Today I was preparing for an Induction at the office where 26 new candidates would be joining. So I was entering my data, while waiting for them to come, arranging for the speakers to come and address them (besides the two sessions that I have to take). The 26 new trainees came in – just 4 girls – and I started to get their registration done and then a brief introduction round, getting to know the new joinees.
There she was, sitting in the front row. The face was familiar but ofcourse she had changed. I think she recognized me way before I knew who she was. I had a doubt so I checked her name against the list that I had. Then it was clear as crystal. It was her. It had been 16 year since I had seen her or spoken to her. She was one of my friends & classmates from high school. I had studied with her for 5 years, ages 11-15, yet I hadn’t thought about her in, oh probably 15 years. And there she was waiting to be inducted into the company by me.
She came to me during the break and asked me “Do you remember me”? And I replied, “Ofcourse I do. I had a doubt when I saw your face and then when I saw your name I immediately knew who you were”. She was married and had two kids now. Its nice to meet your old schoolmates.
The world is indeed a small place. Tiny, insignificant dust particle in the vast cosmos.