I guess I should thank lady luck for all the friends I have all over the world- who adore me for my idiosyncrasies and put up with my impossible demeanour. Also I must put forth my greatest condolences to all those who have told me over the years that if I do not conform to some sort of herd mentality then I will find myself all alone.
I have been genuinely blessed to have friends who are spread all over the world and who don't know each other, but still love me just the same. And with each of these people i share a far deeper bond than any sorority could ever offer.
The reason for bringing this up is simple. One of my dearest pals Aayush who is in the merchant navy is back on shore - and though he is in pune - far far away from this desert, and though I may not get to see him before he sets sail again... it is a homecoming nonetheless.
Our friendship is stuff that legends are made off. At last count i had met him on less than 30 days put together in a period of 8 years!!! And for various stretches of time in between we had totally lost touch with each other. Infact the last i spoke to him was May, when he left for his last sail and then I get a mail today saying - "Hi, I am in Pune - so call me!!!!"
Aayush also happens to be by far the most sensitive guy i know - simply coz he's been brought up by his Mom and Aunt with not too much male interference in his upbringing. So if you are looking for a guy to go shopping with - he's the one. He will not only encourage you to try out the next store as well but actually give you genuinely good remarks on whether a particular neck cut suits you more than the other.
That apart he sends out the most lovely cards and gifts and also makes pretty decent cake!!!!
Almost all his friends are women - though this teetotaller sailor(oxymoron that!) claims no romantic involvements...
Why have I dedicated this post to him? Because he is a sweetheart and deserves this and far more!!!