An ordinary man

The thin young guy beamed a smile that ran miles. Cheerfully drunk, he ordered an omelette pao and drew out his shabby wallet.  ‘Look where I come from,’ he flashed his voter ID card. He was obviously far away from his home town, making a living in the big city. ‘I work in the film line,’ he informed the street seller, the smile radiating from his countenance. ‘I drink. But I also send money home,’ he said with a glimmer of pride that comes from duty. ‘Have you got your Aadhar card, that’s important too,” the seller asked. ‘Yup, that coming up as well.’ ‘I haven’t married yet,’ he went on. ‘You will soon. If you are in the film line, that should be easy,’ said the seller and took his money. In the big city, moments of good spirits do not last long, and poverty soon engulfs its hard working classes. The ordinary man survives, bruised, broke, broken. ...
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Circles of friendship

It is a natural human urge to seek company, to talk to people, share personal experiences – the joys and sorrows of everday life, the jokes, and in short, whatever interests us. Friendship, however, is not free from its context in social life, and it helps to know why we have the friends that we do. Natural affinity sometimes brings two individuals together, and keeps others at bay. A perceived sense of social and intellectual class also works underneath to bring about such friendships. Otherwise, common and shared interests, opinions, experiences, and placement in life are the natural glues that bind distinct individuals. Circles of friendship are therefore much more than merely friendship. Your friends may or may not want you to study or work hard, engage in certain activities, hold certain opinions or complain about this or that. It is the price that you pay for coming ‘in’ to become a ‘part’ of their circle. They are called groups, and they are...
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