Starting where we left last week, bringing up the rear of the battalion, is K. K is older, friend, philosopher and guide. He is my sounding board and the person I sulk with the most. We are similar in many respects, and I value him tremendously. He has thrown me off a ghat in Malshej, shot me with antibiotics and strapped me to a camel while it raced through the deserts of Jaisalmer.
He has taught me to fight with a sword and also to ride horses. We fight at least once a day, I nag him and he indulges me. He is by far the most pompous, conceited man I know and I love him for it!
That pretty much sums up the merry men in my life, which naturally now brings me to the ladies. I am extremely fortunate to be a successful, attractive (even if I say so myself :)), relatively famous woman who other women actually like! They are very brave women, these keepers of my sanity! I would be lost and set adrift on the sea of life, if it wasn’t for these extremely sound oars and solid anchors!
S and I met when I was six and she was three. She was the little sibling I never had. This meant that she also spent her childhood tormented by me and my little adventures. She was the first person I took pillion, after stealing my Rakhi brother’s motorcycle. Of course, we ended up flat on our backs with me acquiring a rather nasty burn on my calf from the engine! She escaped unhurt for the most part with the exception of a missing tooth!
S and I are as close as sisters. We lived across from each other and most times forgot the distinction between the respective boundary walls. She is married now and we both are grown women with grown up responsibilities, but somewhere deep down inside I think S has still not forgiven me for her most famous grouse. At the age of 12, I directed a play, ‘Snow White and the seven dwarfs’, I was Snow White and S was Dopey!
T and I met at school. T had bigger calves than any boy in the class, played a mean game of basketball and swore like a sailor! We were inseparable! We bunked class together, studied for exams together, fretted over our first social together and basically grew into adults pretty much together. Like a true best friend, she hated my high school boy friend (who hated her back) and still checks to make sure that I’m doing okay in life! We don’t live in the same city, but T is always just a phone call away.
I hate this part, because I’m running out of space, three more to go but you’ll have to wait for those till next week. In the meantime, put down a list of the people who really matter in your life and give them a call, no matter how far they are. A call for no reason at all, just to tell them that you is honoured to have them in your life!