To quote W.B. Yeats, “There are no strangers here; only friends you haven’t yet met.”
Has it ever happened to you at a coffee shop, a library or while traveling to work, that you bump headlong into a stranger who has a lasting impact, good or bad, on your life? It’s a strange relationship you share with this “stranger”. He comes out of nowhere and disappears into oblivion, but you can’t seem to shake that face out of your memory.
Sitting around over dinner with family or drinks with friends such stories often pop up. I had a friend stay over with me a few days back and she narrated one such story to me. She was traveling in a bus and a random guy kept pretending to fall onto her, but a complete stranger, another college student it seemed, stood up and became the protecting wall between her and the bully. She doesn’t remember his name, she didn’t remember very clearly what he looked like either, but the act of kindness has remained with her, years after the actual encounter.
This month’s Ink Drift edition brings to you, such very experiences through its theme “An Ode to a Stranger”. We were overwhelmed by the number of submissions we got and we at Ink Drift would like to take this as an opportunity to thank our lovely writers and readers for their love and support.
As the Editor-in-Chief, I’d also take this opportunity to thank the team working tirelessly behind the magazine and bringing to us month after month the best works of our lovely young writers. So, sit back and enjoy as Ink Drift Magazine takes you on a journey filled with strangers!