Moments later, while Happy dumped Amardeep’s luggage i
n the rear of the car,Amardeep took the back seat and relaxed. Happy started the vehicle andManpreet turned off the music system to enable further conversation. Theytalked to each other for a while as Happy drove the car out of the airport towardsthe city.After a drive of some fifteen kilometres, Happy stopped the car in front of a localInternet cafe.
‘What happened, dude?’ probed Manpreet.
‘Nothing much—just a quick email!’ Happy answered undoing his seat belt. ‘Give
me ten minutes and I will be back
Amardeep tried to understand the criticality but then stepped back from asking
any question. He knew Happy’s strange nature of giving preference to little things.
In Happy’s absence, Manpreet and Amardeep chatted for a while.
Happy returned quickly. He
didn’t even take ten full minutes.
‘That was fast,’ Amardeep acknowledged.
‘I told you it’s going to be quick.’ Happy chuckled.
Without revealing much detail, he started the engine again. Some time passedand gradually they became silent. Happy kept driving. Each of them had the samethought running in his mind. But Happy was first to speak.
‘I am missing him.’
No one said anything for a few moments.
Then Amardeep put his hand on Happy’s shoulder. ‘We all are missing him. Andthis reunion is for Ravin,’ sai
‘He is right,’ said Manpreet in response. ‘We are here for good. We are here forRavin. Let us cheer for this reason instead of being sad.’
A ray of hope passed across their faces, giving way to a euphoric smile in additionto a steely resolve that they would help their friend.Happy pressed the accelerator, signalling that he was doing well. Manpreetincreased the volume of the music system in the car.A little later Happy shouted against the volume of the song being played,
encouraging everyone’s mood.
‘Has anyone of us been on a radio channel ever?’
‘No!’ came the responses in unison.
‘Has anyone ever seen what a radio station looks like from inside?’ Happy’s voice
‘Hahaha . . . No . . . no . . .’ followed the answers again in unison, this time
accompanied with laughter.
‘Doesn’t matter, as long as we are clear about what we are going to do. This one
is for Ravin hu-u-u-u-u-u-u-u-u . . . hu-u-u-u-u-
u!’ completed Raamji.
Happy then pointed his finger towards the glove compartment beneath thedashboard of the car and asked Manpreet to open it and look for an envelope.Manpreet found it and picked it up. It was a nicely packed white envelope with