The Day The State Split Asunder-17
The Day The State Split Asunder-179 mins 37 9 mins 37
Karthik and Adarsh sat down at the upper level of the Paratha house restaurant. Downstairs they could see a giant statue of Lord Ganapathi in the middle of a small pond flourished with pink lotus flowers. They sat at the corner of the table exactly below the air conditioner vent.
The obsequious waiter approached their table to take the order. "Sir, your order please..."
"Karthik, this restaurant is famous for Parathas. I am ordering an onion paratha. Tell me what you would like to have?" Adarsh said to Karthik who was busy scrolling through the menu.
"I will also go with it. Let's begin with soup and starters. What about curry?"
"Let's order Malai Kofta."
"Seven parathas with Malai Kofta and tomato soup," Adarsh said to the waiter. "And also one plate veg Manchuria."
The waiter left. Karthik was looking around the Ravi Varma paintings portraits on the walls. Above Adarsh's head on the wall behind, there was one of the paintings which depicted a woman holding a fruit in her hand.
"Does the woman in the painting look like Madhu?" Adarsh smiled looking straight into him.
"No… No… there's nothing much. For your information, her marriage is already fixed. Her fiance works at HP, Mumbai."
"Oh! So you already proposed and got the reply," Adarsh continued with a mocking smile. "Don't worry, if not this girl, we can find another girl but don't fall into depression."
"Please do stop. I don't have any feelings for her. Moreover, I don't want to get into any kind of relationship until I earn a six-figure salary per month."
"Why like that?"
"I don't know. But, tell me one thing, have you ever fallen in love with anyone?"
The smile on Adarsh's face drained in an instant. He appeared depressingly wretched and prosaic.
"What happened? Did I speak anything wrong,"
Adarsh drank a glass of water. "No... No… Not like that. Memories got flashed all of a sudden. To tell you the truth, I had a love story"
"What! Do you have a love story? You never told me anytime?"
"I didn't because you never asked about it," There was a moment of chapfallen silence on the part of Adarsh. "I have been through it. What hurts the most is when you trust someone blindly and that person proves to you that you are blind."
"Who betrayed you ?"
"I already said to you before that I will share my entire life story after dinner, So far, I didn't share this with anyone. If I start narrating now, I will lose interest in the food."
By the time Adarsh completed his verbal reciprocation, the waiter brought their soups and placed the bowls on the table, interrupting them briefly. He sniffed the appetizing aroma and grinned with delight, showing a row of clean white teeth. he pulled it closer, blew on a spoonful of steaming liquid, and tasted it.
"Umm! Good choice of restaurant. I haven't had this variety of soup ever." Karthik said as he put his spoon down after a couple of mouthfuls, then switched topics. "Adarsh, do you wake up daily by four?"
"Yes, I wake up daily at four," Adarsh took a sip from his soup bowl and swallowed it slowly. "One should always wake up early. People who wake late miss one of the greatest wonders of nature, repeated in full stereovision each and every day, the rise of the sun. I love how the day slowly gets brighter when the midnight blue turns to a lighter blue when the brilliant colors start to seep into the sky when nature is painted in incredible colors."
"I also like waking up early, but I fail every time."
"Getting up early is as simple as learning ABC. Start slowly, by waking just 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a few days. Then cut back another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you get to your goal time. I followed the same."
"I will begin it from tomorrow. Usually, I get up at eight. From tomorrow I will get up at 06:30, afterward at six and slowly I will pull it till four."
"Do one thing, install the WakeMeUp android application that I designed. It is an alarm application."
"My phone does have an alarm? Why do I need to download another application?"
"The specialty about this application is there is no option to snooze or turn it off."
"Then how can I turn it off?"
"By solving mathematics problems."
"What kind of problems?"
"You need to solve multiplication, addition, or subtraction problem to turn off the alarm. If you don't, then it will not stop. You will be left with no other option except to solve it. To solve it, you need to come to consciousness, and once after you complete solving it your mind wakes up from its sleepiness."
"It is a must for people like me. To tell you the truth, I have never seen a multi-talented person like you in my life."
"Karthik, with hard work anything can be achieved in life. If you want to achieve something, just begin as the secret of going ahead is getting started."
"After this can you share with me the link of your application?"
"I will do it. Let us discuss these things after getting into the room. For now, let's enjoy the food." Adarsh said, stuffing his mouth with chapathi sandwiched with Kofta.
Slowly they completed their dinner. Karthik signaled the waiter for the bill. The waiter arrived with the bill and he settled it with his brand new platinum debit card.
"Adarsh, I will come in a minute, need to go to the washroom."
"It's okay," said Adarsh.
Minutes later while Karthik was returning to his table from the washroom he accidentally bumped into a plump girl with short hair walking opposite to him.
"You stupid! Have you gone blind?" yelled the girl.
"Sorry… Sorry… mam," he said, apologizing for his mistake, "I am extremely sorry. I didn't do it intentionally."
"I know about you guys. You intentionally dashed into me."
As Karthik was apologizing to her, a lean man with a shadow taller than Karthik came out from the washroom.
"What happened sweety?" asked the lean man to his girlfriend, "Why are you in high dudgeon?"
"Rohan this idiot dashed into me."
"You bloody, How dare you dash my girl?" Rohan caught Karthik by his collar and began abusing him at the top of his voice.
Within seconds a crowd of ten gathered around them.
"Sir… Sir… It happened by accident. I didn't do it intentionally." Karthik made every attempt to convince him. But Rohan's desire to prove his heroism in front of his girlfriend suppressed his conscience.
Listening to the commotion, Adarsh scrambled to the spot and happened to see Karthik being handled roughly by Rohan.
"Leave him..." He shouted at the girl's boyfriend in a loud and boisterous tone that more or less resembled a lion's roar. "I don't know what my friend has done, but I am sure there's no mistake on his part. Leave his collar, if you don't, then I am going to crush your bones."
Petrified with Adarsh's thunderous warning Rohan immediately released his hands from Karthik. His girlfriend was equally terrified and in a stammering tone, she said - "Rohan this person looks like a WWE wrestler. It might have happened accidentally. Leave him."
In quick time, the girl and her boyfriend peeled out of the restaurant.
Adarsh adjusted Karthik's collar trying to smooth out a few wrinkles. "Karthik are you okay? Did he hit you? That idiot spoiled your new T-shirt."
"I am good, he didn't hit me."
They walked out of the restaurant, tracking their steps back to the room.
"Had you not been present, I don't know what would happen to me?" Karthik said, his voice still frigid.
Sensing the coldness in his tone, Adarsh placed his arm on his shoulder while cutting into the street. "Karthik, True friendship isn't about only being there when it's convenient. It's about being there when it's not. I can go to any extent for my friend."
"At first, I regretted coming to Bangalore. But now, when I look back at all those rejections that I faced, today I can proudly say that it is a blessing in disguise. Thank you so much."
Adarsh began twisting Karthik's hand. "How dare you say Thank you?"
"Adarsh… please… It is not meant for you," Karthik struggled to release his hand from him.
"Then for whom?"
"It is to God for sending a friend like you."
"Then it's okay." They reached the hostel.
"Adarsh, I will change my dress and come. "
"My doors are always open for you," said Adarsh.
After wearing the night trousers, he walked back into Adarsh's room. Adarsh too changed his dress, by the time he stepped in.
Karthik sat on Adarsh's chair. "Arnold, I want to know about your love story. Sorry stories... Tell me how did it start? How did it go? and How did you feel about being in love? And-"
"Hold your horses, if you keep on asking when can I tell you."
"I am sorry, but I can't stop my excitement."
"Karthik, love itself is like that. It is regarded as one of the most powerful forces on this planet. The magic of first love creates an indelible impression which cannot be erased from our mind ever. No matter how many people come into your life after that, the thrill is never quite the same again. It cannot be recreated."
"Love at first sight, Why only men experience this more than women?"
"Love at first sight is hard to explain. This so-called love is under the control of divine forces of fate and destiny. We are simply puppets of it."
"Wait for a second! Many lovers in movies use these words fate and destiny. What is fate and what is destiny?"
"Fate is that which you cannot change. Destiny is that you're meant to do. While fate is what happens when you don't take responsibility for your life, destiny is what happens when you commit to growing, learning, and taking chances. Being "destined for greatness" only comes through active and conscious decisions. But fate is what happens when you let other people and external circumstances dictate your life.
"Destiny? Does it really exist? Is it for romantics?"
"Learning about Destiny is like learning quantum mechanics in the Latin language. Being in the right or wrong place at the right of the wrong time may change the course of your life. If a man is destined to drown, he will drown even in a spoonful of water."
"So according to you whatever happens in our life is already predetermined? If there is anything to blame for whatever happens in our life it is going to be destiny."
"Hold on when did I tell you that destiny is to be blamed? Even if you're destined to be with your partner or a soulmate, life's twists and turns can make a relationship stronger or weaken the bonds. Let's say, for example, you may be destined to fall in love with Madhu. However, it doesn't guarantee that your relationship will be smooth-sailing. "
Karthik interrupted him. "I already told you she is engaged."
"I am just kidding. It's better not to break our heads too much about this abstruse topic. We are the masters of our own lives and when we fail to acknowledge it we are bound to pay a heavy penalty, and destiny has got nothing to do with it. You may fall in love with someone without fully understanding why it is that you love him or her. You may spend hours, months, years together without fully appreciating what it is that this person means to you. In my journey of life, I've seen days, so dark that death seemed less painful. I have seen a lot of people. They came, they passed. And yes, they came to pass."
"From the things you have spoken so far, I can clearly understand that you have endured significant travails to be in a position where you are standing today. Can you tell me your story and all the struggles that you faced in life?"
"Karthik, it was on April 30, 1999..."
To be continued...