After joining my new office in June, it has been months since I have been in some real touch with my friends. All that fun of the college seems like a distant affair now. Those days when we used to bunk classes for some relishing street food, that time when we added money to buy ourselves a treat, everything felt like it is never going to return again.
But I have been wrong in the past. And I am glad that I am wrong again, this time. When office life was eating my youth, my friends bombed that devastation with a wonderful plan. Five of us decided to have a movie plan. Well, you may think that it is as boring and cliche as the morning bathroom rituals. However, it was not. Although it was a movie plan for sure. But we had decided that it was to be held at night, under the open sky!
Well, if crazy is what it sounds, then, mission accomplished. After so many days of not meeting and spending time, the only perfect way was to do it in a crazy way. So we had came up with a quick plan. Just near to our college, we had a huge stretch of agricultural land, but for the crops. One of my friends had some good connections with the nearby police and he arranged for us a stretch of land, just with enough trees to hang our artificial screen and build a small, fake tent, which we had rented from a nearby store. For food, we packed the some chips, samosas, and a bag full of popcorns, few small bottles of water and finally arranged our laptops and a small battery powered source, which could last for about four hours.
And finally the night came. Just as the clock struck nine, we moved out of one of our friend’s rented room towards our destination. Stars are a rarity in Delhi, but even looking at the miffed face of a grey, polluted sky, ran a chill down my spine, when I anticipated that this night we friends are going to enjoy a lot by catching a movie together.
Only if that could happen so easily.
As soon as we reached our destination, the sky gave a fierce cry and suddenly poured down on us, on our plans, on our anticipations, and ruined everything for us. We all ducked inside our tents as the water filled the entire area. It poured like it was a punishment for dreaming for a night together. We had our laptops and phones with us, so it was not possible to run back towards the room. The only thing left for us to do was to wait and sulk.
But never with the friends, can we get time to sulk. No matter how nature ruined our plans for a movie, but it couldn’t sabotage our plans of having fun. As we chocked into the small tent together, we took out those spicy snacks and started what could be counted as one of the most memorable nights of my life. Our talks started from how we met in college. How we spent our exam times. How unfair it was to have no girls in our class. Our college crushes. Those failed proposals. Some exam cheating mechanisms. Our work life – and how it sucked. It was like living my life of four years once again.
We never realised how hours passed and not even for a minute we touched our phones or laptops. The depth of the scent of wet clay, the music of the falling raindrops over our tent, that untold chill in the air, as we squeezed in and connected – it was an old-school reunion. I am happy that it happened. In our busy life, we never realise, how much we are missing. In a run for money, we have stopped giving preferences to lives and relationships that really matter. May be, that is the need for the moment.
Go out with your friends and dear ones. Submit yourself to nature. The vastness of it’s infinite expansion would make your realise that you are nothing, when you are alone. The bonds that you have with others make you stronger.
I hope togetherness hugs us all over again, as it did to me. Trust me, nothing is as worthy as that!
This post is inspired by a beautiful initiative by Kissan. Here is an awesome video by them.