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Friend is the most intimate and important relation. This is differentiated by the fact that this is not blood relation. Thus friends are by your choice unlike blood relation like parents, siblings , cousins, uncles, aunts that are not by your choice but by accident of birth.
Friend is one you may communicate and otherwise interact freely without inhibitions. If there are any inhibitions, there is something lackin in friendship.
It is often said a friend in need is friend indeed. I do not agree with this definition. A friend may not be competent enough to help you in a situation. even then if he is sincere to you, he is your friend.
Absence of inhibitions should enable you to demand whatever you think, from your friend. The friend may unhesitatingly accept your demand or even unhesitatingly refuse. True friendship is not any way affected by making demand or refusing it. This is simply absence of inhibitions and hesitation in mutual interactions.
Friendship need not be just physical intimacy. It is more a matter of mental identity. Lord Krishna had a friend sudama, whom he loved and had intimate friendship despite vast difference in status.
Lord Krishna had relations with three women. Rukmani-wife, Radha- beloved and Drupadi- friend. He had no romantic relation with Rumani unlike Radha and Rukmani. Drupadi was his friend. Nobody except Lord Krishna was of help to Drupadi in her hour of crisis. This is because of friendship. There is no relation like friendship.
True friends are very precious. Its really hard to find people who are your well wishers. On those bleak days when things are not going your way, friends are rays of hope. In short friends are mirror where you can discover yourself :)
To me, a friend is someone who would be with you irrespective of the situation you are in, guide you and correct you when required, and acts in a way which would help u the best, not just for the present, but for the future too.
Consider this example,
There were four friends. one got into some trouble and got arrested and send to jail and seeing this one of them ran away(friend) the other came to police station with a lawyer to take him out. Do you knw the where is the fourth person ? He was along with the one who was taken to the jail.. ie if it is a real friend then he/she may not be with you in your happiness but will be with u in ur sorrows for sure.
I'm very much proud to say and lucky that I do have a real friend...
friend # A person whom one knows, likes, and trusts. # A person whom one knows; an acquaintance. # A person with whom one is allied in a struggle or cause; a comrade. # One who supports, sympathizes with, or patronizes a group, cause, or movement:
(F)inds you in a (R)ush of people (I)nspires you to do something in life, catch your (E)motions & (N)ever leaves you till (D)eath.
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Friends should have the freedom to be themselves in front of us not put on an act and also be able to criticise if and when necessary....A good friend need not be at your beck and call all the time but you know you can depend on him or her when you need them !