It’s Sunday. Ankan is looking for a place to hang out. He searches the MeetUp app. Our club meeting pops up. He decides to join us as a guest.
Ankan tells us that he is a medical professional and likes dabbling with poetic expressions.
He participates in Table Topics session where he takes us down his memory lane to the Mall road in Shimla where a monkey had once snatched his spectacles off his nose. It was hilarious. We exchanged a lot of smiles.
By the end of the meeting, we think we know a lot about Ankan. But it’s not until he recites his poem that we realize there is a lot more to Ankan than meets the eye. Here’s a para from his poem, “All I Want”:
Sometimes I just wanna talk... Sometimes I just want to pour out. I have stacked up a lot, all I want is to say it out loud! But there is no one to listen... There is no one to care. And all I do is cry a little, when all I want is to smile a little!
We would have completely missed this side of Ankan if it was not for this poem. We are glad we were tuned in. Indeed, the art of conversation lies in listening – both to what’s spoken and what’s not.
Surely, there are a lot of other sides to Ankan. And to each one of us. All we must continue to do is… stay tuned!