Friday, December 14, 2007

Call that fun?

It was one of those hot Chennai afternoons. Half the day was over and not even a single Professor had stepped into our class. But, after hours of playing UNO and sharing gossip, I realized that I was officially bored. I needed to get out of that classroom. So, I decided to go get a drink of water and like any proper Tamil girl, I summoned my two girl buddies to accompany me to the water fountain. God knows what dangers lurked on the way to the water fountain so it was only rational to take the pals along.

Thats when a couple of guys in our class suggested it. I didn't want to at first but they made it sound so wonderful and fun. They suggested that we sneak out of college and go for a movie. I don't think I even asked for the name of the movie- I don't think I cared. After having been stuck in college for so long, even sneaking out to see T.R Rajendran gyrate on screen would have been welcome. So I began the difficult process of trying to recruit other girls for the movie- because as mentioned with the water fountain incident, we girls always moved in flocks. I wasn't too successful because I managed to get just one other girl to agree to the plan- so the four of us, two girls and two guys started for the movie.

'Naanga naalu paer- engalaku bayamae kidayaadhu' - That would have been the caption if Gautham Menon had seen us walking out of college that afternoon. We prepared stories to tell the watchman in case he asked why we were leaving in the middle of the day. Having never bunked college before and having heard stories of unsuccessful bunkers and bunkees doing hard time at the Principal's office, I WAS scared, though I tried hard not to show it. But, luckily, the watchman was missing at the gate and we happily ran out to freedom and the freeway. We then traveled by van, bus and foot and reached the theatre one and a half hours later, drenched in sweat and slightly drooping due to the weight of our backpacks.

We decided to watch 'LOTR- Return of the king' but found that we had just 50 rupees among the four of us. So, we decided to buy the 10 rupee tickets- you know those first row wooden planks pretending to be chairs. There was a different line for the 10 rupee tickets and a completely different entrance- and both were dirty, grimy and tiny. I walked in trying not to touch anything and thinking how my mom would have never approved. Once we got in, the guys had yet another brilliant idea- they suggested that we go and occupy some of the 60 rupee seats in the back, the empty ones. We agreed. So there we were watching the movie in the comfort of those 60 rupee cushioned seats when suddenly, we saw a large man with a cane running towards us. He took one look at our seats and our guilty faces and chased us out of the seats with several thrashes of his cane- I think it might have made contact with the two poor guys! We ran down the aisle and crawled into our first row seats, pretending that it was perfectly natural to run like spooked cattle in the theatre. The rest of the movie, I watched with my bum glued to that rock hard seat, craning my neck up at the most awkward angle and surrounded by wonderful smells of sweat and cigarettes.

After the movie, we parted ways - Our necks were permanently stuck at an upward angle, our egos were bruised, we were still seeing spots after having seen Aragorn up so close, and we all reeked.... but I thought that had been the best college day yet....and for some reason, that movie and that movie experience ranks among the best for me. I walked to the bus stop to wait for the bus home and smiled to myself, thinking of how such a lousy way to spend 50 bucks could still be so much fun ... when I suddenly realized that I was all alone, without a single gal pal... all by myself at the crowded bus stop. Oh the horror!! The horror!!

Note: This story goes to show what a boring goodie goodie two shoes I was in college but don't worry, I improved tons after this incident. Also for those who don't understand Tamil, bear with me- next one will be all English.


passion@itsbEsT said...

maybe some vital facts have been forgotten.. and wen did satyam become grimy, tiny and dirty?
it makes an interesting read though!


Hmmm... you call them vital facts. I call them false memories cuz I don't remember any such thing happening! ;)
And yes Satyam usually isnt grimy or dirty, but the 10 rs entrance was- I was quite surprised myself at the discrimation.

priya said...

:) nice reading it! brought back memories for me too! but have all the memories of secret movie trips punctuated by someone spotting us friends..maybe we shld have tried the 10 Rs. seats

Vivek said...

nice :-) Ask me about bunking classes in SSN :D.....

Angry Voices said...

LOTR - Lots Of Trial Runs.

You bunked classes after this one incident too, right? Cos if you didn't it would be a shame - this was a very entertaining read.

Not to mention the very olfactory visual imagery on the plank-chair pretenders :D


Glad it brought back memories for u. Yes I would recommend the 10 rs tickets- It's def quite an experience.

Thanks for coming by. Keep reading.

@angry voices
Yes I did bunk classes after that incident, in more crazy ways. But that shall be saved for another post :)

Compassion Unlimitted said...

//So, I decided to go get a drink of water and like any proper Tamil girl, I summoned my two girl buddies to accompany me to the water fountain//
What a laugh I had on this one line..Hope you ddnt have the traditional rettai pinnal

CM-Chap said...

Good read... reminds me abt my college life..

BTW.. this is too much ma kannu... like any proper Tamil girl, I summoned my two girl buddies to accompany me


@compassion unlimited
Rettai jaddai?? Glad to say I didnt go that far.

Trust me, thats how many of us were in College- we never used to go anywhere alone.

crazyBugga said...

by the description u have given : abirami?

coz tats the worst WORST theatre in chennai mahanagaram. I saw ATM there, by mistake. I was constantly worried about pan spit being spray painted onto my shirt.

i managed to watch the movie.

Compassion Unlimitted said...

Wish you a very happy new year

Nivi said...

"God knows what dangers lurked on the way to the water fountain so it was only rational to take the pals along. "
hehe good one.
And i agree 10 rs tickets were way more fun than 120 bucks in inox. Guess its the company


I'm not sure but really what can you expect for just 10 Rs?

Thanks. Wish you a wonderful year ahead too.

Yep def agree with you. Its all bout the company.

CM-Chap said...

No updates?

Fishy said...

hey very good post. Reminds me of two incidents, sneaking out from college for a movie and the Rs.2 ticket that i bought to watch JEANS and how we begged the watchman to let us out during the interval.

P.S: we did not even have those hard benches.


I've updated- but looks like u havent noticed yet! :D

Yeah think all of us have atleast one such memory from college... we can laugh at them now.

Agni said...

Hey nice write-up, brought back nostaligic memories from good 'ol days college days in Coimbatore. And that theatre sounds like Ega to me :-) Cheers