Soni + Pam + Neelam
Pam, Neelam and Soni
How many years have you been friends?
Neelam: 45 years now! Our husbands were friends-- we actually met through them.
Do you remember the first time you met?
Soni: Absolutely. Neelam was freshly married and her husband invited us over for dinner-- raving about her pulao; she was his Queen of Pulao. And since then, she's been ours too.
Neelam: I didn't even know how to cook! My husband actually taught me to make that pulao...
What about Pam?
Neelam: We all met Pam quite recently-- about 5 years ago.
Soni: It's so lovely to make friends at a later stage of your life!
Pam: Has it only been 5 years? Wow, feels like so much more.
How did you meet them?
Pam: We all play golf together!
Soni: And besides that, we've done a bunch of girls trips together!
How sweet. Girls trips!
Neelam: We did a road trip across Europe two summers ago.
Soni: We were lost all the time.
Pam: But we always reached our destination!
I heard you did a car rally together recently too.
Pam: It was a fabulous experience! I dragged them into it.
Neelam: It was so complex. We needed 101 apps. It was so technical.
Pam: I drove 15 hours the first day, 12 hours the second day.
Did you win?
Soni: Haha. Of course not! Some of us were far from it, and some of us were very far from it.
So heartwarming to see such strong female friendships.
Pam: There's nothing in the world like the bond of girlfriends!
Soni: It gets you through almost anything.
Neelam: And it helps that we share so many passions. We don't meet to just eat a meal and catch up.
What are other activities you do?
Soni: Besides golf and this car rally, we play bridge, we swim together. We watch plays and performances. And sometimes... we bitch together.
Pam: Yes. Very important. It's good for our health.
All images by Nayantara Parikh.