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Posted By Ritesh Chhajer on Monday, August 24, 2009
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Friends ForeverToday is Samvatsari, last day of the eight day festival of Jains. As I complete my fasting and reflect back, I really feel sorry for the strained relationship I developed with one of my friend. I'm not here to confess or delve into how it happened or whose mistake was it. It is just that it reminds me of the first poem I read which inspired me to hold a pen and start writing.

Around the corner I have a friend,
In this great city that has no end,
Yet the days go by and weeks rush on,
And before I know it, a year is gone.

And I never see my old friends face,
For life is a swift and terrible race,
He knows I like him just as well,
As in the days when I rang his bell.

And he rang mine but we were younger then,
And now we are busy, tired men.
Tired of playing a foolish game,
Tired of trying to make a name.

"Tomorrow" I say! "I will call on Jim
Just to show that I'm thinking of him",
But tomorrow comes and tomorrow goes,
And distance between us grows and grows.

Around the corner, yet miles away,
"Here's a telegram sir," "Jim died today."
And that's what we get and deserve in the end.
Around the corner, a vanished friend

        --Charles Hanson Towne

On the pious occasion of Samvatsari, all I ask is for forgiveness for whatever I may have done that caused you any harm, intentionally or unintentionally through my actions, my words or my thoughts. May friendship never die.

 

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    Sudhi Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 5:07 PM
    Re: May Friendship never die
    Amen Bro!

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    Piyush Monday, September 21, 2009 at 7:13 PM
    Re: May Friendship never die
    nice poem buddy...and that snap.....will remember forever..happy)

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      Ritzy Monday, September 21, 2009 at 7:22 PM
      Re: May Friendship never die
      Oh Yeah! Just other day I was telling Shveta that of all the outings we had, this one was the best.

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        Amrish Saturday, August 07, 2010 at 7:05 PM

        inshallah ! It was amazing. But i believe the best is yet to come ! Hope we all meet soon !

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    supps Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 5:49 PM
    Re: May Friendship never die
    Do friendships ever die?

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      Ritzy Thursday, December 17, 2009 at 10:28 PM
      Re: May Friendship never die
      In an ideal world, perhaps no but in reality when relationships turn sour, they become as good as being dead/nonexistent. I guess lesson to be learnt is choosing right people as your friends.

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    Vincent Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 5:52 AM
    Re: May Friendship never die
    Congrats Ritzy, for the prize winning performance in Foosball! It would be nice to see your blog on Foosball.

    -Vincent

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    Anonymous Tuesday, August 03, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    I know who are you talking about. Forget and forgivehappy

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    Vinay Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    Beautiful artwork on this poem by ZenPencils:
    http://zenpencils.com/comic/93-charles-hanson-towne-around-the-corner/

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      Ritzy Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      Beautifully captured

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