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Happy buddies

ONE FINE morning in balmy Coonoor, Senthil woke up to the beep on his mobile and the message read: "Wish you many, many happy returns of the day." No doubt it was his birthday. But who was this anonymous sender?

Senthil SMSd the sender and on seeing the reply, his thoughts travelled to those good old days in college. The reply read "Just 12 months and you forgot your friend. This is Akash from Uttaranchal." These are moments when you feel how good it feels to have a friend. Senthil and Akash were together for just a few months. Never mind that they spent most of the time trying to learn each other's language. They met in the evenings, shared a few jokes and parted without even realising that their relationship would transform into an everlasting bond.

It may seem a little surprising, but it's a fact that a great friendship develops unknowingly. It never surfaces when you are together, but blossoms when separated by distance. Cut to a few years later, and Senthil and Akash's relationship is still rocking, though they haven't seen other in between. "We probably won't be seeing each other in the near future, but I'm sure we'll stay connected always," says Senthil.

Telephone friends

Rani and Jennifer have been friends for two years now. And, the best part is they haven't met each other. Both are working for the same organisation, albeit in different branches, and separated by a distance of 250 kms. It was an accidental phone call that worked its magic. "Through our conversations, we discovered that our interests are common. From attitude towards life to priorities to professional pursuits, our thoughts were alike. So, whenever I'm stuck in an emotional tangle, the first thing I do is reach for the telephone," Jennifer says.

Friendship can make you feel special and wanted. But, is true friendship accidental? "Not necessarily. When you know the person, the relationship matures into a deep commitment," says Kumar, who discovered a friend in his colleague Ramya, when she got a transfer and moved out of Coimbatore. "Now we regularly communicate though e-mail. She confides her personal problems to me and I do likewise. What we share is a mature relationship which will continue for a long time," he adds. These two friends enjoy their time together, but it's not like they have only fun. "I feel so light and relieved when I chat online with her for hours together. We draw the line there and make sure that love doesn't take over this warm relationship," he says.

E-mail surprises

Karthick, a media executive, had a pleasant surprise when he opened his mailbox to see a wedding invitation from his friend Rakhi of Kolkata, with whom he had lost contact. He promptly sent an e-card and their relationship is now back in place. Of course, emptiness does sneak in after a point of time, when each other's priorities change.

But, as long as people respect and like a relationship, they strike to nurture it for a lifetime.

M. ALLIRJAN & K. JESHI

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