3:59pm, 7th August, 2016
Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
“Pooh!” he whispered.
“Nothing.” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw. “I just wanted to be sure of you.”
I just cannot fathom the depth from which A.A Milne might have dug these lines out. A friend is not just a friend, a friend is Your Person, someone who knows you in and out, someone who will always be there not just to lend a handkerchief but also to shut you up, to slap you when you think of something unworthy of mention. Your friend is your philosopher when you lay on the wet grass under the bed of stars, yes, that same person who tells you to close your eyes tightly and wish for something while to discover a star leaving behind glittery magic, shooting towards you.
It has just been two weeks in college and one of the teachers who inspired me a lot, left for his higher education. But one thing that he told us was that when we take up English Literature we except to read ‘readable classics’. He said that we never expect to read works of Sophocles or Homer or even later writers like Virginia Wolf. After reading one of her quotes on friendship, now I understood why he said that. Virginia said, “Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.”
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A person like Helen Keller, whose life was a sea of darkness, attempted to find light in the friendship of a friend. “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” Who would have befriended darkness better than Keller? But we marvel at her spirit of hunting for a companion to walk her in that darkness. That is the power of a friend. That is the want and need of a person who is entirely for you. Your words, your thoughts, your dilemmas need not travel via any medium to their hearts. They know it without your utterance!
I have been a one-night-book-completer-person. The nights I desperately want to cry, I pick up any of Nicholas Sparks (Dear John is his best, btw. Do spare a night for that book) and begin to flip the pages. You know why? He makes complexities so surreal that he makes me believe in the beauty of people we meet. It might not be the same, always, but the moment that captures that particular self of a person we fell in love with, is truly celestial. In one his very famous novels, The Notebook, one of the lines left me spellbound. No. No. It did not have a heavy vocabulary, it had friendship. And love. “You are my best friend as well as my lover, and I do not know which side of you I enjoy the most. I treasure each side, just as I have treasured our life together.”
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“Out beyond the ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” Rumi is love, and such terribly beautiful lines coming from a person who bows down to the people and their affection for each other is nothing but magic weaved in strings of togetherness. This is one of my personal favourites!
We have all read about Aristotle, Plato and Socrates in our books. Have you ever wondered what they have to say on the realistic issues? Realistic issues of being together and working together without a motive. Aristotle once said, “What is a friend? A single soul dwelling in two bodies.” I just typed something and deleted it. Couldn’t bring myself to do justice with what he did.
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Do you remember that scene in Deathly Hallows when Ron came back after having left Harry and Hermione while hunting horcruxes? How extraordinarily Rowling describes the most ordinary friendship of the Golden Trio. Ron said, “He (Dumbledore) must have known I’d want to leave you.” Harry replied, “No, he must have known you would always want to come back.”
So, on the occasion of this Friendship’s Day let the people you love know that they mean the world. Let them know that without them your world wouldn’t be the same. Let them know that you owe, if not your success, at least your happiness to them. So, to all of you, all my readers, a very happy friendship’s day!
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