Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Middle Ground

Waiting for other folks to join the chemistry lab at high school, he attempts to make polite conversation to kill the choking silence. A snob that she was, she'd hardly make conversation with strangers. Suddenly the rest of the gang joined in but it wasn't surely the end. From there they got chatting taking lunch breaks that blossomed in to friendship which seemed serendipitous at the end of it all.

Like friends would, they hung out for coffee, a roof top drink or two, din din, long drives, travel and late night walks in the serenity of the locality they resided in. Little did they know that friendship was walking another path. Friends who enjoyed each other's company yet were getting to be more than friends though not in love. 

Everyone said they were in love, at times they joked themselves as well. Come what may they decided to be friends despite the seemingly weird equation they shared. If you look at them, either from a distance or up close, they always appeared in love. Strangers or friends saw them getting too close. Were they the victims or were they engulfed? That’s a question that is better left unanswered. Bets were placed as to whether they would fall in love or not, but in the end like always if the friendship is not shallow it prevails. A meaningful friendship concocted by emotions like the colors of the rainbow; they delved in it, lived the present and enjoyed every passing moment. The so called moralistic, pretentious society lost and they remained ‘friends for life’.

Surreal as it was, geographical distances did em apart (education took priority), while cherished memories kept bringing em back together!!! 

17 comments:

Sneo said...

saw you blog tagline and my friend and i had a good laugh. good stuff!!!!

Smn said...

:) some story to tell your granddaughters :) :) P.S its awsum to jump into smthng with both feet, keeping on your rose tinted glasses on, but its important to know where your feet stand when the fair weather has passed and the glasses are gone :)

popsie said...

@Sneo: Danke! :)

@Smn: Glad that you liked my attempt at story writing! :) :P

Anupama said...

I like how this is ambiguous and yet quite seeped in meaning...most situations in life tread that grey area as much as the society likes things to be black and white...and many years later, and not just incidentally when the hair and eyes are grey, it's the grey areas that become fertile ground for our memories.

Very nice!

GOD said...

nicely written, may ur friendship last forevr, god bless :)

popsie said...

@Anupama: Beautifully said! Btw thanks a tonne for the Title. :)

@GOD: Thanks to the co-author. Hope and believe your blessings actually work and take effect! :P :)

Ajatshatru said...

Absolutely loved it. Great piece to look at when you want to feel nostalgic about good times and old times and good ol' times.

Purba said...

The quintessential debate - Can a man and a woman ever be friends? Yes they can.

Shwetha MJ said...

Beautiful... a few might experience what you have..clearly you understand it is important to keep it locked and cherish it for the rest of your lives..who knws paths may cross again! catch yourself laughing about it over a cup of coffee. Slip into a vortex of time untouched.
cheers!

popsie said...

@Ajatshatru, @Shwetha MJ: Guys - it's a story. Does it seem so real? Flattered! :P

@Purba: The answer is undoubtedly - 'Yes'.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if this is a story or is real. But it is so beautifully written, that it looks like it has come from an experience.

SRK said...

I am not comfortale with unanswerable questions. and this post does just that - a question which could not be answered by the two conspirators themselves :). but the most cruel part is that the decisons have been made even when the questions remain unanswered. Guess, life is like that.....A very mature article :) and nicely crafted!

Miniscule-thoughts said...

Loved this post Popsie... Brought back memories from my own past.

Renita Rajan said...

Down memory lane, eh? Nice:)
Keep more coming!

popsie said...

@SRK: Thanks! :-)

@Miniscule-thoughts: Glad you liked it. Gracias! :-)

@Renita: Naah, attempt at a short story!

Unknown said...

The world of grey is so much better than the world of black & white. It is also very welcoming - never turning anyone away.

Anonymous said...

very well written... there's only a thin line between love and friendship. And its sometimes difficult for the people involved in it also to understand which side they are in!

M