From the title of this post....you'd all figure out am a hardcore fan of "How I met your Mother"...well…..that’s not entirely true... It’s just that this title is the most apt way I could tell this story, although, I do love the series!!!
What can I say about a guy who walks into your life, changes your life completely, adds spice-joy-laughter-comfort-happiness, provides constant support, encouragement and stands by you during your best and worst times…all the while expecting nothing in return????Well….that was and is Arunn to me….and am absolutely lost!! I just don’t know what to call him….because he’s more than my best friend to met…you could say more like a soul mate….!!!
Here goes the story…..
After 5 years of studying in a girl’s school (till year 10 at SBSM) …completely at ease amidst girls…I was put in a mixed school for year 11 and 12!!! Now here, I should mention a few of my close friends…. Aarthe and I chose this particular school after great consideration….and she was my best friend then….and like all best friends do…we joined the school together…we went to school together…..studied together….ate together…and the likes…..and then to complete the trio…there was Miss.Sindhana aka Sindy ;). Mind you all….this is my side of the story….and hence, doesn’t mean that Aarthe and Sindy didn’t have other friends …..infact they had more friends than I could ever imagine.. ;) And it was all hunky dory in the beginning….Cos the hard part was…I hated maths…and computers…so I had to take Biology but it also happened to have maths…. So I wasn’t with Aarthe or Sindy in their class…. I was in a different section as you call it….but with occasional combined classes for Maths, Phy and Chem…and we were coupled with the Commerce group for our English lessons and again we all had common class for language…and I happened to choose French along with Sindy, Aarthe and now comes the best part…Arunn!!
First lesson I learnt after I met him…. NEVER JUDGE A PERSON BY HIS LOOKS!!!!
I am not ashamed to admit that my first impression of Arunn wasn’t too good!!! He seemed like a geek (A derogatory reference to a person obsessed with intellectual pursuits for their own sake, who is also deficient in most other human attributes so as to impair the person's smooth operation within society- hence I refer him to be an intellectual geek and nothing else!!!) or rather a nerd…you know like…Leonard Hofstadter from “The Big Bang Theory”!!!
First day at school, my classmates and I were made to join the commerce group for our English class. Things are a bit vague now though, after all these years. In that class, not everyone was a new student, some of them have been in that school for a long time, and they were well familiar with the teachers and other peers, whereas I was lost. The only two girls I knew and longed to hang out with were in an entirely different class. So here I was, lost and lonely, sitting among strangers, feeling unwelcome but that was just the first day! Turning back I wouldn’t want to change a single thing about those days. I am still in touch with all those fresh faces or initial strangers. Alright, let me not digress again. Back to the first day, first English class. The teacher, if I remember well, was Mrs.Kanchana, she was good. Any questions from her, the first answers will be from this nerd, followed by another girl (Aashika). I sensed some sort of competition and my first impression of Arunn then was justified because all he could do was talk about studies, homework, answers and questions…blah blah blah… but then things took a turn sometime later…when I learnt of Arunn’s sense of humour and compassion. We began to talk about books. We shared a common interest in books, movies, music etc... I was impressed by his English and French. He was fun to be with and to have intellectual conversations if you could call it that. And then…he became my friend. Here I do have to mention my first love/crush at school and I don’t want to state names here just in case it offends anyone…let me just call him KK ;).
During french class, KK almost always sat next to Arunn. KK and I became good friends and then Arunn and I started talking more cos of KK. Thanks to KK, I still have a bestfriend in Arunn. It was a memorable two years in that school…and it was towards the end of school that I really got to know Arunn well. Our long idle phone conversations, Oh…..How I miss them…He stood by me during my worst days …. He was one person who has been constant in my life….without him I don’t know what I would have become today. When people tell me that a guy and a girl can’t be JUST FRIENDS, I’d feel like laughing at them and tell them…. look at me and Arunn…!! He’s been there when I first fell in love, got hurt, had a break up, when I failed in school (the one and only time I ever failed in a subject/class and it had to be my 12th…duh!!! The most embarrassing episode in my life…no matter how much I try to forget it just stares me in the eye!!!), when I joined my colleges, won prizes, my birthdays-all the memorable ones ;), when I fell in love again, all the tears and happiness, best and worst, and every important moment in my life…!!!he’s one person I can’t do without…He’s the reason I got here….he went to all the trouble to get me to Glasgow and chase my dream!!! I should say he had good taste in books and he took great time and care in choosing all the gifts he’d given me. In short, he’s the one guy who’s known me in and out and has still stuck by me.!! He used to come home for every b'day of mine. He was one guy who hit it off with my mom instantly....He helped my mom when I left for Glasgow...and I knew then that thats what best buds are there for....and I also know that I would have done the same for him....
I can go on bragging about him...about how charming he is, how he can make you feel special and talented and how he also passed his CA in his very first attempt....and how he takes pride while talking about his family, especially his dad and little bro (though he's no longer little....he's a marine engineer)..and how he treats me like a kid...(though I'm almost 27 now :()....He's something....!!! If there was one good thing I got from that school it was his friendship....and am proud of him and am proud to be a part of his life for over 10years now...
“They say: the best things in life can’t be touched, guess that’s why some people are not around now!” and it stands true ….. because Arunn, is in Dubai now and am in Glasgow!!! No matter what…I wish him the very best in life because he only deserves nothing but the best!!!
My last visit to India wasn’t the same without Arunn to greet me…he was the one essence missing in the whole trip. Miss you Arunn!!