God – You are cruel.
You have shown me one of the most depressing moments of my life.
The day I saw this person for the first time, he had an unusual & captivating charm, an affable personality and a sparkling smile. He was one of my seniors getting introduced to the juniors. You couldn’t get angry at him however hard you wanted to be. Moments later, I realised we shared a common thread – incidentally he happened to be my junior in Engineering days. We were from God’s own country, and we introduced ourselves in the characteristic Thrissur style – “Haaa, chettayyee… enthundu vishesham” .
Over the next few months, he became one of my close friends in XIMB. In fact, I do not remember one single person in my batch who would NOT have been good friends with him. With his characteristic “Tch.. Tch..” in his speech, he was one great conversationalist.
We got to know each other better during the inaugural version of Skill City – his brainchild. The days spent at the MPH, then at the tennis courts, the constant taunting & teasing – he never lost his cool. And we successfully did manage to bring his dream of skill-city to fruition. Even during the testing times of Maxinations, I remember him for his “Bijlee” dance.
Time passed off quickly. He got placed in Tata Motors. We used to keep in touch over mail and chat. Then I heard the news about his marriage & his movement to Ford.
Life seemed to pass on, and at this point of time I really regret not having kept in touch with him personally. Who would have ever expected that the goodbye I bade him at XIMB would be the last goodbye ever.
Sometimes, we hear news we never want to believe. A week back I heard he passed into coma and was in a critical stage. I sincerely prayed he would wake up. And then, I would definitely make that trip to meet him in person. I am pretty sure, there were a lot of people praying out there for that divine interference.
Life has some cruel twists and turns.
Siddarth Poduval aka Poduval ‘maashe’ aka Sid Pod aka Podu – You are alive in my memories. Never will I forget that sparkling smile of yours.
I dunno what else to say… I choke for words. All I can say, God loved you more than us. But… He was cruel to mortals like us.