Living a ‘hostler’ life is the best a student can get in his lifetime. Everything is so relaxed, full of randomness, without any orders, do-whatever-you-can types, the way we all like. But the only pain in the ‘arse’ during this honeymoon period is the time when your tifffin-wala without any pre-notice do not get your low quality, low hygiene food and you feel so helpless as if you have been deprived of something very precious . So, after a giving a round of “heavenly” curses, we all thought of checking out a new restaurant, Suraj. It was located at the basement of the hotel, so we jumped the steps and in hurry, Minku almost missed the glass door and banged on it. It almost cracked, oh not the door but probably some part of Minku’s brain but he religiously hid from us acting as if nothing happened.
The ambience of the restaurant was soothing and looked like a perfect place for candle light dinner. The later thought was originated by Rinku, the only stud of the group as rest all were dudes. We were already feeling the hunger thunder but a restaurant would take its own course on supplying the necessary food delicacies that would pacify your aggravating trouble. Sunny as usual the first do go when it comes to giving ORDERS called one of the persons standing at the counter. That person first ignored him but on continuous yell by Sunny, he came across and at his highest pitch which almost made us deaf told that he was not the restaurant staff but a customer. Buoy!!! That was gross. We ordered the Special Suraj thali for each of us because of the unlimited amount of food you can have at a nominal price of INR 45. There was still some time before we have our food items cruised onto our table, so we started our usual leg pulling. Raju was the chosen one as he was constantly messaging some girl.
Raju, dude I also want to meet her, she is so pretty, shouted Sunny.
Dude, I think I’m in love with her. Rinku shyly spoke but his pitch was very high and almost every other person in the restaurant heard him.
Guys chuck it, let’s discuss something else. Last night, it was an awesome match and Nehra, dude, single handed demolished English batsmen.
Abe oye! cricket k alawa bhi kuch dikhta hai kya, Raju spoke while typing something stupid for sure on his Nokia 1100.
Yeah, I can see your stupidity all around me. I came up with an instant shot and everybody started giggling so loud that we became the centre of attraction. And then the most awaited moment came, the food was right in front of us. Aroma as if straight from the heavenly kitchens and then there was no stopping. Paneer Butter masala was the best among the lot and was supposedly the speciality of that restaurant. It came on and on and there was piling up of the dishes in front of all of us. 6-7 for each and it kept on increasing. It was as if the beast had come to party. Manager, Waiters and the customers were staring us and I am sure it was with disgust only. But we were enjoying feeding our ever hungry stomachs.
That’s 12th one gone down the drain, one more please. Rinku beamed as if it was one of the proud moments for him. Anyone game? By this time, we four had finished our dinner and were looking at him with full anxiety.
What is he upto today? Saala kitne dino se bhukha hai...I started the convo
Yes buddy, you can do it, atleast 15 should be the target. Minku was quick to add his stupidity
Oh shit!! Was there any competition? Nobody told me? I had a pao-bhaji plate with Babu before landing up here. Oh! Else I would have easily eaten 20 dishes of paneer. Sunny spoke in a depressing tone
While we three were discussing about the no. of dishes Rinku should have for today’s dinner, Raju had started texting someone again. Hey guys! Catch ya later. Got to go. Have some urgent work and there he ran.
Dude! I think he is checking out a chic of his branch. Why doesn’t our branch have some nice girl? Rinku spoke while finishing his 13th dish.
Coz, they can’t handle guys who eat 13 dishes of butter paneer at one time. I remarked sheepishly.
Oh is that!! Bhaiya bas aur nahi chahiye. And there we finished our sumptuous dinner at Suraj
At night, I felt a bit uneasy, maybe it was due to over-eating. I went to terrace and decided to walk for some time, the cool breeze made me felt a bit better. It was around 11.45pm, through my room window, at a distance, I saw, a few low intensity bulbs shining right across and some ghostly figures out there on a terrace right across my room. I was terrified as I had heard that there was some accident near that area and the according to people living there, there were some haunted souls. The sight was so dangerous and then I saw these people lifting some-one and beating him up. Oh that might be someone who had been caught by these evil souls.I was highly perturbed by that act of inhumanely figures. After some time, they stopped throwing the body of that poor person and they started dancing. This was too much for me and at one go, I switched on all the lights of my room, threw water on Raju and Rinku to wake them up.
Kya hai be?? Raju groaned.
Shhh..see something is going on that terrace.
Wait let me switch off the lights.
And when I switched them off, there was nothing. What? Where are they? Have they evaporated or what?
I swear buddy, I saw ghosts out their dancing and throwing a body in air.
Shut up and sleep!
For the complete night, I tossed on my bed from one side to another with the thought of those deadly creatures dancing right in front of me. It was giving me real goosebumps and the acidity which was making me feel uncomfortable was taken over by these more radical and burning thoughts. Next morning, I told everyone but no one believed. But I am pretty sure there was something happening that night but to be very frank, I am still clueless about it ;)