This is not an isolated incident I’m blogging about, but a whole series of them.
Has it ever happened to you that you are talking about someone, and that very same someone happens to be eavesdropping on your conversation? 🙂 Embarrassing for all concerned 🙂 Even if all you’re doing is paying a compliment.
Two particular incidents come to mind. One happened a few hours back, and I shall not go into details.
But the other….. wellllll… I’m just hoping people have all forgotten I exist. It happened a long time ago, anyway.
So there was this piece of gossip floating around the hostel about a certain inmate, let’s call her X. The gossip was regarding a certain saree pin of hers, let’s call it Y.
We were in the room of a certain batchmate, let’s call her Z. There was me, let’s call me I, then J, K, and L.And M too, who roomed in the same room.
Now K, L and M had some fancy-schmancy Engineering Drawing to do. They had the top view, front view and side view of a certain image, and couldn’t agree on its isometric projection (or whatever the right term is…. remember this was AGES ago).
And then I walks in, along with J, and I and J began to bore Z, and disturb K, L and M. I, J and Z began to try helping K, L and M with their homework and as most joint-study sessions are wont to do, it morphed into a chitchat session.
One of the group made a passing reference to X and Y. Another member was hearing this news for the first time, and wanted to know more about the Y in question. Words weren’t sufficing to explain this rather elaborate bit of news, so K hit upon a brilliant idea.
She drew top view, front view and side view of Y. On the homework paper. And for once, all six of us agreed about the isometric projection.
As we were just expressing our feelings about the Y in question, in giggly, loud voices, through the unlatched door comes who else but X!
Now Dr. Devi Shetty would have been a very welcome person there, considering the trauma our poor coronary arteries were undergoing at this shock. But, nope, it was X, and X alone. K left the topview-frontview-sideview paper in I’s hand and ran for her life citing she needed a drink of water from the cooler, though she had been clutching a bottle full of cold water till then 🙂 The rest of us had X to face.
“What are you folks upto?”, X asked. “Nothing, it’s mega-boring… nothing to do, we were just wasting time… you on the other hand have been slogging your head off, haven’t you?”, one of us said, in a desperate stab at normal conversation.
“You slogger, what’s that in your hand?”, X reached for the sheet in I’s hand, left by the quick K. “I… I… ” was all that I could muster. And then brainwave. “It’s not mine, it’s Ls and M’s homework. See? Topviewfrontviewsideview”. And as if on cue, L mercifully retrieved the sheet from I’s hand, before X could mentally form the isometric view.
After a few more Gestapo-like enquiries about our previous topics of conversation and the subject of our giggles a few minutes back, the four of us (L and M having gone deep into their homework) got back to discussing how awesome that new movie’s songs were, and that George Clooney looked really amazing for his age, and we listened in rapt silence to X talking about unsavoury elements spreading stories about Y, while L and M pretended to not hear and concentrated on their homework.