Sunday, August 1, 2010

Friendship : Past, Present and Future

31st July 2010 one of the usual day in life. As one of the week end day this day went so fast that I could not even imagine the difference between 12 pm and 12 am. I was busy with my usual routine which I tend to follow on each weekend. But with this usual routine, I forgot that this is one of the special day as it fell one day before the first Sunday of August. In the year 1935, the United States Congress proclaimed first Sunday of August as the National Friendship Day to honour friends. Since then Friendship Day has been celebrated not only in the United Sates but around the world.

This is a day to make new friends, honour old friends, get together and celebrate. Friends usually greet each other by exchanging flowers, greeting cards and putting the knots of friendship belts.Friendship day is more popular amongst youngsters especially in school and colleges. Wow! I still remember one of my college day when, along with my friends, I was waiting for the clock hands to cross 12 in mid night at one of our favourite restaurant. Yes! It was a friendship day. We had blast that night, cutting a cake, painting each other's faces with cake, sharing it and eating with lots of smiles. Each moment is still fresh in memory.

In the famous Hindu epic ‘Mahabharata’, Lord Krishna demonstrates the many colors of friendship - affection, romance, brotherhood, protection, guidance, intimacy and even teasing. Friendship is all about these and much more, yes it is. Friends are good wishers, friends are contributors, friends are helping hands, friends are cares, friends are tears, friends are everything. There are different versions of expressing friendship. Friends staying at miles feels like staying at few meters from each other.

But, standing away from the college days, with new technology the communication has become faster and with social networking people are in touch with their friends, on the move. However the older methods such as greeting cards and friendship wrist bands are disappearing slowly. Old fashion of greeting each other by exchanging flowers and cards is rapidly being replaced with sending SMS or emails, chatting on messengers and if time permits speaking on phone. Good wishers become competitors, contributors become expensive, helping hands moving away, tears become fears and everything moving towards something. Friends staying at few meters feels like staying at miles away from each other. Everyone is falling short with time, lifestyle has changed, priorities have changed,feelings have changed :( I am not blaming any of my friends, I am blaming the present.

Leaving all these thoughts behind, lets revise the thoughts together that my friends are my estate. Lets make future as friendly as past. Lets be like a violin where the music may stop now and then, but the strings will last forever. Let not forget that each friend represents a world in us. Let not forget the most important ingredient in the recipe of life. You have a hand, and a friend have another; put them together and let both have each other. Lets understand together a friendship as a past, present and future.

A very happy friendship day...!!!

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