Saturday, October 20, 2007

The Good Ol' Times, again for a while...

Everytime I get back to Ahmedabad, I make it a point to meet up with old friends. Sanjana, Reni, Rupal: We three always manage to catch up, no matter what, if all of us are in town, but it's the others who are difficult to get hold of. Like Komal. She has a class test next day / next week, no matter what time of the year you call her.

And the boys, those classmates from NR... We had lost touch after changing school, then college. And suddenly we got in touch one fine day in Jan 2005, decided to meet up on Uttrayan. (I asked if I could bring a 'friend' along and they started giving me those smiles...) Anyway, I took Mitrajit along that 15th of January to Kunal's place and I had to tolerate Sanjana's incessant stares, glares and comments, which she thought she was quite discreet about, but she wasn't (Mitrajit was to recount months later, verbatim, what all jokes Sanjana and all my friends had pulled on that day)

And after that 15th of Jan meeting, we have been catching up even with the NR guys at a surprisingly regular pace. The other day, Rupal and Sanjana were back in memory lane and teasing me about the n number of crushes. Thankfully, I survived all their disapprovals till I zeroed in on Mitrajit. It was such a relief when Sanjana gave me a sly grin and said the other day, "Out of all those geeks, this guy's the best". I always get confused at the type of compliments she gives.. I mean, 'This guy's the best' simply would have done!!!

And today, she was like, "Wow, I am really, seriously complementing you tonight, you look great in this saree! Last night, was bit of a formality, you know..." :) !!! Any other mortal would have run away as fast as he could from our gang of sillies. But I have grown up with them (nursery till 12th is some time) and so I thank my stars it is these very sillies I am so fond of... This time again, we met tonight and a day before at Friends colony garba...

The best thing about meeting up with friends is that none of us have changed. Or even if we have, we put those masks at home for the hour or two that we meet up. It's heaven, to be without any inhibitions, to say what you feel, and generally, to enjoy the rare exercise of thinking aloud. It's largely because of my friends that I look forward to being in Ahmedabad as often as I can manage. (Office has killing leave policies, I tell you...) But next, I will be there in February for a much awaited wedding and hope to sneak out some time to be with these guys and girls whose crazyness matches up with mine to the 'T'...


5 comments:

Malay Maniar said...

Interesting article. Unfortunately I found it a bit banal. Oh btw, Sanju's quips are amazing. Bless her for not making them "common"! And btw you started writing about boys in para 2 and hardly mentioned any :( boo hoo!!! :D haha... Kidding.
Hmm how about juxtaposing your trips to A'bad with your life in Kolkotta? I'm sure that would be interesting to read...

Gauri Gharpure said...

:) thnks for the comments... sanjana's always as witty as ever..

a few articles in my blog are largely written for personal satisfaction and out of fond reminiscenc and so without a strict editorial constraint..this one being one of them..

also, some moments are common to all, irrespective of sex, creed or place, (like meeting up with friends, past flames, etc) but they still dont lose the charm, do they? so banal seems a rather far-fetched word..

Kalyan said...

@Malay: Banal it is, but then so is love, hate, anger, passion. commitment. Aren't they? They are banal, and that is what makes posts on them worthwhile.

@Gauri: Post reminds me of my reunion.

bhakti said...

heyy gauri...i liked the simplicty of friendship reflected in the article..it seems like a person talking about people and not a writer talking about his nostalgic or fantasy filled friends or words...so i liked it :)

Reni said...

Aaah our get-togethers are something i look forward to and why shudnt i.. its not everyday that i meet my fav ppl in the world n with whom i can think aloud :).sanjana's cheeky n friendly humor,ur craziness, rupal's sanity n komal's livliness blend n make our being together more endearing..i am proud that we all have managed to outgrow our differences n distances..am so proud to have friends like you!:)