Friday, March 24, 2006

The known to the unknown

One beautiful afternoon, saw a stranger across a crowded room. He asked me, "Can I please join you if noone else is coming". "Sure you can, no problem", I said. Thats where it all started... and here I was talking about the known to the unknown; unfamiliar. We introduced our languages, their origin; our history, its legends; the epics, their peculiarities; the knowledge, our expertise; the cultures, its uniqueness; the differences, yet similarities. Its strange we had loads to talk, though we were meeting each other for the first time.

“A stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet.” ~ Will Rogers. This sounds so true now. Some days back he was someone who was neither a friend nor an acquaintance. Its today I share a smile, a look, a short talk and not to forget a 'Wassup!' without fail. He is Angel.

Its the Irony of Life... a stranger can make your day, life beautiful. He can become an indespensable part of the years to come on. While the one who has been with you all along, may seem to be no longer by your side. Its sometimes strange, you find comfort in a stranger!

you are a stranger so
What do I care?
Vanished today...

"Call no man a foe, but never love a stranger." ~ Stella Benson; still cant fathom...


Blogger aquamit said...

hey good one! i guess its all about expections....we expect least from unknowns and hence a small bit feels great..on the other hand we expect a lot from our near and dear ones and sometimes i guess we ruin the relationships....

12:44 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Vikas said...

It’s about connecting with someone. Sometimes you connect with a 'hello' and other times you call someone a friend, know the person from years but the connection is still not there.

A stranger often offers a blank canvas to work on, and with times you have mastered every stroke to perfection!

I believe the two lines actually compliment really well to each other... “A stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet.”, "Call no man a foe, but never love a stranger."
A stranger is not your enemy, but he may become a friend once you've met and you might eventually fall for him, but than he not a stranger anymore.

7:54 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger darkness said...

"fascinating strangers"
good post.

8:34 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger sumit said...

even we were strangers the day we met ...

what we are today is a question to be asked to ourselves ...

9:38 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger SAL said...

@aquamit, @darkness: Thanx :)

@Vikas: Liked this 'A stranger often offers a blank canvas to work on, and with times you have mastered every stroke to perfection!'

@Sumit: Strangers are mysteries that we solve with time! wat say? ;)

10:14 AM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger Kaushal said...

Sometimes it's very easy to vent out yourself in front of strangers... than someone who you know.

6:26 PM, March 25, 2006  
Blogger PSV said...

Nice blog....keep it up. I liked the feel of ur blog.
keep up the good work.I somehow saw ur profile on orkut,thatz wat brought me here.

12:14 AM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger SumEDh said...

there is jus a "un" betn known and un-known...and u sometimes feel a "un', "ah"...etc...when talkin first time to a stranger.

once tht ice is broken... there is no "un" (hesitancy) and the unknown becomes the known.

8:26 AM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger meenakshi said...

though differing in just 2 alphabets, the difference between known and unknown is not so subtle...
the journey from unknown to known should be such that you do not sacrifice your known in the process of knowing the unknown...if this does happen, then the unknown, which just got converted to known, is in reality not "known" is just disguised as known.

9:07 AM, March 26, 2006  
Anonymous Amit said...

Can I come over if no one else is?

9:27 AM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger kavin said...

Good Post, I just love the quote"A stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet.”...Its so true ...and its always a gradual transition from there on.

9:51 AM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger gIftoFwIngs said...

I remembr a peppy hindi stuff tho...:)))

11:21 AM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger SAL said...

@Kaushal: I would agree, but disagree :P

@parwaz: Thanx :)

@Sumedh, I agree with @meenakshi. Its a long journey to travel in order to add that prefix 'un' to known

@amit: hehe ;)

@kavin: Thanx :) It is indeed that gradual transition, but sometimes I think it just has to click!

@gIftoFwIngs: Dint get ya... plz explain

11:29 AM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger Vikas said...

@kavin:...I think it just has to click!

I had a great, long discussion with a friend of mine, my parents and sister on those exact same words...!! Reminds me of Serendipity - the movie

11:58 AM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger kavin said...

ofcourse It has to click and once it does, you never need to think again that how, why and when did that stranger become such a cool buddy...

1:25 PM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger SAL said...

@Vikas, @Kavin: This can go into an endless discussion...

@Vikas: FYI, I did modify my Web according to people's needs ;) I know the 'about' frame is still bigger, but it hampers the readability if I change the length.


2:43 PM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger Vikas said...

People :)

Something else I can't comprehend with... Is the about section, about 'SALONI SONPAL'? Or is it about 'University of Buffalo - The State university of New York - Department of Computer Science and Engineering'? If someone bumps into your website out of the blue, he will have a hard time finding out who the pretty girl with naak mei baali, kan mei jhumka is? Yes, the email section tells me the name, but shouldn't the about link tell me about Saloni, if it’s her website?

I should have just used your email this time instead of commenting here! Well.. maybe next time if you are not totally pissed off at me for being nosy!

5:41 PM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger SAL said...

@Vikas/Mr. Nosy: Wwwaaaatttt r u saying, obv the 'about' page has my name(refresh it buddy) Added my name both places, 'email' as well as 'about' page.

And yaa... Naak mein baali nahi 'nath' hoti hai.

5:51 PM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger Vikas said...

I thought the song went naak mein baali kaam mei zhumka..kamar mei something something :P

6:09 PM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger Vikas said...

and seriously you never had your name there ... you just edited it ? I wouldn't have missed the bold Saloni Sonpal! Email yeah, i did see ur name there

6:11 PM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger Vikas said...

grr... on myself is
'kaan mein jhumka chaal mein thumka kamar pe choti latke...'

Can i delete that post? :P

6:27 PM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger SAL said...

@Vikas: I guess u must've seen one of the cached pages. This time I give u benefit of doubt, but further on WatchOut... Mr. Nosy! ;)

Abt deleting; a wiser/smarter thing to do wud b to delete ur comments... wudnt need to delete the post :P

Baali, Jhumke aur Nath ke baare mein, u r challenging a girl. C'mon u shud've thot atleast once...

9:48 PM, March 26, 2006  
Blogger Vikas said...

I meant the comment that has been posted here..can't ask you to delete a wonderful post! :)

No way, how can I dare challenge a girl on anything, let alone baali, jhumka aur nath... I was trying to confirm the song that came to mind seeing the picture...and well google helped a little late!

2:51 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger SumEDh said...

oye...discussion 'known', 'unknown' pe tha... aur kahan pe pahuch gaya??? naak, kaan, jhumka, bali...
wht next?? gaali???



6:06 AM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger Santosh said...

hey.. i am a stranger to you .. a stranger, a friend you haven't yet met! ;)

Good to bump across ur blog.. Keep writin'!

5:31 PM, March 27, 2006  
Blogger SAL said...

@Sumedh: hehe ;)

@santosh: Thanx :)

10:54 AM, March 28, 2006  
Blogger s! said...

sometimes it's easier to talk to a stranger than a friend. :-)

9:37 AM, March 29, 2006  
Blogger SAL said...

@s!: Agree completely...

11:55 PM, March 29, 2006  
Blogger Arun said...

Its always said its easy to speak to strangers than people you know.
I have couple of instances like yours and 2 of them have become best friends. I cant belive this.
Like you have metioned the quote of Will Rogers “A stranger is just a friend I haven't met yet.” I totally agree to that.
good post.

10:17 AM, March 31, 2006  
Blogger SAL said...

@arun: Thanx :) I'm glad u agree to what I have to say

9:54 PM, May 31, 2006  
Anonymous Shubh said...

Stranger always(most of the cases) makes your life beautiful becoz you are

1. Curious to know things
2. Know a character
3. Know attitude
4. Know a similar/diff perspective

Summarizing them all the effect of conversation could be a like or dislike. In anycase that will make you happy becoz you would discover something new :)

Incase of known ppl like or dislike factor is already there so they would make your life nothing more than monotonous :D

12:03 AM, June 01, 2006  

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