Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Those bonds of love
















"Sarfaroshi ki thamanna ab hamare dil mein hai
Dekhna hai zor kitna baajuein qaatil mein hai"

Car stereo at full blast....have heard these lines before, in 'The Legend of Bhagat Singh'....but this is 'Rang de Basanti' thats playing....I turn to my brother who is driving the car, "whats the meaning of 'sarfaroshi'?"....prompt comes his answer "freedom". A brief pause before he continued , "When someone questioned Swami Vivekananda as to what did religion mean, he answered 'Sarfaroshi', meaning freedom, freedom from everything and anything that binds you....havent you heard of it?". I had to deliberately shut my mouth which went wide open, on hearing my dear brother quoting Swami Vivekananda with reverence! I found myself wondering , is this the same kid who used to laugh at me and amma when we discussed philosophy and spiritualism?He would always say that our theories are all quite outdated...people do turn rebels and atheists at an early age...thats one of the consequences of the spirit of youth, to oppose restraint and reject theories to go ahead and make your own paths....Whatever it is, why this sudden change in him?...as if reading my thoughts, he told me about a classmate of his at Engg college, who is from the Andamans...that kid seems to be a devout of Swami Vivekananda, and many others of our great heritage....and he is my brother's pet friend...so, thats the way the influence came! He had achieved in a few days what me, amma and achan had been trying since many years in vain.....to make him see a point.

Thats exactly the kind of influence 'friends' have on us....

Chetana V used to be my best chum in school...in those days,my dialect was always something like "chetana angane paranjuu..ingane paranjuu"....Chetana used to have kanjii with ghee for breakfast(and the rare ocassions when she had dosa or idlee, she would empty my water bottle, out of thirst:))...her father was an employee at KREC college......she was more mature than other girls of her age....had few intimate friends...infact till i was made to sit next to her in class, she had been somewhat friendless. We became ardent enemies at once, seemed to get irritated at each other for petty things...dont remember when hatred turned to affinity......
Chetana was very unemotional, quite unlike the majority of women, especially at that age...but she was most caring, responsible and affectionate, yet not very demonstrative......thats precisely why it wet my eyes when she looked forlornly at me at the last day of SSLC exam, i was shifting to kerala in a week....and that meant adieu to our friendship....
We did keep in touch through letters...... she is married and settled in the US since a year now....


Then there was Ajey hegde who was the naughtiest in the class, can still hear Shahin ma'am scolding him for his pranks...he has turned out to be a Chemical engineer working at Mumbai...Sharath, our school pupil leader...Seema who was so fond of talking about her family and values in life.....Jyothi with her sweet smile...Anitha and Amitha, the most diverse twins i have ever seen...and many more.....

It didnt feel good when i lost touch with many of them...and it never felt better when i got them back , thanks to the magic of internet......

'Life's finest moments are spent in the company of friends'...says an e-card received on a friendship day......indeed, very much so.....

9 comments:

neeth said...

He had achieved in a few days what me, amma and achan had been trying since many years in vain.....to make him see a point.

i liked this sentence a lot :-)
the ending was really sweet da

soorya said...

thanks dear, your comments are my sole inspiration and consolation :)

rocksea said...

hmmm. nice write-up on friendship. made me feel nostalgic :)

soorya said...

rocksea : ties of friendship are
quite strong :)....
thanks for your comment...

Anonymous said...

With all due respect to your brother, "sarfaroshi" literally means "sacrificing your head" (especially for a good cause), and not "freedom". Those guys knew that they were going to be hanged, and they looked forward to it. They wanted to see "kitna zor hai baaju-e-qatil mein". Samjhe?

soorya said...

anonymous : thanks for the info , btw i had taken his word about the meaning and not done any research really , and i guess that did show :)....once again thanks

seema said...

The blog which u wrote in 2006, I am reading it today and was amazed to see my name. Hey dear its a great write up, I went back to those days and was really nostalgic. Thanks dear for remembering me.

Soorya said...

thanks Seema for the comment; i have a great time every time i think of each one of you , so the pleasure is really mine ;-)

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