My Enchantress…

Last weekend, I received a courier from a dear friend, which contained a copy of Salman Rushdie’s Enchantress of Florence! I was completely taken aback by this gift! This was a book I’ve always wanted to read and apparently I’d mentioned it to her sometime, when we were both shopping for books, and she remembered that and bought me the book! It would have been great if she were still in town to hand it over to me personally, but I guess I can’t ask for too much! πŸ™‚

I opened the book and she’d written the sweetest message in it.

She said:


When the Shah of Persia said a 100 years ago, “Never trust a woman,” he was perfectly right. The fact that this book comes to you by courier (instead of delivery-by-hand) and your intention of gifting me that “cute yellow thing that says Ditcher,” all stands testimony to the Shah’s words! πŸ˜€

It’s been fun knowing you… and its a disaster to know that you’ll never let me forget you… Well, I guess I can live with some misgivings! πŸ˜€

She didn’t give me a chance to reply to these words. I wish I had had more time with her to actually tell her the things I’ve always wanted to tell her. But I guess, these are the misgivings she talked about. So, in the hope that she reads this, here’s my reply:

Friendships are often overrated, and in most cases, a very strong bond takes years to grow and loads of patience to nurture. But in our case, I think it’s almost a miracle how quickly we built such a good friendship. It’s never happened to me before, and I don’t think it’ll ever happen again. Some people are just meant to come into our lives, and when you did, I think it was perhaps the best day of my life so far! πŸ˜€

Thanks for being such a wonderful friend, and thanks for a lovely book and the even lovelier words inside them! I’ll treasure this always, more so because it’s a gift from you! πŸ™‚

I’ll miss you a lot, and I hope we keep running into each other! You truly are my Enchantress! πŸ™‚

Published by Nikhil

Nikhil Kumar lives in Bangalore with his wife and their stuffed dog. They are both advertising professionals and lead very exciting lives on the streets, dodging traffic. Their fridge is filled with cans of Diet Coke and their water heater doesn't work. He doesn't smoke (up) anymore.

45 thoughts on “My Enchantress…

  1. @Smallstar
    I’m good, i’m good! πŸ˜€
    Hugs back to ya! πŸ˜€

    Yeah, man! It’s an awesome feeling! πŸ˜€

  2. @Smallstar
    Awww! So sweet! And I’m on cloud number nine now! πŸ˜‰

    Hehe! Yeah man, I should do that! And the book so far is great! You should read it definitely! πŸ˜€

    @ T
    Hahaha! You bet! πŸ˜€

  3. @Nikhil
    I say Congratulations and feel sorry to hear that. Congratulations on finding an amazing friend. Sorry to hear you can’t continue to meet.

  4. I am following you, right nowww! πŸ˜›

    p.s. Could I have ur phone number? If this is possible, eh! πŸ™‚ let me know!

  5. omg!This is bizarre! The reply you have written (the first part of it at least) can so be the note I can write to a friend of mine!!! I miss him a lot and do wish we run into each other again sometime! πŸ™‚

  6. @Anniyan
    Thanks man! πŸ™‚ I know, bittersweet is the word that comes to mind! πŸ™‚

    Ok, check your email! πŸ˜€

    Hehehe! Thanks! πŸ™‚

    You’re welcome! I think books are perhaps the best gifts ever! πŸ˜€

    I hope you meet him again, too πŸ™‚

    @Dinesh Babu
    Thank you, sir! πŸ˜€

  7. @Nikhil: sorry, I can’t use my email!! 😦 if you want, I leave my number on my blog, and after that you have read it, I’ll delete it!

  8. πŸ™‚ I got a book from a dear friend too…one of the most lovely books i ever got my hands on! am so tempted to write a review of it…but i don wanna degrade the book and author’s talent thru my words! its beyond any description πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ i still am sad it got over!!

    and hmmmm…so much love happening here, i see! πŸ˜‰

  9. YEah!!! The best thing in life is surprises.. and the lovliest thing about life is when you have people around who surprises you very often!! and is this ur birthday gift buddy!!!!

    ANd i liked what u wrote back for ur friend!!! Well at times, it’s very true that there are people who just come into our life, you actually dont need days and hours of nourishment!! it just happens as natural as falling in love….

    great buddy!!!! Tc

  10. The best gift to receive is always a book!!

    //β€œcute yellow thing that says Ditcher*//
    Is this the same winnie the pooh you wanted to buy that day??

  11. @Smallstar
    LOL… Got your number… But isn’t there an email ID that you use, so that I can mail you? You could mail me on my ID:, I’m sure you have an email ID..!! Come on! πŸ˜€

    I think you should go ahead and write the review! πŸ˜€
    Which book is it?
    And lots of love? Hmmm… Maybe… Maybe… πŸ˜€

    Oh so true, man! It’s as natural as falling in love.. I like that line! πŸ˜€
    And yeah, this is probably my b’day gift, but she didn’t mention anything about my b’day… πŸ˜€

    Heehehehe! No no, that was different… πŸ˜€
    And I am gonna become active again on YU, don’t worry… I’m trying to balance a lot of things in life right now! πŸ˜€

    Naanondu theera, neenondu theera… πŸ˜€

    What Su said was, “He’s a traveller on the boat of memories..” And so I replied back, “I’m on one shore of a river, you’re on another…” πŸ˜€
    Both of them are popular songs in Kannada… πŸ˜€

  12. What is mobile number, What is your smile number
    Karni hain private baatein, What is your private number
    What is your style number, Karu kya dial number
    Hoga phir aana jaana, Dede koi easy number
    Kaha se tu aata hain darling kaha ko tu jaata hain
    Aake jaake aaise kyo dil ko tapdata hain
    What is mobile number, What is your smile number
    What is your style number, Karu kya dial number

    LOL LOL πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

  13. @Nikhil: I CAN’T USE EMAIL, CAUSE I WRITE WITH THE MOBILE PHONE!! 😦 so, I can’t give a look to receveid email and I can’t send email. That’s sad, I know it!

  14. Wooww….so cute! Hope the distance gets covered sooner….ask for what you want and thy the universe shall grant it to you. just ask for it without any doubt πŸ™‚ Good luck buddy..! Will try and get the copy of the book as well πŸ™‚

  15. lol i finished reading and even wrote a review in my blog and u told me to read Satanic verses,idiot! remember what u read man! will you forget if i had written a post on some girl?

  16. Oh that was a nice way to show your affection. πŸ™‚
    By the way, how is the book? I was thinking of buying it.

  17. @Reema : I’m sorry… but it adds to the fun in many cases… i’ll translate any such lines hereafter… πŸ™‚

    @Nik : good one… πŸ˜‰

  18. @Reema
    LOL…!!! Good one! πŸ˜€
    Can’t beat your sense of humor! πŸ˜€

    Lemme figure out a way to send u my number! πŸ˜€

    Yeah, those words of Paulo Coelho keep me going daily… If we want something real bad, the whole universe conspires to make it happen! πŸ™‚
    Thanks, and yeah you should read the book! πŸ™‚

    Hehehe! Oh yeah, I remember! Sorry dude! πŸ˜€
    If it was a post about some girl, I’d have remembered! πŸ˜€

    Thanks! πŸ™‚
    It’s a great book! I think you should go ahead and buy it! πŸ™‚

    Thanks! I will! πŸ˜€

    LOL…!! πŸ˜€

  19. Enchantress eh? Well, Salman Rushdie is a good man to spend a weekend with πŸ˜€

    Your weekly forecast predict: that you may have a romantic escapade with the ‘stars’ πŸ˜€

  20. hey wow dats so sweet of her … to leave a note inside it .. and give u wat exactly u wanted πŸ™‚
    Hope u bump into her again sometime.. πŸ™‚

    How did u find da book ?? I haven’t read any of Salman Rushdie’s books yet..

  21. @Aparna
    LOL… Ok, enough! πŸ˜€

    I did! πŸ˜€
    Did you get it?

    Yeah, isn’t it such a sweet gesture? The book’s great! πŸ˜€ You should definitely pick it up!

    Thanks! πŸ™‚

  22. No, I didn’t. Check the number… I’ll write it again on the same page of my blog, ok?

  23. I have this novel with me since sooooooo long, am unable to read it! 😦 😦

    But are you about to change your enchantress? πŸ˜› πŸ˜› just curious πŸ˜›

    @ Reema

    Isnt this looking familiar? πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜‰

  24. @Smallstar
    LOL… I know that!!! πŸ˜›


    You should read it!! πŸ˜€
    And who said I’m changing my enchantress!??? πŸ˜‰

    Don’t worry man! I’m sure you do!
    And I dont write book reviews as a rule.. I can’t do justice to the greatness of the books! πŸ˜€

    Hahaha! Thanks a ton, Janice! πŸ™‚

  25. You need not tell about changing enchantress… tum jo number exchange kar rahe ho ‘logon’ se… it seems so! πŸ˜› πŸ˜› πŸ˜€

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