It is a well understood fact as to exactly how small this whole crazy planet is. I have experienced it many a time over the course of my inconsequential existence - both in the real world and in the blog world. So, what I am about to relate does not necessarily 'take the cake' in terms of its freak occurrence, but rather in terms of the magnitude of freakishness.
So there I was, bored to death at work on a Thursday. I run through the list of blogs, looking for updates and or new comments. In a moment of desperation, lest I die of boredom right there, I sent out a 'aren't you bored, lets make friendship' email to a fellow blogger, who we shall call Kanika. She being the kind, equally bored soul that she is, replied. It quickly became a Gmail chat, and after a few a/s/l like exchanges, we realized that we had a whole bunch of common friends in the real world. The conversation went something like this:
Kanika: So do you remember Sanjay from your college ?
Me: Yeah of course ! I know him really, really well !
Kanika: Yeah, Sanjay is the ex-boyfriend of yours truly ;)
Me: Whoa !! So you know Panchi !! You know my dear Panchi ?!?!
Kanika: Of course !! One of my best friends in school !
And so on. I would go on, but coming up with false names for all the people involved would be near impossible - it was like everyone we know. And vice versa. Anyways, she stumbles upon my Flickr site and-
Kanika: Hey ! Is that Christine in that picture ?
Me: WHAT !! Don't tell me you know her too !! But how ? She has no connections to the other crowd !!
Kanika: YES !! I DO !!! We had mutual friends in college !
Yeah, like I said, freaky. Its like this intricate web of connections, all springing forth from all sorts of directions ! Trying to think about it, throws my head up in knots. Many a drunken post-party conversation has been spent in trying to catch up with friends and friends of friends and friends of friends of friends and so on. In any case, it was great fun hanging out with the crew again - a nice mix of the old and the new (new to me atleast). Its nice to know that along the way, you have made enough friends to last a lifetime or two ! Enough to be able to sit back and relax in the company of people you have just met, but feel like you have known for years.
To Kanika and the rest of the crew, thanks a ton ! It was an awesome weekend !
In other news, the rollercoaster ride that I've been on, shot to new heights and is currently stabilizing. Somehow thrilling just doesn't quite capture it any more !