26 November, 2007

You are invited

That’s the wedding invitation cover of a very close friend of mine, who will bid farewell to the ‘Bachelors Club’ in another two days. I found this invitation very novel. And what was more novel was the reason for the invitation – straight out of a ‘Yash Raj’ production.



Boy traveling by train. Girl enters same cubicle. Boy decides to try his luck. Girl falls for it. Boy/girl who live in different cities, go their own ways. Gross abuse of technology follows. In come the parents. The climax of course, as in any decent Bollywood flick worth its name, ends in marriage (will in this case). And as the images posted above suggest, he had an RAC ticket that got confirmed. Of course, it was not just his RAC ticket that got confirmed (Ok, so I’m copying some witty stuff that he had printed on the 2nd sheet of a 4 page wedding invitation). But I think he’ll excuse me for the publicity that I’m giving him through this wonderful blog, which has readers pouring in from all over the world.

Nice, isn’t it? Nice – Yes. Believable – No. Yeah, it did happen in his case, but I know better. I’ve been traveling by train for the whole of my life, except for a few trips by plane, and not once have I come across an interesting girl in my cabin. I wish I were exaggerating here. Well, I guess I can’t say ‘never’, because there was one time when I had a chance, perhaps.

Last year, I was traveling to Goa for the New Year – “by train”. Along with me, was my loser pal Aravind, and we were to join 4 more friends at Goa. As luck would have it, an interesting girl happened to have a reservation in our cubicle. We decided to put up a disinterested act, immersing ourselves in the latest edition of one of those snotty business magazines, and thus putting to rest any hopes we’d harboured of impressing this girl. And what does this girl do? She picks up some alcohol that she has stacked in her rucksack and gets on with it. In the next station she is joined by some more friends and then more, and very soon, all you could smell is Whiskey. And we were left to get all the business gyan that we wanted to, on our way to Goa. Of course, we’re not total losers, and we did have our share of fun in Goa. But that’s the story of my shot at a ‘Bollywood style’ love story.

Of late I’m getting worried, that my mom has given up all hope. When she points out to the good looking girls, while we go shopping, it’s not a very encouraging sign. Its an indication that left to me, my mother doesn’t think I’d ever get married. But who knows. Maybe the next train journey would be different. In the meantime, I’ll make sure I book an RAC with has a good chance of getting confirmed.

5 comments:

Kartik Kannan said...

There are Tam Brahm Losers around and its social networking time for US folks. Recalled an incident of mine on the trains...

http://katchucrap.blogspot.com/2006/03/ernakulam-trip-diary-part-1-egmore-7.html#comments

I've not had too much luck on trains...looks like we need to make a trip together!

priya said...

Nikhil, do u want me to comment on this? if only u knew what to talk and what not to.....

Sukanya Krishnan said...

Hey Nikhil!

Nicely written stuff... Just like your frn, thr is one frn of mine who impressed a girl (who is now his girlfrn) over a train journey...It all started wit helping her n her mom with their luggages.. Seems quite funny n unbelievable.. But its indeed haPPenning.. Sometimes i do wonder wen on world so many ppl end up making such life time frns over train journeys, why the heck I alws end up with some oldies in my bogie..damn!

Nikhil said...

@ Karthik: That was a funny incident.... But, I'm sceptical if the trip would improve matters.... WOuld two loser getting together improve our luck?? Damm... I'm willing to try anything.... ;-)

@ Sukanya: Looks like there's a controversy behind this whole thing. Although I must admit... Ur friend does have guts to try his luck with her mom around... Was just having a look at ur blog too.. The SJPIMR one.. Loks like ur having a busy time at school....

Nannaya said...

Nice post. I too met a beautiful girl(That's how I felt then! ) once on my way back from chennai to Hyderabad. Talked to each other couple of times over phone, planned to meet at Hyd sometime but never did, she moves to banglore and phut goes the relation.
Thanks,Regards and whatnot