Smile a while and take me a Mile ---------------------------------- There is Romance in the air.As always ,lot of rumours are floating around and lot of "Flat" truths are coming out.I thought even i should dare and share my Romance with you.As you read on,you will see that i've revealed a SECRET that i've kept from you for a long time. It was one more evening during Durga puja.It was 5:30 p.m . I was getting bored and suddenly a thought passed my mind.why not go out to have a look at the lively city. I got ready and was out of my room in 10 minutes. I had not decided where to go. I came out of the campus and immediately was part of the huzbuzz.Lots of lightings ,lots of people ; it was indeed lively. Well, as usual i boarded a tin box(bus) and got down at shyambazar.oh,not really, the bus got stuck in a traffic jam and i had to walk some distance to reach the place.But that was fine with me.Atleast when i walk, my life is less at peril than when i'm inside these recklessly driven buses. I admire Sylvester stallone for skillfully clinging on to those cliffs in "cliff hanger".But wait till he tries out one of these buses ,i bet it won't be as easy. I walked almost mechanically to the metro station .But i didn't go into the metro station.I didn't feel like doing so.instead i kept on walking. I thought ,i would have more fun walking.With some kinetic energy that i was already putting to use and with the potential energy that i had in my pockets i felt ,i would really enjoy the evening. "But was i to go alone?.....How i wished i had some company ..",I had not thought of this before and had blindly started on my journey . But as these thoughts flashed by ,I felt a Feminine presence beside me.I realised she had been following me all the while.I looked at her and couldn't help smiling.What luck!,i wouldn't have thought she would accompany me. At this point i don't like to reveal the identity of this person.It would be great if you can guess who she is!. She was beautifully dressed up for the occasion. I was glad she was with me. "You look really gorgeous ,but many girls of this city seem to dress up a bit too much",i remarked.she didn't reply but gave an enigmatic smile as if to conceal her confused reactions to my compliment. As we moved, looking at all the pandals ,i said "Hope i don't get lost.I've never walked from here to Esplanade before." Her pleasing smile allayed my fears .I knew ,I didn't have to worry when she was there with me. No matter how the pandals look,it is a treat to see the enthusiasm of these people in decorating the pandals.I was moving along with a big crowd. As it happens the dormant calcutta police become very active during pujas and enjoy directing the crowd here and there.One pot bellied officer wanted to make me cross the main road.Though i had no intentions of doing so, he would not rest until i did. So i crossed the road along with a large crowd which was as confused as i was. After crossing the main road ,we were all directed into a narrow path bounded on left and right by bamboo bars . This path was created on the pavement and it had gates whenever a road crossing came.so these pot bellied police officers would suddenly bring down the bamboo stick which was acting as the gate and we would stop,a large crowd would cut our path and when they were done it would be our turn to rush like mad.Moving between those bamboo bars I felt like a cow getting ready for slaughter. This went on for sometime and they again made me cross the main road !!. Now we were in front of the "calcutta fire brigade". "Look! the fire brigade is on fire !" I told her,for it was well decorated with serial lights.Again she wouldn't talk and she was just smiling beautifully ,apparently enjoying my humor.That was her way you see.she would almost speak nothing . But that was enough for me .One smile of her's could take me a mile. I looked at a big pandal on the way and thought of having a look inside I moved into the pandal,but after a few seconds found myself out of the pandal again and was facing an empty street.I was puzzled ,"where was the idol of durga!??".I retraced my path and discovered that the goddess occupied a highly elevated dais under which i had just passed foolishly, to reach the rear of the pandal.I was slightly embarrased and asked her not to laugh."I can't help it.That's what gives me my identity",she seemed to casually remark. Though there was a heavy crowd in the pandal it didn't take much time for me to get out .Some country bumpkin took delight in occasionally thrusting me forward. I enjoyed looking at various pandals and her company made it all the more pleasant.I had seen her for quite some time and she looked somewhat different during pujas.she seemed to enjoy every person's happiness and be part of every person's grief. I'm so lucky that i got aquainted with her and have been close to her for quite some time. "Ah ! what's that big crowd gazing at?" ,I joined the crowd looking at a pandal with awe.It was a pandal which tried to portray the "Kaun banega crorepati " contest.There were two idols one supposed to be the Big B and the other ,somebody remarked was "the fellow fom calcutta who won 50 lacs".I wonder how he guessed it.To me it looked like an Extra terrestrial Just beside it, was another similar pandal.Lots of boys and girls were delighted ,"It's Hrithik Roshan dancing!",they jumped. May be it was Hrithik's portrayal afterall.But frankly speaking it didn't even look like his carricature. "what does Hrithik have that karthik doesn't",i mused innocently as i turned to her.It disturbed me to see that she was herself enticed by hischarm. It was a long walk by the way and we had moved together for about 4 kilometers and I found myself at Esplanade now.I felt tired and decided to get back after dinner. I should say ,there was some charm in her. Even after a tiring day during pujas she seemed to remain as beautiful and as lively ,with no trace of tiresomeness in her.Infact that's what kept up my enthusiasm and made me enjoy the evening .I could not resist myself. This was the first time I felt what I felt and said what I said.There was an outflow of feelings from my heart which i didn't want to stop and I tell you what I told her without concealing even a bit. "It has been a unique quality of Your's.You are always smiling.Atleast to me it seems so.If it hadn't been for your charm and your taste to enjoy every speck of happiness that comes your way ,you wouldn't have been called the .... "City of Joy".