A Friend. A Guru


Words: Jawahar NIDAMBOOR

“There is nothing we like to see so much as the gleam of pleasure in a person’s eye when he feels that we have sympathised with him, understood him. At these moments something fine and spiritual passes between two friends. These are the moments worth living.” — Don Marquis

“Don’t walk in front of me, I may not follow
Don’t walk behind me, I may not lead
Just walk beside me and be my friend.” — Albert Camus

When I’m doing all right
You stand by me
When I’m edgy
You stand too by me firmly, saying: “This too shall pass.”

And nodding gently as time ticks by
You study me like a book
And slowly read me
Through your gentle eyes and kindness deep.

With several moments of repartee, wit and true friendship
You inspire and guide me
As grains of wisdom fill your smiling face
Nothing mundane matters in your thoughtful notepad.

When I look yonder into the horizon
With optimism resident in my mind
Or, murmur why things are sometimes difficult
You help me pace upon such times with stoical grace and equanimity
Helping me succeed and fulfil my fondest hopes and dreams.

It always helps to have a good friend who doubles up as your Guru in the ups, to keep you on ground, and downs, to ‘up’ your confidence.

JAWAHAR NIDAMBOOR, BPharm, MSc [UK], in Industrial Pharmaceutics, PGD in Drug Regulatory Affairs, and PGD in Marketing Management, is a marketing and communications professional, independent researcher, teacher, life coach, writer, and co-author of four books on natural health and wellness. A mentor with DRIVES [Entrepreneurship Cell] at D Y Patil College of Pharmacy, Navi Mumbai, Nidamboor also manages Spatika Content, Foster Mind Academy [Overseas Education Consultancy], and KwaliTea, a premium online tea business. He lives in Navi Mumbai, India.

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