One chilled night last winter, I received a call, somewhere around 11PM.
“Who the hell is calling this late?” I shouted in my mind.
“This late? It may be an important call” the second thought told me.
I was not able to gather courage to come out and suddenly the mobile stopped ringing.
Before, I could think anything else , the phone again started ringing.Now, I have to gather courage to come out. I gathered.
“Madhav Calling you….” reads the screen. He was my friend from Rupa International.
“Why did he call me, this late” a thought went through.
“Why did you picked up the call so late” he shouted, when I picked the call.
“What happened?” I replied in tensed voice.
Madhav was a creative person. He always has creative ideas to come out from ‘tensed’ situation.
“Call my sister and tell her that you want to talk to me” he demanded.
“When I can talk to you directly, why I should call her” I protested.
“Just do, what I said” he almost shouted.
“But why? Is everything fine?” I replied in rapid fire.
“No further questioning!” and he disconnected the call.
I went numb. It took me few seconds, to realize what happened. I was thinking about possible reasons for this ‘weird work’.
Did he came to know about our relationship? WTF!
My brain stopped functioning. I couldn’t sense freezing temperature.
I dialed her number.
“Look who is calling me, this late” she said as soon as she picked up the call.
“What are you doing?” I asked her in tensed voice.
“Nothing. Just completing my assignments. What happened? Why did you called so late today?”
“Madhav just called me and requested to tell you that I want to talk to him”
“What?” she replied in a confused voice.
“Whatever it is;I have to complete his demand”
“Wait a minute!”she said.
She went to his room, shouting “Bro! Bro! There is call for you.”
“Who did he called so late?” I overheard what Madhav said.
I was cursing him. He called me late and now he is telling, Why I called so late?
“Yes bro! What happened?” he said, after coming on the line.
“Happy? Demand completed” I replied.
“My phone is alright. There is problem with network in my area” he said in irrelevance.
“What are you saying?”
He took a pause and continued in serious tone “Don’t worry.I’ll do it by tomorrow evening.”
Irritation was on the peak. Is he mad? WTF!
“Please stop your nonsense” I shouted.
“Trust me! I’ll do it” he continued “Now, have a good sleep. Good night” and he disconnected the call.
How I can have a good sleep now? What he was talking? Why he was behaving like that? I saw goosebumps and sensed the freezing temperature.
I was tensed. My phone again rang.
“Madhav Calling you….” again reads the screen.
“What the hell, why you are behaving like that” I shouted as soon as I picked the call.
“Sorry Bro! Sorry to disturb you!”
“It’s all fine” I had to say. I continued, “Why did you did that?”
“Please don’t kill yourself after hearing it” he exclaimed.
“Actually, light of my room was switched on and I was not having courage to come out of my bed in this freezing cold but I also wanted to switch off the light, which was keeping my sleep away.” He continued, “So, I told you to call my sister. When she was going out of my room with her phone, I told her to switch off the light. In this way, I could switch off the light without coming out of the bed.” He laughed. I saluted his brain and disconnected the call.
I was jealous with his creativity but I was also happy. I was happy for two reasons. The first one was obvious that I know someone creative like him and second he still don’t know about our relationship.
Everyone claped. The auditorium was filled with huge round of applause.
“What a bollywood turn story it was from Arvind” the host of the show announced in rejoiced voice as he took the center of the stage.