I was thinking to start my blog since a long, but, my procrastinating attitude never let me do that. Howeve, this incident was so funny that I couldn’t stop myself. This story is bit long, but, I hope it won’t bore you that much…!!!
This is an incredible story of how much “gullible” a person can be .The victim is my only good female friend in office “Jaya” . Before starting the story let me ask you a Q : Do you know “Piyush Chawla” ? For all those who don’t know , I will tell, he is a Cricketer and has played for
It all started as I entered the office, my good friend Alagiri enthusiastically congratulated me (Piyush Chawla) for being selected for the one day team. I responded him with equal zeal. Jaya , sitting next to our place asked surprisingly, what has happened and for what I am being congratulated …?
conversation went like this way :
Jaya: Really …?? When ….? How come yaar …??
Jaya: which newspaper ? Peeyush , you play cricket.. ?? you never told …??
Me : I do play…!!!
Jaya goes to Alagiri’s comp,
Jaya : Hey this name is “Piyush Chawla” ? yours is “Peeyush Sahay” ?
Me : Ya …I play with that name only ..!!!
Jaya : How come its possible ?
Me : why not ..? do you know “Dilip kumar ” (veteran bollywood actor) …?
Jaya: No , I don’t know…!!
Me: hmm….!! Do you know “Jayanthi” (one south Indian actress)
Me: Her original name is “Jayamala” ..but she had acted with name “Jayanthi” ..
changing name is not at all a big thing . you can find a lot many examples.
Jaya: Is it …? But I don believe ..!! I don’t trust this Alagiri,…!! Let me check it on net
She started doing google search on “Piyush Chalwa” and she found one pic also. She read whatever was written about him and asked me ..
Jaya: but this pic doesn’t resemble you …??
Me (with some confidence): See properly, its me only , but this pic is of when I was playing under 16 matches
Jaya: hmmm….!! I am really very surprised …!! I never had any clue at all regarding this ..!!
Jaya: Good Peeyush….!! But do you play here in
(She seemed to be bit convinced but not fully
Me: No, after I came here , I have not played, but I used to play when I was in
Jaya: But who selects actually ?
Me: Selectors are there , they have been appointed by Cricket board of
Jaya: Ok ..!! and how did they you came to know that..? how did they inform you ?
Me: It was released through press…they held a press conference and released the name of
player they had selected for the coming One day matches. It came on TV also.
Jaya: where did there held the conference ?
Jaya: It is really nice to know that Peeyush. Good..!!!!
Satish (least bothered abt Jaya’s presence): Congrats man!! U finally made it
Satish: I had watched u play in Ranji……I was sure u wd oneday make it to the Indian Team
Jaya: Yaaaaaaaaar….I believe u completely now!! Sorry for doubting u so much
Jaya: So Peeyush , when you have to go for matches …? What about the leaves and all ?
Me : Around mid of the feb , first I have to attained the practice matches….
Jaya: Shall we tell to Venkat and Sujatha (our Bosses)…?
Me (bit scared of getting the truth revealed) : No Yaar…!! I am thinking to inform them a week before only and then shall put my application for leave of one and half Month…
Jaya : That’s better I think…..!!! Hey tell me one thing .. these all players like Kumble , they also work somewhere , no ? I read once he is a software engineer .
Me: Ya…!! All player do like that way only…like..Azharuddin was a Bank Officer, Dhoni is in some airlines, Ganguly too is employed somewhere. Actually most of the time these people do their job and when match starts, they take leave and go to play.
Jaya: Ok…!! Now you have been selected for the Indian Cricket team , I don’t think our managers and HR people would create any problem regarding a long leave….!!!
Me : Ya…..!!! Hey jaya but don tell to any body about this , I myself will tell at appropriate time
The same day after lunch each and every lady member of my lab congratulated me on my achievement. They all at the first instance didn’t believe but my good friend Jaya really convinced them properly. They all asked me many things regarding the matches and were very excited and I somehow was managing not to talk loudly and keep this secret between them only, as if the boys (they are big cricket fan) came to know ,the truth will get revealed.
Vikas (aware of the prank ) standing there only for some work, couldn’t stop his laugh and hurriedly ran away. But Jhonson felt some thing has happened , He asked me whats the matter..? “Nothing” , I replied. He was not convinced , he couldn’t digest , something just happened nearby him, everybody was congratulated me for something and still I am saying “Nothing” , he insisted to tell the truth. Neetha jumped in to save me and said “Peeyush is going to get married, he is inspired by Anji” . I smiled and nodded to corroborate it. But surely he was not convinced , he again asked me at lunch table , I said will tell after some days only, at right time. He was bit annoyed, he said “Ok I don’t care” …!!!!! . “That’s good actually “ I replied . I didn’t want to reveal our prank at the same day atleast. However Jhonson (he must be angry to me ) during post lunch walk again asked “Bol na kya hua hai, kuch to hai, tu batana nahi chah raha”.?? I somehow again managed to distract the talk as all people like Ram , Venkat , Arindam , Praveen and Suresh were there. Actually Praveen knew the fact as he was at that time there only but I was sure from his side because of his taciturn nature, that we are safe.
It has been more than half a month this event has happened. Vikas many a times asks me whether the ladies are still convinced ? , Jhonson also has forgot the issue , but never asks me . Uma , Priya and Neetha had developed a substantial interest in cricket. Shanthi for the first time perhaps has stepped out of the great GC room , she too has shown some interest in the game and talks to me about it .
All these people often talk to me about the matches and the forthcoming tour, they have wished me all the best and they hope I would play my best. I and Alagiri talk everday about this prank and are planning , if we could move it further in a more funny manner. Jaya as always, acting as my mentor would give me many suggestions , and apprehends whether I will remember all the people and behave in the same way as I do today ,after I return from the tour, But she says I have changed a bit after this event (all pschycological ) . She would ask me whats the noopur’s (my only good female friend outside the office) reaction ? and she had promised me to give a good gift.
All unaware of the fact regarding the status, an Indian cricket player posses in
Seetha , one of my senior colleague has asked me to give some nice stuff to publish in the newsletter, before I leave for the tour, and she is hoping I ll have a better story after I return.
I couldn’t find anything better than this story …!!!