Family being our very own blood is always our best resource and help at hand. Keeping the adage that we can choose our friends but not our family, having good, trustworthy and caring friends in life are also an asset. However, we have to be careful and cautious in selecting them.

All through my now over six decades, I have been enormously blessed with an armory of outstanding friends. There can be friends who are not dependable, but I am so very fortunate not to have had to encounter one. True friends may sometimes be hard to find because they are rare and one of a kind. They lift you up when no one else has even noticed that you were down.

Making friends is great but keeping in touch with these Soul mates is a bigger challenge. And with the multitude that I have in Goa, our nation and the world, for me it has been a daunting task. But within my time constraints and with the help of social media, I endeavor to keep in touch with them because I care for every friend and all the more am concerned for those on the other page.

Cultivating friendship may be an easy task but harnessing that bonding and making sure it endures is a bigger challenge. Friendship isn’t always about whom you’ve known the longest. It is about who walked into your life and said, I’m here for you and proved it. A friend in need is truly a friend in deed.

While identifying and nurturing friends, age should never be a hindrance. As a college student, I was privileged to be friends with persons thrice my age. It is their experience and wealth of knowledge that has helped and guided me through the turbulent years of my adventures and some misadventures in life.

We live in a tough world where no man is an island. We are dependent on each other and reliant on true friendship to enhance our trust, peace, harmony and co-operation to safely co-exist with each other. So, every day must be a Friendship Day.

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