I have this crazy habit of betting. No, not in the horse races and casinos but with friends, just for fun. When I was in class 12, I had a bet with a dear friend of mine that I would dine with her on the night of Dec 31 1999 at her home in Delhi. She can cook anything she likes, as in ANYTHING she likes. If I fail to turn up, I had to treat her else she had to treat me. And the treat was a "BarOne" . We had chosen the chocolate "bar one", since it was the only chocolate which I detested. I think they have even stopped manufacturing it. Good. Someone out their definitely has a refined taste.
Those days, turn of the century seemed to be a big deal. Since there were couple of years to go and we were off pursuing our career paths in different colleges in different cities, I had no idea what to expect of that day. Initially we were in touch with each other, then it came down to her visits to my house if she had enough time during the vacation. During our sporadic meetings, we never spoke about the bet and let life take its turns.
Finally, the day arrived. Whatever changes happened in my life, I was still home, the same old sweet home and she was in Pondicherry. The day was a normal one except for all the hype created by the media about entering the new century. I knew I had won the bet since she was not there to treat me but I wondered if she remembered. Well, she did call me at 12:00am sharp on Jan 1 2000 to wish me and to accept that the BarOne was on her. I remember jumping with joy, not for winning the BarOne but what a friendship can hold.
During those years of wait, I managed to have another bet with my dear friend Arc. The bet was that I needed to stop eating chocolates and ice creams for a year. Imagine the atrocity but I was brave enough to take up the Herculean task and yes, I did win. I was treated in a very fine expensive restaurant all at Arc's expenses, which added to the fun.
Well, I still have 2 bets to go and am keeping my fingers crossed. But I know I win it or not, if we just remember the bet and call, our friendship has won, which I sincerely hope that it does.