It was the day of her son's XII results and she was so tensed. She
sat beside him while he logged on the website with his registration
no. "Ma", he screamed in excitement," I scored 1191, with centum in
4 subjects.I cant believe it. " She kinda became numb in my
excitement. Her eyes became wet. She kissed him on his forehead
and smiled. Soon they realized that he stood first in the state. Oh,
her joy knew no bounds when Reporters and media persons soon
swamped her house for interviews and photos. She was so honored
to join him in the snaps. She wanted to call her
"wrong-number- friend" to tell him the news......She was so excited.
He was someone whom she has known for more than 20 years.
She still did not remember when they became friends, but certainly
cannot forget the first day he called her when she blasted him for
giving her so many wrong calls.....after that he had called up a week
later asking apology, for he had now got the right no of his friend
whom he wanted to talk to . They spoke for an hour that day...even
without knowing each other's names.Though he kept pestering her to
reveal her name she never did and so he kept a name...Sweety. She
used to get so shy whenever he called her 'Sweety'. She was doing
first year of BSc. Maths then, and he was a Computer Engineering student.
From then he used to call her very often . They almost discussed
everything ..By the final year of her college, they probably were in
love, but she had been cautious. She was in a dilemma whether to
tell him. But what if he was of a different religion? Does she have
the courage to talk to her parents about it? ........all these questions
ran through her mind.
She decided tat she'll not talk to him thereafter. When he called
next time she lied to him that she was going to Delhi for her post
graduation. He gave her his office number and asked her to ring
him up once she reach there.
She never called .......
A couple of months later her marriage got fixed with a guy of her
parent's choice. She was not happy but she did not complain;
rather accepted it as an obedient daughter. At times she felt she
missed her wrong- number- friend...... .Her hubby was a moody
person; she has hardly spent any good time with him- but he was
genuine indeed and never bothered her personal space. After
2 years they had a boy... Yet,she was not very happy with her
married life... One day she happened to browse through her
diary and found that she still had her old friend's office phone
no that he had given her. she dialed it and spoke with him. He
said he was married and got a kid too. She was happy for him
though in the bottom of the heart she felt bad that she could
not marry him.From then she used to occasionally call him
on that number. She never gave him hers as I felt that would
put her in trouble.. And till today she almost shared everything
with him including her relationship with her hubby..... today she
was so happy and wanted to call him. Just then she got a call.
"Your husband met with an accident and died on the spot".
She banged the phone down. She broke. She did not call her
friend.....She somehow started feeling guilty. She has never tried
to talk to him properly when he was alive or moved close with
him.... She felt that she had been a bad wife........A couple of years
passed and one day her son brought home a Bengali girl and said
they wanted to get married. She got them married as she did not
want her son to go through what she did.She decided to give her
son his father's room and started clearing it. There was a phone
book. She gently opened it to find, "Wrong No Sweety -26579785"
God always puts the right numbers together. Its we who interpret it wrong!!!!!