In our country, a week before FD, the friendship wrist bands appear even at the stationery shops these days. This year, FD falls on August 3 to value and honour friendship.
However, many sociologists believe that this has affected youngsters' confidence to socialize in the real life. They find it convenient to post a message rather meeting people and cultivating friendship.
However, crass materialism, consumerism and falling values in the society have distorted the celebration of FD to mere pleasure seeking rather that enforcing the true spirit of friendship and uncompromising support for one another.
"It (Friendship) has no survival value; rather is one of those things that give value to survival," says C. S. Lewis of the friendship supported by market forces.
Friendship is cultivated, nurtured and lived rather than buying it through gifts since a true friendship is a precious gift of life itself.
Here are my two haiku on friendship.
The bond of
Relationship of sharing -
Marked with deep trust.
With mutual support.