Surrounded by people with twice his age and half his wit, Vikram found train journey quite boring..
He was constantly bombarded with personal questions such as What job do you do, Where did do your engineering, Where is your native place, How many family members etc.
He thought –
‘Indians have a strange habit of asking too many personal questions in their first meeting’.
Finally they served dinner which even dog will forbid to eat. ‘Horrible food’, ‘How can someone eat this pathetic food’ remarked someone while trying to finish eating.
Vikram laughed on the irony of the man since he was cursing and eating simultaneously.
He needed a puff badly, he checked his pocket to see a red and white packet (Marlboro light).
On seeing, the packet he felt relieved and walked out to find comfort and solitude in his own thoughts and his own company.
He stood at the corner of the gate exhaling smoke & inhaling happiness while lost in his thoughts..
Suddenly, he heard ‘excuse me’ in a pleasant voice.
He looked at her with amaze as well as fascination.
‘Can I have a light?’ pointing towards his Marlboro packet.
‘sure’, he lighted a cigarette.
she took a puff and found instant relief.
‘Thank you’ – she said.
‘when you share a cigarette, you want to share your life story with that person. You instantly connect’..
‘I am vikram thapar’, he said still trying to avoid gazing at her voluptuous body and cute face.
‘Hey. I am tanya khurana’.
‘where are you going’
‘This train has only 1 stop isn’t it’, tanya tried to over smart him.
‘Girls always have funny way to reply’
He smiled and she smiled back..
“what you do?”
I am architect who build people’s dream house.
‘I am a fashion designer who makes people’s dream clothes’
‘we both build something huh what a coincidence’
He was still trying to avoid direct gaze at her but he was captivated by her small fair hand, square frame specs, red Pink Floyd t-shirt and her butterfly tattoo..
She also admired his tall masculine figure with a broad face.
They both took another drag. Smoke was in the air and her thought’s in vikram’s mind..
They were looking outside the train at the constantly changing black view with dots of light which signified life in an unknown area..
Heavy wind blew her hair and she looked even more attractive..
There was a complete silence yet their eyes were talking in silence..
He looked into her eyes and she looked into his eyes..
There was an instant spark..
After her cigarette finished.
She thanked him and left towards her sitting but she left a strong memory in vikram’s mind..
He looked at the watch, still 10hours more to reach Delhi, he hoped to get another chance to talk to her.
He lighted another cigarette to thank his dear friend after all if there was no cigarette, he couldn’t have met her..
Inspiration: Through this short story, I wanted to show ‘How instantly most of the Guys fall for a Girl & their ever optimistic nature (Never loosing hope for the love of their life).
Also, you never know when the right girl knocks your door. After all, It’s valentine week.
P.S: I don’t smoke nor promote smoking.