In life, one is blessed to have a wonderful neighbour. I have had this privilege on a few occasions as I have cris-crossed the nation as part of my career. In life, you neither can choose your parents nor your colleagues at work. Similarly, you do not have the privilege of choosing your neighbour. It was by chance that I bought a flat and moved in. The neighbour moved in as a tenant.
We hardly knew each other and generally met only in the lift while going up or down to work or on an outing. We exchanged smiles and greetings and that was the only introduction. My wife, me and my kids were very touched by their warmth and helpfulness. They were a young couple with three kids. Both husband and wife were always welcoming and greeted you with smiles.
In my less than two years of being their neighbour, I have never seen them in conflict with anyone in our society nor create any ruckus. They were a sporting couple and always willing to help others. I always used to silently admire them. Oneday they invited us home for a cup of tea. We realised that we were from different states and different age groups but there was something in common between us.
I admired their friendliness and we shared our feelings with them when we met them. Interestingly enough they reciprocated our feelings. I realised that in life, if you need good neighbours, you have to be good. If you expect others to smile, you need to smile. If you are helpful, others are more than keen to help you. Age, caste, creed, religion or nationality does not matter at all.
I moved out of that flat to move to my newly built home in another part of the city. But, we continued to be friends exchanging calls, messages and greetings through phone and social media. Occasionally we met for lunch or dinner. But, even if we did not meet, we had great rapport and respect for each other. We evolved as friends for life and nurtured our relationship.
Today, if I look back, we stay in two different cities and lead our own busy lives. But, we still are in touch with each other. We still look for opportunities to talk to each other and wish each other. We celebrate the successes of each other and are more than willing to share any sorrow between us. Once a friend, always a friend. I think one is blessed in life to have such neighbours.
I recently was chatting with her and it occurred to me that this family is a great source of inspiration for us. They taught us to live life happily and share your joy with others. Both husband and wife partnered to nurture our friendship and sustain it. They enabled each other to pursue their passion in life and always sported a smile all the time.
I wish and pray to God to bless all of us with such neighbour in life.
What do you say ?
S Ramesh Shankar