As I learnt that 8th June marks the National Best Friends Day in USA, I had earmarked this theme for my blog on Saturday. As a relation, friendship was, is and will always be my favourite. Friendship is a strong bond that can withstand distance, tempests and silence. Friends make tough times bearable, fun times memorable, and memorable times priceless. Those who have experienced this beautiful relation understands it’s importance in life. One good friend can drive away all distress and sadness. Blessed are those who have true friends because life is different when you have good friends around. It is said that life becomes meaningful because of friends.
It is ageless – friendship never dies. There is no age to make friends. Irrespective of age and gender, strong bonds of friendship can stick as a result of mental wavelength, mutual understanding and faith. Friends can share happiness and difficulties with each other, even those things that they can not share with family members frankly and openly. Friends have a patient ear and give the best solution to ward off problems, or atleast walk with each other when others walk out.
Right from my struggled childhood, friends have occupied an important part of my life and decisions. Even these days, when I keep awfully busy, I don’t lose any connect with my friends – school and college friends. Childhood friends always have a special place that no other person has. The bond is so strong and intense that even if one becomes a great person out of the group, he/she is treated like that same old friend.
In this regard, I would like to cite three examples of how friendship has been such an integral part of my life –
1. During our matriculation, a close friend of mine, didn’t want to take the exam. He said he was not prepared to write anything because of problems at home. “I haven’t studied for a year. What will I write? Better to miss it” said my friend. I explained him and convinced him somehow and persuaded him to write the exam. I explained him that I will take responsibility and he should just appear.
We were to appear exams at a different school. Our examination halls were different. He was extremely nervous. Before even getting into the hall he was telling me that he didn’t want to appear. I requested a classmate, our common friend to help him so that he could pass. He finally could pass the examination and was always grateful for this push that contributed to his successful career, in the smallest of ways.
2. Of my school friends of about 120 in number, atleast 40 of them are working at KIIT and KISS for the last 15 years. The children of around 30/40 friends have been given jobs so that the family leads a happy life. Around 30 of them, who are really struggling to make ends meet, get a financial assistance of Rs 2000 from my side from the last 15 years and have increased the amount considering the level of inflation. This is with an aim that they have a comfortable life.
I organise a get together every Dusshera, spend time and remincse the old days. Reciprocating and helping those in need brings me endless joy, and helping my friends and peers, and even though I cannot fulfil all their requirements, whatever little I can, does help them in a massive manner.
3. I have been very close to a group of friends who pursued post graduation at Vani Vihar with me. I also make it a point to organise get together with them at KIIT University. Happiness is meeting old friends after a long time and feeling that nothing has changed. I have a spectacular time with my old friends when we sit and recall our halcyon days. I have always given priority to friendship and it is very warm and comforting to be in their midst. The kind of happiness that one gets from old friends is an absolute treasure.
Beyond a rosy picture with friends, some also cheat us. There is no greater sadness than treachery by a friend. Friends and times spent with them, some good some difficult, always remain etched to one’s heart. Friends may come and go, but friendship is eternal. Long live friendship as there is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.
Bhai very good message. It’s a memorable thing to be cherished with. We r lucky to have you as a friend who has always come to the help at the time of need. Lord Jagannath bless you.
Friendship is always gives you sweet memories and it is a responsibility for a true friend which you have maintained from your childhood days and it always gives pleasure tk you??
Very heart touching Sir.My Respect?
Absolutely true sir .True friends are really a boon n blessings in our life .peer group influence n mould our thought process with regard to career, ambition and the like . Whenever I get a phonecall from my IIt days friends where we spent almost 4 years , we share a lot on our bye gone days n the memory which elevates and give unalloyed pleasure .
We should never forsake friendship come what may .
Let’s be friend to all n enemy to none and be examplary.
Hon’ble Founder sir practises n empathetic to the old friends as is evident here which is phenomenal n emulative .
You are a true friend. You teach us the meaning of friendship.
? sir you always give priority each and every person every occasion and everyone’s feelings.it is not too easy to do properly and parallel..few people could do it and your are one of them.??
Sir , I agree with the word penned down in the blog. Still few of school days friends are in touch and this makes life beautiful. Although they are school mates ,but they haven’t changed even a single way.
With dew regards
Making friendship is easy but keeping it alive is difficult. Sir, you are the one who has proved the statement wrong. Your unconditional friendship is a consolation in this conditional world. Let friendship prevail.?
Very true Sir. Your each and every action, activities and deeds become inspiration for all of us to follow the very same to become a very good human-being.
We need your blessings your direction and guidance for each and every moment of our lives. ???
Friendship is amongst the most special bond that we share in our lifetime. Many a times our friends become our family, understanding us, supporting is and being with us in good and bad times.
Sharing some of these instances on friendship, My Sir, Hon”ble Founder KIIT & KISS, Prof. Dr Achyuta Samanta Sir has written a blog on the occasion of National Best Friends Day celebrated in USA.
Do read the blog as I am sure it will remind everyone of their own friendships.
A delightful read Sir. So good to read about your support towards your friends. And rightly said that friendship is a special bond that stands the test of time and distance.
After reading Your post, a lot of new things unknown to us are now known about you & your friendship.
Thanks Sir for sharing such type of informations.
God Bless You Sir.
Friendship is such a medicine which acts as instant pain reliever which ingredients are composed by almighty God.
Asit(kiitian cum postmaster Kalarabank)
Real and honesty loaded in your words and writing. It’s bare truth that life without friends and friendship is meaningless. Many things I can recall while going through your experience.
Sir you are not only a true friend, but a pure hearted person. People feel proud to have a friend like you.
Thanks and Regards
Friendship is eternal bliss…lucky are those who are connected to you esteemed Samantha Sir as friends for ever not because you empower them with knoweldge ..money .power and love but the creating in them hope and faith to believe in their potential…A great friend indeed Dr.Achyuta Samantha sir ji…??
ବନ୍ଧୁତା ହୃଦୟରେ ଥିବା ସ୍ନେହର ଏକ ସମ୍ପର୍କ । ବନ୍ଧୁତାର ସମ୍ପର୍କ ଯେ କୌଣସି ଏକ ସଂଘଠାରୁ ମଧ୍ୟ ଶକ୍ତିଶାଳୀ ସମ୍ପର୍କ । ସାର୍ ଆପଣ ତ ସମଗ୍ର ଅସହାୟ ମଣିଷର ବନ୍ଧୁ |????
Yes Relationship is one of the basic needs .Where friendship is such a relationship where there is no conditions no expectations
Only completes with the joy of experiencing Art of Giving..
Nice essay on friendship and a subject so apt to speak of a day as special as today being the National Best Friends Day in the USA. I have always wanted to thank you for all that you have been for me, though there was nothing between us except master-servant relationship, now I understand what I was unable to explain then, what it means to have or make a friend, to share life’s joys and every pain, a friendship is found on love and endless dedication, and forged out of respect and every kind of emotion. Thank you in tons for this wonderful blog.
Yes Relationship is one of the basic needs of human life …friendship is such a relationship where there is no conditions no expectations..Only it completes in experiencing the Joy of Art of Giving.
You are lucky and very special to have so many real friends. To be able to attract so many nice people is a rare virtue.
What to say about this friends hip my lord , friend the soul of each other, the only relation proven and made and lived by god, the sudama and krishna?
Friendship is eternal. A true friend is a precious gift in life. Thanks a lot for this beautiful blog.
Very true Sir. Friendship is not about people who act true to your face. It’s about people who remain true behind your back.
Sir, we are proud to have you in Odisha.
Such a visionary, humanitarian and leader who has contributed singlehandedly to the upliftment of education, health awareness, charity, etc.
Long live Achyuta Sir, your noble deeds and your vision.
True and inspiring blog.
In my small brain, I would opine, theme of the Article is a spontaneous overflow of hidden idea and ideology. The three “S” i e. Selfless, Sincere and Sacrificed efforts of Hon’ble Founder, KIIT Group of Institutions, to create a strong bonding among all his friends will always be remembered.
The more the merrier……
Hon’le Founder is an Apostel of “Friendship”…….
The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing…not healing, not curing…that is a friend who cares~ Have a nice time. God bless you. Sita Ram ji.
Our earthly journey on this earth is incomplete without having true friends. The hon’ble founder has created a rich legacy by remembering & engaging with his friends of school & college days.
Good friends are loyal & accept You for who You are during the good & bad times.
Sir, people feel proud to have a friend like you??
Respected Sir, it is heartwarming to see your caring and helpful nature towards your friends. We all have friends who support us in our good and bad times, and I am sure we can learn from your bond with your friends.
#Happy Friendship Day. Warm Regards
Thank you sir for sharing once again on eve of friendship day. With due respect and regards.Happy that we really have true friends yet in our life who encourage me to be always the way I m calm n composed.
This builds confidence higher and higher to be a future teacher at your holistic school .Last but not the least encouragement by our teachers in school.
With love and affection
Affection and Love
Great inspiration for all
Happy Friendship Day