3 YEARS BEFORE “Hey dude , what’s up? Why are you looking you tensed?” Rohan asked “Nothing special” Amay said, eating Poha, “ Prof. Pareekh freaks me out. He suspended me for 2 weeks, and ordered me to submit double assignment of Thermodynamics, once I came back after my suspension period”. Rohan taking spoon from his hand, took two fast rounds, glanced 360 deg. and after finishing it, finally settled down at the canteen table, and asked, as if it’s of daily occurrence with Amay, “ Why so?” “because he caught me here in canteen, with Teesha” “So..” Rohan said, guessing it not to be the only reason of his punishment. “Actually, I took his permission for going to library, but how do I know that s@# @3 a @#$%^ will come to canteen in his leisure time.” Amay replied with frustration. Rohan started laughing uncontrollably, with his fists banging on the table, “You are gone, son you are gone”, and again started laughing … “%o$#@r $u$%^r , let this happen with you, only then will you come to know” Amay said as if surrendering to Prof. Pareekh. “Oh, common yaar, it’s your insanity, and I di…..” “What yaar, have you ever seen his wife, how sexy and beautiful she is…” Amay cut in between, “that ass has lived his life, and who knows how many flings he might be having in his days, or even now” This was enough to make Rohan stop laughing, he continued, “It’s our days, why not we have flings, what the #$%^ he has, if I flirt with any girl, for that matter” “Wait, what is his problem, you sitting with Teesha or you bunked his class”, Rohan asked curiously. “ I am not sure, it may be both, or it may be like ‘why he bunked my class to involve in these mundane things’ “ Rohan after contemplating about Prof. Pareekh, and the punishment, finally said, “ Only a donkey eats a sweet”, and they both laughed uncontrollably, seeking attention of other guys in the canteen. NOW “ Hi Rohan, what’s up, how’s life going??” Amay asked “Nothing special yaar, just going. Tu kaisa hai?” he replied with his mind thinking something else. “ Ummm good, how’s your office going? Is your boss still troubling you?” Amay asked, with the intention of making fun of him. “Hehe, guess what..I kicked his big butt, and got my department changed” Rohan replied proudly. “That’s great, congo man.. what else is going on?” “ yaar, It’s good you called me up, These days naa, I feel like..” “ I’ll talk to you later, my boss just called me up” He cut the phone, and went to his boss’s cabin.
“I am sorry sir, I was very hungry that time, and was also not feeling well”, Amay said as if he is still hungry, and can fall down any time. “Look Amay, I have warned you all earlier to be serious in my class, I can’t help, you are suspended for 2weeks, and have to submit double assignment ” Prof. Pareekh took his time, and then adjusting his rimmed glasses, finally said “ Don’t waste my time, go and do your work” Amay kept standing there, with his eyes gazing at the floor, and abusing Prof. Pareekh, but he finally opened up his mouth, “ I’ll not come to class, ok, but sir, double assignments, please sir, I’ll do it once”, and gave him some time to think, but until Prof, Pareekh would have reached to any conclusion, he again spoke with innocent and sweet face, “I am sorry sir, this will not happen again, from next time I will come with my prospered belly” “ What”, Prof. Pareekh asked somewhat confused’ “ Oh..whatever, I can do one thing, that you can come to class after a week’s time, but mind you, I want double assignment” Prof. then started doing his work, and indirectly thrown him out of his cabin. Amay drowned in tension, sitting on a reclining chair, feeling the criss cross lines of ceiling in his life, but then finally decided, picked up his cell, and dialed his number. “Yaar Rohan, I am in a deep trouble, I don’t know what to do?” Rohan guessing the seriousness in his voice, said “What happened, tell me, and why are you sounding so tensed” “I need some urgent cash” Amay said with an uncommon hurry. “So, what’s the big deal, we can arrange it from anywhere, how much do you need??” “ 2 lac” Amay said, expecting the amount as a surprise to Rohan. It was not a surprise but a shock to Rohan, and asked apprehensively expecting some bad situation that his friend is entangled into, “Why do you need so much money, and that too in a hurry”, taking a pause, “ 2 lac is a very big amount, what are you fishing in your life that requires 2 lac” “I’ll tell you everything, but can this be arranged” Rohan said furiously, “now, will you not tell me” “I took a loan from somewhere, and I need to pay it back, now please don’t ask any questions, I’ll tell you later”. “ I have an idea”, said Rohan with excitement. “And what is that”, expecting some insane and impractical thing from him. “You’ll not have to do the assignment, a single time, plus you are getting a vacation of 1 week as a bonus” “But how would that be possible”, Amay said ….. “ that Prof. Pareekh doesn’t read assignments, I know very well, and all of them got stacked up in his cabin, to be sold as a waste.” “So, how does that going to benefit us” Amay guessing something in it, which he is not getting at.. “ We’ll steal two old assignments, put up a date your name, and submit it, once you come after your suspension time,oh.. I mean vacations” “oh.. yes that’s great, but it has a big risk, if he caught me, he’ll suspend me for the full semester”, Amay said apprehensively. “Oh. Common, you are not oblivious to the habits of that lazy b@#$%^* , and you just don’t worry, you enjoy your days,and I’ll steal them in the meantime” Amay would have kissed him for this “That’s great yaar, you are such a sweetie” “Whaaaaaaaaaat!” "Amay, your 2 lac can be arranged” Rohan said, but didn’t ask the reason, giving some time to Amay. “ But, how can, I mean how could you do this in such a short interval” Amay actually had not expected this, and was searching for some options, like selling some of his prized possessions. “It’s none of your business” Rohan replied in the same way, as Amay did earlier. Amay almost laughed, “ Sorry, yaar, actually I took a loan to invest in a business, which I was planning to start, but somehow, my company found about all this, and I have been given a last warning” “ But, why does your company would have problem with this” Rohan asked “ My company has a policy, that no employee can work with any other company, or can run a personal business” Amay explained him everything “ But, if you know all this, then why did you plan it” Rohan was surprised at Amay’s insanity. “ I came to know, when I have already taken loan, and then I thought there was no going back, because I had started investing, and I have never ever thought that company would come to know about all that” “ but now they have come to know, I can't continue with that, so I have to return that money back, but tell me, how did you arrange all this” Rohan said, “I took a loan from my father’s acquaintance, for starting a new business” Amay would have kissed him for this, and he said, “ you are such a sweetie, I love you yaar” “Whattt, I have a girl friend , don’t you ever tell her your intentions” Rohan continued, “ Tell me, when are you coming to Mumbai, it’s been a long time, that we’ve been together” “ I’ll come for sure, but next month” “And bring Teesha also with you” Rohan said, “ Remember last time, when you called me sweetie” This story is dedicated to all my friends, with whom I have had the magical time of my life. You all are sweetie, I love you all!" “ My sincere apologies to the Teacher community, but that is the way of life”