Characters: Raman, Sumeet, Shivani (Raman’s wife) and Shipra (Sumeet’s wife)
One day at a coffee shop in Nagpur, two middle aged men, Sumeet and Raman, sitting next to each other, were discussing something serious. They were the best friends and used to share all secrets with each other.
Sumeet asked Raman, “how it all began?” taking a deep sigh, Raman said, “I met Shivani (a school teacher by profession), a few years back. Soon our friendship grew stronger and after three years of dating we decided to tie the nuptial knot. Though, it was all hunky-dory in the beginning, but now it has become troublesome with frequent arguments over petty issues. I’m sick of it. And ready to divorce her now”.
Contrarily, Sumeet was reluctant to disclose anything about his own marital life pretending it to be normal though it was also going through a series of silent disappointments. Sumeet and his wife Shipra had everything in life; Money, fame, status symbol and high class colleagues, but the couple didn’t know what love meant in reality. Both husband and wife were working at top positions in big MNCs (Multi National Companies) in Nagpur and Mumbai respectively. Shipra was working in Mumbai while Sumeet worked at Nagpur.
The duo usually had to stay separate from each other due to work demand ever since they got married. Initially, both Shipra and Sumeet worked at Nagpur but suddenly Shipra got a better opportunity in Mumbai which coincidently happened just within a few days after their marriage.
Sumeet often requested Shipra to get transferred to Nagpur so that the couple could live together at a same house, but with higher position and status, Shipra became self-centered with the passage of time. She simply ignored Sumeet’s request almost repeatedly. Soon, she started refusing to go to Nagpur on holidays or when she got casual leave. Instead she enjoyed hanging out with colleagues in Mumbai.
Sumeet certainly felt that essence of marriage was missing in their marital life, but he preferred not to reveal the same to anyone – not even to his best friend, Raman. He kept every feeling inside his heart and swallowed all the pains himself.
One day, Raman came near to Sumeet and said that he will divorce Shivani. But Sumeet was somewhat reluctant. He knew that both Raman and Shivani immensely loved each other. “Hey, Raman let’s gauge how much our wives love us in reality”, said Sumeet. He then whispered something to Raman’s ear and both agreed to play a prank.
Following evening, Sumeet telephoned Shivani and informed her that Raman was leaving India. Sumeet’s mobile was on loudspeaker so that Raman could hear whatever Shivani spoke.
“Shivani, this is Sumeet, Raman’s best friend. Raman just told me that he is leaving India forever. He said you don’t love him and always quarrel with him”, said Sumeet with a mischievous smile on his face.
On the other hand, Shivani was flabbergasted hearing the same. “We may fight each other every day, but how could Raman leave India without me? I’m incomplete without him. We hugely love each other and are partners for life”, said Shivani in a crumbled voice. It seems as if Shivani would break down now, then suddenly Raman took the telephone and told Shivani that it was just a prank intended to know whether she loved him or not. Immediately Shivani also rushed to the coffee shop to join Raman and Sumeet and a laugh riot and fun party followed after that.
“Don’t ever dare to go anywhere without me. We are made for each other”, Shivani romantically said to Raman while hugging him tightly.
Now it was Sumeet’s turn to gauge how much his wife loved him. Raman took his mobile and rang up Shipra in Mumbai, “Who is this? Shipra asked. “It’s me Raman, Sumeet’s friend. We just came out of hospital and doctor confirmed that Sumeet is diagnosed with blood cancer”, exclaimed Raman totally clueless that why Sumeet planned this unusual way to measure his wife’s affection towards him.
Sumeet had asked Raman to keep the mobile on loudspeaker to hear Shipra’s words as exactly as what she said.
Sumeet and Shivani were standing beside Raman and overheard the whole telephonic conversation. But Shipra shocked everyone when she said, “its okay. Admit him to the nearby hospital. I will come to Nagpur only after 3 months. I can then only meet him! I am very busy these days with important meetings. So I can’t come to Nagpur now. Ok, I have an important official get-together within a few moments from now, so I’m disconnecting the phone. I will talk to Sumeet later”.
There was a pin drop silence at the coffee shop. Sumeet, Shivani and Raman gazed at each other in deep thoughts. Suddenly, Shivani asked Raman that why did he say such a grievous thing to Shipra living several miles away from Nagpur? Then pointing finger towards Sumeet, Raman disclosed that it was Sumeet’s idea to do so.
Soon, Sumeet with teary eyes took a page out of his pocket and handed it to Raman. It was Sumeet’s 2-day old Biopsy report that revealed he was truly suffering from third stage of Blood cancer!
Author Bio: Atish Home Chowdhury who says “I am an author and writer who love to play with words. I write both fiction and non-fiction stuff round the year. It was always my dream to become a writer and thankfully I am now living my dream”
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