9.15pm: Radha and I were having watery daal-rice in the mess. Siya came in rush, gave us mischievous smile and told us, “Jay is going to come tonight from our balcony!” Before we both could understand and react to it, she said, “Thank you yaar” and vanished from there. Our accommodation was like two bedroom apartment with common corridor and washroom. Only Radha and I got a balcony in that.
11.55pm: As usual, Radha was studying in the focus of the table lamp. And, I was trying to sleep with music on in my earphones. My eyes started feeling heavy, when Radha woke me up with shaky and surprised voice, “Look Apoo, someone is there in the balcony!” We both looked at each other with fear in our eyes and murmured “Jay!” Oh god, it was actually Jay, Siya wasn’t joking about it!
We didn’t open balcony for him and ran to Siya. She came in my room and welcomed him inside the hostel – ‘GIRLS HOSTEL’. She was jumping like a kid, so excited to unite Jay and Pihu. Pihu was waiting clock to hit 12 o’clock. Siya took Jay to their room and Pihu shouted like she won a million dollars lottery! Radha and I could hear them through the wall. They sung happy birthday song for him and continued with illogical gossips.
12.20am: My phone started ringing, it was Sweety, from first floor. I picked her call, she told a thief has entered our hostel. I acted like, we were unaware of all this and assured her that we were safe and secure. I went back to Siya and Pihu’s room and told them about the rumour spreading in the hostel. They listened to me, paused for a while and started laughing at it. I got worried about it and asked, “Girls how did they come to know about Jay! We have to be cautious now.” Birthday boy Jay, who was sitting in the corner and munching chips, jumped in the conversation and said, “Bindu saw me while climbing the pipes on first floor.” Pihu punched Jay and said, “Let all the girls sleep, then will depart him.”
12.50am: *Door bang*
Someone was continuously knocking at the main door. Two minutes more and the door will break. “Open the door, someone has climbed up in your room.” It was the hostel warden. Looks like first floor Bindu told it to everyone in the hostel. Inside the room, it was like a big storm on us, we were trying to find space to hide Jay. Below the bed, inside the cupboard, behind the curtains, in the washroom! No space to hide this mistake! I looked down from the balcony, security man was standing there with bamboo stick. It was like Bermuda Triangle – outside hostel warden, downside security man and inside no place to hide! No one can escape from this. Poor Jay, ran from boys hostel to save himself from birthday bumps, going to get it here. Jay decided to hang out on the balcony rails.
12.55am: Everyone went back to their bed. I took a deep breath and opened the door. The warden was boiling since we took long time to open the door, “Why did you take so much time to open the door?” Siya and Pihu came out of their room, and acted as if they don’t know anything. Warden yelled on us, “There is a stranger in the hostel, how can you sleep like this!” She started checking our rooms, went out in the balcony and saw hands hanging on rails. She started shouting, “He is here, catch him.” We rushed to the balcony. Jay also heard that and took leap on adjacent pipes. He crawled down quickly like a monkey. Security man was standing down, Jay took soil and threw it on his face. He ran away from there, we were watching all this from the balcony along with the warden. Slowly Jay blurred out of sight and we took a sigh of relief and pretended that we were not part of this incident!
“Hostel Life is a sack of most amazing memories of life. When we think of sweet moments, we cry on it and on difficult times, we laugh!”
– Apoorva Kishor