Hi I’m Rahul and now I’m here to describe an incident which happened few months before.
It is all started in a bus travel from Bangalore to Coimbatore. Some of my friends were working in Bangalore so went there to meet them. I have reached there on Friday and spend 2 days with them in their flat. We went to Nandhi Hills one day and the next day we spend the evening in a pub. So while the weekend celebration goes on I forgot to book the return ticket. At last I got a ticket in a Non AC bus which starts at 8pm from Madiwala. I was a bit late to reach at the bus and it was already filled by the passengers. When I was looking for my seat I have seen that it is already acquired by a lady (age 30 approx) and she is sleeping by keeping the adjacent seat vacant. Actually I have booked the window seat since it is a Non AC Bus so I have called that lady. She was very tired and I got the smell of beer when she has opened her mouth. She told that she has the vomiting tendency so can you please adjust. With a big hesitation I agreed to her and sat near to her. Time is around 11:30 pm and I was watching film in my mobile. Suddenly I felt some disturbance and when I looked I found that she is not feeling well.
Me: what happened?
She: nothing. A small fever I think
Me: do you need any tablets
She: no. thanks
Suddenly she vomited and a part of it fell up on me. I was very angry, but she was not fully conscious. I have called the bus conductor and asked him to stop in any hospital. Actually it was a village and they have dropped us in a small public health centre. I have thought that someone other will come to help me. But no one came and instead they have given me her luggage too. Now I’m carrying all the luggage’s in my one shoulder and herself in another shoulder. You may think it as a bit awkward that that bus person has dropped down an unknown lady and a boy in some unknown places. But for they the trip matters, for other passengers too. All they want to reach their destination in time no one will be ready to spare their time.
I have taken her to the hospital and it was a very small one. When the receptionist asked me about her details I have told them all the matters that happened in the bus. They have smiled and told its quiet natural here. All the bus people doing so, nothing to worry. Since it is night doctor won’t come now, we will give her a drip and you can take rest too. Doctor will come in the morning and by that time she will be ok and you can leave then.
I have taken her to the room and the nurses have given her the drip. The nurses told me don’t disturb her and let her sleep. That time only I have looked at her in full. She is her early thirties or late twenties. She is having mangalsuthra in neck. Well built structured body. Then I slept in the chair available in that room.
My phones alarms starts making sound at sharp 5:30am which was my scheduled dropping time at Coimbatore. I got freshen up and the nurses told me that they will come to check her temperature at 6am so by that time make her wake up and give something to eat. I have bought tea and bread for her. I tapped on her shoulder and she woke up. Actually it was a shock to her
She: who are you? Where am i? what happened?
Me: hey relax relax
She: hey who are you
Me: Madam I am Rahul. Your co passenger and I were seated just adjacent to you. Actually you were sitting in my seat, the window sit and you was looking so tired. When I asked you what happened you have told that you are having fever and after sometime you vomited on me. Do you remember that?
She: yeah like a shade
Me: and then the bus people dropped you here. Since you are alone and not in a situation to do things by your own I also stepped down. Then I have taken you here and for the last 7 hours you were sleeping. The drip is just over and the nurses will come to check the temperature. The doctor will come only at 8am, if the fever is ok then we can move from here at 10am I think. Anyway nurse will come now and before that please have this tea and bread
She: I don’t know how to thank you.
Me: hey no problem.
She: Thank you
Me: hey leave it
She has taken the tea and bread.
Me: how’s you now?
She: ya I am ok now
Me: ok. By the way I am Rahul from Kerala and working in Coimbatore
She: ok. I am Rekha from Coimbatore.
Me: Coimbatore which part? I am from Ukkadam only
She: I am from Peelmedu
Me: oh ok.
Nurses came and checked the temperature. After that she got freshened up and got ready to leave. Meantime I bought Idli and chatni from outside and came back to the room
She: oh. I thought you went to freshen up
Me: hey no. Let us have some breakfast. You have taken that bread only na. Come let us eat.
She: I think I am creating much difficulty to you. I suggest that you can leave na? why you have to spare a day?
Me: stop it madam.
She: you can call me Rekha
Me: ok Rekha. If I don’t have to spare a day then I can leave yesterday itself. No one will ask me anything. Is it? If I can be with you till now then its my responsibility to take you to your home safely.
Me: But what?
There started the Rahul-Rekha Romantic Journey..
As it is halfway between Bangalore and Salem it is not possible to get in to an AC bus, for that we have to go to Salem. So from there we get in to a bus to Salem. I have found out a seat for her in the bus and made her to sit, but I was standing since there is no seat. After that when I looked at her to check whether she is sleeping or not I have seen her she is looking at me with a small smile, just like school girl looking at her crush. I asked her by nodding the head “what happened” she just smiled and told “nothing”.we both smiled at each other.
We have reached Salem at 1pm. We directly hired a cab and went to the main bus stand, but we disappointed by the reply from the station master that the next AC bus to Coimbatore is at 5pm only.
Me: I think it is better to go to a hotel and take a lunch now. Rest of the things will discuss there
She: yup. I too think so
We have moved to Annapoorna Hotel and ordered 2 meals.
She: so how did you taken leave today?
Me: nothing I messaged my superior that I am having stomach trouble
She: hi hi. Between I think we both need an introduction na?
Me: of course. I was about to say it
She: ok then introduce yourself
Me: no no ladies first
She: ok. I am Rekha Raghav. Basically from Cudallore but from the last 1 yr I am staying at peelmedu. I have studied BFT and now looking for some online garment business.
Me: ok cool, but?
She: what but?
Me: you haven’t told about your husband
She: yup. Between who told you that I am married?
Me: I have seen your mangalsuthra.
She: ha ha. He is Raghav and we got married 2 years before. He is working in Abudhabi in their military wing as electronics engineer.
Me: ok fine. So you are staying here in peelmedu with his parents?
She: Yup I am staying with his mother.
She: not yet
Me: ok cool
She: ok now it is your turn
Me: ok I am Rahul, a keralite and working in Coimbatore for the last 2 years. I am engineer graduate and family consist of mom and sister
Me: no yar. A typical Single guy who is always ready to mingle
She: hi hi.
Me: by the way why did you come to Bangalore? to meet any friends?
She: No No. I have come to meet a person to discuss about my business venture
Me: ok. So when did you arrived?
She: I came here only yesterday night and stayed in a hotel. Today morning I met that person and then came back that’s all
Me: from where did you get that sudden fever
She: actually I don’t know. May be the change of water costs the fever I think and what about you?
Me: I came to meet my friends. I came here on Friday night and spend 2 days with them. I use to come here in alternate months, most of my friends were working here and I don’t have much friends over there in Coimbatore so whenever I gets time I will come here. I just like Bangalore
She: true. City of happiness and freedom. We can go anywhere at any time and no one will question you
We have laughed and by the time our lunch has arrived and we have finished it within no time.
We have paid the bill and checked the time it is 1:30pm to be precise
She: what is next plan?
Me: few options are there like any walking park?
She: are you mad. Just look at the atmosphere it is 37 degree hot and I am not going with this plan as I am having fever
Me: oh yes yes. Next is roaming in any mall or watching film
She: any mall is there in salem?
Me: let us ask
She: wait wait. What about film?
Me: that’s a good idea I think. Since we both having luggage bag it is not easy to roam around the mall by keeping all these
Me: wait I will check the films list in book my show app
She: go ahead
At that her phone rang and she was bit angry to see the name in the screen.
She: one minute please
Me: go ahead
She attended the call and went some distance away from me and talked, meantime I have checked the films list
She: I am sorry. It is him from abudhabi asking whether I have reached home or not
She: I have already called to his mom in the morning told that I am having a small fever so I will start from Bangalore only in the afternoon
Me: so you haven’t told the actual things na
She: no yar. If says them that I am with a guy yesterday onwards they will kill me
Me: ha ha. Ok then keep it as a secret
She: of course. Hey what about the films? Did you check it?
Me: yup. Mayanadhi (Mystic River) Film is featuring one show in carnival cinemas. Did you see that movie?
She: no. I didn’t
Me: it is a must watch movie yar. You should watch it. I have watched it already
She: then it will be boring for you na
Me: no no. I love that movie
She: then fix it
Me: ok so we can now to carnival cinemas
Since I have already watched the film my full concentration was on her. But she was watching it with very interest. I have seen her tears when Maathan dies in the end. After the movie we rushed to the Bus stand and got seated up in the bus.