“So, how was the movie?”
“It was nice…not a bad movie.”
“Are you for real??…you have been going on and on about watching this movie since months…and now this plain reaction?”… “Is all well with you?”
“Yeah I am fine… don’t worry.”
That was all Richa could come up with in response to her roommate’s questions. She had just returned home after spending 4 to 5 hours with her friends, they had gone for a much awaited movie, then dinner. She spent jolly good time with them. But, now that she was back at home her bubble of happy fun was bursting. She was back in her sad world of misery, self-doubts, frustration and bottled up anger.
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“Be careful sweetie; don’t go too close to the railing.”
“What’s wrong? Why are you crying?”
“I am afraid the teacher will scold me in school tomorrow, my homework is not complete.”
Taking her in his arms, hugging her close, he assured her, “Don’t worry sweetie, I will help you finish it.”
Between tears, she replied, “But, she will still scold me, she favours other students over me.”
He assured her again, “Don’t worry, I will have a word with her, so this doesn’t happen again.”
Tanya was sitting by the railing of the hill top, lost in memories of 6 year old Tanya with her Superman.
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“Hey, it’s your lucky day…. Boss has called you in his office”
Akshat was sitting at his desk, hearing this statement from his colleague, he replied with a smile, “Thanks for informing me, lucky or not is yet to be seen!”
Akshat wondered what this was all about as he was on his way to this meeting. He entered his Boss’s cabin took a seat and started their usual discussions on the status of project he was handling and other related matters. Akshat thought this was just a regular project meeting on his current assignment, he was at the door when he heard, “Oh and Akshat, that Japan assignment has a new vacancy as Sachin just dropped out of going…some visa and passport issues, I have suggested your name for it, You will be moving to Japan next month, get your affairs in order.”
Akshat’s mind took a back seat and simply refused to come up with logic.
“Do whatever your hearts wants you to do”
Aditya suggested to Kshitija.
Aditya and Kshitija were lying on the little grassy area atop the cliff they trekked that day with the rest of their trekking group. They were gazing at the stars in the clear night sky, feeling the wind blowing against their cheeks, gently swaying away their hair. They were a little distance away from their camp site. They had lit up a small fire and they were now feeling cosy lying there gazing at the stars in the cosy warmth of the fire.
“I don’t know what the hell it is that I am doing”.
Saloni told her roommate Kavya, who asked her, “What are you talking about?” Saloni told her, “I wake up every morning with certain negativity, feeling I am going to spend one more day doing everything which is not making me feel satisfied.” Kavya didn’t really know where this was coming from but she knew she should support her friend, so she told her, “You should do some introspection, and find out what makes you happy, what is your passion and then follow that through with a new plan.”
“Are you sure about this?” Navya asked Shantanu, to which he replied, “Yes I am sure. Trust me, I really like this girl.” They were sitting by the lake in her Car. This was a daily necessity for both of them. They met every day at the same time at the same place. Navya and Shantanu have known each other from 8th Std. They were the personified versions of the term best friends forever.
“Madam please buy a newspaper”
This was the line Chotu repeated every five minutes or so to passers-by in the parking lot. Madam replaced by Sir alternatively, but the line remained more or less the same. Most people ignored him, some people noticed him enough to say no to him and there were these very few people who actually bought the paper from him.
Chotu’s 11 year old life was pretty simple. He woke up early at 4 a.m., study under the streetlight until the sun rose. This was followed by helping his 6 year old younger sister get ready for school and in between helping his mother with her daily chores. Continue reading