LITMUS,LITMUS ON THE WALL
Prompt: If you had to come up with one question, the answer to which would determine whether or not you could be friends with a person you’ve just met, what would it be? What would the right answer be?
“Hi! “, she said shyly. “Hi! ” came the soft answer. Silence for some time.
Both were at a party and it was obvious both did not know too many people around. Each had arrived with their respective husbands who had promptly deposited them in the ladies corner and disappeared in the general direction of the bar.
After a few more minutes of the companionable silence, Aruna asked the young girl: “What are your hobbies?” “Oh,” said Deepa – they had by now exchanged first names – ” I just love books,” followed by a heartbeat later,” movies and music, too. “
Aruna smiled to herself. “That’s great” she said, eyes sparkling. Soon they were lost in the world of authors, books, movies, singers and songs. Animated conversation followed and the ice was broken like nothing else could have.
Aruna was no longer alone. She had found a friend .
Maybe, for a reason, maybe for a season.
Maybe, for life.