Sunday, October 04, 2009

Sometimes, strangers are better than fiction...

There'll be no angst in this post. No alcohol either. I came here to record an unexpectedly pleasant saturday evening. A time i usually spend with fictional characters. Or a high level programming language. This time, it was the company of a stranger. A stranger i've known, for 3 days in all. Who i'll meet again, in 3 years maybe, or a little later. A polite hello. A curt handshake. A cup of coffee each. One with sugar, one without. And then a drive, supposedly to Palo Alto. A signal jump, a wrong turn, and a pretty road that took us to a destination we weren't headed for. An unmarked space with two parked cars. A trail. A real heavy breeze, that made us need the sight of speech, as much as the sound of it, to make sense of the spoken word. A bird whose name we did not know, whose flight we still hung on and followed. The just risen moon, inside which, she saw a rabbit, i saw a squid, and she spoke of a friend, who always saw a mother and a child. I've never looked for forms inside the moon. I call them craters and leave them at it. Bata chappals, wind chill, the setting sun and the growing hunger, made us head back to the car. Eventually, Palo Alto was reached. Dishes whose names i can't remember, to save my life, were consumed. And good byes and good lucks exchanged. Strangely, the evening seemed whole in it's own right. Random. No context. No obligatory future or direction. Just it. Like watching, possibly, the only show of a feel good movie, seeing the credits roll, walking out, smiling and satisfied.

I think back of Kodachaadri. Another geography. Another whole set of events. But a very similar after taste. I'll keep it for another time.

11 comments:

Samudra said...

i mailed u. you are still using the frisko id?

Priya said...

Nice. I wish I could sustain such random encounters. I tend to glaze out and get distant.

Juggler said...
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Juggler said...

The company of a stranger has always held for me the allure of a surprise, of serendipitous discoveries amidst the crisscrossing of otherwise drab lives...

Such experiences make one look forward to the next day with a renewed vigor sometimes :-)

PS: Finally got it right!

Anonymous said...

I am still waiting for a stranger who would make things seem worthwhile.

Childwoman~

frissko said...

Priya - Such encounters are few and far apart. But so far, they've always turned into something lasting...

Juggler - The company of a stranger, for me has held anxiety more than anything else. But this time, i entered an instant comfort zone. For someone who takes over 6 months to go from a hand shake to a hug, these few meetings were refreshingly nice.

Childwoman - Good luck...

Trauma Queen said...

very filmi :) ur still such a hard core romantic :)

frissko said...

Trauma - filmi only it was...and pliss to not call me morontic...

TIA said...

That is so romantic! My ex bf and I used to have these moments of intense romance, almost took my breath away...
But such encounters always leave... some things incomplete I guess..

Trauma Queen said...

see im not the only one who thinks ur morantic....TIA thinks so too ;)

Trauma Queen said...

6 months from a handshake to a hug - should be the title of ur next blogpost :)