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It was the day of my son's XII results and I was so tensed. I sat beside

him while he logged on the website with his registration no.

" Ma" , he screamed in excitement," I scored 1191, with centum in 4

subjects. I cant believe it. "

I kinda became numb in my excitement. My eyes became wet.

I kissed him on his forehead and smiled . My husband had gone out of

station on some business trip and my son immediately called him on his cell

and told him of the news.

Soon we realized that he stood first in the state. Oh, my joy knew no

bounds when Reporters and media persons soon swamped my house for

interviews and photos. I was so honored to join him in the snaps.

I wanted to call my "wrong-number-friend to tell him the news......I was so


He was someone whom I have known for more than 20 years.

I still do not remember when we became friends, but certainly cannot forget

the first day he called me when I blasted him for giving me so many wrong

calls.....after that he had called up a week later asking apology, for he

had now got the right no of his friend whom he wanted to talk to .We spoke

for an hour that day...even without knowing each other's names.Though he

kept pestering me to reveal my name I never did and so he kept a

name...Sweety. I used to get so shy whenever he called me 'Sweety'. I was

doing first year of BSc. Maths then, and he was a Computer Engineering


>From then he used to call me very often . We almost discussed everything ..

By the final year of my college, we probably we were in love, but I had

been cautious. I was in a dilemma whether to tell him. But what if he was

of a different religion? Do I have the courage to talk to my parents about


........all these questions ran through my mind.

I decided I'll not talk to him thereafter. When he called next time I lied

to him I that I was going to Delhi for my post graduation. He gave me his

office number and asked me to ring him up once I reach there.

I never called .......

A couple of months later my marriage got fixed with a guy of my parent's

choice. I was not happy but I did not complain; rather accepted it as an

obedient daughter. At times I felt I missed my wrong- number- friend.......

My hubby was a moody person; I have hardly spent any good time with him-

but he was genuine indeed and never bothered my personal space. After 2

years we had a boy...Yet,I was not very happy with my married life...One

day I happened to browse through my diary and found I still had my old

friend's office phone no that he had given me. I dialed it and spoke with

him. He said he was married and got a kid too. I was happy for him though

in the bottom of the heart I felt bad that I could not marry him.

>From then I used to occasionally call him on that number. I never gave him

mine as I felt that would put me in trouble...

And till today I almost shared everything with him including my

relationship with my I was so happy and I wanted to call


Just then I got a call.

"Your husband met with an accident and died on the spot"

I banged the phone down. I broke. I did not call my friend.....I somehow

started feeling guilty. I have never tried to talk to him properly when he

was alive or moved close with him....

I felt I had been a bad wife........

A couple of years passed and one day my son brought home a Bengali girl and

said they wanted to get married. I got them married as I did not want my

son to go through what I did.

I decided to give my son his father's room and started clearing it. There

was a phone book. I gently opened it to find, " Wrong no Sweety -26538887"

God always puts the right numbers together. Its we who interpret it


From India, Gurgaon
Its really touching yaarr..... I wish such thing should never happens with anyone..... not even with someone we hate......... Regards Chirag
From India, Mumbai
Hi Monika, Very touching story indeed. I think today I will spend my night thinking over it. Regards Amit
From India, Delhi
Hi Monica, Sounds like a film story ,if not then send this to some script writer,i am sure it will make a good movie. A touching story though. Good stuff, Regards, Sonit Singh
From India, Hyderabad
Monica.. Its one of the best short stories i heard. The theme reflects on many things. It depends on how one takes it.
From India, Hyderabad
good one, I would say. But, surely unreal. You could always recognise your parents and wife’s and kids voice. Regards, Kiran
From Netherlands
Hi Monica Indeed a beautiful story.I hope this does not occcur to anyone. keep posting such things. Bye Usha

hi, thanx for that story. it’s really very touching. a very good example for perceptions. DK
From India, Mangaluru
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