One of the most interesting things in the world is meeting strangers.
So many stories take birth with just a short encounter with a stranger. Sometimes lives change. Or sometimes they just stay with you as sweet memories….. Or not so sweet memories, remember those movies about giving ride to psycho hitchhikers;)
Recently I had visited my friends house. She has been my friend since kindergarten.
But over the years, her mother has a very interesting story to share.
So she was 16 and had gone on a holiday with her family to sea side. She didn’t know swimming and when a huge wave came, she was swept under being pulled down by the currents far from anyone’s reach.
Just then a hand came from somewhere and pulled her out of the water and handed her to her parents.
She had briefly seen the guy. He was hardly 20 and was gone even before she could thank him.
A stranger had saved her life. But the story doesn’t end here.
8 years later.
She still hadn’t found any one special enough. Had completed her studies and was doing a job. Her parents wanted her to get married.
So one day a new guy got transferred to her office in a senior post. And guess who the guy was!!
Yess it was the stranger from 8 years back who had saved her life.
Almost sounds like a plot from the movies but that’s exactly what had happened!!
Needless to say he’s now my Friend’s dad!!
Her parents’s story is very famous in our school :p Every new term, a new teachers would ask my friend to narrate how her parents met.
They look like just any other couple…..but ordinary people with extraordinary stories!!
Even closest friends we have today were strangers at some point of time.
But I guess the most interesting type of strangers are the ones who stay strangers.
You don’t know anything about them. They don’t know anything about you.
Just someone…..very interesting in this huge world.
So I’ve compiled a list of 3 strangers I’ve come across till now who are still fresh in my mind!! :p :p
Stranger no 1 ♦♦
I was 6 years old. The stranger in this case was around 8 years old!! :p
We had gone on a trip to a sea side town. The resort we checked in had the biggest bluest most beautiful sparkling swimming pool just overlooking the ocean.
But I didn’t know swimming. I still got into the shallow kids side of the pool. And there was this kid dressed for the Olympics….with inflated yellow tyres around his hands, a red tyre around his waist, a red water cap, matching trunks and a pair of goggles :p
Our parents were sitting on either side of the pool.
We instantly became friends. Coz he was so friendly and NICE!!
I had also seen boys of our class…..kids of that age are kinda self obsessed….but he was really nice!! He got me a huge black tyre from above the pool so I could wade to the deeper side. He was always by my side so I don’t go in too deep and even offered me his precious yellow tyres :p :p
As I said….I had friends of his age….but he was exceptionally nice and kind!
I don’t exactly remember what we talked about……but we had a really nice conversation and he was extremely passionate about swimming. Next we went for some water slides near the pool. I had such a great time. And we had become such great friends. He was sooo cooperative and was trying his best to teach me swimming in 1 day :p But as I’m just emphasizing, he was really NICE.
Next day when I went back to the pool, they had already checked out.
I really don’t know anything about him. Just a stranger. Maybe that’s the best way.
I’m sure he’s leading his life in the best possible way coz he was such a nice and warm person.
Stranger no 2 ♦♦
I was 13 years old.
Our holidays were coming. I had gone shopping with mom to this particular place where you get really great traditional clothes.
Near that area is a very old boys school. They have produced some very famous alumni over the years. But they are famous for 2 things.
Their beautiful garden with antique statues.
And their even more beautiful boys :p :p
Our driver was parking the car. And I was looking around. And that’s when I saw stranger no 3 walking along the pavement.
He was probably studying in 11th or 12th grade and I guess he lived nearby.
Treat to the eyes!!. You could write novels on him :p :p
He was tall with an athletic body.
His hair was so black and shiny it almost looked violet in the sun. And the longest thickest darkest eyelashes. And he had red lips. How do boys get such red lips!!
Some kids from that school was returning home in the school bus and they were waving at him and he smiled and did a kind of a salute.
Just cute boy things :p :p
And then he passed our car.
Suddenly bent down his head and looked into the window. It got me quite startled. But then he started adjusting his hair.
And I realised he didn’t get to see me. He was just checking out his reflection as our windows were of very dark tinted black glass!!
What the hell!!
I told about him to my friends. I actually increased the sales of the showrooms around as all of them went shopping in that area;) :p
But everyone had the common verdict, ‘Never trust good looking boys’. But does that mean less good looking boys have better track records of being more trustful. I really don’t know. I haven’t trusted any boy like that till now to be the best judge…….but I think its not about looks. Its about upbringing and what paths you choose for yourself.
Looks do help attract quicker. But to make that attraction last or convert it into love…..you need a whole lot more.
Nevertheless stranger 3 was a devilishly handsome guy;) I wonder what’s he doing in life now!!
Stranger no 3 ♦♦
I forgot about this guy. Should have written about him earlier.
I was in 5th grade. And was the patrol monitor of a 1st grade classroom.
But before I tell you why this stranger was special lemme first tell you something that made him special.
Beyond the movies, even beyond the books…..Harry Potter was a journey for me.
My strongest memory of Harry Potter is reading the last page of every book…..when Harry and friends have completed another year at Hogwarts and looking out of the castle, promising each other to be in touch. To be eachother’s support and strength.
Its such a nostalgic, sad and happy feeling.
HP has been in my heart since I was 5 years old.
I’ve been engrossed. Obsessed. And in love with Harry Potter. If my soul was split in 7 parts, they would all reside in each HP book.
So one day I saw a lil guy sitting in the 1st grade classroom with a newspaper. It was 2005. Goblet of fire movie had just released. It was all over the papers. I don’t know how much he could read…..but he was certainly trying.
His name was Ram. A totally grandfather generation name. No one keeps this name anymore. But this guy was just unique.
He knew everything about Harry Potter. It was just a pleasure talking to him. The more and more I talked to him…..the more I realised that this guy was different than the others. Not only in case of HP. But just a nice, calm and sweet little kid.
I find immense happiness just talking about HP. And when someone on the otherside is as engrossed in it as you are they definitely become your fav person.
He had my number and sometimes would call me up and talk about all things HP.
I’m a single child.
But if I had a brother I would want him exactly to be like this. I really wanted him to grow up, achieve lots of things and be very happy and make me proud.
The reason he’s a stranger is coz I only know his name. Next year I went to 6th grade and our buildings changed…..rather campus changed as the secondary campus and primary campus are quite far from eachother. And I think he had also shifted to some other school.
He’s in 12th grade now I think. Final school year. After that the race to become an engineer…. or doctor….just like everyother kid. But then he’s a nice kid. I’m sure he’s rocking it!!
So they are some of my favorite strangers. Met them a long time ago. But still having the fondest memories.
There’s another story I wanna share. I had heard it in gym…..while I was on the treadmill and two women were chatting on the other treadmills. Even though not exactly about strangers…..but definitely a scary one. Lets name it…..‘Thank god it wasn’t a tyre puncture!! :p :p’
One of them with her husband had gone on a forest safari. They along with another couple had hired a jeep and went on a ride inside the forest. The forest is particularly known for having leopards.
After a few hours of driving they told their driver to stop the car in front of a narrow stream. Even though you are never supposed to get out of the car in a jungle…..they anyways did. After washing their hands in the water they decided to click some pictures. It was very fun and they all returned back home.
And then few days later they received a call from the couple who had mailed them some pictures clicked in their camera and wanted them to check it out.
And once they opened the mail they got the shock of their life.
In the picture, the driver was holding the camera and five of them were standing below a tree. Along with them something else was also captured in the frame.
The tail of a leopard, hanging from the tree, right above their heads.
It was a huge tree. The leopard had camouflaged itself there…..besides they didn’t even bother checking for a leopard above their heads :p :p
I guess you can call the leopard the unwanted stranger here :p;)
Anyways…..its really hot here. And I decided to prepare something cool for myself. Definitely not the most beautiful looking food you have seen in all the scrumptious and amazing food blogs…..but I gave it a try. Mango juice with bread, chicken nuggets and sponge cake….all ready made…..I just had to heat them and decorate on the plate :p
I’m eating only healthy things now;)
And then not to mention…..truck load of assignments. Sometimes back I was telling a really good friend here that our exams got over I’m freeee now. And BAM!! we again have exams after a week. I found this in google. Exactly my condition.
Can you imagine I didn’t even get to click selfies;) :p Yeah its that crazy!! haha :p :p
Some of you might have some very fascinating encounters at some point of life. We would love to hear about it.
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