So You Think You Are My Friend?

By Hira, age 23, Pakistan

Friendship ... I think it is one of the most lovable and respectable relationships. I have always been very lucky in the case of friends because I've always had good company. So the story begins when I joined the university in 2006, majoring in business administration. There I met two girls. One was charming, honest and pure - Aliza. The other one was cute and rather innocent - Fia. At least I perceived she was innocent, but later I came to know I was wrong.

We spent 4 years together. These 4 years were the best - no, bestest years of my life. We did everything which can be categorized as "fun". Bunking classes and going to Pizza Hut, attending every university function, shopping, fashion, promising to help each other with papers, and even in the stressed days during semesters, trying to meet deadlines. We went to each other's houses, worked late at night, and then watched a horror movie. And the list goes on. I was amongst the toppers of my class and my friends were also good with their studies. I used to teach them many topics. I always gave them any helping materials I ever got from my sister or from other friends.

I have always been very honest and loving to my friends. Aliza was just like me, but about Fia I was not sure. With the passage of time I realized there was something wrong with her. She had a friendship with another girl in class named Hina. Hina was also a position holder and Fia used to come and go to university with her. So I had two best friends and Fia had three. I never had any problem with that. (Why on earth would I have any problem with that?) Fia was so dominating and everyone including me adored her a lot because of her innocence and witty nature.

But I never knew there was something else behind that face. It was that she was so jealous of me and she wanted my friendship circle to be restricted only to her. I never knew that Hina also wanted to have a friendship with me, and this was the thing Fia hated a lot. So she found a shortcut to keep us apart by backbiting, telling me awkward things about Hina, and the same formula she applied to her. I didn't know anything about Hina and I just believed whatever Fia told me, and it was the same way for Hina. So we actually disliked each other and never talked directly. I never knew that my real friend was my real enemy. So Hina and I spent 4 years disliking each other.

These four years passed, and now we were looking at our MBA. Same university, same friends, but there was a little change now. Fia chose finance as a major while Hina and I chose marketing. Aliza quit studying and got married. So we three friends were separated. As Hina and I shared same major, I think God gave us a chance to meet and talk.

Now one semester of our MBA has passed and both of us have realized how wrong we were about each other, and now we are friends.

For Fia, I don't know what to do with her. We spent a lot of time together (though spent in ignorance), but at the same time I adored her a lot. I haven't quit my friendship with her, but we are no longer best friends like we used to be. Still, I haven't told her that I know all the stuff she did to ruin my image, but I think she knows that I have changed too.

In conclusion, I would suggest not to blindly trust your friends or anyone except if you are sure about them.

Cheers :)

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
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- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
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- An airport anniversary: a true story
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- Dear John
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