Chat with old friend who found me using Facebook Friend Finder ….
Old Friend : OMG, so you are a hot shot author now.
Me : (Trying to be modest and underplayed) Yeah, I have a couple of books published
O F : Well, you always wanted to be a doctor
Me : Yeah, didn’t everyone else? It was a done thing those days ….
O F : What?
Me : Adults would ask, “Beta badhe hokar kya banogey?” and we would chant, Doctor, IAS, IPS, Engineer.
O F : You always said Doctor
Me : The idea of cutting people open must have sounded like fun to me
O F : So how come you’re not one?
Me : (Trying to wriggle out of admitting that I dropped out in the second month of med school) You wanted to be in IAS, and now you’re in marketing.
O F : Well, it pays better and does not get me posted out of Calcutta. You can’t take a Bong out of Calcutta
Me : So how’s Didi?
Nice try … but he did not take the bait.
O F : (Still persisting) Never thought you’d be working in corporates and writing novels.
Me : (Uncomfortably) Erm I work in one corporate only.
O F : And your marriage broke
Me : (Wishing I could strangle him through the computer screen) Yes
O F : You are Ritu Jain from Imphal and from Hindu College aren’t you?
Me : (Scowling) Was. Now I am Ritu Lalit
O F : (I could sense the avid need to learn more gossip) You have changed so much! How could you? He was your big romance, how come?
Taking deep breaths, reminding myself that I once actually liked this bloke, and preaching myself tolerance…
Me : That was then, this is now. You’re right. I changed a lot.
O F : Like how?
Me : I got infected by Black Spider venom. So I have this uncontrollable urge to kill or destroy old loves and old friends. It is a problem but I am learning how to control it, and to live with it.
O F : You’re not serious?
Me : Try me
Facebook, I owe you big time. Haven’t had so much fun in ages 😛