Stepping on The Wrong Path

After choosing different academic careers we could not spend much time together. I got busy with my studies, and she also got busy with hers.

We had passed with good grades so; our parents gifted us new smartphones. That helped me to stay connected to her without any disruption. We used to talk every day over calls and through long WhatsApp chats.

I got admitted was a private science college and made 4-5 friends in a few days, and they seemed pretty nice. We shared each other’s memories of school and how we ended up being admitted to that college.

SHE BECAME POSSESSIVE ABOUT ME

After my college hours, I used to rush home so that I could talk to Pranshi. She used to stay at home since her classes had not started yet. She always asked me about my day at college and I used to narrate everything.

“Is there any beautiful girl”, she asked.

“I don’t know, I don’t look at them”, I replied.

“Good boy. You can’t look at any other girl. I don’t permit you”, she said.

“Really! Do I need your permission to talk to a girl? Nobody can restrict me. You know”, I replied.

“Yes, I know. You never listen to me and neither you will. But don’t you dare to let any girl come closer to you”, she replied.

After having a sweet conversation like this for about half an hour, we hung up the call. There was a constant smile on my face. Because I had always wanted her to become possessive about me and I could sense that in her talks.

So, one day when our teacher was absent, my college friends started talking about each other’s love stories. Some of them had a one-sided love story that didn’t turn out successful and some had breakups. Till then, I had kept my relationship a secret. All of a sudden, they looked at me and asked, “Don’t you have a girlfriend?”

“Yes, I have one”, I replied.

“Show us her photo. We want to see her”, they insisted.

I showed them one photo of ours and they said, “Wow. Lovely couple. So, she would be our sister-in-law” they said with a teasing smile.

They all asked her name. “Her name is Pranshi”, I said. One of my friends, Piyush opened Facebook on his phone and immediately sent her a friend request.

“Now I will talk to her as well and inform her about your mischiefs,” said Piyush.

“Yeah, you can. I am not afraid of that.” I smiled and said.

After returning from college, I called up Pranshi & narrated the whole story of what happened in college. She started blushing that I and my friends had discussed about her. She talked to me very sweetly and I was on cloud nine.

I CAME INTO THE LIMELIGHT

Each week the college used to conduct a practice test to encourage us to work harder. I always had a fear of failure. So, I used to revise everything we were taught in college to remember them. In the beginning, I scored very good marks and came into the eyes of my teachers. I made the ambition to crack the entrance exam and study in the prestigious engineering college – IIT (Indian Institutes of Technology).

The director of our college came up to me and congratulated me for scoring good in those weekly tests.

“You are in the limelight now. I expect brilliant performances from you”, he said.

“Yes, sir. I will try my best.” I replied with a gentle smile.

After going back home I told this my parents. They were very happy. Then I called Pranshi, and she was also thrilled to hear this.

I STARTED FEELING INSECURE BUT I HAD AN ADVANTAGE

After a week Pranshi’s classes also began. But I became worried about her. She was in a college where I expected most of the boys must be flirtatious and mischievous. When I checked about that Insititute – it showed a very bad reputation for spoiling the lives of girls. When my friends came to know this, they warned me.

My friends said, “You know what kind of boys study in that college? Pranshi is not that mature, and on contrary the guys may happen to be quite smart, she may get carried away by their cunning words and problems may happen.”

I had already seen such action from her so, I became started feeling insecure about my relationship.

But this time, I had one advantage i.e.: her elder sister, Disha was with me. She talked to me daily over WhatsApp. Soon she became very close to me like an elder sister. Whenever I and Pranshi would quarrel, she used to come between us and sort everything out. So, I had always believed that Disha would never let our relationship break.

Sometimes, in the evening Pranshi and Disha would come out by making excuses from their mom, and we used to hang out together. But one day her mother caught her talking to me over the phone. Her mother became furious and asked everything about me. Pranshi was silent and Disha came to her rescue.

“He is a nice guy. He is very good-looking and good at studies also. Pranshi is nothing in front of him. Why are you angry? Let them be together and we can get them married in the future”, She said to her mom and dad.

Their parents didn’t support her words, but they also didn’t oppose them. They were three sisters and Pranshi was the youngest. Pranshi’s eldest sister also knew about me, and she was happy to know about our relationship.

Later, Pranshi called me up and narrated the whole incident. When I came to know that our relationship was not a secret anymore to her parents, I felt a bit relaxed. Because I always had a fear that her parents would never let her talk to me when they will discover our relationship. I thought, “Now all her family members are aware of our relationship. Her two sisters are happy about it. So, I don’t need to worry about her.”

I LIT MY FIRST EVER CIGARETTE

It was already 2 months in my new college, everything was going pretty smoothly in my life. I was doing good in my studies and there was no hindrance in my relationship as well.

One Sunday, I and my friends decided to go to the nearby sea beach to hang out. I also got permission from my dad. I got very excited about the trip since I had never done such kind of a trip. One of my friends had brought a packet of cigarettes with him. When we reached there, he opened the packet and distributed it to everyone in the group except me. I had never smoked before but that day, out of excitement I asked him for one.

They got surprised to see me asking for a cigarette. “Really! are we dreaming or what? Chirag is asking for a cigarette.”

“Yeah, I also want to try this. I want to experience how it feels to smoke” I replied.

“So, you know how to smoke?” a friend asked.

“Yeah, just lit it and suck the smoke in,” I replied.

“Okay, try this” he gave me.

I lit up that cigarette but when I took in my first puff, it was unbearable for me. I immediately threw out the puff and coughed terribly. It was so hard that my eyes turned red.

One of my friends said, “Why are you doing this? You don’t need to smoke.”

Another one said, “Don’t worry. Everyone goes through this on their first attempt. Try once more.”

I looked at him and again took a small puff. This time I didn’t cough. I blew the smoke slowly from my mouth. I thought it was pretty cool. My friends laughed and clapped for fun.

“Now you have become a man”, one guy said.

I smoked the whole cigarette, and my brain became dizzy since I was not used to the nicotine. After having fun for a couple of hours, we returned home.

After reaching home I called up Pranshi.

“So, how was your hangout? Did you enjoy it?”, she asked.

“Yeah! A lot. We had a lot of fun. But I would love to go with you.” I said.

“Oh! Only God knows when it will happen” she replied.

After talking for some time, we hung up the call.

From that day, I smoked in regular intervals of a day or two with my friends. It became a new source of happiness for me. I kept my smoking a secret from her. One day Pranshi called me up and asked, “Why are you smoking cigarette?”

I was surprised to hear such a question from her.

“How did you know? Don’t talk nonsense. I don’t do such things.” I replied.

“Really! You think I don’t know what you are doing. My friend saw you smoking with your friends. You are also lying to me.” She replied.

I realized that she had found that out. So, I apologized to her and promised her not to do that again. She forgave me at that moment, but she couldn’t get that off her brain.

Oh no! why did i do that?

From that day, whenever she would start a conversation, she would ask, “How many cigarettes have you smoked today?”

I would say nothing and change the topic. But when she did that every day, I became very angry. I tried to control my anger but one day she crossed all limits of taunting. That hurt my ego and I yelled at her like a madman. I thought that she was putting me down by counting my mistakes again and again.

“Do you think you are a very good girl? I think you have forgotten what you did to me by ditching me for Rakesh. I haven’t smoked since the day I promised you. But you are taunting me continuously. You deserve a serious blast. I don’t want to talk to you.” I said in anger.

“Okay. Then do whatever you want to do.” She replied and I hung the call up in anger.

I was short-tempered. After 15 minutes I realized that I shouldn’t have said that. But I didn’t call her up to persuade. I was in my ego that I wouldn’t say sorry.

One hour passed. I checked her WhatsApp and Facebook status; she didn’t show up on either of them. I was feeling nervous and thought about whether I went too far.

After three hours, her number showed up on my screen. I felt a sense of relief.

I received the call and said, “Hmm. What happened?”

Her voice was fumbling, and she was crying like a little girl.

“Why did you talk to me like that? I just cared about your health. So, I taunted you. But the way you said, I felt like I have no character. Your words have hurt me a lot.” She said in a choked voice.

I realized what a great mistake it was. I immediately said sorry to her 10-15 times and apologized for my rude behavior. I had never seen her crying like that. I tried to pacify her with very kind and loving words. After apologizing and persuading her for about 20 minutes she finally stopped crying and became normal.

“Please don’t bring up my past actions. I feel terrible about that.”, she requested me.

“Yes, I promise. I won’t bring up this topic anymore”. I replied.

Although I apologized to her. But that one outburst had put an invisible crack in our relationship.

I was not aware of what was going to happen soon. This fight had sown the seed of anger and hatred in our relationship. And after two months something happened that I could never imagine.

Stay tuned to know what happened…

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