Year 1981

Raj boarded a bus back home… he was too depressed to walk to the station and catch the local train. Seated in the corner of the last row of seats, he tried to reframe his mind. But his thoughts drifted to the same image. Of the girl he loved his “First Love”, his only love. Sigh… today he saw her walking hand in hand with someone else. His heart ached, he heard it was her fiancé. Sigh so she was engaged, and he never knew it. All those exchange of notes, her blushing smiles, her sweet talk, the one time they had tea together.. all that was…”nothing”…sigh…!!

He tried to drift his mind…he tried to hum a song…

Teri Yaad Aa Rahi Hai, Teri Yaad Aa Rahi Hai
Yaad Aane Se, Tere Jaane Se
Jaan Jaa Rahi Hai
Yaad Aa Rahi Hai, Teri Yaad Aa Rahi Hai

He reached home. His Dad had come early at home. Raj tried to hide a tear. His Dad asked “Is anything wrong beta?”

What can he say to him? He wont understand what love means. If he comes to find out he will only scold him.

“Nothing Daddy ….err… just some exam tension.”

16 year old Rajendra M. Goyal decided to forget and move on.

Year 2005

Vicky boarded a rick back home… he was too depressed to board a bus. Seated in the corner leaning on one side of the rickshaw, he tried to reframe his mind. But his thoughts drifted to the same image. Of the girl he loved his “First Love”, his only love. Sigh… today she told him that they were “just friends”. That she loved someone else! His heart ached, on the mention of her boyfriend. Sigh so she was committed and he never knew it. All those long phone conversations, her flirtatious talks, her playful smiles, their many dates together.. all that resulted in…”nothing”…sigh…!!

He tried to drift his mind… he switched on his ipod

Judaa hoke bhi… tu mujhe mein kahin baaki hai…
Bhooloon tujhe toh…yaad teri aati hai…

Durr jitni bhi tum mujhse…. pass tere mein…
Ab toh aadat si hai mujko aise jeene mein…

He reached home. His Dad had come early at home. Vicky tried to avoid a confrontation. He was heading towards his room, but his tear became visible.

His Dad asked “Is anything wrong son?”

What can he say to him. He wont understand what love means. Why are parents always wanting to know everything?

“Nothing Daddy, its a personal problem…you wont understand.”

16yr old Vicky R. Goyal decided to forget and move on.

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