My teacher did not like my friends and told me they were not good friends, but my friends said they wanted to make me a better person, a finished-product. But my teacher doesn’t think so.
Hari Prasad, 18 years, Bangalore
Interviewed by Poorva Dinesh
Why did you decide to speak on friendship?
Because friendship is like a journey, which is very amazing. But friendship can be good and bad. The good thing is it remains until we are alive, and its bad when it…
It hurts when people cheat us.
Have you had serious fights with your friends?
Yeah, I have had a couple of fights with my friends. But those fights were very interesting. It’s a funny story. Those fights were over a teacher. My teacher did not like my friends and told me they were not good friends, but my friends said they wanted to make me a better person, a finished-product. But my teacher doesn’t think so. She thinks I am a very innocent guy and my friends are trying to use me.
We often fight with a close friend, and sooner or later we patch up. But, sometimes, we don’t. Has that ever happened to you?
No, it has never been like that. I must say this, my friends are very friendly and they patch up soon. Even when I commit a big crime, they always stand by me.
Can you give me an instance when you have done something bad and they decided to forgive you? The worst thing you have done…
I insulted one of my friends, and he was very angry with me.
How did you insult him?
I insulted this person(hesitates)…
It’s okay. You can tell me.
I told him I was jealous of him and he was a show-off. He is pretty…he is a “show-off guy”. He shows off whatever he has got. Whatever things he buys, he shows-off, he shows-off with girls. He says, “I have this”, “I have that”. So, I didn’t like it and insulted him.
You insulted him on his face?
And your friends got angry?
Why did they get angry? You didn’t insult your friends, right?
They were very close to him.
Were you really jealous of this boy? Looks like it…
Yeah, I was really jealous of him
Are you jealous of your friends? Say, a friend who is popular with girls, has nice clothes, goes out a lot.
Not just me, everybody gets jealous. Yes but I get pretty jealous.
How do you control your emotions? Or do you tell your friends that you are jealous of them and fight with them?
No, I don’t tell them. I just control myself.
What does love mean to you?
Love means…(pauses). Love is not just between boys and girls, it refers to loving our mother and father. It’s like a bond that keeps us together until we die. Even if there is a fight, it does not take too long to patch up.
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