#sunnyday, Naina posted a story when she was on her way to college. Teenage girl wearing loose jeans with flared pink top; one hand busy over phone, and other hand struggling with the bag. In this 30 mins journey towards college, she got seven likes and only one comment from her best friend, Sonal.
Daily Naina and Sonal will meet at the college gate and together they will go to the classroom. But today Sonal was not there at the college gate, so Naina was waiting there for her. Suddenly, one long, black shining car stopped in front of Naina. A girl got down from the car flipping her hair in the air. She was wearing a plain blue shirt with skinny jeans and white shoes. Naina could not control herself from staring at her; even all the people present there. The whole crowd was looking at that chic.
“Hey, Naina. Sorry I got late, let’s go”, Sonal pulled her inside the college gate. After the pre-lunch session, they both went to the college’s cafeteria. They ordered two cold coffees and one Maggie at the counter. Then they grabbed the corner table and waited for their order. Now the same girl who came out from the car entered the cafeteria, again flipping her hair in the air. Naina’s eyes again got stuck on that girl. She came back to the senses, when the cafeteria boy slammed her order on the table.
Naina cleared her throat and asked Sonal, “Do you know that girl in blue?” Naina pointed out by raising her eyebrows. Sonal quickly looked back and said, “Yes, that’s Ayesha from B.Com 1st year. The entire college knows her!” Naina took out her phone and searched her name on instagram. She got her profile at the first place itself. Her recent post was 2 mins before. #pizzatime, Ayesha was having yummy pizza with her friends. Naina looked at the maggie with disappointment and scrolled down on instagram.
Naina patted Sonal’s shoulder in excitement and said, “Check out her page. All posts are about outings, weekend trips, amazing parties, and new restaurants. Her life is full of craziness!” Sonal checked the watch and told her, “Enough for now, it’s lecture time.”
That whole night Naina scrolled Ayesha’s profile. Zooming each and every photo, reading all the captions and hashtags. Naina was wondering about Ayesha’s life, how she is relishing every day with her friends. And on the other hand Naina was not allowed to hang out with her friends even for one day. Her mother had restricted her life with number of rules.
Two weeks later, it was Naina’s younger brother’s birthday. Her family decided to go out for dinner that night. They arrived at the restaurant and already had a table reserved. There was a fountain at the entrance, an antique chandelier hanging on the reception ceiling, comfortable furniture and delightful lightings. From a small spoon to the flooring, everything was fancy. By looking at such a sophisticated ambiance and well-dressed staff, Naina and her brother got overjoyed. Her family was happier today, chatting and laughing all together. Her parents were revealing childhood secrets of Naina’s brother; he always troubled them as a kid. And, how Naina was a good girl in her childhood!
In the middle of that, Naina got a notification on her phone. It was Ayesha’s new post, #dinnertime #famjam! And guess what, her location was “Food Carnival”, where Naina and her family were enjoying their night. Naina did not even look at the photo and started looking around desperately. After running her eyes over 3-4 tables, Naina found Ayesha with her family. The waiter came at Naina’s table with the food they ordered. She was ready with her phone to take photos and post them on Instagram. She was excited that tonight her check-in on instagram would be same as Ayesha’s!
After posting photos, Naina was checking her phone every 5 minutes. Her mother poked her and asked her to finish the food first. She finished her food and glanced at Ayesha’s table. Some kind of chaos was happening, her father was leaving the dinner halfway, and frustrated Ayesha was trying to stop him. Ayesha took a run towards the washroom, while tears were already rolling down on her chick. Naina could not resist herself and followed Ayesha to the washroom.
As Naina entered the washroom, Ayesha started tapping her tears and covered her face with tissue papers. Naina was pretending to wash her hands and was stealthily watching Ayesha. She gathered courage and asked Ayesha, “Hey, are you okay?” Ayesha replied in a shattered voice, “Yes, I am fine. I just got something in my eye”. Naina knew Ayesha was lying about it; she smiled and said, “Ya, okay”.
To continue the conversation Naina said, “By the way, we are from the same college, you know?” Ayesha looked at Naina and said, “Oh, Really! Which stream?”
“B.Sc. Chem, 1st year”, Naina answered. Quickly Ayesha said, “So you must ne knowing Tina?” The conversation went on and was getting interesting. But Naina’s phone rang and it was her mother’s call. Naina got embarrassed and said, “My mother’s call, my family must be thinking why am I taking so long time in the washroom. I must head back to them”.
That reminded Ayesha about her family, her mood changed completely. In a gloomy voice she said, “After long time my family and I came out for dinner. I don’t remember when we all had a last meal together.” Naina was bewildered what to say her. Ayesha continued, “My parents are always busy with their work, meetings, travelling, and all business stuff. A week before we planned for this dinner. But my father got an urgent call and he left.”
Naina was surprised to see this side of Ayesha’s life. She rubbed Ayesha’s back to calm her down. Ayesha smiled and said, “Let’s go back; otherwise our families will get worried.” Naina nodded her head and said, “Yes, we should go back now. See you in college.”
In the car while going back home, Naina stared out from the window at the moon and started thinking, Ayesha’s life is not perfect as she thought in the first place. The life displayed on Instagram by her is just a part of her life; it is not her complete life. She also got ups and downs like any other person. We should not judge anyone’s life from the social media. And that thought left smile on Naina’s face!
Your worth is not measured in likes, comments or followers; but in your ability to love, keep comments to yourself, take note and lead.