Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Good Friends and Bad Relatives

HOW “BUM CHUM” FRIENDS BECAME “DAGGERS DRAWN” RELATIVES
A Fictional Spoof 
By
VIKRAM KARVE 

“Have you noticed one thing...?”

“What…?”

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

“Yes. They are not on talking terms with each other...”

“That is surprising. In the Navy – ‘A’ and ‘B’ were the best of friends – they were “Bum Chums” – as we say in the Navy – yes – since their childhood – ‘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 – throughout their service they were “Bum Chums” – even after retirement – they continued their friendship – both of them  ‘A’ and ‘B’ – they settled down in Pune – and  ‘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…? How have the “Bum Chums” become “Daggers Drawn” with each other...? Has something happened between them…?”

“They ‘upgraded’ their relationship – and then – 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 children 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…?…” 

(क्यूं ना हम अपनी दोस्ती रिश्तेदारी में बदल दे)

“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 children got divorced…”

“What...? Their children got divorced in America…?”

“Yes.”

“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…” 

“Isn’t it crazy...? Their Children get divorced in America – and – the Parents stop talking to each other in India...” 

“Yes. It’s crazy. But they seem to be really “Daggers Drawn” with each other – especially the wives...

“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…”

“Sure…”

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

“Yes.”

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

“No. No. No. Never…!!!”

“Why…? My son is…”

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

VIKRAM KARVE
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This is a revised repost of my story HOW TO DESTROY AND FRIENDSHIP posted online on March 04, 2016 on my Academic and Creative Writing Journal Blog at url: http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/03/how-to-destroy-friendship.html and http://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/07/friendship-and-kinship-story.html and https://karvediat.blogspot.in/2016/09/how-bum-chums-became-daggers-drawn.html
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