Double

Doppelgänger Alert
by Ben Huberman
You step into an acquaintance’s house for the first time, and discover that everything — from the furniture, to the books, to the art on the wall — is identical to your home. What happens next?

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I had met this lady at a recent party. Seeing her at a wedding, I greeted her warmly. The lady looked at me a bit strangely. My smile faltered, as she hesitatingly answered my Salams (greetings).

I kept wondering at myself. Did I know her? Or have I made a mistake?

I was helping myself to food, when a lady rushed to my side, and tried to hug me, plate and all. I managed to retrieve my food filled plate from spilling all over my newly acquired expensive clothes for the occasion. That would have been a disaster if my clothes had been ruined. Once washed they lose their shine, and luster.

Wonders of wonder! It was the same lady, but now smiling at me — not stone faced any longer.

Again, I was mentally tapping my brain at the transformation.

Later on, I was looking for an empty chair to sit, so as to watch the remaining festivities. I came across my acquaintance once more. She made a young girl next to her get up, to free a chair for me.

Next to her was my earlier stone faced lady, who was now attempting to smile at me. I came to realize that there were two of them. They were not twins, but a set of identical looking sisters.

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9 thoughts on “Double”

  1. There are many such identical twins that are difficult to differentiate. There are also people who came from distant places who resemble each other as if they were identical twins. Such are the ways of the world; too difficult to understand.

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