I was watching the The Shawshank Redemption for the 6th time.In fact I have paused the movie to write this post, the reason being a friend.I watched it for the first time 6 years back with my roommate and at this very moment I was reminded of him.
I have very sporadic memories of the past.Some memories of which I remember every detail.One of those was of a night while returning from buying some grocery.I was 8 years old and feared the kabristan which came on the way to home.It was late, unusually quiet and a sudden gush of air terrified me.I knew bits and pieces of Hanuman Chalisa which I started chanting and ran the whole way to home.
But the first day of college is such a memory which everyone would recall.So it was the first evening when i met Dedh.I was amazed to see his apprehension on my being a Bihari.The first dinner in the mess was with dedh and mamme. When I saw the rice and sambhar in the hostel mess the only consolation was,“Chalo kha lenge yaar, bas sahi dost ban jayen.” A lifetime friendship always stars in funny ways , sometimes over sambhar chawal.I can write so many things about him but let there be some for memories.
This movie is about friendship and hope but for me it is also a happy memory which I will always cherish.
To quote a line from the movie ,”Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things. And no good thing ever dies.”