It’s been ages since I hosted a party for my friends. It’s also been ages since I stayed long at home. I have been working in the city for how many years now and I don’t have so much time to go home. I only get the chance to go home during holidays. But lately, management had a pronouncement that employees like me are entitled to a two week forced leave. So I went home to spend quality time with my friends and my family. Last week, I invited my old friends to come over. We stayed up until the wee hours in the morning just talking. I don’t think they wanted to go home yet, if not because my friend has a research presentation in the afternoon. So they forced themselves to go home with a promise that they will be back over the weekend. The next morning one of my friends called me up asking me to come over her house at night because she is the one hosting a party for me. I was touched by my friends’ gestures. It’s been so long since we have seen each other and yet, when we are together, it’s as if the long time never existed.