On the way back from Thane with my two ex colleagues last week as I had written, I was encouraging one of them SD, also an alumnus from my Business School, to take active part in our local alumni activities as he had recently moved to Pune and had not yet started to participate. During the conversation, I mentioned a name AB, active in alumni activities and quite famous in alumni circles as being a successful entrepreneur. It turned out that SD and AB were in the same hostel block at the institute and played for block team in foot ball and knew each other well.
Lo and behold, while these things were being discussed, the other friend DK in the car turned around and asked, “Did you mention AB?” On being answered in the affirmative, he says that AB was his nephew! It also turned out that DK had lost contact with AB for decades due to the former’s transferable career.
I called AB on the phone later and he was flabbergasted! He simply said, “It’s a small world!” I now await the right opportunity to put SD and AB in touch with each other as well as DK and AB.
Last week, another friend PC from Delhi, posted on Facebook that he had written a book that had just been released in the market. I bought the book from Amazon and to give some publicity to the book shared the fact on Facebook. Later on, another friend from Pune who also is a friend of PC, commented on the post that she did not know that I knew PC! I explained to her how PC’s son and Ranjan were classmates in school in Delhi way back in the early 80s and had reestablished contact thanks to the social media. Naturally, since the parents also had met at that time, PC and I reestablished contact too recently. And her response? “It’s a small world!”