Many believe that school friends can be friends for life. Despite each going their separate ways, you can count on them to be just one phone call away and help you in times of need. Here’s a story of two school friends as an example.
According to The New Indian Express, Muthukumar, a 44-year-old truck driver in Pudukkottai, Tamil Nadu, had been suffering from financial distress due to the lockdown, like many others. Prior to the lockdown, he had been earning Rs 15,000 approximately. Now, due to the pandemic, he earns a mere Rs 1000 – Rs 2000. His biggest liability is his house – a small dilapidated hut which was in a bad shape due to the Gaja cyclone (2018).
Two months ago, Muthukumar met his school friend K Nagendran at a teacher’s house and invited him to his home. On reaching his place, Nagendran saw the bad condition in which the house was in.
“I met my friend almost 30 years after we finished school. I was distressed to see the condition of his house. Gaja cyclone had destroyed the trees around his house and the roof of his house. One needed to bend to even enter his house. I knew that I had to help him,” Nagendran said.
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He went on to create a WhatsApp group with his school friends and all of them pitched in a total of Rs 1.5 lakh to build Muthukumar a better home. Nagendran and his friends built Muthukumar a house in just 3 months! They gifted him the house as a Diwali gift.
“Even though we weren’t in touch, school friends are special. We must all help our friends in need. Many have suffered during the lockdown. If you chance upon a friend who is in distress, please do something to help them out,” Nagendran said.
School life indeed gives you friends for life!