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Last 50 days

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Published by: Naveen Kumar on Jun 21, 2012
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EPISODE 1
 It was another monotonous start of the week for every IT employee. ITemployees hate Mondays, as you all know, but I was a bit different. I lovedworking on all days. I worked in a top IT company’s SEZ facility. I hadcompleted my graduation and joined through campus recruitment. Duringcollege days, I had wanted to study further for my masters. But due tocertain family situations and problems I had decided to defer my idea. It’sbeen 9 months since I joined this company. Though software life was highlymonotonous, I loved working only because of the girl I loved so much.I won’t describe as the most beautiful person in the world, but anyone canfall for her smile. Fair, slim, medium height and she doesn’t apply make-upwhich is the best thing I like about her. Very casual and carefree, highlyfriendly and wow when she enters the office it’s like the whole officeglitters. She also greets everyone with that beautiful smile. Even mymanager who keeps his face long and harsh manages to wear that smilewhen she greets him. I had always wondered if I could tell her howbeautiful her smile was and how much I loved her. But as in all love stories,I didn’t have the courage to even stand in front of her. Whenever someonecalled her for help like “Hey Anu, can you please come here and help me?”,something would burn inside me and I would want to go and bash theperson who called her.Anu aka Anushka is that girl who keeps my life going despite the daily workpressure. One look at her and all the tension in me went away. She was anorth Indian and would mostly converse in Hindi. She was quite anextrovert and pretty famous. Yeah of course, I was just the opposite. I was aSouth Indian spoke nothing but Tamil and very bad English. I was a totalintrovert and stuck to my gang of friends and of course I was hardly famous.It was the end of product release, and hardly anyone worked. Majority ofthem were chatting, reading mails, etc. I was reading the community pagein the office website where employees would paste different stories fromdifferent genres. Many of them were love stories. I was applying foruniversities for my master’s degree. I had decided the day Anu entered theoffice, that she’s the girl with whom I want to live. She got transferred from
 
Noida to Bangalore and I was lucky enough to see her in my life, in myoffice, in my project and in my floor.I was seated at the middle of the ODC, first floor while she was seated atthe end corner of the ODC. She would walk past me whenever she went forbreaks or at the end of the day. Those few seconds while she passed mewas the reason I came regularly to office without putting leave. She wasvery professional, sincere and punctual. She generally prefers wearingcasuals than chudis.Days were moving fast and still I was happy to see her than talk to her. Myfriends collected all details about her at the initial stages and I had a bigblow. She was a year and a half elder than me. This was seriously a very bigblow to me and all my dreams were shattered. In life one of the biggeststrengths are friends. They encouraged me a lot to proceed with Anudespite the fact that she is elder than me. There after I became even moreinterested in her.Every day, I would try to talk to her. But what could I possibly talk? Therewasn’t anything common between us. But still I had too. I was thinking ofmany ways of approaching her like a gentle smile and a hello, offer her achocolate and lie that it was my birthday, asking her a doubt about theproject, etc. I was all set to talk to her the next day.That night, I checked my mails. I had received admit from a university. I wasdamn happy. But I felt something punching my stomach. I rememberedthat I had to leave my office and most importantly I had to leave Anu.The next day, I dressed up very neatly much better than the normal days.My expectations were at the peak. I entered office at 9:00am. It became9.30... 10:00am and still Anu hadn’t come to office. Time went on very slowand it became 12:30pm. I had decided that she had been on leave for theday. I was totally disappointed.The same day I had scheduled a meeting with my manager, to tell himabout my plan of pursuing higher studies. The meeting was at evening4:00pm. I spoke to my manager in the meeting room and he was quite cool
 
about me resigning. He also informed me about the notice period of twomonths. He told that there was exactly 50 days more for my last workingday. My manager said “All the best for the
LAST 50 DAYS
.”***************DISCLAIMER*****************All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to realpersons, living or dead, is purely coincidental.
EPISODE 2
 
THE LAST 50 DAYS,
it kept ringing on my head. I was about to leave theroom when my manager asked, “Raghav are you going to inform our teammates?” I replied him with a nod and left the room. My mind was fullyoccupied by Anu. I had only 50 days left to tell Anu how much I longed forher companionship, how much I loved her. Suddenly I realised 50 days wastoo much of a time and that I could easily express my love. I prayed godthat it should work out fine for me.The whole evening at home, I read books, saw movies on Love. I evensearched youtube to find videos on how to propose to a girl. I didn’t wantto waste any time and I wanted to propose to her the next day which was aFriday. People considered Friday as an auspicious day and I was noexception to that at least in Anu’s case.
DAY 1
Everything seemed special to me. I was looking at things in a newperspective. I left so happy that finally I gathered all courage to propose tothe girl of my life. Daily, I would board the cab to my office and I wouldsleep as it’s about a hour and a half journey to the office. But that day, Icouldn’t even think of sleeping. I was so damn excited and whenever Icrossed temples I prayed for her well being and of course for the success ofmy love.Just as I entered office, my friend called me. “What machi? You look soenergetic today?” I just smiled at him and went to my cubicle. I didn’t have

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