were really irritated.... "Ab tereko kya bolke samjhaun main? Why don't you trust me? And anyways i came to know that my ex-girlfriend has got a new bf." I started arguing "Ofcourse, when you can have 3-4 girlfriends, why can't we girls move on?" You made me calm "Relax, and by the way what do you mean by 'we', you are also engaged?" I signed and said "I am alone and really don't need anyone". You understood. Hahah. You were in a hurry "Today is friday and I wanna go to Masjid at 1pm and have to take bath before that. Would meet you in the evening and we would eat Sev puri. You like Paani puri na?
But, i won't have it, you know the news about it". I said "Noways, now we will meet only when all friends are here" (knowing that he was hesitating to call few of them). Staring at me and my reply, you said "Main kisiko bulata nahi, jo saamne se aata hai unse main milunga". You and your ego... !! I said nothing and said Bye. Then while returning home, sent him a text saying "After meeting you today after so long time, i felt as if i am meeting you for the first time in my life. Don't know why but many things have changed :(." Stupid ka reply tak nahi aaya. ;) And I know you won't do as the firing waits for me in our next meet. ;)
What made me write this blog was just to remember this day of mine in long run, when i realized that how we were 3 years back and how we are now. You were one of my best friends. And i made you my best friend reason being you were the most stupid, idiot, fool and donkey. haha. I used to laugh at you for Your grammatical mistakes in Hindi as you were born and brought up in Kerala and didn't have access to Mumbaiya Hindi. I, Sneha, Mads, You, Anup all were the bestest friends (neither college friends nor building friends) but somehow we became friends.
There were few common things which we all had and enjoyed whenever we met and roamed. You were always 1st in my Hitlist whenever i wanted to remove my frustration or share anything in my life. I never had any sharam to shout at you for your sillly mistakes on the road infront of anyone although you were quite elder to me. And you always forgave me as my face resembled ur sis. That was an advantage for me though lol. My fights with you were really like WARS when you had to either chose this or that. Dominating, crying, giving you lectures, telling what to do and what not, ignoring your talks, not believing in you, avoiding you, making you feel lonely and sad coz you lied to me and i couldn't forgive your mistakes ---was all a part of our friendship. How much you tried to bring me back to the same "chashmis" as you always called me and said "main tere saath kabhi dosti nahi todunga..."
But it was the worst part of me that never accepted you as you are and always tried to expect that you would change to be a better person. ---- It was all my bachpan or say childish nature to expect more from people to be like this or like that.. and especially from really close friends. Still Now I have changed that nature but then a bit maturity has come. I am now laughing at what i did with you. And since you know my nature and would forgive me for all the kiddddddddishness, i know you understand me a bit.
You didn't call me "chashmish" today and neither did I shout at you as i usually do when we meet. Maybe you are the same, but i don't know why i have changed. Why I am not able to behave the way i used to before? Didn't understand what's wrong with me? I felt as if i didn't have any rights on you to say anything. The feelings were strange and really hurting when you meet a friend after a long time.
But still if you sit back and think, you would understand and realize that every relationship changes and goes through all these moments - happy, funny, sad, hurting and so on. But Friendship never stops and ends! Although you may be close friends now but after few years, they would be somewhere else doing something else busy in their lives. But still then friendship continues forever, the moments shared becomes memories and those good and bad memories helps us in making and building new relationships in our future. Although "You" (I always saved your number as Neelam haha and also spoke to you as a girl whenever some known faces are around, coz of many reasons) would always be my idiot, stupid, donkey and yedfut friend! Sorry, but even if you become a buddha and come to meet me even after 30-40 years with your grandchildren, I would still call you the same. ;)