I woke up in the morning, it was already 8.15am and my class in the university was on 8.30am. I knew how I managed to park my car in the university parking at 8.27am.
I came out of the car, the guard looked at me in from top to bottom. I greeted him “Salaaamm..”.
He didn’t replied. It was the first time he didn’t replied to the salam as he always does every day. I ignored him as I was getting late and came to the class. The moment I entered every body’s attention shifted from the board towards me (everyone gets attention who gets late) but this was not ordinary. The professor was looking at me as I was an alien or something. I ignored them and went at the back of the class where the full row was empty. I was the only one sitting in that row. Many students turned and looked at me and giggled. I didn’t knew why they were giggling. I took out my notebook and started noting the points. The half-time bell rang and the professor went out of the class. Some of the students sat in their seats and starting giggling silently at me after every glance.
A girl came and asked, “You forgot to wear your pants?.. You are just wearing a boxer.”
I looked down but I was in complete fitting. Black polo shirt with blue jeans and black sneakers.
“Excuse me?” I replied
“You forgot to wear your pants.”
“I am wearing my pants!” I said with my pitch increased.
“See!” I stoodup.
The girl giggled and said, “Yea I was just joking”.
And she left.
The class started again. No one was giggling at me now. A couple in the middle seats were talking. The professor had warned them twice but they weren’t keeping quiet so the professor asked the boy to stand up and have a seat with me in the back.
He sat leaving a one seat gap between me and him. The professor continued his lecture.
“You know na you are actually not wearing a trouser?” He asked.
“Are you blind bro? Can you not see this blue jeans?” I answered.
He brought his head closer towards me and looked at me directly in the eye
“You high bro?” He asked.
I kept staring at him with anger.
“Never mind.” He replied to his own question.
The clock struck 11.30am and the class was over. I went out from the class at the very end because everyone was still giggling at me while leaving the class. I pretended that I was using my phone and not noticing them.
I came out of the class and from each and every person I passed by, I heard them giggle and laugh at me. I also heard some people saying, “Oh look at him!”
I wasn’t sure what was wrong with my pants. Everyone laughing at me as I was not wearing a pant. I started my car and left the university. My head was all pumped up. I was driving rashly. Suddenly, my car started to bubble. I stopped the car in the corner and saw that one tyre was punctured. I began to change the tyre. Everyone passed by me was laughing at me. I didn’t knew what was wrong with me. Suddenly I heard some words.
“Hey you naked ass!”
The two boys driving the red car shouted these words for me.
I started abusing them when suddenly an old man placed his hand on my mouth to stop the abusive words coming out of my mouth. I turned towards him.
My mind remembers this guy.
Yes, I remember this guy.
He’s the same man from yesterday night who was standing near the signal selling flowers in the thundering rain without a shirt and I shouted him from my car, “Hey you naked old wrinkled creature!”
I woke up. I was in my bed. My face was full of sweat. I knew it was just a dream. I remember that old man. I think this was a dream from God just to show me how bad it can get.
I jumped out from my bed. Wore my slippers, started the car and drove to that exact signal. The old man was still there.
I stepped out from my car and pleaded him to forgive me for yesterday’s words.
He forgive me at the very moment.
I offered him some money and in the response to that he just said one thing.
“GO GET YOURSELF A SHIRT WITH THIS MONEY.”
AND HEAR I WAS. STANDING ON A VERY BUSY ROAD OF MY CITY WIT A FLOWER SELLER AND I WAS SHIRTLESS.
KARMA DO COMES AROUND!
Written by Nabeel tariq (Team PS)