November 20, 2012

Me and My Darling - 2

Click here for Part I

My version:
Aug 1996.          
               As a middle class girl, my aspirations ran high; dreaming of a degree from Lady Shri Ram college to pursuing a career in law, I settle to join in our local Women's college. Don't mistake it for any ordinary college. It carries the credibility of winning University ranks academically along with Champion in various sports too.
                 
Being a social butterfly by nature, I made friends easily and had myself established in the Commerce section and started to build a good reputation in the staff rooms too. 

Having completed high school just a couple of years back then, most of us school friends were in contact with each other through letters. Remember, there was no Orkut/FB or Twitter, for that matter no internet in our world. There was this friend from school who wrote to me regularly and informed that one of his classmates joined in the same college and asked me to meet her.

Now, I made rounds to the Science department everyday in the excitement to meet the would be new friend. But couldn't meet her for days together. She either didn't come to college that day or left early every time I went to meet her.

One fine august noon, I went to the science section again and asked someone, "Is Kalyani in?". They pointed to a lean structure with hair oiled properly, wearing a thin braid, facing the black board. With the excitement one carries on finding a hidden treasure, my face beams as I approach her and say: "Hii..I am V.P.Latha". She gives an expression which said: "So what? do you think you are the president of India?" My face becomes a punctured balloon. Not to lose my spirits, I say: I'm Siddu's friend. Now her face shines up like a 1000 W bulb. Then she walks out and smiles amusingly. We exchange our class room numbers and timings. 

Friendship was bonding stronger between the new girl and me. We would  meet for lunch whenever we could, spend time together when we had free classes or bunk the IHC (Indian Heritage and Culture) class and meet in the old building at the back of the college. Now when I look back, I don't recollect one single thing that we chatted for hours and days together. 

Days were turning into weeks into months. My friend used to travel for an hour and half each way from a different town hoping to get an admission in the college hostel. Unfortunately, the principal informed her that the hostel facility was only for the children of the Singareni Colleries employees, and that she couldn't give her an admission. 

As disappointed and frustrated as she could be, my friend took her TC and was leaving. While riding her back on my cycle to the bus station, I uttered without a thought: "I feel you'll come back". Hearing that, she jumped from the bike.

To be continued...

P.S: sorry for the long gap in sending out the 2nd part. I hope not to delay the remaining parts.

40 comments:

  1. I couldnt open Part I..waiting to hear more on your travails.

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    1. Renu, I updated the link. Please check when you have time. Now, it directly takes you to the first part. Thank you.

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  2. And she came back! I know it! :)

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  3. Nice recollections of days gone by, sounds interesting by the way it is poised to take off. We have so many such incidents in our life it is good to share them with others, taking everybody back to the past we had almost forgotten.
    Would be coming back for more.

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    1. True Rama. I bet each of us can write a book about the incidents we faced.. :)Thank you so much, will try to post the remaining parts too very soon. :)

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  4. Hmmm was waitng to hear from u, so the second part is here but u make us wait again....

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    1. I know Bhagya, that you were waiting. I was thinking about you only all the while :) Nothing big, just trying to make it interesting. :)

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  5. hmmmmmmmmmm acha did she come back or did you go to her :)

    waiting waiting waitingggggggggggggggggggggg


    Bikram's

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    1. Hahah..that has to wait till the next part. Sure, I will post it soon.

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  6. She will come back in the next part... tell me tell me?

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    1. We already exchanged emails. I will email you again :)

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  8. sounds so interesting! Waiting to read the rest!!

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    1. Sure Roshni. Working on it. Thank you so much. If you haven't read, the link for the first part is at the top.

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  9. Areal story,& so very interesting,carry on please!

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    1. Sure. I will :). It's a really long one, so trying to make it as short as I can.

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  10. Ok I loved these two posts for several reasons :

    You girls were in 11th grade in 1994 ? So that makes you both three years younger to me :)

    Khammam..Singareni Colleries ? My grandfather retired from there and two of my Mamaa are still there .

    and sooo loved the days when Face Book and Twitter were not there :)

    Cannot wait for the next installment...and I am sure Kalyani is reading all the reactions to these two posts :)

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    1. We finished 10th in 94. ya, you are right. We joined 11th the same year. :)

      My father didn't work in the Collieries. But, we studied there. The other day when I read your story about Sudha, that's what I also thought..that you might have stayed in this place. I know there are other collieries in the country too.. :)

      She didn't read this one, but she was thrilled when I told her the response :) Thank you so much, will do the next part also soon.

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  11. oh..so intriguing! post the next part soon..so she came back right?

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    1. Everyone almost guessed it by now :P Thank you, Uma. Will do that soon.

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  12. waiting for the next part to read all at one go.Difficult to recollect as the time gap is long

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    1. :) Sure sir, trying to recollect the order of incidents and will post them as soon as I can :)

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  13. I will read part one again! And so how will she come back. Let's see!

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    1. A www.......that's really sweet of you, Rachna. :) sorry for the long gap...I had tried my best to cut short the story in part 2. Sorry for the late reply. Been busy n lazy with the thanks giving holidays.

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  14. Very interesting, Friednship before the days of FB sounds very nice :-)

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    1. Thank you Ashwini. Stay tuned. Hope not to bore you with the remaining parts... :)

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  15. It is a very sweet story.,and the way you are presenting it, makes it all the more absorbing. I will read the 2nd part just now.Cannot wait longer to know what happened .

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    1. Glad you liked it..wanting to publish the 3rd part soon.. :)

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  16. Now you've got us all waiting to know more. Didn't put you down as a tease! ;)

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    1. Good to see you after long time, Corinne. :) Will publish it soon. :)

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  17. that's a sweet sweet story Found in Folsom. waiting for the next part.

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    1. Glad you weren't bored. Working on the next part. It didn't come as interesting as I thought. So in the modification process. will publish it soon..pls hang on there :)

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  18. Ah.. Interesting to read your version now. It is always intriguing to look back and see how our friendships were forged. It always makes our heart smile to recount and remember those wonderful days of companionship. I can understand how frustrating it would be to travel so far and long every day. My dad used to do that for his school and his stories always made my heart heavy.

    A lovely nostalgic story. Looking forward to seeing it unfold. :)

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    1. You are right, Raj. When we look back and recollect how we met each of our friends and how the friendships grew with each day, it sure does make us smile :) Great to know about your dad.
      Hope you enjoy the other parts too.

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  19. What a way to end a post!! Can't wait to read Part 3!

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  20. Hey, you guys just met. How come she took a TC so soon? How hard it must have been..and now I get who is V.P.Latha! And her name is Kalyani...is she going to be back?

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  21. Yep...we heard about each other for two years and then met and parted pretty soon...you must have read the other parts by now...:-)

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