Start a study group, advises Cyrus Broacha
Just write to uncle Cy. And I’ll give you some relief…. err… that is, provided, I’m not doing a headstand at the time.Updated: Jul 09, 2012 14:50 IST
I'm an 18-year-old girl and have been in a relationship for the past one year. Recently, my boyfriend’s parents came to know about us and they complained to my parents about me. As a result, I promised my parents that I won't contact him for the next two to three years. He too has promised the same to his parents. But I find it difficult to live without talking to him. Also my parents don't talk to me normally now. What should I do?
— Ashwini Pethe
Ashwini, you’re like the government. You’ve already set all exit dates. Two to three years and then talks between Pakistan and India can resume. What do you have in mind — a relationship or a parallel Olympics?
By the way, 18 allows you three important life changing options (a) you can vote, (b) you can watch adult films and (c) you can go to a bar when inspector Dhoble is not around. But, most importantly, you’re an adult and you need to stand up to to Mamma and Pappa.
I'm 18 and I liked a girl, who I befriended on Facebook. After chatting with her almost every day, I got infatuated with her. But when she sensed that I liked her, she refused to chat. Now, its been more than a month and I feel like an idiot. Should I try and improve my image of this clingy person by talking to her again? I would love to connect with her again.
— Le Mercenary
Le Mercenary, I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news first: yes, you have come across as a major moron and an idiot. The good news: you’re not the first one to do so. Now Mr L, remember, nothing is final in life except for death and inflation. So I suggest you change track, back off for a while, then attempt very slowly to rebuild. And I mean very slowly. No women like clingy. For clingy, women invented fur coats, many many many years ago. Don’t become a coat.
I'm 17 and have been in a relationship for three years. Now, I want to break up with my boyfriend so that I can concentrate on my studies as his frequent phone calls are very distracting. But he doesn't want to part ways. How do I convince him?
— Bhakti Sawant
Bhakti, since women have dumped me on 783 occasions, I know exactly where you’re coming from. This break-up word is a misnomer. Lovers don't cut to a commercial, and then return to lovemaking. Either the relationship is in or out. If you want out, tell him and move on. Don’t use studies as an excuse. What romantic would waste time over studies, when there is romance to be pursued?
I am 20 and have been in a relationship for the past two years. My boyfriend stays in the adjoining building. At times, I've seen him entering the building accompanied by other girls. His parents are working, so he is alone at home most of the time. When I confronted him, he said that the girls are his friends who come home to study. My friends tell me that he is a playboy, but I never believed them. What should I do?
— Troubled 20
I guess he’s a teacher, a professor, more likely a guru. Perhaps he has his own cult. I’m told if you have your own cult, you can claim tax deductions. I think it’s a little fishy. Girls come and go, you are never invited, do the math, this Guru is good. Teach him a lesson: start a little study group of your own.