“Friendship is like the breeze,
You can’t hold it,
Smell it, Taste it, Or know when it’s coming,
But you can always feel it,
And you’ll always know it’s there,
It may come and then go,
But you can know it’ll always be back” ~ Terri Fanning
Family called us Jai-Veeru, friends, Archie-Juggie and some of our class mates even jokingly termed us as “Lesbians” that’s how are bond was! Inseparable and still together, we as friends were often cherished for our camaraderie. As thick as thieves, we remain best of friends till date and even while I write this, we have plans for the next week to have an adventurous Bachelorette party before she utters “Qubool Hai” next month in her pretty bridal wear.
Ah, that reminds me of our more than 20+ years together. While crushes come and go, relationships are redefined, that sexy bitch resides in US and our first crush seems not so happily married/committed with the obese girl of his choice, we tend to still stick together through all the thick and thin in our lives and enjoy our days as “happily forever friends”
It all began when we were in Std third and met through our common friend, her cousin. While, I really do not exactly know when we started jelling with each other, the real bond was when we gave tough time to the bus bully who troubled the entire bus. Together, we smacked him and our bus mates too supported us. He, being the bus bully was punished while the teacher according to the conductor’s and other children’s version gave us a clean chit. Oh yea, we looked too innocent to be punished for hitting someone. This was the start of a wonderful partnership which still continues. After this amazing start, our school adventures involved things like travelling without ticket in trains, fooling the canteen walla of our school and bunking and sitting in the toilet. While, bunking in school now a days might be a common phenomena, I am talking about 90s where bunking even in college was more of a crime.
And then, school ended, we were in junior college and all of a sudden we became girls. Actually, not her, she was always very feminine. It was me who actually was in transition from a tom boy to a girl. Once, not interested in boys, I soon had my first crush, without knowing she was too in love, with some other guy of course. Our first crush confessions almost came at the same time and we were like, “Oh, my god, you too!” From here started the real adventure – From encouraging each other to propose our crushes, yes we both did that to back each other when those impulsive decisions haunted us in return.
Nevertheless, we stood by each other without judging the other even in times when we took most awful steps in our lives. From helping me to put those mascaras, walk in slitteos and use Dove instead of that Lifebuoy. Having, more faith in me then I had, she started supporting my dreams, no wonder how ridiculous or dumb they were.
Surprisingly, after completing our junior college we landed up in the same college to do our grads. Mature enough, this was the time when we met our first love, lighted our first fag, drank our first beer and were besides each other like a shadow is to a body. The first year was fun as it began with bunking college, watching movies and roaming all around South Mumbai with each outing bringing its own new experience. Back then, we always lived our life with a motto – Live your college days in a way that years later when you grow older, you don’t have any regrets that, Ah, I should have done this or that…
Back then, chatting on Yahoo Messenger was something that every teenager used to do. I still remember, we called a guy from Matunga all over to CST and after seeing him from a proximity of 50 metres, ran off in front of him. Now, I know this was really bad of us but then, we really couldn’t stand him.
First year went, everything was going fine and then she met her boyfriend and I was diagnosed with Brain Tumor. Out of action for almost a month and half, she not only helped me in completing those zoology journals with n number of diagrams and the microbiology analysis but also gave me the emotional support I needed at that time. I guess, what I’m trying to convey here is that she is pretty great as a friend and it’s probably difficult for me to live my life without her presence.
While, it was a happy ending for me as I had clearly check mated my tumor she was going through a rough phase…Darn, the scoundrel, I mean the guy turned out to be coward. Oh, I still remember how we went behind him all over till Dadar from Peddar Road to teach him a lesson. Like they show in the movies, we stood there from morning till evening waiting for him to ask , why did he do this but the coward never turned up. Last seen, two years back he regretted his act. Oh, we are too awesome, you see
Years have passed by and we still share things, feelings, relationship woes and even family problems, we have been sailing in the oasis of our friendship together happily. She is more of a family now and my parents and siblings consider her as a family member and vice versa. Thanks Mussarat, for being such a darling friend that you are. Hope, we have tons of many more adventures in the future so that we continue to challenge life as if wehave always done….
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