The phone calls continued for over a month and on few occasions I asked her if we could meet face to face? She used to reply “Why we have to meet? We are just phone friends” Social Networking sites came much later after we passed out of college and in those days we had only one cyber cafe in the entire campus and usually most of the time it was occupied. Most of us were not very much used to internet that time. After talking to her over the phone for almost a month, I was little curious to know how she looked like? Even though it was little embarrassing for me to get such information out of her, but on few occasions our point of discussion somehow went in that direction. The only thing she revealed about herself is that she used to wear specs and whenever I asked anything more, she used to reply that she looked horribly ugly in her specs.
I remember once I asked her “OK, just tell me one thing, whether you are fair or dark or something in between?”
She replied with a laugh “Why you would like to know that? It seems you give too much importance to skin color?”
I said to her “It’s not like that yaar, actually now a days, sometimes I go to the market nearby your hostel and every time I visit there, I usually stare at every girl who got specks and wonder "this one might be her or that one...?”
She couldn't stop her laugh and said “I think it would be better if we could meet sometime?”
In the mean time, few of my close hostel buddies were already aware of the fact that I was talking to someone at Ayurvedic Girls Hostel and fortunately they didn't blow it out of proportion that time. I had few options to call Anjali those days and one of the option was the PCO nearby our college, which always had a big queue. Our college girl’s hostel and 3 more boy’s hostel was very near to the college. Using that option was completely out of the question for me, as it would have only meant “shooting at my own feet”
Second option was the PCO near to our hostel which was inside the APRO campus. APRO is Assam Police Radio Organization. Most of our hostel guys used to visit that PCO, as it was comparatively less crowded out there. One more reason for many of us to visit that place was because of the Aunty who used to sit there. Now what to say about that lady? It has been a long time, but honestly speaking, she was damn hot. But sometimes, when APRO had their training sessions, we used to meet guys from all over India out there. During those training days, Auntie’s PCO was flooded with the men in uniform. In Auntie’s PCO I faced a different kind of problem. Aunty was more interested in STD calls and whenever my local call used to get a little longer, Aunty would politely say to me with her typical sweet smile “Bro, please wait for some time, this guy has one important STD call to make. Please don't mind, you can talk comfortably once he's done”
Sometimes we used to go out of the college campus for
boozing eating and every time we went out, I used to look for a PCO which had the luxury of a little privacy and not those open ones. That was my 3rd option and undoubtedly that was the best option I had, as I could talk a little freely and comfortably out there. Later when our call duration increased exponentially and I started to get bankrupt much more earlier, I discovered the 4th option, our hostel telephone. Even though the keypad of the hostel phone was always locked but I learned the trick and eventually became an expert in “How to make call from a telephone whose keypad is locked?” I would definitely write about the trick, in a later post. So, ultimately I and Anjali decided to meet face to face and we even finalized the day, time and place to meet. I was very happy but a little anxious too, as I never went out to meet any girl before. I was little confused "What we would do? What we would talk?" The previous night I was also a little concerned on a different matter, not sure whether it really matters much? But I was little anxious and wondered "as I am a guy of little below average height, what if she's taller than me?"