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A Talk With A Stranger
It was the
fourth time that evening I had checked the time, it read 7:57 PM. I had planned
to leave office a little early that day but alas I had failed yet again.
Finally I had managed to wrap the work, pack my bag and leave for the day.
After several months I was finally visiting my family, next three days I would
be happily away from the city and work.
After an hour
long journey I finally arrived at the bus stand. I walked into the restaurant
in the bus stand to grab a quick bite before I hunt for the bus. This time too
I had not booked the tickets in advance. I kind of like to have some surprise
element to my travel.
So there I
was with my plate of freshly reheated chapattis served at the restaurant in my
hands, hunting for a vacant table to park my bottom and relish my meal. After a
few minutes of 360 degree of gazing across the packed restaurant I decided to
share a table with a lonely stranger.
I was mid way
through my dinner, when the stranger got up and asked me if I could keep an eye
on his luggage while he buys something more eat. I merely nodded my head in
affirmation and smiled. He was back at the table and thanked me. I just smiled
and asked him where he was headed to? He said Mangalore and I told him about my
ancestral association with the city he was visiting. So we both now had
something in common to talk about.
while later he told me that he happened to study in a college which happens to
be in the city I was visiting. The conversation then drifted to talks about our
work and we realised that our organizations had closely collaborated on one of
the projects which I was a part of. And then he said clichéd yet a fact of
life, “world is such a small place, a few minutes back we were total strangers
and now we realise we share so much in common.”
had ended but not our conversation. So we walked out of the restaurant and
continued our talks over a cup of coffee. We both seemed to enjoy the
conversation which drifted from talks of his 15 year old college memories to my
thoughts on how music shapes ones adulthood. We drifted from topic to topic and
seemed to have struck a chord. Although he was half a decade elder to me, we
both seemed to be having interesting conversation like two long lost friends.
And then we
parted ways and it was time for me to hunt a bus which could take me to my
destination. What I did harp on looking back at this conversation of mine with
a stranger was the fact that life could offer several such interesting
moments. But the question is, are you open for it? Strange
things happen on this planet called earth every day. These strange talks with
strangers are one such thing. Now for the ones who still believe in “Don’t talk
to strangers” maybe there is something you are missing. Maybe it’s a good
conversation. A conversation which can throw up a different perspective to life the way you
look at it.
It was yet another Friday or billions of
earthlings. May be it was a mundane day ahead for
some and exciting for others. An exciting day ahead for the ones who were certain
of the joy to be unwrapped the next day, the weekend. Well, in my case it was
the former. Blame it on being one amongst the many who work on Saturdays.