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Helping a friend can actually put one in trouble. It can prove to be one with a huge price tag. A case of being “overcharged”! To be a good friend or not to be? A million-dollar question then lingers in the mind for long. But what’s the use of being a friend if you can’t be of any help?

Too oblique a start? Too many baffling questions, leading nowhere? Ok, let me share what happened a few days back to get you the right perspective.

I had an annual sales meet to attend on that star-crossed day. Rather I should call it “rain crossed” day. Why blame the stars always when its someone else’s deed?  The heavens had opened the flood gates and rain Gods had decided to get my part of Earth drenched to the bone!

Metro city of my residence boasts of ‘never letting anything stop it’.  Life just goes on and on, whether crawling, walking, running, sailing or flying whichever way that suits it. This spirit had rubbed on to me as well. On top of that it was the day of annual sales meet! How can I, the leaf level sales staff, the most important they label it (just for the sake I believe, from the star rated treatment we folks are meted with); dare to get late to the office, even in the distant dream? To make it worse, I recollected that I have specified “swimming” as my hobby. I am thus morally bound by the declaration on my CV to swim if the roads are clogged and they offer waterways rather than the roadways to reach office in time… am I not?

With this sense of urgency, I was about to step out of the house. There he stood, rather lying on the floor, in the corridor. I was saved and so was he, by few inches; else would have almost stamped him. Retreating a step back, I attempted to gain my balance. I was shocked. As he lay motionless, I feared the worst. He appeared enervated, exhausted. Dawned to me that he might have been attacked as well. It was an emergency. On a closer look, I saw the signs of life. I was relieved. I had to save my friend.

Leaving the pressing need to proceed to the office at the doorstep, I tried my best to bring my friend inside the secured confines of my drawing room. Brining him inside without hurting him further was momentous. Once successful, I rushed to the small green patch of my balcony. I picked up some leaves that had fallen into the soil in the pots.

Yes, leaves, you read it right! Earthworm eats leaves that fall on ground and are decomposing. Have we not learnt it in primary school? Apart from earthworms, there are few other friends as well who show up especially in monsoon. The centipedes and the snails are my other favourites of the season. That day however, the earthworm alone had paid the visit and that too in a flaccid state.

I couldn’t have asked him to have tea or coffee to perk up, you see. The rains had already traumatised him by making him flee his house and lead a life of refugee. Finding a shelter in the concrete jungle is no mean feat for the poor creature. And it had crawled all the way up to 10th floor where I stay or may be had slithered down from 25th floor…you never know and he won’t tell! Refugees have no documents most of the times. One thing was sure, he knew that he had to knock on the friend’s door. So, there he was.

Coming back to my rescue efforts… I waited anxiously, till it wriggled. All this while, I had scouted for a perfect rehab for it in one of the money-plant pot from the balcony garden.  I transferred my friend to the place that he would find similar to his native. Asked him to give me five. He had got too busy in exploring new camp so I left him at that that. Believe me what a sense of relief, I felt! It was short lived though…sigh…

A glance at my wrist watch, gave me a scare. Coz all I could see was the red face of my boss, his wagging tongue and not the face of the watch! The rescue operation had taken away precious twenty odd minutes from my tight schedule.  It was sure to ruin my next twenty months at least! ‘The satisfaction of having pulled a friend from “gone too soon”, to life is far more rewarding than any reward at the annual sales meet’ I consoled myself. ‘But…who said you are going to get a reward at the meet? Or have they instituted a reward for late comers?”, doubted and sneered the other me.

What happened at the office later? You are wise enough to guess… (or else read the first few lines to gauge the intensity of what might have happened…)

This is my fifth post for #Bar-A-Thon2018 Season3 on prompt “Give me five”
Picture courtesy Pixabay


Bhagyashree · July 11, 2018 at 8:34 am

Hilarious take.I had imagined some human friend of yours lying there.This was unexpected.

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 10:01 am

    Thanks Bhagyashree. some friends do belong to the different world and surprise us unexpectedly.

sukrisblog · July 11, 2018 at 10:11 am

Knowing you this didnt come as a surprise that u found tiny creatures to rescue!! Very well narrated.

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 10:32 am

    Thanks Sudha😍

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    Hehehe… thanks Sudha.

Sonia Chatterjee · July 11, 2018 at 10:17 am

I thought it was a pup. You are a magician Anagha. There’s never been a post that I haven’t enjoyed or brought a smile on my face.

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 6:10 pm

    Awww…sonia, I am blushing. thanks for encouragements dear.

Mayuri6 · July 11, 2018 at 10:43 am

So you saved a life, and got a firing in return. It’s ok right?:)))) Loved his hilarious take, Anagha!

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 6:11 pm

    Its asolutely ok…anything for a friend! Thanks Mayuri for suggesting me the title and making me put a break on sending this article to trash. You saved me!

Akshata Ram · July 11, 2018 at 10:44 am

Awww poor earthworm .. this was such a sweet little monsoon encounter and your entertaining writing style kept me glued on

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    Awwww…thanks Akshata for the encouraging words.

simizworld (@smitha_sp) · July 11, 2018 at 10:48 am

omg this is really shocking some friends are really heartbreaking
#Barathon 2018

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Thanks Simi

Esha M Dutta · July 11, 2018 at 11:36 am

Beautifully narrated, Anagha. Could not have imagined this coming. Keep up the fab posts…am enjoying your stories!

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you so much Esha.

Meena · July 11, 2018 at 12:49 pm

I am glad the poor refugee found a friend in you. But “being a good friend” does not “sell” to the boss. But at least you have the satisfaction of saving a poor soul!

Great take

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    Thanks Meena

jaya1966 · July 11, 2018 at 12:59 pm

Really nice take on the prompt. Very good write-up and after all earth worms are rather important for keeping soil fertile 🙂

Here is my #barathon 4th post

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    Earthworms indeed are friends of humanity. And rains are their enemies.
    thanks Jay for sharing your thoughts.

jaya1966 · July 11, 2018 at 1:00 pm

Nice take on the prompt. After all earthworms are really very important to keep soil fertile.

Here is my #barathon 4th post

BellyBytes · July 11, 2018 at 1:03 pm

I was wondering about your friend. Haven’t seen those creepy crawlies in a long while now

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    With torrential rains this year, you are sure to see them soon Sunita. Watch out your step as you step in the garden or in open…;)

Jhilmil · July 11, 2018 at 3:42 pm

What an interesting take, good that you gave life to your crawling friend and that is the best reward that nay office meet rewards!

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Agree that Jihlmil. Thanks for visiting.

zainab · July 11, 2018 at 5:06 pm

wow you are so creative 🙂 love the take on this prompt 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · July 11, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    than kyou Zainab for kind words and for visiting.

Jyotirmoy Sarkar · July 11, 2018 at 8:17 pm

Witty presentation, in the beginning i guessed it is a dog and later i was too surprised to express in words and very happy to know about your nature and feeling bad also for what you get in return.

pushpendra پُشپیندر (@pushpendra4acti) · July 11, 2018 at 9:07 pm

interesting story telling with beautiful wordings

dNambiar · July 11, 2018 at 9:47 pm

That was a lovely read.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. 🙂

    Anagha Yatin · July 12, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    Thanks for visiting and appreciation.

Gleefulblogger · July 11, 2018 at 10:28 pm

This is a fabulous read Anagha, I was on different tangent while reading the post in the beginning, however the real introduction got me grinning.

Sachin Baikar · July 11, 2018 at 10:35 pm

Something different and interesting one. Very well written 👍 Anagha. Thanks for sharing 🙂

Milan · July 11, 2018 at 10:54 pm

I always love reading ur blogs; sure brings a smile on lips.

Aaichi Savali · July 11, 2018 at 11:50 pm

Wonderfully narrated and really nice take on prompt. Liked it.😊

shanayatales · July 12, 2018 at 4:51 am

Wow, a super interesting take on the prompt, Anagha. Initially I thought you were talking about a human friend, then a pup, but you are right, friends come in all shapes and sizes. And it was an incredibly kind thing for you to do. 🙂

Aesha Shah · July 12, 2018 at 9:34 am

This is so amazing, Anagha. Hilarious and cute as well. You have a very unique story telling skill. I love it.

Shilpa Garg · July 12, 2018 at 2:17 pm

Didnt see it coming! That was a fun read, Anagha!

Bhavna Saurabh Sharma · July 30, 2018 at 7:19 pm

You know it’s a beautiful weather here in krakow… it’s raining and i was sitting in my balcony and i opened my laptop to read something nice….the first thought came to my mind was to read your blogs. Anagha … it was so worth it. I am loving reading the fresh ones on stands back to back.

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