Nopes! am not gung-ho and stuck up with Mark Twain. It is just that I did stop my previous blog with him so I want to start this with his note on Friends. And Yes! In case you guessed it, you must have guessed it right and full marks to you if you know am talking about friendship day.
So I will borrow Mark Twain's lines -
"When we think of friends, and call their faces out of the shadows, and their voices out of the echoes that faint along the corridors of memory, and do it without knowing why save that we love to do it, we content ourselves that that friendship is a Reality, and not a Fancy--that it is builded upon a rock, and not upon the sands that dissolve away with the ebbing tides and carry their monuments with them."- Letter to Mary Mason Fairbanks .
Its debatable if we need to have a friendship day or not. If one argument can be made that friendship in itself is a celebration why celebrate on just one day, if friendship is beyond celebration and merry making, to pass through the rough patch why just one day of the year? As a counter argument, one can say that one day of the year to observe a day to wish that friend, to thank that friend, to recall the times with that friend, to having been there with that friend, to having had that friend with you, through the thick, through the thin, for the joys, for the sorrows, to revel in it for one day, to remind oursleves how lucky one can be what a difference friends make in ones life is reason enough to observe friendship day.
Questions and thoughts apart on a dedicated day, the fact of the matter is that good friends are life's best gifts. But each is left to his or her discretion to want this day or not. If Mutalik has his own thoughts and reasons to say "NO FRIENDSHIP DAY" we shall respect his decision, however, If he is imposing the youth about his views It is no fair deal. Mutalik needs to realise we are a social, secular nation with freedom of expression.
For some, it may just be an excuse to have some fun, for others it might mean introspection, Introspection on how friends stood by, who stood by and who left?, Introspection to realise why God brought few people together who are not anyways linked either by caste, colour, creed or sex. An introspection to thank God for bringing them in our lives, An introspection to wish them all well because they mean to you.
This is not to make a big deal of Mutalik or his Sene but to clear the air why this piece of writing comes just after friendship day. Because this day means to me, because there are many days when I sit back and think many more days when I don't !! But this day, I made a special effort and I realised how much more beautiful my life is.. just because of those few friends.
Thank you God! Thank you friends!! Just a humble thank you!!!