Monday, September 29, 2008

The calls

Harbani Khurana did reply the next day. To both the girls, and it simply read, “pLEASE cALL ME” (exactly this font).

Mrinu read and exclaimed, “Ok so she has a weird way of writing”. The two girls decided to call Harbani on different times. Anjali would call her up around 11 and Mrinu would call at 12. It was planned out in great detail and the enthusiasm and excitement was similar to what school kids have about bunking school. So at 11, Mrinu literally dragged Anjali to the pantry and Anjali (reluctantly) called up Harbani.

“Hello?”

“Hello is that Harbani?”

“Yes”

“Harbani, Hi, this is Anjali. I mailed you yesterday about the Rock On concert. You asked me to call. Ummm, I was wondering if its possible for you to arrange for some passes.” Mrinu looked intently at Anjali.

“You are in print media, right?”

“Yes.”

“See as far as media coverage is concerned, we are looking at only news channels. But I could give you passes for you and friends.” (ah to the point. Nice chick!)

“How many can you arrange for?”

“Three?”

“Make that four.”

“Cool.”

“So how do I collect it?”

“From City walk.”

“Where in City walk?”

“You don’t know where is City walk?! Honey, you don’t know anything then about the city!”

“No no, I know where is City walk, I meant in the mall, where do I meet you or collect the passes from?”

“I’ll leave it in the main office. Anjali, right? I’ll leave an envelope for you. Collect it anytime before Saturday. Preferably by 5.”

“Cool, Thanks so much”

Anjali disconnected and gave a triumphant look to Mrinu. “Four passes! Got four passes! Yay!” Mrinu smiled and then did some mental calculation and said “Ok so we need 5 more passes.” Checked her watch and said “I’ll call in an hour’s time.”

So while Anjali was happy and excited about the four people she could surely take, Mrinu wondered if Harbani would catch what they were upto. As Anjali and Diva went to the canteen to get whatever Diva wanted to have (lately she has to keep having something) Mrinu could stay no longer and called up Harbani.

“Hi Harbani, Mrinalini here. You are the PR person for the Rock On concert?” (like she didn’t know)

“Hi sweety, ya I am. So basically, you write for zzzz Times?”

“I don’t intend to cover your story as I am sure you are looking at TV coverage more than print. So, how many can you dish out?” (smart taking a cue from the conversation Anjali had already had with Harbani)

“Yes yes, subah se people are calling up, I don’t even need to go out and do the PR. TV channels are themselves confirming yaar. Darling, don’t worry, I can give you 4. Cool?”

Wondering what was wrong with this Sikhni who just went on saying ‘darling darling’ in every sentence, Mrinu was confirmed in her belief that this woman would never catch the email trick they had so innocently played on her. Never mind.

4 more passes!!!

So Anjali and Mrinu set to work. By the end of the day, they had charted out all the names they would or wouldn’t want to take along. Of course Nandini and Piya were coming even though they didn’t know it themselves yet.

Meanwhile, Anjali got busy being excited and for once happy that the “Press’ tag did anything to help except get free entry in ‘Dilli Haat’ (Yes yes, all you people with the tag, you get free entry! Yipeee! More power to the media.) So she is busy calling up people, friends and family, finding potential head banging excited individuals who would like to attend he concert.
Rrrrrrrrring Rrrrrrrrring

Anjali: Nanduuuuu!
Doyouwantogototherockonconcerttomorrowevening?

Nandini: Hmm, What?! Breathe and speak!

Anjali: Do.you.want.to.go.to.the.rockonconcerttomorrow? It will be SO cool! Please come!

Nandini: Rockonconcert! What? How? You’re going? Where? Haan?

Anjali: Yaaaa! Me and Mrinu are definitely going, We’ve got free passes!!! Mrinu has this friend who has this friend and they told us that press is getting free passes so she called and I called and yak yak yak yak yak..

Out came the entire story of how it was managed and what now etc etc etc.

Nandini: Hmmm. You know dad na. Its dicey, I’ll have to ask. He anyway thinks that rock concerts are license to misbehave for most and only shady people attend! You remember how I attended the Bryan Adams concert with my sister? Papa sent with us an EMPLOYEE from his office. Bhayya ji was running with us all the way. Grrr. That’s so not happening again! But this is really cool. I haven’t even seen the movie! But Arjun Rampal, Farhan Akhtar!

A few moments of silence as both Anjali and Nandini day dream

Nandini: I’m so coming! I’ll convince him somehow. How will we come back?

Anjali: Don’t worry, I’m taking my car so you come with us. Just come!

After some negotiations with daddy dearest..

Nandini: I can come!! Yaaaaaahooooo! One more ‘cool’ thing I’ll do! Ahhh. Good music, drool-worthy guys!

Anjali: So you’re coming?!! We’ll have sooo much fun! Lets plan! So till now, its you, me, my cousin Renee, and you know JB from my college and of course Mrinu the mastermind. I asked Piya by the way, she is going on a date with Viv morrow night. So cant make it.

Nandini: Hmmm…But its so cool! An all girls gang to watch an all boys band?

Anjali: So cheesy!!! But true! And maybe one guy, Mrinu is planning to get along a friend maybe but he’ll be coming from work, lets see.

Nandini: Ooooh. Friend and all?

Anjali: Oh. Long story for another time. But I pity the guy if he does come, one amongst 6-7 of us.

To be continued....

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