(As told to Priya Chaphekar)
Our society has come a long way since the ‘90s – Hershey’s is available at Hypercity, H&M has spread its wings all over the country and we have the fastest 4G download speeds. Snapchat has made it easier to create and erase memories in a jiffy and Tinder helps you swipe and connect with people you find attractive.
Society thinks a man and woman cannot be simply friends
All said and done, one thing that hasn’t changed at all is how people perceive the relationship between a man and a woman. But just like a beautiful pink lotus stemming from gooey brown mud, my friendship with Vishal blossoms with the silken burst of purity.
“Can a man and a woman really be friends?” Now that’s a question so many friends ask us. And when we say yes, they think we’re either lying or pretending to be oh-so-naïve. I’ve been out with many men who wanted more than just a good conversation over coffee. But with Vishal it was different. No, he was never my secret backup or a closet crush. In fact, he played Cupid and introduced me to my now husband, who, by the way, is completely fine with us being so close. “This known devil I know is better,” he quips.