The Janasathabdhi train has started moving from the Chennai station, the seat beside Sriram was unseated. An another guy occupied the other end of window seat. Sriram went to meet his colleague in the next car of the same train. Someone occupied the vacant seat, before he return to his place.
Because of the before day unslept, make him so tired. He tried to sleep with the unavoidable sounds of the children around him. But he couldn't.
The ticket collector woke Sriram, while he is fighting up with the memories. He showed his ID proof. The man seated next to Sriram, showed the unreserved ticket. The TC warned him and charged the penalty and also showed the another seat as the present one is already reserved.
Again the beside seat is vacant.
When the train has stopped in some station, a girl with handful of luggages, stepped in, opened her wallet and checking for the seat number. She moved to Sriram place, he understands that, the middle seat is for her. Sriram moved to middle and offered her with his seat. She tried hard to place her bags which is above of seats at a height more than her. She seated with her pink coloured huge teddy bear on her lap. Sriram busy with his haunting memories. She wants to read her book. The cover page overlooked by the Sriram and it colored in light yellow. By breaking his thoughts, She asked help of Sriram, to place her teddy safely in the above of their seats. He smiled at her and helped to place the teddy safely, then kept busy himself in memories.
Sriram, got a phone call and he went to the next car. She is busy in reading her novel and gave a thought where is the guy seated next to her after the enquiry of TC. She has seen him next to a girl walking in a station, but not sure about his face.
Sriram, came to his place. With her permission, he crossed her and took his seat. She asked him, where you need to go? Sriram replied, until the end of this train goes. She laughed. He shook his hand and said his name, she introduced herself as "Dara". He questioned, any suffixes or prefixes for name? Dara laughed, I have a long name, but the suffix is Dara Devi, a goddess name near seeleru village. Mmm.. Something peculiar name, both grinned.
In her queries, he spoke more than usual, and there is a small connection between the places they both have been. Both studied in nearby places, staying now in the near places, but they haven't crossed each other.
Later, Sriram inquired about the doll, is it for presenting to someone? he posed childishly. Again she smiled, nope.. It's my teddy, my mate. I will carry this one along with me, every time.. Does it have any name? No. I didn't thought about it. But thanks for the idea., I ll give her a name. Yeah, that's good.
Sriram showed a snap with his sister, while they shared about their family members. This brings a discussion on the chocolates, as she likes it very much. Sriram mocked her, it would be easy for your husband to handle you. Yeah, that is the secret of mine, I will fell for chocolates. My brothers will keep the chocolates if I am mood off.
It's time to bid good bye, the train reaching to her destination. Sriram, liked maturity of her age., still, he is surprised, that she took the initiative to speak with me. But he really liked her and gave a thought that he is looking for a girl like her. They both didn't initiate to exchange nor their mobile numbers nor a contact ID to meet later. But he prayed for fate, that give another chance to meet her. He confidently believes, they will meet soon.