Most days of the year are unremarkable. They begin, and they end, with no lasting memories made in between.
Most days have no impact on the course of a life. February 27th was a Saturday.
He got up late. It was a Saturday after all plus he had put in an all nighter. No not doing that you filthy mind!
He had been feeling a little spring in his step as he had decided to channel that energy into his work.
He was just having his coffee when the phone rang!
"You would not believe your eyes
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep
'Cause they'd fill the open air
And leave teardrops everywhere
You'd think me rude
But I would just stand and stare
I'd like to make myself believe
That planet Earth turns slowly"
That is his ring tone. It was her calling.
"Hello" (still a bit groggy after the all nighter yesterday)
"Hi, can you come and meet me an hour or so earlier than we originally planned"
"I can try and come by 4"
"You don't need to look like the Jonas Brothers to meet me"
"I know, but I am kind of a big deal so 4 it is"
"Alright come as soon as you can"
"Hold on to your pants till I get there"
It was 4:30 now and he had just now reached the designated place. From here on in he had to rely on the map she had drawn for him. Given his fascination with:
"This place is a huge circle so I'll start walking in the direction selected by a simple binomial experiment and eventually reach the intended destination"
The map had become a necessity to speed things up.
He finally reaches the place and she greets him in her now familiar nasal twang "Hi".
He tried to pretend that he was not staring. Well he tried to try.
Her hair was a little shorter, he thought they would be. And it was what he had always imagined chestnut brown to look like, but he could be completely off.
She was dressed cutely, but not really showy. She looked like the cover of a Mango spring catalogue. She looked so damn good, he thought. It was almost as though she was doing the clothes a favor by wearing them.
They talked about his recommendations to the school and he handed her the laptop to start working.
She had to wear glasses. They worked.
They really worked.
It was as if he has just discovered what he had long suspected. The cute dork from not another teenage movie
He gave her as much attention as Godzilla gave to the people of Tokyo or for that instance as much attention as Megan Fox paid in school classes.
"You should at least entertain my friend while I complete this ass hatery you call your recommendations"
Fair enough he thought and proceeded to entertain the hell out of her best friend. No not in that way you filthy mind!
Since both of them were capri(corn(y))s they shared the same corny idea of love stories and Hollywood movie style happy endings and everything in between
As is well documented here that Universe conspires against him when ever it's not taking a leak on him
Just as the bill arrived he discovered that he had lost his card in a city about 2000 Km away and the threesome that they were. No not in that way you filthy mind! They didn't have enough cash to pay the bill.
Frantic calls were made, a breezy auto-rickshaw ride to the PTI building and after much embarrassment tinged with amusement the bill was finally paid.
When they parted ways at the metro station, the smile on her face carried the promise of another day.
Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Most days of the year are unremarkable. They begin, and they end, with no lasting memories made in between.
Posted by crackfire at Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
My man PeterDeWolf has been churning out letters to his future wife by the minute. Peter you scoundrel what you don't understand is that this letter writing spree of yours might cause irreconcilable differences between my future wife and me. So in order to avoid a future divorce I have decided to jump in the fray and start writing letter to future wife (mine not yours)
This is the first letter and understandably I am a little apprehensive, you know you are the first one who has made it this far. Congratulations?!
I have to tell you a few things and I would have ideally used my favorite bullet point lists. But since this is your first time here I am going to go along with neatly spaced sentences.
See how I just slipped in the fact that I am a really organized person. What No! alright I guess you still haven't got the hang of my subtlety.
I am a break-a-downer. No no I don't break things neither am I employed at a junk yard. What I mean to say is that I break big things into small manageable things. I should also mention that once I have done the breaking part I promptly forget about them. This is where you come in future wife I need to be constantly incentivized, subsidized, bailed out, given TARP kisses? for finishing the above mentioned small things.
I am a fashion nazi! This has been well documented as I have ahem *flogged* even bollywood actresses for their bizarre dressing sense. You my future wife must either be so cute that I want you sans any clothes as soon as I see you ;) or you really know how to dress up.Still I will critique!
Future wife I may just smile and keep on smiling for 1 min 30 seconds while looking at you, please don't think I have gone loony on you. In time you will begin to appreciate this trait of mine. Also future wife I have a strong inkling that in many ways you will be like Summer here and I would totally dig it.
Do you think Aloo tikki burger better then the Veg Surprise, of course you do right ? How would wearing a "I can has burger" T shirt look at McD. Do you think people will stare at us?
- Who cares I likes Burgers
You know this is just the first letter and I am still getting the hang of it, just know that this post was NOT first typed in MS Word then sent to a few girl- friends for copy editing (see the clever use of '-' there) and finally copy pasted. This post is a whirlwind of typing and checking facebook in between.
Posted by crackfire at Thursday, January 21, 2010
Friday, September 04, 2009
The year was 1996. I was 12 years old. The year when India lost to Srilanka in a tear jerking World Cup Semifinal. It was also the year when a mouse haired, red sweater wearing, blue jeans totting girl sneaked a peek into the classroom for VI B. A guy seating in the middle of second row from the door looked up from his ink stained notebook (he never got the hang of ink pens), his eyes never wavered from the door while the teacher talked to the inappropriately dressed kid.
The kid went away and the class resumed its dull pace, I always hated Hindi classes. This hate stemmed from the fact that I couldn’t wrap my head around rules of when to use the “badi matra” and when to use the “choti matra”. I still hate Hindi! I don’t know what it was but in those days and in our school especially there was a line that divided the class into girls only area and boys only area. It was much like quarantine to protect against cooties. Yours truly on the other hand has always been blessed with a strong immune system and managed to sit in any row he liked, which usually tended to be the second row: the one in the girl’s part of the class
Afterwards as the classes resumed the aforementioned girl returned to VI B so did my heart to my mouth (or does it go to the stomach in these cases, I could never be a doctor). She was now officially a part of VI B and the Hindi classes or any other class for that matter wouldn’t be as boring as it used to be. Poets say love comes and goes in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, in high school, it goes more than it comes.....And then from somewhere, I don't know - it just came to me.
There is nothing more terrifying than calling a 12 year old girl who you like and whose number you have flicked off from the class’s attendance register (what don’t look at me like that this was standard procedure in our school). It is at these times when you need balls of steel or a particularly mayhem happy cousin to make that first call and thrust the phone in your face. It is at these prophetic moments that one makes statements that sweep women right off their feet and into your lap, I gulped the hard lump that was forming in my throat and rose up to the occasion and asked her “What was the homework given to us in the Hindi class?”. Yes, I am fancy like that. Time rolled by and I used to call her daily, she had taken over the role of my personal homework reminder services.
Around the end of 1996 a funny thing happened: 1997. Not that anyone was paying much attention. It was February and 14th day of this month had lately assumed a lot of importance, it was a new fad at that time. I had secretly bought a UNESCO card! Buying one of those fancy Archies card would raise too many uncomfortable questions with my mom and let’s face it my parents were never too big on pocket money. I sat there on the second last bench of the second row while she sat on the third last one. Whole day had come and gone by with me dilly dallying the timing for the exercise of my card delivering competency. The moment came right at the end of the school day and I gave her the card or rather held it out to her while asking about the day’s homework. The rest as they say is history and she still has that red sweater.
Posted by crackfire at Friday, September 04, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
He wore a dark grey tweed jacket. The one that had been passes on to him by his father. The tweed had an interesting history, it had been made in Taiwan, shipped to South Korea and had been gifted to his father almost 20 years ago. Fashion has a weird sense on repeating itself after every 20 years and the old tweed had made a comeback.
She was in a yellow embroidered sari. The origin of the sari was unknown to him (though he had seen similar saris at his father's establishment). She looked resplendent and brought lightness to the brooding mood that lingered around him.
He arrived a little late at the movie premier and sauntered into the atrium where she was waiting for him.
He had one look at the sari and the sarcastic, wise cracking gears that whirl into action as soon as he sees a pretty young thing started well, whirling
"So are we singing the yellow brick road today" (Yea I know I surprise myself sometimes). She stared at him in frustration for a moment. Then she tilted back her head to laugh. She had a good laugh, too, throaty and rich. He did look down at her chest when she did that, just for a second. A pure heart and mind only takes you so far-sooner or later the hormones have their say, too. He was not a teenager or anything, anymore, but he's not exactly an expert in things like this, either. Call it an overwhelming interest in his professional career, but he had never had much time for dating or the fair sex in general. And when he had, it hadn't turned out too well.
They both walked into the theater where her movie was showing, given she had a very small role in it. This was her first movie and he felt obligated to watch it, he wasn't into movies much. The movie turned out to be one of the best he had seen. It had been a long time since someone had laid her head on his shoulder and the VIP seats helped too.
To Be Continued
Posted by crackfire at Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
Posted by crackfire at Friday, July 31, 2009
Saturday, July 04, 2009
Last year has been errr to say the least eventful and it will all be brought to its rightful culmination in a few more months *fingers crossed*. You shall be informed and made up to date with all the gory details,don't worry.
Now that we are done with the all the niceties I shall begin the story.
College:You have four years to be irresponsible here. Relax. Work is for people with jobs. You'll never remember class time, but you'll remember time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So, stay out late. Go out on a Tuesday with your friends when you have a paper due Wednesday. Spend money you don't have. Drink 'til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does.
29th July 2003: I entered Roorkee for the very first time. I had passed this small sleepy town two years back on a school trip to Mussorie and had been teased by my friends that I might be here the next year, took me one extra year but I was finally here.
First Impressions and being late as always: I was impressed with the small colonial style department buildings and the picturesque Main Building and was looking forward to have a dekho at my Bhawan(Dorm) room but first the registration formalities had to be completed. After much asking and reading the sign boards we finally reached the Civil Auditorium and I was the last person to register for Electrical.
Dorm Room and the Roomie: I had hoped for a nice room and a nicer roomie who will follow all my orders, yes I am hitlerstic like that. But all I got was F-74, the last room in the whole frigging hostel (the one beside the common bathrooms!) with a mile wide U turn to get to the department and not to mention no garden view :(. The roomie was a small town guy who had listened to a grand total of 1 English song that too by Sucky Celine Dion or whatever her name is. I rest my case.
Pendulum swings a month or two
Muvo and Avril Lavigne: I was accompanied by my dearest friend Walkman to the campus and our friendship had its up and downs usually broken in by battery changes, but all relationships are not meant to last and this one breathed its last in about 2 months. I was left alone in the eerie silence for 2 days, unable to take it anymore I decided to venture forth and meet the weird specks guy in my row who happened to have a mp3 player. I know it is sad now but trust me it was the latest craze that had not caught on in India at that time. He has always been cool like that, the weird specks guy I mean.
Pendulum Swings 4 years
23rd May 2007: College ends, Real world beckons, I can't pretend to be Peter Pan anymore. Or so I thought.
PS: More to come when I feel like it.
Posted by crackfire at Saturday, July 04, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
I know you haven't heard from me in a long time and I have fielded queries from people in the real world on the lack of posts here. The thing is I don't write here until I feel like writing here lol, yup that's how I roll.
Posted by crackfire at Monday, May 25, 2009