This is a birthday wish from Tanushree Sow Mondal of Class IX (2016) to Rhea Banerjee of Class IX (2016). Class IX students have been together for the last seven years. Tanushree attempts to describe the transformation she has seen in Rhea over the years.
I still remember my first day at school; new place, new people and the scared little me. Then I saw her. When everyone else still needed time to adjust to the new atmosphere, she had set out on exploring the school. I still remember the mischieves that marked her first year at school; the sneaky glances at the copies of other students, or the time she bit a fellow classmate. Then the quibbles over her punishment.
Time passed so quickly that we failed to notice the small changes in her, until she had transformed beyond recognition. The smiling face was gone, the nonstop chattering had ceased. The girl whose eyes lit up at the screening of Mr. Bean’s holiday, now aspires to be like Michael Corleone. The girl who once disliked English, is now the Shakespeare of our class.
Sometimes her transformed self fills us with pride. But then somewhere, a part of the heart wants the cute old friend back.