I have different kinds of pals.  The kind that the above definition proposes is saved for just a hand full of people now as quite a few have died in the last few years.  I have one friend in Chennai who has been my pal for the past 75 years who is still going strong and who can tie me up in knots with stories from our past.  Another friend of 53 years now spends half his time in Mumbai and half in Sydney, Australia.  His daughter and my son decided that they were more like brother and sister and did not want to get married to each other when we proposed that they do some decades ago.

I have three pals living now in Pune one of whom shifted just last year from Delhi.  My regular readers will know of him from my earlier posts about my visits to him in Delhi.  His being here now makes it unnecessary for me to keep going off to Delhi and for him to keep coming to Pune and returning to Delhi.  Of the other two pals in Pune, one is my partner in crime for going to movies with and also a fellow traveller on my spiritual path.  The other is a remarkable fighter of adversity who is also an avid reader of all kinds of books, struggling to become enlightened by reading.

Apart from these five worthies who can be called pals as per the definition given above, I have friends who have stayed as friends from either my Business School days, from our Alumni Association’s local chapter;  or colleagues from my previous employers who are still in touch.  I also have pals who I meet regularly in our local park where we meet in the evenings to solve all the world’s problems. There are also some neighbours who are quite friendly.

There are some pals who have become remote due to distance and time but who still keep popping up now and then on the social media or when they visit India/Pune.

Besides all these types, I also have some relatives who are more pals than relatives.  And that is a great combination which gives me great satisfaction as relationships go.

All told, I believe that I am blessed to be endowed with so many of them in my life.

Shackman has suggested the topic for this week’s LBC Friday post. I hope that this definition is what he had in mind and not “Profit And Loss”! You can see what the other writers of the LBC have to say in their respective blogs.  Maria, Pravin and Shackman.

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