A tribute to a friend called- Theja

The­jaswi Kol­la , The­ja in short is the lad whose friend­ship has changed me a lot from the moment I met him in GITAM Col­lege cir­ca 6 years back. I feel he is one of the best gifts GITAM had pre­sent­ed to me to be my best friend, crit­ic and inspirer.I am a firm believ­er of The Pow­er of Asso­ci­a­tion and it is his asso­ci­a­tion that has changed me a lot over these years. I admire his intel­li­gence, val­ues, vision, com­mit­ment, his crazi­ness for com­put­er games, his vora­cious appetite for read­ing fic­tion and his self man­age­ment capa­bil­i­ties a lot.I found dumb-struck when he ened­ed up as top­per in GITAM and rank#2 in Andhra Uni­ver­si­ty with exact­ly 10 days of preparation.Not more not less.No won­der that now he is into one of the best and most sought-after b‑schools of India, The IIM-Ban­ga­lore.

What I like very much about him are not his achieve­ments and ranks.They are sec­ondary. If char­ac­ter is how we behave when no one is watch­ing us, then I would say that he is best epit­o­me of character.His is very best at man­ag­ing himself.It is because I was with him, I saved myself from count­less num­ber of traps in GITAM be it of any kind.It is his matu­ri­ty and his point of view on the world that made me mature and helped me improve my view of look­ing at things.I am what I am because I had him dur­ing my most worst of the days with me alarm­ing, crit­i­ciz­ing and inspiring.Otherwise Chai­tanya now would have been in very unde­sir­able position.Even today I reap the ben­e­fits of his friend­ship in many num­ber of ways.

While he has an array of very admirable and fol­low­able per­son­al­i­ty traits, he too has his own set of irri­ta­ble habits and he is def­i­nite­ly not Mr Perfect.Nevertheless he was, is and will be my best friend forever.Show me some­one who is per­fect! Thank you The­ja for being there for me.I will be always be grate­ful to you for every­thing you have done unto me.


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