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A Boy, A Girl and the Games People Play
Dec 24, 2007 08:39 AM 4758 Views
(Updated Dec 26, 2007 02:12 PM)

This is more of a first love experience than a first date, but im putting it here for want of a more approprite head.

This is the story of a handsome Punjabi boy living with his parents in the beautiful city of Chandigarh and doing his engineering in the local engg college. In his neighboring house lived a beautiful south Indian girl who was doing her MBA in a nearby city. She used to stay in the hostel and came home for the weekends. The boy was shy, introvert, simple, and honest. The girl was vivacious, bubbly, confident and jovial. The girl had befriended the boys’ mother and used to visit their house for some or the other issue pertaining to her cooking or kitchen etc. The boy also had occasion to go to his neighbor’s house once and interacted with the girl. Her charm seemed to rub off on him instantly.

From then on they started talking more often, mostly across the walls of their neighboring houses. He would come out in the evening to water the lawn and she would be there as full of life as ever. Sometimes they would chat after dinner while he parked his bike in the garage. They would exchange books and music. Then one day she asked him to show her around the city and his college, as she was not from that city. So they went out for the first time together. He took her on his bike and showed her around his college. They then went to the university students’ centre and had coffee. The two of them hit it off so well, and laughed and chatted so much that how time flew they never knew. The boy had not had a relationship in the true sense with any girl before, and he opened out to her completely. She told him she had had some crushes and friends but never truly in the definition of a boyfriend. She clung to him while returning back far more than would have been necessary to stay atop the bike. From then on their attraction for each other was so great that any words were hardly necessary. They went out regularly together. There was no place in Chandigarh that they did not visit. She taught him to drink coffee in place of tea, and the meanings of many Konkani words. She made delicious south Indian dishes that he adored.  He told her of the local culture and the songs, bhangra, the harvest season and lohri. They even went up to the hills, on the ropeway, ate and drank and laughed and flirted. And then one day in the beautiful gardens of Pinjore, they kissed for the first time. It was a heavenly feeling, at least for the boy. The girl too appeared dazed and completely smitten. From then on their affair was whirlwind and in just a few months they became inseparable.  Whenever the boys’ parents were out she would drop in.

Time flew, as it usually does, and the final year exams of the boy were due. He got busy in preparing for the same. The girl too used to keep coming and going and she too got busy with her preparation. Fortunately both of them did very well in their respective exams, as they were both quite intelligent.  Then started the phase of appearing in the interviews for placements. Both of them had their careers in front of them. While the two were waiting for the results of their final semester exams and also of their interviews, they both had more time on their hands. The girl did not even need to go for attending her regular classes now. Thus their intimacy grew. As the girl once remarked “ if the two of us happen to be in the same city, we will paint the place red!” They did look like a handsome couple.

Finally one day the boy came to know of his placement in a multinational in Mumbai. The girl was the first one he told. He wanted to discuss plans for the future, how they would keep in touch(it was the pre internet era), when would they meet etc . But he saw a strange coldness in her attitude. She didn’t seem to be in this world. She was very detached from the proceedings. The boy didn’t think much of it at that time. Maybe she was affected by the change in status and needed time to digest it. However over the next several days also there was no change in her attitude. Finally the boy asked her what the matter was. She simply said that she too had got an offer from a suitable company in Bangalore and since her father had also got posted there, she would be joining that company. But the boy still could not understand the reason behind her being so aloof and detached. He was a very simple guy and was rather worried for her.

When the situation did not change in the further weeks too and the day for the boy to leave for Mumbai arrived, he really wanted to know what had upset the girl and why was she behaving so casual and aloof. And how were they to be in touch further. It was probably the genuineness of the boy that did it, but the girl spoke up that day. She summed up the situation saying that the time to separate had come. He was going to be in Mumbai and she in Bangalore. Both had several years of their carriers ahead of them. There was very little chance of them being able to meet with any frequency in the near future. So what was the point in making it any more difficult than it was going to be for either one of them. The boy was not convinced. So what if they could not meet frequently. So what if there was distance between them. So what if there were several years of careers before them before they took a decision to settle. That doesn’t mean they have to break up, does it?

It was then that the girl revealed something that the boy never expected to hear. The girl told him that she had an elder sister who was airhostess in an airline and used to come home occasionally. On one such occasion that she had come home she had seen this boy next door. Then the two sisters had joked about having a handsome guy next to their house and doing nothing about it. The elder one had then challenged the younger one if she could get him. The younger one had accepted the challenge…

Several questions remain unanswered till today. Even if she had accepted “getting” him as a trophy initially, did she develop no feelings for him as they went along. Was it that she did develop feelings but wanted to make it simple for both the parties involved. Even if the initial motive behind her actions was what it was, was she right in telling the boy what she did and make him feel “used”. Or was it in a way good as this knowledge helped him get over her much faster than it would have been otherwise possible.

The boy of course was me and i've sometimes wondered if the whole sister story really had any truth to it. But when I look back today I really have no ill feelings for her at all. Not to credit myself with any nobility, I must say that it would only spoil the memory of my first love experience to harbor ill feelings. And then she did teach me a lot of things about love and life. I later had a couple of more affairs before I settled down with married life, but from then on if any heart broke it wasn’t mine.

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