Seasons of Friendship

I watched the Malayalam movie Ritu accidentally.Though it was there in the laptop for quite sometime,I never felt an interest to open the divx file.

In Malayalam,Ritu means seasons.

Ritu is a story of friendship and betrayal.I have a habit(bad?) of pondering over a movie.Not all movies take me down the memories lane,but some do.

Like a flash back shown in movies,my thoughts traveled back 20 years.

Friendships during Kinder Garten were filled with naughtiness and mischief.I used sit between Abdul Azeez and Abdul Razak in my 1st std.During our spelling writing time,I would tell them to write slower or to wait till I reach their count.Poor guys,they would stop writing and would tell me to call them once I reach their count.Myself being the mischievous of three,would call them only after reaching the count 49.Once they are back from play,I would write one more time and declare myself as the winner. Good old days!! But they were good enough to take things lighter and act as my body guards.Our Vice Principal’s daughter disliked me for no reason.One day she pinched herself till she bled.She complained that I took a revenge on her. Then it was my “body guards” who rescued me by being the witnesses.The friendship stayed till I left that school in 4th std.I have no clue where those people are now.But, I consider that friendship in its purest form.

Next season of friendships was made with an intention to have a company to walk around in the corridor of the school.During my teens,friendship was more of a fashion and culture. As it was the age when we were influenced by movies,most of the friendships were to mimic what we saw on the big screen.

By the time I crossed 15 years,I started to understand the value of friendship.I used to hate Sundays just because it was a holiday.11th std and 12th std gave me more sensible enemies and even more sensible and trustworthy friends.May be because of that I still have them in my life.

College friendships were mixed with feelings.I have always thought that there are ample elements in my college life to make a movie.Friendships in college were a mixture of joy,sorrow,tears,revenge,betrayal,misunderstandings,hatred,ego and money.Back stabbing,back slapping,back bitching and few things which can’t be named were common.Friendship was a risky business which was maintained by a mutual understanding.By the time was in my last year of college,I had a clear idea about the list of friends who will stay with me for rest of the life. I still remember sitting with Raji in the first bench and laughing about it.

But, coming into professional life changed me a lot.I learned to look at friendships in many angles which made happier and lighter in life.Looks like now it’s autumn season in my friendship life.

After watching the movie I gave a deep sigh and told myself.

Friendships are like seasons.It changes from time to time.Get accustomed to the changes in friendships like we wear clothes according to the seasons,so that we are ready to take in both joys and pains.

Seasons change..Friendships change..and do we??