This story is an extract from Official Yahoo Group Forum.
I’m a silent member in this group. I’m Rajith 29 years, married, working as a Sales executive in a Glass company here in Sharjah. I know that I’m too late to post this, but coz of my busy schedule in my job I couldn’t post this, sorry. I’m a crazy fan of Rahman Sir and always I listen his music with my MP3 player which I carry out always with me. I cant sit without his music for a minute. Mostly I will be in my car and I can play his CD. My wife always says with a smile that I love his music more than her. She also loves his music a lot. My big aim in my life was to meet Rahman sir. When Roja released I was studying in 8th std. I love those songs and I planned to meet him or to get a job there as a driver or something else. I know driving very well since very young age. Let me start the story….
Four days before the Sharjah concert there was a contest started in a well known radio station Hit 96.7 FM Dubai. It named as `Meet and Greet A. R. Rahman.’ It is very easy for all rahmaniacs to answer their question, but luck should be there also. But to qualify as a contestant they will ask a preliminary question. We have to answer it by sending message. And they will select 2 people from the right answers and will start the contest with them. They will play a music bit from a Rahman song and we have to recognize it as which song and which movie. Whoever knows the correct answer they have to say their name and he or she has to answer it. If it is not correct then chance goes to the other person to answer the right one.
Like this 5 bits they will play and minimum 3 have to answer. This contest was going on in 3 shows for 3 days. So they will select the 9 winners from them and they will enter to the lucky draw. The lucky draw mega winner name will be announced on the day before concert (17th Apr). I tried from the first day itself, but I didn’t have luck, 2nd day also passed. Third day is the last day for the contest, they already have had 4 winners with these 2 days. No one answered 5 questions. I was praying to God that atleast I want to participate the contest.
Prayer answered, I got a call from the radio station and the show was going on `Fun at 1′ Arjun was the RJ and he called me and told that be ready for the contest. I was so sure that I can answer all his questions. I answered the 5 and I was the only one who answered the 5. Now tomorrow is the lucky draw and only 5 people qualified for that. I thought they will announce my name as the mega winner, because I answered all the 5. But they want to select the winner through lucky draw only. My mind was still saying that I’m the winner and I will meet Rahman Sir.
Unfortunately, the winner was not me, it was a Smitha. They said congrats to her on-air and I became too much upset. I couldn’t eat or sleep, coz I was expecting that much. But I thought anyway I will meet him. I was having the VIP tickets for me and for my wife which I purchased on Mar 19th through online for seeing his performance without any obstacles. On the day of the concert, I told my wife that I want to buy a bouquet for him. She discourage me from that coz if I couldn’t get a chance to give that then I will be more sad than now.
But I told her we will meet him. I purchased it and I told that guy make it special this is for Rahman Sir. He asked me,” are you sure? ” I replied yes. By collecting that I wanted to go to see the cricket stadium what is going on there, maybe sir will be there also. We both went there and no one was there some banner works only was going on there. I saw the VIP area where we have to sit, but it is a little bit far away from the front stage.
Anyway we spend there 30 minutes and returned home. I didn’t sleep last night and didn’t eat also. This morning also I skipped my breakfast. When I reached home I prayed a lot. The only way to see Rahman Sir now is through something like a miracle to happen. I started posting msgs to our group says that we will meet each other before the concert and together we will meet our BOSS. I was sure that he will allow our group members to meet him, as we all know. Some group members started calling me.
You will not believe this….. It was about 12:30 pm I received a call from Hit FM radio station says that can you please come to Sharjah Cricket Stadium at 2 pm. I asked them why, they said that the winner Smitha for meet and greet contest can’t participate for that. Because, this meet and greet was planned after the concert but Rahman Sir has to fly back to Chennai next day and he will be tired after the concert, and he himself changed this plan for 2 pm (Before concert). The winner informed Hit FM that she cant reach there by 2 pm and they asked her whether they can give this opportunity to somebody else, she said ok and they chosen my name as the lucky person to meet and greet Rahman Sir.
I just couldn’t believe what they said. I was out of control and soon got ready to go. I reached there with my wife at 1:45 and was waiting for Jean (He is an RJ from Hit FM who takes me for meet and great). Jean reached there before 2. And we all were waiting for Rahman Sir. At 2:30 pm one member from Oasis promotions (They are the sponsors), her name is Sangeetha, came to us and said sorry, we can’t meet him now he is busy with rehearsals and all and the program again changed after the concert. I was like I’m not sure maybe Rahman Sir will say he don’t have time after the concert.
Sangeetha also asked me that which category ticket I am having, I said VIP she told me that we will upgrade your ticket as VVIP. I was like what is going on? I forgot to take my mobile from my home coz of this big surprise. Show started exactly by 8:30 pm and I had my handy cam with me to take videos.
When the 1st song played `Jaage hain…’ when I saw him for the first time in my life in real, Oh God….. my hands were shivering and shaking and I couldn’t even focus my camera properly and my heart started beating higher and higher I do not know what all things were happening to me. He is really a great person, he can only make people heart like this. I enjoyed the concert with my wife very well and it was a great event. When the concert finished Sangeetha told us to come `behind stage’ and there we will meet and greet him. I was going `behind stage’ and coz of the crowd we couldn’t reach soon. Sangeetha asked me where were you,he is asking you.
Oh my God!!! Sangeetha told me you can go to this room he is there. In front of the door his Manager was there and he asked me you are the one who won meet and greet, I said yes and he told me go inside….. Oh God…. I knocked the door and opened it. God God… I just couldn’t believe my eyes, it was a big room with some Sofas. On one of them the great man is sitting and drinking water from a small bottle.
When he saw me he said come come… God promise, I couldn’t control myself I gave bouquet and I fallen down on his leg and caught his leg and cried a lot. I told him by crying, I love you so much sir, and he said I know I know. His face also little bit changed when he saw me with cry. He stood up and slowly hold me like a support to get up. I hug him after I stood up. (No one else will allow to hug, that is Rahman Sir)
I became speechless and I couldn’t ask anything to him. He asked me are you in Yahoo group (Coz I was wearing our t-shirt), I said yes and he asked from where you got this t-shirt, I replied I got it through one of my friend Hakkeem from Kerala. Also he asked me where I am working, how long I have been married and what is my wife’s name etc. I couldn’t reply all coz I was not hearing anything, I was in another world and my wife. She said me he is asking reply him.
Then I started replying one by one. I was like I’m in a dream. Then Hit FM people and Sangeetha took photos of us. Most of the photos were shaky because everybody became out of control when we saw him. My hands were shivering too much. He is having that divine power, when I touched him I realized it.
He is very simple, no big talks he knows very well about him. And I Love him a lot. Am I that much lucky to meet him?
Sorry to post this longer one. I got little time to share my experience and love to Rahman Sir. I thank to God first and then to Hit FM to gave me an opportunity to meet and greet him and to Sangeetha too. Who knows that you will be next luckiest to meet Rahman Sir.