Kriya sat contentedly in her room looking at all the pretty gifts her friends and family had given her for her 18th birthday. As she was shuffling through the gifts, a beautiful jewellery box caught her eye. Her friend Aanya had found it in an antique shop and it was truly an elegant piece. She picked it up to examine it closely and that’s when she cut her thumb against its sharp edges.
Kriya suddenly had a feeling she was being watched and turned around to come face to face with a man straight out of Arabian nights. He wore harem pants and a small earring and introduced himself as Jabiri the genie. Perplexed, Kriya listened to him explain how he had been summoned by her blood. She had three wishes and could ask for literally anything. Giddy with excitement, Kriya immediately asked for a lot of money and jewellery. Jabiri snapped his fingers and told her to check her cupboard. And just like that, he was gone. Not sure what to do with the riches, she hid the cash under a loose floorboard in her room and stuffed the ornaments in her jewellery boxes. She then went to sleep, dreaming about all the incredible things she could do with her newly acquired wealth.
Little did she know that genie magic had its consequences. They couldn’t just conjure things which didn’t already exist. When Jabiri had conjured up the riches, it had been transported from the nearest source: the Mehra’s house where a huge wedding was to take place next month. The entire Mehra house was shell shocked as to how all their wedding jewels could suddenly disappear in one night. They immediately lodged a police complaint.
The next day when Kriya was showering, her sister Kritika came to her room to look for a matching set of earrings for her dress. As luck would have it, she wore a set of earrings from Jabiri’s gifts. She then went next door to call her friend Anita Mehra for a party they were supposed to be attending. Anita’s mother couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw Kritika’s earrings and alerted the police at once.
Kritika was a mess and repeatedly kept denying any role in stealing the jewels as the police ransacked their house. Kriya was horrified when she realised what had actually happened and couldn’t bear to see the shame in her parents’ eyes. She rushed to the bathroom with her wishing box and sliced her thumb on it. Jabiri appeared once again and asked if she was ready for her second wish. Kriya wished for her family to be saved from the mess she had caused. Jabiri was gone with another snap of his fingers.
The police could find no evidence of the robbery and the earrings also miraculously turned out to be fake. Kriya thought she could put the whole thing behind her but she was very, very wrong. People still believed Kritika had stolen the jewels as they were never recovered by the police even after days of searching. She had lost her friend Anita and nobody would talk to her at school. The neighbours stopped associating with their family and started calling them nasty names.
Kritika was never the same again. Unable to deal with her depression, she tried to end her life by slicing her wrists. Though Kritika was saved, Kriya knew she was responsible for her sister’s miserable condition. And at that moment, she knew what her final wish would be. Kriya summoned Jabiri again and she wished for time to be turned back to the morning of her 18th birthday. Jabiri let out a loud guffaw and snapped his fingers.
Kriya woke up to a new day to see her family around her wishing her a very happy birthday. That night when she saw the box, she carefully wrapped it up in a cloth and threw it in the river, where it could never harm her family again. As days passed, her memory of the disastrous events also began to fade, until she was left questioning if she hadn’t actually imagined the whole thing.
Years later, a fisherman would catch the box in his net. Wanting to take a closer look he picked it up and accidentally cut his finger on it, thereby summoning Jabiri to the mortal realm again.