Geet: SO..IF I LEARN LEARN TO PLAY BASKETBALL
HERE, THEN IF I GO BACK THAT ONE DAY, THEN I CAN JOIN YOUR TEAM! In that way
you won't miss your sessions and we'll also get our much needed SWEETU-MK time!
At this…Maan started laughing aloud!
Geet was at first surprised…and then got
MK….you are again making fun me?
Maan (still laughing): haha…are yu serious
about it Sweetu??? Hahaha…and I was not making fun of you….hahahah…I was just
wondering how silly can you and your ideas get! Hahahah
Geet (angrily): MY IDEAS ARE NOT SILLY…SAMJHE
AAP! You don't understand anything!
And she banged the phone on the receiver and
walked off. She sat on her bed, legs crossed, arms crossed on her chest and
cheeks puffed up!
Geet (angrily to herself): stupid MK….doesn't
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Geet: hey MK..whats up?
Maan: nothing much…I just came back from
Geet: oh good. Then….know what…I've resumed
my piano classes here.
Maan (cheerfully): oh really!!! Am so glad
Geet: and you know I…
Maan (cutting in): Sweetu..you know what…I
learned a Blind Pass (basketball term) today!
Geet (confused): A blind pass??? Nani desu
ka? (Japanese wordings)
Maan: a blind pass is also…
He stopped in between….sweetu told something
weird! Now it was his turn to get confused!
Maan: hey Sweetu….what was that last sentence
Geet: hmmm? Which last sentence?
arrey when you asked about that blind pass you said something like
Geet: ohh you are talking about that!
ahh..don't mind it…it was Japanese which meant " what is it!"
Maan: ohh so you learnt Japanese too!
Geet: yeah…I had to you know…its very
difficult to interact in school if you don't know the language! Yeah I was
Maan: oh ya…a Blind-Pass – its also called a
NO-LOOK-PASS where you look at one of your team mates when you have the ball
and your enemy is in front of you! But you pass the ball to another of your
team mate without looking at him. So in this wayyour opponent gets confused and
you get an easy chance to score!
Geet: wow….it seems really interesting.
Well..no worries…I'll learn it soon!
Maan: okay..listen… I got a new cell phone.
Keep the number and call me on that!
Geet: ohh CONGRATS MK…yipie you got a new
Maan: ahh yeah thanks..ok Sweetu am keeping.
Have to finish up my corse! Bye
Geet: but MK….at least listen to me na..I
Maan (ignoring): not now Sweetu..am really
busy! Will listen to all your Crap later…bye!
And he hung up the phone!
Wow…now her talks became a crap for him!
Awesome! She has made a habit of him not listening to her…he did that
everytime! She has probably been used to it by now! But crap…..that too without
listening to her…now that actually made her angry! A person can bear pain and
ignorance for once…..or may be twice…or atmost thrice! But more than that……the
patience snaps….emotions turn wild! A storm of dejection, anger, grief
overcasts the heart!
Same was with geet….her parents had no time
for her! She thought she could turn to MK…and she did that! but what did she
get in return???? Pain and rudeness and ignorance!
But still…..there was this heart of hers
which constantly kept on telling her, " don't forget….MK was and is your best
friend! He has come to your rescue so many times and has helped you to become
what you are today…so You cannot be all so selfish! Always remember that its
all because of him that you are excelling in your studies, good at basketball
and anything and everything that you do!"
And whenever she asked, " What did I get in
return….Rudeness and crap!!!"
Her heart would say, " Stop bothering
Sweetu….he still thinks of you as his best friend but YOU are the one who's
spoiling your friendship with your own hands! Yes he has changed a lot…he has
his own life and other friends too..That's bound to happen! But tell me…did he
forget you in all these years…Answer me..did he?"
And she would say a big NO! then her heart
would say, " don't worry Sweetu…JUST KEEP HOLDING ON! Everything will be fine!"
And god only knows the reason as to why on
earth she choses to go with her heart – ALWAYS!
Every night before drifting off to sleep,
she'd talk to her heart about anything and everything that was going on in her
life! She'd fulfill that empty space that MK had left in her life!
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Maan:………now am nervous…very nervous! Do you
think I'llbe able to do it?
Geet: oh yeah you'll be…..am damn sure! Don't
Maan: ummm….this is like NOW OR NEVER!
Sweetu…it's the 1st time I'll be subjected to a very tough
Geet: when is the final match?
Maan: three days later from today!
Geet: okay…keep practicing and don't get
nervous! I'll be texting you!
And both hung up their respective cell
phones. Geet sat in her room, thinking deeply! Its been 3 years since she has
moved to Japan! She is 16 now! So MK has turned 17! It's his final year in High
school…he'll be going to college after a few months!
Things have changed so much for both of them!
She has stopped speaking anything about herself or her life unless he asks for
it! Whenever she is on his call, she'd speak only that much what she is asked
and what is needed!
But still…..somewhere………somewhere deep inside she really
wanted to speak out! She wanted to say so many things to her MK..her basketball
lessons…he summer courses in figure skating…..he punching boys and so many
more1 but she didn't…knowing Mk's nature! It was suffocating her…but if
remaining quiet could preserve their friendship…then be it!
That night, in fact every night, she took out
the music box that MK has gifted her a long time back….she still wore that pendant
key near her heart! She inserted the key and tuned it……the familiar music began
to play! She kept the music box in front of her and started speaking to it…just
as if MK was sitting in front of her! Ohh how nice it felt!
Geet: MK…mamma & papa seem very tensed
nowadays! They don't have time for me…they don't even tell me anything! Always
busy! And the way they speak to each other and everyone around them nowadays…I
don't like it! Everyting seems so wrong!
She continued speaking…imagining MK sitting
in front of her! The music continued to play and she continued to speak!
Geet: I don't know why but am having a very
eerie feeling…like something is not right! Something very wrong is going to
The music stopped. The dancing dolls stopped
moving with the music….silence covered the room…pin drop silence! Yet she
sontinued to speak…
Geet: I feel so lonely MK…..
Her voice was cracking!!!
Geet: but..but you are there with me, right
MK? Am sure nothing will go wrong…you are here with me! So I guess..i don't
have to fear!
She smiled…a painful one…a fake one!
Somewhere in her heart, she wanted MK to be there in front of her at that
moment itself! She wanted him by her side so badly…but she knew the truth! She
carefully placed the music box back in the cupboard and with a fake faith and
assurance of a better tomorrow…she slowly drifted off to sleep!