An evening of "those days have gone by" and like an icing on the cake, I was tagged by my school friend... - there in facebook was me from 20 years back looking back. I stared at her, tried to decipher what she was saying - yet, as expected she was smiling. Inspite of getting into trouble with all the pranks, she had really enjoyed herself. Perhaps it is a reminder to take life a bit less seriously now though it is a struggle.
A lot of people exclaim at the 300 and odd friends that I have in facebook (no doubt I am not one of the top ones) - yet, when I saw this picture it reminded me about why it is more difficult for me to chose. I have lived in 13 places (oh dear! what is that for a number) in my three and a half decades of life. This is not the count of the number of times I have moved but just the number of places I have lived in.
Each time I moved and associated with a place all over again, I made new friends. Though I lost touch with them, I managed to find them back many times over again. Here in Brussels I again am managing to make new friends. So, while I do not keep in touch with all of them regularly, they are always there for me to call on them or for them to come calling with memories knocking on the door. I hope facebook is a new way to keep in touch with them permanently instead of losing touch the moment one of us forgot to reply to a mail or just kept postponing the reply - there is a mail from Thangam that I keep thinking I should reply to but I remembered just 1 month back that I was thinking about a mail she sent 4 years back.
Me and my fringes and my hair left open, me with fringes with my hair tied up - both in the uniform that I found interesting quite early on. As a result of all the moves (6 moves since these pictures were taken), I have lost these pictures. I think they are in my parent's house in Trivandrum or Chennai. However, since they do not live there anymore, it seems strange to knock on the tenant's doors to just take pictures. Perhaps next time.
Bins, I want to put up a post about the questions you asked - so I have not forgotten your comment.