On the day of Raksha Bandhan no guy should be allowed to go out of their home. You want to celebrate it? Sit at home and celebrate but trust me you should not step out of your home. It is a big threat to friendship. I never had this feeling until second year of my college.
Let me go a bit into the past to give a better context.
There was this girl in my college in her final year, her name was “Kyun Batau”(lets assume) and I was in second year. We were good friends. After college we would go to the nearby food stall to grab some fast food, soft drinks/tea and would keep talking for ever. On weekends we would meet for lunch or at times shopping. There was something I used to like about her. Her simplicity? Her innocence? Not sure what was it but those moments we spent together used to be merry. And like most of the guys(if I may say) I assumed.
Back to the story-
It was Raksha Bandhan that day. I was in class. A friend of mine came late, sat next to me and said “I met your Kyun Batau outside our class and she has asked me to pass you the message to meet her after the class. I think she had a rakhi in her hand. Good luck man.”
For a moment I felt deaf, I felt numb. I was just blank not able to relate things. Why would she try to meet me with a rakhi in her hand! I have never seen her that way, like a sister! I thought. I was thankful to my friend to have given me advance notice of the situation.
The lecture got over and I really had to attend nature’s call, so urgent it was. But the very thought of Kyun Batau waiting for me outside the class made me so nervous that I preferred to test the elasticity of my bladder over facing her. She became a horror story for that moment. So I decided not to step out of the class and continued with the next lecture. In that lecture I learnt some precious lessons of my life.
– On the day of Raksha Bandhan you should drink less water
– On Raksha Bandhan you should always bunk college
– Few things should always be clear between “friends”
– The simplicity, the innocence are misleading traits to notice in friends
The list is endless but then comes the time when the lecture gets over. Now there is no escape from this moment I thought, but escape seemed the only option than facing some reality. I have to win a gold medal in the 500 meters sprint today, which involves a straight porch and some 150 stairs and then some more straight path to reach the gate of the college. No one can actually stop me today unless I take a loo break which was more than a necessity at that point but not feasible considering the circumstances and priorities.
I along with the whole gang of classmates walk towards the door, my eyes wide open looking for her, like how in a movie the hero looks for his heroine. The only difference was, I was looking for her so that I can hide myself from being spotted and win the gold medal in my upcoming sprint. There she is, standing at the corner. I could see her and in my head goes “On your mark, Get Set, Go”. I start running through the crowd, the porch – done, the stairs – done, the straight path to gate – done and phew, I was out of college gate. Gold medal? Yes! And also some curses and gibes from the crowd who got pushed.
Next day I went to college, in no mood to face the reality. I just wanted to avoid any contact with my friend I mean friends. Absolutely no one. But few things are just inevitable. Kyun Batau got hold of me in break. My enthusiasm toward friendship faded.
She asked, “So, why did you not meet me yesterday?”
“I was not well yesterday, so bunked college”, I replied.
“I saw you running in the crowd, I even called you twice!”, she exclaimed.
Little did I know that her telescopic eyes could spot me even in the crowd.
“I mean I was not feeling well in the second lecture, So I bunked the remaining day”, I manipulated.
“Whatever! I actually wanted to tie rakhi so was looking for you.”, she said with a smile on her face. Her smile did not appear innocent to me any more, or it still was.
“Well next year may be”, I knew next year before rakhi she would complete her college and hardly there is any chance of meeting, unless of-course she wants to make me her brother so badly. But I wanted to clear some thing between our friendship.
“I have never seen you that way”, I confessed and fled from the forcible brotherhood.