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We Have Our Own Struggles, But We Still Have Each other

Remember the first time you met your ‘best friend’? It was probably in your teens. Oh, those teen friendships – are they really valuable? Find out in our Friendship Day special cover story…

By Sindhu Sivalingam

I was 15 years old when I had my first big accident. My friend Jaishree and I were going to meet another friend. We were cycling quite fast. We did not realise how close our cycles were. Suddenly, our handlebars clashed. The next thing I knew, my head was on the ground with a heavy bang. I tried lifting my head and saw Jai running towards me. I tried getting up quickly only to feel everything around me blackout and I started having a seizure. With the help of onlookers, Jai managed to get us a ride home. She came along to the hospital with my parents and me. She and my other close friends came to see me every day after school till I recovered. Their presence, conversations, laughter and companionship made the pain bearable; it helped me heal faster and better. Only friends have the ability to stand by and see you through every possible situation, and yet laugh at you and with you! My friends were special that way.

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