Chennaiyil Ore Mazhaikaalam – P 08


Slowly people started pouring in and so did my batch mates. It was a rather gloomy start to a party and I was already waiting for it to get over. It was our fresher’s party…
I thought that this was a nice time to socialize with people whom I hardly knew at NIIT and it was time for me to put up a good show to garner adequate attention but my heart told me something else…

“Why do you want to risk yourself by again doing this stupid thing…? Relax and be yourself and the rest will follow…”

Though I held on to this attitude, I was sitting with my friends and listening to all the conversations from their college to NIIT to girls and most happening events in the city… And to make the things better, we finally got off as a gang at NIIT with a set of 12 friends… but I always wanted the 13th to be in our gang and as usual… so did Srinath!!!

Me, Dinesh alias Dixcy, Shankar alias Sanky, Shrivatsan alias Shri, Srinath, Aparna alias Appu, Aishwarya alias Ash, Meenakshi alias Meenu, Abdul alias Thala, Sandhya alias Sandy, Hemanth alias Hem, Madhan alias Maddy… And finally this was our gang…

Then there came the 13th person whom I had been searching for…

But that day she appeared to be dull with her eyes swollen and barely she was wearing anything interesting for a fresher’s party… Then a senior batch member came up to her to greet and ask for a paper dance which she politely declined. She looked more to be disturbed that day than ever…

“Hi Preethi… Come down here! We have been waiting for you for a long time” said Srinath…

“Dai… You have been waiting when the dinner would start… then why is it you are acting as if you have been waiting for her all this while” Abdul said…

“Machan… Please don’t screw up the situation… I had finally got a good opportunity to talk to her! So kindly don’t spoil it sir…”

“She hardly cares even when we go and talk to her, then why the hell you are trying to call her and talk to her… Will you never change from your stupidity???)” said Ash…

But Srinath hardly took to her words seriously and went towards Preethi…

“Hi… You are looking too gorgeous in this pink Sari… Why don’t you come and join us… You know something??? As you are the special member of the gang, we all had been waiting for you… ”

In the meantime, Appu was already irritated with Srinath, trying to woo her!

She hardly cared for his presence but did put up a plastic smile back to him and said,

“Srinath… thanks a lot for inviting… I am actually not in good mood! I planning to have some time spent all alone! If you don’t mind, can you please… ”

I got really pissed off with the way she treated Srinath and I was already fuming…

“Dai! Ne ippo inga vara poriya illaya??? (Hey! Are you going to come here or not???)”
She over heard me and turned the other side…

That night we had a great time, pulling each other’s legs with Hem trying desperately to woo Ash and Maddy getting deeply involved into wooing conversations with Sandy…

Around all these fun and frolic, I went to the rest room to clear off gallbladder… While I was entering the men’s restroom, I saw Preethi crying and going out of the rest room towards the balcony… I stopped a second but didn’t turn back as I hardly cared for her exorbitant attitude!

I relaxed myself and came out of the rest room. By that time, my gang was waiting for going ahead with the dinner… So I accompanied them and started off with traditional soup… I still don’t exactly get the concept of why parties have soups in the beginning? Is it really to create an urge to have more food or to make sure that the visitor not have more food… This still remains a mystery to me…

Before starting off with the main course, I got a call from my mama. Since the place was noisy, I went towards the balcony to speak to him…

There I saw Preethi crying and looking at her mobile…
I didn’t know what to say? My mind was clouded with questions like…
Whether to talk to her or not?
Will she ever reply back if I ask her anything?

And then I took a step ahead and asked her…

“Is something wrong?”

“I hate him!”

“I hope there are always ways to tackle problems…”

“I had tried every single way of not being myself just for him but at last I get this…”

I just stood for a moment unable to think what went wrong with her but for the first time I got a shade of pity on her…

“Preethi… I don’t know what went wrong with you and what you are going through…I will not even pose you the question… WHY! But there are always two sides to look an issue…”

“I don’t have anyone now in my life… I distanced all my friends so that I can stay close to him but today there is no one for me… No one would ever talk to me for the way I had behaved!”

“I can understand that you are hurt by someone… But always remember, that for every sunset, there will always be a sunrise… Don’t give up so easily!”

“What do you want me to do?”

“Whatever has happened with you… good or bad, try to get over it slowly…
And always remember that there is at least some one around you who can care for you…
You just need open your eyes and look around!”

“She wiped her tears with the tissue and stood there looking at me!”

And I left the place with a smile…
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