We were excited; it was supposed to be a get together, a reunion, after 4 years. All of us wanted a nice, private place to hangout and my apartment was everyone’s first and last destination. Reason being, I am the only unmarried person among them and I stay in a huugge apartment all alone. Their only aim was to booze as it was impossible for them to drink with thier families around. I am a vagabond, and people know it very well. So far, there hadn’t been any such get togethers/parties conducted in my place and so at the back of my mind, (since I had been a quiet soul so far) I had the fear of how my neighbours and house owner would take this. But who cares; I just paid the rent a few hours back !!!
We planned the meeting at 8pm. I waited patiently till about 10.30 pm. Called up each one of them to ask if the plan is still on and everyone had the same reply, “ We are on our way”. The clock struck 11.30 and there was absolutely no sign of them coming. I don’t know when I dozed off, but I got up at 12.15 when one of them called up to ask where my house was. WTH, all these while, they were on their way, and now they don’t know where my house is!!! Guided them to my street and also asked them to get slice or any other drink that’s non-aerated (Keeping up my new year resolution to not have aerated drinks for one year). I didn’t want to be left alone when the rest are going to be drinking merrily.
Finally they arrived at 12.55, in a Maruti 800, wearing shorts and Tshirts; looking all gay and happy. One of them carried a carton of Heineken Beer and a cover of Lays chips on top of it; I thought to myself if they were really going to finish all those that night, oops, morning. Another had a cover that looked a little weird from outside; he had brought his Nintendo Wii game console for all of us to play. How sweet, and yeah how dumb too; it was one in the morning and what was he even thinking!!!
After playing for sometime, each one of them grabbed a can for themselves. I asked them where my juice was and none of them had a proper answer. They said they didn’t get it anywhere, as it was too late. Shit! Should I be drinking flavored glucose now to give these guys company??? Damn you guys ! Compromises ,Vimal, compromises, and as if I had a choice; I cant drink just plain mineral water, right ? Moreover glucose keeps you fresh and so thought could stay awake along with them. Honestly, we had fun pulling each other legs during the drinks, talking about college, our current profession, movies, Deepika Padukone..... After the first round, one of them started stretching and before even we could stop him, he began snoring. Well, One down !
The rest of them asked me if there was anything in the house to eat. They snarled at me when I said the only thing I had was corn flakes, no, wheat flakes. A couple of rounds later, one of them said he would like to drink while lying down (Man! The wishes these drunkards have ! Weird, isn’t it? ). I said its fine as long as he doesn’t spill it anywhere. Believe it or not, he drank one complete can without dirtyng the floor. But with that, he was all flat and went on to sleep ! Now, two down. The rest continued their drinks, looked at each other, smiled, drank again, looked at each other, smiled and drank once again. This went on for some time, probably they got bored and slowly retired. But what about the rest of the cans, they drank less than half of what they brought in. Why bother! My glucose packet was empty !!!
We had to sleep in the same room, as there weren’t enough mattresses. By the time I cleaned the room, all of them were fast asleep. Needless to say, the room was stinking as the AC was on. I somehow managed to get a teeny-weeny space to lie down. But that’s about it. I just lied down; wasn’t able to move here and there. Hmmm, now I know how it would be for dead bodies to lie inside a coffin. It was 2.45am; I tried my best to catch some sleep. All of them, and I am not kidding, were snoring as if they were a part of some kind of competition. And also thanks to the flavored glucose; it keept me fresh!!! I was jealous, angry, desperate for sleep and ya hungry too. I should have slept after 4.05am because that was the last time I remember looking at my mobile for the time.
“Vimal, we are leaving, get up….Vimal, get up da, we have to leave, our wives will kill us….Vimmmmmmallll, we are leaving,, come and lock your door”. Heard those morning slogans and opened my eyes from the coffin posture to see two of them bending towards me, trying their best to wake me up. Got up from my previous nights glucose hangover. It was 5.50; they wanted to leave immediately. Never seen these guys terrified before. Man! marriage sure does change people. In my half asleep mode, I remember to have told them this, “Guys, I remember sleeping just 5 mins back . If you don’t mind, please get your asses out of here ASAP so that I could get back to bed. Thank you !!!” Silence for sometime….and then, “ and yes, don’t forget to take back all those that you brought in here.”
Hmm…Now that’s one much awaited get together, wasn’t it ??
That afternoon, the guy who dozed off immediately after the first beer called me up and said it was fun being together after a very long time and blah blah. He said we should plan a similar hanging out session once again and that too very soon.
I promise, I heard the sound of a glass breaking at that time !!!