Swimming Matters takes a peek into some deep friendships that sustain India’s leading competitive swimmers, both in the pool and out.
As a 12 year old kid who had just come from Bombay to Bangalore to settle down in the heart of the sporting hub, I felt quiet unrealistic losing my friends back in my hometown of Dombivli, suburbs of Mumbai. I had nobody to look forward to but swimming!
I think swimming helped me develop the greatest friendships in my life. Whether it be through surviving hard practices in training, or forming good-natured racing rivalries, there is definitely a high level of camaraderie in the sport.
Sajan Prakash and I have been close friends for a while now. It’s more like a brotherhood. We help each other in our professional goals and help each other grow. With just a year’s age difference between us, we always have things to fight about, things that are common between us. We have night outs together, party together, train with each other, support one another at competitions and much more over the years. He feels like a brother from another mother!
One of the few people who have always supported me – apart from my parents and my sister – is my school friend Naysa who has always stayed by my side since 2nd grade. We are the best of friends and meet up very often. She knows everything about me and related to swimming. She is very happy for me, picks me up when things get tough, and over all always there for me! Being a swimmer isn’t easy. I don’t go to school that often so it’s hard to keep friendships going and it’s easy to drift apart. However, we have always been close and I make a conscious effort to spend time with her and few others. Some things never change if it’s real!