When Sonu visited me in California last year, he’d never been on an airplane or seen the ocean. Now he’s done both in his home country, too, a half a world away! We flew to and from Mumbai together, and made a side trip by air to Pune. We stayed on Juhu Beach in Mumbai, and the two of us walked the sand a number of times. Sonu is attracted to the ocean, and so am I. I had trouble getting him out of the water in California. He and I both now say that the ocean is our ‘church’.
We don’t take our crazy, improbable friendship for granted. We’re both still amazed that we ever met, how compatible we are, and how close we’ve become. Maybe he’s like a son, but it doesn’t feel like that. Sonu says we’re brothers! One thing for sure is that we’re very thankful. It’s never easy to say ‘until next time’ (we prefer that to goodbye). We don't have a plan, but we know that we’ll see each other again. And meanwhile there’s WhatsApp and Skype. What a world we live in! I absolutely can’t wait to see photos and videos of that beautiful baby!