Let us be friends. Don’t just friend me

Let’s not ping each other, let us not whatsapp. Let us hangout together. Let us remember a time when friendships were earned and not requested. Let us remember how we earned this friendship. It was not the amount of ‘likes’, ‘<3s’ or ‘comments’. It was sharing, laughter, tears and growing pains together.

Let us remember a time when we had to store all the gossip within to share when we met, because phonecalls were too much hassle and we hadn’t yet heard about sms.

Let us remember the time when a chat meant hearing each other’s voice and looking each other in the eye.

And the time when we didn’t send a smiley but we smiled at each other.

Let us remember the time when we were judicious of pictures we clicked and hoped they were ok and didn’t really know how fat we looked in them because film was precious, and we were at the studio guy’s mercy. Let us remember a time when we took pictures to preserve a memory. A time when sharing a picture meant turning pages of a photo album.

Let us go back to the time when tagging was just a game and sharing meant caring.

Let us be the friends we were when there was no virtual, only real.

But let us also be grateful that we are just a click away. Never too far. Let us celebrate the fact that we met beautiful people on Twitter and inspite of smartphones who took us back to a time when friendships were earned.

Let us promise to keep earning and spending love endlessly on each other. But let us not limit our interactions to @ replies and likes.

Happy friendship day.

My cats Maumao and Chucklee - BFFs in the true sense :)

My cats Maumao and Chucklee – BFFs in the true sense 🙂

8 comments for “Let us be friends. Don’t just friend me

  1. sukhada
    August 4, 2013 at 11:38 am

    I second dat…totally!

    • Shakti
      August 7, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      🙂 Thanks Sukhada

  2. Rohit Pradhan
    August 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Hi shakti
    Thank you for writting this…i am going through thia phase where i think what if therr was no twitter no whatsapp no fb…wud this person still call me….worst case was when i read condolences on a wall..

    • Shakti
      August 4, 2013 at 12:05 pm

      I hate it when i see likes on an obituary update… While technology should make keeping in touch easy, we are using it as the only way of keeping in touch. But that is evolution, before the telephone, people visited and wrote letters. Now, people write emails… Life goes on. But friendships should still be earned and not requested 🙂 Thank you for inspiring me, Rohit.

  3. August 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Dear Shakti,

    Lovely piece of work. Your words got me teary eyed. Ahh, you are so right, so true. I can relate to every single word you wrote.

    Thank you.

    • Shakti
      August 7, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Thanka Aisha… Glad you liked it 🙂

  4. August 7, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Though I don’t really have an experience with friends, I loved the way you have played with the words. There is a soft feel. Feels good.

    Rock on!

    -Indhuja Pillai @ IP

  5. August 9, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    I’ve not even stepped into the real world yet (or so to say), but even I find myself wistfully thinking about looking forward to a call in the evening from my best friend cause there was no other way to interact with each other except for when we met or got an oppurtunity to call each other.

    So All I shall say for your post is, Amen to that.

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