The Joys of Friendship

The Joys of Friendship

Friendship, it is said, is like a violin; the music may stop now and then, but the strings will last forever. This truth of this statement is reflected in what happened last week in a small apartment in Thane’s Bhaskar Colony.  

Last week, when Pallavi Phansalkar from Thane won the gold medal for topping the M. Com examination at the University of Mumbai, she least expected the manner in which her achievement will be celebrated.

Suresh Phansalkar, Pallavi’s father has a group of friends who completed their B.Sc together. He and six others graduated in 1970 from Jhunjunwala College in Ghatkopar and have remained friends ever since, meeting regularly with their spouses and family.

On hearing the news of her feat, one of her father friend’s Ninad Srikrishna Athalye, decided to surprise her by organising a visit to her house along with all her father’s friends. On Saturday evening, six of her father’s friends and their wives paid a surprise visit to Devdutt Society in Bhaskar Colony, where the Phalsankar’s stay and and performed a private felicitation followed by celebrations. Time has only strengthened the bond between these friends, who find joy in the each other’s happiness and that of their families.

Pallavi, who was a student of MCC, secured 76 per cent in her M Com examinations. "Pallavi was always good in studies, but topping the University is no mean achievement. We thought we should celebrate this occasion by doing something different. After all, she is as much a part of our family," said Athalye, who runs a chemical business in Thane.

On Saturday Pallavi must have learnt a few lessons in true friendship from her father’s friends, which only reemphasises what writer Douglas Pagels said, "A friend is one of the nicest things you can have, and one of the best things you can be."

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