Friday, June 11, 2010

One Little Story...

We met over our blogs. While looking for bloggers from Mumbai, he randomly happened to chance upon and comment on my work, and, just out of courtesy, I read his. It struck me as simple, nothing out of the ordinary. And yet, there was a startling, fresh hilarity in his posts. 

I think that is how our journey began. He would comment regularly on my blogs, and I, on his. Then we chatted online, and soon, added each other up on FB. The first time we spoke on the phone, I found his way of speaking a little gawky, and it actually surprised me, this incongruousness between the polished English he used on his blog, and the tapori Hindi he used while talking. 

Our phone conversations were effortless. He heard me out when I needed to speak, I lent him a ear when he needed one.  Sometimes, I would try to get him to reveal more about his girlfriend, but he would keep mum. "Some things you say, some things you don't," he told me.

One day, I saw his girlfriend's photograph. "She is sooooo pretty!!" I told him. "Haan, I know," he quipped. 

We bonded over F.R.I.E.N.D.S, How I Met Your Mother and a number of tiny little stories. The day we met for the first time,  I gifted him a chocolate. He lent me his pen-drive, which contained a few F.R.I.E.N.D.S bloopers, and some Animax cartoons (another of his passions). "Tell me if you like them," he said. 

I once asked him who his best friend was. (That is a childish question I ask a few people even now, just to get to know them better). He told me he'd never had one, because no one he knew came close to his definition of the term. 

We met another time. I wish I'd known that my second meeting with him would be my last. 

The last time we spoke on the phone, he was happy...deliriously happy. He wanted to share something with me, but I wouldn't let him. "It's too special," I said, "Keep it to yourself". And then, he said something that will remain with me forever. I don't remember his exact words, but he told me that his 'special news' was something he didn't want to share with anyone...but if at all there was one person he could say it to, it would be me. I think that was the best thing he ever told me. It was also the last.


We had a funny friendship, you and I. You aren't the kind of guy I would fall in love with, but my friendship with you a was sweet little phase that will always make me smile. Sometimes, when I think of our last conversation, part of me is annoyed, because you never did say goodbye. But then, I look at the larger picture. I think that is something life has taught me. And when I look at the larger picture, I can see your happy grin. And then, I tell myself, that one little sacrifice was totally worth it.


16 Words Of Wisdom (WOWs):

sp.ajay said...

Good but certainly queer, and if its not polished by fiction i would call your way of looking at things as strange. A fresh, novel and interesting piece i read in a long time.

Mishree said...

Hi Ajay,

Thank you for taking the time out to read me :-)

About your observation,my blogs are never polished by fiction...I think,in a way,my posts are my way of understanding the little realities of life.

Thank you for the compliments...keep visiting!


Anonymous Someone said...

Hey Mishree,
First of all, the post you just made its sweet as your name. Friends, never say goodbye, rather they never should say goodbye. And thats what he did, maybe to meet again.
And best secrets are shared with only best of friends.

Blasphemous Aesthete

my incisive gumptions said...

a nostalgic story
touched hearts !
(very good way of presenting in simple language)

... and that's all said...

The way you write English is enigmatic as well as soporific, and with this sole reason, it may dilute any heart in no time.

Mishree said...

~ Anonymous Someone ~ Thank you buddy...for taking time out to read & comment :)

And about your opinion,some friends do say good-bye,and therein lies the good of the relationship.After I wrote this post,the 'little story' kind of took a flip...I'd rather not go into the details of that :)

Do keep dropping by...and take care!

~ Mishree.

Mishree said...

~ My Incisive Gumptions ~ Thank you!

Mishree said...

~ Dibakar ~ Enigmatic and Soporific? That gives a new dimension to my writing :) Thank you!

~ Mishree ~

... and that's all said...

Happy Friendship Day!

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Nishant said...

Liked your post. Rather loved it.
And without the goodbyes somehow life seems better.

Hatikvah said...

Endearing, lucid, imaginative! Two thumbs up!

maglomaniac said...

A sad piece of reality.
I was hoping for something else but still some things happen 4 d gud.


Anonymous said...

An interesting read of the phase U went through, Mishree..

To meet and part is the way of life..

To part and meet is the hope of life.. !!!

Happy New Year! :)

maham irfan said...

why didn't he come back?!
i wonder he has read this post of urs...
i had had this experience i can understand!

Abhijit Kar said...

Beauty of the Blogger’s meet

The narration is very interesting one in injecting and inquisitiveness at the last that you were highly impressed, came closer, shared among yourselves and the conversation built a strong base to blog your thoughts as well as the imaginations.
In your story, the friend remaining kept aloof, is a mystery of the story.
The mysterious part of the story was the secrecy which your friend didn’t want to share was shared by him to you which showed his trust in you as you were the only and special one. And the readers still wait whether ‘good bye’ yet to be done or not ?