December 18, 2012

Me and My Darling - 6

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2004-2009

These five years of my life went by pretty fast. Coming to the U.S was an entirely novel feeling for me. Again a new world, new set of people. Some unknown fears in the layers of the mind. The zeal to learn everything like a new student at school. Life was dragging at its feet. As such I was not the kind who would sit at home for a minute. I felt I was jailed in the four walls of the apartment.
As I didn't know car driving, the dependency made it even worse. Entertaining the little rascal was a big challenge. Having been pampered by grannies, uncles, aunts, cousins and neighbors he too was a loner like me.
Slowly I started to make friends and fretting with boredom. I found a small job at a front office that paid me just enough for my son's day care and bus pass. Life got busy again. Though I was occupied and was making friends on the go, there was this missing feeling about my darling, all the time.
Facebook was started in the year I landed on this magical land, but I had no clue about it. I had free access to internet. However, I wasn't keen on having an active Orkut account and wanted to maintain a low profile in social circles.
Will my darling let me lay low like that? The hunt began again. I would search for her on Orkut whenever I got time.
The same search result every time. Profile Not Found. Meanwhile, my thoughts would drift away. She must also have got married by now. May be she changed her last name. Did I miss seeing her face in the profiles that I already saw? Did she have a profile picture? Did she have an Orkut account at all? My thoughts multiplied by the dozens into hundreds. Yet, I didn't lose hope. Wouldn't there be a day when I won't find her through Orkut? Because that was the only weapon for me then.
This way the days turned into weeks into months into years..many changes in my life too. Our precious Ammu was born. Mom came to the U.S for the first time. Mom, Rushi, Me and the infant went to visit my sister at Chicago. My hunt didn't stop with the places I visited. It continued as usual but with diminishing hope. This time..OH MY GOD!!!! There she is! With her same old Close up Smile profile picture. If at all there was an instrument that would measure my happiness, it would have reached the highest point.
As I was getting ready to send her message, my beautiful sister interrupts and says, WAIT! Don't send the message from your ID. Let's keep the suspense for her. I wasn't in a position to wait a second longer. Hmm..But I liked the idea, what to do now? We both agreed to send her a message from my sister's ID. Are you Kalyani from Khammam? If yes, please respond.
I must have crashed the Orkut servers by refreshing every single minute, after sending her the message. Unfortunately, there was no reply from my darling. There was a pang of pain, again. Thoughts are always there to bother you in such troubled times, aren't they? First of all, is she using her Orkut ID? If at all she is, then why isn't she replying? May be she doesn't know my sister's name? I started pestering my sister to send her the message again and again.
So, this time we changed the message slightly and send it like this: If you are Kalyani from Khammam, please send your number..Great surprise awaits you. And the count down started...

To be continued...

36 comments:

  1. The story seems to be developing very nicely. If I were you, I wouldn't have waited so long even after finding her through Orkut.
    Anyway, good development, and some nice intro about your first visit to the US.

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    1. Thanks a lot Rama. I know..it was so hard for me to control myself..but I wanted to give her the shock of her life. :-)surprises are most of the times, happy..aren't they? And the life in US is not all that rosy :)

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  2. That was very interesting. Now don't tell me that she was in US all the time! :)

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    1. Many many thanks to you, Amit. For following the story so punctually. :-) And guess what? She was in U.S..but not all that time I believe. I think she came a couple of years after me.

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  3. Ahaa. I found my long lost friend in fb and such a nice reunion it was :) Waiting...waiting

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    1. Even I met many friends like that on FB..re unions are always great..sure, promise to post the next one by this time next week :-) Thank you so much Bhagyasree for following it every week.

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  4. The story has taken an interesting turn.Waiting for the next part.

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    1. Thanks a lot, Usha ji. Will do it next week. Just too disturbed with the Delhi News.. :(

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  5. You have keyed up the interest,we are all restless to know what and when she replied

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    1. KP sir, I thought you must be bored by now :) Thank you for the wonderful comment..promise to not disappoint you.

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  6. wow, amazing writing again!!! a smile crossed my face when i read that you found her profile on orkut.

    absolutely loving this series!!!

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    1. Thanks a lot, Deb. Sorry, couldn't reply to you earlier as I hate to say that I got busy. btw, what were you doing at 2.30 at night? I was surprised when I saw the comment..what is he doing now? oh reading my story..hehe

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    1. Thank you so much Adhi Das..welcome here and hope you like the entire series :)

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  8. Your weave is like a never ending intrigue, Latha:) Keep it going!!

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    1. hehehe..a million thanks to you Rahul ji for all the encouragement you give with every post. :-)

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    2. Awaiting next! Thanks Latha and Merry Xmas:)

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    3. OMG!!!how do u remember it's the time to post again? It is in the drafts, Rahul ji...I was too saddened with the news in India...mind n heart numbed to write anything...that's the reason for the delay...Merry X mas to you too...we had a good party at home...

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  9. This is getting more n more interesting-you rock !!!!!!!

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    1. yayyy...I Rock!!! Time to partyyy...hahaha...many many thanks to you Indu. :-)

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  10. Hey! First time visited your blog.Very well written. Will follow you posts.

    Thanks,
    Jahid
    My Blog

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    1. Welcome here and thank you so much for following. Whenever I see a new follower, it makes me feel good. Hope my posts don't disappoint you.. :-)

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  11. Oh My God!! You end your story at such a crucial juncture... waiting for the next part keenly!

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    1. Haha....glad you guys want more of it..can't thank you enough
      . Promise not to disappoint you..:-)

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  12. You must really care for her to find her with such doggedness. FB has made things easy....but often girls change thier maiden name after marriage and it becomes difficult to find them.

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    1. You are right, Alka. Both of us care for each other the same way. We are different in many ways and at the same time, we are likevtwo sides of a same coin. I did find other friends through FB though. Ya my last name changed after my wedding...:-)

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  13. how did i miss this post ...

    going ot next one to see what happened . did she respond

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    1. Yes, I too missed your comment on this one :) Thank you for reading it out without missing. Hats off to you for making time to read every single post. There won't be a better follower than you.

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  14. Cant wait to head over to the next part. Remember, I told you I would read when the other parts are up :-), by the way you are really lucky to have so many chances to meet up with your friend. :-)

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    1. Thank you, Ashwini..I trust you :) I do remember you telling me that. yes, I am very lucky..also I feel my efforts paid off. :)

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  15. Kalyani from Khammam! Hahahaha--how we yearn for hearts that make us smile and be at peace...and how modern technology mediates and facilitates this moment..

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  16. Hahha...sounds rhythemic...:) yep, agree with you..

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  17. Wow.. this is such a sweet story. I am amazed how much life has to offer. Changes, surprises, doubts, joy… all come a full circle. And you have left the story at such a point, the suspense is killing me. Over to the next part!

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    1. Hehehe...too much book reading and movies...;) that's what taught me to break it at the suspense part..LOL..I never realised that I had so many surprises and wonders until this was penned.. :)

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