You’re sitting at a cafe when a stranger approaches you. This person asks what your name is and for some reason you reply. The stranger nods, “I’ve been looking for you.” What happens next?
I was sitting at ,Second Cup, enjoying my coffee, I suddenly noticed someone coming towards me. I pretended to look sideways, hoping this person will turn around and leave,much to my dismay I heard the word, “Shuprobhat”(good day). I turned around and saw the stranger addressing me.
I wasn’t in a mood to answer in Bengali. I was irritated and said,”Are you talking to me”?
My attitude didn’t deter the stranger from continuing to speak to me, ignoring my reply, he smiled and replied,”Apnar naam ki”?( what’s your name)
Without thinking any further, “I mumbled, Ranu.”
The stranger nodded,”I’ve been looking for you.”
He seemed quite pleased and without hesitation pulled a chair to sit. I felt very uncomfortable as I had never seen him before and wasn’t sure of his motives.
Before settling down he excused himself , stood up to grab a cup of coffee for himself. He came back and asked what I was doing in this city. I kept my conversation to a minimum, I wasn’t interested to tell him anymore about me.
He was not willing to give up, he started telling me about his uncle whom he had never seen but heard a lot about. While he was talking I wondered why he was talking to me about his uncle and what’s that got to do with me.
My irritation reached it’s height, I looked at him and could not help asking, “Why are you talking to me about your uncle?”
He frowned and said, “My uncle is your father.”
I was shocked and could not speak for a few minutes, I then replied, “How do you know your uncle was my father?”
“Your father was the older brother of my father.”
I was embarrassed I apologized for my unfriendly behavior.
He invited me to go and meet his wife and children, I happily agreed . I was surprised to know he lived only a few blocks from me.
Meanwhile his wife had cooked a lavish dinner, the aroma of the food reminded me of my mother’s cooking.We had a delicious meal.
After dinner I invited the family to visit me. The stranger amazingly enough turned out to be my cousin, wow I thought!