It was love at first sight! I met him in 1979 and we became best of friends.
In 1981, he changed the school and I raised my tantrums to be shifted. I was, as usual!
1982 end, I was admitted in The Daly College, whined about the hostel life and returned to Delhi in 1984. 700 kms and 2 years away from my “love at first sight friend!” We were 9.
That is when our friendship started, to use Ashar’s words.
I had a vague idea of his home address and I wrote him a letter and he responded.
Over mails, till 1988, our friendship continued to become deeper. We met briefly in 1988 and by 1991 I had become a मंत्री-पुत्र and joined my parents for the first time in my life.
The perk of leaving my Delhi friends was STD phone! Nearly free. (Monthly limit, Rs. 20,000, not too much)
… to be continued. Ashar, write in.