“Hellllllooooo!!!” I say.
“Hello?” my very dear school friend answers.
Why that question mark, I wonder.
Not more than a couple of days ago did we have a long hearty talk, just like our other usual talks, wherein we detail out our respective lives, elaborating vividly what all happened with us, around us in the days we did not talk; wherein we feel as if we are talking vis-à-vis with liveliness so unparalleled that even the dust around us assumes life, unmindful of the people around, instead of over our dead mobile phone; wherein we know the very expressions and gestures the other person is making use of.
” Hello, who’s it?” The voice from the other end of the phone continues.
I still stand pondering.
‘People change‘, so I had heard; but ‘this quickly‘, I had never known.
‘Even the closest pal would someday desert you‘, so the elders had warned me; but ‘out of the blue, with no apparent reason in sight‘, I had never even remotely imagined.
Yes, we are in different colleges, pursuing different streams, but that does not justify the change of “Hello!” into “Hello?” within no time, does it?
“Hello? Hello?” The voice now sounds exasperated.
“Hey, hello, it is me…” I painstainkingly utter.
“Hellllllooooo!!! Whose phone are you using?”
And even before she asks further, the foolish me realises that I have called her using a new number. Thanks to the network providers offering unlimited free calls!
I clarify. She laughs. We laugh.
The long hearty talk follows.
Huh! After suffering the puny heartache on hearing “Hello?” I can only wish that may you always be greated by the same old familiar ‘Hello’ or rather
‘Hellllllooooo!!!’, come what may.