I came to Chennai three years ago to study and since then I have made many acquaintances. There is a small temple, a two-minute walk from my place. On the rare occasions I went there the priest would ask me about college and my studies. I used to recharge my mobile phone at a shop nearby. Whenever I went there, the owner welcomed me with a smile. A 15-year-old boy regularly collects our clothes for ironing. He has never forgotten to stay back and chat with me about the latest movies and songs.
Strangers we meet
The astonishing thing is I do not know any of their names; I do not know anything about them nor do they know much about me. Yet, every time I see them I can feel genuineness in their eyes. I feel comfortable with them even if our conversation does not last for more than two minutes. Once, for a long time I didn’t see the priest. Then I asked a flower seller at the temple where he was and learnt that he had had a heart attack and was in hospital. I still remember the tears in my eyes when I prayed for his health to the same deity he had served with such reverence.
Now when I sit back and think of these bonds, I have no answer. They are mere acquaintances but there is more to the relationship. Now I know for sure that life is not only about the bonds that we share with our friends and relatives but it is also about the bonds and unforgettable friendships we share with people who play only a negligible part in our life. These are what make life beautiful.
S.V. SUPRAJA, III Year, B.A.BL (Hons), The School of Excellence in Law
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