The gentle tik-tik sound came from one of the small holes on the green-clad muddy wall around that new hotel. There were a few school children who too were curious about the origin of this strange sound. Just then a couple of sparrows landed on the muddy wall, close to one of the holes, one of the school children appeared to be very excited when he shouted, â€œHere they areâ€¦ They are new-born sparrowsâ€¦ just as big as a honey-beeâ€¦â€
I too saw those ‘new-born’ sparrows and was as much excited as the kidsâ€¦. But that guy was standing on the road ahead. Maybe he was waiting for me; but why?, I asked myself. He was just an acquaintance whom I used to meet once in a while when I take this route during my evening walks. Of course, both of us were living in the same area, two decades ago but I donâ€™t remember anything more about him. But, it seemed he remembered those days. Anyway, whenever we meet each other these days, we just wish each other with a smile. I have racked my brains to find out who he was but I have had no cluesâ€¦.. Anyway, he seemed to be waiting for me. As usual we exchanged greetings and I was about to move when he said, â€œSir, I am sorry to ask thisâ€¦Your face is very familiar to me but I donâ€™t remember anything elseâ€¦ Were you staying somewhere near that Girlâ€™s school? â€¦may be some 20 to 25 years agoâ€¦â€ I burst into laughter and told him, â€œI am also in the same boatâ€¦â€ We kept on asking several questions and finally I came out with a â€œNow I rememberâ€. One thing was certain; we were just acquaintance even in those days.