December 26, 2012

Me and My Darling - 7

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There was a big silence for almost two days. No response for the message we have given. I almost came to the conclusion that she was not using Orkut. But still there was a hope that one or the other day she will see this message and respond.
Right before two days of my travel back to California, I got a reply message saying "Who is this? How do you know me??"
My happiness knew no bounds; at the same time I was a bit disappointed that she didn't give her number. As she replied, I was sure I could get hold of her tomorrow if not today. We send another reply saying, we know you very well and all our family knows you. Let me know your number.
This time we got the reply immediately. May be she was also curious to know who Mrudula is? This time I went crazy with happiness. I was jumping with joy. Without a second's delay, we dialed the number on that humid summer noon. Phone kept ringing,ringing and ringing. No response. Dialed again.This time I could listen a hello. My sister said "this is Mrudula here. Is this Kalyani?" We heard yes from the other side. It was impossible to control my excitement. Now many questions followed from the other side. Mrudula?? I don't know anyone by this name? How do you know me? Did we meet any time? etc..etc..Now my sister and myself were unable to control the laughter. My sister replied yes to all her questions with out giving any clue about me and she said someone wants to talk to you and handed over the phone to me. I was literally holding my breath and a tried not to crack up on the phone and said Hello. She replied 'hello' in a confused tone. Then I didn't want to keep the suspense any more. I said, V.P Latha here!!! All I could hear was a shrill almost breaking my ear drums, followed by a sorry after sorry. Then as expected, a chant of scoldings.I never felt we didn't see or talk to each other for years.

After letting out all her ranting on me she asked, " who is Mrudula? I saw her pictures in Orkut. I had been breaking my head for the past two days. I must have seen her pictures at least a hundred times expecting to identify her. But in vain. I was wondering how someone knew my id? Many questions had been hunting me." We both felt as if we found the lost happiness of our lives. I told Mrudula is my sister. "Oh! is that your little sister? who used to go to school with half skirt, two plaits tied up with ribbons? Did she change so much?" My  darling couldn't believe it. 
After resolving all her doubts,  I also let out my part of scoldings for disappearing without a warning. Then I asked why she was saying sorry. It seems that she was in a parking lot of a shopping mall when received the call. The way she screamed everyone stopped for a second to stare at her. She then realized where she was and I think she almost forgot entire world for a minute and later to finish her shopping. We were talking,talking and talking.

I really can't explain the happiness I felt when I heard her reaction. It still echoes in my ears till date. I used to think to myself if I were the only one waiting to meet her. Many times I would wonder if she remembered me at all?? However, on knowing that my darling also had been thinking about me gave me a huge sigh of relief. Countless memories..we were touched by the changes in our lives. So many changes in five years? Why did our lives transform so completely? She felt bad that she wasn't there for me when I needed her the most. Though we weren't able to be there in each other's happiness and sorrows, we still were there in each other's hearts.
It's not a surprise that We didn't realize two hours passed by as we kept talking. What was more surprising was, when I told her I wanted to see her badly and asked where she was living? She said she was living in Detroit  MI, which was a five hour drive to my sister's place. Five hours??? Then I told her I am in Chicago. I couldn't drive that far as Ammu was an infant, my sister has work and next day was my flight to CA. She had some commitments which would not permit her to come that day. As the desire to meet her remained that way, I boarded the flight cursing my timing for not sending the Orkut message a couple of days earlier.

To be continued...

P.S: Sorry for a lengthy post..didn't know where to stop it.. :-)

29 comments:

  1. Lovely Latha, I could feel all your your excitement and your friend's too.
    So you were living in Chicago, before moving to Folsom?
    It must have been so disappointing not being able to see each other immediately.

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    1. Thank you soooo much, Rama. No, I was living in CA itself from the beginning. We went to visit my sister who lives in chicago. Oh yes, it was frustratingly disappointing.

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  2. No worries on long post because it was every bit revealing the phone meeting of two friends :) How many more 'meet and leave' scenarios there? :)

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    1. heheh..Thank you, Jas. I hope you will read all my future posts too with the same enthusiasm. :) And no more meet and leave scenarios. This time if it ever happens, I will kill her..you never know though. What turns life has in store for us. :)

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  3. I love the way it is unfolding. Hearing her voice after such a long time must have been great.

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    1. yes, Amit. It sure was great..I can hear the excitement in my ears as I type this, even though it has been more than three years. Thank you for such a lovely comment.

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  4. WOWOWOWW... I am sure you read one of my posts where I hd a similar experience and got a reply from the other side one fone.. "OYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE MANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN"..............

    it is a beautiful moment.. so when did you see other personally then .. did you jump on a plane or she came tell tell telllllllllllllll


    Bikram's

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    1. Oh really? I didn't. You can send me the link when you get a chance. I would love to read it. Oyee Mann...heheh..

      Hahha...I didn't jump off the plane.. :) Met her after......wait, I am not telling..will write it soon :)

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  5. Lovely build up of the suspense! This is the most exciting story of 'The Close encounter of the third kind', Latha:) Keep going...

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    1. Ohho..now, will I sleep peacefully after getting this comment? won't I jump with joy? Thank you again and again for such a wonderful comment. Oh btw, in order not to disappoint you, just a warning message..there is no more suspense waiting..it just ends well :)

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  6. My husband keeps getting such calls from old friends.so I know what pleasure they are:)

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    1. :)..so you must be used to screams and yells like that.. Thank you Renu.

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  7. Very interesting narration once again.How nice is it to connect with a friend after a long time!

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    1. I am so grateful to all my readers like you, Indu. Isn't it wonderful to connect back with friends? :)..it was great.

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  8. Ah, the joy of talking to a close friend can never be matched. Glad that Orkut helped you rediscover your friend and lengthy? we are too busy reading the content that we forget how long we are in your page :-)

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    1. Thank god, I didn't bore you guys..yep..a million thanks to Orkut for our re-union and too Facebook too. :)

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  9. I am beginning to be jealous of Kalyani! Dont think I like Orkut that much now... Just kidding! I love the spirit in the story--the unmitigated joy and cheer!

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    1. You just made my day with each comment on the series, Bhavana..if you feel jeqlous, that's even ok...:-) guess what? Friends who know me for 17-18 yrs are also jealous after reading the series...what do I say now?.:-)

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  10. The narrative is so absorbing that I read it in record time, Curiosity compelled me to read the last few lines midway. You are really a born writer.

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    1. Haha..that's really sweet of you to say those lovely words..I don't know if I am born writer..b cos my friend narrated it and I just translated it in her words..so, the credit should go to her.. :)

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  11. WOW!! At last, you two spoke!! Did you meet her soon, after this conversation?? Waiting for part 8!! :))

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    1. Yep..we finally spoke...but not so soon..took a couple of years to see her :)

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  12. Woww… finally!! You guys caught up on each other! And that too with a nice little prank. I am sure two hours on the phone would have been like 2 minutes. It is such an amazing story. Talking to an old friend after such a long time is indeed magical. Okay.. now am waiting for the next part. Did you guys finally meet?

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    1. We spoke many hundreds of hours later..yes, we did..next part is taking time..both of us got busy suddenly..as I told you earlier, she is the director of the whole story..waiting for her to give me the blue print :)

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    2. oh wow.. indeed a remarkable story. Will wait eagerly for the next part. :)

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    3. A million thanks to you, Raj...As I always say, your comments are always special..:) Next part is getting delayed..sorry about the wait.. :)

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  13. Hey Latha i am waiting for the next part.

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    1. There...almost there...I edited the final version today. It will come out on the 10th..that's the day when we met again. :)..so just kept the post safely...I can't thank you enough for coming back asking for the next parts. Loads of love to you.

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