It was a nice day, today . A gaggle of year three senior high students could be seen on the verandah of the old physics laboratory, now hosting a very busy Mr. Kappiah, who was busy setting up optical benches on each counter ,assisted by a group of dutiful year two students and three of his favourite from the year three group.
These students have been on a number of occasions seen taking advantage of his hospitable though funny temperament ,which caused by severe mood swings was an infamous topic among students alike.
I personally Thought him of a milder version of ” Severus Snape ” from J K Rowlings Harry potter series, mixed with that of Mcgonagal.
That morning after waiting unsuccessfully for 15 minutes, most of the number dispersed, apparently misinformed of the right time, i noticed the 3 notorious students Sady , Amman, and Edward, moving with Halogen, i was quite with taken aback as Ham walked ( or strutted) past without a word.
I could not imagine why Ham would be with these 3 ,but finding no guts to question them i walked ahead and plopped onto the concrete seat at the back of my class.
I was wondering why Ham would act so strange when it occurred to me to slip past to the laboratory and sit by the class,on the extra wooden chair outside.
I walked to the lab, put my bag down ,Salma beckoned to me to come to her side and help her . It was a strange piece of apparatus, which i read from the packaging to be an optical bench, there were five in number, and shockingly packaged in India ,wow i thought .
When i realised Mr. Kappiah was getting irritable i moved towards the left side of the front of the class where Aranette and Amina were gossiping about an issue which i avoided completely. ( or tried to) .
After a while i slipped out to write in my journal ( conveniently nicknamed R. O. H. A. A. N) and wrote two entries. It was hard not to notice Ham talking to Martin and Rafiq, i ignored them, they were about fifty metres away.
I felt the warm breezes swoop by and wished Rohaan was a real human being i could talk to ,or put my head on a shoulder which belongs to him and forget all my worries.
It was almost ten, i swished into the room trying to get into a conversation with Ara, though she was more or less indifferent with me for almost a week.
Amina seemed nice, though Sherry was more warm and i guess they were trying too hard not to offend me.
I was known as a tempest, and more talkative… than the worst .
( by the end of today i would turn introvert i knew not) . I thought something was amiss.
By eleven , Mr. Kappiah who was calm since morning cracked up and sacked every soul from the lab mentioning stuff like ” ungrateful students ” ,”lazy students ” , most likely as the class was near to emptiness.
And we waited for forty five minutes or less, before he calmed down.
There were 4 kind of setups, rectangular prisms, triangular prisms, the optical bench ,and for some reason several calorimeters.
Though strictly instructed us not to go near the calorimeters . I was by an optical bench setup and almost started when Mr. Kappiah scolds me for putting the lamp on, i mean, crazy right?? .
But i was almost in tears and did not crack up though severely offended. As usual covering up my feeling of pure melancholy with a thousand watt fake laugh.
I realised after a while Ham was standing to my left looking sorely unhappy with his choice of apparatus, to my front was Salma also on a similar setup looking like the cat which swallowed the canary.
In due course, late comers filed in and to my horror the 3 bullies as well.
Mr. Kappiah told latecomers to leave the lab, but as if on second thought let them in ,in a single file with instructions as to which setup to use or who to pair up with, he rounded up with a speech telling us not to vandalise the setups.
We carried on, with our tasks in our ” workbook ” . And apparently seeing i was assisting Obed on how to get a sharp image ,he waived me off to another setup, of a triangular prism.
I carried on not realising the time and suddenly by absolute serendipity happened to see the time as 1 30 pm, woah time flew! .
It hit me with a bang i had to call dad to come pick me as we finished ,but was low on credit on my phone. Suddenly Sir shouts five minutes more round up and come back at 7 30 pm. I looked at him incredulousy, he seemed to notice ,and came over telling me to try another kind of experiment before going home involving a plain mirror.
I rounded up in half an hour it was 3 00 pm, i walked back to my favourite concrete slab and sat down . Realising i should hace asked Salma if i could borrow her phone i trooped back with sore feet ( standing straight for almost 4 hours) she graciously accepted ,inviting me to join them in the lab apparently to stay till my ride came.
There was Aranette, Amina ,and Sherry, also some unknown people in a conversation with Mr.Kappiah .
It was akward standing there with sore feet, i noticed a seat and seated myself when Amina and Sherry decided to pick on me , Aranette was away for the moment , so as imagined Salma stood up for me.
I could not take in any more i left the class quietly and seated outside by the class on the wooden chair. Ara passed by asking why i was outside on such a warm day.
It was sickening how I was treated like dry rot, and i was also thoroughly unhappy, writing to Rohaan as well wishing he were real .
I came home soon to chemistry tuitons which were tiring and rounded of with a humble supper. Thus ended the worst of a good day .