The day my brain turned into a cabbage

Twenty years ago I came to realize one of the quirkiness of being a teenager. I was totally incapable of acting cool in front of good looking guys. It was beyond my understanding how a class-topper-vice-captain kind of girl would turn into a giggling bunch of nonsense at the sight of a handsome guy.

Like every girl in my high school, I had a crush on the School Captain. Seriously, who doesn’t? But it wasn’t him that turned this smart girl’s brain into a cabbage.

It wasn’t even a boy from our school. I spotted this brown-haired handsomeness outside our school gate, waiting for someone on his striking red bicycle. Each afternoon after the school was over, while waiting for the bus to arrive, I would stealthily glance and sigh at his perfect existence dazzling in the sunlight. This was way before Twilight and Edward, the vampire, came into existence.

So one fine day, I confided to a friend of mine. And blurted out that if she dared to talk to him I would treat her with ice-cream. I have no idea why I said that. See, the brain turns into cabbage!

Now, she was known for being bold. Even her gait was like a military man, resounding and no-nonsense. Without thinking twice off she went, towards the boy. I stood still in utter shock, my heart ready to leap out of the mouth. I watched them talk and laugh and then my heart simply stopped beating as he looked in my direction.

The next few moments of my life are blurry. I must have walked towards them instead of bolting because all I remember is buying milk wali Kulfi for both of them. I do not remember asking anything sensible, probably I was just making noises from my mouth. My friend did all the questioning. Asked him where he studied, which grade etc, while I just stood there smiling like an imbecile.

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Oh! to be young and feel the first brush of love and crushes.

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46 thoughts on “The day my brain turned into a cabbage

  1. This was so cute! It took me back to my first crush.A guy I used to see on the way to school. I went to an all girls convent and he went to the parish school for boys. So our paths crossed daily and I was brokenhearted to know that he and my best friend were “friendly” as we called it in those days!

  2. School crushes are totally nonsense if we think of them today. In fact, I am surprised to accept that I like that particular guy for no particular reason.

  3. What happened after he ate the malai wali kulfi? I want to know more ๐Ÿ™‚ This is such a cute story! We all have at some point in our lives done such innocent things. I literally fell in love with a stranger in college, I mean I slipped and fell down a flight of stairs while looking at him ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Looks like I will have to write another post to continue what happened afterwards ๐Ÿ˜€Thank you so much. Hahaha omg hopefully no one was hurt. I once bumped straight into a pillar doing exactly that ๐Ÿ˜…

  4. Hahaha, donโ€™t tell me those two ended up together! Imagine that ๐Ÿ˜€

    This post brought a smile to my face. Oh God, the crushes, the smiling, the giggling and everything else in between. I cringe when I think of it now ๐Ÿ˜›

  5. This is the best post that I read for #wordsmatter 20 years back series..all of us talked about life but none of us dared to write about the stupid crushes that we had back then. I used to be the same girl who used to turn into a mushy girl the moment a good looking guy came in my radar. Such stupid things I did..once I literally followed a guy till his doorstep (back then nobody knew of stalking, or else they would have put me behind bars) and then making those stupid blank calls to guys. You brought back all those stupid memories. Good to know that I was not alone.

    1. Hahaha OMG… I would like to know more. Did the guy find out? What all we did for our crushes ๐Ÿ˜… thank you so much . Glad you enjoyed reading.

  6. Haha. Such a lovely memory this Raj. Iโ€™m still thinking how wonderful it would have been then. To blabber some nonsense and find no way to shut the mouth. Also, turning around and looking when someone says donโ€™t turn around quickly. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

    My first crush remains Rahul Dravid. Drooling all over the old BPL TV and collecting pictures which I have till now. I was sent out by my tuition master for having his poster as my cover page in a self bound workbook ๐Ÿ˜†

    My real time crush however remains my cousin. We share funny memories of those now, but back then the entire family wanted to get us married. Lucky we didnโ€™t go by their words. ๐Ÿ™ˆ

    1. I totally did that don’t turn around thingy. OMG guess what. I used to carry a picture of Rahul Dravid in my pocket. Can you imagine how crazy I was! Had decorated my room with his posters. He is still my favorite.

  7. I had this big silly grin on my face as I read your post, Raj, and it reminded me of the kind of idiots we were back then! ๐Ÿ˜› Jahaan handsome sa ladka dekha, blush karna shuru! Domag chakkar kha jaata tha, hai na? ๐Ÿ˜€

    1. Thank you Vinitha. Oh there were many I too never spoke too… So thankfully no more embarrassing moments ๐Ÿ˜…

  8. This is so cute! Whatever happened to him? oh I remember my first crush too! My school had different shifts for boys and girls. I met him at a special class for entrance exam coaching during the evening stay back. Sigh! I got the cabbage wala feeling too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  9. Tell us more.. This was fun to read and I have done silly things too. But I won’t just wait to get glimpses than dare talk or smile ๐Ÿ˜› And try FLAMES. Do you know that that is?
    Fun post, Raji and you left me smiling there.

    1. Oh yes Flames… So many pages I wasted. And there was another one to calculate percentage as well. What all we did ๐Ÿ˜…

  10. Loved this! Like Holly, I want to know more. My first crush was my Dad’s Liason Officer – a smart 2nd Lieutenant, whose name I’ve now forgotten. I was all of 13 and he was a commission officer! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Youโ€™ve described me to the T here!! So many times Iโ€™ve thought of all the clever, witty things I could have said if only my brain hadnโ€™t turned to mush!

  12. I was all smiles while reading this. I could not help but remember my first crush and how I had become a cabbage ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. But what happened NEXT? You cannot leave us with this cliff-hanger. I once slipped a valentine’s day card into a senior boy’s locker, then, when it dropped in and I couldn’t get it out again, spent the next week HIDING from him at every turn. He had a girlfriend, but he was so kind – he thanked me, and invited me to his senior biology class so I could dissect a shark with him. (Yeah, that doesn’t sound very romantic, but I was interested in biology and marine life and it was COOL, so, yeah. Decent consolation prize, and frankly, I would not have known what to do with him if I’d hooked him and reeled him in. The SHARK – much easier.)

    1. @Holly hahaha omg yes I can imagine dissecting a shark would be so much easier. That is such a funny incident. You must be having a good laugh after all these years

  14. Ha ha, Rajlakshmi, teenage is a time we really don’t know how to behave, with so much happening within the head. You remind me or my teenage too and how butterflies used to fly in the tummy when asked to speak.

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