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Eloquent, my silence and your silence!

February 25, 2010

Killi (Malayalam): A person who hangs near the bus door whose primary job is to make noise and watch the chicks and whose secondary job is to usher the passengers into the bus.


 It was a hot day in Cochin and Ajit felt suffocated thanks to the very high humidity.

Damn this time before the monsoons” was all he could say.

It was the latter part of May and the crucial south-west monsoon had not yet started on its blitzkrieg through Kerala but there was enough humidity in the air to stifle life all around.

It was 2 PM and the “Surya Bhagawan” blazed in his entire splendor and Ajit was at the Kaloor Bus Terminal waiting for the past half an hour for a friend who had not yet shown up.

He spent his time watching the brightly colored red private buses which came in continuously hoping that he would spot his friend in atleast one of them. It was a time when the cursed mobile phone had not yet become a part of his life and the only means of meeting people was by deciding a common spot/time beforehand and leaving the rest to fate.

It was business as usual at the Kaloor Bus depot; one of the most important bus stops in the city, very close to the “Ernakulam Town” railway station. In spite of the oppressive climate, Ajit could only smile when he spotted people teeming around the local Thattukada for a cup of hot chaya (tea), which proved yet again that the average mallu could not do without his regular dose of tea.

It is often said that a person watches things around him with remote interest when he has nothing else to do and Ajit was no different. With absolutely nothing else to do but kill time, he watched every single bus which made its way into the bus depot; watched on as the suave killi in his lungi jumped out before the bus would roll over to a complete stop calling out the destination; watched on as the bus finally made its way out.

For the past half an hour, Ajit had been subjected to the cries of “Thevara”, “Fort Kochi”, “Mattanchery”, “Thoppumpady”, “Tripunithara”, “Vytilla”, “Kadavanthara” and “Padma vazhi” by the various killis and he was sick of it.

It was during this relentless boring cycle that he suddenly spotted a curious looking dilapidated bus roll up into the bus stop and there in the window seat, sat a very beautiful girl.

He spotted her first or no, it might have been the other way around but both their eyes met as the bus stuttered its way into the bus bay and stopped right in front of him.

Ajit just could not take his eyes off the exquisite beauty but the alarming fact which very slowly sank in was that the girl was also not looking anywhere else but directly at him.

It was a magical moment for Ajit. He had read stuff like this only in books, or watched it in movies but he had never believed that it could happen to him. It was as if time had stood still for him. Her eyes were so magnetic that he could not but keep looking into them. He was impervious to the crowd around and thoughts of his friends were all but forgotten in a space of a few seconds.

After an “eternity” of 20 seconds, he broke that sacred eye contact and looked elsewhere; anywhere else but at the girl as the experience had been unnerving but the bus driver still was not ready to leave the bus depot.

After what was another “eternity“, the killi rang the bell and the bus very slowly made its way out of the bus bay and Ajit very slowly stole a glance towards the girl.

He got the shock of his life coz the girl was still looking at him and they maintained this eye contact for as long as they could. Ajit watched on as the bus disappeared over the “North Over bridge” and Ajit realized that the “eyes” could actually speak a thousand words……………

Never had silence been more eloquent than this in his life!!!


I have always wanted to capture/paint a picture of Cochin hence the reference to places etc.

The title of the post and the actual post (incident happened eons back) is inspired by this brilliant song which I rediscovered two days back.

15 Comments leave one →
  1. February 25, 2010 6:24 am

    Aha !!! First again !!! 🙂
    OG: yup 😛 😛

    • February 25, 2010 6:31 am

      Wah !! Ajit !! Wah !!! Sacred silence, eh !!!! And then – eyes could speak a thousand words !!! And “Never had silence been more eloquent than this in his life!!!” WOW !!! What poetic words to describe that eye contact with a beautiful girl !!!!
      OG: hahahahaha 😛 thanks!!!!!!!!
      The thrill and the happiness you felt, shows thru your words !!!
      OG: I hope it did 😛
      Why do I get the impression, that you’ll be married sooon !?!?!?!!??? LOL 😆
      OG: as I have always maintained, “NO comment of yours is complete without such statements???? eh”

      • February 25, 2010 8:33 am

        OG, I too think you are getting married soon…What’s her name? Does she like the poems you write for her?
        OG: I will let you know when I find her bones 😛

  2. February 25, 2010 7:39 am

    Now, you sure she was looking at him and not through him? 😛 Paavam payyan, don’t let him go back to the Stand every day and wait for this girl.
    OG: hahahhaa, he did not go back to the stop every day!!!!!!!! 😛

  3. February 25, 2010 8:32 am

    Since when have you become a poet? How is it that all your posts are inspired by Mallu movie songs?
    OG: Have a long way to go before becoming a poet 😛 and regarding mallu songs….. I dont exactly know…….. I just love the play of words in malayalam…………………….
    Yes, eyes can speak a thousand words…Whenever I meet someone new esp. men, I always make eye contact…You can tell a lot by the way a person looks…Eyes are always honest, words are often not…
    OG: good point bones…….. so true 😛

  4. February 25, 2010 11:55 am

    Eyes can certainly speak a thousand words 🙂 Such a pity you did not track her down, filmy style 😦
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛
    And please do keep posting Mallu songs. I have discovered so many lovely songs thanks to you guys 🙂
    OG: will do 😛

  5. February 25, 2010 12:55 pm

    Awww…how romantic! Was this really inspired by the song… or was it something/someone else?!
    OG: was inspired by my experience a long time back 😛

  6. February 25, 2010 7:28 pm

    vrithikettavan….vaaya nokkunna kaaryam inganey parasyamaakkano aliyaaa ????? 😀 😀 😀 😀
    OG: podae podae 😛
    (literal translation : vulgar fella… do you have to publicse your mouth looking stories dude????) 😀 😀 😀 😀
    OG: liked the “vulgar fella” bit 😛
    Its time you got married ! Im sure the girl kept looking at you only because that wouldve been the first time someone stared at her for so loong !!
    OG: sheri saar
    and looks like u werent waiting for a male friend or else you wouldve written his weird initials here !!! 😀 😀 😀
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 you had to pick on that eh??

  7. February 25, 2010 7:29 pm

    Whata romantic post machi… 🙂 wonderful description… I wish you to see the girl again… Hope you remember that eyes 🙂 🙂
    OG: will never forget the eyes machi!

    • February 26, 2010 7:26 am

      oh my gawd! OG saying this? awwww that is the cutest thing ever! 😀
      eyes eh? 😀 darn! I wish you meet her again then!
      OG: the incident happened so so long ago indy 😛

  8. February 26, 2010 7:28 am

    Romance is oozing out of the post OG 🙂
    (see? cant even call you apoopan for this post)
    I mean aww and aww and then some sighs… *sigh*
    loved reading it:)
    OG: 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

  9. February 26, 2010 10:35 am

    @ Kili – Aliya first i though you were gonna talk about ‘matte kili’ 😀
    happy that finally a ‘kili’ showed up.
    OG: what is “matte kili” :mrgreen:
    he broke that sacred eye contact and looked elsewhere; aliya u did the right thing , how can we waste our time for one kili ……that too in cochin , which is like a supermarket of kilis.
    OG: hahahahahahaha 😛 kollam 😛
    During my +2 days in kottarakara, i used do the same thing in kottarakara bus dipo…hopefully some sundaris will write about me, like you wrote……hmmmmmm
    OG: google for it 😛
    P.S cursed mobile phone …lol I liked that
    OG: 😛 yo

  10. February 27, 2010 3:28 am

    LOL!!! jeevathithil ippo aavashyathinu romance illathathu kondu flashback-il pokunno??? 🙄 😆
    OG: 😛 hahahahaha yeah, true………….
    well written tho! and a lovely song.. i like it a lot 🙂 80s-90s malayalam cinema had a charm of its own…
    OG: thanks!

  11. February 27, 2010 10:00 pm

    What kept you from going after her??? Gosh are you regularly stared at by girls that you didn’t bother to check out who she is? Am sure if someone dared to look at me that long either I would have asked his name or given him a piece of my mind (in case he is the vayanokki types)

    First Kanagu and now you…what’s with you eligible bachelors??? 😯

    Hey keep the malayalam songs coming will ya…it’s so great to see all of them.

  12. March 12, 2010 6:35 am

    I kept waiting for a twist at the end.. like she is looking at the hero under whose hoarding you were sitting /standing 😉

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