*The phone rings* I am sure it’s my mother again.
Yes, Mom! You are calling for the 6th time since morning. Why do you worry so much?
Because I am your mother, and you are all alone in Mumbai. You aren’t even trying to make friends in your office.
They are all my seniors and I don’t feel like building friendships with them. I am fine this way! And it’s just 2 weeks, I will settle down in some time and everything will be normal.
Oh Gosh! You will never listen to me! Anyways what are you doing now?
Nothing! Was just observing the hardships of Lovely Singh. She is working hard to reach her destination but I find her advances funny! She starts running gathering all motivation but after 2 seconds gives up, then starts again with more motivation. This is what she is doing for half an hour.
Who is she? I thought you were alone. Is she your colleague? Did you get a roommate?
Mom! She is a lizard.
Her mom’s eyes grew bigger and she hanged her call.
Well! These little beings help me pass a lot of time. Mom will not understand!
*Evelyn went back to her lazy position and started checking out her nails. In no time her eyes started closing and she fell asleep!*
Another Usual Day!
*Next morning, she woke up at her usual time, got ready, and went to her office. It was an okayish day for her. She did a lot of work but again did not make any friends. She felt uncomfortable talking freely with her seniors. Also, they never approached her in a friendly way.*
It’s just 7, what will I do going home? Better I sit for a while at the Marine Drive. The crowd never bothers me I like watching so many people. The sound of the waves that hit the stones is my favorite music. There is a sense of peace, even if I am alone, I don’t feel lonely here.
*Evelyn lost in her thoughts is gazing around her when she hears a voice behind*
But With An Unusual Event!
A guy with a bag in a hand and mobile in another asked “Hey can you help me out?”
Yes? How can “I” help you? Stressing a bit about “I” because exactly how can I help someone when I need the most help here in this unknown place.
Actually, I am new here and I was searching for a cheap place to stay, like a dorm or something. But Google is showing me these amazing hotels which I can’t afford.
Why are you laughing?
Oh! Not on you, actually, it’s just 2 weeks that I am here. So I genuinely have no idea.
Ahh! That’s how wrong my timing is. Do you know? He stops talking and takes a seat beside Evelyn.
He looks attractive with his rounded glasses and sleek hair which he touches now and then. Also, his voice is very strong and deep. A dimple falls on his left cheek when he smiles.
Hey! Where are you lost? He waves his hand in front of Evelyn’s eyes.
Oops!! I was thinking about something else. Pardon me!
I said, may I sit here for a while.
Oh! Oh! Sure, please. It is actually after two weeks I am talking to someone other than work so I guess I forgot how to have a conversation.
He laughs and says, I have been here for a week too. I got a place but it was too filthy and was very far from my office. So thought to shift but now not getting a place to stay.
Why did you leave without getting a place?
Well, I thought it will not be that difficult!
Let me ask my tenant if he knows someone who can rent you a place.
Is your place cheap? Well, I live in a 1 BHK flat, and searching for a roommate. Once I find one then it will be a lot cheaper. Also, the society I am in is nice and safe.
Good then if I get a place in the same society it will be nice if that’s nearby.
Oh yes! It’s just 20 minutes from here. Let me Speak to him!
The Phonecall That Added Spice To Her Unusual Day…
Hello! Mr. Naik, I have a friend who is in search of a house, do you know if there is an empty room in our society?
Oh! No, No, he is a boy. My mom will kill me! Okay! Thank you so much!
Mr. Naik is really very helpful, a nice man. He helped me a lot to set my place too.
What did he say for me?
Oh, yea! Sorry, actually he needs a day or two to contact people. He said if there is no empty flat here, he will find you a place nearby. So, for today you can stay at my place.
At your place?
Yes! Mr. Naik gave this idea. And yes I am a national level kickboxer.
He raises one brow and says so I look like some criminal to you?
Well, you look decent but you never know who turns out to be what? So just…
Yeah!! She laughs!
So let’s go? He stood up and took one bag of luggage with his left hand.
Two Strangers Together In The Strange City!
They booked a cab and reached Evelyn’s house in just 20 minutes.
She keeps her purse on the table and throws her ID card on the sofa.
I will bring tea, please have a seat!
I know it’s late for tea but I can’t do without it after coming from the office.
That’s fine, he says as I sit next to him.
Btw my name is Nivaan!
Wow! That’s a beautiful name and my name is E….
Akalsharan! I just read it on your ID-card, he smiled.
But I couldn’t smile back. I snatched the I-card from him and took a sip of tea.
All this while he was staring at me and didn’t even ask what happen?
Anyway, after a while, I told him that everyone calls me Evelyn.
He laughed, and asked why? Akalsharan is not a bad name.
Stop calling me that, I hate that name. It’s just that officially it couldn’t be changed so everywhere it’s that but everyone who knows me calls me Evelyn. And YOU will call me Evelyn too.
But I like Akalsharan more, I find it pretty!
Evelyn stomped her feet while standing up and walked fast to her room. While freshening up, she looked at the mirror and tried to smile forcefully.
Let me do some deep breathing before I face him again.
You can get freshen up in that room, I said while pointing my finger to the right.
He just looked at me and went inside. I guess he is guilty now, he must be rehearsing how to say sorry. Well, I will just give him a poker look and after a few seconds say “ok”. No that would be too rude, we just met today, “it’s ok” yes that would be better.
Evelyn takes a seat on the sofa and waits for him to come while checking her phone.
Hey! Thanks, Akalsharan, I feel so refreshed after such a long day.
I looked at him with my eyes wide open, I feel like hot air coming out from my ears. I closed my fist and took a long breath. E.V.E.L.Y.N!!!
He laughs and looks at me with his twinkling eyes. “I just love troubling you, that irritated face of yours looks so cute.”
Can A Four Letter Word Leave You Out Of Senses?
*Cute? Did he just say cute?*
I smile at him and blurt out “you look so good in pajamas.”
What? No, I was just joking, hahaha!!
Oh, man! What am I doing?
He smiled at me and said well, thank you!
What would he be thinking? Damn!!!
So you are my first friend here and it’s so good to meet someone who is so helpful and
Before he could complete I got excited and said yes you are my first friend too. Sorry! For cutting you in half, I got a bit overwhelmed. Actually, this is after two weeks that I am having a conversation with someone.
He smiled and said I was saying someone who is so helpful and has such a unique name.
I looked at him and threw a pillow right at his face. He started laughing so hard that he fell off the sofa.
Oh!! Nivaan, are you okay?
Yes, yes! He got back laughing.
So, Miss Evelyn, are we going to have dinner? Or you are punishing me for calling you Akalsharan?
I slapped my hand on my forehead, I am so sorry! Umm.. I just forgot!! I will quickly make something, what would you like?
Oh don’t worry at all, you did a lot for me anyway so it’s a treat from my side. Let’s order something!!
Well, why should I deny a treat? But you do the ordering, meanwhile, I will call back my best friend. She has been calling since evening.
Okay! Cool then!!
The Far-Sighted Bestfriend!
Evelyn walked Dialing her best friend Suman’s number and closed the door of her room behind.
What are you doing? I called thrice, at least you could have left a message, said Suman without pausing for a second.
Sorry! It’s a long story……
Oh!! So the guy is with you, you are with an unknown guy right now!! Isn’t it scary?
Umm… yea but he is decent like we just met today but it feels like we have been friends for a long time. He is really good, also…
Also? Asks Suman
He is cute!!
Suman coughs and says so you already love him?
What? No, you stupid!! I don’t love him, but I don’t know I feel like talking more to him.
So you like him?
I don’t know, it’s maybe because I have not interacted with anyone here for so long.
So Lovely Singh will be alone today, poor lovely!! Do one thing tell him about Lovely so that he thinks twice before falling for you.
Shut up! It’s nothing like that. We both are new here and we just got along well.
But you already like him.
No! I sat on my bed as I stressed more on “no”.
Suman and I talked for a few more minutes before she hanged up the phone due to some work.
I looked myself in the mirror, adjusted my hair, and went to the living room.
The food had already arrived and Nivaan started arranging everything on plates.
I just started smiling at him for a few seconds as he was decorating the plates with the food he ordered for us.
The Brewing Friendship!
So you got the plates from the kitchen too? Aren’t you being a lot comfortable on the 1st day itself?
He smiled and said, isn’t it great that on the 1st day itself we became such good friends, that you trusted me on staying at your place?
I giggled!! Yes, but don’t take any wrong signals. I know you boys are an expert on this.
He laughed and his dimple caught my attention once again. “I am not taking any wrong signals, you can relax.”
So what are your hobbies, Nivaan?
I like playing guitar and football. I wanted to become one when I was young but then…
Nothing! Just dropped the idea
Really? You can tell me, we are friends after all.
He looks down and scratches his head. I guess I should not have forced him.
Ummm… actually I decided to quit after my father left my mom when I was 15. My mom could not handle the shock and got bedridden due to paralysis. So, to take care of both of us I started doing small jobs. I studied only till the 12th. As I couldn’t afford the fees, whatever I know I learned from my job experiences, google, and books.
He sighs and tells “so, that’s my story.”
I feel numb, he looks so carefree, he laughs with all his heart, no one could ever imaging what all he had gone through. His smile can make anyone else smile and now I don’t know what to speak.
“I am so sorry, you had to tell me all this.”
No, actually I feel relieved, I never talk about this to anyone. Oh! But will you still be a friend of someone who is not educated, Evelyn?
Did The Friendship Get Some Validation?
I smile, “Akalsharan” you can call me Akalsharan
He raises both his hands upwards as if he won some championship and gives me a fist pump.
I realize that it’s already 3 at night. Both of us decide to take a quick nap so that we don’t doze off at our offices. He sleeps in the living room while I sleep in my room.
All night I think about him, no, I am not in love but there is something special. I wish the night were longer than this; I wish we didn’t have our offices tomorrow, I wish we could talk more.
At 8 in the morning, Mr. Naik sends me an address where he found an empty room for Neevan. The address gave me butterflies in my stomach. It was just 5 minutes away from my flat. This means we would be meeting again, we would be having more conversations. No, I am not in love, it’s just that he is my only friend here. I don’t know if he would be equally happy too?
Time To Go!
I hear a knock on my door, it must be him. Before opening the door I adjust my hair and try not to look awkward.
Hey, I was just coming. Good Morning!
Good morning, he smiled!
I just wanted to know that could Mr.Naik find a place for me?
Yes, see he gave me this address. It is not very far from here. It will take just 5 minutes, so if you want to have a look we can go now.
I guess I will final this one itself. As it is affordable and my office is also not very far from here.
Are you sure? You don’t want to see any other houses?
No No!!! I don’t think I will get cheaper than this.
That’s true! I say as we head towards the living room.
He takes his bag and says, so Akalsharan, it was lovely meeting you. As now as we are almost neighbors we will catch up soon?
Oh yes, for sure!
So I’ll take leave now. Thanks for everything you did for me.
You’re welcome. Take care!
He smiles and takes a step forward to move out. But suddenly turns back and says “So what if I need help”
Finally, we exchange numbers, all this while I was asking how to ask him his number. Thankfully he did that!
Bye Miss!! Hope to see you soon!!
Akalsharan! Yes, name saved! Let me call Rohit once!
Hey bro! Good Morning!
Hi! Rohit!! So, I got a house finally and guess what it’s very near to her house.
Really? But did you ask for her number?
Yes! After thinking the whole night about it, I finally found a way and asked her.
Did you also tell her that you are in love? He laughed while pulling my leg.
Have you lost it? We just met yesterday. It’s not love, yes I like her and there is something special but not love.
At least not yet!!
Yeah yeah, now go get ready. We’ll talk later, I need to get ready too. Says Rohit!
The New Beginning
As I reach my new home, the first thing I do is open the chatbox of Akalsharan.
What a beautiful DP, everything about her seems so appealing. Should I message her or not? What will she think? I guess I can message her thanks for the help? But I thanked her already!!
Neevan thinks for a while and finally types a message before going to his office.
Hey! The house is pretty cool!! Would you like to come for dinner today?