Maya was scrolling through Delhi Delight Cafe’s Facebook page when she stumbled upon a picture of the three owners, Anil, Abhishek, and Z. She decided to check out their profiles, as she had only seen Anil in the restaurant before. While looking at Z’s profile, her best friend P called her. Unbeknownst to Maya, she accidentally sent a friend request to Z when she put her phone down. Maya had just switched from using an iPhone to an Android phone, and she was still getting used to the differences.
The next day, Maya was sitting in her usual spot in Delhi Delights, working on her novel when Anil and Z approached her.
“Hey, hi,” said Anil. “This is your fifth coffee within 30 minutes. All well?”
Maya smiled. “Yeah, thank you for asking.”
Z spoke up. “Thanks for the friend request. I got it last night.”
Maya was confused. “Request?”
“On Facebook,” said Z.
Maya’s face flushed. “Well, I really didn’t mean to. Sorry about that.”
Z smiled. “No worries. I was actually obliged. I knew you were a regular customer of ours, but I didn’t realize you were a counselor too.”
Anil chimed in. “Yeah, I had no idea either.”
Maya nodded. “Yep, I am.”
Anil excused himself, and Z sat across from Maya.
“I saw on your profile that you’re a pass out of Delhi University,” said Z. “Which college did you attend?”
“KM,” Maya replied.
“Oh my God! I’m from KM too,” said Z. “What year did you graduate?”
“2014,” said Maya.
“You must be kidding. I graduated a year before you,” said Z. “How have we never met before?”
Maya smiled. “Maybe we were in different departments.”
Z chuckled. “I was in Hotel Management, in the same building as you. You were on the third floor, and I was on the first.”
Maya was surprised. All the places she loved were also Z’s favorites, but they had never met before. Maya was getting bored, but it would be rude to shoo Z away since he was sitting in front of her.
“It might be fate, you know, that we met here in Vadodara after so many years,” said Z.
Maya rolled her eyes. “I don’t believe in fate.”
Z raised an eyebrow. “Then what do you call this?”
“Coincidence,” said Maya.
“Well, there’s no such thing as coincidence,” said Z. “Everything happens for a reason.”
Before Maya could respond, Anil called Z over for some work. Maya quickly asked for the bill and rushed out of the café.
As she walked out, Maya checked her Facebook and saw that Z had accepted her friend request. “I just hope you’re just a coincidence, Mr. Z,” she murmured to herself.
Was it truly just a coincidence, or was Maya’s life about to take a turn?
to be continued…
Delhi Delights photo courtesy: Owner of the place.