Dear All, The Woman’s Era dated August (second) 2006, carries Varalotti’s story “ Let him learn the hard way”. The happenings in the story are less common and so the interest in knowing what happens in the end is more! Yes, Sridhar, you are right in saying that we very often adopt the usual dilatory tactics, fearing that the child may otherwise be spoilt! We purposely allow the motherly instinct to take a back seat. We also want the child to learn that money does not grow on trees. But in the end, Rahul proves that “ Child is the Father of the Man”! The story is very interesting and is an eye opener to parents, who pamper their children without questioning them, thus never giving an opportunity for the “ humane” in the child to develop! Kudos to you, dear Sridhar, for yet another enjoyable story with a different theme. Love & regards, Chithra.