THE ORKUT GIRL THE ORKUT GIRL A few months after I joined college, I randomly got a friend request from a certain Shruthi Swamy on Orkut(Orkut was a social networking site back in our days, and it was quite popular at that time) Her profile pic had two people in it and I automatically assumed that the profile belonged to the girl in the front. For quite a few days, I went around looking for the girl in college, till i finally decided to ask my friend Ritesh(yes, the same Ritesh uncle) who Shruthi Swamy was. He said everyone in class thinks its the girl in the front(I didnt know anyone else who did),but its actually the girl standing at the back. The one in the front is her sister(It wasnt, it was her cousin).Ill show you next time when we see her(he didnt).
I dont remember the first time we spoke to Shruthi, but I do remember that we used to exchange smiles every time we saw each other and even said hi a few times. But nothing more....
SCRAP ME This is how our first ever conversation on orkut went [This was before we had seen each other in college(December 1, 2008)] Shruthi : youre ol eh? Vinay : i probably wasnt ol when u scrapped yesterday..now i am.. Were u the one who sent a friend request on Y! messenger? Shruthi:yep. tat was me. n are you de one sometimes i find wit ritesh n vedant? Vinay:yupp.thats me.send me the request again on messenger.. Ive no clue who u r.neva seen u in class.lol. Shruthi : oh really?i always hang wit rady,bhanu n people... Vinay:I thought u are the girl on the left in ur pic..thats why..ya ive seen u..
so how did ur internals go? Shruthi:physio sucked!anat n biochem were decent i can say. how did yours go? Vinay:mine only biochem was good..anat and physio were terrible Shruthi:how come i hardly see ya at col? Vinay:u never see me in college?whys that:-) Shruthi:how am i supposed to know tat?like until rady tol me,i didnt know you were a classmate! Vinay:haha.im a low-profile guy:-) until u scrapped me, i didnt know u were in my class.lol Shruthi: gotta go.cya! Vinay:Byeeeeee
(What stood out in this conversation is my use of the word neva. I never ever say neva . I think I was full trying to act cool or maybe I found her intimidating.Lol.Or maybe thats just how I used to message back then..Its been a long time kids. I dont really remember all the details) Oh and I also remember her as the girl who asked me to join "highest number of flings" community.Some super girl antha I thought.
THE GIRL WHOM I LIED TO Things were going well for sometime. Then something bad happened. When I was in first year, I used to sleep in the bus the whole time .I used to be soooo sleepy. And since we had theory class for the first two hours, i used to force myself to get up from the bus when it reached college, somehow manage to walk till the rest room, piss, stagger into the classroom and continue my sleep for the next two hours. One day, I missed the bus in the morning, and came with the driver by car instead. Again I slept till the last minute, and walked into college, still extremely sleepy. Shruthi saw me near the rest room and asked Did you come in the bus? Yes Did Sanjana come in your bus? ‘Im not sure‘ (Yes, it’s the same Sanjana who made you wet your bed the day after she met you and gave you one of her famous looks)
I dont know why I told her that I came by bus. I was probably so sleepy that I didnt even realise what I was saying.And then I sat in class and was feeling kinda weird cause I though she might think Im a big liar. I was hoping that she wouldnt tell sanjana about our conversation , cause if she did, she would find out that I lied to her. And then I fell into a very disturbed sleep.The next day, I was thinking about all the excuses I could give her just in case Shruthi confronted me about the lie. The best one I could come up with was I was so mesmerized by your beauty that I didnt know what I was saying.Lol.Cheesy, I know. For some reason, things got weird after that. I dont know if it was the guilt of knowing that I lied to her(though I wouldnt call it a lie. You should know not to disturb a person while hes sleeping) or if we never got a chance to speak after that ,but our conversations stopped and so did the exchange of smiles.
THE GIRL WHO RUINED MY SLEEP IN THEBUS For the rest of the first year, I had a bad bad opinion about Shruthi.It looked as if she had completely stopped talking to me, and at times she even ignored me(i did the same of course, so i cant really blame her).Just like you people have nicknames for everyone in class, back in my days, I had nicknames for all my classmates as well.But I always kept it to myself. And you know what Shruthis name was?? T.K Girl(Thika Kobbu girl) I also rememeber that she used to travel in my bus once in a while.And everytime i saw her in the bus, i used to be like Oh damn!Cant sleep peacefully today!lol.My bus was usually really really silent and it had the perfect atmosphere to sleep in, but whenever Shruthi Swamy travelled in our bus, she ended up talking way too much to everyone in the bus and ruining my sleep. There were also times when they all used to imitate the way i sleep and have a big laugh about it.Little did they know, that i was awake the whole time and trying hard not to laugh, thinking of their reactions if i told them that I was awake Another reason why i hated her was because she entered the bus one saturday and broke the news that Ritika liked Bharath uncle .(You remember Ritika right?It was that pretty aunty with twins whom i showed you guys the other day and told you that if things had gone differently, you would be calling her mommy right now) I was so disapponted.She had shattered all my dreams:-(
CLASS RE-UNION Then came the class re-union after during the first year holidays.I remember Shruthi speaking to me ,as i sat in one of the chairs in the Garuda mall (yes, that tiny place that was torn down recently. Believe it or not, it was pretty famous back in those days)ground floor. It felt weird..She just said Hi Vinay, how you been? I thought Why is this girl talking to me?. The rest of the story involving bowling, gang-forming and imaginary red cars of course has been told to you enough number of times as bed-time stories when you were kids:-) The next time she spoke to me ,if i remember correctly was after we got the re-evaluation results. I was with Divya and Shruthi came over and congratulated both of us and said something lame about me and Divya being bum-chums(or was that Sanjana who said it?Im not very sure)
NEW YEAR,NEW BEGINNING 1/1/2010 - Shruthi suddenly started chatting with me on Gtalk and i was very very surprised. And then , we had the most weird conversation ever! lol:-) Shru : yappy yappy new yr1 me: thank u.same 2 u Shru : thanks wat did u do? me: party with cousins..u? Shru : went out for lunch..friends me: did we have a half day today? Shru : yeah
hey ! wait u my classmate? fish! lol i tot another friend i had me: lol Shru : hehehe wats yo surname? me: let me confirm..whom am i chatting with?:-)
Shru : yo vinay from vims? im swamy from yo class me: yup thought so.. Shru : yeah.. so how was it? yo day? we had a let off at 12.30 me: day was good.bunked coll urs? Shru : decent
MY BIRTHDAY TREAT The next time we had a chance to talk was when i called them for my birthday treat in Beijing Bites:-) Unfortunately I dont remember much about this day, except that i know i invited Shruthi and sanjana when they were both sitting in class and i think they both were wondering why im even bothered calling them.Well, I called because they had stayed back for the cake cutting on my bday(and also cause sanjana gave me a big box of orbit:-) lol.See, i told you shes not as scary as she looks!):-)
SHRUTHIS BIRTHDAY Shreya aunty invited us for the cake-cutting on Shruthis birthday. I think Rakeshu had to get the cake or something for her to cut.We hardly knew Shruthi and were planning to bunk off.But then Shreya forced us to come near the ground for the cake-cutting. Oh and, i suggested a nice little terrace place near our college grounds for the cake-cutting. I was so proud of myself for having found such a nice place. Also i had to opportunity to fullu show off my strength to shreya when i lifted these two heavy stone bricks and moved them side by side so that we could place the cake on it.Shruthi entered the terrace, wore her specs after sometime, finally saw who all were there and proceeded to cut the cake. Shreya messaged us once we got back home.I wish i had my old n70 to copy-paste it, but i dont,so it went something like thisShreya:Thank you for coming to the cake cutting. It meant a lot to shruthiMe: No problem shreyaShreya" LOSERS! I cant believe you wanted to run awayMe:We werent going to run away shreyaI spent the next few minutes convincing shreya that we werent planning on running away (Even though we were!I didnt know Shruthi at all, and we were planning to bunk the after-lunch theory classes).By the end of the day, i was convinced shreya hated me.
ANTHARGANGE Finally ,the ice-breaker came in Anthargange :-) The bus journey back to Bangalore was the first time we spoke more than 2 sentences in a conversation .I was sitting in the row behind Shruthi,tarika and shreya and lightiga we started off talking :-)She started asking my family history n all. lol.She also told me that my kannada is very different.And i thought that wasnt a compliment.I thought she was makin fun of my kannada. "Whats your mother tongue?"she asked .And of course she told me the famous "Youre a Tamilian?Youre a Tamilian" dialogue for the first time ever.
BACK TO SQUARE ONE For some reason, she never used to listen to me even if i spoke something to her.I guess it want really her fault.I think i wasnt loud enough for her to hear. One incident which i clearly remember was the day after Mathuga.I was walking into the hospital with Sushma and Shruthi was walking towards us. She smiled and said Hi Vinay , and i swear I said Hi.But apparently i wasnt loud enough and Sushma asked me Why didnt you say hi to her?.I did!Oh I dont think she heard youHow do you know?Cause she just made a "Why the hell!!!" face And i though Oh god!All the ice-breaking in Anthargange has come to nothing
HAL The HAL day! I was so excited about the match.HAL were the only team from bangalore to play in the I-league.This was way back in 2011. they got relegated that season and unfortunately, have never made it back to the top division since.Stupid Tejas screwed up the match timings.I was quite disappointed that Tarika and shreya werent coming, but even more disappointed when i heard that Shruthi are coming :-P "What is wrong with tejas?Why is he inviting so many people?" i thought. And then of course, i realised that she was more sane than most people who had come to watch the match.So much confusion that day! Mall!Shopping!Movie!Lunch!She were the only person apart from me who was genuinly interested in watching that match.And i was pleasantly surprised.The whole point of me getting up early on a sunday was to go watch a football match! NOt to see celebrities wearing shades or go window shopping.The photo session with the churchill brothers players was fun too. Remember the story Tejas always brings up?About how Kayne Vincent shouted Ehh benchoot to his friend? :-P
MATHUGA And then the mathuga trip.This was probably the time when we started talking more for more than 2 minutes at a time. I was fullu impressed by her captaincy skills during cricket of course.I thought it was brilliant!
WHAT A PUSSY! And then there was this point where Shruthi used to get scared for everything..EVERYTHING! We called her ‘shruttttthhhhiiii’ in a seductive way, she got scared; we flirted with her just a little bit, she got scared; we gave her a seductive look, she got scared. She was no fun at all.But eventually she started playing along, and thats when things got interesting :-) And then i guess i got to know her more and more each day once i got close to tarika and shreya
RRRRRRAAAAASSSSTTTTTA And then the rasta ang was formed!First event- Shruthis birthday.The whole plan was so sudden and spontaneous. The drive to the new airport was simply amazing.We had a great time there ,and of course whet out appetites for more such drives and adventures 1st October was of course another unforgettable day :-) We had to convince you so much to lie at home and join us on our night out. But once you were out of the house, you were in no mood to return.And who can forget the crazy Nammmmmaaaaaa Metroooo!
CRUSH-A? And then Nida messaged one fine day asking about crushes and stuff.We kept texting for sometime and then she randomly asked "Do you have a crush on shruthi.Dont worry, i shall keep this to myself".I just wanted to confuse her so i said maybe or something like that. And that was all it took for nida to find/create sparks between me and Shruthi
DANDELICIOUS Kids, after we finished our 3rd year exams, we went on this little trip to gokarna and dandeli.Before going, I had fooled Shruthi saying that i wouldnt be going on that trip, but decided to surprise her at the last moment. I thought it was very awwwww that she was so happy that i was coming :-) And then of course full bonding happened off during the trip, which is very much evident if you look at all the pictures. Sparks flying everywhere, and nida definitely didnt miss seeing them.And of course the bus journey back home that me and you mommy were talking about so recently.. When she woke me up to help her look for antihistaminics, stole my pullover from me and pushed me away when i tried to get some warmth by hugging her. Lol.Ok, she didnt push me away, it was just not comfortable to hug in that bus.The whole thing was so awwww :-)
And the final year of course, things were great between us. We had so much fun and so many adventures. I dont want to spoil your 18th birthday gift that ive been promising you, but all i can say is Shruthi,Shreya,Tarika and I did some pretty crazy stuff. Watching dirty picture at our house, Tejas 22nd birthday ,watching chelsea win their first ever champions league trophy(ok ok, i know ive told you this story a billion times already!), driving till Tumkur for Shreyas b’day and playing cricket, the list is endless.There are a few stories of course which are innapropriate for me,as your dad to share with you both.But, this pretty much sums it up
And as you guys already know, a few months late, to no ones real surprise, we both were dating.And im sure youve heard enough stories about what happened after that.A few more years down the lane, we were blessed with you both, the best kids in the world.And kids, that is the story of how i met your mother.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHRUTHI! From not being able to text more than 2 messages at a time , to spending a major share of my daily quota of 100 messages on you; from not talking to you at all ,to talking to you all the time; from hating you, to liking you a lot ; things have come a long way. And im really glad i got to know you. I really am.And dont worry shru, i wont let you mess things up between us :-P So stop worrying Have a great year ahead And a very happy birthday once again, shruthi/T.K girl/shrublah/shruthi swamy/shrutttttthhhhiiiiiiiii/shrublah swamy/shruuu/my shruberry Toodles, -Your Vinyyourpooh