Harry Gill, a student of Class IX in Guru Nanak Public School, knows how to keep his parents happy. “They just want me to perform well in school,” he says. “We hardly disagree in matters of style, and in any case, I always manage to convince them. I love to wear trendy clothes, watches and most importantly, good shoes.”
Spending Rs 10,000 would also “not be much difficult” for him, he says, provided his parents hand over that amount. “In this age, spending Rs 10,000 is anyway no big deal.”
Arshdeep Kaur, a student of Class 10, of the same school, adopts a different tactic. “I do whatever my parents ask me to do. I even wear clothes of my parents’ choice”. But fashion is a subject he discusses with his mom so that her ‘education’ is up-to-date. “I keep on discussing the latest trends with her,” he says. So he ends up wearing what suits him. He decides. “Style matters but I should feel comfortable,” he says. His idea of fun? A quick holiday to Chandigarh with friends.
His parents are not thrilled about his partying but he convinces them in “understanding today’s world”. Generation gap, he says, is here to stay.
Gurkirpal Singh, a student of Class VII, loves wearing crushed jeans, torn t-shirts and coloured shoes because these are in trend. And he is mindful of ‘the trend’ especially when he is out shopping for himself. “Not just me, all my friends do the same,” he says.