Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Love in Shimla - Final

Love isshtory

Cut to Shimla.
Oh before that you need to know what happened in Kulu. Well nothing really happened. We saw a plank with 'welcome to Kulu' or suchlike printed and our bus proceeded towards Shimla. Our itinerary read – ‘Reach Kulu’. So we did and left immediately.

As there was no possibility of finding snow in Shimla, our enthusiasm level was low. We reached Shimla sometime in the evening. I was missing River Beas. Shimla looked nice with lights and all but I just couldn’t get over Beas. This made me sulk. We reached hotel and began shifting our luggage. I was about to lift one of the heaviest bags when I had a YashRaj movie moment. A tall guy was walking towards our bus. It was hard to ignore him. He had a charismatic presence. Certain people have that effect. I kept a tight hold on my bag coz, who knows, he could have mugged us. He reached our bus, and a song played inside my head (trivia: I CAN be romantic). He was undeniably the best looking guy I had ever seen, I think (I don’t remember his face now). He looked at us and smiled. You know, one of those lopsided ones; like Milind Soman nah I’m just exaggerating. But he did smile, I remember.
Lesson number 10: I think its time we stopped obsessing over Milind Soman. He is old. He looks very old. Passé.

Nineteen year olds’ who are fed on Jane Austen and Mills and Boons can be unreasonably romantic in such occasions. A friend of mine giggled.
He said “hmm hi. Do you need help?”
I said nothing and pretended to lift my heavy bag. Few of my friends agreed. He picked our bags and walked back to the hotel. We all looked at each other and had only one thought running on our minds. “Is he staying in this hotel?” My friend broke the silence with - “Do you think he is a porter?”. We thought of using the non-existent knife on her for getting us back to reality. He disappeared into the darkness after dumping our luggage in the lobby. Yes. He was gone! Just like that. We couldn’t even thank him. I sulked some more.

Next morning our breakfast table hardly saw us eat and mostly heard us talk about the cute guy. So where was he hiding? What was he doing here in Shimla? Did he own the hotel? Or was he a porter? We didn’t see him that morning. We visited mall road, shopped and decided to return to our hotel. The sun had set several minutes ago coz it was surprisingly dark outside. The place looked very nice and you'd think nothing could go wrong. Well well to our luck there was no public transport. We had no choice but to walk. Locals were confident that we would reach our hotel in 20 minutes flat. But they were so wrong. It took us an hour to reach, not without some adventure.

There was no proper route to our hotel and we had to ask people for directions, which was not easy as there weren’t many people found on streets. We walked on the main road and saw a board with our hotel's name and directions. Happiness came. Then we had strange men in jeep follow us which made us take a diversion where we met an old lady who volunteered to take us to our hotel. We had to trust her coz we were tourists. Tourists don’t have choice. Stupid tourists.

Got back to our hotel, thanked lord of seven hills and the kind old lady. Of course we discussed about the cutie while we walked. By next day we had no hopes of finding him. Probably he was just another tourist. Or he was a figment of our imagination. Our tour operator had arranged a camp fire for us that evening. We all danced (I just moved from left to right). Other tourists were caught looking through their windows with a packet of popcorn. It must have been entertaining.

My friends and I unsurprisingly got tired of dancing and decided to click pictures as it was our last day in Shimla. We found a scenic place, a garden with lot of pretty flowers and were posing joyfully when we finally saw him. He looked better than we thought he did and was wearing an exquisite jacket (a big fan of jackets, that’s me). He noticed us and volunteered to click pictures. I just shrugged and looked around for support from swooning; well he was talking to me after all!

Lesson Number 11: My experiences with cute guys have been pitiable. I shrug or look away when they talk to me. Sample this. Don’t come to me for advice.

We all sat next to the garden and smiled goofily while he clicked our picture. We thanked him and he asked if we were having fun in Shimla. We replied something incoherent. He then enquired about our stay, my friend’s suspicion about him being a porter was growing stronger. And then he left with a wave. We giggled until Sr. S (our lecturer) spotted us and rolled her eyes. We reached our room and discussed whether his eyes were grayish blue with a tinge of brown or just gray or just blue. I lost track of shades after a while. I liked his eyes, yes, but I liked his corduroy jacket better. I should have asked where he got it from.

The following morning we narrated this incident to another friend of ours. Apparently she and her roomies were as romantically stricken by him as we were. With nothing else to do, we spent 15 minutes discussing the possibility of finding him in Bangalore. Whatever. My silent wish of a romantic encounter (a la Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge) almost came true; only mine ended before it could even begin.

25 plate meals:

Swaram said...

First :P

Swaram said...

Bartini vaapas. Wanted to proclaim my position :D

nivedithasperceptions said...

OMG!!! How I love cute guys!
It's so awesome when you have this tiny nazrein milana moment! :) :P
And unfortunately I feel there's a big dearth of eyecandy in bangalore. :(
That's why you'd to go to shimla to find one! sigh...

vimmuuu said...

Ohhhhh Shruthiiiii !!! That was you ????? You shouldve got introduced to me, na? Im now recollecting all that happened on that day. Yes, I still have that corduroy jacket !!! but no use, Im married and my wife doesnt like me wearing it anymore since the jacket attracts the opposite gender ! :D :D :D

It was you......... Sob Sob !!! (any song in your mind now? ;))

lostworld said...

My granny..yes my granny found all the North Indian men very good looking when we visited these places. She used to compare them all to Kamal Hassan!!! My mother & I used to snigger secretly while my dad used to wonder what happened to granny all of a sudden ;-) Yea even our driver Shruthi!!

Lovely trilogy. I'm gonna take a print-out of all the 11 lessons you've patiently taught us & put it up on my bedroom wall!!!;-D

Swaram said...

Ayyo .. went off-aa :P Y dint u ask him anything Shru :( :(

There ws a time when I wanted to marry only a Northie .. nt sure if I ws interested in those guys or those full-se fun weddings :P :P :P

Oye Vimmuuu, enna open flirting aa? :grrrrrrrrrrr If this post ws up just a few mths before, that is before u gt married if u remember, then what ;) ;)

SG said...

Very very nice narration. I can hear your heart pounding when you saw him the second time and clicked the pics. Don't worry. These are passing clouds. You will find a better one soon. (I am assuming you are not married yet.)

Sandeep said...

So much suspense and no action :P

Shruthi said...

@Swaram, hee :P

@Niveditha, oh you bet! God is so cruel. He doesnt make such men in Bangalore. So I had no choice but to go there :D

@Vimmuuu, biggest cartoon ever! heehee.. the only song thats playing since morning is 'na koi umang hai na koi tarang hai...la la la'

@Lostworld, lolz super cool grandma! :) but yeah, men in Himachal Pradesh are so good looking. wonder whats the secrete behind this hhmmm..
and I'm honored; you are the only one (apart from Swaram) who has taken my lessons seriously :p

Shruthi said...

@Swaram, I have to find out Su's opinion on your wish of marrying a northie :P next time when I meet you guys do remind me :))

@SG, Thank you :) and yeah hope Mr.better one is listening :p

@Sandeep, oh puleeez there was action; you fail to notice it :p

Karthik said...

Read it for the second time. It was more fun. :D
(I just moved from left to right) Lol.... :D
And I seriously think that he was a porter. :P

And this is what you were talking about aa? So much build up for such a small thing? Aiyaaa!! :P

sp.ajay said...

thanks for asking people to stay away from you, in matters of advise for the heart...

shimla is a nice place and u really get to see pretty much of eyecandy...

Destiny's child... said...

And you didn't even find out if Milind Soman look-alike was a porter or not? Finding that out would have burst that romantic bubble, eh? ;)
Mast post :)

ani_aset said...

ahan nice trip it seems.

Shruthi said...

@Karthik, you read this twice? :D
You get a chocolate.
But with your "I seriously think that he was a porter" comment, you lose your chocolate hmph :p

@Ajay, hee :p yes I'm a very wise girl asking people to not seek advice.

@Destiny's child, thanks! :) heehee yeah why tarnish the image created innit ;)

@Aniruddha, long time no see. yes, it was fun :)

Bikramjit said...

Well never mind .. another excuse to go back for a holiday back to the same place and this time asking him out WHAT SAY he he hehe

Bikramjit said...

Well never mind .. another excuse to go back for a holiday back to the same place and this time asking him out WHAT SAY he he hehe

Shruthi said...

@Bikramjit, welcome :)
yeah I would love to go back. I hope he still has that jacket, how else will I recognize him :))

Bikramjit said...
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Bikramjit said...

Shruthi areeeeeeeeeee spend the next week in watching hindi movies .. lots of ideas ..

Sing a Song is the common one :)

Shruthi said...

oh you mean like "yaadon ki baraat nikli hai aaj" :D

Bikramjit said...

ha hahaha

yaan fir ...


2. Kahon ho aa jao

3. Oh lal jacket waale

ha hahahahaha Now this is a laugh :)

rama said...

It brought back memories of the tall, dark, handsome guy,with whom I had imagined I had a crush. Of course I am talking about my college days ages ago.
Such guys, along with a dose of Mills & Boons is bound to have the effect.
Nice blog.

Several tips said...

Nice post.

Shruthi said...

@Rama, :) m&b used to have that effect on teenage girls I suppose. and welcome to my space :)

@Several tips, thank you :)