How Many Times Have You ever Thought About your School Crush?Have You ever been late in telling some Girl Or boy That You thought about her in a special way? Are Those whom we have a crush In school Be considered Our First Love? Well...May be Not! But what About someone Who had not thought about any Other Girl Ever...ever since He left her In school? What if He meets Her again?
Raj was staring at the envelope he had just received from The post box out side his home on his way to office. He was thinking about the girl whom it was addressed from...In a few moments, He was back in memory lane again!
The last working day of the session was over about half an hour back. Raj was on court after school as always, Riverdale Boarding school In Doon valley had prob
ably the best Basketball team in the region and much of its credit goes to the presence of his brilliant skills. He was very good looking, wearing a wet vest and practicing moves and shoots as always, 6 feet tall, deep black eyes, Uncombed yet silky hairs covering the droplets of sweat on his forehead!
“Raj !!!!!!!!! “ A polite voice disturbed him from behind! He turned back to look who was there.
It was “Ashrita”, The class topper, hairs falling from from the sides of her both ears and a pony tail at the back, blue eyes and beautiful eyebrows and chin, she was a girl that full of innocence on her face, a baby smile, a reserved nature. Not many people were close to her, she had limited friends and an academic record of sheer bril
liance, the class topper.
“Hi... so still practicing???” she asked.
“Yeah Kind off!”,”school kab Khatam Ho Gaya, pata hi nahi chala... I will miss this court to the core”... he said in a tone, full of significance and nostalgia, School days were over!
“I will miss you on this court...” she whispered!
“kya?”, he was not able to hear what she said.
“Kuch nahi...” she replied!
“Ok! then Raj, I just came to bid you a final good bye as I might not come back to take the annual reports and certificates personally. I am Moving to states for further studies”
“That sounds cool... “ replied Raj, but his tone was dull and low this time!
“This is for you!”. She gave her a piece of paper and ran away with some very fast steps outside the court and then soon out of campus!
It was like something muscled badly... it opened it and...
I am sorry if I ever Hurt you with any of my behavior, Nobody liked me...the way I had been in school always. In the books and nowhere else I made friends. I want to let you know before Leaving that I would not like to leave before I tell yo
u that... I was the one who called you up from different numbers in last three years, All those missed calls and anonymous messages, All those unnamed cards in your bag, all those message chits in the locker room... all that! It was from me. I wanted to let you know that I had admired you always, as a very good human being. I always wished I had a friend like you... who can really make me smile, take care of me...love me! I don't know why I am saying all this...please Galat mat samajhna yaar! And life mein hamesha...my prayers are with you!
"humko Mili Hain Aaj Yeh Ghadiyaan Naseeb Se
jee Bhar Ke Dekh Lijiye Humko Qareeb Se
phir Aapke Naseeb Mein Yeh Baat Ho Na Ho
shaayad Phir Is Janam Mein Mulaaqaat Ho Na Ho
lag Jaa Gale Ki Phir Yeh Haseen Raat Ho Na Ho"
The girl who never use to talk to anyone have written this? Why? Did she like me TOO? Just like I had been staring her all these years in library...had she been looking at me playing too ?
MY GOD!! he ran hard towards the main gate. The school premises was silent and corridors were lonely. She was gone! Gone forever to U.S. He had missed the opportunity to say what he wanted. The opportunity to let her know what he had felt for her for all these years. The opportunity to reply to her that all these years he never replied to that unknown well wisher's messages cos he wished that those messages were from her and never wanted to be in touch with any other girl on phone. In school he had many friends, but at hostel bed, in those sleepless nights, all she ever dreamt about was 'Ashrita'!
He realized that he might never see her beautiful face again, I am a dumb ass! He thought to himself.
He was deep in thoughts... unsure about what this paper meant, unsure about if she loved her or something but sure about this, for the first time, that he was in love with her! He started missing her that very moment and that feeling of missing never left him.
Years passed by and he kept on searching for her on orkut and facebook in his college years, but never found her.
“I have told you a million times mom that I don't wanna meet her”, Raj said in a loud tone!!
“shhhh! beta...woh log baithey hain!, and woh tumhare chachaji k friend hain...unki beti se bas milne mein harz kya hai?”, she said...in whispering tone!
A couple of minutes later.. Raj along with his mother entered the drawing room!
Beta.. ye hai “Ashrita! She came from states last year after completing her graduation”
IT WAS HER! RAJ WAS NUMB! Dressed in a white and yellow Suit, with a traditional Bindi on her forhead, her hairs were not copper brown as they use to be that time... they were black, long and beautiful. She was the same. Beautiful!
“Beta... go and sit with Ash in the garden and you both please be comfortable”... said the parents of Ash in an over friendly way! He loved them for being so nice.
Garden was full of beautiful flowers and in this sunny day they were looking more beautiful then ever. A jhoola was there in the center and they sat on it.
“Hi Ash! I dint knew that It was you”
“Me too! I am happy to see you! She replied with a smile.
GOSH!! SHE WAS TOO TOO BEAUTIFUL... her smile you see, flowers there seems to have been jealous of her, she thought!
“You remember...You were a geek in school, so bookish!”
she giggled and said nothing.. she was quiet and seemed a bit restless about something.
“Hey Ash! You are ok na?” he said! He noticed something like sadness in her beautiful eyes.
“Look Raj! I want you to say No! To whatever is going on Inside”
...... he was silent
“I love someone else and want to marry him”
he was “........”
“I don't know how to tell this to parents, cos he is not settled in life, we both are not ready for marriage.
He was “.......”
They stood up!
Came inside. “Haan Ji bachon.. Kaisa laga baat karke ek dusre se?” asked His father!
“papa I am not ready for marriage at this point of time, and not in near future too! I want to work hard for a couple of years more and then perhaps look at the aspect of taking someone's responsibility”
Her parents smiled! They were really good human beings.”arrey Ma Baap toh sochte hi hain... par Zamana change ho gaya hai gupta ji, Hai nahi? Aaj Kal bache bahut ambitious hain career k liye” Her mom said! She was angel just like her. They were the In Laws, of the type that raj always wanted...she was the girl of the type Raj always wanted! Anyways... they left!
He wiped a tear rolling our from his eye and looked at the envelope kept on the table. He opened it with the help of a scale and...
I am so thankful to you for helping that day at your home, for being my friend for the next two years, always mailing me and supporting me, always advising me what to do and how to do, finally our joint prayers for my happiness have worked. I will be marrying him next month in U.S. Itself, I have sent you the invitation card along with this letter, k! Will be looking forward to see you in marriage...aana jarur, apne best friend k bina I wont marry him ok!”
He kept the letter down and smiled! He was very happy for her.
The beautiful Ritika, his colleague was staring at her from the next table. Just like she had been doing for two years continuously in office. Her best friend in office as she thought her to be. She was gorgeous, she knocked his table and waked him up from the memory lane he was in! “Raj!!!!!! Kahan ho?”
She kept a muscled piece of paper on his table and said “Isse padh lena..jab free ho!”.it was Pink colored and sweet fragrance was coming from the paper
She smiled and left!
He was “........”. Then...
He read it and smiled!
Life and Love are so strange . He thought :) :D
(P.P.S. - Chahe Jo Tumhe Poore Dil se... Milta Hai Woh Mushkil Se, Aisa Jo KOI KAHIN HAI, bas Wo Hi Sabse Hasin Hai.. Us haath Ko Tum thaam Lo, Woh Meharbaan, Kal Ho na Ho)