Karan was sitting in front of the laptop, as usual surfing the net. With his unruly mop of hair and unkempt beard, he didn’t make a pretty picture. I just ignored him and went to his sister, Ketki’s room. Ketki and I were in the same college and we were becoming very good friends. Karan and Ketki recently shifted into our neighbourhood. I became friends with Ketki and liked her instantly. But the brother, a few years older, was a different matter. He would be in the house the whole day. Whenever I went to meet Ketki, he would open the door and will ask a few pleasantries. Out of politeness, I talked to him. But frankly, he had a very unkempt appearance.
So, I couldn’t understand that why is it that he is affecting me!!
Ketki had told me that Karan has got admission in a premium management college and will be leaving soon for his post-graduation. That gladdened me.
A day before, Karan was to leave, I went to Ketki’s place to say an ‘official bye’ to the big brother. As usual, Karan opened the door. I looked at him all shocked. The hair was trimmed and styled. And that beard was gone. And oh! did he look handsome! The guy had changed overnight and become a prince. I stared at him unabashedly.
‘Well, aren’t you coming in?’ he asked holding the door open. I just nodded and got inside and went straight to Ketki’s room. I felt like a fool for judging the guy with his appearance. I decided to shed my prejudices about him and be more friendly.
It was with a heavy heart that I bid him goodbye the next day along with his family. Before going, he came to me and whispered to me, ‘I’ll be back in a couple of months. Lets catch up then.’ Yayyy!!! I thought and gave my cutest smile back.
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