Radhika Mishra – The most chirpy girl I have ever seen. She used to be full of life. She always had a smile on her face no matter how grave the situation was. Though she appeared to be a happy go lucky girl she is a girl of high morale. She used to be fair and frank. Many loved her for this attitude of hers but there were some who even hated her for this. But she never cared. As me and Radhika belonged to the elite class of Mumbai we met each other one or two times at some wedding. She never attended any social party which was why I did not know more about her. She was my junior in my school but I never paid any attention towards her.
But one day I got to know how clear her heart was. Some girls were teasing Sam about her poor fashion sense. Well that day Sam wanted to try out something different but it turned out to be a disaster. I know Sam very well. We are good friends. I wanted to give those girls some piece of mind but then I saw Radhika. She came there and looking at her those girls faces lost their colour but they acted as if they were unaffected by Radhika’s presence.
“So Sam why are u crying?”
“Radhu they are teasing me. They are making nasty comments about my dress.”
“They have done the right thing. Haven’t they?”
Radhika’s question came as a shock to Sam. She was expecting her best friend to support her. But Radhika was doing the opposite. Now Sam was on the verge of breaking down. But Radhika’s next words impressed me to the core.
“Because of them u are going to learn the most imp lesson of your life today. Sam when u carry the dress u r wearing with confidence it becomes a style statement. We need not follow someone everytime. We can make our own style staments. But sometimes we come across creeps like this and u need to learn how to deal with them. I am here right now but I may not be with you next time. Its high time u stand up for yourself. If u won’t support urself u will make them win and they will be right. So now the choice is yours.”
After giving this extraordinary speech of hers she stepped back and I was waiting in anticipation so as to what will happen next.
Sam turned towards her bullies and slapped one of them hard. Radhika laughed and was clapping and cheering for her friend. Before anyone could make one more move Radhika interfered.
“Look Tia u teased her and she gave u a befitting reply. A tit for tat. So end this right here. Otherwise I may be forced to give a hint to your mother about ur boyfriend Rakesh.”
Those words of hers made those girls back off and Radhika was hugging her best friend and congratulating her on her courage. Sam was super happy on being able to answer them back. Radhika has proven herself to be a true friend. She has instilled courage in her best friend and taught her how to give back to those who try to hurt you.
But this Radhika is different. She is not the girl whom I admired. She is not the girl whom I looked up to. She has completely retreated into a shell. I knew about the death of her father. I even heard that it affected her badly but little did I know that it would have such an adverse impact on her. She is changed. She has completely transformed herself. She is wearing a mask. The girl who used to be so against of one hiding their feelings inside them, is now doing the same.
When I called her Radhu for a moment her expression softened and the next moment it turned into a cold one. She used to love the name Radhu very much. But today even Neil and Sam also don’t call her so. And then Neil told me that after her dad’s demise she did not let anyone call her by the name Radhu as she did not want anyone to call her by the name by which her dad used to call her. None were allowed to talk about her dad or about his death infront of her. I wondered why she did that.
When I went and talked to her she deliberately avoided me. She was infact a litttle nervous on seeing me. I did not understand why. I don’t know how but I can clearly read her mind. I feel like I know whats going on in that brain of hers.
I had been observing her the whole party. She wanted me to stay away from her. She did not properly talk to me when I went to talk to her. Am I feeling bad for that? But why am I feeling so. This girl is seriously unique. But she avoiding me makes me want to talk to her more. Arjun what has happened to you? You want to talk to a girl who avoids you? Well I have never done that before. None managed to impress me but Radhika is special. Really? Stop it Arjun you are going too far. Stop your thoughts before they become too dirty.
Radhika is pretending to be the girl she is but at heart she is still the same old Swara. I feel so. I heard from Laksh that the bonding of Radhika and her dad was unique. Very different from others. For Radhika her day started and ended with her dad. And so was the case with her father. She was still young when her dad passed away. And so many responsibilities at such a young age may have made her into what she is.
Well I myself have no idea so as to why I have been thinking of her since two hours. Arrgghh so many confusing thoughts of her. I have been trying hard to divert my mind from her thoughts but I am not able to do so. So I let them be and slowly went into a deep slumber.
Precap: Radhika opened her eyes and saw that she was in Arjun’s arms.
Hope I have not disappointed you guys. Actually I am not well. So I could not do complete justice to this episode. Suggestions are most welcome.