The Lucky Ring
I was walking back home this evening with my friends, Hari and Ashwin. We had some good vegetarian food in a newly opened vegan restaurant on Tiensestraat. As we walked towards the centre from the restaurant, I was telling them about the movie “Social Network”. I had seen it last weekend in Brussels.
I was interrupted by Ashwin’s sudden squeak, “My ring!”. Hari and I, walking on either sides of Ashwin, had gotten a few steps ahead. On hearing Ashwin, we turned back. We saw him bent towards the road and staring hard. “My ring! It slipped out of my finger and fell somewhere here”, said Ashwin nervously and pointed to where he stood. That was his engagement ring.
It had been snowing continuously since 4pm this evening. We came out of the restaurant around 10:20pm. There was already a thick layer of fresh snow on the road, since 8pm when we had entered the restaurant. All three of us started looking around the place with a hope to spot a shinning yellow gold ring in the whiteness of the snow. I thought, “We are lucky. Thankfully it’s not a white gold or silver ring. It would have been impossible then.”
A young lady got curios on seeing three of us in the middle of the road. She stopped and inquired, “Are you looking for something?” “My friend lost his ring. We are searching the ring”, I replied to her. “It’s his engagement ring”, added Hari. The lady felt sorry and she too joined us in the search. A few moments later, a group of four girls crossed us. They too got curious on seeing us. They struck a conversation, in Dutch, with the lady. She pointed towards Ashwin and told them that we were looking for his engagement ring.
These four girls too joined us in the search. One of them started scrubbing & shifting the snow with her hands. We had been doing this with our shoes only. A minute or so later, we heard a cry from one of the girls, “I found it! I found it”. All of us turned towards her. We saw her scrubbing the snow. She pulled out the ring and gave it to Ashwin. For a moment, everything else seemed oblivious and we couldn’t believe that the ring has been found. A few seconds later, we realised that the ring has been found indeed. A sense of joy overtook us and we screamed out of happiness. Ashwin was particularly clueless for a longer time; he still didn’t know how to react. He was so overwhelmed to get his ring back. He simply hugged the girl who found the ring.
We thanked the ladies for their gesture. It was so nice of them to have stopped and helped us. We could have never found the ring. The girl had pulled it out from beneath at least an inch of snow. They wished Ashwin good luck for his marriage. Ashwin walked back a happy man, probably lost in the thoughts of his fiancee.
This incident reminded me the words of one of my friends, “If somethings are meant to be together, all the forces in the universe works to bring them together”. Probably, these girls were sent by the universe to bring Ashwin and his ring together.