So we time travel back to my past to the morning 6:15 AM ka local as me and my no-good-buddies (so named by my mom and certified by my dad) were as usual hanging on the door of the train to give our internal exam in college(which by the way happened every time our professor fought with his wife ).
My friend Telli (thus christened for the tradition chameli ka tel(jasmine oil) smell in his hair) was busy sitting in the corner of train in full on tension. Reason?Today was our math paper and Telli, after burning the complete night lamp and learning problems by heart, came confidently on the railway platform and in the wee hours of morning I greeted him like,
‘Hey did you do problems from so-and-so book?’ me.
‘No why?’ he.
‘Don’t you know… the paper is leaked, all problems will come from this book only.’
Well, the effect was, instead of shouting at people doing potty on the railways tracks early in the morning, he decided to sit in the corner of the train studying (or rather by hearting) the sums (Yes we by hearted the sums, you have to do it if you have to live up to your universities expectations).
As train crossed Karaswadi station, a patented ‘hai hai’ voice filled the compartment followed by claps. The eunuch gang had entered the compartment for their early morning share from our hard earned pocket money.
The genius friends of mine, hatched a plan to avoid them and as the train was moving slowly, we jumped from the front door of the compartment and running behind, climbed back from the rear door of the compartment. The effect, we didn’t have to face them as they moved on, we came behind them…genius na? With one problem, we forgot to inform Telli about it, and he was caught in their group. Four against one, poor thing. They demanded money and touched him shamelessly in those parts which we were sure he himself is ashamed of touching even in bathroom.
To end the harassment, he quickly handed over a ten rupees to the so-called leader and they smiled at him, while going the leader-looking half-aunty turned back and said, ‘Hey handsome, you are studying hard, don’t worry you will easily pass in the paper today…’
His face beamed and we were sure it was not because he was called a handsome for the first time. We enter college and lo, as usual the rumor of paper leaking was a rumor and the problems which telli had learned- by heart at night only came into paper. He says that they have some power over the matter because of which the miracle happened.
Since that day, wherever telli sees an eunuch, he crosses the road goes to them and hands over a tenner.
If only I had given a tenner to them.