Without even looking at me, she took the chair and sat on the table next to me and buried her face in some thin book (i think it was a novel.Beautiful girls can't be geeks.) My eyes just kept gazing at her like an astronomer gazes at the stars. 30 seconds later i realized that my line of sight was perpendicular to the placement of my book and the beautiful angel had also noticed this.
After this reality check, i was looking for a way to avoid her eye. Earlier, i was staring at her. Now, she was staring at me. The only difference - her stare had an angry look while mine was that of a beauty-hypnotized person. Her eyes had met mine, i was getting nervous and my other senses were still not responding.It was an emergency situation. Suuddenly, i realized, that all this while I had failed to notice that Rahul was oscillating his hand in front of my eyes to bring me back to my natural self. Now, his patience gave up and he hit the back of my head and said, "Padh le saale! Senior hai wo!"
My heart felt dejected.Rahul was laughing madly at me.This was the time to get embarassed. But, on the other hand, her angry stare gave way to a sweet hearty smile. Maybe she had heard the statement and realized that i was just an innocent boy captivated by her beauty. At the end, i was saved the horror of being publicly acused of stalking at her. She got back to her thin book and i tried to concentrate on mine but my mind dint let me study. The result, as i earlier told, was 7 markx out of 25 in the exam. But since that day, I came to reading room as much as possible so that i can just have a glimpse of her. I'd try to find a location where I was just 1 table away from her. I'd sit in a position such that i wont have to bend my neck to see her (after all, i am a lazy person). Her beauty did not leave my mind for the next week and was the reason behind my screwed minor exams.
As time progressed, i got to get a better look at her which drove me more and more crazy. The girl surely had an awesome dressing sense. Halter tops, spaghetti tops, jeans, skirts, slevelss,shirts - She knew how to carry it off. (Had she not been an IITian, she could have easily given Katrina Kaif a run for her money.) The frequency and locations of her getting spot increasesd too. At times, she could be seen having coffee at Nescafe with a gang of girls or surfing some website in the computer lab of Bharati Building. Usually, I'd wake up at 7:45. But On thursdays, I'd reach the main building by 7:30 so that i can get a chance to be in the same lift as her.
But with time, i realized that she was indeed a geek. She could never be seen without a book. Wherever i saw her, she was busy either studying something or teaching someone. She used to talk, talk and talk about studies. Sometimes, i would think that she was a young professor with whom i had fallen in love. So, i almost gave up. Minor-2 has arrived and still electrodynamics was still as tough as rocket science.With full intent to study, i chose a lonely corner of reading room and started with the "laws of magnetism".
Maybe God wanted me not to study or wanted to test my non-existent willpower. i got uo to have a coffee only to find the beauty sitting next to me. She was not near, not opposite - She was sitting adjacent to me (& gossiping with a friend of hers). I forgot the coffee and sat back. When you sit next to the prettiest girl in universe, you simply cant do anything else. Somehow I could not resist myself and asked her. "Excuse me, Do you have an extra pen?. (I already had 3 pens in my bag all of which i had borrowed from someone and not returned.) "Ohkk",she replied and and took out a cello gripper from her bag. I grabbed it instantenously (and never returned it). I tried to get back to studies but she was speaking so loudly that i could not do it even if i wanted to. I said to her," Excuse me! Can you please be quiet? I'm trying to study." To which she replied in her ever sweet voice," Jab aap bol bol kar question solve kar rahe thay, tab humne aapko kuch kaha? NAHI NAA... Toh humein bhi apni baatein karne dijiye"
I was surprised and could not control my laughter. I somehow ran out of reading room and laughed my heart out there. Her cute statement had pierced my heart! After getting back to normal, i went inside, took my bag and that was the end of my studies for minor-2. The result: 4 markx out of 25. A total of 11 on 50 really hurts even if you try to ignore it (esp when the pass marks are 40/100). I motivated myself to study hard for the majors and i partially did.
It was Electrodynamics major exam next day. I finished my maths exam and straighaway moved to reading room to study. I pushed as much as i could have. But, i knew that i had not done enough to touch the magic figure of 40. My frustration increased exponentially with the progress of the night. It was 1'o clock and i sleep started to attack me . I got up to get a coffee (I had already taken 9). When i returned, i found the preety lady sitting in front of me buried in her book. I ignored her (i hated myself for this) and i got back to study. I felt a pat on my back accompanied with a question,"Hows preparation going on"? It was Ishan (the institute topper). "Electrodynamics is not meant for me. sine wave ki tarah mere sar ko jump karke nikal jaati hai. kal toh main pakka fail hoon yaar.29 toh mere kisi haal mein nahi aa sakte."
"koi baat nahi. Ho jayega yaar. Ek baar samajh le. Its quite easy",he replied. As toppers find everything easy,i could not have said anything. He consoled me and got back to his studies. My frustration was getting the better of me. At 1:30, i simply packed my bags and got up to leave.
"Itni jaldi jaa rahe ho?"
I turned back to discover that the beautiful lady has said this to me. My frustration still won against my elation.
" Jab kuch samajh me hi nahi aa raha, toh padhne ka kya khaak faayda hoga?"
"thoda bahut padh lo. Its not that difficult. Exam subah subah hai kya?"
"Nahi. 3 baje hai"
"Then toh, you can easily study till late nite."
Now, i was irritated of it. "AAP HI PADHA DO NAA..?", i shot back.
Maybe God was reaaly happy on me or whatever, i had heard something really helpful when i was in dire need of it. I agreed. I took out my book and gave it to her. "So what shall we start with?" "Optics maybe. thats the major part". "Ok." And hence started my best night at IIT till then. (I had better ones, but more on that, later) . She started teaching me reflection,refraction, polarization, interference, diffraction, etc. Dunno if she was brilliant at teaching or i hed been a dumb student till now. But the fact was that she taught me the whole of optics in just 3 hours and i was able to understand it too.Maybe i was hypnotized by her sweet voice or her way of explanation by using her hands and expressions. She was just brilliant. It was 5 am and even she got tired. So we decided to leave to dedicate ourselves to sleep.
"Thats the end of your course in optics, i guess?"
"Yeah.It is. Can i thank you with a coffee..?", i suggested.
We went to Nescafe and i ordered two cauppochinos for us.
"By the way,can i ask you something?"
"why did you decide to teach me? you must be having your majors too"
"Ohh..thats nothing. You seemed too frustrated with electrodynamics and your wish to pass. I just thought of helping you. Thats it. As far as my majors are concerned, i don't hav any exam today. My only exam left is of engineering drawing and i'm done studying for it.
I really thanked god for creating such nice people. "One more question. Whats your name?"
"You don't know my name yet. Hehe! Its SAUMYA. Yours is dhawal. rite?"
"yeah. But how do you know? I din't tell you"
"It was written there on your book"
And the conversation went on for another half an hour. We told each other about ourselves. I discovered that she was not so senior to me - a student of 2nd year in 'Engineering physics'. And most importantly, she was single. (^_^) And she was really good at heart. At 5:45 we finally daparted to our respective hostels. i wished i could sleep in her lap. I moved towards our hostel. My heart was more happy than any word used to describe happiness. I could not stop smiling.The dark night was gone and beautiful sun rays were rising in the sky. Simulataneously, A new sun of romane was rising in my heart. Happily, i reached my hostel and surrendered myself to sleep so that i could get lost in Saumya's sweet dreams!
(more later. please stay tuned)
Note: I got 36/50 in majors. my total was 46 and i got a C-grade in elctrodynamics instead of just a D. My CGPA for the semster was 7.77. All is well that ends well. And she was reason for such a good end.
THE LESSON WAS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL I COULD HAVE HAD.