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Hello all again, the same old statement: all characters in this story are completely fictional and resemblance with anyone should be considered a mere coincidence. People may ask why do I start the same all time, the reason is simple, considering the atmosphere we are in and the impact of internet, I do not want to create any controversy, I have burnt my fingers earlier and want to make sure I learn from my mistakes. So far, we just went through two days and five attempts made by Chi to talk to Cha. If first day was a failure of attempt the second was a slide deep down to extreme of confusions. Now Chi who wanted to get in touch with Rita to know more about Cha, was misinterpreted by Cha and was caught by Virus. No one went so much in headlines in 2 days as Chi, but  what we just saw was the pinnacle of tough luck that a person can face or was it just another day. So Chi who was just caught by Virus and his attempt to get any information from Rita failed, was now returning from Library. By the time he reached hostel, he was given a hero’s welcome. He was lifted on shoulders and welcome to hostel has a solider who returned victorious from war. Chi was surprised by the welcome and was lost in his own miserable situation. He did not know what and why were people treating him this way. While his procession was going on some of his batch mates were starring at him as if they have just met their boxing opponent. He asked everyone of the reason and clearly everyone started laughing, one of the guy came forward and said: “Dude our batch would be known for years to come and the record set by you, for the kind act of openness that you have shown by talking to girl and getting booked by Virus. Our seniors want to meet you, cause you have set an example for them.”

Chi (clearly surprised and for him talking to girl was never a big issue, said): Thank you guys, But its not something that I am proud, I appreciate your affection, can I just go to my room.

Cha was upset and he went to his room and in his thoughts he skipped the dinner and quietly slept. On the other hand Cha who pulled Rita away took her to hostel and gave a big lecture on studies and how she is here to study not to gossip with guys. She was clearly furious over Rita for the trouble she has got herself in. Cha was clearly concerned about the trouble she will get from other guys. Meanwhile Rita was summoned to seniors, who clearly suggested if you want to live peacefully and study stay away from guys, you are not talking to anyone. Seniors intention was to save her from any trouble that may be brought up by comments and taunts that she may hear because of this from other male seniors. Cha issued a warning to Rita, if you ever talk to Chi or any guys make sure you are tying Raki to them ( like friendship band, it’s a band which a sister ties to their brother). With Rakhi coming soon, her intention was to make sure Chi and Rita tie Rakhi as well. So in a weeks time when festival of Rakhi was to come, will Rita be able to tie Rakhi to Chi? Lets see…

Next day, Chi entered his classes and everyone was looking at him with a strange look, some of them were as if he is their enemy (for the clear reason, how dare you set an eye on my girl), some with pity (poor chap, should have waited for few days), some with a smile (he thinks, he is the smartest kid in the block) and some with rage (meet me outside and I will teach you a lesson, the brotherly ones). He knew very well that all eyes were on him and it was clear every girl would start neglecting him. The treatment he was given that day was exactly the way Virus wanted such guys to feel (a convicted guy) and he succeeded. He quietly sat in class, and after class went to computer lab to collect print out for his first assignment. He thought of checking his email and then go. To his luck he just saw Rita entering the room. All of sudden one of the guy whistled, some started making sound. To people who are surprised to see such reaction, welcome to Indian engineering colleges. Chi felt bad and he did not want to create another scene between him and Rita, he started walking out, which happens to be the same way from which Rita was coming. He was just going out and was stopped by someone, before he could turn back and see, who it was, he received a tight slap. Before he could even recover from slap and realised what was happening, here are the words that he could hear in pin drop silence:

“ Who do you think you are, do you think you are the cool dude, do you think you can play with reputation of girls just like that, who gave you the right to bring trouble to my friend, why cant you leave her alone? If you think you are such a cool dude why wasting your time in engineering why don’t you do some modelling or any other subject? Why causing trouble for people like us?”

Guess what the person who was endlessly ranting this was none other than Cha. She was furious because to her Chi was repeating the same mistake which he did a day before. Chi who just received a slap and was humiliated in front of entire lab filled with his batch mates, could only see those eyes, that anger, that fire in Cha’s eyes however Chi’s heart was still beating fast and looking at Cha he just had a mild smile. Rita who was a mere spectator was equally shocked to see that act of aggressiveness by Cha. She felt bad for Chi and was worried for Cha and her behaviour. For a minute everything was frozen and except the sound of computer fans and sound of AC, you could not hear anything in that room. Everyone were looking at Cha and Chi. Chi looking in Cha’s eyes saw only love while it was rage and anger the other way round. Cha vented her anger out by finishing her statement “ Haven’t seen a shameless guy who still has a guts to stand in front of me despite being humiliated in such a manner”.

At this point Chi realised the entire situation and his romantic feeling disappeared in a flash. He quietly put his head down turned and went out in a flash. So 3 days from a hero to a Zero, humiliated in front of everyone, here he was Chi who was not annoyed with what happened in lab, but frustrated that the same people who lifted him on his shoulders were making fun of him, he was a laughing stock. He could not take that anymore, he was annoyed with the hypocrisy of such people. His anger was building up, never in his life he felt so bad by people around him. The entire college had only one topic to talk about and that was Chi. For some it was a topic of gossip and make fun, for some it was a matter of concern , what if  Chi and Rita fall in love, what would happen to them. So there were few who were proactive and took matters in their own hand and went to other committed guys for counselling, these so called committed guys were termed as Love Guru. Who can guide them to success and ensure that Rita is never diverted towards Chi.

Chi lost in his world, broken to core by people around him, his behaviour was changing dramatically. In 3 days he has seen everything and his life has taken a massive turn, he did not want to give up on Cha but he wanted to survive, so he decided to study, study for entrance exams (the college he missed) again. He was so annoyed that he decided if he makes it in this exam he will leave this college after telling his feelings to Cha. So in coming days his only routine was to go to class and study for exams. He was quiet in class, he had no interest in subjects, classmates, gossips, all he wanted was to run away. Various club came for induction where seniors got to meet the guy who had grabbed the headline Chi, however Chi was no longer interested in joining any clubs. He gave up everything, this was the time when Chi developed his affection with black coffee. Something which kept him awake during night to study and he use to take a jug full of black coffee, heat it, drink and study all night long. His physique changed dramatically, dark circles appeared and eyes blood red and a guy least worried of how he looked. He did not meet eyes with anyone and was silent person.

A week passed and it was Rakhi day, Cha was determined that she will ensure Rita ties a Rakhi to Chi and for once in for all this matter is closed. She went to Rita with Rakhi and put forward her request. Rita who was in her room, asked Cha do you know, what he was upto, do you know was he flirting with me, do you know that day in lab, was he coming towards me? If you are not sure how can you say that he was a trouble maker for me? When virus caught us his eyes were in tears, may be you may not have seen him, when you slapped him in front of everyone he did not retaliate? Do you know why? Any guy who had bad intentions against a girl would have retaliated, or would have shown sign of rage in coming days and you still think he was flirting with me? Are you out of your mind? Leave that poor chap alone, he has already gone through a lot, in first 10 days, more than seniors ragging him, its his own batch who has humiliated him. Cha realising his mistake, felt sorry for her act. She was determined to apologies.

Same day the news came that in month of September the first year hostel would be loaned out for cultural festival and elections, they will get a leave of 1 week. People were joyous, everyone was planning their first trip to home. Chi who was heartbroken, humiliated, mentally exhausted, had no enthusiasm to go home, but this was his chance to change atmosphere around, He got his ticket booked and his simple, monotonous routine of class, back from class, black coffee, late night study continued for a month. In the meantime, Chi had opportunity to see Cha , but he just turned his eyes and went as if he did not see anything or hear anything. Cha who was more cautious one did not want to call Chi aloud as she may get in controversy so she knew what was happening. A month passed and it was time to go back home for the first time.

Call it a coincidence or tough luck, Chi was travelling in same train as Cha and Rita, more so their compartment were adjacent. Was this the beginning of a new story? Chi saw Cha and Rita boarding the compartment and was cautious that he does not get noticed, he boarded the train at last when it was about to leave. He just grabbed his seat, brought his book out and started reading, while others were having fun, singing and playing games, Chi decided to stay away and not mingle with people. He put his Walkman on got his songs and was reading. As it was a big group, invitation to girls was inevitable, the boys brought the girls from other compartment and they were playing Antakshari (musical game) Rita and Cha were sitting diagonally opposite to Chi. Cha wanted to apologies to Chi for her behaviour, Rita wanted to talk as well and clear the misunderstanding that has surrounded because of her. However Chi was completely disinterested and avoided both intentionally. But as always there are few people who keep an eye on who is doing what and who is sitting where. One such person was Devil (Chi named him Devil in final year, real name Amit). The entire day Cha kept going through back and fro in order to break Chi’s concentration but the damage was already done and Chi was in no mood to cause any more trouble. By evening the game settled and one of the guy started showing his talent, he was a flute player, he started playing flute (musical of Taal) the girls just surrounded him and started requesting him for some more tunes.

Chi for the first time gave up his concentration, his guyhood challenged him. A guy never feels bad when he is humiliated by girl he loves but he burns down to ash when the girl he loves adores another guy be it for his quality or his skills. I can assure you guys reading this would agree in their heart but may disagree on the face. Chi tried to resist as long as possible and by sunset, he left his seat and went to end of compartment and stood near the door.

His anger needed to cool down, the cool breeze, the music of his Walkman were quenching his soul and he was trying to recover from everything. Every train that passed by brought a gust of wind which cooled his internal jealousy. He so wanted to showcase his talent of poetry to the group and expect Cha to look at her the same way as she was looking to that guy. Chi was lost in thoughts and trying to cool himself down, he suddenly noted a tap on shoulder, to his surprise it was Rita. She looked around and in a hurry said:

“Look I am sorry, I know you have gone through a lot because of me, I understand you had a tough time, but please forgive me if any of my or Cha’s behaviour hurt you. Both of us apologies”

Chi (with a smile on his face): Its alright confusions happen, for now you go else we would be in more trouble.

Rita left in a hurry and guess what Devil heard this conversation. What will happen from here on? Will devil spill the beans, is there any more twist in tale remaining. Will Cha come and apologies, will Chi accept his apology? Will Chi make it to his dream college? Will his monotonous routine ever change? Will he get any more trouble in future? Only time will tell. For now just enjoy this song:

And be grateful to god for the life, it has many colours enjoy every colour with same passion and vigour.

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