‘No Bar’

December 8, 2009 at 3:33 pm 14 comments

While waiting to get admission into a good B School, Jacob decided to join the student council in the same university where he studied. He thought it was any day better than sitting at home and playing with the parrots & sparrows, indeed an odd choice of pets for a 22 year old. The 6ft burly guy was known to lose his cool at drop of the hat but with a child like heart. Like most of his peers, he had a soft corner for a girl in class. But in her confusion of to be together or not broke his heart.

In hope of making some new friends while guiding freshers on the campus he met Jhanvi but their first meeting was definitely not an ideal one. Jhanvi, a 25 year enthusiastic mature girl who was trying to prove her mettle in the first job post MBA. First time she met Jacob he was holding a guy by his collar. She had to intervene and tell him to mind his manners on campus gave him a talking to and warned him that next time she will get him fired from the council. Considerably shaken, Jacob just stomped off the campus and was not seen around for the next few days.

While, Jhanvi thought she had probably over reacted and that too without listening to his side of the story. She was wondering if the poor guy had decided not to return at all.  But Jacob did come back the following week and was busy talking to some students when Jhanvi walked up to him and said “Where have you been boy, have been waiting to speak with you ever since that episode. Let’s catch up during the lunch hour”. Confused that what did he do now and was she going to tell him over lunch that he had been suspended from the job. As he walked into the cafeteria he saw a hand waving at him madly. He walked up to the table. I came 10 minutes before to grab a table for us lets get our lunch and then we can talk, what say? Poor Jacob, was still unsure of what to make of her behaviour and silently followed her.

Back with the lunch Jhanvi steered the conversation and sorted out issues lingering from their previous rendezvous. Considerably at ease by the time their meal ended Jacob offered her a ride on his bike to the bus stop. In the next few days to come they had a set routine; meet for morning tea at 11, lunch at 1, tea again at 4 and then leaving from work at 6. Jacob felt at ease with her around, he realized that he didn’t mind her jokes and had not lost his cool in so many days. The girl did have a calming effect on him.

Jhanvi on her part was also attracted towards him after all he was handsome, nice at heart and she liked his protective shadow too. But she was not certain how Jacob thought about her. Not only was she from a different religion and a cultural background but also older to him by a few years.

Jacob’s friends had been telling him to speak to Jhanvi about his feelings and confess his liking turned into love for her but he was skeptical what if she says No and decide to even call off their friendship which by now was too precious to loose.

Let’s go out for lunch today to the nearby Haldiram for a change suggested Jhanvi. Settling down at a corner table. Like always she started to talk and quizzed him on what he thought about relationships and if he ever had been in love. Jacob continued to look down at his plate and didn’t talk much. He was scared that his eyes might betray him and reflect his feelings. But Jhanvi had made up her mind that today was the day. She braced up all her courage and asked him so what do you think about us being together? I know I am older to you by three years; we come from different religious backgrounds. While she was doing all the talking she could also sense her heart beating fast. She touched his hand; an obviously stunned Jacob looked up, stood up pushed back his chair and hugged Jhanvi and repeated over & over again Thank God! Thank God!

It didn’t have to be expressed in words any longer. They were very much in love had clearly moved beyond age & religion ‘No Bar’ barrier…


Entry filed under: no mind thoughts!.

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Madhav::..::\m/  |  December 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Read starting of the story seems its very interesting. I’ll post final comment later after reading whole. (it will took some days. 😉 ).

  • 2. Prateek  |  December 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm

    Started reading it, thinking it was an article. By the time I finished with the first para, I found out that this is a kind of love story. So, I stopped reading it. Nothing against you, its just that I don’t read love stories.

  • 3. Madhav::..::\m/  |  December 8, 2009 at 4:02 pm

    Can’t wait completed it. Short sweet and superb writing and also very sensible story madam. I’ve same story something like this will talk about this when we meet online. May be you liked to write one from that.

  • 4. Madhav::..::\m/  |  December 8, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    I suggest you to writing like this so atleast patty reads half love story. 😉

  • 5. Pallavi  |  December 8, 2009 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks Madhav! 🙂

    @ Prateek: Read it Pats, It is a true story!

  • 6. tangyorangesour  |  December 8, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    “Thank God! Thank God!”

    I couldn’t help but burst into laughter!

  • 7. Smita  |  December 9, 2009 at 1:17 am

    nice one!! I was actually looking forward to reading more of your love stories. The last part was funny 🙂 I could somehow imagine them both hugging in middle of Haldirams and the weird glances given by the people close by… ah.. I think I’m watching too many romantic movies 😀

  • 8. bikram  |  December 9, 2009 at 2:27 am

    Excellete Write.. Loved reading it all the way to the end ..

  • 9. Pallavi  |  December 9, 2009 at 11:36 am

    @ Tang: Well, I guess when you are this close to loosing someone you love and it swings the way you wanted it to ( just like hitting a six on the last ball when all you need is four to win the match). Then the reaction can be the most unexpected one like in this case it was ‘Thank God’ and mind ya this is an unedited reaction.

    PS: I too had a good laugh about it though 🙂

    @ Bikram: Glad you enjoyed reading the story till the last word… though this is not the end!

    @Smita: Thanks Smitzy; wish I could weave all my thoughts & words into stories! this one is a true experience of my frnz and though short there is small part-II to it. I will try to post it soon and I hope you like it

  • 10. Sapna  |  December 9, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Waiting for read part-II before I post my comments 🙂

  • 11. Pallavi  |  December 9, 2009 at 3:47 pm

    @ everyone: Posted Part-II guys, not all that short. But I hope you enjoy reading it.

  • 12. Gaurav  |  December 9, 2009 at 9:15 pm


    I’ll definitely read the part II

  • 13. Tina Rajan  |  December 10, 2009 at 11:08 pm


    Niiiceee 🙂 good read| liked the Thank God part, brought in a lot of originality.

  • 14. Mayur  |  December 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm

    Looks like I have a competition here 🙂

    Not you Pals…. 🙂


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