A couple of days ago I had gone to market. It was around 11:30 am or so. Suddenly I saw someone who looked very familiar. As I came closer it struck me that we had been colleagues about 30 years ago. We shared many a similar thoughts but our relationship was sweet and sour. It was basically due to nature of my job and his position in the organization. He too looked at me trying to place me. On my saying hello with warmth, he too responded with equal gusto. We spoke to each other may be for 5 minutes trying to catch up how things are. On parting we exchanged our mobiles numbers. His name was still eluding me but after some time I recalled it as, let us say Sharma. So I saved his number on my mobile to call up later and speak at leisure.
In the evening my mobile rang and showed it was Sharma calling. So I picked up and said,” Hello Sharma , so nice of you to call up.”
There was a little pause and then the caller asked,” How did you know it was me calling up?”
I,” Stop joking, did we not exchange numbers in the morning.”
He,” We never met today. Are you dreaming as usual or what?”
I,” Enough friend. I am so happy that we met in the market after so many years.”
There was loud guffaw and then he somehow managed to say,” I met you? Don’t tell me you took a swing in the morning itself as you were quite stickler for drinking only after sunset.”
Now I was quite puzzled. Then he told,” You met Verma in the morning and I got your number from him.”
Verma also was a colleague around the same time at the same place. So the memory played good trick making me get in touch with two old friends.