While money cannot buy you friends, it definitely cannot help you keep them as well. In fact the real test of friendship is to see if your buddies stick around when your bank balance is low. If one wants to find out the true intensions of their friends, the best way to do so is by pretending not to have money! The ones who stick around irrespective of how fat your wallet is are your real friends. As for the ones who do not, well they might not be your ‘friend indeed’.
Some people might argue that money helps keep friends but does one really want those friends who need money to stick around – that is the real question. There are people who are habituated to spending large amounts of money in organising grand parties for their ‘friends’ but good friends can have a better time by at the street side tea stall on a nice rainy evening.
Through personal experience I know that I share a much deeper bond with my school and college friends who never had money to even go have a coffee than I have with my friends who I go out on a loud Friday night party with. As famously said in one of the adverts: ‘Some things money can’t buy, for everything else there is Mastercard’ - among those some things that money will never be able to buy are love and friendship.
(Pooja Bhatt is a Delhi-based HR professional)