I reached home. Virat Kohli was batting on the second day of first test match between India and England in Ranchi. I saw his score. He was batting at 243*. I got excited and sat to watch. “Everytime cricket! Get ready for the school”, my father entered the room with a shaving brush and a mug. I went to the bathroom.
“Be at your quickest”, the conductor ordered as I was crossing the road to get into the bus. We reached school and I met Raghav. “So what’s the plan for today?”, he said.
Raghav was one of my friend in school who was never ready to attend classes. He always wanted someone to give him company for bunking classes.
“Raghav I have told you many times that I am not interested in bunking classes”, I said.
“Anirudh, I have also told you many times to join me!”, he imitated me. “You told me that you don’t like attending classes then why you….. “
“I am getting late, you coming or not”, I interrupted.
“No”, he said frustrated.
“Anirudh, tell me what is an atom”, the teacher asked.
“Ma’am, it’s th…….the smallest particle of a matter”, I answered but with a little murmuring.
“Good, sit down”, she said.
As I sat, I started peeping out of the window! Children playing cricket. Practicing for their upcoming matches.
Then I saw Raghav in the playground. He was roaming around here and there all alone. I wanted to complain about him but my head denied.
Suddenly something hit my head. I got up to react but saw the teacher standing near my seat. “Why don’t you join them”, she said.
“That’s a good thought”, Raghav said. “What?”, I asked. “That you should join us in the playground”, he said.
“I would have thought about it, but if I have to join you, I’ll never do it”, I joked. “Oh! Not me. But you should start playing cricket”, he clarified.
I kept quiet.
“Also all day you talk about cricket. Then you should start playing cricket. You’ll have your time pass and I’ll have my company”, he smiled as he sat on his bike.
“But there’s a difference in playing and watching”, I said.
“Who is talking about professional?”, he said. “It’s just for fun and that’s all”, he added.
For the first time in my life, I was listening to Raghav very carefully.
“Okk I’ll think about it”, I lied as I climbed the stairs of the bus.
586-8 read the scoreboard when I reached home. I opened the cricbuzz app in my phone and saw Kohli’s score. He got out at 243. That meant he got out as soon as I went to the bathroom. “That’s strange”, I thought
” Hey who’s Raghav”, my brother Aakash asked me. “He’s my friend”, I said. “But what happened”, I asked. “He’s calling me again and again, are you not answering his call? “, he asked.
“My phone is dead and nobody in this house is giving me the charger, how can I answer the call?”, I said indicating towards my charger which he kept with him as his was not working.
He gave me the charger and said, ” Charge your phone and tell your friends not to call me. I am doing some important stuff!! “
“Ohhk ok”, I ignored him as I was busy plugging the charger.
“Hey what happened”, I said to Raghav as I lay on my bed while turning the AC on. “What nothing? “, he said innocently.
“Then why you kept calling my brother”, I said stressfully. “Oh that. I just wanted to you to remember about the cricket and all”, he remembered finally.
“Oh no! I forgot to talk about that with my father”, I said. “But what to talk about? There is no fee issue. This is a school activity. It’s free!, he explained. I could sense his smile.
“But I will give away my two study periods to this free activity. That is something I want to take permission for”, I said.
“You see bro! Your take. I don’t see anything to take permission for”, he said.
“I’ll ask for it tomorrow morning”, I said.
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To be continued………….
Part 1- https://kunal15.art.blog/2020/06/02/170/