Tulika part2

30 12 2008

“No you didn’t! You thought the note was for you, didn’t you?”, said Shilpa slyly.

“I… ah…”

“Come on Arjun! A girl and proposing to YOU! Ha ha!”, said Shilpa, breaking into giggles.

The momentary chirp of her laughter lightened the surrounding heaviness for that instant. But the painful truth in her statement bore its claws deep into my ego. She had dropped a stone in the silent waters of my agony and the ripples stung me.

“Yeah. Wont that be a sight?”, I said looking straight into her eyes, injecting a mix of pain and sarcasm in my words.

“Hey Arjun. I am sorry. I didn’t mean to…”

“Hey you! Come here”, I yelled cutting off Shilpa in mid-sentence.

I was looking beyond Shilpa. It was Tulika.

My history with Tulika dates back to my early 5th semester. Tulika was a 3rd semester student then. The 2nd year students were in adrenalin pumping josh, with having newly attained their first “senior” status in college. The final year students were busy with placements and were too busy to indulge in ragging. 3rd year students, such as ourselves, had already had our share of exercising authority as seniors and were the unofficial moderators during the ragging phase.




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