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You Olive

Its pretty much an usual day for Varun at his office, He felt his head got heated up working on a piece of code for a long time and took a small break. Shortly he returned back to his seat after filling himself a cup of hot lemon tea from his office pantry. While his mouth slowly sipping down the hot tea, His eyes scanned his Facebook news feeds. Unusually he scrolled down fast without paying attention, but some thing suddenly caught his eyes and he slowed down. One of his friend had shared a “Popeye” pic captioned “Only 90’s Kid Will Remember this Awesome Show”. Definitely its one of his favorite shows, he remembered the days when he and his friend used to make smoke pipe out of paper and used talcum powder or chalk powder to give that smoke effect when they blow. But some thing else struck his mind like a flash of lightning. He heard the words “You Olive” repeatedly ringing inside his head. He took out his mobile phone intending to text some one, he typed “You Olive” but he deleted the message and smiled at himself.

6 years back …. (Mosquito coil rotating flash back feel)

Varun was in call with his best friend Madhu.

M: What doing?
V: As usual in front of my laptop, trying to learn new stuffs.
M: I feel pity on your laptop. Dont you have anything else to do?
V: hmmm. You will never understand my Interests.
M: k, leave it, Whats that “You Olive” which you text me.
V: You know this Popye show la?
M: Yes, he eats spinach and beats the villain. That one na?
V: Yes yes same one. In that the heroine character name is “Olive” and you are thin like her so …
M: Deiiii … Kill You ..
V: And you know Olive oil good for health, Olive leaves symbolize peace and they are in “UN” logo and …
M: Oh you started.. Pls stop.. call me what ever you want.

Madhu is Varun’s best friend at college. She was the one who cared and stood by him when many left him for his uninteresting geeky character. She is patient enough to listen all his ramblings, some time its about some new technology or some time about his favorite Bharathiyar poems. The worst things are his poor jokes and she even bared them too. Their friendship grew stronger with time. They both developed feelings for each other, Even missed each other badly during their semester holidays. Madhu tried her best to convey her love to him indirectly, but nothing hit his tube light brain. And Varun feared loosing his best friend if he expresses his.

5 years back …. (Same mosquito coil rotating flash back feel)

Some how Varun gathered all his courage and decided to express his love. He called her earlier in the evening to inform her that he got some important thing to discus and he would be calling by night as usual. As said Varun called her.

M: Hey what’s the matter. you said you want to discus some thing.
V: Yes Yes, But promise me that you will be my friend always.
M: What happen to you, I will be. First say whats the matter.
V: You are very nice to me, you was there for me always as a support, You care a lot for me.
M: Hmmm…
V: That’s why I feel that I would be too happy if you be my life partner.

After hearing this Madhu started crying and she didn’t stop for 15 mins in spite of Varun repeatedly apologizing and asking for forgiveness. Varun cursed himself for doing this and loosing his best friend. After some mins of non stop crying Madhu spoke.

M: Why didn’t  you say this earlier?
V: What? (totally confused)
M: I am expecting this for a long time. I too have the same feeling on you.
V: Really? I could’n even shout out of joy now.
M: I tried a lot to express you indirectly, but you tube light.
V: I also did, I also expressed indirectly.
M: Don’t bluff.
V: Why don’t you open your laptop and check your mail? (typing some thing fast with his laptop)
M: Now?
V: Yes, Now.

When Madhu opened that recent mail from Varun, she saw an animation running in loop in center of her screen. The letters of the words “You Olive” rearranged themselves to “I Love You” in loop.  He was waiting for reply from Madhu, but no words came out of her, instead it rained kisses.

The words “You Olive” became some thing dear to them. They used it all the time, while texting, while talking, while fighting. They sparsely said “I Love You” to each other. When some of their friend’s interfere their texts and ask about this “You Olive” they would easily escape by saying Popeye, Olive story.

1.5 years back ….

V: You Olive. Pls.
M: Will you stop this, Pls don’t try convince me with those words. You are not the one who was before. You have changed.
V: Every one changes, Even you. Why don’t you understand.
M: It’s not working anymore. Its better we part.

By the time Varun finished his tea, there wasn’t even a drop left in his cup but few drops try peep out of his eyes. He just wiped them, moved on and continued his work. Now Madhu has no part to play in his life, except her memories.

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Regret – A Short Story

His name “Shyam” is being called by the receptionist many times,  but there is no response among the group of candidates who turned up for the final round of the interview of one of the best companies to work in the world, so the next one in the list was called in for the interview. Half an hour later a boy entered the waiting area in a hurry, he looked tensed and his face reflected restlessness . He sat in an empty chair and saw the candidates being called one by one for the interview, and was waiting for his turn without knowing that his name “Shyam” was all ready been called and he was late. He just sat calmly staring at the blank wall opposite to him and his mind started playing flashbacks, he thought about his commitment and hard work which put him in this position. Being an average student by mark and from a normal college he managed to get through 7 rounds of very tough interviews were even many toppers from top institutions failed and this is final interview and he is just a step behind his long time dream job in his dream company.

He is the only one seated in the waiting area now, the receptionist  approached him and asked for his name. She checked her list and replied  his name had already been called for and he is late. Hearing this his hopes shattered away and he looked very disappointed and the receptionist  could see it on his face and felt pity on him, so she said “wait will go and check with HR once” and swiftly left the place. A few minutes later she returned with a smile and showed him the way to the interview room. With a little bit of smile back on his face he rushed down the hallway and reached the interview room.

 Mr “Kumar” is the head HR Manager of India for one of the big MNC, he is having a very tiring day at work interviewing many from the morning, its not new to him and he had been doing the same for the past 15 years hiring great minds for the company. He is very much a man of simplicity and discipline, and have earned respect all over the company. Now he is waiting for the last candidate who came late. He had already selected his candidate but just wanted to interview him for the sake of company policy that the candidate turned up for the interview shouldn’t be sent without being interviewed.

“Shyam” knocked the door and the person behind the glass walls signalled him to come it. They both shook hands and “Kumar” introduced himself as Head HR. By his experience he could see bit or restlessness in Shyam which he is trying to hide, Kumar continued even before any words came from Shyam’s mouth “I know you came late to the interview and I wont ask you why, and I also don’t have time to listen to some stupid reasons which you are about to give. I expect basic integrity to be on time from candidates and you failed to show it. You also seemed to be restless and I feel you lack confident too. Sorry to say, we cant hire you and you may leave now”. Shyam look at him for a moment smiled back and said “Thank You Sir” and left the room and also thanked the receptionist on his way back with a false smile.

He felt little bad for loosing the opportunity but he didn’t regret for it, he know he is not going to give up. His mind went on to the incidents which happened today morning on his way to the interview, he thought how guilt he would have felt if he wouldn’t have help her and be to interview on time. He took a bus to the hospital to have check on her status.

He enquired the hospital reception and headed to the ward where she got admitted. He entered the room and saw her lying on bed with lots of bandage on her, then he enquired the police constable who is siting next to her whether they found her parents and informed them and found who hit and run. Constable replied “Yes we found their parents and informed them, and we got the vehicle number from the CCTV footage and sent it across to all signals and check posts and hopefully we will catch him soon”.  While they both talking the door opened and a couple entered the room, they introduced themselves as parents  of the small girl who meet with the accident to the police constable. Mother rushed near her daughter with her eyes filled with tears and the father stood still with surprise looking at Shyam. The constable then pointed Shyam and said “He is the one who admitted your daughter in the hospital when she meet with an accident today morning”. Now Shyam spoke with too much surprise “Mr Kumar is she your daughter, Some one hit and run her near the signal while she was crossing the road, no mistake on her, she crossed on zebra crossing while the signal is on, it’s all because of the bike which over speeded”. Kumar stood dumbstruck with his heads down and no words to speak. Again another police constable entered the hospital room with a guy catching his collar shouting “See what you had done to this little kid u filthy fellow”. Now Kumar couldn’t tolerate, he rushed towards him but again he stuck by surprise. It’s the guy he selected in the interview today morning, It’s the guy who he thought smart, well disciplined , ethical etc., After seeing Kumar’s furiousness on that guy constable took him out of room assuring that proper legal actions will be taken against him.

Kumar held hands of Shyam and thanked him for his help and apologized for the way he behaved in the interview. Shyam smiled back at him and said “Reasons need not be stupid always sir, some times it might be a valid one, Btw take care of your girl” and left the room. Kumar REGRETED for not selecting a wrong one but for rejecting a right one.