Miracles do happen
April 19, 2006
After about 2 weeks, I went to the gym today. I was chained, dragged and threatened by my roomie, hence the miracle. But there was something BIGGER that happened.
I wore 2 shirts, one over the other so that I could protect myself from the cold and also look more muscular. So I was there cycling happily in the cardio room. Looking around, the people, the view through the glass, the mountains, the people, the TVs, the people. I saw my friend in the mirror, running over the treadmill. I was smiling because he reminded me of Phoebe jogging in Friends, the sitcom.
Then something happened. The birds stopped flying, the waves in the oceans stopped, time stopped. A desi female came to me. I knew it! My smile had that charisma. Then a fear gripped me. I thought I was using her cycle and she wanted me to get off. I was preparing some dialogues to talk to her. But she gave a handshake. She was blabering something, I couldnt understand. Dumbo! take off the earphones. I smiled, and gave a handshake.
"Hi, my name is Dee".
"Hi! My name is Pavan"
At this stage, let me tell you: there are ver few instances the female species (outside my family) has approached me, like this time the nurse wanted to change my diaper when I was a baby, this teacher who wanted to hit me in school, this bus conductor in Hyderabad who wanted to check my bus pass, this sales girl at Shopper'sStop, etc.
"I am doing PhD in C&J, what about you?"
I thought PhD? ugh! she is lil older (atleast 3?). But it's okay. She likes me. "I am doing my masters here."
"So, what are you doing this weekend?" [all this while smiling]
Now this was it. This isnt April 1st. Cyrus (my Phoebe like roomie) wasnt playing any prank. This wasnt dream because even there such things dont happen. I was totally taken back.
"Ahem not sure. Why?"
"Well there is this survey project I am doing and I was wondering if you would like to watch a movie and give me some feedback"
The birds resumed flying, the ocean water fell flat.
"Friday? ahem.. how much time would it take?" It was my turn to play the tough guy. As if I was busy during weekends. I either log-in to my department server and work from home, or attend some get-together at my desi fraternity. Still, the ball was in my court.
"Not sure, it would start at 6:30 and let's see how things turn out."
Now, there she was trying to be naughty. I thought I still had some hopes.
"I am not sure how much time, there would be a bunch of desis and as the discussion goes, it depends you see. There is this movie called ****** (something I never heard of)"
My cycle was going downhill. A bunch of desis on a weekend?
I dont know what happened over the next few minutes. But she ended up taking my cell number, my email ID, my GPS co-ordinates and implanted a chip inside me so that she could ensure I couldnt escape this weekend.
Any guess where I went after the cardio room? yeah, the room which had the punching bag. As I was coming out, I saw her approaching another desi. I laughed, and thought "there goes another entry in somebody's blog".
I was leaving gym, and saw another desi female coming in the corridor. I took the fire exit. My weekend was already booked!
He asked her, "Will you marry me?"
She replied: "No".
He lived happily ever after.