Speaking to HT on the occasion of friendship day, young Bhopal made it known that it no longer believes in a dedicated day to express its affection to its friends, but would rather be there for their friends every day.
When it comes to celebrating friendship, the youth in the city said that they connected with the portrayal of friendships portrayed in popular books and television series. English series seemed to have an edge over desi depictions of relationships, which, youngsters say, are a little too-far fetched to be believable.
Rupesh Pathak, a radio professional, said he was inspired by the characters "Joey and Chandler" from the popular sitcom "Friends". "I can connect to the rapport that the two characters share," he said, adding that he had no specific plans for the day.
"A single day is not enough to express our feelings for our friends. Neither is a band the promise of sticking together for a lifetime," he said.
"Friendship day is not the sole day to express our feelings for our friends, but we take it as an opportunity to celebrate the most divine relation on the Earth," said Anamika Rane, an architecture student in the city.
Rane added that the relationship portrayed between the characters "Kaydee and Piddi" of "The Buddy Project" is one of the most realistic ones in terms of on-screen presentation. "I can relate to fictional and on-screen buddies because I always enjoy the same treatment from my own friends," she said.
Rohan Shastri, an engineering student, said he was inspired by the friendship between "Harry Potter" characters. "Just like Hermione, Ron and Harry, I would like to be there for my friends whenever they are in need. And rather to offer attractive gifts and bands, today I have invited my friends over for dinner to celebrate our incredible friendship," he said.
Arya Rajvaidya, a science student in the city, said she found it unnecessary to exchange bands and gifts on the day. "Instead of planning expensive outings, I prefer spending time with my roommate-cum-friend," she said.