10 Years

ANANDITA NA­YAR AND FA­TIMA HU­SAIN

Cosmopolitan (India) - - YOU, YOU, YOU -

One best friend works in the cor­po­rate world in New York, and the other is an as­pir­ing ac­tress in Bol­ly­wood, which means not meet­ing for long pe­ri­ods of time is de rigour. But for these 23-yearolds who went from be­ing in ‘ri­val gangs’ dur­ing ju­nior school, to the best(est) friends, they al­ways just pick up from where they left off. “We gos­sip end­lessly, re­mem­ber all kinds of evil sto­ries about school and the peo­ple we knew, and crack up about the most an­noy­ing sit­u­a­tions in life,” says Fa­tima. “But mostly, we watch cheap masala movies,” says Anandita.

As former ri­val gang lead­ers in mid­dle school, DPS RK Pu­ram, at the age of 12 the girls made a wise de­ci­sion—to col­late their lit­tle fief­doms and rule to­gether. “I think we might have be­come friends over boys! I was the mid­dle­man for all of them,” says Anandita, “All the other girls were lit­tle princesses.”

“Oh, please!,” leaps in Fa­tima. “Anandita was just too pre­co­cious for us. We had no idea how to deal with her. I think she taught me the mean­ing of the word pros­ti­tute.”

Anandita’s pre­co­cious­ness trans­lated later into an inim­itable zest for life that led to her as­pi­ra­tions for a ca­reer in films. Whether it’s danc­ing in the rain or play­ing crazy pranks on their friends, some­times this joie de vivre in Anandita drives Fa­tima up the wall. “What I find most an­noy­ing is prob­a­bly her zest for life!” Her friend re­tal­i­ates, say­ing, “I hate that you have to run af­ter ev­ery fat kid or cute an­i­mal you see.” In­ter­est­ingly, be­sides Hindi and English, the girls com­mu­ni­cate through some­thing they call ‘Anandita lan­guage’. And this se­cret lan­guage has only one trans­la­tor, Fa­tima. ‘Saun­d­lykda­tonli’, said in a low voice, ac­tu­ally means ‘sounds like that only’.

Anandita (left) is wear­ing pearl ear­rings and sil­ver cuff, both Am­ra­pali; pearl bracelet, Amethyst; belt, Gio­vani. Fa­tima (right) is wear­ing a flo­ral dress, Guess; neck­lace and ring, both Am­ra­pali

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