दो कदम तुम भी चलो
दो कदम हम भी चलें ।।......
While returning from office, I tried to search Ishmeet at Metro station or in Metro but couldn't locate him. His face was revolving in front of my eyes. I was feeling sorry to have reciprocated rudely. Normally , I'm very friendly in my circles be it official or personal but still avoid interactions with strangers, the stories unveiled by the media of the way men treat girls or women stops one to interact or trust , though all Men or boys are not like that but how to differentiate, better tread on safe side.
There was something in Ishmeet which had left me restless, but it was difficult to find about his whereabouts so I left in the hands of Almighty & if we are destined to meet then certainly one day we will...& I consoled myself to be in my senses. After finishing my routine chores, I started for my office, but not like other days, today, I watched myself in mirror several times taking care of my dress that I wore & my hairstyle etc.
As I stepped inside Metro, I saw him seated near the window seat engrossed in a magazine. My heart raced faster & I wanted to shout out his name to attract his attention but checked myself else I would have been center of attraction in public...though we boast of our advancements but still our society is conservative in respect of relationships of boys & girls...anyhow, I crossed through the crowd inside & reached the place he was seated...but I couldn't muster the courage to greet him or say anything. Luckily, there was one seat vacant adjacent to him, I managed to get in there & watched him from the corners of eyes waiting for his initiation but he didn't took notice of me, I wasn't sure whether he has not seen me or deliberately ignored me. turmoil was unfurling inside me...if today we missed the opportunity to interact, then I wasn't sure whether we will meet again or not...Opportunities comes to avail not to miss.
Metro stopped at Rajiv chowk but I didn't wish to get down, I desired to go further & would get down where Ishmeet would...I was wandering in this thought & found the seat of Ishmeet vacant. He had got down at Rajiv chowk...frantically I ran & got down from the rear door to my destined station.
The day was hot, temperature nearing 40 degrees at 10 am perspiring profusely...I was lucky to have got down timely else the day would have been more hectic for me....the anxiousness for this stranger had put me into fix. I seated myself within the station premises to take rest because I wasn't feeling well...but my eyes were still searching the man who had stolen my solace...but couldn't locate him. I drank few sips of water from my water bottle & stood to start my way...I found him standing intercepting my way....I badly wished to confront him but the way he intercepted my heart stood still & I was shaken assuming something negative & I wish to cry out….but when our glances met, I was comforted…
“Hey, Nice to see you again “said Ishmeet coolly
“Hi, me too, Ishi here” I replied
“Cool, I didn’t ask your name, did I? “He said in an amusing manner
Today, it was my chance to be mute, I sealed my mouth.
“Are you well or something is bothering you!” Ishmeet inquired.
“I’m fine, just the soaring temperature is taking toll!” I said
Suddenly I took the note of time; it was ten-thirty, quite late for office. I started for my office, amazingly Ishmeet followed me.
“So Ishmeet, is your office in this area?"
“No. I am just coming along with you to see you off till your office as you look a little pale” he said.
I was taken aback by his concern that too for me who was so rude in first meeting. I kept quiet and passed a smile. As I was about to enter the office premises,
“Hey, Ishi, note down my no.9186443320…..see you” Ishmeet left.
I made a note of his number so the spark was ignited both sides…I felt at ease all my discomforts vanished in the air & I was feeling light.
To be continued....
© Ila Varma 2015