Don’t tell anybody that I told you, said my friend lowering her voice while we were having lunch in a hotel .
Seeing me laughing she got annoyed and asserted she was serious.
I just wondered whether you meant the secret you just shared or the source which is you, I said in the same vein.
Oh, now I know why you are laughing. I don’t mind if you share the secret with others without revealing the source, she clarified.
But then it will not remain a secret anymore because the ‘news’ is bound to spread like wild fire, I warned her.
But I am sure nobody will come to know the source, she averred.
Probably, for all you know they can make a guess, I teased.
I feel I shouldn’t have shared the secret with you in the first place, she said with regret.
I was only trying to provoke you. Don’t worry, I can assure you that your secret will be safe with me, I said patting her hand.
Thanks a ton for that, she said relieved.
Have you shared your secret with anyone else? I asked.
‘Yes, with a few close friends,’ pat came her reply.
Do you know something? I read somewhere that if the person cannot trust herself with what she considers a secret, how can she trust others with her secrets, I said.
What do you want me to do? She asked looking worried.
Learn to keep your secrets to yourself, I suggested.
n.meera raghavendra rao