Dear Reader, Friendship Day was celebrated earlier this week, and it compelled me to think – is one day in the entire year enough to celebrate the rare bond that friends share? I don’t think so.
That’s because I believe that friendship is one of the few relationships that any two people can share, irrespective of factors such as age, caste, creed or colour. This is what makes friendship truly special, especially in a country such as ours.

I’ve made a sincere attempt to explore different types of friendship in my book. Drawing from personal experience, The Soul Mate Theorist begins with the reunion of two old friends. While on the surface it seems like a casual reunion, the contradictory views of the two friends – Sanjay and Rajneesh on love and marriage, become the trigger point for conflict in the story. And by the end of the story you will understand how this “casual” reunion manages to change the very course of both their lives.
Then there is the unusual friendship often called ‘mentoring’ that Aparna and Kaka share in The Practitioner of Austerity; Perhaps a kind of friendship that many of us seek in our youth. With The Emotional Cripple I’ve explored a bond of friendship between mother and son. The relationship they share comes with mutual respect for generational wisdom and young intelligence and yet there is some casual camaraderie. Rakesh calls his mother ‘Socks,’ short for Socrates, because she is his philosopher-guide, and carries the voice of our deep cultural heritage.
I would want to sign-off by saying that in many of my stories the bond that friends share may seem like a secondary theme to the major structure of the story. But if you’re observant enough, dear reader, you will notice how this relationship often comes under pressure and resolves the conflicts that the characters in my stories face.

So here’s to friendship! Cheers!