I have not being writing for a very long time! And what could be a better opportunity to start writing again than a friendship day? Writing about the person who taught me to read,(Not a,b,c,d... kind! Reading books, understanding books, reading the persons and so on...T hat kind of reading!!) constantly inspired me to write and in a way who is the major influence on me to make me a person I am now!
Many things define one as a person! One of the major things that defined my life is my friendship with Gauri. I am at the stage of life where I do not believe anyone or anything very easily but I do not question them as well... Friendship is very hard to find and impossible to maintain. And I am going to write about the stage when I used to question a lot, believed everything that came my way and made friends with each and everyone who passed my way. Strange how life changes... We change...
I am in love with the concept of parallel worlds recently and I know that I and Gauri had shared and still are sharing a beautiful world of our own! I can see all my life events like now and then .I can see the different outcomes of my behaviour than I had expected and all that is related directly to her as she had shown me this perception!!
"I have brought something for you." Gauri told me as she handed something in my hand. "What is it?" I asked her instead of seeing what she has given me. "Don't ask questions.Just see it!" She gestured to the paper she had given me.It was a very white envelope containing two papers of a latter pad of faint brown colour. A poem of 'Amitoj' named 'Kanch ke Gilas!' (The glass vessels ) This is the difference between me and Gauri. She does everything so neatly even gracefully which I adore a lot but I am a very untidy clumsy person, even a bit lazy at that! She has not only written a poem and poet but has written a date on which she has given it to me! I read that poem and I was shattered. I didn't gave any reply to her. Which was very unlike me. "I loved this poem when I read it and I thought you would like it too.Didn't you like it?" Gauri asked me but I didn't answer her! An awkward silence fell in the room. Our friendship was based on the differences between us so we used to fight a lot we used to call it argument anyway. But that day it was different! (The poem was about two friends who didn't remain friends with passing time!) "Say something!" Gauri tried again... But I didn't answer her and we parted ways in silence! My mother was shocked to see Gauri go home immediately .She was counting me out of her household works for hours... That night I wrote a poem as the answer to the poem Gauri has given me and took it to the Gauri next day as early as possible. We had a big fight and Gauri vowed not to give me any poem to read as a gift again. "Couldn't I show you anything just because I liked it and not without any ulterior motive? Why couldn't you just appreciate anything and take a joy of it?" She was shouting at me! I was very sincere with everything in life and she was like a butterfly enjoying every joy of life with free mind! Now I don't know about free mind and butterfly but I am enjoying a very luxurious life and she is working very hard as a life worker of Vivekananda Kendra in Arunachal!!
One day she gave me a Marathi translation of 'Little Women'. I read it in two three days and then we started to discuss it. The first question she asked me was which character you liked the most? My answer was "Beth"! The next question she asked was why? For which I did not had a logical answer. Rather I didn't had any answer! She was totally disappointed in me! She loved Joe and she was expecting me to like Joe as well. She had so many logical reasons to like the character of Joe that for many days we argued about it and still she won! After almost 20 years I read a book by the Author who had Translated the book in Marathi telling her experiences while translating the book. She loved the character of 'Beth' and she thought that she was a bit biased while writing it! Now I have a very genuine and logical reason to like the character of Beth. I started the argument again in the letter. Writing a special letter to her after a very very long time. She was so happy to received my letter that she forgot to argue!
I used to write poems and she used to guess correctly what my inspiration was! She took my poems to her writer uncle once and come back with the opinion which was very shocking to me! He liked the poems which I never spare a second glance to! That was my first realisation of reality!!
We watched many films, dramas and song programmes together.Then discussed them for hours! I watched the film "Roja" and liked it so much I took Gauri to watch it. I was narrating every scene and she was listening it quietly! The person sitting behind us lost his patience at last and told me to shut up! Then Gauri smiled at me and said, "iIwas trying to say the same thing politely to you and couldn't come up with the frame so.. just shut up!" We laughed so hard on this incident after the film!! The Colonel's character was good but we loved Pankaj Kapoor's "Aatankvadi" the best!!
She was there for me in each and every difficult time I faced in my life. She was there to enjoy my first moment of failure when I failed my driving test for a motorcycle driving. She encouraged me and celebrated with me when I finally got my licence. She was there to entertain me when I was confined in home due to my fractured leg! That was the time I will never forget!
We don't meet that often now a days but we both relish on the moments we treasured. I hope to show this post to show her and get her opinion about it! Probably I will write many new posts about the right and wrong things and emotions I have mentioned here!
Our friendship is a dream for me and now I am hoping for the dream within the dream within the dream... What will it be like?! A sky is the limit!!
The cosmic finger of friendship!