Thursday, September 18, 2008

I Miss You Friend!

When I was a little kid, I had this make-believe "invisible" friend (like most kids that age do). My friend used to live in our bathroom at our old house in Kanpur.


He never criticized me or found faults in me or judged me in anyway. He always listened eagerly to whatever I shared with him.

I used to tell him all kinds of stuff -- used to work out complicated math problems with him, solve computer assignments, revise battle dates in history, practice the school songs -- everything. And whenever I was hurt or sad about something, I used to pour out all my woes to him as well.

He never invalidated my feelings... or told me that it was wrong to cry or to feel this way. He just listened to me patiently until I was done... and then got around to planning ways to "get back" at the people who had hurt me. Our little "revenges" as we called them.

But he was so funny. He used to think up of the most outrageous things to do to these people... which somehow turned the entire situation into a big comedy show! Our revenges were never hurtful in nature -- always comic!

I always had such a vivid imagination... I could actually follow the entire threads of conversations between the two of us in my mind! And in the end, I'd come out of the bathroom with peace in my life restored. I guess it was my childish way of letting off steam.

My parents thought I was suffering from severe constipation because of the amount of time I spent in the bathroom!

I frankly had no idea back then what "constipation" meant... and I suppose I couldn't care much about it either! All that mattered to me was that there was "someone" in that bathroom who made me feel good about the world and myself.

Then my family shifted to a new place in the same colony...

My friend didn't come with us... or maybe he just got left behind accidentally...

I don't really remember... it's been so long now...

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1 comments:

Neelabh said...

You should have made new friend in your new bathroom.

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