Friday, May 09, 2008
but there was a void....
He was standing there again watching the sun rise. It's been long since he came here last. He had been all busy in his materialistic world forgetting each and everything he used to love. He used to come here nearly everyday to watch the sunrise and her.
She was the daughter of the owner of the Tea-stall in the ghat where he used to spend his first morning hour as a routine sipping tea, watching the sunrise, little birds chirping all around flying in formation as like they are hearing the melancholy of the rising sun, the boatman washing their boats waiting for the foreign tourist to get some more bucks, loads of foreigner pairs cuddling under one shawl and watching the sunrise together, little kids jumping naked in the river and obviously her sweeping the front of tea stall,wiping the little glistening drops of sweat of her face and arranging the disheveled hairs off her forehead.
He always wanted to speak to her but in Banaras, it means a solid piece of thrashing from her father and all the nearby shopkeepers. So he used to watch her working daily. Sometime he would get lucky when both made an eye contact and a warm streak of smile dazzle her face, and he used to rejoice the moment throughout the day. Sometime he used to think whether she too feels for him in the same way or may be she too wanted to talk to him, but everytime the next flash was of her father thrashing him blue and black. So he used to watch her like a true devotee.
It was not that he wasn't popular or he lacked a life, but he always wanted to be off the tracks and that's what made him popular. He used to smoke joints, drink barrels of bear and vodkas, smoke cigarettes with young brats and since he was the senior-most, he used to get the largest shares of all. He was popular in virtual world too, he had an orkut account with never seen before number of scraps, with loads of fan following, and loads of girls falling for him. There he fell for a gal. She was a perfect piece of beauty with brimming innocence. He fell for her the moment he saw her, she too was interested in him. They used to talk for hours but soon indifference kicked in and she left him. He moved on with his best frnd, and soon love was in the air, but like always, soon he was all alone, may be he was not ready for the commitment. The load of the new course he was in, was also tremendous. He was all buried in deriving out his materialistic future and he was left all alone.
Today he kicked his bike once again and with the i-pod in ears to see the rising sun again. The scene again captivated his soul, but there was a void...and he stood there silently....