Saturday late night. Lying on the couch with phone in my hand. Like always, the entire screen space is occupied with a glowing face of perhaps the most beautiful girl and more precisely her beautiful smile. Suddenly with a beep sound and flimsy vibration, a message flashes on my screen…
Your_Soul: Hi….. I know this sounds kinda weird…….but I am you, just wanted to see if we could speak….had something to ask you.
Yeah right. He's my soul and I am Prince William. Someone was trying to be very funny……there’s only one person who knows me more than I know myself and she, so far as I now believe, is already tired of being me…..so this new “Mr.Me” must be some kind of a poor joke…..
I type back. Yes Your_Soul, (though I almost initially typed "yes you a** h***"). Nice joke. Now tell me who are you?
Your_Soul: I told you, this is going to sound crazy, but trust me I am actually “you”…. I don’t know how this is happening but somehow I’m being able to speak to you through this chat……..and I want to ask you just one thing……What is it that you are worried about so much?
Oh please, how can someone be so excruciating…..poking nose into other’s personal life like this….so I reply.
Manish: Listen Your_Soul or You_”Ass”Soul (couldn't hold myself this time though), whosoever you are…..if you are thinking that its late Saturday night and that I must be drunk and that you can make a fool of me……you better know that I don’t drink……now just buzz off.
Your_Soul: Wait wait……..just hold on…..Ok, I have proof…... I am sending you a pic……no-one else has this pic, atleast none in your circle…..Well, It feels strange to say “your” because your circle is mine too……..See this pic. Recognize the guy?
Holy smoke….!!!......That’s me…..un-freaking believable ………how the hell did he………………..
Manish: Jeeeeeez, I don’t know how on earth you did this…..or what in the name of Deepika is happening……just tell me what exactly do you want to know about me?……btw, Mr.Me…isn’t it dumb on your part to claim yourself as “me” on one hand and ask something about “me” on the other……you must be some anencephalous descendent of Arnab Goswamy I guess….lol…….
Your_Soul: Remember, whatever you say about me applies to you….so stop making fun of yourself, and come to the point...
Manish: Wow, now that’s like me……impressive! But, I don’t think my problem warrants this.....Why do you think something is wrong with me?
Your_Soul: Let’s see……you’ve been deprived of sleep for about a month now, have hardly spoken, refuse to eat….just the mention of her name infuriates you…just a thought about any association with her perturbs you….you are………
Manish: Stop………….don‘t say a word more about her……just tell me why should I tell you about my problem? If you are indeed me, you are likely to not have the solution to my problem either….so where’s the point?
Your_Soul: Agreed….I may not have the solution, but wasn’t it you who believed that sharing (talking about) your problem helps you feel better…..remember what Rancho (Ranchodas Shamaldas Chanchad) told Raju in 3 idiots? “It may not solve the problem, but it will give you the courage to face it…..”
Manish: Ah, I am not a very big fan of Bollywood movies but anyways, I promise I will tell you, but I need a pact from you…..promise me that it will remain only between us……I don’t want you to kill me when I am already dying……
Your_Soul: Agreed. But look at you…..you look so weak and drained….
Manish: I lost the only friend I had, what do you expect?
Your_Soul: Relax, try and have control over your emotions. Why do you get carried away with the outcomes so easily, no wonder you are so weak…wake up, just do what you are supposed to do….it’s not your job to think about the outcomes…….
Manish: Oh please, don’t mind but you are kind of sounding like lord Krishna in Geeta……I have a great regard for the Geeta and I truly respect everything that’s in it….but trust me life is not Geeta and I’m not Arjun. Truth is bitter and the truth is that she has decided to end it….
Your_Soul: Ok so? Did she ever tell you that she will not?
Manish: Yeah right, so now even you are blaming it on me…..
Your_Soul: It’s not about blaming you, all I’m saying is she has a life too, if she wants to keep you away from it, it's her call….why are you having a problem with it? You’ve always respected all her decisions till today, why not this one?
Manish: I never said I have a problem with her decision…….what’s killing me is the way she is doing it….I mean come on….… she’s been so nice to me all these years, why now is she treating me like an outsider?......
Your_Soul: You know, it's inspired by Sank's philosophy.....It’s just their way of dealing with it….what is so complicated in it for you to understand….things could’ve been much worse…
Manish: It’s not that I don’t understand…..ok let me ask you something…..Am I wrong in expecting her to tell me about her decision? Why then was I trying to convince her all these years when I wanted to end it? I could’ve also simply done what she’s now doing….But I always told myself that I will not let leave her until she is convinced that I must let her go….why then is she doing this to me now?
Your_Soul: Aren’t you expecting people to be like you when you say that? Why should they be so? And as I said, it’s just their way of dealing with it…....I’d appreciate if you concentrate on what has been communicated rather than how it has been communicated……
Manish: Man, you must be some kind of a spiritual guru……I just hope your consultancy charges are within my limits….do you accept part payments?
Your_Soul: Ha ha ha….don’t worry, this is not my business…..I told you all this because you are very dear to me….which is why I’m in you….my job is to take care of you and believe me so long as you stand by the truth I will never let anyone harm you….
Manish: Sounds good…. can I just say how impressed I am with your commitment to help me…..and in that spirit can I ask you one more question about her?
Your_Soul: Well, that may attract a premium…..lol…..go ahead…
Manish: Do you think we will be friends ever again? I miss her.
Your_Soul: I am sorry to have to break this to you….but I don’t think she will agree to it. What she is doing is actually good for her life coz to her mind, your company only complicates a lot of things for her now.
Manish: Excuse me, but can your care to explain?
Your_Soul: It means “No”. You people are not meant to be together again because your backgrounds and your sensibilities (the ones you people are still not aware of) will pre-program you to take different paths. Plus let’s face it......you don’t have the brains which in her opinion is the primary criteria of consideration for a good friend, nor do you have a dashing physique which she would insist in a guy to protect her if she dashed into someone by mistake……let alone the cash and the style…….your time will be spent better watching football, reading a book, doing creative writing…..that’s all you are worthy of…..
Manish: Do you even have emotions? Anyway, good that you reminded me.....I gotta go now… watch a football match; it’s too good to miss Messi in action, that too in semis of Champions League.....
Your_Soul: I’m sorry again but Messi is going to be called off in the first half today….
Manish: I bet you don’t know about football as much as you know about me……buzz off….
40 minutes later…..five minutes before the whistle for first half….(in the match between Barcelona and Bayern Munich), there’s a signal for replacement…..Messi Out, Pedro In…….
I searched for my phone…..and typed….
Manish: Hi, you there?
As I waited for his reply, I looked up his status message....it read...
"Inspired by the Sank philosophy..."