I hate Suchitra, I am not going to talk with her , declared my little grand daughter Preeti.
But isn’t Suchitra your best friend? I said knowing how close she was to her.
Not anymore, she fumed stressing on the negative.
But why? What has made you suddenly fall out with her ? Shall I talk to her or her mother, I offered albeit a little hesitantly .
No, she literally screamed. I f you do, I shall stop talking with you, she threatened.
Also I hate anyone interfering between us, she said adamantly.
You know there is a saying ‘there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics.’Like wise I am sure there are no permanent enemies among friends also, I ventured to suggest stressing on enemies.
Grandma, does the saying apply to relatives as well? She asked immediately.
I suppose so, I said not understanding what she had in her mind.
Then , why is that Aruna is strictly instructed by her mother to keep away from some of her relatives? she asked .
Though I was taken aback by her question or doubt , I thought for a while and said, ‘probably there is some reason behind it. But I feel one should not develop prejudice against anyone but learn to accept people as they are, be they relatives or friends,’ I said feeling my words would have sounded like a sermon to the youngster.
You mean have an Open mind ? she said.
You are spot on , I said hoping she would make up with her friend turned ‘enemy’ one day.
n.meera raghavendra rao