One of the reasons why the trip to India this time is going to be extra-special is because I will be going for Shilpa's wedding. S and I have been friends for nearly 15 years now. She is my oldest best friend. We each know enough secrets about the other to be able to do successful blackmailing if we wanted. I have eaten her head about a lot of things. She calls me up at any time with a "I was bored and you are the perfect person to bug." We can talk for hours together about any topic under the sun.
We met in the seventh grade (okay stop calculating my age now). And studied for exactly two years together after that. Since then we have never stayed in the same city, forget the same school. Yet the friendship continues - first through handwritten mails and then through emails, instant messaging and telephoning. There are some people with whom you just stay connected without any conscious effort on your part. S is right there among the top people on the list
After I came to the US I have lost count of the number of friends whose weddings I have had to miss thanks to staying in a country 10,000 miles away. Ever since I knew about S and Vikram's (her future husband) relationship, I had always threatened S to dare not get married without my presence. I think I was among the first people to know when the wedding dates were fixed last year - S wanted me to start planning my visit.
For a while, it seemed that after all the effort, I would not be able to make it after all. But luckily things worked out and I am going to be there for the WHOLE ceremony. I am so thrilled :-D!
Shilpa is getting married on the 20th of January 2006. Vikram is really one lucky guy to get a wife like her. You can look all over for a long time but I doubt you will find anybody as caring or generous as S. Go wish her folks - she deserves the best of everything in the world!!
There are quite a few close friends of mine who have become not so close ever since they got married. I have promised S with bodily injury if she starts the stand-offish "maami" act with me once she becomes a parineeta (married woman). But knowing S, I somehow suspect that rather than her friends, Vikram is the one one who should be concerned about being ignored ;-)!
Shilpa, here's wishing you a long, wonderful, happy, successful and blissful married life :-D! You rock, girl!