While waiting for a delayed flight at the airport, I saw a face that I could not attach ‘a name’ to and yet looked so familiar. “Well!” “Hi…” “Is it…?”… Yup that was him.
Meeting a friend from an earlier phase of life is akin to reliving the phase as well. So no surprise we started talking about everything sun had under it – about that era when life surely wasn’t easy and still ‘deprived of’ and ‘denied from’ had not entered our vocabulary.
We talked about the ceaseless pedaling of cycle in the scorching heat, thinking & rethinking before eating anything that was priced above 10 Rs., looking at auto-rickshaw’s meter continuously during the travel, dreaming about buying a Maruti 800 someday, and all sorts of other things like the squeaky fans, worn-out mats etc…
Then at one point of time, I said to him “So much has changed yaar! Those were altogether different times”. He nodded, smiled and said “Ya! And you know what? One more difference is there”…
… “भूख बढ़िया लगती थी और नींद अच्छी आती थी यार”!
And both of us smiled at each other poignantly, and took a sip of the 100 Rs. Tea… 🙂