Its Love, Not Santa Claus. It happens!!

I had heard rumors about her smile. They said it was prettier than the autumn sunset.
“Fools!!”, I thought to myself, “No one could be prettier than those in          X-Rated movies.” I had just learned to unlock child safety tools on internet .

She was a singer in the school choir. But who was I to know her – a shy guy, involved with a bunch of dudes; I didn’t even know all the girls in my class. In-fact, there may have been some whom i had never talked to, not even once. In 8th grade i was made to sit next to the hottest girl in our section; that night my mom saw me praying for the first time. By the morning i had gathered all the courage to go to the class teacher and ask for a change in the seating plan.

But this time it was different, the year was 2008 and I had hit puberty. I spotted her in school corridors on  quite a few occasions – our classes were on the same floor. It didn’t take me much sightings to assign her the much prevalent word in senior high – “crush”. She was my first crush. The feelings were so strong that every-time i left the class, I used to run straight to the washroom to adjust my hair – just in case i happen to see her and she looks back. The funny thing was, i  had that Set-Wet mafia kind of hairstyle – all glued up. My friends used to mock me “See who’s after whom..haha.. bichara!!“.

There were Mondays and Fridays and then there were rest of the days. Morning assemblies in Stephens used to be long ones, hated by most of the students but not me – why? – because those were the days i was guaranteed to have a glance at her – she was the lead in english choir, standing right beside the podium.
WoW!! “If  only she could be….” was all i desired.
To say the least, i had prayed just once – long time back; don’t know what made god show mercy on me –  The annual House Shows were announced. Both of us were in Jupiter House. She was a dance maniac and i a play addict. Fortunately,  it so happened that all the roles in English and Hindi plays had been assigned. I and a couple of friends were left with no option but to go either for salsa or bhangra.

“Then salsa be it”, I said, “At-least we will have something to cheer about – our partners”. They all echoed the general sentiment; none of us had girl friends.
My best cheating buddy (during exams) was the first among us to enroll for salsa. Then there were two vacancies. I was the second last to join.

“Who doesn’t have a partner?”, the teacher shouted; and there she stood raising her hand.
Holy mother of God!! It was her!!
It was like all those shitty lyrics of love songs started making sense in my brain. Epiphany!!
We were salsa partners now. Thoughts ran wild in my mind. “One and half months of practice and then the final showdown..God tussi great ho!!”

The practice sessions were fun, salsa was fun, everything was – in her company. The joy of holding her hand, standing by her side and performing those quick salsa lifts and dips – WOW!!

It was all going pretty. I was so damn happy – singing – “You make my dreams come true” almost all the time.
But then ‘he’ decided it was revenge time – “Who? Her boyfriend” – Well, I dodn’t know if she had one at that time, but then there was God, with all those super secret plans for us.
The teacher came to me and said, “Both of you have almost the same height. I think we should switch you with that couple over there”
Seriously?? Are you kidding me?? Switch me?? That’s just not possible.
That was the day my mom saw me praying for the second time. By morning I had gathered all the courage. I walked to the instructor and said “Ma’am I want my old partner back or else i wont be doing salsa.”
Shocked!! – the teacher and my friends
“The boy really likes her”, said a fellow from behind.
After much argument, the teacher decided to ‘roll back her decision’.

-“Anything dude, anything you want to eat, its on me.”

We had a great time together, at-least me.
Time passed by, practice sessions got over. It was time for the final performance. I was excited, somewhat more than my group members – none of them was dancing with the person they loved – I was.
But to our demise, the show didn’t go well.
They were sad. Alright. But i was still happy. I performed with the girl of my dreams and that too in front of a huge gathering; It was like one of those ‘Step Up movies’ for me.

The semester came to an end. We were the senior most class. It was the last day of school; very emotional one. We all exchanged numbers and promised to meet each other.
But I didn’t meet her that day. Somehow, i had a feeling that i am the only one interested in this relationship. She was just a distant visitor; still on the page from where we began – two strangers who knew a little bit of each other  – not even good friends.

But i still had those feelings for her and carried them around for more than four years.

They say, when you need to forget a women, turn her into a book.
And so I decided to move on and finish her chapter in my life.

I wrote this post just to acknowledge the time we spent together.


About Arjun Tuli

Founder @ Passionate about making a positive impact in this world. Solving third world problems.

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