Magic – Do you believe in

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// Two friends are sitting  side by side on the terrace of a Famous Hotel at Mall Road, Darjeeling. Looking towards the North, where lies The great Kanchenjunga beyond the darkness of night. //

Anindya: Bro, can you believe, boss rejected the leave application again?

Sougata: What the Fuck! Didn’t you applied a month ago…?

Anindya: Yeah, I did. (sighs) Leave him, he is an asshole.

Sougata: So, how did you manage it…?

Anindya: There is thing called “Sick Leave”…

// (Both laughs uncontrollably, padding each other’s back) //

Anindya: I guess, now only a miracle can save my Job. Can’t believe I’m taking a leave since what..? 2 years…!

Sougata: Don’t worry bro, it is normal to take a sick leave, even I’m on it too… (smirks…)

Anindya: (Lighting a cigarette) Isn’t This Place, Time, Environment a Magical one…?

Sougata: Depends on how you define Magic…?

Anindya: (Laughs…) Do you believe in Magic…?

Anindya: Of course you do, It’s Magic when Messi passes through 5 Defenders, its Magic when Zidane dribbles the heart of Brazil, It’s Magic when Beckham nets the ball from a 35 yard direct free-kick. Isn’t that Magic…?

Sougata: Yes & no…

Anindya: Shut up, don’t fucking give me your Schrodinger’s cat theorem…

Sougata: Its two different answer…

Anindya: What…?

Sougata: Yes, I believe in Magic. And no those you described as  “Magic”, it’s not, it’s “Skill”…

Anindya: So, Mr. Philosopher, what do you mean by Magic…?

Sougata: (Lighting a cigarette) First, make a nice peg… (smirks…)

// Anindya takes the glasses from the table and went back to room, Sougata exhales a cloud of nicotine and sighs… //

// A minute of silence breaks… //

Anindya: Asshole, take the sip and shoot whatever you are thinking… (takes a sip to self)

Sougata: (picks up the glass) So, what was I talking about…?? Aah “Magic”…

Anindya: Don’t fucking over react, I know 2 peg is not enough for you, so stop it and speak…

Sougata: Chill, feel the environment, feel this refine 12 years old malted barley which was fermented in an Oak barrel somewhere in fucking Ireland smoothly slipping down your throat. Feel it…

Anindya: Fuck off, If you want to tell the story, shoot. Otherwise I’m tired of your nonsense philosophy…

Sougata: Chill bro, why are you getting mad…?

// Anindya looks at Sougata and utters something in an inaudible voice, which Sougata understood pretty much as it was a common slang they used on each other… //

Sougata: (Takes a sip from the glass, and puts it on the table, lights another cigarette) So, you want to know how I might define “Magic”…

// Anindya leans toward Sougata with an interest greater than Newton had when “The Apple” fell… //

Sougata: Let’s go back in time 7 years from now. It was 2011, I was teaching in a Computer Center at that period. On a fine Saturday evening I went to my Didi’s Place in Dalalpukur, Howrah. I was walking down the street when suddenly I felt an urge to smoke, which is fucking obvious, So I went to a pan shop next to me. As I was lighting the cigarette my eyes got stuck to a certain person passing through on a Rickshaw. The eyes, just struck me like a lightning. I was so still that I didn’t even notice where the fuck the rickshaw was going.

Anindya: Aaahha, the boy got caught by the “Magic”… (Puts an Evil smile on his face…)

Sougata: Fuck off, If you want to listen then stop commenting… (Looks at Anindya with a disgust…)

Anindya: Sorry, sorry, please carry on… (Putting a smile deep beneath his heart…)

Sougata: That night was a long one. The face was all over my mind. But what could I possibly do? Nothing… The next day I went back to home, but never forgot the girl with big brown eyes… Days passed, weeks passed, I went on every Saturday with just the hope that I might see her again, but I didn’t… Then one day when I almost had given up, I find that pretty face with those big eyes on the phone when I was browsing through Facebook, and her name was Shristi…

Anindya: Isn’t that the girl with whom you were chatting those days…?? By the way, it’s not fucking “Magic”, it’s called “Coincidence”…

Sougata: Will you fucking stop talking…? Or I’m not going to tell it…? (Looks at him with a fury of Lord Shiva)

// Anindya gives a sign to continue after mimicking the act of zipping the mouth with his fingers… //

Sougata: As soon as I saw her, I sent her a friend request, which was obvious. And she accepted it that night. Then we talked hours and hours, not on that day, as it might look creepy, but later on. She was a student of class XI arts from United Missionary Girls High School. Seriously, who on earth would even choose math in Arts as an additional subject…!!! Whatever, it was good days, and I was in the game too. Then one day she told me that one of her friend is very possessive about her …

Anindya: What…? (Full of surprise)

Sougata: They were both in love with each other but they didn’t knew that at that point of time. Even she is engaged with him now, and it looks like “Jodi made in heaven”… That was off topic. So where was I…? Ok, got it, she was complaining about him for not letting her upload a certain picture she took. As you know, I’m an Engineer, I saw this as a big scope to end my relationship status “Forever Single”. (smirks…) Then I put some thought into the matter, which concluded that, If I’ve to get her, I have to try every bit of tricks I can come up with without hurting her or hurting my morale… Then I stalked her profile for some day and noticed that Sumedha was one of her best friend…

Anindya: Fuck, please don’t tell me that you used the oldest trick of the book by using her best friend…

Sougata: Just shut up & listen…

Anindya: Please continue…

Sougata: And Yes, I intended to use her best friend. Everything is fair, in Love & War, and I thought it was “Love”… (Laughs at himself) Whatever.. I sent a request to Sumedha and the next day she accepted it without knowing this intension. She was a TV series Junkie, you name it, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, How I Met your Mother, Beauty and The beast. She loves TV series, She loves the game of Football. A Cristiano Ronaldo fan, worshiper if I might say. We talked about different things every day, like it was a hobby, an addictive interest. And I never told Sumedha about Shristi. It continued for almost a year and then the time came, Higher Secondary Exam. We both got offline for a while. And I realized that Shristi was a girl I like, but I knew more about Sumedha, and it freaked me out. After some month they both became active online, and I got to admit that I made one of the biggest mistakes of my life by letting Sumedha go…

Anindya: (Surprised as Fuck) What…?

Sougata: Yeah, you heard the name right, It’s Sumedha not shristi…

Anindya: (After a momentarily pause, scratches his head) Where did she go…?? (Looking at him utterly confused way)

Sougata: Uff, You are a certified Idiot. She went to IHM Bhubaneswar for her Hotel Management degree, but that was not the deal, it was me, I didn’t even had the guts to tell her, how I felt… I was so fucking guilty at that time, just to realize that I was about to use her to get her best friend… What a fool I was…

Anindya: Wait a second, Is she the Chef you were talking about the other night…?

Sougata: Isn’t it “Magic”…?

 

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