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Unfortunately being Fortunate
I was an average looking girl. I was had a good height and was medium built. But there was some problem with my teeth. There were few gaps in the front row. When I had seen an orthodontist to get the problem fixed, he suggested me to get braces. I was completely blown out. I asked him the duration till which I have to hide twinkling teeth from the world. He firmly replied “For at least 2 years”. I was in dilemma. I wanted to get my imperfect teeth fixed but 2 years was a really long interval. I wasn’t sure if I could sustain for that long. It then happened that I had made up my mind. I knew that I had to face many challenges and hurdles. Everyone will mock me saying that “You got braces so late. What had happened to your teeth? How long will it remain? Does it pain? Do you feel shame to smile?” I knew that there would be many more such questions that I will face daily. I may no longer be able to showcase my 32-teeth for the shutterbugs. It was humiliating thinking about the consequences but I guess god had given me the strength to confront the situation. I was sitting in the clinic and still wondering whether to stay back or run away. I was still engrossed in thoughts when my name was called up “Aisha Navinkumar”. I opened up my eyes and put my step with a brave heart. I thought for a moment “Whatever happens, happens with a purpose. So let it happen”. My mom was sitting outside. I stepped in. The doctor then asked me to be relaxed. I prayed to god. He cleaned my teeth and then started with the process. It pained initially when he was using certain drilling machine but then the pain decreased gradually. It took two hours for the process to get over. Now I knew I would not laugh or smile openly in front of all. I was in great depression. It ached a bit but then mom got me an ice-cream.
I went in front of the mirror and stood and tried to smile. It looked dreadful. It made me look ugly. I went directly to my bed room and started wondering “Without braces I had no smart guy following me. No boy ever approached me in that sense and now no one even look at me. May be even if they look at a first glance, and then observe my braces then that would turn them off and they would move away from. Even girls would make fun of my braces. Oh god why me?” I was all in thoughts then suddenly my mobile vibrated. It was a message. I clasped it. To my surprise it was a message from Raj. I was happy, glad and worried at the same time. I got a message from him after 2 long months. He said a simple ‘Hi’. I sent him a smiley in return and in turn again sent me a smiley. Then I asked him about where he had been disappeared for two long months. He gave me some stupid reasons. I neglected it. I wanted to know how things were going on in his love life. He then surprised me saying that “I broke up with her”. I was for sure very happy hearing it. But I tried to show some sympathy asking what went wrong and why he ditched such a beautiful girl. He said things didn’t go well between them and there was no compatible between them so they decided to move on and the other day he saw a guy talking to her near her house which left the things more fuming between them. I asked him “Can I do anything?” To which he replied “No senorita. Just keep talking. You know I love you so much and you are my bestest friend. I can open up and pour my deepest secrets in front of you”. That brought a smile on my face. I wanted to tell him what pain I underwent today. But later on thought that he too would shy away thinking that I have braces and moreover we were at so distance that we couldn’t see each other.
He asked me to check my mail. He sent me a photo of his. He looked handsome and then asked me to send a photo of mine. I was petrified initially but then I knew he wouldn’t misuse it so I send him one (I scanned through all the photos I had and sent him the best one). He replied seeing my photo “Beautiful Senorita”. I blushed. Then mom came to ask for dinner. I replied “I will be down in 10 minutes mom”. I then told him that I am rushing for the dinner and then disappeared. Talking to him made me forget that I had undergone some treatment and the day was very unfortunate for me but a simple message of his made all the fortunes knocking my doors.
To Be Continued..
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