Few years ago, I wanted badly to do some volunteering.. one of my many hang ups... and I didnt know whom to approach.. and well joined one of the many online communities asking for help. In one of those communities someone suggested that I find like minded people in my city and then work something out.. I was enthused enough to track down people from my city [ members from the same community] and then contact them.. Only one of them responded...
We planned to meet up and visit some NGO asking if they need volunteers. For some reason it never worked out.. it got postponed many-a-times and then was long forgotten.. so was that "guy".
Six month down the line, I got a call from him asking if I am still interested in volunteering. I was and I joined them. We volunteered to visit a slum. We played games with them.. taught them songs, crafts etc etc. It was amazingly fulfilling. So was the friendship that soon bloomed between us.
Few long conversations on telelphone.. few over the coffee and joint volunteering.. All was fun... umm until his college work caught up with him and he had to drop his activities.. I continued for few more months.. I had made more friends by then.. and the best of all.. was with the co-ordinator for I-Volunteer.. one of the best person I have met and also.. A wonderful organization..
Two weeks ago.. after 7 months.. nearly.. We chatted on phone.. and by the time the call ended.. the distance melted like butter.. it was amazing to catch up upon the person who helped me help people.. and also someone who was a best friend.. when I had no friends.. The conversations we had.. the jokes we cracked.. was just too beautiful!