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October 2, 2009

The day when Hopeless Romantic was born...


29 October, 2005 :: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi

4:30 pm, @ Air Deccan Counter, Domestic terminal 1A


"What, but i have got my tickets booked last night, just check properly, its just not possible", he said to the lady across the counter while taking out his mobile to call the travel agent again.

"Sir, I have checked. But this is not a confirmed ticket. Only if the flight is overbooked, or there are any last minute cancellations, we can give you a ticket. Please wait till then", she said and immediately moved on to the next person in the line.

He moved, searching the last dialed called history on his mobile as he heard another person, storming up and down the airport entrance area...

" Sid man, this Indian airlines has fucked me again, as usual pending ticket at the end. Now i have shifted myself to Air Deccan, still waiting for the confirmation from them for the flight to Kolkata", he said it irritatingly, playing with the strap of his black bag on the right shoulder.

He looked at him once again carefully, trying to figure out where he has seen him last, his face seems so recognizable, still not able to point out exactly about his identity. His mind was trying to play a game of hide and seek in trying to guess the stranger, when an announcement for his name broke down his reverie. He moved to the Air Deccan counter..

"Sir, a couple has cancelled his ticket, so there are two seats available. We are issuing you the boarding pass but we still cannot guarantee that seats will be available in the flight as due to some system error, the flight was over booked. You need to wait 20 minutes before the flight take off to confirm this boarding pass. Otherwise, we need to put you to next flight to Kolkata on 8pm. Till then, please go through all the security measures through this door", She completed explaining the whole process and pointed towards the Air Deccan entrance gate...

He picked the boarding pass, and started moving and realised that same man was standing behind him in the queue, patiently waiting for his turn so that the lady across the counter can attend to him...

5:15 pm, @ Airport waiting lounge, Domestic terminal 1A

He went through the security check up, and sat across the empty chairs to catch up some moments of rest. It has been a tiring day for him, but excitement was still not completed yet ...

The same man whom he met outside airport came and sat across on the chairs, still talking on his mobile. His mind again got entangled in trying to recollect his identity. At times, he felt he is close to cracking the nut, but still it was becoming a perfect case of so near, yet so far. He saw him moving towards the wash room and he closed his tired eyes, in an effort to make them relax. But as he shut down his eyes, again an announcement voiced asking him to meet at the Air Deccan counter.....

5:30 pm, @ Airport waiting lounge, Domestic terminal 1A

His boarding pass got confirmed in the Air Deccan flight, and he started moving towards the same seat where he was sitting before, and saw the same bespectacled guy again sitting there, but this time just to its next seat.

"Hi, i just saw you outside the airport, i am not able to recall you, Do we know each other?", he said making first move to solve the riddle.

The guy told his name, and lightening immediately struck him - he saw him two nights before on TV in a chat show discussing about his latest book. He was an author and his latest writing piece has hit the book stands last weekend. He got ecstatic, and started talking to him...

"I have read your first book, and i really liked it. It was different, it was cool, and it had so many moments of dark humour", "But what made you write this one on such a weird topic as your second book."

"Dude, i needed to break the shackles. I actually wanted my second book to be my first book, but then when you need to break into a new field from your current profession, you got to make compromises. I am not saying my first book was a compromise, it is still a part of very special me and my life in one of the premier institute of India. But this second effort is more of what i always wanted to write. A contemporary theme, dark characters and a story with a message in the end without being preachy. I wanted to retain the same characteristics as first one but still wanted to convey different theme this time to express myself. And that's what writing is all about." " Do you also write?", he stopped by asking the question.

He listened patiently to him, and asked again, " I read a lot, but i am not sure i can write. I don't feel i have the patience to write anything though there is a burning ambition somewhere in the corner of my heart."

He replied, " well, in just one short sentence, you told me two things about you. You read a lot, this is first step in becoming a good writer. Because how much you can think about good ideas, if you don't read well, you can't bring the punch in your writing. Secondly, you are impatient and you have a burning ambition. That's perfect. As a writer, you need to have that fire in your belly to be different. To write something which makes a difference to the lives of people who read you. It doesn't matter how many people read it, but it needs to make a straight impact when someone reads you first time. The rest of the things can take its due time and path. But just keep reading and start writing. And I hope there is nothing which Stops you.", he stopped to take a pause and then asked again " Tell me,which is one thing you read the most?"

He said, "basically fiction, most of the time. I love reading about relationships and their complexities. About the issues surrounding relationships specially in the complex society like ours. There is always so much to say and discuss".

"Then why don't you start writing about it, because its much easier to write about what you read and identify the most", he said as his words were interjected by an announcement of his name. He went and came back with his final boarding pas. The other cancelled ticket from that couple was his ticket. Both of them were on the same flight, waiting in the lounge for their tickets to get confirmed that evening.....


8:15 pm, @ Netaji Subhas Chandra Airport, Air Deccan baggage collection counter

"So dude, all the best to you! I hope you start something positive, The guy tapped on his shoulder to say a final good bye as he was collecting his luggage from the counter.

"Thanks a lot and all the best to you too. Hope you write many more books for us in the future", He replied and saw him exiting out of airport gates. He was going, leaving behind a resolute man; determined to start writing, writing which will make people laugh, writing which will make people cry, writing which will make people think and writing which will help me becoming a better human being....

PS: The writer who met in the lounge and travelled in that Delhi-Kolkata flight was Chetan Bhagat, famous author of best selling novels like - Five Point Someone, One night at Call Center and Three Mistakes of my Life. And you must have guessed by now, who was the other guy - yours truly, The Hopeless Romantic !

PPS: Oh ya, btw 27 years ago on 3 Oct, I was actually born today, so if you want you can wish me Happy Birthday! :D

PPPS: And Just in case you are wondering, why out of the blue, on my birthday, i have started talking about writing and writers here in this post; well, wait and watch this blog space for more in the coming weeks ....

67 comments:

I, Me and Myself said...

yipee me the first...

I, Me and Myself said...

so been waiting for d post since morning...firstly a very HAPPY BDAY to u...god bless u...and may u be blessed woth all the happiness

wow so u met chetan bhagat...i love his books man...n so u started writing..gr8..thankfully we got our hopless romatic..n i assure..u made us d all that u decided...u made us laugh and cry with ur posts...glad that u started writing...

anyways..hope u have a gr8 day ahead...and actually i am wishing u early acc to indian time but nevertheless happyy bday once agn..tc..

NEHA said...

happy birthday dude!

wishing u all the success and happiness in life! :)

wow! seriously worth the wait for this post man. you wrote it in such a nice stlye!

great words were those..

not a long comment this time exam 2mw

:)

bondgal_rulz said...

HAPPY HAPPY HAPPPPYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY BIRTHDAY HRA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's wishing you all the success in the world. May you excel at whatever it is that you set your eyes on. :)

And cool ya!! Chetan Bhagat himself to inspire you to write!! That's fantabulous!! So now I think we should be thankful to him for not only giving us 5 Point someone but also for this lovey dovey blog. :)

Happy Bday once again!! :)

Cheers

Heavenly Muse said...

wow!!
what a constructive meeting it was....

Guria said...

Happy Birthday!!

The way you described your feelings impatient and half-formed thoughts and extensive reading, that's ditto for me.

May be someday I'll say the Hopeless Romantic himself inspired me to write! :)

Happy Birthday again! :)


Cheers, G.

rh3a said...

damn it! 7th! :(

this post has been awaited since a year! special to me for special reasons! i've always believed in destiny, and this too was in ur stars to come across Mr. Bhagat so close! maybe someday you will write books too, who knows!
as of now, its been great knowing the Hopless Romantic.. may the romance n hopelessness continue! :)

Happy Birthday!
Lotsa Love! :)
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Harini said...

Happy birthday!

Have a great great great year ahead! Have a blast tonight! And its the weekend so you dont have to worry! Just go out and have fun!

I hope one fine day, you will be as famous as Chetan so that I can tell people that I know Amit :).

Vishnu said...

a hopefully romantic birthday wishes to u..

so this is how it all began.. u explained it perfectly..
the history of the accident
the geography of the incident..

Shanu said...

Happy Birthday!!

oRange* said...

happy birthday!
may u have a great life ahead :)

lucky u! u actually met chetan bhagat! wow!

and btw, great blog! i like :)

~*~ Jal Pari ~*~ said...

Happy Birthday! Libras rock ;). Hope you have a good one :)!

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Shweta

Thanks for all the wishes and compliments :) You wished me on time, EST. It was 12 midnight :)

I hope to keep writing for you all !

Cheers,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Neha

Thanks, glad it was worth the wait. All the best for your exams, do well!

Love,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Isha

thanks for all the best wishes, i am lucky to have a friend like you who reads me every time i post something on this blog. You rock!

Love,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Heavenly Muse

Yes it was indeed the turning point in my life, it has a real positive effect later on.

Thanks,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Guria

Well, i am glad you are able to identify your feelings with me. I am too small to be an inspiration for someone, still a long way to go in my writing.

Thank you very much for the warm wishes!

Cheers,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Rhea

i hope it was worth the wait all this while, thanks for the wishes, it has been great knowing you too (though i still complain you don't let me know about what you feel regarding the writings). I appreciate your constructive criticism at times, it helps in my writing for sure.

Cheers,
Amit

PS: writing a book, ahem ahem, well, let's see!

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Harini

Thanks dear for those nice lines, but you can tell people you know amit even when i am not famous :D

In MBA, there are no weekends, i just submitted a strategic management assignment, taking a break to reply to e-mails and comments, will be having lunch and back to making another assignment on Organizational behaviour. Told you, life is a bitch :)

Cheers,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Vishnu

lol, nice lines those written by you. Thanks, keep coming!

Cheers,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Shanu

thank you very much :)

Cheers,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@orange*

hey, welcome to the blog, thanks for dropping by,glad you liked the blog and i appreciate all the good wishes!

Keep coming!
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Jal Pari

Thanks, Does it mean you are also a libran? If yes, then either belated happy birthday or advance happy birthday :)

Enjoy,
Amit

Smita said...

Wish you a veery happy Birthday :-)

I had initally thought You are talking about Aravind Adiga but when I saw the date I knew I was wrong :-)

Have attended a book launch which CB was attending, the man has a terrific sense of humor and I simply believe that he has revolutionised the Indian Publishing sector with the pricing of his book. I was his big fan but his last book was a disappointmend for me but am waiting for his new one which shud be releasing any time soon :-)

Waiting for more tales from you!!!

Jaspreet Sasan said...

nice post...i love reading your blog...keep writing...

and wish you a very happy birthday..:)

Srishti said...

Happayyyyyyyyyyyyyy butt-day!!
Haha, sorry couldn't resist. My best wishes to you and may you keep writing like this foreverr!!
Have fun! :)

Secondly...you've met Chetan Bhagat? :O Ohh woww!! Lucky you!
And this is so cool...THE Chetan Bhagat himself inspired you to start writing...eeeeee!!

Enjoy! :)

gargi said...

wow..u met him...thats soo niceee =)
i guess we fail the same about his first and second book..lol..

nice post Mr. Hopeless Romantic =)
and another thing..
Happy birth daayyyy tooo youuuuu...
happy birth daaayyyyy toooo youuuuu...haaappppyyy biiirrtthhh daaayyy..toooo AAAAMMMMIIIITTTT...happy birthday toooo you!!!!... may all your wishes be fulfilled!..=)
Always keep smiling!!!...

xoxox


ps... desperately waiting for your future posts =D

Rishi said...

hey.. happy birthday... have tons of fun...
kep writing..

just one small query... does chetan bhagat say "dude" that many times...

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Smita

thanks for the wishes :) If it was arvind adiga, i might have identified him with a bald head :D and when i saw CB, he was not that popular also. I agree he has revolutionized the whole publishing industry. He act brought back the whole college going, youngster culture back into writing!

Even i found his third book a bit of an disappointment, though i was so excited to read it i brought and completed it within 12 hours of its release. I have no idea when he is coming out with his next book, but should be some time mid next year!

Thanks,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Jaspreet

thanks a lot for the warm wishes :)
i am glad you liked my blog and i will surely keep writing :)

Cheers,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Sristhi

thanks a lot for those ass kicking wishes :D

Well, yes he did inspire me to start writing after a long time pondering whether i should start or not !

love,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@ Gargi

thank u very much :)

i would keep writing and i am sure you will keep on testing my time management skills with your special comments :)

Love,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Rishi

thanks a lot dude :)

well, he says dude and fuck a lot, i deliberately deleted most of them while writing this. One day if by mistake he comes to read it, he won't be very happy to know about it :D

Thanks,
Amit

Anonymous said...

Wish you a very Happy Birthday Amit !

Waiting for a BOOK now

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Anonymous

thanks a lot for the warm wishes :)

Book, what book :O *pretends to ignore* :D

Cheers,
Amit

nsiyer said...

Many many happy returns of the day. You are quite young man. Enjoyed our post.

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Iyer Sir

thanks a lot, I am 27, don't know its young or just about young :D

Regards,
Amit

Harini said...

@ Amit

Aww.. thats sad. Chalo, Koi gal nahi after you are done with your MBA and all you can have a party that can make up for all the others. Yeah, I will tell girls i do know you :P.

Anyways, how did the assignment go?

Hopeless Romantic said...

@ Harini

Luckily, i did manage to squeeze in for lunch and a movie - wake up sid :) So, along with two assignments and this, it was not a bad birthday. I slept only 3 hours in the last 36 hours, that is a different thing :D

One assignment has been submitted, in the process of making another one to be submitted on monday :)

I will surely award you for increasing my popularity among the opposite sex, go and treat yourself on my behalf at a restaurant near you :D

Thanks,
Amit

Benny said...

Belated B'day wishes Amit !!Long time since visiting urs..kinda busy with my job..wil surely check out ur posts soon!take care!

Netika Lumb said...

Next time when I do, I'll try travel through air transport.. Chetan Bhagat to mil jayega.
I love him.. :)

Pooja Mahimkar said...

hey first of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

and second of all..thats a great story. i mean there are 100s of people who got inspired from chetan bhagat and started writing well you are the lucky one that the guy who is a inspiration for 100s of people himself told you to write.

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Benny

thanks a lot for the wishes. Never mind, do come back soon!

Cheers,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Netika

huh, If he comes to know that you are travelling through air, i am sure he will take the train :D

Love,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Pooja

thanks a lot for the wishes. I am sure he saw something in that 5 minute conversation with me which made him say that i should start writing :)

Thanks,
Amit

Suresh Kumar said...

Belated Birthday wishes to u..

Hmm.... I presume we can expect a book from Amit very soon....

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Suresh

thanks a lot :)

Well, its too early to say anything, let the right time come!

Cheers,
Amit

sujata said...

i loved 5 point some one, didnt like the three mistakes of my life too much though, good that you got to spend some time with the writer. A very happy birthday to you, though belated, hope you had a lovely time, wishing for many more to come, God Bless

Aparna said...

Happy Birthday Amit
though I have being following your post for quite some time but this is the first time i am posting the comment.

Samadrita said...

Ah lucky you.Chetan Bhagat is a really nice guy.An IIT friend of mine met him like a year back in a Big Bazaar outlet in Kolkata.And he chatted with him for quite a long time.I truly admire someone who has got the guts to fess up to the fact that his wife(Anushka)is smarter than him. :P
About his writings...I'm not that much of a fan.They seem okayish to me. :)

P.S:You've written Kolkatta all over. It's Kolkata you know. :P

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Sujata Di

thanks a lot for the wishes. My favourite is also FPS, but ONACC is his personal favourite, that i know by talking to him. Good to see you here!

Cheers,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Aparna Di

thanks for the wishes, i am glad i finally came to know that you are also one of my secret admirers and read me regularly :)

Keep coming,
Amit

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Samadrita

ya, he is a nice guy! actually, that time it was special because he was not that famous, so catching her raw and what he felt at that time about writing in general was special. Well, he is very much like SRK, he would do anything for his wife and twin kids. And btw, do you know he met his wife during MBA days at IIM-A. They both were classmates!

His writings give enormous scope of youth to enjoy, he single handedly brought back youth and their issues back in novels. And that's why he will always be special.

Sorry for the mistake, its a hang over of writing Calcutta, with a double T :D

cheers,
Amit

Butterfly Thoughts said...

A very Happy Birthday:-) all the best to you your blog and your writing:-)

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Manisha

thanks a lot for the wishes, Did you got my response in the form of an e-mail? i Sent it and then a reminder mail too! was wondering whether you received the mail.

Cheers,
Amit

Free Falling said...

Kooooool post ;)

Hopeless Romantic said...

@ Free Falling

Thanks :)

Cheers,
Amit

Butterfly Thoughts said...

Hi Amit
I didnt get any mail from you neither any reminder:-) I was actually wondering that you didnt reply and there was no response from you. So I was a little hesitant in coming and commenting on your blog. But since it your Bday I thought of wishing you.

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Manisha

lol, well i was thinking on the same lines that you have not got the mail. i am surprised why you haven't got it. Do one thing, drop me an email at - *loveisalwaysnew@gmail.com* NOT THROUGH contact form, but through your email id.

Hopefully, i will get it this time. Let me know in any case

Cheers,
Amit

Simha said...

Hi,

nice blog on how you started your writing. At the same time, it inspires others to take up writing.

Belated happy returns Of The Day.
May God Bless You !!!!

PS: We both share the same birthday. :)

Butterfly Thoughts said...

mailed you. hope it reached you:-)

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Manisha

Got your e-mail. Sent you the response again. Let's talk further on e-mail. If you use gtalk, you can send me a add request at loveisalwaysnew@gmail.com

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Simha

wow, belated happy birthday buddy :)

great to know that you have liked my writings, keep coming back for more, would love to see you around!

All the best, take care!
Amit

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

I am late i know..many many wishes for the birthday..hope u had a good celebration and enjoyed it too..

You met him....i loved his first novel but his last two were horrible to me :P

He is a fine write who writes simply and reaches out easily to simple readers too :)

Good to see him giving u advices on it...why did u lie that u dont write?? :P

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Mahesh

thanks for the wishes. I thought this third was not good, but ONACC was alright to me.

Dude, read carefully again. This was in 2005 and did not used to write (esp stories) at that time (barring a few romantic poems for girls D:). I didn't lied, neither i had to !

Cheers,
Amit

Satans Darling™ said...

Belated Happy Birthday HR :)

And now I know where all the magic in your writing comes from :) You were inspired by a very good writer!

Hopeless Romantic said...

@Ashrita

thanks a lot for the wishes. Well, i hope i can keep writing a little like him :)

Cheers,
Amit