And from then they became friends! Sid took that treat from Neha and their journey of friendship started. They were in 12th standard. They shared same sections, but their likes and dislikes were really different. They didn't ask each other what their hobbies were, they just noticed each other and confirmed if they are thinking the right thing. Sid was good in noticing Neha's hobbies, but Neha was not that good. Sid guessed, she liked darkness, they even watched a web-series named as DARK together just because of Neha's suggestion. She liked sketching portraits without FACES. She liked to talk to strangers for experiences. She liked to ink her deepest thoughts graved in her head. The thoughts she never shared to anyone.
Neha guessed: He liked body building.(wrong) He liked making memes(correct). What he shows is not the real him, what he never showed is the real him. It means that he shows he is the happiest person in this world but deep down he showed his sad side to his mother and Neha.(correct) He liked football (obviously correct). He was a potterhead(true)
They studied together, went to streets, hangout with each other. Prepared for the mid-terms. Shared best of lucks. Every single thing best friends do. Bunked classes for wandering. Plans of leave! They were present together, absent together. They convinced one of their classmates to give the notes for the day when they were absent. They were the only guests of each other at their birthdays. They went to the temple, wished for good performances but they never compromised with their studies, and that's the best part. Sometimes people compromise with their studies and they might not know but they are messing their future. They sat on the river side. They didn't utter a single word because they promised each other, the only thing that will be the SILENCE. For the very first time, Neha wore Red Kurti and black salwaar with a small Bindi. A stroke of Kaajal and Red Chunri completed her Indian look, And that day when Sid saw her, he was standing like a statue. He was frozen. But at once he turned around and started pretending that he really don't care at all about her dress or her looks!(shy). That bindi was as aesthetic as his eyes, and when he saw her in closed eyes. He was stunned. He couldn't control, he said " Hey, you're looking damn beautiful!" And Neha said looking deep in his eyes, not that beautiful than your asethetic dark brown eyes. They blushed. They were creating the best memories which was going to hurt them for the rest of their lives. Afterall the moment you lived, can't come back. You can just create them in your head!
And Neha who always saw Sid as his friend, never imagined that someday she will fall for, though she never let her express what she felt. She was really good at hiding. But when one day she decided that she will tell him what she felt. She dialled a number named POTTERHEAD. Sid answering her, "oh, Neha called me today. Celebrations!" Then he laughed, Neha laughed too. "So, what happened? Aren't you able to solve that equation which was given as home assignment? Ah, I knew that you wouldn't be cause I too was confused with this one. I will wassap you. Neha are you listening?"
She was silent. He said, "hey, what happened? Just tell me. I am not a mind reader! I am your friend!" She didn't respond. He said, "Okay, I won't say. If you feel like you wanna say something then start!"
That peaceful silence at 1:00 a.m. She said after 2 minutes," Hey, i don't know when, how, where. But I am in love with someone." Sid was silent for a minute and asked who is that person having badluck?
She didn't say anything. And then Sid who really was heartbroken, said to her, "hey, i don't know who is that lucky person but I will do tell him that she is my best friend so take care of her or your home will be a hospital!" "Are you out of your mind? I am serious." Said Neha. Let's fall in love with the night Neha if we can't fall for each other!", said Sid! Neha asked, "What are you saying?"
---------------------------------------- Next part very soon! This is really dramatic. Though I am a practical person but I am happy at least I can connect to emotional ones.
Neha was recovering now. The day doctor said to her that she can join the school back, Neha was the happiest person in the world.
Sid's changes were noticed by Parth (Neha's Brother). He talked to him and Sid told him, " I really don't know why but I care for your sister unknowingly. I don't need to pressurize my brain to think about her. It's like her behavior is unique and also she helped me when no one even stood for me. I really don't know why I was happy in her success. I really don't know why did I give her advices on her failure. I just want to help her and be with her, supporting in her darkness!"
Parth said, " I know that all! You don't need to tell. I saw you concerned for Neha but don't even asking anybody where she is. I will talk to her. She will accept your friendship."
The next day when Neha entered the college. She met Sid and said to Sid straight forwardly, " I read your note. Thanks for your concern. But I am here, right in front of you. I never made any best friend in my life, because this larvae of my thoughts, my actions, and my studies which never allowed me to make one. It never allowed me to break that larvae and fly freely. I was always surrounded by the things I wanted to see in my life. I never let the things come in my life, I never wished for but, when bhai told me about your words. I went to the terrace and sat there for 2 hours and thought about each and every moment we shared. From coming to me and asking for the notes to giving me advices for my life. From asking for the treat to that sorry note. I felt each and every incident between us."
I NEHA AGNIHOTRI ASK YOU FOR ACCEPTING MY FRIENDSHIP. WILL YOU BE MY BEST FRIEND?
Sid was numb, he behaved like his nerves stopped circulating blood in his body. As he was running out of his life. He was really not expecting Neha asking for a friendship proposal.
And then Sid said, "I SIDDHARTH SINGHANIA ACCEPT YOUR FRIENDSHIP. I CAN'T PROMISE YOU THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU BUT, I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT I WILL ALWAYS ENTER IN YOUR DARKNESS TO HOLD YOUR HANDS AND LET YOU OUT FROM THE DARKNESS AND ENTER INTO A WORLD DARKER THAN THAT DARKNESS [THEIR HAPPY STATE]. I CAN'T PROMISE YOU THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE THERE FOR SHARING YOUR SUCCESS BUT, I CAN PROMISE YOU THAT I WILL PREPARE YOU FOR FACING YOUR FAILURES."
The next day in the cafe at 7 p.m. Neha was waiting for Sid. It was 7:15, he didn't come. This time, it was 7:30. She didn't have his Mobile Number so she kept waiting for half-hours straight! But then at zero patience level, she stood up and left for home.
The next day in the school, Sid was looking for Neha but he didn't find him anywhere! He went to the LIBRARY and saw that Neha was sitting in the corner. He went to her, said sorry a lot of times. But she was acting like she isn't even aware of his presence, but when Sid handed her a book and left the library. She opened it and found a note, it said: "Hey Neha, really really sorry, i don't even know for how long i kept you waiting for me. My intentions were really not to abandon, I had some important work. I am not sad for losing my treat. I am sad for you, at each and every instant I was just thinking about your safety. You were alone there. Trust me I came there. You were gone! I am really sorry for that. But today when I saw you. I was really relieved!" 97******** (My Phone Number, in case if you ever need help).
Neha kept looking at it. Crumbled it and then kept in her notebook and went on concentrating on her work. [The actual reason why Neha was ignorant because it was Library and the rules were really strict.She really didn't expect anything because Strangers don't expect for they know that their is nothing to lose].
That night when she went home, she had severe cold, and she was really struggling hard to recover. Usually she never took pills for fever but this time she had to. The best way to recover your disease is ignoring it/not considering if it exists or not (personal experience). Neha was doing the same. She did everything as per her daily routine. She didn't even lay on her bed. But after being scolded by her best friend (grandmother ). She really rested, but her condition was worse. The temperature was not ready to decline. Meds, doctors, simple khichdi. She was really struggling hard to go to school but her health didn't support her. She was absent for the 5th day and everyone was asking for her, from teachers, to her friends. She never took a big leap like this! She was a regular student. Sid was concerned for Neha, but he couldn't express it to anyone. [Boys do hide, I don't know why. I know, if being a girl is difficult, then being a boy is difficult too. Maybe they don't share what they really feel because of the social tags given to a boy from his childhood: अरे तू लड़कियों जैसे क्यों रो रहा? अरे तू रो नहीं सकता, तू किसी काम को ना नहीं कर सकता क्यों की तुझे ही तो आगे करना है। Etc. Etc.] And there someone was noticing Sid's changes. Deep inside that person knew what were his feelings!
---------------------------------------- Hey, I am really not saying ki boys ko zaada problem hoti hai ya girls ko zaada. Problem sbko equal hoti hai bas pov ka difference hai yaar. I really didn't want to introduce gender in this, but I really want a change in our stereotypical society. I know many boys who don't share what they feel. I really want to tell them. Hey, tu ro skta hai yaar agar tera patience level zero ho gya hai. Tag nhi lgega, tu ro de. No one will judge. But still is change ko aane me pta nhi kitne saal lgenge. And second thing ye ki girls ki problems itni highlight isliye ho jaati hai kyuki inke peeche bhi kisi Idiot ka kaam hota hai. So please don't take gender a basis. Please try to connect to the concept.If you can't I just wanna say सोच गिरी है तुम्हारी, उठा लो। ----------------------------------------
The next day when Neha woke up, she was energetic and she was feeling so fresh. Do you think Sid's word made that magic? If so, you are totally wrong. The magic was because of SIALIC ACID [TEARS]. She cried, and cried last night like a silent demon who's waiting for his death! Not because she lost the match, because her family never understood her. They knew that she was good in studies but their mindset was if you want to be good at studies then you should only focus on studies not on extra curricular activities. They didn't want her to play badminton, but her brother Parth seeing her breaking down, fought for her and told the family members to support her what she was doing!
She cried because she was kept below boundaries. They never wanted her to wear shorts, if she would wear them they judged and made her realise that dress shows character and all stereotypical stuffs. She wasn't even allowed to go to the terrace jsut because in the neighborhood their lived a clan of boys who will see her and judge and make fun of her. She wanted to make her family understand that they(boys) will not be at loss, instead Neha was herself at loss. She missed the pleasant weather, nature and so many beautiful creatures.
After all this she went to school, and then there was the final match today in the school. She remembered each and every point Sid said to her. She was feeling like it's okay if today I won't win, the head of sports won't select her and she will get more time for studies and for her hobbies.(This is how she motivated herself ).
At the end she won the match and at once she thought she should thanks Sid, afterall he helped her maybe indirectly but he did. She called him in the canteen, Sid was thinking what may be the reason but he was really not able to use his brain at that time. He went there, congratulated Neha and asked her why she called him?
She said THANK YOU SID. He asked her, for what reason she is thanking him. She made him memorize the whole conversation in the Church, and he said,"अब मैच जीता है तो पार्टी तो लेंगे ही अपुन। She bursted into laughter and said, "Okay, BTS momos and Coffee at 7 p.m."
He was shocked cause he was really not expecting her that way. His aesthetic eyes were deeply examining Neha's eyes, and he gave a crooked smile and left. [The moment he saw her, he noticed that she looked more beautiful than before but No make-up at all. Yes it was all because SIALIC ACID!]
So, as Siddharth aka Sid was a newcomer, he was facing backlogs during his academic session so, he asked some of his friends to help him but they were not able to help him as they were not that serious about their studies. They just suggested him that Neha is one of the brightest students of their class, she might definitely help him.
The very first place where they met was the LIBRARY, because the permanent address of Neha at school was that school library. He went to the library, he was a bit nervous because he never needed to talk to girls in his early school. He saw Neha. Neha saw him, felt something aesthetic again and then continued doing her work. He sat in front of her. He gave his intro and neha asked his purpose of coming to her. He told her that he wanted short notes for what had been taught in past few days. She said, "Alright, I'll give you my notes after the recess." Sid said, "Thanks a lot." Neha said, " Save this 'thanks' after I give you my notes." This is how Neha was, she was precise always. Miss perfection of her class. Her hold was good in studies but she wasn't only a bookworm, she was also a sports enthusiast so, she also participated in the Badminton league of her school. She had to come at 5 p.m. after school.
Sid said, "okay, miss perfectly perfect. I'll save this thank you" And he smiled a crooked smile thinking about Neha how she was, her personality irritated him as well as impressed him, but he didn't say anything and he left.
In the Recess, Sid went to Neha for notes, but he didn't find her anywhere. At last when he checked in the library he found her sitting in the corner bench. He never talked to a girl. He was so nervous that he didn't even know what he will say when she would be giving him notes.
Do you know how Mark Zuckerberg laid the foundation of Facebook? At that time there was not that kind of interactions between Boys and Girls as it is now, and also we humans are curious to know about the opposite gender. That's why he introduced a platform where people can talk without awkwardness. This helped out so many people cope up with their nervousness. And then, when they talked virtually with each other they got to know that the opposite gender faces the same problem, they used to face in daily life.
Sid was nervous but he acted like he is the most confident boy in the whole school. He asked Neha about the notes. She felt something deep in his eyes and handed him notes. She looked straight in his eyes and maybe because of her straight forwardness, he felt comfortable. All his awkwardness went away like a miracle. He said, "Saved thanks to you". She said, " Mention Not, but remember i need them today. So please bring those notes as I have to come at 5 p.m. for the match " and then she continued her preparation. Sid nodded but she didn't notice. He took the notes and went out of the library.
At 5 p.m. she had practice match, she did well but she lost the match. And the other side, Sid who was a pro in Football, won the match. He remembered that he has to give Neha her notes back. So he started asking her friends where is she but when they told him that she lost the match, and she use to go to Church for tranquility. He ran to the Church and when he saw Neha. He called her Name many times but she didn't even look back as she was pretending she's not even aware of his presence. He immediately guessed that she might be crying. He went near her, sat 2 seats before her (shy) and handed her notes silently. When no one said a single thing. Sid broke the silence saying, "Oye, this was practice match. If you'll lose hope in this one how will you be able to play the final match? Listen, life is just like pulses on the monitoring screen (/_/_/_) Ups and downs are constant, but we continue to fight for our life because we don't want those pulses straight (--------) cause if they will be straight. Our life will finish." So, in order to maintain the consistency you have to keep moving.
Neha didn't utter a single word. Getting no reaction from her Sid was thinking how ignorant she is. But he didn't say anything and left the church. That day when Neha went home. She cried. She cried a hell lot.
-------------------------------------------------- This is how their first meeting was!
Neha was in the school library preparing her notes for mid examinations, she was a focused girl, whatever she wanted, she just worked hard and hard for it. One day a newcomer stole her attention, it was nothing like "love at first sight" She just saw his eyes, realised their is something aesthetic in those deep brown eyes and continued preparing her notes. The boy was Siddharth. He was a mischief guy but awesome at heart. He knew how to live life. He never took his life as a burden or his studies as well, like many of us take it as a burden. The same was with Neha, she was determined and so she was good at studies and at life as well. When she was with her friends and family, there existed a different version of hers and when she was with her books she was just lost, like she was in space and she lost connection to the Earth. This is how SID and NEHA were. Living their life at the fullest.
---------------------------------------- This is a random piece, i hope it's okay! And if you think it's not i just don't give a f*ck! Next part soon ;)