6 months later, Radha was asked to interview a pharmacist, who had made significant research toward curing AIDS. B Vishweshwar looked oddly familiar. By the end of the interview, enlightenment dawned on her and he confidently commented, “So you are a journalist. If you hadn’t saved my life that day, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve so much in so less time.”
“Brahma Bhatt!?!” Radha almost shouted in astonishment. “Am I glad to see you alive? But, how did you…”
“To cut a long story short, I took the help of some friends to forge my certificates. Then, I applied for a job with faked experience in this private company. To change my appearance, I added a mustache and a beard. Most people do not cross-check the references since the candidates’ competence reveals the experience and knowledge he has gained.”
“Whose body was it then?”
“Before I could jump, a man came running and took a plunge. Then the train smashed his face. He was a thief running away from a crowd. All I had to do was to change the identity of the dead body when no one was looking.”
“And you achieved all this by faking your name and caste?”
“No, I don’t have a caste now. I would prefer to be a human being.”
“Incredible! After all, you are the same person and the competence is the same. What a sheer waste! If only you could have got it earlier, you need not have gone through all this. What a waste! Sheer waste!”
Disclaimer: All photographs used in this Fiction Series are only for representation.
Footnote: 1. We were made by God as human beings and religions, castes and creeds are man-made. The varnas or castes were made for the smooth running of the society and not for any reservation.
- Rules and laws need to be revised periodically.