Friday, March 4, 2016


Fiction Short Story


“Have you noticed one thing...?”


“I observed that ‘A’ and ‘B’ are not talking to each other.”

“Yes. They are not on talking terms.”

“That is surprising. In the Navy – ‘A’ and ‘B’ were the best of friends – “Bum Chums” – ‘A’ and ‘B’ were inseparable – they were classmates in school – course-mates at the Academy – then – ‘A’ and ‘B’ were best friends throughout their Naval careers – even their wives were the best of friends – they were always together – like one family…”

“Yes – even after retirement – ‘A’ and ‘B’ bought adjacent flats on the same floor in the same building – so that they could be ‘next-door neighbours’…”

“Really…? Then – why aren’t ‘A’ and ‘B’ talking to each other…? Has something happened between them…?”

“They ‘upgraded’ their relationship – and things went wrong…”

“What do you mean they upgraded their relationship…? I don’t understand…”

“Well – they converted their friendship into kinship – ‘A’ and ‘B’ became ‘samdhis’…”

“Friendship…? Kinship…? ‘Samdhis’…? I am confused…”

“It is simple – A’s son got married to B’s daughter – so they became ‘samdhis’ – I think you call it ‘vyahi’ in Marathi…”

“Love marriage…?”

“No – both the kids had migrated to the US for studies and settled there – so ‘A’ and ‘B’ – and their wives – they all thought that it would be a good idea to get their kids married to each other – and become ‘samdhi-samdhan’ to each other…”

“Oh – it seems just like the familiar dialogue I have heard so often in Hindi Movies – ‘Kyu na hum apni dosti rishtedari me badal de…?’…”

“Ha – Ha – yes – the same thing – ‘A’ and ‘B’ converted their friendship into kinship…”

“But then – that should have bonded their friendship even more. So – what went wrong…?”

“Their kids got divorced…”

“Their kids got divorced in America…?”


“And – ‘A’ and ‘B’ stopped talking to each other over here in India…?”

“It is even worse with their wives – at least ‘A’ and ‘B’ don’t talk to each other – but their wives don’t even see each other’s faces…”

“Oh – so now I know the reason why their wives haven’t come for this course get-together…”

“Yes – but let’s forget about ‘A’ and ‘B’ – let’s talk about something else…”


“Your daughter is still unmarried – isn’t it…?”


“I was thinking – your daughter may be a good match for my son…”

“No. No. Never…”

“Why…? My son is…”

“Please – just forget about it. We don’t want to become like ‘A’ and ‘B’ – do we…? Let’s keep our friendship intact. Why jeopardize our friendship by converting it into ‘kinship’…? 

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