Sakhi's Laghukatha

“Bestest” Friend

Posted on: October 27, 2009

fiction_stamp2Kumud was excited about Achinta’s engagement. She and Achinta were friends ever since she could remember. She was a single child and so was Achinta. But they never missed having a sibling. They were like soul mates. “Bestest” friends, as Kumud likes to put it! Everyone was surprised when Kumud got married to Aunurag. It was assumed, even by their families, that Kumud and Achinta would marry. They rolled their eyes in unison on this assumption. Kumud easily moulded herself in her role as a wife. But Achinta always remained her best friend. Aunurag too accepted Achinta as a part of their family. So when Kumud called him about Achinta’s impending engagement Aunurag too smiled ear to ear. Kumud’s excitement was contagious.

As much as Kumud wanted to meet “the girl” before Achinta was officially fastened to her, she could not meet her till the day of engagement. When Kumud saw Achinta on the day of engagement clad in the traditional Bengali dress, standing tall and looking handsome than ever; her heart swell with love for her dearest friend. She almost ran to him and gave a bear hug. Both their families laughed at this childish display of affection. In all the merriment nobody noticed the shadow coming down on “the girl’s” face. Achinta introduced the two most important ladies of his life to each other. Kumud hugged Kakoli with equal enthusiasm and kept on chattering. In all her felicity, she did not notice that Kakoli was not sharing her exuberance.

*****

“Oye, what time are you coming for barbecue this Sunday?” enquired Kumud, as usual.

“Can’t, yaar. Kakoli is coming down for her shopping this weekend.”

“Aha… Dating-wating ‘n’ all, hun?” teased Kumud good-naturedly and both burst out laughing.

“Hey, why don’t you both come down once you are done shopping? I don’t think we will wind up party before 12. What say?”

“Let me see. I think we will be able to make it. Catch you on Sunday.”

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“Oye, sun yaar, I think we won’t be able to make it after all. Kakoli is having severe headache and she wants to turn in early since tomorrow early morning she has to go back to her place. Sorry buddy.”

“No problem… hopes she gets well soon. Hug her on my behalf”Kumud replied understandingly.

*****

This was two months back. In these two months Achinta’s visits to Kumud’s place reduced drastically. Their phone conversations, too, dipped. She complained about this to Aunurag, to which he just smiled and told her that it’s natural. She smiled a wistful smile. She hated Achinta’s absence, actual and virtual!

Kumud had expected to become friends with Kakoli too but Kakoli kept her at arm’s distance. There was this nagging feeling of unease when all four of them were together. The usual chatter and coziness were gone. Polite conversation took place of teasing. Achinta was the same when he was alone but the change was evident when the pair was together. He was not at home when he now came to their place.

As Achinta’s marriage date was neared a feeling of dread fell upon Kumud. She feared losing her best friend. She kept this feeling to herself but she knew in heart of her heart that it was inevitable. It was decided earlier that Kumud will be Achinta’s “best-woman” at his wedding. But that was before Kakoli came into picture. Now she was not so sure. Also Achinta had not mentioned it recently.

The duo came to invite Kumud and Aunurag for the wedding. The invitation was as formal as it can get. While handing over the card, Kumud’s and Achinta’s eyes held for a few seconds; Kumud’s eyes brimming with tears of losing her “bestest” friend, Achinta’s eyes brimming with silent apology.

83 Responses to "“Bestest” Friend"

Tell me, did you write this at office?🙂

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you tell me whether you like it or not?😛

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loved it🙂 and its really nice and so surreal…will send it to my bestest friend now!

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i think i should post the link to my “bestest” friend too!😉 What say?

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How I hope Kakoli and Kumud will end up talking girlie stuff and that nalayak Achinta is left alone😀

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In that case too, Kumud will “lose” her best friend. Friendship can’t be cultivated… it just clicks!! The chemistry, you see! Oh, but you can’t see… i forgot, i am replying to swaps😛 😛

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It is physics…not chemistry😛😛

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Sounds like biology to me!!!😆

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ok ok, you two… some “science”!😛 😛

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Wonderfully written.

I have gone through this, but the other way around. The feeling kills.

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yes… feeling kills! Sigh!

btw… such a sane comment from you ???😯 is everything alright?? 😛 😛

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grrrrr…..

No, i realy felt bad reading this😦

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Awww… but you know, we all pass through this phase… and i know that it hurts like hell!!!

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Oh I ws shocked to c this too😛

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lol!!!

Let the bugger be in peace!!! Why question him if he is putting up a decent comment?? I know it goes against his image but still😉

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Excellent! Why doesn’t Kakoli learn from Aunurag? I guess she can’t be blamed as each individual is different 😐

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There are different people, different feelings… some might be open minded, some very possesive! AND its difficult to say till we are in the same situation.

But I have seen many a friendships going for a toss due to nuptial knots. Priorities change, people change, feelings change. Sometimes, feelings are there but due to various circumstances can’t be expressed.. hence the last sentence “… silent apology”!

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Oh the fear of losing a friend .. its too much to bear😦
But I think that feeling of insecurity rests with so many girls😦

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yes… and since i dont have it in me, i feel its weird!🙂

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so this is the base of your treasure??And I was thinking the beautiful flowers were all that I was going to be treated to🙂

A beautiful yet poignant story,Sakhi.A story which most of us can relate to.

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hee.hee.. thanks deeps🙂 🙂

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Wonderful story… brought back memories of 10th board results for me… when my best friend came out and told me he failed… and I instantly had tears in my eyes that he and i would be separated… !!! he was just kidding… but in just 2 mins I felt really bad though I got first class..!!

sigh…

as luck would have it… he went to Maharashtra’s dusty remote town for diploma while I remained in commerce in the same school…

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Atleast you didn’t lose him to a female😛 😛

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*sigh! wonderful, though got confused with the names a bit😛

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haa..ha… but you liked the story, so thats more imp😛

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Sadly all opposite-sex relationships undergo this phase at some point or other. I have seen many of such bestest friends break up.😦

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Yeah most do get into muddle but some do survive and be a long lasting comfort cushion!🙂

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Oh, yes like Vishesh names were confusing. I had to stop and verify which was which.

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probably because they are all bong names!

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Very nice Sakhi… Loved this one… Its very much happening one… The fear of losing dearest is itself enough to kill us😦

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I think more than losing someone actually, its the dread of “might lose” which kills the relationship.

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Very Well written dear but yes Like Vishesh I also got confused with names hehehe…

I could relate to the story because been there done that!!! Lost a wonderful fren in the process!!!

Guess there are insecurities in each of us some can fight it out and others don’t!!
🙂

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i have not completely lost a friend to this situation as such but over a period of time the relationship HAS got dampened. I think I will be always be fond of those friends but it can never be the same again.🙂 And, the best part is, I am fine with that too!🙂 People come, people go… hurts a while and then I get up and about!🙂

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** People come, people go… hurts a while and then I get up and about!🙂 **

Wow !! .. That’s cool philosophy .. Everyone must learn that ..

But when someone goes, it hurts a lot yaaar ..

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Yes soham… it hurts like hell. I have cried in the nights, sometime not even understanding why the hell should i care so much to hurt myself! But over a period of time i have learnt a big thing about myself… though i care a lot, i cry, i miss friends but i can still cut off completely if i really wish to. Some solace!!! Sigh!!

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I just have three words for this story:

Amazing, Awesome, unbelievable ..

What a masterpiece of writing Sakhi .. For me, it’s ur best creation till date ..

It was full of emotion, sentiments and thrill .. Happy moments, gloomy moments, catchy moments, learning moments .. WOW !! .. I just loved it to the core ..

And you hit the last nail in the coffinn when U said : ** While handing over the card, Kumud’s and Achinta’s eyes held for a few seconds; Kumud’s eyes brimming with tears of losing her “bestest” friend, Achinta’s eyes brimming with silent apology. **

Amazing portrayal of feelings and emotions .. I hv become speechless with about-to-flow tears in my eyes ..

Thanks for the lovely story !! .. You always rock but this time you shook the world !!

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Awww… and this is the “bestest” comment!🙂 😀 you made my day soham!🙂

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Good one. The names you choose like ‘Achinta’ are unique.

Sometime back I read a post where the blogger mentioned how it becomes uneasy when close friends get married and the spouse doesn’t share the same enthusiasm. I concur with that and this story is very true to reality like most of your stories.

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Thanks solilo… and even though we know, we agree to a lot of things, it still hurts when it actually happens! Hai na!!🙂

And Achinta means Lord Shiva, its a bengali name!🙂 in fact all the names are bong…

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nice one sakshi

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Thanks Rohit… And its Sakhi!😛 😛

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Hmmm! I have to admit to NOT being able to tolerate females getting too huggy-kissy with my husband..regardless of how close they are / were before I came along. I am happy for them to chat and gossip as much as they wish, but any physical contact and my head starts spinning 360 degrees!!!🙄
Perhaps we project the experiences of our parents onto our own relationships. And now I am getting too deep and meaningful…which means this is a great story and you captured my emotions!! Great job my friend!

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..I am happy for them to chat and gossip as much as they wish,

But Sioneve, some women cannot tolerated even that. Your hubby is very lucky🙂

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Yes – I remind him EVERY day!!!😆

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@ sioneve

what i meant over here was not hugging and kissing away to glory but just a friendly connection.🙂 I am glad you at least KNOW what you like and what you don’t very clearly. There are many fe/males who would like others to think that they are cool about such things but inside they seethe with jealousy🙂

I am sure your hubby knows that too .. i mean how much you can tolerate!😉 🙂

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True! There is never any ambiguity out of me!!! Everything is VERY up front!!! My poor husband!!!😆

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44 comments…in no time!!

I am ing to glory😀😀

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ing???? whats that??

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Salut-ing
Bow-ing
Aspir-ing
…etc…

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Bow-ing, indeed😆

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LOL @ the names and u know why😀 I think it must be Achinto not achinta. Bong names for guys end with o. But this is the first time I heard this name. For 1st para i thought both r girls🙂 nice story and quite true.

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😆 about the name😉 🙂

And thanks🙂

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The name “Achinta” is correct here, its a bong name & no it isn’t “Achinto”. Ask your mom or dad & I think they’ll agree here, “o” won’t apply here.🙂

As for the story, a good one, quite practical indeed. Someone above said that this is the fate of opposite sex friendships when marriage comes along but I’ve seen this happening in same sex friendships as well, like dude friends separating & going their own ways when either or both of them have opposite sex element introduced into their lives!😦

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Part and parcel of this game called life!🙂

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This was so real..
Most of the times this is the way relationships fade out and compromises creep in-there is no big drama, just distance and silence.

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Sadly yes… and there is this pain in the heart like a splinter in the finger! SIGH!

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Sakhi Rocks………

Felt same like ‘Soham’
Really lost after reading story………. and suddenly wife called for dinner…… c found me like ‘zombie’!!!
and got ‘ANGRY’

thanks 2 sakhi.

feeling of insecurity rests with so many of us, hardly anybody accepts in reality.

and that is why, opposite gender friendship usually ends with silence……….. and sometime ‘silent apology’ too

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I hope your wife isn’t angry at me!!😛 😛

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“and that is why, opposite gender friendship usually ends with silence……….. and sometime ’silent apology’ too” i hate this… don’t like it one bit even though i know thats the way life works!

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Lovely story Sakhi! I have seen this happen in real life, many times!!!

Hopefully as Kakoli feels secure they might become good friends again… 😦

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Even if Kakoli comes around later… do you think the damage that has been done can be undone?? Can it still be the same??

I doubt!

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Great story Sakshi:) Almost everyone can relate to this. This brings back memories of some of my changed friendships as well.

Came over from Deeps.

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thanks Lakshmi 🙂

And hey, its Sakhi!🙂 🙂

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Sorry about the spelling. Sakhi does make more sense🙂

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No problemo!!😀 😀

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Wow.. a story from you after so long!🙂
Nice one!

Relationships change very often, either due to circumstances around us or due to priorities. You can’t help but accept and understand it as a way of life.. It’s sad.

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Yeah Anu… i know, we can’t expect it to remain SAME forever. But even after knowing so… it damn well hurts!! SIGH!!

AND i am glad you could come over!🙂

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This is the story of real life. It must be happening in so many people’s lives, like Poonam mentioned. It is indeed rare for someone to accept a close friendship of their partner’s with the opposite sex.

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As much as i have seen freindships spoiled.. i still believe its not really rate t see such friendships alive either🙂 Personally, i feel gender doesn’t really matter between friends.

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Hi Sakhi,

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Thaaankkoooo kanagu … I am honoured🙂 🙂

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lovely story, very good narration and capture of emotions, I just hope its just fictional and not real😛

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Its semi-fiction, since i have seen many a friendships go up in smoke coz one of the spouses was jealous

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funny thing is I couldnt see the comment box properly, half of it is aligned to left end , seems a problem with aligning of frames.🙂

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yeah i too face the same problem when i open the site from office, but from home its fine. I dunno why!😦

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Atleast Achinta’s eyes were brimming with silent apology. This itself is hard to happen in real life. Both friends would take it easy and move on in life. There will be very few who would actually feel atleast apologetic. It was a heart-warming tale. Would you want to clear the air between Kakoli and Kumud in future? Who wouldn’t like happy endings :D? By the way, is Kakoli a typical Bengali name?

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“Would you want to clear the air between Kakoli and Kumud in future?”

Nope, i dont think so…🙂

And yes, kakoli is a typical bangali name

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Lovely narration. Painful, but brimming with emotions and reality. Sigh.

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