[22:53 on a Monday evening and the above quote popped into my head and stimulated a strange story]
“Well Thanks for looking after me while I was in India Nitin. You know when you come here with family, we will show you guys a great time”
“Sure, we will come, once your recession is over in the UK. You know my work is very vital here, I just can’t pull away. I just about got 3 days leave to see you when you came over to India”
“Don’t worry about no recession and don’t work too hard. You know, one day, you will have to come, I tell you that”.
“Afternoon Naveen, how are things in Delhi? I spoke to your elder brother Nitin yesterday, we were discussing plans about him visiting us in the UK”
“Nitin will never come Vikram. Firstly he works around the clock and all the money he earns not only runs his household, but he also assists a failure like me. He pays for my kids education, makes sure we have clothes and bills are paid on time. He will never come while he has useless family members like me hanging around”.
“Don’t be hard on yourself Naveen, all will be OK, you just keep trying to find work and get yourself back on your feet ok”.
“Nitin darling, see who is ringing at this hour, so late baba….What’s that noise, Nitin, Nitin, what’s wrong, you are crying”.
“Bad news from the UK, Vikram passed away!”
[Door bell rings, Nitin's house]
“Yes, can I help you”.
“Sorry to bother you Sir following the sad news yesterday. I am, was, a good friend of Vikram’s. This envelope is for you, from Vikram…Thank You….Bye Sir”
[Opens the envelope to find a letter and two tickets]
“My dear brother Nitin, by the time you get this, I will have been no more. You know I told you to come over and see me, you should have listened. I said. One day, you will have to come. So here’s that day. These tickets will get you to the UK in two days time and there will be someone there to collect you both. Come see me off dear brother, come see me off”.
This evening I recalled a conversation with a very dear friend, strange these thoughts, turned into a story.