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Cheers to good friends

Jiya Jaisingh, a Class 12 student of Jai Hind College, has spent all of last week writing short poems for her close friends. Every year, the 16-year-old comes up with innovative ways to wish her friends on Friendship Day. Last year, she made short videos for each of her friends.

mumbai Updated: Aug 02, 2010 00:42 IST
Yashshri Soman

Jiya Jaisingh, a Class 12 student of Jai Hind College, has spent all of last week writing short poems for her close friends. Every year, the 16-year-old comes up with innovative ways to wish her friends on Friendship Day. Last year, she made short videos for each of her friends.

Celebrated on the first Sunday of August every year, Friendship Day is an event of sorts on college campuses. But the usual friendship band that we would plait with wool is decidedly uncool now. Students find different ways to tell their friends that they value them.

“It is the only day that is specifically allotted to make friends feel special, so I always think of new ways to express my love,” said Jiya.

Since Friendship Day falls on a Sunday, most colleges celebrate it in the following week. Jai Hind College at Churchgate is celebrating it with an evening of song and dance on Wednesday.

The Students’ Forum at NM College at Vile Parle plans to have a rose and chocolate dedication event for students in college on Monday. “The forum members will also make and sell friendship bands to the other students,” said Kruti Shah (18), a first year B.Com student.

Siddhi Mehta and her best friend, Krutika Chitre, had to part ways because of career choices, but that did not mean they would not be together on Friendship Day. Mehta gifted Chitre a scrapbook filled with photographs of the two and personalised notes from other friends.

“I wanted to make something special for her for Friendship Day. It also coincided with her 18th birthday,” said Mehta.

The day has also come to mean more than just hanging out with your friends. The Rotaract Club of HR College at Churchgate had organised a Know Your Peon event on Friday. Students tied friendship bands to the peons on campus and spent the afternoon with them. On Monday, students will put up a photograph of a peon on the college notice board and give more details about him/her.

“It is our way of acknowledging them as they help us in organising college activities and are always very friendly,” said Aniket Jotwani (17), a member of the club.

The Hikers Club of RA Podar College had organised an over-night trek to Ghanchakkar on Saturday night. “The point is to spend the day with friends and so organised a monsoon trek which all of us enjoyed,” said Pratik Jain (20), a third year B.Com student.