It was raining heavily;
Flowers in the pot where struggling in rain to stay still so were Rachitha’s Emotions. Sitting in her cozy room, staring at the rain listening to the melody of the rain, Rachitha could only think about all those days which became memories for her life time.
As Rachitha was sailing in memories her mobile rings pulling her back to reality, the number ringing was not familiar number, As she answed she hears a young man on the other side saying
“ Hello we are calling from Radio city FM 91, Am I talking to Rachitha?”
“Yes I am Rachitha, how did you get my number”
“Good to talk to you Rachitha! This is RJ Shekar, one of your friends have given us this number to put you on air. That’s a beautiful name you have Rachitha, so we have called you to inform that you will be one of the contestant in a little chit chat show which will be aired in next 15 min”
“Oh Shekar… I am really not prepared I I…”
“ Oh Rachitha not to worry you will be comfortable we will make sure of it, thanks we will call you back in ten min”
Surprised shocked and also excited Rachitha decides to go ahead with a new experience. She rehearses to introduce herself and checks her voice by then the same number rings again…
“Hello Rachitha you will be on air now I will introduce you and then on the chat show starts. You will get the flow on the fly not to worry”
“Shekhar, pls patch things up If I mess up”
“Trust me Rachitha, don’t worry”
“Hellooo This RJ Shake shake shekharrrr with you on FM 91!!!! Welcome to your favorite show “FLASHBACK” we have lucky caller Rachita with us today… Hey Rachitha welcome to the show”
“Rachita for your understanding and to the dear listeners who have tuned in now, this show FLASHBACK is an half an hour talk, taking you through the beautiful memories of your life and best of those who are aired on the show will be selected end of the month and will be awarded. Dear Listeners welcome again with me your RJ Shekar and Guest Rachitha…lets get started with this beautiful song…”
Song started, Rukhi Rukhi thi zindagi jat se chal padi…hui kushi si dosthi…
Rachitha actually did slip into her flashback and could remember Prathap her best friend. She could remember his every words of their 10th standard send off party speech. And she remembered how melodiously he had sung the same song dedicating it to her.
Iyayi yeaah yeh yeah yeahhhhhh…welcome back to FLASH FLASH FLASHBACK with Shekar
“So Rachitha, tell us one thing that you did relate at this very moment when you heard the song”
“Shekhar its pleasure to listen to this song unexpectedly as I very much remember my school days and my best friend Prathap, who used to sing this song either to patch up with me or to impress me”
“Woho Rachitha that’s a wonderful thing to know and now on… this FLASHBACK show will be about Rachitha and Prathap. So Listeners lets listen to more of Rachitha and Prathap after a short break, stay tuned …”
Ads started “AIT Engineering College… Best of research facilities….”
Rachitha went blank, nothing beyond this she heard and she was too confused and not understanding herself as to why did she have to take the name of Prathap with whom she had lost touch years back.
She could just not avoid remembering Prathap’s smiling face which was convincing her years back that it was not his dreams to do Engineering and how much she wanted him to take up Engineering and be a successful engineer. She was also very concerned because Prathap was only son for their parents and she did not want him to leave them and go. He just told “if everybody thinks like this Rachu, no one can achieve their dreams” and so she had understood that for him his dreams were more important.
“Welcome back to show, So Rachita tell us more about Prathap” RJ Shekar’s Voice pulled her back to present situation.
She chuckled and said “ Oh Prathu was very special. He was a leader all throughout. Everybody used to take his help and he was there for everyone he trusted. A Patriot from that age he was a Person to look up to!!! Even today when I am down I hear his warm voice whispering to me as ‘Come on Rachu you can do it’. So that deep was our friendship”
“OMG That’s an excellent memory you have with your best friend and Dear listeners here is a beautiful story of Rachu and Prathu on our Flash back vote in to our number to select them as this month’s winners… Rachu what song can we play for you…”
“Khandon se milthe hain khanden from Lakshya”
As the very inspirational song went on air she remembered her last conversation with her best pal Prathap…
Prathap: Hello Rachu, Hey I am very happy to say I have been selected. I am going to pursue my dream Rachu. This day is very special to me
Rachitha: Prathu are you sure you want to do it? Your Parents are ok with it?
Prathap: Yes very much ok with it. My mom told that she is very proud that I am going to serve my mother India, my nation, She proudly calls me as Lieutenant Prathap already Rachu
Rachitha: “Prathu I will miss you, but yes as your mom told we are all and will always be proud of you Prathu. Please stay safe and keep in touch”
Prathap:”Rachu I will miss you too dear but see where ever and how ever I am remember that I am protecting my country and many wonderful people like you, love you Rachu all the best dear, BTW will you wait for me to come back? I may even propose you for marriage” Prathap was always prankster with Rachitha….
Rachitha with tears in eyes, her voice dropped she could only manage to say “Shut up Prathu, Bye all the best love you”
Dill Dushman ke hilten hain…. Welcome back RJ Shekar talking to Rachitha
Rachitha was in tears on the other side of phone but how would world see it?
“Rachitha that was wonderful knowing about you and Prathap… So now after so many years how is your friendship with Prathap?”
Wiping off her tears…
“Oh Shekar what to say… Last when I got message from him it was to inform me that he was promoted for his good work as Captain in Indian army. My dear Prathap is today a brave soldier who is protecting all of us. We hardly talk now but the friendship between us keeps us bonded where ever he is at least once in few days he messages me telling he is safe, and every now and then when there is a news on Indian television about terrorist attacks, maoists attacks he make sure somehow he informs me that he is safe and still willing to serve this country. It’s been almost 5yrs I have seen him and heard his voice but I salute to his bravery dedication and Patriotism. Also every time someone speaks low about my country I wish my friend Prathap was around to punch them in their face... Ah I spoke a lot! Thanks for putting me on air Shekar, it was pleasure remembering Prathap and sharing about him with you all…”
“Excellent Rachitha… we all sincerely salute to your best friend Prathap and to your friendship, let us all pray for good health for all our heroes who are protecting us. Best wishes to Rachitha and Prathap. BTW Rachitha thanks for joining us and here is a surprise for you… Friend who gave your reference is on air now… and wants to talk to you”
Rachitha struggling to guess who it could be was baffled to hear “Hello Rachu, Captain Prathap Simha here…”
Rachitha could hardly talk her tears of happiness had no end… and so was their friendship
---Friendship has no END---