As time passed, the kind of books that I read kept changing to suit my intellect and emotional needs and I had a “few” but good friends with whom I spent my growing up years. We would laugh, play and go to school together. We sat in the same classes and shared our books, notes and even our lunch boxes. The evening would see us playing together in the park or go cycling, that used to be a craze in those days. We would tell each other stories, gossip or scare one another with tales of ghosts, demons and the evil spirits. Yes, we had a lot of fun and I still remember those days fondly, for they were carefree days.
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During the childhood days, I loved reading storybooks and comics. My favourite kinds of books were Enid Blyton and other “fairy tales”. I loved the idea of being transported from one magical place to another, the adventure, suspense and mystery of what would lie ahead. Yes, those stories kept me alive, gave me hope, and allowed me to dream and romance with the world. They were my best friends!
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“Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.” The years that I spent in high school and college were probably the best, for this was where I met the people who helped to shape my destiny and the future. Be it the teachers or my friends, they all had a role to play in influencing my thoughts, opinions, and sentiments. It was the age of infatuations, and I admit that I had quite a few of them, although most of them were quite harmless and vanished as soon as they had arrived.
However, I found a “few” special friends who stood by me through my worst, gave me a helping hand or a shoulder to lean on whenever I was in need. “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. These are the friends that I have cherished till the present day, and am glad that they remained a part of my life (maybe far) till this day. They always encouraged me and supported me in any way that they could and gave me the inner strength to overcome all the storms and boulders that came my way.
After the college years, during my residency period, I met some colleagues who became “good friends”. We overcame difficult times by cracking silly jokes, and making sure that we cheered each other, whenever any one of us was feeling blue or depressed, which was quite a common occurrence. I sat with them after closing time to keep them company while they finished their project work or assignment or thesis work etc. We would get “takeaway” food from outside and have it for lunch.
Yes, those times were the best and friends who would always remain just that…. Friends, forever!
“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.”
There came a time in my life when I had no friends any more. I felt all alone and lonely. Suddenly, I was left with no one with whom I could share my innermost private thoughts. I had never before felt so lonely in my life, and bereft of true friends. Yes, there were plenty of acquaintances, but they were not the same as “real” friends. That’s when I began to miss all my old friends and thought of them often.
And then one fine day, I stumbled upon this website called Xomba while working on the computer, which changed the course of my life once again. I found a new set of friends in the cyber world from different parts of the world and they gradually became my “buddies”. Since then, I have made many more new “buddies” on the site.
I then discovered another social networking site called “Facebook” and I must say that I am amazed at how this simple website has helped to unite long lost friends from all over the globe. I managed to find long lost friends right from the school days to the present day. It’s good to have your old friends back, and I have to thank Facebook for this.
I am happy to say that my life has once again been enriched with the presence of all the friends that I had cherished in the past. So, in many ways, this is truly a great and special day for me!
Happy Friendship Day!