Friday, July 24, 2009

The First One : A Call

I had receiver in my hand and I was sweating. I still remember what Sharmila auntie said “Vandana please help Vinhanshu, he is in pain”.

When I recall it now, it looks so weird. Till date I have found no explanations, and I keep on wondering why it happened to me. In fact those two incidents shook my life.

Sharmila aunty was always known to us. In fact Ghosal’s were like family to us. Sharmila aunty was mom’s best friend, uncle was Papa’s eternal golf partner and I grew up playing with their son Vibhanshu.

Still I do not think I had any special bonding with Sharmila auntie. She was good to me and always brought candies; and that was it. She continued to bring them all along, from time I was a kid till the time I entered medical college.

And then one day out of nowhere, I received her call. With no niceties exchanged, she told me she had cancer, and one at a pretty advanced stage. Her voice was sad but composed. She said she had only one month to live and I was the first person she was telling that. I could hardly speak a word. In a jumbled voice I uttered something to console her.

I do not know why but I was gripped with a strange fear. I immediately called my mom and just kept on crying. After that I never called Sharmila auntie nor did meet her but my mom confirmed her medical condition. She died exactly after a month and I could not muster courage to go to her funeral.

That was one year back, and now at 2 am at night I had just talked to her again. I sat there holding the receiver, and I could not even dare to move. After sometime I checked the telephone line and it was dead.

It was impossible to sleep after that and I sat on that sofa for a time that looked immemorial. At 6 am in the morning, I rang at her home. Their servant picked up the phone and told that Vibhanshu had met with an accident at night and everybody was at the hospital. He was in pain, but was out of danger.

At afternoon, I went to meet him and wished him fast recovery. We talked about many things and he told me that was missing his mother a lot that day. Somehow I could not muster courage to tell him that it was she who had informed me of his condition.

I was left shaken by this experience but I did not know what more was in store for me.

PS: This story was based on a true incident as narrated to me by a close friend. Its second part will be coming soon.

5 comments:

Anurag Rudra said...

Hmm! A very good story sir...waiting for the second part....when is it coming??

Anyway, your writing skills are awesome! Lucid yet powerful, very powerful.

Keep those posts coming sir!!

sumit said...

whatz this ??????

saket said...

SIR
DO U believe in super natural?

U have inspired me alot.But one question always distubs me.U were serious student of mechanial Eng but u didnt opt it as ur opional,WHY?(I am also pursuing BE mech and I want to go for mech eng as one of my optionals. Please help me out!)

Anurag said...

@Anurag: Thanks a lot :)

@Sumit: I also get bored of myself sometimes

@Saket: The answer to your first question is that I do not know.

And you got me wrong, I was not at all a serious student and that was precisely the reason I did not take Mechanical Engineering

mindspace said...

very interesting!