This is a series about some Strange Encounters which I have had in my life, or I can say that I have had many encounters but these are the ones which are the strangest and the ones that I can remember. I am sure many of you out there have had many such encounters. I would like to share one such which happened with me and my friends on a fine Saturday evening.
I was with my friends in a place called Thadi in Hauz Khas Village. This was the 1st time we had gone there and it was truly a memorable experience. The place is located in the modern yet somewhat rustic locality of Hauz Khas Village. The place itself is very difficult to find, you have to ask at least 3-4 people before you reach the entrance. Even after reaching the entrance you are not sure if you are in the right place. One has to climb at least 50 stairs before you reach to the cafe, and the stairs are not your normal Cafe stairs. It is like you are going to a very old house which has not been used since a long time. The whole feel of the place before even entering the place was out of the world. To think that a cafe can be located at such a locality was amazing. It made us more enthusiastic and curious to explore what lies ahead.
Finally, we did reach Thadi. It is a normal Hookah Parlor(which you can find dozens of these days) with some things different. But the best thing about the place has to be the view. The View of the Hauz Khas fort (or Royal Tank or the place where some shooting of Rockstar took place) is just mind blowing. The view is literally jaw dropping. There is a lake with Swans and Ducks swimming, the lake is surrounded by greenery on all sides and to top it there is also a fort on the side which is beautifully ruined. Somehow a visit to a fort always makes me excited as I tend to imagine about it and the things or the people that used to live here .The Hauz Khas fort as I call it is also an amazing place to visit but let me stick to Thadi for now.
In Thadi, apart from the view, the food and drinks are OK types. Hookah is just above average but frankly I have had better Hookahs in Delhi. There is also another addition to Thadi, you get to play your own music. There are 2-3 speakers there, with Woofers and there is a 3.5 mm Jack with which you can plug into your phone and experience the feel of being a DJ. Play whatever songs you like to play, the owner does not complain, and the crowd obviously always loves good music. That is the time when the Strange Encounter starts to begin.
My friend was fondly playing David Guetta songs and everyone was enjoying it as David Guetta had just performed the day before in Gurgaon. Then came a girl (the girl) who was dressed in such an abrupt fashion that was hard to describe. She was wearing jeans and a t-shirt…over that jeans she was wearing some sort of a skirt, which was very explicitly designed, then she was also wearing a stole if I correctly remember, her right hand till the elbow was plastered. She wore specks, her hair was in a very bad shape and it looked that she had done some shopping because she was carrying a lot of carry bags. There was something about her which was just not right, it could have been that she came alone to this place, maybe she always came alone, or she was waiting for someone over there, but no one came. Or she was like the travelers who liked to visit places. No idea..But there was definitely something not right about her
Well, it was not to bother us as we were thoroughly enjoying our songs and each others company and she was also humming to the tunes and dancing on the beats which my friend was playing thoroughly enjoying being the DJ when suddenly she came over to us and politely asked my friend to turn the volume down a bit as she was talking on the phone, my friend obliged and lowered down the volume.
We thought that this would be the end of it, and no more discussion with this girl.
But…we were wrong
We were about to leave and had asked for our bill when the girl came over and asked if any of us had conveyance, we told her that we had conveyance but the friend in whose car we had come had gone home and now we were without any and we would probably take an auto (which was the truth infact), she said that she did not mind and if we could drop her to the nearest metro station. We being the true gentleman that we are did not say no and told her that you can hitchhike; we have not got a problem.
Then she sat down with us, while we were waiting for the bill, somebody called her on her tab.
Her conversation was very brief as she was not able to understand who had called her, she said that I meet hundreds of people every day and I give my number to every one of them so you have to be very specific in explaining the details so that she can understand to whom she was talking to. One of my friends went to the washroom and in the meantime that friend of mine missed a lot of things.
She started conversing with a friend of mine who was a girl by the way. The conversation goes like this:-
The girl: – So, what do you suggest, I am meeting two guys, whom should I go with?
My friend (slightly shocked):- Whomever you know better.
The girl:-Both are random guys, I don’t know anyone of them, both of them I have met today only, One I have helped and one has helped me(pointing to the plaster)
My friend(Not understanding what to say):- Hmmmmmmm
The girl:- Please tell me, I am very confused. I will use protection by the way(looking at us and saying some things which I could not understand)
My friend(Bedazzled):- Go with the one who is better looking.
The girl:- Ooooooooohhhhhhhhh…you are such a B**ch. I knew it.I will go with that one only
My friend(GOD HELP ME)
Me(thinking that who is saying what to whom)
Then entered my friend and we paid the bill, now it was the girl’s turn to go to the washroom, we thought of it as a perfect opportunity to escape and ran like hell downstairs.
After reaching downstairs we realized that is was not the best thing we had done,after all she was injured and had asked for our help so we thought of waiting for her to come down, and my friend who had gone to washroom was told in detail about the above conversation, felt his duty to get the girls number.:-) She came downstairs after 5 mins or so and was very happy to see us waiting, she even said that you guys are so nice that have waited for me, otherwise people always run away from me(Thank god for the reality check).
We went ahead our way finding an auto(ASAP), then we finally got one and without bargaining just wanted to go to the nearest metro station as soon as possible. In the meantime she was all blah blah blah, that she is the event organizer of all the concerts in Delhi, if you want the tickets of the Shafqat Amanat Ali concert, we should do take her number and stuff and stuff
In the auto, we were four people including the girl, and you can imagine the state of us four sitting together.It was hell. She went ahead with her bio data, that she likes to travel a lot, she is currently going to a place in Paharganj which is very famous(according to her, we had not even heard about it), that she earns around 16 lakhs a month(yes, a month) but she does not have a home and she loves travelling so she stays in hotels all across the world(and apparently meets random people on the way). My friend asked her that how did she get all plastered up on that right shoulder of hers(trying to be sympathetic)..she said that she was having Sex with a Nigger and he fucked her up pretty hard that she got all plastered up..well she caught us by surprise yet again. She later clarified that she fell down stairs and she was joking, but what a joke!!
Thank god the metro station came and she departed, all the time forcing us to take some gift from her as it is her custom, but we refused the gift very graciously. After she left, we were all awestruck by the girl and all of us had our own takes on her. My friend said that she was high, other one said that she was mad, the Auto driver said (yes the Auto driver also contributed) that I know these kind of people, they are definitely mad.
All in all, this was a very lovely evening for all of us together at a very nice place called Thadi and all of us are never going to forget the girl. The strangest girl I have ever met. What a perfectly Strange encounter.