Even the most aloof people do realize, at some stage or the other, that friends do matter. As Mohan Sir has already said, we do come across situations where we can even do without relatives, but we cannot do without friends.
Take this reality. After the break up of joint families and, now with the nuclear family itself undergoing so much of stress and strain, all our relatives are only what's up friends, and they maintain, with rare exceptions, a "hai-bye" relationship with us, even if they are living in the same city. Commuting is a problem. Finding time to call on relatives, for whatever reason, is becoming even more difficult.
And money does play a role. For example, imagine we are sick and admitted in a hospital, in Madurai, which is 2500 kilometers from New Delhi. Even if were to be our own brother, making a trip by air, would set him back by a cool Rs.15,000/-. And then the emotional bonding of helping us further, if we need that help ( thank God, if we don't).
However, if we have very good friends, they turn up in the hospital, do the running about, meet with doctors and so on. This happens, almost a routine. More so, if they had been helped by us on some occasion or the other.
Friends also look at our welfare, as if it were their own. They go all out of the way to financially help us, if we need such help. They even do all the household chores.
I have lived in townships for a good period of my life. My parents were so helpful and friendly to others. The public sector unit had a fairly good hospital attached to it. Even if I had been admitted for just fever, for a period of just four days, I would have a regular stream of visitors in the form of friends, and it always happened that neither my mother nor my father, ever stayed on, with me, in the hospital.
Friends they really were. After four decades, we are still in touch, through their sons and grandchildren too.
Absolutely true. Friends will and do make, a huge difference. It is absolutely impossible to do without friends.
Friends can be superb counselors, guides and philosophers. They can share all our thoughts, worries and all our good times.