The year was 1999. I was 10 years old. The time was around 10:00 am. My mom had just sent me to buy some stuff from the shops in front of our building, in Mumbai.
So, here I was, going down the stairs, whistling a tune to “Baadshah mein baadshah” (A super-hit Bollywood film Baadshah). I came out of the building, and walked towards the gate.
Suddenly, Two guys popped out from nowhere, and caught me. It took me a while to get out of my bewilderment and realise they were actually my friends, S and T.
“Where are you going?” Asked S.
“Just down to the shops, to buy some stuff.” I replied.
“Are you carrying?” It was T who asked this asinine question.
“Carrying? Carrying what? I’m not armed and this is not the 70’s.” I retorted.
“Hmm. Come on, we’ve got something to show you.” S and T sniggered.
“But wait, mom’s waiting for me.” I couldn’t care less about the ‘thing’ they wanted to show me.
“It won’t take 2 minutes. Come on! You can take it home if you want.” S said while T’s muffled giggles turned into full-roaring laughter.
“Fine! And what’s with him? Had too much coke in the morning?” Bear in mind this was back in the days when coke meant Coca-Cola and we were 10. Continue reading “Just another Holi story!”