We had two Quant Bonds in our PG class- N and Navy. They ensured that we all at least made C and did not flunk. While Navy was patient, N would lose his cool if you did not grasp fast enough and would often say" Obviously" in a very derogatory tone. How I hated him for it.
This monster would go all liquid when he saw a particularly pretty senior go by and exclaim " oh man she looks ready to crumble" He is one person who leched and openly so but you still didn't feel annoyed with him. And a little jig and a whacky dance step could have him in SPLITS.
Navy and N were comrades in Telugu speaking and of course in cricket- be it playing or watching it on our canteen TV. Not to forget in indulging the senses- with smoke and liquids. Being the only goody two shoes in the group, I was the alarm clock that woke them up to the morning class and got them off their butts into the city for golgappas and movies. I was also the stockist of snacks and sweets.
My name is among the commonest of Indian girl's names, next only to Pooja, Priya and Lakshmi. My nickname varied between Asquare and Art. N came up with "Artful Dodger" Only he called me that. (Yours truly adapted it for her blog title, recently.)
N would often be caught when there was a "family feud" as he referred to our ( Navy & I) squabbles. But he endured it and never took sides. A smart man.
His vocabulary rubbed off on us- " mickey mouse " projects for the kind you impart a lot of undue importance and "pl quit using a bulldozer to raze a mole hill" - meaning do not use fancy words/ contrived models/ jargon.
N was among the few to make a six figure stipend during summer training and ironically, also among the last to get finally placed.
He was also the only one to cut a toe on a scooter ride in Ahmedabad. Must have hurt him bad but he bore it well.
We had not been in touch for over 7 years. Could not attend his wedding either.
When we met a couple of days back, we did not speak about the weather, we did not spend time reproaching each other for not maintaining contact.
Time had served him well. He is patient enough to have taken care of his 15 month baby by himself for over 3 days.
Viva N ! May you and your kin flourish.
"A good friend is hard to find, hard to lose, and impossible to forget."
I guess there is some truth in these over abused quotes.