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! 🙂
I opened the book and she’d written the sweetest message in it.
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! 😀
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! 😀
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! 😀
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! 🙂
I’ll miss you a lot, and I hope we keep running into each other! You truly are my Enchantress! 🙂