Cross-Connection

Posted: January 18, 2010 in randomz

SNEHA ,  A VIBRANT GIRL FULL OF LIFE, WAS DOING ARTICLESHIP IN A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANCY FIRM. WITH LOVELY PEACH AND CREAM COMPLEXION AND BLACK LUSTROUS HAIR, SHE WAS ENVIED BY MOST OF HER FRIENDS NOT ONLY FOR HER BEAUTY BUT ALSO FOR HER PASSION TO LEARN | SHE HAD PASSED HER PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE EXAMINATIONS IN FIRST ATTEMPT.
LAST NIGHT, SHE HAD STUDIED TILL ONE AND NEXT MORNING SHE WAS NOT FELING TOO GOOD. HER MOTHER IMMEDIATELY TOOK OUT THE THERMOMETER AND CHECKED HER FEVER. IT WAS JUST 99 DEGREES. SHE WANTED TO GO TO OFFICE, AS IT WAS AN IMPORTANT DAY. HOWEVER, HER MOTHER DID NOT LISTEN AND CALLED UP HER PRINCIPAL, WHO WAS ALSO A FAMILY FRIEND AND TOOK ONE-DAY LEAVE FOR SNEHA.
SOON HER PARENTS LEFT FOR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICES AND SNEHA TOOK OUT STUDY MATERIAL TO STUDY.
TRING…TRING…. THE PHONE RANG | ANGELICA WAS IRRITATED. IS IT HE? THE SAME NUMBER FLASHED ON THE SCREEN. WHY WAS HE CALLING HER AGAIN AND AGAIN? IT WAS INDEED THE SAME HEAVY MUSCULINE VOICE, WHO HAD MADE UMPTEEN CALLS. BEFORE SHE COULD SAY ANYTHING , HE ASKED, IS IT ‘549593?’
SHE WAS RAGING WITH ANGER, FURIOUSLY SHE REPLIED. ‘LISTEN, WHOMSOEVER YOU ARE. I KNOW MY VOICE IS SWEET AND YOU HAVE LIKED IT. BUT, I AM NOT INTERESTED IN YOU. YOU ARE A NERD AND AN ABSOLOUTE IDIOT!
STOP TROUBLING ME OR I WILL LODGE A COMPLAINT WITH THE POLICE….’ SHE WENT ON AND ON. HE TRIED TO PACIFY HER BY APOLOGISING AND STATING THAT HE HAD ACTUALLY DIALLED 549593. THAT IT WAS INDEED A CROSS CONNECTION. BUT SHE WAS IN NO MOOD TO LISTEN TO HIM. SHE SIMPLY SMASHED THE PHONE ON THE CRADLE.
ANGELICA COULD NOT FOCUS ON HER STUDIES. HER THOUGHTS KEPT ON WANDERING TO THOSE CALLS AND THAT ‘JERK’.HE HAD CALLED HER FIVE TIMES IN LAST ONE HOUR. DURING THE FIRST CALL ITSELF, WHEN HE HAD WANTED TO TALK TO SOME GUY NAMED ‘RAJESH’, SHE HAD TOLD HIM CATEGORICALLY THAT NO ONE NAMED BY THAT  LIVED THERE. SHE KEPT ON THINKING WHO WAS HE AND DID HE KNOW WHERE SHE LIVED. SHE WAS SCARED AND HOPED THAT HE WAS NOT AWARE THAT SHE WAS ALONE AT HER PLACE.
SNEHA WS AN AWESOME COMBINATION OF BEAUTY AND BRAINS. SHE WAS A CHARMING GIRL WHO WAS HIGHLY AMBITIOUS TOWARDS HER GOAL IN LIFE. SHE NORMALLY COULD SIT ENDLESSLY READING HER STUDY MATERIAL, SOLVING PROBLEMS AND MAKING NOTES. SHE HAD WASTED MORE THAN TWO HOURS AND SHE NEEDED TO STUDY FOR THE FORTHCOMING FINAL EXAMS. FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO CONCENTRATE, SHE THOUGHT OF CALLING HER FRIEND, ENRY AND TELLING HIM ABOUT THE CALLER. SHE PICKED UP THE PHONE AND FOUND THAT THERE WAS NO DIAL TONE.THE LANDLINE WAS BROKEN. SHE SILENTLY THANKED GOD FOR THE BLESSING IN DISGUISE, AS THAT MAN WILL NOT BE ABLE TO DISTURB HER AGAIN. USING HER CELLPHONE SHE DIALED HER FREIND’S NO. AND TOLD HIM ABOUT THE ‘TELEPHONE SAGA’. SHE TOLD ENRY THAT SHE WANTED TO LODGE A COMPLAINT WITH THE POLICE SO THAT HE GETS A LESSON FOR A LIFETIME.
ENRY ADVISED HER TO KEEP HER COOL AND TO STUDY FOR THE EXAM. HE CAUTIONED HER THAT INVOLVING POLICE COULD UNNECESSARILY LEAD HER TO TROUBLE AND FELT THAT THE CALLER COULD BE A GOOD PERSON, WHO WAS GENUINLY GETTING CROSS CONNECTIONS. HE TOLD HER TO WAIT FOR SOME MORE TIME TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS.
TO CHANGE HER MOOD ENRY STARTED ASKING ABOUT TAXATION PROBLEMS THAT SNEHA HAD MAILED TO BOARD  OF STUDIES OF THE INSTITUTE.”OH! ENRY, THEY HAVE GIVEN GOOD REPLIES”, SHE REPLIED. “HOWEVER, RIGHT NOW I AM CONCENTRATING ON LAW AS I HAVE HEARD THAT THE PAPER CAN HAVE TRICKY QUESTIONS”.ENRY ALSO ASKED HER TO HAVE LUNCH. ANGELICA THANKED HER FOR TALKING AND SAID THAT SHE IS FEELING GOOD NOW AND HUNGED UP THE CALL. THEN SUDDENLY SHE REMEMBERD THAT HER MOTHER HAD COOKED PASTA IN THE MORNING FOR HER.
THE VERY THOUGHT OF PASTA SENT RIPPLES OF HUNGER IN HER STOMACH. SHE QUICKLY WENT TO THE KITCHEN AND OPENED THE REFRIGERATOR. THE PASTA LOOKED TEMPTING  AND AFTER MICROWAVING IT FOR TWO MINTUTES, SHE RELISHED HER FAVOURITE DISH  WITH FIERY RED CHILLI SAUCE. SHE THOUGHT THAT WITH SUCH GOOD CULINARY SKILLS HER MOTHER SHOULD BE RUNNING A RESTAURANT INSTEAD OF WORKING FOR A NEWSPAPER.
THE DOORBELL RANG. SHE WONDERED WHO COULD COME AT THIS HOUR. IT HAD TO BE SOME STRANGER , AS THE HOUSE NORMALLY REMAINED LOCKED DURING WEEKDAYS. BEING ALONE AT HOME WAS VERY SCARY. SHE LOOKED OUTSIDE THROUGH THE SECURITY HOLE. ON SEEING HER MOTHER,SNEHA STARTED JUMPING WITH JOY. SHE OPENED THE DOOR AND GIVING  A TIGHT HUG TO HER MOTHER AND EXCLAIMED, ‘OH MOM, YOU ARE REALLY NICE AND CONSIDERATE. YOU TOOK LEAVE FOR ME’. HER MOTHER HAVE HER A PECK ON HER DAUGHTER’S CHEEK AND REPLIED, ‘ I WILL DO ANYTHING FOR YOU, BABY, BUT TODAY IS SATURDAY. OFFICE CLOSES AT 1.30. ‘SNEHA SMILED AND SAID, ‘ I KNOW ITS SATURDAY, BUT TELL ME DURING THE LAST 52 SATURDAYS HOW MANY TIMES HAVE YOU RETURNED BEFORE 4 OR FOR THAT MATTER BEFORE 5 IN THE EVENING.’
THE REST OF THE DAY WENT UNEVENTFUL, SNEHA STUDIED WITH FULL DETERMINATION, SECURE IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT HER MOM WAS NOW AROUND TO HANDLE ALL KIND OF INTRUSIONS!
ON SUNDAYS, HER FAMILY USUALLY WENT OUT FOR LUNCH TO THEIR FAVOURITE EATINGJOINT IN THE HEART OF DELHI. THEY REACHED THE JOINT SHARP AT 1P.M. THOUGH IT WAS AN EXPENSIVE PLACE, HER PARENTS COULD EASILY AFFORD IT. THEY PREFFERED COMING TO THIS PLACE , AS IT WAS NEVER TOO CROWDED. THIS EATERY WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO SERVE THAI CUISINE, HER FATHER REMARKED.
SHE STARTED ENJOYING THE BEAUTIFUL AMBIENCE. ALTHOUGH IT WAS A MULTI – CUISINE RETAURANT, THE DECOR WAS UNAPOLOGETICALLY ETHNIC WITH A TYPICAL RAJASTHANI SIGNATURE. ON THE LEFT HAND SIDE OF THE MAIN DOOR THERE WAS A WELL – CRAFTED PALANQUIN. AN ATTRACTIVE MANNEQUIN WEARING TRADITIONAL RAJASTHANI BRIDAL DRESS SEEMED TO BE STEPPING OUT OF THE PALANQUIN. SNEHA EYES STOPPED AT THE GIRL WHO WAS SIMPLY LOOKING MAJESTIC.
UNWANTINGLY, THE THOUGHTS OF HER OWN MARRIAGE FLASHED THROUGH HER MIND. COLOUR ROSE TO HER CHEEKS AND SHE STARTED LOOKING ELSEWHERE TO DELETE THE THOUGHTS. JUST AS SHE WAS ADMIRING THE BEAUTIFULLY CARVED DOOR, A TALL HANDSOME MAN ENTERED. HE WAS FAIR , CLEAN – SHAVEN , WITH THICK CURLY BROWN HAIR. HE WAS WEARING AN IMPECCABLE WHITE SHIRT WITH BLUE TIE AND KHAKI TROUSERS. SHE WONDERED WHY DID PEOPLE WEAR FORMALS ON SUNDAY? ANYWAY, IT WAS NONE OF HER CONCERN. HE LOOKED AROUND AND SAT ONE THE TABLE ACROSS HER TABLE.
EASY CONVERSATION FLOWED ON HER TABLE AND SHE SIMPLY LOVED TALKING FROM NINETEEN TO THE DOZEN OVER SUNDAY LUNCHES WITH HER PARENTS.
THE FAMILY SITTING NEARBY  HER TABLE APPEARED TO BE TYPICAL PUNJABIS WHO WERE ENJOYING THEIR NORTH INDIAN FOOD, NAAN AND DAAL. SHE THOUGHT – ‘ HOW CAN SOMEBODY EAT SOMETHING IN A RESTAURANT , WHAT THEY HAVE BEEN EATING THROUGH-OUT THE WEEK.’ THEN SHE SAW ANOTHER MIDDLE-AGED COUPLE WHO WERE ENJOYING BAKED PASTA. IT LOOKED YUM. THE TASTE OF THE PASTA THAT SHE HAD YESTERDAY WAS STILL FRESH IN HER MIND AND MADE HER MOUTH WATERY.
‘ HOW DO YOU DO , MR. RAJESH ‘. THE UNMISTAKABLE HEAVY VOICE OF YESTERDAY’S CALLER SENT SHIVVERS DOWN HER SPINE. IT WAS HE SITTING RIGHT ACROSS HER TABLE – THE SAME TALL HUNK IN WHITE SHIRT AND BLUE TIE WHO HAD ENTERED A FEW MINUTES BACK. HE APPEARED TO BE A PERFECT GENTLEMAN , RATHER EVERY GIRL’S DREAM BOY 🙂
SHE IMMEDIATELY REALISED HER MISTAKE. SHE WAS EMBARRASED TO FIND THAT THIS HANDSOME MAN WAS INDEED HER YESTERDAY’S CALLER , WHO WAS ACTUALLY TRYING TO REACH ‘RAJESH’, BUT WAS UNFORTUNATELY GETTING CROSS CONNECTED TO HER NUMBER. SHE WANTED TO APOLOGISE , BUT WAS NOT ABLE TO MUSTER ENOUGH COURAGE  TO GO UP TO HIM. THE PRESENCE OF HER PARENTS WAS ANOTHER STUMBLING BLOCK AS SHE DID NOT WANT THEM TO KNOW ABOUT THE ABUSIVE LANGUAGE THAT SHE HAD USED OVER THE PHONE.
SHE STARTED LISTENING TO THE CONVERSATION B/W HIM AND HIS GUEST WHO HAD JOINED A SHORT WHILE AGO. SHE LEARNT THAT IT WAS A BUSINESS MEETING AND THAT EXPLAINED THE FORMAL ATTIRE OF THE ‘ HANDSOME CALLER ‘ AS SHE HAD NAMED HIM IN HER MIND OR IT WAS HER HEART? SHE FOUND OUT THAT THEY WANTED TO START A MANUFACTURING UNIT IN GAUTAM BUDH NAGAR NEAR DELHI. SHE WANTED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT HIM. DURING THE HALF AN HOUR THAT THEY SAT TOGETHER , HE DID NOT SPEAK ANYTHING ABOUT HIMSELF. THE ONLY PERSONAL DETAIL THAT SHE COULD LEARN FROM HER EAVESDROPPING WAS THAT HIS NAME WAS AVINASH.
AFTER A LONG LEISURELY LUNCH , THEY RETURNED HOME. SNEHAA’S PARENTS RETIRED TO THEIR ROOM AND THEN SHE WAS LEFT ALONE WITH HER THOUGHTS. SHE USUALLY DID NOT STUDY ON SUNDAYS BUT THAT DAY SHE OPENED HER BOOKS. BUT AVINASH’S FACE KEPT ON HAUNTING HER.
BEING A SINGLE CHILD , SHE WAS VERY CLOSE TO HER PARENTS. SHE WANTED TO TALK TO HER MOTHER ABOUT AVINASH, BUT WAS SHY. SHE WAS NOT ABLE TO FORGET MEETING HIM TODAY. SHE THOUGHT THERE WAS SOMETHING MORE TO IT, THAN SHEER CHANCE. SHE FELT THAT THE MEETING MAY BE GOD’S WIL.
IN THE EVENING WHEN HER PARENTS WANTED TO GO FOR WALK , SHE EXCUSED HERSELF AND STAYED AT HOME.
SHE PICKED UP HER LANDLINE PHONE. THERE WAS STILL NO DIAL TONE. THE INSTRUMENT REQUIRED REPLACEMENT. LUCKILY , THE LCD PANEL WAS WORKING AND SHE COULD TRACE HIS NUMBER AS IT APPEARED REPEATEDLY IN THE CALL HISTORY.
SHE WANTED TO TALK TO HIM, BUT AGAIN WAS SCARED. SHE JOTTED DOWN THE NUMBER AND KEPT IT UNDER HER PILLOW.
SOON HER PARENTS RETURNED. THEY HAD TEA TOGETHER. HER MOTHER WAS SURPRISED TO FIND SNEHA, THE CHATTERBOX, TO BE UNUSUALLY QUITE. SNEHAA RELIED ON THE AGE-OLD EXCUSE OF A MILD HEADACHE AND WENT OFF TO BED. BUT HER GUILT OF REPROACHING A NICE PERSON , FOR NO RHYME OR REASON DIDNOT ALLOW HER TO SLEEP EITHER. SHE WANTED TO APOLOGISE TO AVINASH. HER PARENTS HAD ALSO LEFT FOR THEIR ROOM . THE SOUND OF TELEVISION FILTERED INTO HER ROOM AND SHE COULD MAKE OUT THAT THEY WERE WATCHING A FAMILY MELODRAMA.
SHE FELT THAT AT THAT MOMENT HER OWN LIFE WAS NO LESS A TV SOAP OPERA !
SHE TOOK OUT THE CHIT CONTAINING HIS PHONE NO. AND DIALLED THE NUMBER, BUT THERE WAS NO RESPONSE. SHE TRIED TO REACH HIM A COUPLE OF TIMES , BUT STILL WAS NOT ABLE TO CONNECT. HIS PHONE WAS PERHAPS SWITCHED OFF.
THE NEXT DAY HE LODGED A COMPLAINT WITH HER TELEPHONE SERVICE PROVIDER AND REQUESTED FOR A NEW HANDSET.
BY MID NOON , HER HANDSET WAS REPLACED AND SHE PROFUSELY THANKED THE TECHNICIAN FOR THE QUICK SERVICE. SHE HAD BARELY CLOSED THE DOOR BEHIND HER WHEN HER LANDLINE PHONE RANG. TRING…. TRING…
SHE PICKED UP THE PHONE EXPECTING  A CALL FOR HER FEEDBACK FROM THE TELEPHONE DEPARTMENT BUT FATE HAD OTHER PLANS FOR HER. IT WAS A CALL FROM HER ‘ HANDSOME CALLER ‘!
‘IS IT 549593?’ THE VOICE FROM THE OTHER SIDE ASKED. SHE FELT LIKE DREAMING AND COULD NOT BELIVE HER LUCK. SHE HAD MERELY SAID, ‘ HELLO’ WHEN AVINASH REALISED THAT IT WAS AGAIN A CROSS CONNECTION. HE STARTED BLABBERING AN APOLOGY WHEN SHE HALTED HIM IN THE MIDST OF HIS SENTENCE.
SHE NOT ONLY SOUGHT HIS FORGIVENESS BUT ALSO RECOUNTED THE SEQUENCE OF YESTERDAY’S EVENTS. SHE TOLD HIM THAT SHE WANTED TO PERSONALLY MEET HIM AND ATONE FOR HER MISDEEDS( AND PERHAPS WANTED TO BE FRIENDS WITH HIM). HE EXTENDED AN INVITATION FOR A CUP OF COFEE AT CCD THE FOLLOWING AFTERNOON , WHICH SHE READILY ACCEPTED.
IN THE EVENING WHEN HER MOTHER RETURNED FROM OFFICE , SNEHA TOLD HER ABOUT THE ‘ TELEPHONE SAGA – PART ONE AND TWO ‘ , AS SHE CALLED IT. HER MOM APPRECIATED HER HONESTY BUT ALSO WARNED HER TO BE WARY OF STRANGERS. SHE ALLOWED SNEHA TO GO FOR THE COFFEE AND REQUESTED HER TO CALL HOME IN CASE OF ANY TROUBLE.
IN CCD , SNEHA HAD NO PROBLEM IN SPOTTING HER ‘ HANDSOME CALLER ‘ AND WALKED TO HIS TABLE. THEY BOTH STARTED SPEAKING SIMULTANEOUSLY AND IMMEDIATELY BURST INTO LAUGHTER TOGETHER.
ONCE THEY STARTED TALKING, THEY REALISED THAT THEY HAD A LOT IN COMMON , STARTING FROM THEIR ACADEMIC BACKGROUND , AS HE WAS ALSO A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT.
SHE INSISTED THAT HE MUST COME OVER TO HER PLACE FOR DINNER , AS HER PARENTS WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO MEET HIM.
HE TOLD HER THAT HE WAS TRAVELLING A LOT IN THE COMING WEEK AND WOULD SURPRISE HER WITH A VISIT, WHENEVER HE COULD. ON RETURNING HOME SHE COULD NOT STOP THINKING ABOUT AVINASH AND EAGERLY WAITED FOR THE ‘SURPRISE VISIT’.
DAYS AND WEEKS FLEW. THANKS TO THE TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENT , AVINASH AND SNEHA WERE CONSTANTLY IN TOUCH VIA SMS , NET CHATS AND PHONE CALLS.
ONE DAY AVINASH ARRIVED AT HER PLACE. ON MEETING HIM SNEHA’S PARENTS WERE ALSO FLOORED BY HIS CHARM AND  ASKED HIM  KEEP VISITING.
SNEHA FELT THAT DAY TO BE ONE OF THE MOST HAPPIEST DAY OF HER LIFE WHICH ENDED WITH A NICE MEMORABLE DINNER AND SWEET CHIT CHATS. AT THE END SNEHA WISHED HIM GOODNIGHT IN RETURN OF WHICH SHE GOT A BOX OF CHOCLATES WHICH WAS A  LESS SWEETER THAN HER ‘ HANDSOME CALLER ‘ WHICH HAS NOW BECAME A GOOD …INFACT A GOOD FRIEND OF HER
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to be continued…..

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Comments
  1. Prachita says:

    i love d way you hv used vocabolary n pharases… 😀

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