Reaching at a junction, of which we both had a common familiarity, he informed over the phone to take a left turn,
“Take the road to the left immediately before reaching the bridge,” he added over the phone.
Just before entering the bridge, I saw a road which was not in good shape laid almost parallel to the highway road through which I reached that far.
“Why my friend lives in a flat located in such a wild area,” I thought while carefully leading my bike through that way that was full of road metals and weeds.
That path led me to a huge – very huge building. Contrary to what I got from my friend’s description about the place, I found that the building was a new residential flat of the area currently under construction. With its unfinished and unfurnished walls and exteriors, busy-bee construction workers moving in and around in a meddling manner, and scaffolding things scattered all across the area, the building in no way could be counted as a place inhabitable. My friend had already informed me about the developmental state of the flat that he was dwelling. As he informed, only some suites of the flat had been finished, and he was dwelling in one such a suite. But, I didn’t imagine even in my wildest dreams that he was living in such an uncivilized flat, which was only in its skeleton form.
I inquired at the security counter about the inmates of the flat, to which he admitted his ignorance.
“But, go to the downstairs, and ask to the bosses in the office. Perhaps they may be able to help you with the information of the people who you are looking for...”
I went to the office room, and to my great dismay, I found that it was locked. When moved around, I found some construction workers, and when asked them, all of them unanimously expressed their ignorance of anyone living upstairs.
“It is very unlikely that someone staying in this flat. But go and check at the upstairs. I don’t know if you would find your friend there,” one of the laborers, who looked like a supervisor opined.
My friend’s phone call once again assured me that he was there in the fifth floor.
“Come to the fifth floor. Don’t ask anyone. Because majority of the workers do not know that we are living here,” he said.
Hesitantly I climbed the steps to the fifth floor. Everywhere I could see only unfinished areas. Without proper lights and lack of electricity, some of the corners looked like the hideouts of ghosts.
While climbing the steps to the fifth floor, a worker from the top floor suddenly appeared in front of me giving me a little scare. Meanwhile, my friend’s telephone calls came in search of me twice or thrice.
“Why don’t you use the lift instead of the stairs,” he asked. But to my dissatisfaction, I couldn’t find even a single lift which was in proper working condition.
At the fifth floor, I decisively stared at the thickening darkness around me. Dialing my friend’s number, I asked him to come out of the room, since nothing was visible due to the poor engineering of the building. Scarcity of proper sunlight was one of the problems there.
His reply surprised me, “Buddy, I am already outside of my room, waiting for you. And here it is full of sunlight. You will miss my sight only if I am a ghost”.
I began to feel that the direction he gave me was wrong. We discussed about my doubt over the phone. He asked me if I had taken the road to the left before the bridge.
“Yes,” I said, “I took that road, which looked like a rustic path immediately before the bridge,”
“Rustic path? No, the road leads to my flat is a tarred one. It is a main road,” he said.
We discussed about it and finally found that I had taken the wrong direction.
It was actually the road to the left from the junction that I reached first.
He apologised over the phone while I was taking the downstairs in haste. And I felt the steps to the ground floor and the light walk from there to the place where my bike was parked were more tiring than usual.