More than five years have passed since I finshed my Bachelor's in Engineering. My last official working day in college was May 10, 2004. How much things have changed since then? Thanks to Information Technology, we are able to stay in touch with many close friends. Social Networking sites like Orkut and Facebook help us maintain what I call 'Pseudo-contact' with our friends. We add them to our friend list; 'scrap' them; write on their 'walls'; follow their 'Tweets'; Read their 'Diggs'; We know their whereabouts, the main events in their lives etc. Yet we are not in direct touch with them.
I'm very bad in returning calls or responding to emails and hence has lost contact with many friends over the years. But there are a few really close friends with whom I still maintain contact. We mail each other frequently and occasionally talk over phone. Our lives have diverged into so many different ways - Direct employment and marriage; Master of Science; Master of Business Administration and so on. Different locations - India, USA, UK, Singapore... At any point of time, at least one of us will be awake at some part of the globe. :)
A couple of hours back, one of these friends had mailed to the rest of us. He had gone to India to attend his brother's wedding. Of course, his schedule was packed to the last minute.One of our other friends is also now in India on vacation. He's visiting India after 4 years. Both these guys live pretty close to each other. Yet they have not been able to meet each other. Each one had their priorities and Neither one is at fault. This just didn't fit their schedules. God knows how many years have to pass by, until the two of them can meet again. And who know what each one will be doing then???
As time goes by, our lives diverge; our priorities change. In 'ancient' times when there was no internet or telephone, people just lost touch with each other. Now, the digital media is connecting us across the globe and is helping us keep in touch. But it can only do so much: help us maintain 'Pseudo-contact'. As I told my friend, we're now just a little more than pen-pals. But I'm still thankful for that.