I sat down at the study-table, encircled by books. Fortunately for my parents, I got exams. Chemistry. Yes. This is where I put my feet on ultimately. My feet which got virtually soaked in this field of magnets and gadgets. With my excellent ‘zero’ in the last exam, I am a convicted puppet for increasing my mother’s blood pressure, which I soulfully agree. But Chemistry has never been edible to me. Yet, I have my book of Physical Chemistry opened to page number 12. It read a hypothesis, theoretically named Avagadro’s hypothesis.
“Under similar conditions of temperature and pressure, equal volumes of all gases contain equal number of molecules.”
I doubt I got even a pinch of Avagadro’s hypothesis. Avagadro. Amedeo Avagadro. Amedeo. Deo! Amy! Deo! I like Amy Lee.But I hate deo. I don’t use deo! I don’t really need a deo. All boys do. Boys are smelly? A statement! But I smell okay. Proven. Girls smell okay. Oh! The Exception! Neetu. My girl friend. She smells horrible and she is a girl. I should be good to her. But I don’t like her. To Neetu- “it was your fault”. I prefer Tanie. She called me an idiot though. “Neetu don’t be so cynical”. I don’t care. I predict. Or is it? But I am being what I am. I am happy with being a ‘behenji’ ! Unlike her. Unlike Tanie. But Tanie is good. I like her. She is cool . Cool as her accent. Cool as her attire. Coolest as her name. Tanie. Sweet name, multiplying the “think-me-young” feel in it. I like her name. Better than mine. Better than ‘Dolly’. It sounds so like contaminated with the ‘granny-symptoms’. Better say ‘aunt-symptoms’. Aunt Molly. Aunt Polly. Aunt Dolly. It rhymes! Where you find it? In English classics and the name is Christian. No! Even Punjabis call it. I am a Hindu and I have never seen a Dolly Ahmed, a Dolly khan, a Dolly Ullah. But Della to Dolly was better. I preferred. In fact, my sister proposed this name though. For me! For Dolly! But why named ‘Dolly’? (“Della- I miss you”) ! Only if my sister had put some pressure. Pressure! Pressure? I think I just saw it somewhere. Just now! But where? Oh! The hypothesis. Some hypothesis. Yes! Remembered. Avagadro’s hypothesis. Oh! The Chemistry! I had exams. No! I ‘have’ exam. What the shit am I doing? I was studying. No! I mean, I am studying! The time? 10 minutes gone…!