Saturday, June 28, 2008

Good Ol' Days

The almost unnerving silence of the serene bar of the Officers' Mess, Air Force Station Yelahanka, Bangalore was broken by a shrill tring tring of his mobile. Befittingly quirky a ringtone to have, the sound of the ancient instrument on his brand new mobile phone. Keeping his drink on the table, he reached down into the depths of his pocket and fished out his phone.

A frown crossed his forehead. Unknown number. A credit card promotion, or worse, some stupid wrong number. But somehow he forced himself to pick the phone.

"Hello?"
"Hi Rish.."
"Abhi!! How are you?? And where in hell are you? This is not your number I had..."
"Will you let me speak, or would you stop only after you have given me a questionnaire of 1077 questions..."

Abhi. His best friend. Correction. His mostest bestest friend, as they used to call each other in school. Last known, he had been doing his BA in Allahabad. And after all these days, to get a call from him was surprising, to say the least.

His thoughts went back to the days when they just used to sit back and enjoy the chai and pakodas served by his mom while they sat in the lukewarm winter sun of the foothills, ostensibly studying English. Reminded him of the song Dil Dhoondta Hai. That had been a different age altogether.

Snapping back to the present by the sound of the bar waiter asking him if he wanted a refill, he wondered how Abhi had managed to get his number. One more change. In those good old days of yore, he had been the more resourceful of the two. Anyways what mattered was that they were meeting the coming weekend. At Hard Rock Cafe. Some things never change, but most things do. So a devout Brahmin who used to think of talking of liqour as sinful was meeting him at the best pub in town.

Hard Rock Cafe, 2012 hrs Saturday evening.
"Abhi, you punk, you will never change. You are late today too."
"I know you would have come 5 min ago, too. No way you could have come at 8 pm sharp."
"Hmm... So what's the big news?"
"Just that there are two newses. Yours truly has cleared the IAS exam."
"Don't you f*** around with me.. You.. IAS... Too good man!!!"
"That's the lesser thing. I came out here and fished you out of the dregs of Bangalore to invite you to my wedding."
"Who's the girl? Neha??"
"Yup."
"You have to be kidding!! In the name of all that is holy, how did you persuade her?"
"She persuaded me."
"Then it is okay."

Hard Rock Cafe, 2329 hrs. 4 drinks down each.
"Hey Rish, they've gotta shut shop. Let's go."
"Abhi, you know something? We have not spoken a sentence each for the past two odd hours to each other."
"Yes man, that's the way good conversations are had. Just like good ol' days."
"Just like good ol' day...."

PS: Part fact part fiction story, posted for no other reason but for the satisfaction of Marvin. Apologies to Beauty.

32 comments:

comfortably numb said...

am just abt 2 meet sum of my old chums from school after almost 7/8 yrs...so good old dayz,yeah!!!

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ comfortably numb
have a great time reliving the good ol' days...

debasish.. said...

Ur very 1st line sets the mood.. wich is amazin.

The convo was very predictible but nice.

d SINNER!!! said...

gud ol' times...

anyways, that P.S was a lil confusing...

Khamakha said...

u captured the soft whispers between friends. the nostalgia of meeting an old friend is weird..very weird....

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ debasish...
i guess it was predictable... but then there was no convo per se... it was just silence that reigned...

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ d sinner...
okies... disregard the PS... :P

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ khamkha...
i guess you would know... having met two of them not so long back...

mayz said...

i agree...good conversations r without any words!!!

rain girl said...

oh leh!! main khamakha khush ho gayi ki mishra getting hitched :p neways... it was a verryyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy cute post.. good work.

Beauty and the BEast said...

apologies not required..

Its as much as yours as in mine

Very sweet post :)

And nice imagination ;)

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ mayz..
always...

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ rain girl...
you want him to get hitched?? hmm... not exactly his well wisher, are you??

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ beauty...
it is just one of those things... which are then and not now or vice versa...

ranjana said...

nice conversation between friends there

Sach said...

Rightly said, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. don't need words to talk...
Feeling beyond anything and above evrything :)

MAN IN PAINTING said...

Always with a smile..hmmm Good Ol' days...
that was good..
it made me happy..
thank you..

Mavron said...

rfjqyi'm quite addicted to this blog. i jus went thru all d posts i missed.awesm..n im tired of writing good...awsm..gr8..u shud know how great u r.so m not going to repeat it again...keep working that brain of urs. :) :)

Cinderella. said...

Good ol' days....ah! bliss !!!

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ ranjana...
thank you...

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ sach...
sach kaha tumne... :P

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ man in painting..
if it made you happy, it made me happy...

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ mavron...
coming from you i take it as high praise and under authority from beauty too, undertake that we would endeavour to keep you entertained in the future too...

marvin the paranoid android said...

@ cinderella...
you summed it up so succinctly.. bliss...

AshenGlow said...

Yeah... think of two different eras:

2001:
Venue: Brigade road, Bangalore
Company: Best buddy in college
Purpose of visit: Umm.. enjoying natural beauty.... Hehehe
Topic of conversation: new girlfriend, why some colours make legs look fat...

2008:
Venue: Whitefield, Bangalore
Company: The same best buddy in college
Purpose of visit: a chhota sa get together
Topic of conversation: frustrating job, nagging wife, new born kid...

i guess things undergo such a huge change... but best buddies are always best buddies.. nai? :)

a very nice read indeed...

rantravereflect/ jane said...

wowwwwIEEEE.. NO APOLOGIES TO NEONE.. PERFECT GUY's talk- no nonsense, nonsense and more nonsense..
:)

n heee nawt talkin fah two hours man!!! if it were two women, they 'd eaten each other's brains out ;)

reminds me the gud ol'days! nostalgic n simbly true!

gunj said...

wow...good ol days with same old ppl...bliss!

Arunima said...

but they did na? about getting married etc.?

Cinderella. said...

:)

Btw you need to update !

Macadamia The Nut said...

With some people, even if you haven't met them for years.. you can take off as if the intervening years never happened, no?

I miss some of my pals SO much sometimes

Cinderella. said...

Just met with a really nice school chum after like 4 yrs...and we never stopped talking for like 5 hours non-stop !!!!!!!!!!!

Bw update kab ho raha hai ?

crasiezt said...

Lovely! Though I can't imagine sitting for so long with my bestest buddies and not saying a word!!
HRC is an awesome place isn't it?