The other night, we had a surprise party happen at our place. Few lovers of booze got together, acquaintances mind you, good old bottle of whiskey and rum to bing on fire and the occasion, 'joblessness'. No one knew everyone present and it was only 5 of us, counting my ever sober flatmate.
The music played in the background, Floyd singing laboriously about 'Money' and later 'Breaking the Wall'. A silence hung in the atmosphere, first drinks in hand, all makes a toast and the unfamiliarity so big, the first shots gets gulped for "everyone's happiness". Now I aint sure, whether there can be a worst toast to wish for, 'everyone's happiness'. That was 'UNFAMILIARITY' written all across and not exactly the show of Vasudeva Kudumbakam.
Floyd got replaced by some people I don't know, the bottle line diminished, silence turned to probes and pokes, familiarizing with likes and dislikes and catching up on conversation from tiny thin threads. Everyone goes easy initially, work, habitat and discussions on that keeps ticking. But then it can't always be personal, humans blessed finds it rejuvenating, after a long discussion on some concepts like 'life', 'sex', 'death' on a complete non-personal level. Surprisingly, this was the first non-personal talk both of us (me & flat mate) were having with a group of people after close to 8 months.
The conversations were growing richer in the green of philosophy, Floyd paved way for Voltaire, and I loved every single bit of it. I kept wondering about the marvel of human intellect and mind, one moment we were all acquaintances and an hour later, with not even half the bottle empty, everyone was feeling connected. There was chemistry in the room and that had to do with the quest for expanding the horizons of knowledge and not the golden liquid, lying still in the cylindrical bottle. It felt awesome, the philosophy everyone witnessed and lived in our lives and getting to talk about it, indeed a rare occurrence.
We parted in the morning, after having made the move from acquaintances to friends, because everyone found the other intellectually inspiring and you have to remember, we had taken the road from Floyd to Voltaire together.