City Moment – Two Friends, Lodhi Gardens
The memorable instant.
[Text and photos by Mayank Austen Soofi]
It’s not always easy to find a true friend. But these two 18-year-olds have found one—in each other.
Now on their 8th day in Delhi, Rupesh Kumar and Ravikant hail from the same town of Palwal where they’ve been inseparable friends since childhood. “We’ve now come to Delhi to start a new life, and of course to study,” explains Ravikant.
This afternoon the guys are enjoying an “outing” in Lodhi Garden, lying on a grassy slope as they chat and laugh and lay idle. “We attended the same school,” says Rupesh, “and we’ve played just about every game together. From kanchas (marbles) to aais paais (hide and seek)!”
Rupesh says he depends so much on Ravikant that “I know he’ll be there to look after my parents when I’m not home.” He goes on to confess that he actually has two best friends: “One of them is my cousin, and the other is this guy beside me!” On his part, Ravikant sees a brother-figure in Rupesh. “He looks after my interests and scolds me when I do something wrong.”
Both friends are staying in the home of an acquaintance, without any immediate plans, apart from eventually studying in university together. Right now, though, they’re perfectly content to lie on a garden slope—their hands absentmindedly pulling off tufts of grass. It is a beautiful moment.
When everyday is friendship’s day