Some cute incidents from our childhood cast an ever-lasting impression on our lives. I too have many such unforgettable moments, and people. Now I have lost contact with most of them from my childhood, due to our house relocation. But I still cherish those childish innocence and those wonderful people from my past.
Me and Rahul were best of friends during childhood. My parents were both working so I usually went to Rahul’s house after school. His dad, Ramesh uncle, was the most entertaining person a 4 year old could ever come across. I loved him for being so awesome. He would praise me for any small accomplishment I made, example ; completing my food , finishing my home work , running across the hall real quick, laughing the loudest etc.He used to give me candies as presents for doing something good. Ramesh uncle would pick us up from school, and listen to all our silly stories of school, and he would always say “I see…”, “I see”… Sometimes I felt that Ramesh uncle’s real name was “I see” uncle.
One day Rahul had brought a nice toy gun to school. Me being his best friend emphasized on my right to have the first look at it. But he snatched it away and showed it to Adith,another kid in our class. (The wrong usage of grammar in the below conversations is intentional.)
I felt offended and told him “I want gun right now! right now!”.
He said “No… you are girl… Girls No play with gun! Girls play with dolls!”
This infuriated me further! I screamed “Girls play with gun and dolls also! Give me gun now!”
He said “No… Adith boy, he play with gun first, then you play…”
I just couldn’t take it anymore and I said “Me… you No friends from today. You VERY VERY bad boy… Me ‘tooooo’ wid you… I no talk to you… Never… Never talk to you…” and I ran away crying.
After school Ramesh uncle came to pick us up. But I didn’t want to travel with that bad boy Rahul who ditched me for his friend Adith. So I said to the unsuspecting Ramesh uncle. “Amma come to pick up me . She come now. Uncle you go.”
Ramesh uncle asked “Sure alle molu? Your Amma never told me about it! “
I cutely replied “yes uncle… Amma pakka coming… she say me.”
Uncle smiled and said “I see …” and they rode away as me and Rahul were making monkey faces at each other..
I felt so proud of myself for my excellent acting skills. But soon all the kids left our school. I had no idea how to get back home. I didn’t think about it till it was only me left in our school campus. It was past 5.50 pm. It was getting dark. Some ‘Ayas’( School Maids) spotted me standing alone. They asked me where I lived. I said “Yelahanka”
Aya no1 “ Magu( means child in kannada) this whole place is called yelahanka, where in yelahanka?”
I said, “Near Rahul’s house”
Aya 2 : “So why didn’t you go with Rahul’s daddy? “
Me : “Rahul bad boy he no give me his gun”
Aya 1 : “Okay now come with us then, we’ll see what to do..”
Me : “okay”
I walked with Ayas. We reached Aya 1′s house … She gave me milk and a chocolate. I gratefully accepted saying, “Thank you Ayakka.”
Aya 2 decided that she would take me to her place that night. Because during those times, we did not have mobile phones to inform the school or the principal.
We walked further down the road, the time was around 7.00 pm, it was pitch dark. I was worried that my mom would have home and that she would shout at me for being out so late. I suddenly spotted the play ground near my house. I shouted : “Ayakka.. that ground I play everyday… I play see-saw, jarabandi here.”
Aya 2 was so relieved listening to this: “What is the colour of your house?”
“Grey colour” I said confidently. (Thankfully my mom had taught me the colour of our house for the oral exam during the coming week.)
Ayakka spotted a small crowd near a house.When we got closer, it was my house. Rahul’s Parents, his Sister, and My land- lord aunty with big green bindi were all crowding around my mother and consoling her!
As I spotted my mother, I ran to her “Amma, Amma!”
That one expression of Joy and relief on my mother’s face cannot be explained.She had tears in her eyes, She ran towards me taking me into her arms. She hugged me tight and kissed my forehead. She thanked Ayyakka and even invited her home for dinner.
Later Amma vented out her anger at me: “Why didn’t you come home with Ramesh uncle? When did I say I was going to come to school and pick you up?”
I was scared but mustered courage and said : “Rahul no give me gun…Rahul bad boy. I no friend with Rahul.I no come home with bad boy! “
The whole crowd was laughing except Rahul. He was also scared for me. He didn’t understand exactly what was happening but he knew I was missing. Rahul came with his gun towards me and said: “Today on-wards this is your gun. I good boy now. Now you ‘say’ with me no?”
I gleefully took Gun from his hand and shook hands with him and became friends again. All the elders there couldn’t help but smile at our innocent friendship.
Later I learnt that, When Ramesh uncle had reached home he realized that my mother wouldn’t pick me up without informing them earlier. Uncle had asked Rahul if both of us had fought with each other in school that day and Rahul answered in positive and told him about the fight. So Rahul’s mom immediately called up my mother’s office and my mother came home early. As Ramesh uncle went to school he found out there was no one in the school. Now all were perplexed what to do. My mother was in tears and in an inconsolable state. My dad was working in another city and they were about to inform him about my missing case and call the police, that’s when I reached my home safe and sound.
Later that day my dad called up on our land owner’s land-line and spoke to me. He asked me not to repeat it again. He said that he wouldn’t get me a Barbie doll when he came back, otherwise. I promised him I wouldn’t repeat this ever, under the condition that he should bring a gun instead of Barbie doll. I wanted to give it to Rahul. He was so sweet to me that day so I should return the favour.
That night my mother slept in relief of being reunited with me and I slept with Joy of being able to come back home alone, without help of Ramesh uncle or Amma. I found my way back home, on my own! I even showed Ayakka my house. I felt like a big girl already. I smiled. I smiled some more as I closed my eyes, going back to sleep.