I still remember very clearly the air smelled coffee
Maroon cushions on white chairs and wooden tables
Big glass windows and classy vintage photos framed on walls
Bunch of students around in unpleasant colored uniforms
It was the coffee shop, I was with mom and dad when I first met her
Confused, shy, and don’t know what and how to start a conversation
She came with her friend, I bent to touch her feet to get blessings and stopped me and hugged me instead
It was an awkward feeling because I never hugged anyone before apart from my family
I started calling her “Bhabi” (sister-in-law) even before she got married to my cousin
Because it was kind of fixed by that time that they are getting married soon
She is the warmest and most caring person I know, I love her aura.
Later that day after having coffee we headed to my new college hostel
She helped a lot and managed things and also talked in Tamil.
Because I didn’t know Tamil at all neither do my parents
I don’t remember what exactly she said to lady securities but after that, they started giving me special concern. I still wonder that though.
Oh god! Do I need to explain how hard it was to say bye to parents and head to the hostel room (sigh)
Re-correcting it was the hardest bye, I would say. Because of the new city, new language everything was new and being away from family for the first time.
I remember one special incident from this was that while saying bye
Bhabi said to me that “You can call me anytime whenever you need maybe 2 AM or 3 PM. Oh gosh! It gave me little chills because no one had ever said this to me before” and it meant so much to me.