My Journey to Adulthood
Have you ever started a day that just felt like the twilight zone and as each minute advanced, the feeling got worse and worse? That's exactly what I experienced today. It was a creepy feeling, trust me, really creepy.
And talking of creepy feelings, how can I forget this creepy incident that happened to me when I was in my 7th class (grade).
It was a warm Sunday morning, perfect for a 12 year old, inquisitive guy like me to explore new horizons. So, after giving my morning Roll Call (OMG! Roll Call? As in, a Hostel?) Yes, Roll Call.. as in a Hostel. I was in a Residential School
, remember? Okay, so, after giving my Roll Call, I furtively go to my room, get dressed and set out on a journey which would change my life forever.
So, I walk down our play ground-making sure no one sees me-towards a small opening, which would get me out of the campus. Once out, I take a bus to the only theater in town which showed Soft-Porn
movies (Golly gee, didja just say Porn? As in, Pornography?) Oh yeah, you bet your Asteroids, I did. In a way, I was a Child Prodigy
when it came to such stuff. But then, how does it matter now? Okay, once near the theater, I stand there and observe people-hoping to spot someone of my age. And after waiting for a few futile minutes, decide to go and get my ticket to adulthood.
"One ticket, sir." I gingerly ask the Box-Office dude.
That guy must have got the shock of his life 'cos he just kept staring at me. And after a few seconds, says, "Idi pillala movie kadu (This is not a kids movie)."
But I didn't give up. "Sir, please, naaku ee movie chaala choodaalani undhi (Sir, Please, I desperately wanna watch this movie)."
After prodding along for a few minutes, the guy finally agrees and gives a "I bet this won't be your last soft-porn movie
" look. But of course. I mean, it's like giving someone a Lays chip and saying, "I bet you can't eat just one....tan tana".
So, I walk in, watch everything which a 12 year old guy would find interesting
and come out satisfied. "Aaah," I think, "I can now brag about this to everyone..Yada Yada." I then board the bus and cogitate about the hero's welcome that I would be getting. What, with me being the first guy from my school to ever watch an adult
movie and all.
Once inside the campus, I saunter towards my room and whom do I see there? The Warden! "Gosh," I think, "Not him! This cannot be true."
"So, Raj, where were we since morning?" He asks with a look on his face, which, well, only a Warden can have.
"Father...err...father...I was in the playground...."
*SLAP* Right across my face.
"Playground, eh? You little twat, you..you..nit-wit.."
*SLAP* another one. This time on the other cheek.
*SMACK* Okay, that was the cane coming in contact with my 12 year old BUTT.
I couldn't take that. I start weeping, begging him to stop hitting me.
"You are a shame to our hallowed institution." He yells and walks outta the room.
Boy! Was he pissed-off or what? I later learn that someone from the school saw me near the "seedy" theatre and informed the warden. Damn! And what was that "someone" doing near the "seedy" theatre? For all I know, that "someone" could have been the Warden himself. Asshole.
That night, unable to sleep, I went out of my room, to the balcony. It was a Full Moon night. And, I couldn't resist the urge to make the moment count. So, I threw my head back and howled
It was a long, ear-splitting howl. I just wanted to annoy my warden and to be honest with you, I sounded pretty good.
Now, don't ask me what happened after that 'cos you surely wouldn't wanna know and even if you do, I don't have the patience to tellya.