This post is not about me. An autobiography should contain some description about other people who are important to us and hence this post is about my best ‘offline’ friend for maybe, the last 15 years.
We studied together for about 6 years and then we’ve been in touch ever since. Initially, he was just a classmate and we were not very close. During those times, he was too much into sports and he was the individual sports champion of our batch for a few times, I guess. He was quite outgoing, having fun and was not concentrating much on academics.
After a certain point, he had a transformational change and suddenly he started taking a lot of interest in academic stuff and became quite studious! It was at this time that he became my best friend. Maybe he was looking at some inspiration from me… (Hey, its my autobiography and I can write anything I want 🙂 ).
I remember him being quite fearless, back then. Once we put a mass leave on the eve of an examination (actually to study) and the Principal, who was our English teacher got quite angry with it. Our principal was asking for the exact reason for leave from each student and we were coming up with so many different reasons for taking a leave, that I can write a small book on it!
It was then his turn, and he says ‘I took a study leave’. That’s exactly what the principal wanted as he started a harangue for the next fifteen minutes, and our friend was staring at him all the while! I am sure that a 30 minutes harangue got lessened to 15 minute harangue because of this reason! 🙂
Later on, when we were required to go for sponsorship request outings, he stood up and told the Tamil teacher – ‘I don’t want to go’, before the entire class. The teacher was surprised at his insubordination and started staring at him. He, as usual stared back! I had to get up and intervene and promise that I would take him along with me, in order to end the impasse!
Once, when we were writing some school mid-term examination, we were seated along with our seniors (who were a couple of years older than us). Three ‘heavy weight’ seniors started to copy and our friend promptly reports it to the teacher. The seniors are sent out.
After a few days, the three seniors caught up with him. What started as an ‘impolite’ discussion, resulted in him playing basketball with the seniors after half an hour! And he started playing with them regularly after school!
I mean, what an unconventional & out-of-the-textbook method of making friends? We were staring in disbelief that such a thing could even happen! Those seniors would have never allowed any of us to play with them, but this guy reports them to the teacher and gets accepted into their ‘playing circle’!!
One day, I just casually went to his home and we were chatting for about an hour. Some of his other friends dropped in and said, ‘Happy Birthday’. The realization hit me like a stone! I excused myself in the pretext of some urgent work and while leaving, I looked back just to get a glimpse of what his expressions were like. OMG, did I sink any Titanic ship or what?
Actually, I requested him shortly afterwards to tell his birth date (because I forgot the exact date when I went to his house), but he got even more angry and refused to tell even that! What can I do? 🙂
Now its my turn to be fearless and publish this post in my blog. But I do admit that I have a huge advantage with my blog – I have requested him innumerable number times to visit my wonderful blog and read my wonderful posts, but he has not bothered to do it till now. I am sure he doesn’t remember even the URL of my blog, in spite of me reminding him about it for so many times!
To Him: Please miss this post also, like how you missed reading the previous 242 posts 🙂
These posts, filed under the Autobiography category are written to record certain important and unforgettable events in my life so that I could refer back to them when I write my actual Autobiography many years later. My Autobiography book will come out in the name of ‘Destination Infinity’. So, please buy it when it comes out! 🙂