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Rohit, me(Rishi) and Pranav were final year engineering students and we were best pals from their first year. It was a pleasant evening and Rohit, me and Pranav where trying to concentrate on their Mobile communication class. Don't raise your brows guys, Atleast we were trying to listen to the blabbering's of their lecturer. Me and Rohit started laughing after seeing Pranav's red eyes, he got up in the mid of the class after singing a duet with Priety Zinta (that's how he told us). I saw the teacher pointing to us and telling, "You three dumb heads get out of my class. Pranav, you come to the college only for sleeping eh?". Our hero dozily replied, "Dude, Priety calling me...err...Ma'am, thanks..Hehehehe..Priety..here comes your darling Pranav". He spoke irrelevantly. Ma'am asked us not to come for another one week to her class. We spent our Mobile communication classes in our college canteen. One day, Pranav asked in between his munching, "Dude, what you both think about Ghosts?". Water spilled down from my mouth and I kept the tumbler in bench and saw Rohit. He casually looked at me. We both wanted to know Rohit's opinion. He told, "Hey I don't believe in Ghosts man". Pranav told, "Rishi, now its your turn. Tell me. Do you believe them? The Ghosts?". I thought for a while and replied, "I believe in Ghosts". He smiled back at us and replied, "Whatever guy's, according to me If God is there, Ghost is there". We changed the topic and we never discussed that topic again.
AFTER 6 YEARS - NOW
Life has been a roller-coaster for all 3 of us. I am working as a Computer Scientist in a MNC. Pranav became an entrepreneur and he is running a company giving Business Solutions and finally Rohit, when I last heard from him, before 4 years, he was planning to settle down in UK. But he promised both of us that he will keep in touch. But he never kept them.
It was a busy Monday morning and I was getting ready for office. Pranav called me and told he is getting married. He also told me that Rohit is coming to India by that time for attending the marriage. We thought Pranav's marriage will be an occasion for our re-union. But fate had something in stock for me. My boss rejected my leave request and I lost the chance of catching up with my friends marriage.
On the D-Day, I got up earlier and wished Pranav. He told Rohit came last night and was sleeping. I was missing all those gala moments. A week has gone by, I was sitting in front of my lappie and seeing all Pranav's wedding Photos. I was wondering why Pranav didn't speak to me about his marriage. I thought he might be in the romantic mood. So I didn't disturb him. 'Ting-Tong', 'Someone came I guess. huff..', I uttered these to myself, got up from the chair, checked the watch which read 4PM (I did all these simultaneously) and I moved to the door. To my surprise it was Rohit. I was overjoyed on seeing him. We both hugged each other and extended the pleasantries. He spoke about everything we did in our college days and suddenly asked, "Rishi, do you remember the time when we spoke about the existence of Ghosts in our college?". I thought for a while, giggled and replied, "Yeah Rohit! I remember now! But why you are asking about that now?"
I saw drops of sweat on his face and guessed something was wrong. I continued, "Rohit? What happened?". He looked straightly into my eyes and told, "I too believe in Ghosts now Rishi". I was amused by his reply and he told about something which made him to arrive at this conclusion. I asked him to tell his account. "Rishi I think you know I went for Pranav's marriage. After the marriage his family planned a ritual in his native, which happened to be a village. Pranav compelled me to come there. After we reached the destination, his family started their routine ceremonies. We all took part in that. Later Pranav and me went around the village for sight seeing. A particular place was deserted. Pranav understood my thoughts and recounted that, a girl in her early twenties was murdered by her in laws in a open well in that place. After her murder, the girl's spirit was seen there and it is believed that she is calling everyone who passes by that area to come there. If they volunteer themselves, those people are haunted and they die that instant". I felt a lump in my throat. Rohit went on enunciating them, "Ahh.. What happened Rishi? Relax. You know that I don't believe in ghosts. I laughed the moment Pranav narrated the entire story. He looked at me thoughtfully and we came back to our lodging area. But I became curious and wanted to prove everyone of you that Ghosts doesn't exist". I said, "Man, you have that dare. Tell me what happened then". Rohit laughed and continued, "You still have that curious nature like me haan? coming to the point.. I roamed around the village alone around 7PM yesterday. I happened to go near that well. My queer nature further added to this and I reached the place. It was like a haunted house and there were cobs everywhere. I guess nobody took care of that house after that gory murder. I reached the place near that haunted well and you know what? I saw a pretty chick....Ahhhh don't look at me like that. She was looking damn sexy with those perfect curves. When I went near her, my conscience battled with my state of mind and made my mind realize that it was the spirit of that Lady. I saw a Ghost with my naked eyes Rishi. Wish all ghosts are sexy babes. I BELIEVE IN GHOSTS NOW. THEY EXIST"
I was dumb-struck after hearing those descriptions about the Ghost. It seemed so real to me. Rohit told, "Now, stop dreaming of that pretty chick..errr...Ghost. How about having a shot?". I stood up and asked, "Whiskey or Vodka?". "I will be fine with chilled beer. Its hot Rishi.". Later we spoke about our nature of work and our life. We even discussed about our late night studies with a shot of vodka. Rohit checked his watch and told, "Time to go man. Had a nice time with you after a long period I guess. Wish Pranav also came here. No worries, Chill up and give me a hi-5". We hugged each other and I went along with him to the door. He waved me back and started his car. I was cherishing the fantastic moments with Rohit. My mobile started blaring up and it brought me back to the senses. I took up the mobile and saw Pranav's name flashing in there. I took up the call with a smile in my face.
"Ho Rishi bhai, Kaise hai aap?"
"Hey ya Pranav ji. Am fine. How have you been doing? Seems you are enjoying life tremendously. Wish I was there with you."
"Missed you badly Rishi. We all came to native for a ritual. Rohit also came here". He started telling me the same Ghost story Rohit recited a few minutes back. I was smiling myself and thought of giving a shock to Pranav by telling that Rohit came to my house for seeing me. I could hear him telling, "...she was murdered by her own in-laws. My wife tells....haunted place.......We all told Rohit about this. Know what? As usual he giggled and made fun of us....". I thought to myself,'Poor boy, he didn't know how beautiful the ghost was. Wish I can marry that Sexy Chick'.
Pranav shouted, "You there? Reply me.."
I replied, "Yes yes am very well here."
Again he started narrating the incident without giving me the space for telling that I knew everything through Rohit. "...yesterday after the function was over, after 7PM Rohit asked me to come for sight-seeing. I told my mom won't allow. He shook his shoulders casually and went off. He got curious the moment I told about the well in that deserted place. I guess he went near the haunted well. Today morning around 11am villagers found Rohit's body inside the well.......". Those last words stunned me. An eerie silence crept into my heart.
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