Thirty years later….
Today was the start of Durga Puja in Atlanta – the biggest festival for us Bengalis. Everyone dresses up in the best traditional clothes and shows up for various events for about three days.
I, too, showed up in my traditional clothes – which is a pair of shorts and a panel shirt. 🙂
The first thing that happened was that I got a dressing down from my wife for showing up in shorts. As I was cowering down and settling in a bench, the second thing happened!
A guy walked up to me and asked “Are you Rajib Roy”? I was almost like “Yeah. Who wants to know?”, when I looked up. And in a fraction of a second, thousands of neurons and dendrons must have connected (or whatever it is that connect when you remember something from the past) – and I yelled “Prabasaj Paul”?
He was one year senior to me in the residential school I went to for junior and senior years of high school. (11th and 12th grade). He was a legend in his academic prowess. So many times, he was my last resort when I was absolutely stumped with a problem and nobody could help me!!!
Last time I saw him was in March 1984!!! Almost 30 years back!!
It was unbelievably good to see him again!!!
Next time wear a Punjabi with zenes
Interesting, how you always manage to have these “intersections”! This time, however, you must credit those shorts – which you may have sported in 1984 in 11th grade, but they played a key role in recognizing you today!
Tor Punjabi nei?
Anushree, aachhey. Pori na.
Keno porish na re, Rajib?
What a priceless meeting…remember Prabasaj da answering my physics questions while playing table tennis.
Neel and Anushree, because there is no fun in doing what everybody else does 🙂
Oh rajib….again the different angle….do something different, my friend 🙂
Rajib pujor shubecch nio. Be original as you are.
Ekta kaaj kor tui jamakapor pora chere de. Sabai pore . Do something funny. Tarzan hoye ja.
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