Saturday, July 11

Calling all Online Friends

Gmail and Gtalk are my lifeline these days. I do have an account for Yahoo, but I use it very occasionally.
Last night, just out of the blues I logged into my another long abandoned yahoo messenger account. It had been hacked and all, so i had to abandon it. I haven't logged into that account for ages. I logged into my mail box as well expecting yahoo to had delete it for non usage, but to my surprise, it was intact, but of course flooded with spam mails. I was just surfing through it when I found an email from a friend. There were some pictures attached. It was from Rick, an online friend. He was an Aussie.

And it all came back to me.

I was fresh into the college that was when I had my internet connection at home. Yahoo chats had been so in those days, I too used to pass a considerable time on them.. I would have bumped into him in some Chat rooms, I cant even remember the details. It has been so long.

Very calm, down to earth sort of person he was, as much as I remember. He was a photographer, located at Sydney, almost my age, I was 18 then. He lived alone with a friend who was his best friend's sister. Her name was Nancy. He use to tell me a lot about Nancy. She was under depression, unfortunately her mother and brother who happened to be Rick's best friend had been inside the WTC on 9/11. I remember he told me that when he was very drunk and could not even remember he told me about it the very next day.

His dad was a farmer living somewhere in the country side nearby and his mom lived in New York with his younger brother. He frequented to NY lot of times to see them.

When my id got hacked, I lost contact with him. He was there on Orkut, but anyhow, he deleted his profile. At times, when I read mails like how people found their long lost friends and relatives on social networking sites, I do search for him, but no luck yet. :)

I dont know why am I writing this, but since I recalled that friend of mine who is not in contact any more, and I am unable to locate him, I just want to let him know that he is being missed.

Now your turn to tell me about any such online friend of yours outside of the blogging world. You may or may not be in contact with them, but you still remember them and want them to know you do.

35 Obiter Dicta (Comment here):

Arv said...

unfortunately a lot Richa...

I still leave loads of messages to them... tryin to find them someday :(

take care mate... cheers...

Hopeless Romantic said...

this has happened with me a lot...i have been hooked to yahoo messenger for good 6 years before reluctantly moving to gmail and then finally to gtalk, infact i didnt started using gtalk till 2006.

I have met n lost a number of friends like this online from all across the globe, but ya at times i do go back, read chats, read mails exchanged and it makes me feel nostalgic, but most importantly makes me reinforce the belief that its not hw long its how much u talk during your conversations. My best conversations and most cherished have been with people with whom i never had a second conversation, strange, but its true !


Dhanya said...

Yeah, I used to chat a lot on Yahoo during my college days... not coz I wanted to but coz all of my friends used only Yahoo! :P But after college, Yahoo got abandoned.

Online friends I miss... hmmm... not anyone I can think of at the moment coz I am in touch even now with those people who matter :)

Amal Bose said...

i have some really good online friends and fortunately im still in touch with them..

Cяystal said...

Haven't had any such experiences.. grateful for that.
Bt its'll soon getto meet him somewhere..the world's really small!

AD said...

it always hits you without you knowing doesnt it and every piece of memory in the sub conscience comes right in the forefront.
such is life.
such is every day :)


muthu said...


yeah, I used to chat with this one cool guy named prabir nandi-

even when we could nt chat, we would send each other mails & keep in touch....

but just like U said-- things moved on & now I have lost contact with him.


Esther said...

I'm gonna get married to someone I met on orkut! If you believe =D

I met this guy 2.5 years back and we were best friends for a year and fell in love with each other.

And yes there is one pakistan friend who was so close to me, but right now I don't know what the heck he is upto. But I miss him.

Nice post! =D

Keshi said...

Touching post Richa. *HUGZ*

**Now your turn to tell me about any such online friend of yours outside of the blogging world. You may or may not be in contact with them, but you still remember them and want them to know you do.

I hv few friends like that. But what if they NEVER reply to ANY of my msgs? What does that mean?


Aw.S.M said...

Yaar Yahoo used to be my stomping ground 3-4 years ago....there was this football chat room where i had allies and stuff..and there was this one dude "galactico" or something with whom i used to be friends but in time as college got did the yahoo addiction....

So galactico if u can read this "see i told u cristiano would be bigger than reyes!! ur face homeboy!! " ...

hmmm..much better now :D :D


Tushar Mangl said...

There have been many friendship stories in my case. But all of them have had some very saddistic endings.

Ria said...

oh i hav tons of friends like that!!unfortunately i m still unable to locate them. :(

WarmSunshine said...

Yes... a very dear friend... :(

Nice post :)

Mahesh Sindbandge said...

Wow..that happened with me a lot of times , when i was newly addicted to internet.. i remember someone like that now. chalo i ll write about it.

thanks alot for such a beautiful post. :-)

Anonymous said...

I had a friend like that. Some guy from China. Aditya Iyer his name was. I don't miss the guy or anything, this post just brought it all back :)

яノςんム said...

@ Arv,
I really really hope u find them :)


яノςんム said...

@ HR,
it actually happens. i still remem my first chat ever.. it was with a guy named Amit Lulla :D
but i cudnt find him again!!

яノςんム said...

@ Dhnaya,
lucky u!! :P

яノςんム said...

@ Amal,
ths nice :)

яノςんム said...

@ Crystal,
lets hope for the best :)

яノςんム said...

@ Seher,
so very true,
some ppl touch our lives in such a way, tht they remain there forever, even when they are gone..

яノςんム said...

@ Muthu,
i hope u find him soon :)

яノςんム said...

@ Esther,
really wow!!
congos for the wedding!!

I heard it many time ppl meeting on orkut , falling in love, but knowing it from first person in person is really nice :)

wish u all the very best for the wedding...

яノςんム said...

@ Keshi,
Hugz back :)

awww.. its very unfortunate to not get responded :(
but those who dun bother arent worth.. u know tht na.. :)


яノςんム said...

@ Amith,
awwww... hehe, vented out?? happy now?? good!!


яノςんム said...

@ Tushar,
some ended sad, but there had been many with are still going on and will never end??

яノςんム said...

@ Ria,
lets all hope we find them all :)

Karthik said...

Good write-up on a spontaneous,yet worth reading,topic.
I have come across few not online ones but 'onbar'(needs no elaboration,I presume) friends when I was frequenting one bar too many on weekends,and regularly for few of the select ones! It was where I happened to connect to few of them strongly,who became so close that they became my priority over other older lot who I had as friends!
We still muse and cherish the gloriful days spent in those elite places,which happened to be the origin place for our friendship to blossom to how it is now!
Fortunately,have not lost touch of any of them.
Incidentally,many from our circle have got introduced to one another the same way!
Just though of sharing this,though might not be relevant to the one you have blogged

яノςんム said...

@ Mehreen,
oh yes, how can I not not remeber tht.. but cest la vie..

things will be fine :)

thnx :) and nice to see u here :)

яノςんム said...

@ Mahesh,
will w8 for tht post of urs :) do lemme know wen u write it :) cuz due to the power cuts, i am unable to keep up with all ur blogs..

thnx for reading :)

Anonymous said...

Thanks Richa for writing this post.Your post brought back so many memories.

Arjun said...

oh.. :)

i just remembered a yahoo frnd of mine - first frnd actually Shreya from Hyderabad....

Still unable to get a reply frm her.. :(

yeah.. u r ryt Rich.... in a way we miss them.. :)


bondgal_rulz said...

Awww...nice post ya....brings back happy sad memories :)


Fallen Angel said...

Nice post !

Got me thinking actually , i have a bunch of incidents too !

( your template is very striking ! ,

RAW CONTENT . No artificial flavours added.


Nice :-)

ani_aset said...

loads :)..and some very sweet ones actually

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