I never understood the magnitude of being single, is it a happy state of me or am I just fooling myself. People around me keeps on asking about my status. And I just ignore their questions with a smile or some joke. But what’s the reality?
It was a beautiful evening, light air was breezing around making it more romantic. The moment when the day was about to meet with his partner – the Night. I was crossing by the Air Force medical college, walking slowly feeling that moment of love and the soothing breeze. She crossed me like a cyclone, dressed in a light parrot green Salwar with a white apron. She must be a medical college student or might be a doctor. The first look of her made me crazy, I started walking behind her. We walked few steps behind each other before she disappeared in the evening but left the sign that I can see her again around this place. The night was hardly bearable but was one of the best nights I can ever have. Remembering her first glance I was blushing and smiling inside. I couldn’t sleep that night waiting for the Sun to kiss the earth. After completing the daily routine, I was in office in half sleep-mode. Sitting on my desk, listening my favorite romantic songs of 90s I was waiting for the clock to hit 4. Finally the long day in office ended, instead of going to home I went to AFMC and posted myself below a tree in the opposite lane. Every second was making me nervous, thousand thoughts were flushing by. If she will be here again, was she real or just my imagination, so on and so forth.
At 6 she appeared walking out from the college gate, I was again walking but besides her in the opposite lane. The time was beyond imagination, the Queen was walking besides the King. A few steps covered and she again got disappeared inside the Girls hostel. Now I know her two place, the college and the hostel. This parallel WALK kept on for a few days until the evening she crossed the road, came to me and firing her first question “Hey, who are you and why are you following me every evening?” I hardly could understand her question. The King got mesmerized in the beautiful eyes of his Queen. The voice was a more melodious then those 90’s songs. She shouted again “Have you gone mad, why are you not replying. And stop staring at me.”
“No, No you are misunderstanding me. One of my friend is there in your college and I was waiting for her.” I spoke out. “Seriously, you are waiting for her a week and she didn’t came out even ones. Am I fool or what?”, she responded back. “Now tell me the truth what’s going on inside your mind and who are you?”, she continued.
“Hey, I am Ali. Software engineer by profession. I saw you last Friday and lost in your beauty. Coming here everyday just to see you ones. Sorry for all this.” My honest confession made her face little easy. I kept on expressing, “I am single and my mom wants me to have a innocent daughter-in-law and I am just trying to fulfill her wish.”
“Stop flirting now, we hardly know each other”, she uttered. “I am following you for these many days to know you, to know more and more” I responded quickly. “So what you know about me”, the back fire. With a kid like face I replied,”you study here and stay in the girls hostel, that’s all”. She was smiling, “LOL, you know nothing about me”. “Will you allow me to know more about you, can I sip a coffee with you”, I asked her. “Not now, its too late. Let’s meet tomorrow and mind that don’t come stand here at 4 but come at 6. Now go and do your work”, she replied back.
It was a happy time, I was on cloud 9. Rejoicing and bouncing in air. “You are my work and I am doing that. I quickly said and started walking away. After moving a few steps I turned back to see her, she was walking slowly to her hostel. I was shouting inside, ‘Turn Back’, ‘Turn Back’, and she did turned back before getting inside her hostel.
It was the golden evening, the King dressed in Black was at her college gate at 05:45 PM awaiting for her Queen to come out. Sharp at 05:58 PM I saw her walking on the lane towards her college gate, dressed in light pink she was appearing the most beautiful women god ever created. She took 20-25 steps to reach the gate and another 10 to cross the road. At 06, she was besides me. “Hello Mr Khan, so where are we going?”.
“Miss… aaahhhh… ” I didn’t asked her name last evening. “Ha Ha Ha, Khan Sahab you didn’t asked my name” she said. “By the way, I am Rashmi Tripathi, I am from Dehradun and I am not a student here but a resident Doctor”, she said with a cheerful smile.
“Okay Doctor Rashmi, let’s walk to CCD in Fatima Nagar. It will not be very far from Hostel so you won’t be late” I replied in a hurry. Rest all we talked from that evening till another 30 days is just beyond words to express and very much private to narrate. The king was in love with the Queen, so he decided to propose her for life. Like every evening he was below the tree but now with a bunch of red roses. She came out and quickly asked, “why these flowers? Are you going to any party after this?”.
The King went to his knees, “will you allow me stare you through out your life, walking besides you holding your hands?”. “What? What’s all this?”, she said. “I Love You Doctor Rashmi”, the King replied extending those Roses to the Queen. She took them and said “Get up and let’s walk. I need to talk more on this”. I was on my legs now, walking with her. She started, “Ali, I am still not settle. Need to complete this phase with success. I don’t want to get into any kind of commitment now. We can be just good friends. That’s it”.
“But then why were with me for these many days. Responding me back in same capacity. Replying to my flirts and romance with the same gravity?” the Sad king said to her Queen. “Ali, I like you. I like you very much but I am not ready for it. Try to understand. Please”.
“Oh yeah, I should. From Khan Sahab I became Ali for you. I could read that change. But I couldn’t stay like this. I have fallen for you and want to flow till the end holding you tighter and stronger”. I replied. “Ali, we can be friends, best friends”, she responded quickly. “No Doctor Rashmi, that would be difficult for me. I can’t hold back myself. Better I get out of you and start living my old life”, I replied. I hold her hand, stare her for the last time and capturing all those moments inside me, moved my feet to the back journey. I started walking back for the last time to never come back.
The final text, the King left for her Queen. – Doctor Rashmi, I love you coz I love you. I don’t need reasons to love you. I love you in all situations and weather. My love can’t change with climate. I love you coz I wanna grow old with you. I love you coz I wanna die in your arms staring my beautiful Queen. I am going far away, disappearing in the darkness, leaving you to complete wish. Prayers for the beautiful Queen. Khan Sahab.