Happy friend ship Day, I greeted one of my close friends early in the morning.
Thanks Meera, your guess was absolutely right, she sort of confessed and her words didn’t surprise me because she was one of those who took people at face value and was also susceptible to flattery.
I refrained from saying ‘I told you so’lest I hurt her feelings.
O.K. forget about it, I said but she wouldn’t leave it at that.
You know, she would ring me up atleast half a dozen times a day and talk only about herself which was boring, (I could sense her annoyance)
Besides she started becoming jealous and very possessive which really was the last straw, my friend fumed.
I never knew that Ms.K would become my close friend at first sight, my friend had beamed stressing on close on this very day (friendship day) last year.
(A year has passed and every word of our conversation came back to my mind on this year’s ‘Friendship Day’)
Oh.no, not again. You seem to have forgotten the proverb ‘once bitten twice shy,’ I reminded her.
No, I am quite sure this time, she said in a reassuring tone.
O.K. assuming that your judgement is right for once, tell me what makes you think Ms.K will be your friend for life, I asked knowing fully well what her reaction was going to be.
You know she told me how beautiful I looked in my blue turquoise sari, gloated my friend.
Well, that’s a routine compliment women normally pay other women. Men can’t be so expressive even if they think you look beautiful, can they? I teased.
Moreover I am sure she wanted to impress you, I said.
Not only that, she also said my accessories showed that I had good taste, she replied with an air of pride.
Even that is not any way unusual, because these are a few stock ways of starting a conversation with a woman you meet the first time, I laughed.
Well, she also offered to drop me in her car after the meeting, added my friend.
Perhaps you told her You live somewhere closer to her place ,I said.
How did you guess? She appeared surprised.
I know you well enough ,is all that I said to my friend.
She also promised to be regularly in touch as she thought it was very important to strengthen our friendship, stated my friend.
I knew in the heart of hearts that one does not need reassurances to strengthen or prove friendships between people because I believe in the saying, “ My best friend/s are the ones who bring out the best in me’’.
n.meera raghavendra rao