Once upon a time – (Chapter 6)Remembered after all.

December 9, 2008 at 9:29 PM 13 comments


Continued from the previous chapter, Vivid memories of childhood.

“Hello sir, how are you?”, Aditya asked his boss. It was just a formality. He did not like his boss and neither did his boss like Aditya. Both of them knew it, but did not display it openly. His boss just smiled at Aditya and just went to his office leaving the question unanswered. Aditya was not particularly annoyed. He was used to the cold shoulder attitude his boss showed towards him. This was mainly because Aditya was the most popular person in his office. His behavior had not changed much from his childhood.

As was the usual, Aditya had to go on a business trip every month. And as was the usual, he would hate it when it turned up just after the weekend. This trip was however, not a very long one. He had to attend one meeting and do a presentation. After that, he had the full day to himself. What was even more special about this trip was that it was to his hometown. He wanted to visit his old neighborhood where he lived when he was young.

After all the work at his office was finished, Aditya went straight home and had dinner with his charming wife. They were like the perfect pair. When asked how Aditya made that perfect choice, he always said, “I never made the choice. And nothing is perfect. The reason why our relationship ‘just works’ is because we have a good understanding of each other. To achieve that, there must be proper communication. Once you have both of these, you also have a successful relationship. Of course, you also need a partner to enter into a relationship.” At this, everyone used to laugh out loud.

As Aditya settled into his seat at the front row of the luxury bus, he drifted off into an uneasy sleep. He was dreaming of his childhood days for the past couple of days. This was not eerie because he was very excited about this business trip. Not because of the career opportunities it would later offer, but because it was the place where he had spent most of his childhood. Many things had changed in the years that had gone by. His memories however, did not change.

As he left the office building the next day after finishing his work, he headed to his favorite childhood haunt. The ice cream shop near the end of the road where he used to live. Once there, he stood back for a minute and scanned the whole area. It was like modernization had chewed up and digested the whole place. The shop now had glass doors and elegant counters where one could place an order. It also had much more than what it did when he he last saw it.

He did not want to enter it just yet. He went to his house and saw that someone else had now rented it. He still remembered the days when his family used to live there. It was hard for him to let go when his father got transferred to another city. He took a deep breath and moved towards another of his most liked places. He hoped that he would still be remembered and knocked on the door.

A small boy, almost the age of his daughter opened the door. Aditya opened his mouth to speak when a familiar face met him at the door. The person asked, “Yes? What can I do for you?”. Aditya felt a surge of joy when he saw the man standing in front of him and his son. “My name is Aditya.”, he said. That was all was required to bring tears to the man standing at the door. Kiran remembered him after all.

Aditya was very thankful that Kiran’s parents owned that house. He would have felt devastated if he was to come there and find that he had moved out. Kiran led Aditya into the house and the three of them were seated at the plush sofa in the living room. Kiran introduced Aditya to his wife and told her to prepare lunch.

As Aditya reveled in the situation, his mind whirred back to old memories again. But now, he had Kiran next to him. He was happy and sad at the same time. Happy because he had the feeling he had finally found something he was searching for all his life. Sad because he was supposed leave the following night itself. As both of them chatted off fervently while Kiran’s wife listened patiently, they ate their lunch more happily than other days.

There you have it guys. I could not stay away any longer. I will post the remaining of this story and complete it so that you and me can sleep peacefully at night again. 🙂 Its good to be back. 🙂 Signing off, Anniyan a.k.a Pavan.

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  • 1. Su  |  December 9, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    hmmm… 🙂 tht made my hair stand. coz, i love reunions more than any hangout sessions… good one.

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  • 2. apoorva  |  December 10, 2008 at 12:59 AM

    WOW….it feels really good when v meet our frnd like this after many years..infact i want to experiance such kinda situation… 🙂
    TOO GOOD…..

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  • 3. smallstar  |  December 10, 2008 at 5:12 AM

    Hi, jaaneman! (it would mean DARLING in Hindi language… Doesn’t it?) how are you? I hope fine… 🙂 BTW, IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK! Kisses, my lovely and sweet bro! ;-p

    Reply
  • 4. Quakeboy  |  December 10, 2008 at 9:26 AM

    I hate it when u stop exactly at the same place, I feel the urge to read more of the story…

    great !- carefully chosen words make it an excellent series.. go on

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  • 5. Anniyan  |  December 10, 2008 at 11:07 AM

    @Su

    hmmm… 🙂 tht made my hair stand. coz, i love reunions more than any hangout sessions… good one.

    I feel the same way dude. No changes. 🙂

    @apoorva

    WOW….it feels really good when v meet our frnd like this after many years..

    That, it does. But you must care enough about your friends for that to happen. 🙂

    infact i want to experience such a kinda situation… 🙂
    TOO GOOD…..

    Who wouldn’t want to? 🙂

    @smallstar

    Hi, jaaneman! (it would mean DARLING in Hindi language… Doesn’t it?) how are you? I hope fine… 🙂

    Nice. You are learning Hindi. 🙂 And I am ok. How about you? 🙂

    BTW, IT’S GREAT TO HAVE YOU BACK! Kisses, my lovely and sweet bro! ;-p

    Its nice to be back sis. 🙂 *HUGS*

    @Quakeboy

    I hate it when u stop exactly at the same place, I feel the urge to read more of the story…
    great !- carefully chosen words make it an excellent series.. go on

    Thank you. I don’t actually choose my words. I just think about what I want to write and then just go with the flow. 🙂

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  • 6. smallstar  |  December 10, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    @Anniyan: I am learning Hindi from a bit of time…and I must say that I like it very much! 🙂 btw, I am well. Thanks.

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  • 7. vimal  |  December 11, 2008 at 5:03 AM

    A little too detailed in the middle and the ending was predictable for me. But I like the way you are taking this story; simple , sweet and touching. I love reunions and some of those situations makes me sad ! Waiting for the next part.

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  • 8. Anniyan  |  December 11, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    vimal
    Hmm… I am thinking of something here. This is my first attempt at a story dude. So don’t mind if it is not up to the mark. I am not like Sakhi. 😛 😀

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  • 9. !!*!!  |  December 12, 2008 at 9:04 AM

    your story is too good..esp this one..
    yes u do know me…i gave u a clue(im lazy to hit the enter key..i type long sentences while i chat without pressing the enter to go on to the next line)
    we had a chat (gtalk) recently..i jus dint want to disclose my identity..lemme maintain it.
    thats it..
    anyway carry on with yer gud work..all the best for ur exams..

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  • 10. Anniyan  |  December 12, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    !!*!!
    Now I recognize you. Anyway, thank you for the compliment. And thank you for your wishes too. 😀 🙂

    Reply
  • 11. Ghazala Khan  |  December 12, 2008 at 12:12 PM

    Interview Request

    Hello Dear and Respected,
    I hope you are fine and carrying on the great work you have been doing for the Internet surfers. I am Ghazala Khan from The Pakistani Spectator (TPS), We at TPS throw a candid look on everything happening in and for Pakistan in the world. We are trying to contribute our humble share in the webosphere. Our aim is to foster peace, progress and harmony with passion.

    We at TPS are carrying out a new series of interviews with the notable passionate bloggers, writers, and webmasters. In that regard, we would like to interview you, if you don’t mind. Please send us your approval for your interview at my email address “ghazala.khi at gmail.com”, so that I could send you the Interview questions. We would be extremely grateful.

    regards.

    Ghazala Khan
    The Pakistani Spectator
    http://www.pakspectator.com

    Reply
  • 12. Dinesh Babu  |  December 13, 2008 at 12:19 AM

    Simple and interesting story. Very nice.

    Reply
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