It was almost half past 11 in the night. I was about to sleep but then I could hear my phone ring. An unknown voice from the other side, in a very hasty tone where I could hardly hear him amidst the disturbance asked me, wasn’t that Ajay’s home. I was sorry to tell him that’s a wrong number but I wished everything would be fine.
I was working for an NGO. I hear many cases regarding accidents, crimes and some other. So, I take every issue that comes to me as granted and I can’t let it go easily without making out a perfect solution. This may be the reason why I kept thinking about that call all night.
Next day in the morning, I dialed that number back. I was eager to inquire what had happened last night. I introduced myself and reminded him about the call last night. He acted as if nothing had happened and asked me in return who am I. Alright, I have to get it out of mind.
But from then, it was unbelievable, the same call from the same person with the same question at the same time. What sort of joke is that! Is he playing any game? Many questions kept moving in my head. All I can do at last is to change my number.
A few months later, I met my friend after a very long time. We were happy to memorize the best days of our lives. A slice of bread and a cup of coffee can make the best breakfast where ever! The time to discuss our career and future plans. She was done doing her medicine and started her practice. I can see the enthusiasm in her eyes about the case she was explaining me. I was surprised to hear the patient’s name, Ajay! After a very long search, I found the contact number of that night. Interesting to know, that he had a medical issue Somatoform, imagining himself to be another person! After a very keen investigation, I came to know an interesting fact that he is one of my batchmates, four years ago in my graduation school, Ajay Kumar. I knew him pretty well. But that call didn’t remind me of him. I have not known yet the reason for his mental disorder.
I feel the tears rolling down from the corner of my eyes, a dim light on my face, slowly vanishing the persons I saw till now. I woke up! That’s a dream but I can still remember the long scene that happened till now. Being an engineer, I have no idea of any medical issues till date. But that name still vibrates over my head and stuck in my mind.
I phoned my friends after many days to know if everything was alright. But still, that medical disorder remains undefined. Everything is fine, I have to stop bothering about it. That’s almost 8 in the morning, I have to get ready for my office.