Star Struck.

“Raju, May I have a glass of water please?”

I get my glass of water with a pleasant smile and a courteous nod. Raju gives me company on the bus everyday. Helping with handing around glasses of water, and keeping an eye on the road for the driver, Raju does his job very well. Always smiling and always ready for conversation.

Today, too, with both of us in extremely talkative moods, we managed to exchange quite a lot of information. Raju comes from Kurnool, a town near Mantralayam ( Yes, I know, my geography is bad, but I am relating to it in terms of places I know :)..). He had been working for A.Nageswara Rao, he tells me. My curiosity is piqued. I ask more questions, what kind of people are they? Did they treat him well?

Obviously pleased with my interest, he tells me more. ANR is very aloof and arrogant, Nagarjuna is sweet, so is his wife Amala. Sumant also stays with them, his wife Kirti Reddy is a nice woman, who always smiles at him and talks to him… I nod, trying to imagine it all. I’ll go back to working for them, it is more fun and I’ll get to see stars everyday, he continues. I tell him I understand. For a moment, I am slightly awed and then tell myself, they are not that special. Maybe it is just my hyperactive curiosity. As I look into his eyes, I see that special sparkle, as he is reminded again of his brush with stardom, and all his tinsel dreams.

Akkada pani chesthe oka mariyada untundi kadaa madam..

Would he be respected more if he works for them? I doubt that.
But I was left wondering as to who was more star struck, him or me..

2 Comments so far

  1. mashbh (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 9:30 pm

    ANR is arrogant? hard to believe…
    But it’s nice to hear that Nag and Amala are good behaving people.

  2. Vaidehi (unregistered) on July 7th, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

    I know, Mashbh…but then we must always remember that what I’ve put down is Raju’s personal opinion, maybe we’ll hold a different viewpoint if we get to meet them…:)

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