Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Not a Tamil Film Romance - Part Two

Three weeks later, Suresh and Nikhil had just left another of Sathya Sir's endless lectures. The man knew no limits, his endurance for teaching partial differentiation was matched only by his ability to put students to sleep in the hot Madras sun one hour after the canteen lunch. Now, at four in the afternoon, they did what they always did at four in the afternoon; stand outside the university gates and ogle every hot girl that came past. And every day for the last three weeks, Suresh would do what he always did, compare every girl that went past with the idealised version of the Girl in the Coffee Shop, and find that she came up short.

This time though, Nikhil was having none of it. His irritation had been building up ever since Suresh had declared that Ananya Kumar was not worthy of his attention in front of his Girl. Ananya Kumar was the apple of Nikhil's eye, and as far as he was concerned, no one was allowed to say anything that was even vaguely disrespectful of her. Sometime Suresh suspected Nikhil was the more stalkerish of the two. But he knew that look in Suresh's eye, and he was, as has been previously stated, having none of it.

'Ok, no. I don't want to hear about that girl. You remember Anjali? From tenth class? Two years you went on and on about her. Boohoo, she went to Bombay. Every time we went out, you'd have one drink, just one drink, and you'd start your sob story. God, every girl in our class thought you were so cuuuute. And they didn't give you a second look! Not that you cared! But then, they didn't give me a second look either! Just because I was your best friend! And now, you don't even know this girl's name? Dude, spare us. I don't need Ananya discovering my best friend stalks girls in coffee shops. As it is she's not sure about us dating. Macha, if you fuck this up, I will kill you.' His voice during the entire speech had been at a high pitched wail. Despite puberty, Nikhil had always had a higher voice than most, and stress only made it worse. It had been months before anyone in class could talk to him just after the engineering exam, and he would never forget the looks on their faces when they realised the noise in the background who was crying about how he was going to fail was, in fact, a guy.

Suresh looked at Nikhil, knowing that just the admission that he was going out with Ananya was worth hearing the tirade. He wasn't going to be cowed, though. 'Dude, you have no idea! Just to be in her presence, my god! It was like Sita Mahalakshmi herself-'

'- had come down from the heavens,' Nikhil interrupted, 'forsaking Vishnu to come to our mortal abode. We've heard this a dozen times already. At the very least get some new material!'

'Dude, you should have been there. If you'd been there, that stupid coffee shop guy wouldn't have laughed. I mean, we were having like, an actual conversation'

'Yeah, that conversation, it was about marriage. Anjana has been going out with Prashant from section C since seventh class, they're the most irritating lovey-dovey couple on the planet, and they don't talk about marriage. Clearly, your relationship was doomed to fail.'

'You can talk about anything with the girl of your dreams. Not that you would know, of course.' Suresh said, snidely.

'DUDE! I don't need dreams! I have Ananya! Just, don't keep going on about it, ok? The whole class thinks we're big enough geeks as it is. Dude, it's KK! KK! OVER HERE MAN!'

KK, Karan Kohli, was quite possibly the most laid back geek in the entire engineering department. He would spend days on end on his laptop, playing Counterstrike, or Half Life, and suddenly he would decide that he was wasting too much time on the computer, and undergo two intensive days of studying out of some random textbooks he got from shady people he knew. And then he'd give up, and go back to playing Half Life and Counterstrike. KK seemed to live in this perfect world, where playing games most of the time was somehow not only possible, but even conducive to his studying hard and doing well in university exams. Thus, he had the respect and admiration of every boy in the class, and the distaste and contempt of every girl in it.

What neither Nikhil or Suresh knew was that KK would be the one reason Suresh would meet his Girl in the Coffee Shop, and why Nikhil would finally break up with Ananya Kumar.


hello. i am liking this, even if it sounds rather formulaic. how nice it is, to be able to write. how irritating it is, that it is coming at the cost of revision. all things have a price, i suppose. PS, i quite like having inspiration, but i hate having it only when i'm on the internet trying to watch maths lectures.


Sharan said...

I like the ending, it sort of keeps you waiting for the next part.

But now that the exams are done, where will you find the inspiration to write, given all those wonderful things you can do?

Suhas said...

I think you've pretty much nailed KK, he's every lazy hostelite I've known who perfected the 'just i9n time' way of doing things from day one.

s said...

@sharan that is a terrific question, which requires a comprehensive answer that i am not at the moment capable of giving :P

@suhas i have met them, and they are just so irritating it is not funny. days and days they will spend being jobless, and still get more questions right than the rest of us hard working suckers :P