This past month has been very gratifying as I happened to stumble upon my old friends after a gap of nearly two and three decades. While we were waiting for the food to arrive at a restaurant down the road where we live, I felt someone throwing her arms around me from behind the chair I was seated and saying “hello meera.” Her greeting exuded such warmth that when I turned round to see who it was, I was pleasantly surprised to see the smiling face of my old friend whose name rhymed with that of mine. Though we were seeing each other after nearly two decades, we were not conscious of the years that went by in between. We could catch up with a lot of things that happened since we last met.
The second person I met after more than three decades was at a temple in Alwarpet. Imagine my excitement when I spotted my friend in the midst of two other ladies Before they could make their way out, I hurried towards them and our joy at meeting each other had to be seen to be believed. We found ourselves repeating our names alternately before we got down to making any conversation. I admired this pious and dignified lady when I was introduced to her by a mutual friend at a meeting which I had addressed and she had presided at the YMCA, in late seventies.
Though the years had taken a toll on our appearance, nothing else seemed to have changed, where our interests, traditional lifestyle and the affection for each are concerned.
n.meera raghavendra rao