Nov 29, 2009

Rishi Valley: Family of a sort


The girl second from left wearing my Black Sabbath tshirt is Tejal Johri, a weird person from Varanasi who used to call me 'Duckie' in an obnoxious manner, as can be imitated perfectly by Poopy, her lover.The one on the right with a pink jacket is Chetana Sabnis. She's a freak from Bangalore who used to call me 'Sushipaa'.
These two were my 'Mommy's in my last two years in Rishi Valley. They were loving and caring, would reprimand me when I needed, etc. You know. The whole mother-daughter thing. And would fight over their claim on me too. It was really nice. :) Tejal is now embarrassed by it. Sad.
These two were the ones whom I always paper chatted with. Tejal sat next to me in 12th and my chit to her would have to be passed on to Chetu who sat in one corner, and only when she replied would I get to see the chit again. The three of us waited everyday after Prep with anyone else who would like to join us. We'd sit under the Plumeria tree or in the backyard and talk about the day's happening. We'd tease each other, laugh, cook illegal Maggi, etc together and would always look out for each other in things. Fights would be resolved ASAP because it was too hard.
On Tejal's last night in school, she packed and woke us up at 5 in the morning. Three more hours and she'd be gone. We managed to get up, brush, and get out of Amaltash. The last walk as the three of us in this place. We went to the spot beyond Lost Pond where we'd had a house camp the previous year. We could see the three hills-RishiKonda, Middle Peak and Bodi Konda. We saw the sunrise together. We sat there, discussing how life would change for us. Then, we sat in silence. It was beautiful and overwhelming. We went to Senior School where Madiath took our photograph with his digital camera, something he almost got caught with by Sid M. We then rushed back to the hostel. Tejal went to have her last breakfast while we did her last minute packing. Then, the vehicle came and she said goodbye and left. Poopy and me ran to the gate to say Goodbye once again. It hurt. We knew it would. But there are memories to cherish and a friendship that will never be deterred. I'm just really glad they joined in the 11th! :)
Love you Mommy (1&2)
Duckie/Sushipaa...
I miss you guys!!!

10 comments:

kittu said...

very touching man....
love it

Tejal said...

huny!! i love you so much too!.you and chetana became a part of me, not just here, but forever. There is always a small tug somewhere in my heart that pulls me towards both of you. I don't miss you because the memories are strong, and I know you guys are there, and here :)..both of you made life beautiful, gave me something to live for there during my very confused states..I pulled through because of the two of you. I will always remember that.

Athang said...

Nice :)

mehernaz said...

You really did have a great life at RV. Wish I could say the same about my school, but sadly, there is no lost love between us. I made a few really good friends, and for that, I shall be forever grateful. :)

Ravina said...

i found your blog by accident, when i googled bodi konda.
i passed out of RV 10 years ago and it's lovely to see that nothing has changed; not even these little things.
your last morning in RV was almost exactly the same as mine.
:)

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