Tackling some embarrassing situations!

Have you ever met some of your very old friends or acquaintances after long many years who recognized you well, called you by your name, talked about your family and home but you couldn’t ? Well, I don’t know about you but I have faced such embarrassing situations a number of times. Each time I felt very stupid of myself and sometimes I had to hear ‘ Oh you have a very poor memory ! ’

One day I said to myself , Well, I would have to tackle such situations in a different way and believe me, so far it has worked alright in most cases ! The other day, as I was coming out from a book shop, a gentleman standing outside, looked at me, smiled and said “Hello Kamalesh, after many years , how do you do ?"

I looked at him , pretended as if I recognized him well and said “Oh what a surprise ! , how do you do ?”

We shook hands and smiled at each other.

“How is your wife, your son and what about all your brothers, sisters and parents? ”, he asked.

“They are all fine except that my parents passed away a few years back.”

“How are your parents and the rest ? ”. I used the word ‘rest’ as I was not sure who were there in his family.

“Well, my parents have expired too. My wife and two daughters are all fine. ”

“ Do you live here in Bangalore ? ” I asked.

“ No, I have come here to meet my uncle and will return in the afternoon. I am still living in Shimla , in the same house. Peter and his family have now shifted to a new house opposite to ours. Remember Peter, the all time Goalkeeper in our team ?.”

That rang the bell ! A very good clue was given. I remember my taking part in some of the football tournaments there. I used to go to Shimla during summer vacations and stay at my uncle’s house. Peter lived next door. He introduced me to two of his close friends who also lived in the same area and were regular players . We all became friends in no time . Yes, I have remembered one was Dilip and the other Chandan. I met them last about thirty five years back just before my uncle’s moving out to Delhi, I recalled.

I was offered a cigarette, I took it, lit it and gave a big puff slowly and in that process tried to find out whether this friend of mine was Dilip or Chandan!

“Kamalesh , what are you thinking?”

“Well, thinking how quickly the time has passed !”. Actually I was then still trying to figure out who for sure this friend could be!

“ What is Peter doing now ?” I asked.

‘ He is doing some business after retirement.”

‘ And you ?”

"Well I am a retired Doctor and doing private practice in Shimla. ”

"Great, I think one day I shall come to see you in your chamber to have a check up. ”

“ You are most welcome, do please come and stay with us for sometime and don’t forget to phone me up so that I can wait for you. ”.

“ Yes of course ”, I replied with a smile.

He took out a note book from his pocket, tore a piece of paper and handed over to me after writing his telephone number on it.

I said “ Come on, please write down the address of your chamber too. ”

He smiled , wrote the address but instead of writing his full name simply wrote two letters ‘CB’. This, however, was very useful , I could say for sure that he was Chandan but what was his surname starting with the letter ‘B’ I wondered. My friend smiled and said “ Kamalesh, I think you have forgotten my name.”

“ Of course I haven’t.”

“Can you really recognize me well after all these years ? ”“Well, it was bit difficult, long thirty five years have gone past and now you with your moustache look so different !”

“ But I had moustache before, Didn’t I ? "

“Yes you had but the style is now different”.

It just clicked, he said “ Yes, that's right. But can you remember my name ? ”

I said “ You are Chandan I know but forgot the surname, Chandan Banerjee, am I right ?”

“No, it is Chandan Basu. Anyway it is nice that you have at least remembered my first name!”

We chatted for sometime. Chandan said “Believe me I had not really recognized you ”.

“Then how could you address me as Kamalesh ?”

“Well when you were at the Book shop I was there too. It appeared to me that I had seen you somewhere, could you be Kamalesh I wondered but when I heard the shopkeeper calling you by your name I was sure , so there you are !”

I laughed and said I had also forgotten his name and told him how I was finally sure that he was Chandan.

Chandan burst out laughing. “ Clever you, but what about moustache and all?"

“Well those were just for the sake of saying something. ”

We both laughed. Chandan said “ Look , these things happen in life . A person says he has recognized you but if you say you haven’t then he/she may get hurt and so you should tackle the situation in whatever way possible. Sometimes a bit of lie does not do any harm if it helps in this kind of a situation. ”

I laughed and said “Exactly so. ”

We both had a good chat over drinks in a nearby pub and thereafter departed with assurance given to each other that we all must meet again soon to bring back our fond memories of the past and agreed that a get together after many years would surely help rejuvenate our friendship.

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Comments 28 comments

Giselle Maine 5 years ago

Very funny and interesting story! Thanks for sharing.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Giselle Maine - Thank you so much for your comment.

Best Wishes,

Kamalesh


Paramjeet Kaur 5 years ago

Good hub and very funny, I have enjoyed a lot.

Keep writing, Good Luck.


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Hi Kamalesh050, So funny, I loved it!! voted up


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sonia05 5 years ago from india

Very nice hub and so very true as it happens with all of us!! We meet old friends and acquaintances and do not recognise them leading to embarassing situations but the way you handled it was superb!!


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

@Movie Master - Thank you very much for the comment, you are kind.

Best Wishes,

Kamalesh


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

@ sonia05 - Thanks a lot for your kind words of appreciation , I feel great !

Best Wishes,

Kamalesh


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Many thanks for the comment and I am so glad that you have enjoyed the story.

Best Wishes.


Angela 5 years ago

Enjoyed your hub, it is good and funny. I face such awkward situations from time to time. I think I will follow your way henceforth.. ha ha. !!

Keep writing.


Zenifa 5 years ago

Very interesting and funny - Enjoyed reading the hub.

Best Wishes my dear.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Zenifa, thank you very much.

Best Wishes.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

@ Angela - Thank you very much.

Best Wishes.


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Jo_Goldsmith11 5 years ago

Really funny and sweet. I like reading about new friendships that form from two people that have a shared interest. Great work! :-)


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

I am so happy again to hear from you. Thanks a lot for your kind words which mean a lot to me.

Best Wishes.


Paramjeet Kaur 5 years ago

Very nice and full of fun. Well written and gives a true picture of what happens with us all. Keep writing. Good Luck.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Thank you so much for your comment, you are so kind.

Best Wishes,

Kamalesh


Sonali Bhatt 5 years ago

This is indeed a very good hub. Very funny.

Best Wishes.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Many thanks for the comment.

Best Wishes.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 5 years ago from Sunny Florida

How funny. I hate when that happens to me. I'm glad both of you had the absence of memory.


Sovan 5 years ago

Enjoyed reading the hub, it is very funny and so interesting. Keep up your good work.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Many thanks Sovan for your kind words.

Best Wishes.


pritam 5 years ago

Enjoyed the hub, it's nice and funny. Well written.

Best Wishes.


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Pritam - Many thanks.

Best Wishes.


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writer20 5 years ago from Southern Nevada

I know only to well just how embarrassing it can be not recognizing an old friend.

Great read keep writing


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Kamalesh050 5 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Writer20, Many thanks for your comment. It's so nice to know that you have enjoyed the story.

Best Wishes to you,

Kamalesh


Pravin Kumar 5 years ago

Very funny and interesting hub, enjoyed a lot. Very nicely written.


deb287128 17 months ago from Hooghly

Agree, some situations can really be so embarrassing ! Your story is beautiful and written nicely.


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Kamalesh050 17 months ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India Author

Delighted tohave your continued support. Thank you for your visit.

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