The world seemed very much ordinary that evening as I stood there waiting for him. The January sun shone brightly; motorists still shouted at each other, people went about their businesses in the usual mundane way. I never realized how much my life was going to change after that evening. At that moment I wasn’t even sure what to expect of that evening. I looked at my watch, and then tried to figure out among the crowd what he looked like. My futile attempts reverberated when strangers began seriously contemplating that I might be a looney or I had ‘interests’ otherwise. I remembered what he said ‘You won’t recognize me anymore…..’. I had laughed it away, I knew how he looked. Even after five years….
My mind wandered to my favorite memory about him. ‘Which one was your favorite song in the whole movie?’ I had asked him turning back. He replied in a voice that lingered in my mind to this day ‘Tere mere Milan ki…’ and I blushed. There was a sense of well being when he was around. I felt safe….
I decided I wasn’t going to smile at strangers anymore. So I just looked at the sky for a few moments and then I checked my hair and then I rubbed my hands. After a few minutes, he was there walking among strangers. I recognized his child like face, the way he walked didnt change either, he still had glasses on. Thank God he is the same... I smiled at him and said ‘You haven’t changed one bit…’. ‘I almost banged into the car trying to catch your eye… You didn’t see me.’ Then I narrated how friendly some strangers reacted to my innocent smiles and I had stopped looking around. We laughed loudly and went into the cafeteria….