Continuation . . . “**** man!!” I said it bit louder. “Tats okie, don’t evaluate now. It will affect your next paper” Karthik seemed to order. “Yeah” I smiled and closed the book. “Come we will sit in that shade ” pointing to the tree which was far from the cloak room. “Neeta won’t find me probably if we go so far” I said and removed my bag which was next to me and made some place for him. Instead he sat 1 step below opposite to me. “How was your paper?” I asked him. “It was okie” “And yours?” “I don’t know. There I felt I was correct now I am feeling I should at least pass” “Come’on” he said and gave me a pellet of Orbit. “Where do u stay” he questioned. “Housing board Colony, 3rd stage. U?” I asked back. “Malleshwaram” (Oh same part of Bangalore and quite nearby, I thought and there was a long pause) “Heyyy, u dint sing that song?” he just bounced @ once. “You dint ask me that day, I had actually prepared now again I forgot the lyrics” I lied and smiled. “Your mom helped you in translation ?” he asked. “Yeah, Yeah” I nodded my head. He smiled and was staring at me, “That was cute! “ he said “What?” “The way u nodded your head with widened eyes” he said. (I blushed a little. And again long pause. I felt as if only we 2 were in the college.) “You are the only kid for your parents” I knew he wanted to know about me; every few minutes he was bouncing a question @ me. “No, for my mum it’s me and my sissy elder one” I shot back to be clear. “For your mum?” he was a bit puzzled to ask or not. “Yeah, my mom is a single parent. She alone raised me and my sisy.” “Why do you want to tell this to everyone? You could have just said yeah me and my sis. Listen, people only think of taking advantages. Don’t open up like this to everyone” he kind of warned. “Advantages?? Like ? Oh.. They are only weak ladies! That attitude!! Don’t worry my mum has taught me to handle those situations” “Why simply to invite situations like that, Instead you can just not talk about it.” He continued.. “By telling you are simply putting yourself, your mum and others in awkward situation. When you say that we don’t know how to react.” “How Orthodox!!” I was surprised by his thoughts. “If I talk only about my mum and not dad, it’s an awkward situation for her?? I can’t understand in which era you are living. You feel it awkward coz you don’t know the reality. You live and have grown up in a bloody male dominated society!! I have grown up with myself. I have learnt through the reality and I know I am no less than you. Grow up Karthik!!” I shouted.