Miser Friend

Miser Friend

We all are a social being and we like staying in a society surrounded by people alike us irrespective of their types, the one whom we hate are considered as enemies and the one whom we love are called friends.

We all tend to befriend someone so that we can share our happy and sorrow moments with them. A lot of us befriend our parents, grandparents or someone from the family and a lot of us befriend their work mates and class mates.

I was lucky that I always got good friends who supported me and helped me in every ups and downs and I believe that is what the friends are meant for. I knew the importance of friendship that is the reason I supported my friends equally.

Few of the friends become your lifeline and they deserve to be with you for ever, I had also one in my life and he was almost my lifeline. My best friend Ravi, he had all the good qualities to be a good friend but he had one bad habit. He was very miser and if one describes this nature of his then he would be ranked as the epitome of it.

He was often teased by our other friends because of his nature but it would barely bother him. Ravi would think more than 100 times even if a coin needs to be spent and lot many times he suffered because of his miser attitude but he is that one individual which does not gets effected by this.

There was one thing which was admirable about him that he was that one person who neither likes to offer free lunches to anyone and nor did he participated in anyone else’s free lunch.

One day we all friends decided to break the jinx and we planned for evening treat from Ravi after office hours. But the biggest problem was who will bell the cat and how it will be done, since the entire office was aware of the Ravi’s nature we hatched a plan to trap Ravi and I involved my reporting manager in the plan who was also the reporting manager of Ravi. Our reporting manager was common but only thing uncommon was the tuning with the reporting manager. I and my reporting manager use to get along well and it might be because of similar age group and similar habit, but my boss was not the same with Ravi.

My reporting manager also became the part of the plan and we decided that we would trap Ravi by playing a trick, normally my reporting manager use to have a brief session in the evening with all of us regarding the completion and pendency of assigned task.

Ravi was preparing the evening report and tried to distract him by saying that “Today our boss is not going to take this session so you can relax”. But Ravi countered my question “What if the session happens?”  The prey was entering the trap and I decided to create a magic out of this moment “If the session happens than I would take you along with the office gang for an evening treat and if the session is skipped than you will take us for the treat.”

Things turned out as planned and after office hours we all were eagerly waiting for the treat from Ravi. We packed ourselves in a cab and we all were heading for a party place like a party animal. Everyone was excited except Ravi as this time he was completely out of his cover.

The cab driver kept on driving for an hour and we reached to a roadside Dhaba which was not at all appropriate place for people like us who prefers cheese over wine in the evening. We all were looking at each other and we were wondering what to do now as Ravi played his master card by saying that “Since the party has to be from my side so only I would decide the party place.”

The place was full of truck drivers and cleaners but we were left with no choice as we were almost out of the city and finding another place would be time consuming so we went by the word of Ravi and we tried to please ourselves at that so called party place.

I did not liked at all the way Ravi treated us and I encountered him “You earn good enough to give us a treat at our regular party place and it is not that you are suffering through any financial burden or personal liability.” I was a bit close to Ravi so I knew his in and out. “Every one sitting here are eating their food and you can easily make it out from their body language that they are enjoying their drinks too, it is our feeling which matters all the time.” I opted to keep silent and not to reply him on this but I myself decided that I would definitely teach him a lesson.

One Sunday I reached Ravi’s house and I asked him to accompany for some work. I was very much aware that Ravi was the one who was unable to control his hunger and when I got him from his breakfast table then definitely he would be starving to the max as all three hands of the clock touches the digit 12.

The entire plan was set and I was in full mood to teach Ravi a good lesson so that he quits this nature and start behaving like a normal. I kept on going from one place to another for some or other reason and ignored Ravi’s request of eating something. It did not bothered me much because I had a full plate breakfast in the morning so that the pre fixed plan gets well executed.

It was almost 2 in the clock and the sun was also in its full mood to show the actual presence of his existence. “Now I can’t walk a single step.” Ravi was now becoming restless and the plans were really falling to the places. The entire drama was pre-set and I was the author of the drama, we reached an eating joint and we got our self a place to sit. We sat and waited for waiter to come and take the order, time passed by and half an hour passed but no waiter came to take our order.

It was my cousin’s restaurant which was recently opened and I had set up a plan by involving him and as it was a lunch time and that too a Sunday so there was a rush more than the expectation. Waiters were busy taking and serving orders but as instructed by me and my cousin none of the waiter approached our table. “What kind of place is this? No one is coming to take our order.” There was a bit of anger in the tone of Ravi. As he called waiters but every waiter excused himself because of one or other reason. “Have a look around, people are enjoying their food, and there is an immense satisfaction in their face. So you can relax as it is a nice place to be and eat” I replied him back. He understood the purpose of me quoting it so he kept quiet.

Finally the waiter came and he started taking our order, in between I interrupted and asked the waiter “How is the food by the way, as it seems to be a new place.” The waiter put up a smile on his face and instructed he replied us “Sir, you will love the food of this place, the food melts and tastes like honey once you put the food inside your mouth.” I stood up from my chair and asked Ravi to leave “Let us go to some other place, the place where we can find a bottle of honey as there is no point wasting money here.” “But who eats honey as lunch?” Ravi asked me. The question was like a full toss ball and I was all set to hit a six with my answer. “It is all about your inner satisfaction by fulfilling your inner hunger for food, the form of the food may vary.” Ravi understood what I was trying to tell him and accompanied me to the grocery shop so that we can find a bottle of honey. It was my relative’s shop and inside the shop a prefixed drama was about to happen.

We both entered the grocery shop and we demanded a bottle of a honey from the so called shop keeper alias my relative. Shopkeeper handed me a bottle of honey and I gave it to Ravi, the one who barely skips his single meal but unfortunately he had to skip his two meals breakfast and lunch today. He tried to open the bottle but I took it back from him and asked the shopkeeper “How is the honey?” The shopkeeper replied “The honey is as pure as a mountain water.” I kept the bottle of honey back to the counter and asked the shopkeeper for a bottle of mountain water.

I gave the bottle of water to Ravi and asked him to relish it, “Kindly have the water as it will quench your thirst and hunger both and you can do it through your inner feeling. After all it is the inner feeling which matters.”

Ravi was stand still and he understood the purpose of the entire act and he pledged that he would definitely give up his miser nature.

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