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Revive Your friendship with Zee TV Yaaron Ki Baraat

Friendship is the sweetest of the emotions. It is a bond, a relation that is God send. A relation that is full of varying emotions and interesting anecdotes. An emotion that Zee TV will be soon bringing live on Television. Yes, Zee TV the path breaking channel will be airing a Fun filled Chat show Vivo Smartphone presents Yaaron Ki Baraat co-powered by and Brooke Bond Red Label. It is first of its kind on Indian Television. 

The show will be focusing on celebrity friendships and put it to fun-filled test through amazing challenges. I was watching the preview trailer on TV and it transported me to my past, reminding me of some fun-filled moments spent with my friends.

Today I am going to share some sweet anecdotes of a one of its kind friendship that I shared with one of my closest pal in school- Ritya Gulati. All ears?

Lo-Cal lo Baat
It was in the late 90s when mobile phones were not invented and landlines were quite a luxury. We were in school and it was that dreadful year before the 10th board exams that our parents got us a landline at home wherein we can make local calls. Yes, landline was such a luxury in those days.

Ritya and I were class-fellows cum friends. She was one of the brightest student of the school and yet very grounded girl. Ritya and I would spend hours of time chatting post school and the installation of phone was such a boon for both of us. We had a sturdy black and white telephone that was provided by our dad’s company but it was quite a pain to use. So when, the brand new, stylish, feature phone came we were just too exited. We would be hooked on it for hours talking about random things, pulling each others leg and crying over the absurdity of some of our not so notable teachers including our Hindi teacher and that Math sir who was known for his shrilling voice and non amicable ways more than the lessons he taught.

We would be so engrossed in our talks that we won’t realise when time would fly. However, one day an incident happened that put quite a stop to our long chatty chit-chat on phone.

It so happened that while we were talking on the phone, we were interrupted by a female voice. Hell it was coming from the phone. Apparently there was some kind of cross connection that happened. While we were talking, the call was landed to another number without us having a hint about it. No, three-way calling was non existent those days. The female on the other side was this aunty from our colony who was patiently listening to our chat and when she could not further entertain it, she interrupted and told us- kitna baat karti ho tum dono…pause le lo. {how much you two girls talk? Take a pause at least]. Man! We were ripped of our guts, scared as hell and quickly put the receiver’s down.

Apparently, it was not a one-time incidence but learnt that similar cross connection happened with other people and continues to happen on the local phone. It was highly probable that anyone can butt in a conversation mostly by technical fault by mere dialing your number.

We were horrified as it was straight infringement on our girly gossipy privacy. Imagine if that Commerce sir would have heard that how we make fun of his Nana Patekar entices, he would have avenge by failing both of us in next test.

If you are thinking that we stopped chatting cause of those incidences, then you are highly mistaken. We were such a Velcro together. We did not cease chatting over phone but our conversations got new word- “Lo Call Lo baat”!

Every time we may about to mention a sensitive topic, one of us will remind the other saying “Lo-call Lo Baat”…which would mean that this is a local phone and may run risk of third party intervention.

The term became quite popular and stayed with us even today. It has been years since that incidence but whenever we talk about it, we still burst in ripples of laughter.

So next time when you need to signal your friend over phone, say- Lo Call Lo Baat!

Yaaron Ki Baraat


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