Jul 20, 2008

Wrong Number

It was the day of her son's XII results and she was so tensed. She sat beside him while he logged on the website with his registration no. "MOM", he screamed in excitement," I scored 1191, with centum in 4 subjects.


"I cant believe it. " She became numb in excitement.
Her eyes became wet. She kissed him on his forehead and smiled.




Soon they realized that he stood first in the state. Oh, her joy knew no bounds when reporters and media persons soon swamped her house for interviews and photos. She was so honored to join him in the snaps.




She wanted to call her "wrong-number- friend" to tell him the news......She was so excited. He was someone whom she has known for more than 20 years.




She still did not remember when they became friends, but certainly cannot forget the first day he called her when she blasted him for giving her so many wrong calls.....after that he had called up a week later asking apology, for he had now got the right number of his friend whom he wanted to talk to . They spoke for an hour that day...even without knowing each other's names.




Though he kept pestering her to reveal her name she never did and so he kept a name...Sweety. She used to get so shy whenever he called her 'Sweety'. She was doing first year of BSc. Maths then, and he was a Computer Engineering student. From then he used to call her very often . They almost discussed everything ..




By the final year of her college, they probably were in love, but she had been cautious. She was in a dilemma whether to tell him. But what if he was of a different religion? Did she have the courage to talk to her parents about it? ........all these questions ran through her mind.




She decided that she would not talk to him thereafter. When he called next time she lied to him that she was going to Delhi for her post graduation. He gave her his office number and asked her to ring him up once she reached there.




She never called .......




A couple of months later her marriage got fixed with a guy of her parent's choice. She was not happy but she did not complain; rather accepted it as an obedient daughter. At times she felt she missed her wrong- number- friend......




Her hubby was a moody person; she has hardly spent any good time with him- but he was genuine indeed and never bothered her personal space. After 2 years they had a boy...


Yet,s he was not very happy with her married life...




One day she happened to browse through her diary and found that she still had her old friend's office phone no that he had given her. she dialed it and spoke with him. He said he was married and got a kid too. She was happy for him though in the bottom of the heart she felt bad that she could not marry him.




From then she used to occasionally call him on that number.




She never gave him hers as she felt that would put her in trouble.. And till the day she almost shared everything with him including her relationship with her hubby..... today she was so happy and wanted to call him.




Just then she got a call. "Your husband met with an accident and died on the spot".




She banged the phone down. She broke. She did not call her friend.....She somehow started feeling guilty. She has never tried to talk to him properly when he was alive or moved close with him.... She felt that she had been a bad wife........
A couple of years passed and one day her son brought home a Bengali girl and said they wanted to get married. She got them married as she did not want her son to go through what she did.




She decided to give her son his father's room and started clearing it. There was a phone book. She gently opened it to find, "Wrong No Sweety -01010101"




God always puts the right numbers together. Its we who interpret it wrong!!!!!

1 comment:

Random traveler said...

Its nice..:)

But how cant she recognize her husbands voice i mean! and viceversa! :)