Saturday, July 20, 2013

When I Blushed

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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Abhiroop Banerjee said...

Grinned right through the post, Kads. Oooooooh hehehe :)

I hope you tell us soon about the second precious time you blushed.

Props for the Grihashobha reference! Took me straight back to the early 90s. No, I didn't read it. It was just there. So don't start.

Afshan said...

haha such a cute anecdote of ur life :)
That guy surely gave a special preference. I wud hav become a beet root shade too :)
good day

Shilpa Garg said...

LOL :D That must be some hilarious and embarrassing moment! Enjoyed reading this post :)

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Yes OB... grin all you want right now. Enjoy the moment while it lasts. It's going to be a brief moment anyway! Soon you'll be back at my mercy! :D

And liar liar! pants on fire! Your mum told me you read Grihshobha! You used to steal her copy of it and sneak into the bathroom to read about all that girls stuff in the magazine! :D
I know..... :D :D :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Btw, that "know" in the end of my previous comment was also in the same tone as that "Ooooooooooooooooh!" in my post! :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Afshan, he probably bought one chocolate expecting all 4-5 of us to share it among ourselves, and he must have given it to me just because I was the more talkative of the lot! But you know girls, right?... Once they make a commitment to pull your leg, then they don't even listen to themselves... Salman Khan style!
You have a great day too girl! :P

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Series of moments, Shilpa! Those girls made the remaining few months of my school life hell! I thought they'd forget all about it after the winter vacations, but they didn't! Those two spiral pads with their testimonies about me are filled with references to chocolates!

SuKupedia ™ :) :) said...

ooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh :P :P :P .. my question exactly.. why only chocolate for you :D :D.. loved it must have really looked like one pink kaddu :P

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Hahhahaha! Suku... I looked more like one magenta kaddu I guess! :P :P :P

Bhavya said...

Oooooooooooooooooooohhh :D :D That must have felt all weird na :P :D

Smita said...

Where is that guy these days???

*runs away...............

mytakeoneverything9 said...

awww!! How cute!! :D
Brought back memories of school benches and shared sticky chocolates!! :D

Abhiroop Banerjee said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
the little princess said... what happened next? don't tell me u didn't like all that special treatment..i refuse to believe it, i would have done a little cartwheel in my head !!! ;) by the way, how handsome was this soft hearted gentleman?

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Totally weird, Bhavya!

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Hahaha! Smita, you're really an imp! :D

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Arre OB, where did your comment go? :O
Post it back! I have to pull your leg more!

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Pixie - Sticky chocolates... ewww! Never liked them! :P

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

@ the little princess... I hated it at that time! Honestly! No cartwheels... not even in my head! And no.... sorry to disappoint you all, but nothing happened! :D

Abhiroop Banerjee said...

No I'm not, and you don't. Please stop harassing me in front of everybody. I will sue you for defamation and human rights abuse.

Chicky a.k.a. Kaddu said...

Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha! Human rights is for humans, silly! :D

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