Awesome, blossom…

There is a hole in my heart. I did something I never thought I would. I blocked someone really close on Google Hangout. It seems such an extreme reaction by my own standards and frankly is difficult for me to comprehend, let alone explain. It breaks my heart more than I would like to acknowledge. However, I am mostly convinced that it had to be done.

Let me explain. Have you ever heard of friendship in which the other person doesn’t share any details of his/her life? Most likely the answer is no. In spite of odds supposing you do form some kind of relationship mainly because the other person is dishing out lies about his life. Can this friendship survive once you realise that the other person was lying all the time?

Something like this happened with me. I formed a close relationship with a person in a different city. We spent countless hours talking and chatting on phone. The conversations ranged from likes, dislikes, habits…but yes, I was obviously sharing much more than he was. Normal way relationships are formed on mobile…connected all the time. I had some basic details like location, ethnicity etc but frankly nothing more. I was, and I guess I still am to an extent, extremely attached with him.

But then I inadvertently discovered something which shocked me but frankly it didn’t bother me much because it didn’t seem like a breach of trust or anything even close. It was just something that the person had decided not to reveal. But here comes the twist, he discovers that I know and just is unable to talk properly to me. I feel insulted but even so try to save the friendship from total breakdown. I have to say that this person also tries but without accepting that it is impossible to save without sharing at least something…it just cannot be one way road in any friendship. Here I would be lying if I didn’t say that increasingly I found it tough to share about my life when there is total blockage from the other side.

Here goes a snapshot of conversation in the fag end of the “friendship”:

“Hey, how’s you?”

“Awesome blossom..”

“Whats up?”

“Usual…everything is awesome blossom.

“I will be traveling this weekend.”

“Okay…where?”

“Hmmm…somewhere.”

“Okay…for business or personal?”

“It is something. But you tell me did you finish that big assignment which you had got some time back?”

“Hmmm….”

This was the usual communication and it was just becoming more and more painful to continue like this. At a very basic level, I felt insulted. I don’t know whether what I did was right or wrong but I genuinely feel I tried my best and didn’t see any other option but to walk out.

I miss the never-ending and stimulating conversations, the time when I could talk without thinking, when my eyes broke into a smile at your very mention, when I looked forward to the phone calls, when I ended up working late at night because of two-hour long conversations during the talk…I miss you!!

 

To Walk Away Or To Stay Is The Question, My Friend…

As is obvious from the last few blog posts I am on a bit of an emotional roller coaster ride in the last few months. I have been trying to save my friendship with a person for whom I developed feelings. I suspect even he is trying to do the same because he is well aware of the fact that I got emotionally involved. But I find myself asking if it is even worth it?

Whenever in the past I have wanted to break a relationship I have just walked out without ever turning back. Clean break is what has worked for me. Always. I just never believed in slowly cutting off a relationship. I reckon it is more painful if you just postpone what is inevitable. More often than not we do realise that it is over but we are scared to walk away. I generally have not had this issue. Once I realise that I would just be aggravating my agony by staying in a dead relationship, I break all contact and simply just vanish from the person’s life.

This time it is different. For one the relationship is very intense. It started as a friendship led to hookup and then emotional involvement from my side. Any intense relationship is difficult to break off as I am slowly realising. It was easier to walk away from the previous relationships because my involvement was not so intense…

The second problem this time around is that I do have some professional dealings with this friend. Without going in the details I can say that I can easily walk away from this professional arrangement. In fact, even he can walk away from the professional or business dealing without any problem. Am I then just trying to save the friendship under the guise of the professional dealing? Do I then harbour a hope that the relationship can again be what it was? Should I not walk away just for my own sanity if nothing else?

When I think logically I feel it is possible to carry on with the business or professional dealings and totally ignore the emotional aspect. But when it comes to practice it is easier said than done. Talking to this friend is like walking in a minefield.

Many a times I don’t fuck have a clue as to what is going to elicit a strong reaction and why? Also, I feel deeply jealous if he mentions other women he might be having conversations with. I am in fact surprised by the ferocity and intensity of my reactions. Yesterday I was crying for a very long time after he just mentioned some inane conversation with another female friend. And any random mention of our own past association is enough to push me into an abyss of self pity. So how do I go along with professional arrangement in the circumstances?

It is pits…I want the past, which I don’t think is ever coming back again. But the hope that it might keeps me in this weird situation where I am unable to walk out and unable to accept the changed relationship. There is a song in hindi, which pretty much sums it, `Layi vi na gayee tah nibhayee vi na gayee‘, which basically means that neither was I able to love properly nor was I able to walk away.

Even in this state of self wallowing and self pity, I do realise that I have to ultimately walk away. It is going to be extremely painful…to not be able to ever talk to a friend who has been an important and a crucial part of your journey (both on professional and personal front) is unfathomable. And why? Because I am unable to handle my emotions? It sounds lame to me…

It is this back and forth between my mind and heart which has made my life somewhat troublesome and unliveable…

 

 

Friends With Benefit Generally Means Ae Dil Has Mushkil…

A recent Hindi film, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil had me thinking for the longest time. It is a super mushy movie with all sorts of popular ideas associated with romance added in it. During the various stages in life, I have essayed the roles played by the three main protagonist in the movie: Ranbir Kapoor, who is almost obsessed by Anushka Sharma, who doesn’t consider him anything more than a friend. Aishwarya Rai is the third angle who is an older woman and has a no-strings attached relationship with Ranbir Kapoor for a while.

As a young college girl, I was very much in love with a friend, almost to the point of obsession. After repeated efforts I finally had to let him go. But while it lasted, like Ranbir Kapoor, I also couldn’t believe that my good friend had no feelings for me. It seemed perfect…but only to me. So, of course, it wasn’t. Unfortunately I have also been on the other side of the table. I have been repeatedly wooed by a friend for whom I had no lovey-dovey feelings. In fact for a while I actually deluded myself that I might be feeling something for him because I totally loved spending time with him. But no…there was nothing there. It added a lot of friction in the friendship and for the longest time I didn’t know how to resolve it. I didn’t want to lose him as a friend but at the same time I didn’t want him anything more than a friend. It was a very stressful time with a lot of emotional undercurrents from his side and me trying my best to save the friendship. Today we are in touch with each other but it is not the same. Sometimes he brings up this topic and predictably I clam up.

Now as a much older woman, I am at a similar position as Aishwarya’s character in the movie. I was in a no-strings relationship with a much younger guy till some time back. I genuinely did believe that I could pull off this no-strings relationship or friends with benefits equation I had with him. But I did get emotionally involved. It literally took my breath away when I realised my true feelings for him. There was no point in telling him because it was always based on no-strings attached equation and well lets say I had a fair bit of idea of what he felt about regular relationships. I hated (still do!) myself for landing in this situation. How could I allow it to happen? I wish I knew but the fact was that I had developed emotional feelings for him. For a while I decided to pretend that all was well but both of us realised that something was missing. I just wasn’t able to behave normally and well, in retrospect his behavior was equally weird if not more.

Nevertheless something had to give. I doubt if this no strings attached can actually work on a sustained basis for a longer period of time. It is just too fucking complicated. And if a practical person like me was able to develop feelings for this jerk then I feel it is going to be difficult for others as well.

Well suffice to say that it just doesn’t work for me. Either you can be good friends or you can totally spoil a good dish/friendship by adding benefits to it. It is super unlikely to work. It comes with a cautionary warning, you tread forth at your own risk.