Thursday, October 12, 2006

The Closeness of Friends Abroad - An AW Chain Post

That's right, it's time for another AbsoluteWrite chain post. Before me, Cath was talking a little about culture clash, about how it feels for a foreigner to suddenly be immersed in a different culture, with lots of different traditions.

I have my personal story when it comes to cultures and traditions. For those who might not know, I live in Peru, which for many might be an exotic place. Well, add to that a very close, very special friend of mine on the other side of the planet, and my view of the world increases exponentially.

Two years ago (was it two?) I was in a vaery similar community called My Writer Buddy where I met a real special member called Bhaswati, but who everyone called by her nick, Sury (Suryamukhi = sunflower). Sury is from India by the way. I didn't share much with her at the beginning, other than a "how do you do?". It all change when I made a crit on one story she wrote, one I really liked. From then on we started to chat. I recall back when I worked at the office, I used to spend lunch time before the computer chatting with her for one hour. And we had so much to share, about food, religion, transportation, different local traditions. She'd talk about Durga Puja and Indian deities and I'd talk about local ingredients, rituals, etc.

Today we are the best of friends, and I dare to say our view of the world is a bit bigger. We've shared everything from pictures to national anthems and we are inseparable, even from opposite ends of the world. Who could have thought that I'd run into this very special person who lives in such an exotic country and that we'd become the best of friends? It's always a mystery the things life keeps under it's sleeve for us. Bhalo Theko, Sury! This post is for you ;) .

Enough of me now, let's see what Quidscribis at Peregrinas has to say. If you want to follow this chain, here are the participants.







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At 8:36 PM, Blogger Bhaswati said...

I feel so overwhelmed reading this. It brings back a million memories of the most magical friendship I've had in my life. Thank you, Cesar, for expanding my world and filling it with such richness. Even though a hemisphere apart, Peru and you seem closer than even a neighbouring Indian city to me now.

Hugs of gratitude to a most speical friend. :)

At 9:07 PM, Blogger Matt D said...

Awwwww. How cute.

Seriously, isn't it crazy how just 15 years ago, the idea of regularly talking to someone from another country seemed out of the question?

At 9:56 PM, Blogger Bk30 said...

ahh, that is so sweet. And awesome.
It truely is amazing how a planet so big, can be made to feel so small. Bk sits back in wonder and contemplation.

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Kappa no He said...

I didn't know any of that, or that her name meant sunflower (despite me associating Bhaswati with her sunflower avatar). That was beautiful!

At 11:21 PM, Blogger Harbormaster said...

Cool. It's amazing to see how these writing connections can change people. It needs to happen more often for all of our benefit!

At 12:00 AM, Blogger Peggy said...

What a great story. I love that AW has so many articulate members from all over the world. I know I've learned a lot from the people I've "met" over the past year.

At 12:37 AM, Anonymous Gillian said...

I love the way the internet can help us grow our worlds while in the safety of our own living room. Your post reminded me of a bunch of special people who I wouldn't know without my internet connection.

At 5:01 AM, Blogger Cath Smith said...

Wonderful post Cesar.

Isn't it wonderful how many amazing people we meet on-line (and I know Quid's going to have a story to tell about that one!). :)

At 6:44 AM, Anonymous Razib Ahmed said...

The best thing Internet has done for me is to introduce my wife to me. Internet has also given me a career in blogging.
Bhaswati is a speical person. She is very gentle and serious. I can realize that as a friend she is very dedicated.

At 2:23 PM, Blogger Simran said...

WOW great post Cesar! It is amazing how many long-distance friendships have been made through AW.

Razib, I didn't know you met your wife through the internet. That's how Laurie and Fahim met too.

I guess we just never know, do we?

At 3:26 PM, Blogger Talia Mana, Centre for Emotional Well-Being said...

LOL I always used to say you can't meet a mate without leaving home. Guess I better edit that out when I revise my dating book.

What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing that. I have some wonderful online friends too.

At 12:10 PM, Blogger -Kelly M. said...

I met my best friend and roommate over the Internet. A casual comment in a chat room sparked an email conversation, and we've been the best of friends for seven years.

It's amazing how people come together nowadays.


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