Friday, May 15, 2015

Once a Friend - Always a Friend


In the words of Dad (Robin Nakai)  
There is an old Turkish Proverb - Once a Friend - Always a Friend !
Talli (Manjit Singh Sehmbey of Goraya) is one such person in my life !
We began our friendship in the Bishop Cotton School , though we were in different houses - Talli in Curzon and I in Rivaz !
We journeyed through History and Biology classes - Hockey and Football Teams in different battles - fighting one another and together in school teams, battling Sanawar, Marathons from Sanjauli via Bede's to Bishop Cotton - many more adventures !
Talli also had the distinction of being my School Captain, and backed my raids on the School Tuck Shop, carrying the largest tray of burfees - being the School Captain and a 100 Meter Sprinter !!!
We were to do a stint in the Government College Chandigarh, but then business and matrimonial alliances being order of the day, took him back to Goraya !
We were to later connect in Los Angeles, where we drove Shuttles from LA Airport and had many an adventure - on the I - 15 from Rancho Cucamonga - Hemet - Perris - Corona - West Covina - And the beaches of L.A - dining at little Mama Papa Italian joints or Indian eateries, that Talli would discover !
I came back to India and Talli stayed on in L.A!
The first ever Triumph Motor Cycle I ever sat on was Tallis - Twin, Light Blue Chrome - in 1969 and today in 2015 - after 46 years - we are on a Triumph T-100 Bonnevile, Light Blue and chrome - once again !
Once a Friend,
Always a Friend,