I was first introduced to chatting using yahoo messenger when i was in class 12. It was the year 1999. I was amazed that I could create my own yahoo email id and my own chat name and I could even chat with people through net. I used to be a regular visitor of the Tamil chat room and I happened to make a good decent number of common-room chat friends. We talked about our everyday life,cracked jokes and sang songs in the community.The vices did not attack me then. One day this dirty friend of mine pulled me into dating chat rooms. Initially I was scared to see the quality of messages I used to receive from strangers. But Mr.X( my alter-ego) gave me enough strength and courage to reply to such quality messages and soon I was an expert in dating-community chat rooms. Days flew by and soon the online dating interest died and my interests were more focussed on writing,my family,friends and my job...

Late last month, I thought of reviving some old memories. So I entered Yahoo messenger's common chat room and targetted a victim.Her name was Priya ( I am not gonna reveal whether I changed her name or not. Keep guessing). Our chat conversation lasted a week. And sure it ended.This love affair of mine lasted for a whole week. It is one of the longest love affair I had in my life.(Btw, Can I call it a love affair?).

This is how it started...

June 26,2007

Iamtheguyurdadwarneduabout: Hi
Priya: Hi
I: How are you?
P: Who are you?
I:What is this question? You are in a common chat room and I am in a common chat room. So we are perfect strangers
P: I do not talk with strangers.
I: Me too
P: But you just told me that we are strangers.
I: That is to confuse you
P: please... Tell me who are you?
I: hehehe
P: asl please?

I came to a conclusion that she is one of the inquisite types. She is a person who does not talk to strangers and she is now asking for my ASL!

I: male/ early- mid twenties/ India. what about You?
P: Female/ 19/ India

To check the authenticity of her gender, I started chatting with her from my nick ids which has female names.( I am not gonna reveal the identity of those IDs for my own safety). I soon found out that she was indeed a girl.

I:What exactly brings you in a common chatting room
P: To make new friends
I: How do you make friends? Its not that simple like cooking.
P: Very funny!Shoot...
I: What do you do?
P: Hey I cannot tell that to you. I do not even know you. What do you do?
I : I do not know you either.So I cannot tell you either

P: Bye then.

I: Ok. Bye.Btw, the conversation with you was very sweet.
silence... after five minutes
P: Are you there?
I: Yes.
P: You are so mean. Ok! I am Priya,doing my 2nd VisCom in xxx.xxxxxxx College for women,Chennai. ( The number of "X"s is a clue for the blog readers)
I: Is it the college behind Isphani?
P: mmmmmm.. Tell me about yourself.
( I was waiting for this question. Infact I got my job beacause of this question.)
I: Blah blah blah
I: Blah blah blah
I: Blah blah blah
I: Blah blah blah
( By this time she was completely bored and as usual I never sensed it)
P: I gotta go. catch you sometime later.
I: Blah blah blah
I: Blah blah blah
Priya Logged Out

Only now i figured that she actually logged off...

... to be continued