Second-hand smoke That entangles a Life …
Zoeb: Only son who comes from a well to do family, Father is Civil Engineer and Mother works in a Bank.
Ritesh: Youngest son of three, they are well heeled and they are into the business of Realty and Land Developing.
Venky: Eldest son and has two sisters studying in school, Father Works as a taxi driver and Mother is a maid to perform domestic duties and they belong to poor family.
Danny: Youngest son has an elder brother. Both the parents are High School Teachers in a Government school.
It was a busy Monday with crowded streets and crowded passengers on a bus and the vehicles wedge tightly between on the main roads of Basavangudi. It was an academic period of the year during which students attend school or university. A little further towards the bull temple is BMS Engineering College. A large number of people gathered in the campus it looked colorful and stylish as it was their first day of their college. And among this crowd Zoeb, Ritesh, Venky and Danny who have recently arrived fresh from Pre-University and are perfect stranger. All the ambitious students coming with the purpose to accomplish their dreams and of course having fun. All young men gazing at girls in the campus, steadily and intently with great curiosity and interest. And all girls staring towards the well-groomed young man. And on the other side where gangs of seniors giving a ferocious glare that causes spookiness.
And gradually students started moving to their respective classrooms, and in Mechanical Department 1st Semester Classroom Zoeb, Ritesh, Venky and Danny and other students started entering inside looking at unfamiliar faces with a smile that serves as a greeting to each other. And lecturer entered the classroom greeted everyone and introduced himself and explained about the mutual expectation and got every individual introduced to the complete class they passed the time talking and a smooth day at the college passed. Stepped out of the classroom and students started talking to each other, Zoeb, Ritesh, Venky and Danny while having conversation were surprised to know the fact that all stayed in the same boy’s hostel. As rest of the crowd scattered while the four new friends knowing each other walked towards the hostel.
As the time passed by Zoeb, Ritesh, Venky and Danny became the closest buddies and used to spend hours stuck together whether in the college campus or outside, they had best time of life. Some of the seniors were ragging in hostel and in the college campus and on the other side attending the lectures, Lab and having intense dislike with hostel and the food. After all these pressures of daily life, they still managed to be optimistic and finished their 1st semester exams and all the four had a strong belief that they did well. By then College had commenced holidays for a period in which a break is taken from studies. Most of hostel students were happy and super excited going back home after spending all the tough times. But, Zoeb, Ritesh, Venky and Danny were wretchedly unhappy to go away.
Venky was unable to meet the expense of going to hometown and refused Zoeb, Ritesh and Danny when they planned to help. Venky was distressed of separation from friends than going home. While the other three had a similar feeling and Ritesh quickly came up with a scheme and said I will go home for four days and will be back till then Zoeb and Danny will you stay to accompany Venky. It sounded gratifying Zoeb said after you are back I will go home and will return in two days while Danny said will stay back. Consequently, plan worked and after re-uniting, Ritesh and Zoeb said we will leave the hostel and stay independently as parents have already agreed when we expressed our experience about the food and the hostel. Danny said will join and share the expenses and Venky hesitantly asked I will also join, but will be able to pay same as the hostel rent and will also take the burden of doing house hold things. All four dealt fairly with the situation and moved out of the hostel to leave independently.
All settled down in an independent house which is closer to college which could be covered by walking. They found an opportunity to exercise their liberty, there was nothing that they could be afraid of, Ritesh introduced Danny and Zoeb into a habit of smoking and Venky is an asthmatic patient, allergic to dust and is a non-smoker. They all imbibed great quantities of alcoholic beverages on weekends. They would relish on weekend parties and being earnest students on week days they had a mental steadiness they knew what they are doing. They had all required house hold things, and started cooking at home. As all four belong to different religion and had their own religious beliefs which would never allow them to fight or contend even when it comes to food.
Time was flying, never to return. Days felt like seconds and Years felt like weeks. It was incredible, and infact lot of things changed as days were passing by. they completed their third year of engineering and were going into Final year of engineering there were many changes in their daily routine. They got habituated to staying awake late nights for studying and Ritesh, Danny and Zoeb they became chain smokers