This afternoon ,I happened to meet one my friends, Kajal(name changed).
The last time I had seen her was perhaps a year back when she was filled with all that zest and enthu prevailing on the surface of earth. She was perhaps one of the most liveliest things that I had ever come across. With the warmest of the warmest personality – as in, one of those happy-go-lucky sort of. I could never imagine tears and her fit in one single equation. Like EVER. If I ever needed a relationship advice- she was there. Ultimately, she was the best company anybody could have.
But now…things had apparently changed.
When I met her this afternoon , I dint feel that air of glee around her. Infact, this pretty little thing seemed so out of shine that she looked one-half of the size she was when I saw her the last time. Kajal loved make-up. Never had I seen her lips bare or her ears without huge twinkly and singing earings.But today, I dint see her wear anything on her face. She was so dull. So out of shape. When I greeted her with a “hi” she seemed as though she was just plunged out of a deep muse. She did smile. And greeted me with a “hey” too.
” You look dull.” I said. Though I know this wasnt the best thing to start with for a convo after a year.
” Oh really …well my make-up has been ditchin’ me lately. I suppose” she said.
The following convo was more or less random- about how sick the food in our canteen was and how lame Sheeba looked in her red wrap-around on the Grad’ Day.
So ,now as the convo wasnt leading to much I asked her :
“How are uncle and aunty? Its been sooo long that I saw them!”
She said with one straight face and a hopeless tone:
” Papa…passed away 8 months back.So I cant really tell you how he is right now.(she adds a fake laugh here). And mom….well. At times she is just OK. And at times she is worse than a numb animal. Well yeah. So thats that.”
And she looked right through my eyes with hopelessness. All my questions were answered. I couldnt stand seeing this free-spirited girl who was always stuck amidst her non-veg jokes and laughs was sitting before me today with a grievous smile. I dint know what to say. What to do! I was the only person who I knew was sad before I met her this afternoon. The person with all the pain on his shoulders.
But I was wrong. There were people in this world going through things much worse. I still remember once when a bee had stung her …she had CRIED. Literally. At that time I had said this,
“Kajal! Stop being so weak ..you cry baby! God knows what this girl will do ahead in life.”
And now I knew who the stronger one was…..