I was quite young when we visited Darjeeling, the famous hill station in the north of West Bengal. I was with my parents and another family of friends. Back then it was quieter and cleaner in Darjeeling. I was not more than 8 or 10 year old. Yeah I was a kid.

When you visit this hill station a horse ride around the hill is a ritual – like every person has to do it. I was a kid and super excited to see the horses. Well they stink quite a lot.

My parents were enjoying a good sip of the Darjeeling tea at a café in the central area when I went on my first long horse ride. These horses are I guess trained to walk on that 2 inches space that you have between the road and the slope downside. You will be feeling as if they are going to jump down and push you towards your unplanned suicide.

There was this young boy, not more than 17-18 who was the owner of the horse and was walking along the horse. I am not sure owner or care taker or what, but he was now responsible of my wellbeing till I was back at the center.

That guy kept speaking non-stop in Hindi (I wasn’t too fluent in Hindi back then). About his family, his house, his horse and god knows what not. When he had asked me my name and where I was coming from I had told him without thinking anything. I don’t know why he wanted this horse ride walk not to end at all!

I on the other hand was worried on two things first the horse was may be half a centimeter away from the slope and this guy walking by the horse was getting on my nerves and I was not getting any good feeling.
This is when he said – “bhag chalo mere saath… I will make you my queen” (Run away with me, I’ll make you my queen).

This was the moment of shock, surprise, and terror all at once. And I was a kid.
The only thing ran in my mind was – I have no idea where I am, there’s no one around, and this isn’t something good. That sixth sense of a girl was inside me quite early I guess.

I thought, the best thing I could do that time was not respond to him at all. And guess what I did, I started singing. I sang our school assembly song loud and clear!! I had no idea what else I could do. He kept on saying weird things but my ears were not party to them at all.

All I wanted was to get back to the central area and away from this mad man.

And I did, in another 15 minutes I guess and simply ran towards my mother. But I don’t know why I never told this to my parents. In fact I have never told this to anyone! But this isn’t a happy memory for me somehow!


Have you ever faced such a situation when you are uncomfortable with someone’s presence or advances?

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Tina Basu

4 Comments on Queen

  1. Roshan Radhakrishnan
    April 20, 2016 at 3:37 pm (8 months ago)

    As a guy, can't say I have. But I have worried for female friends who would confide about bad situations they were getting into and hoped they wouldn't get into trouble.
    Sadly, it did not always work out that way. Sometimes, we need to heed the warning bells in our heads.

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  2. Geets
    April 20, 2016 at 4:57 pm (8 months ago)

    Are you serious? He said this? You were a child!
    Instances like these with females are not a big deal in our country!
    Glad that you were back safe and sound!

    Cheers
    Geets

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