Day 20 of "2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge" : When I Blushed
“Blushing is the most peculiar and most human of all expressions.” - Charles Darwin
That's the theme for this week's WOW on blogadda, and I'm participating once again.
Before I begin, let me clarify that I'm not the one to blush easily. At least not the grihshobha "hai main sharm se laal huyi" type blushing! I'm actually the one who's usually causing other people to blush. If any of my old school friends and *colony friends* are reading this, they're probably grinning right now and nodding their head vehemently! Some must have turned red even at the memories! (Yes, yes! I know... I still have that effect on you guys! :D)
So as I was saying, I'm not the blushing type personality. In my over 35 years of existence in this life so far, I can recall only two occasions when I have properly blushed, i.e. all the way through, and not mere feminine shyness. I will be sharing the first occasion here today.
This happened in my school days. In class 12th, to be precise. A day or two before the start of winter vacations, to be more precise. I was a force not to be reckoned with in those days. (I probably still am, I suppose.) I used to tease my friends (READ: "male classmates") left and right. We used to call it "chikaee". Silly word... I know. It suited perfectly for the kind of silly stuff we did.
We'd recently finished with our half-yearly exams, and inter-house volleyball matches were going on. In short, it was a relatively relaxed atmosphere in school. Some of the other girls and I had just returned to our classroom after cheering for our respective volleyball teams. Lunch break had just begun, but all the lunchboxes had already been emptied out long ago... as is the story in senior classes of most schools!
I was feeling very hungry. Ok maybe I wasn't *feeling* that hungry, but being the "drama queen" that I am, I was definitely *pretending* to be very hungry and trying to use feminine guile (that has always been non-existent in my case) to get some soft-hearted guy of my class to buy me a samosa or something from the school canteen.
In short, I was just fooling around. I wasn't really expecting any of the guys to fall for my tactics... but someone did! AND he bought a chocolate for me from the school canteen!
I know! I was more shocked than you are, but not at first. You see, initially, when that guy
handed threw that chocolate bar to me, it didn't even register in my non-feminine brain that he had actually BOUGHT it for me!
In those days, every time a batch-mate had a birthday, I would go up to him/her, shake hands, convey my warm birthday wishes, and then demand a treat, i.e. the chocolate - Treat. Usually they would get it for me later, and give it to me during the lunch break. Sometimes though, my friends from the other section didn't get a chance to meet me personally during the lunch break. In that case, they used to give the chocolate to one of my classmates, who would then pass it on to me. (No, they didn't dare eat it without my permission. Told you I was a force not to be reckoned with!)
So when this soft-hearted gentleman gave me that Treat, I automatically assumed that one of the birthday guys or gals from the other section had given it to him, to pass on to me. I shouted across 3-4 rows of benches (he'd already reached his seat by that time), asking "Who gave it?"
He gave a confused reply - "I did."
I asked again - "Who gave it to you?" I thought maybe my voice wasn't carrying clearly to him over the din of the classroom.
He probably thought I was dumb or something, or had suddenly lost my mind... completely! He replied back - "You said you were hungry...!" - with a big "question mark" on his face.
And that's when lightning finally hit my addled brains! "He bought this chocolate for me because I was hungry!"
Unfortunately, my bench partner, who had been following our conversation all this while, was also hit by the same lightning at the same time! She instantly let out that musical "Ooooooooooooooooh!" that is a sure sign of *trouble ahead*. A prelude to some serious leg-pulling. (I would know, because I have also uttered that same "Ooooooooooooooooh!" so many times, at the start of a particularly rough leg-pulling session of one of my friends!)
She followed the "Ooooooooooooooooh!" with a "we all were shouting that we were hungry, but he got only one chocolate for you!"...
... and I blushed! A deep crimson red... right through my ears!
She even noticed that... can you believe it! "Kaddu, your ears are soooo red!" I seriously wished I could disappear into the earth at that moment! Phewwww!
Oh and I could never decide who I wanted to murder first... my bench partner or that guy who got that chocolate for me!
Charles Darwin was so right. Blushing really is a peculiar phenomenon. It makes you feel so tiny and so... vulnerable!
This post is a part of Write Over the Weekend, an initiative for Indian Bloggers by BlogAdda.
This is my 20th post for 2013 Ultimate Blog Challenge.
Link to the previous post: "When I Was Reiki-ed By Kaddu [by Abhiroop]"
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