Blurring the lines

One windy afternoon in the early 1990’s, I tied raakhi to my close friend in college. At the time I did that I did not give it much thought other than to express my affection for this big burly friend and perhaps expected a kit kat or dairy milk in exchange. The look in his eyes though was a different matter. I knew he took it way more seriously than I did making a promise to be the keeper of my happiness for life.

Years rolled by and opening a box from him and his wife also my best friend, a bunch of clothes fell out. A pretty patterned spring dress for each child and a pretty pattu paavadai. Turning the box upside down, I hunted for a note, a letter, a little something to go with it. Finding none, I emailed them both today. “Look inside the blouse.” came back a cryptic message. Hours later, office calls done with, I took a moment to slip upstairs curious to know how I missed the note.

Sewn along the hem was a sinewy gold bracelet on each blouse. Taken aback, memories clouding my eyes I stood still, the promise of a lifetime back echoing in my ears. Isn’t that what mamas do when nieces are born? Send gifts of silk and gold? Settling in back to work, I feel overcome. Overcome with gratitude and emotions. In an age when meaningful friendships are rare, how have I been blessed with so much? Friends who become family. Friends who do not have to say a word but actions speak for themselves. In true filmy style, the words from a decade back echo in my head. A whispered promise. Kept.

8 thoughts on “Blurring the lines

  1. What a nice friend you have. I’ve had the reverse experience, a friend who I thought would be this way, but totally fell out of touch after he got married.

  2. This is so wonderful…I have the same experience to share…I tied a rakhi to a friend and now he is as close as a real brother could be. Sometimes life has its own mysteries..

  3. Ah! Very lovely post. Really you are blessed. Friends always deserve and that’s what friends are for 🙂

  4. Hey Laksh,
    Been reading your posts for long., and have commenetd on the milestone posts.
    What passowrd should I type to read the latest post of yours? Should I subscribe to your posts and use the password? How does it work?Thanks.

  5. Hey Laksh,
    “m a regular reader of your blog do i read this latest post(that is password protected)? Should I subscribe and then give the email passwd to read it? Please let me know

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