06 December, 2020

Chetan Bhagat

AFP (From Outlook 04 November 2013)
Chetan Bhagat

To me, eighteen is the start of freedom, but also the start of responsibility. Eighteen means consent. Eighteen is the right to marry anyone. Eighteen is the right to select your leader. Eighteen is the right to leg­ally enter a theatre to watch an ‘A’ rated movie (even though most of us have already watched one by this stage). Eighteen is being allowed to drive.  While these things may not mean much to older people, trust me, when you’re 16, you want nothing more than to grow up and get all these rights bestowed on you.

When I was below 18, I used to wonder what it was about this magical number that all of a sudden you are a ‘grown-up’, and when below, you get the usual ‘abhi tum bacche ho’.

However, little do we realise the gravity of achieving this stage—or adulthood. In some ways, becoming 18 sucks too. It brings responsibilities that one can do without—you have to have a view on your career for instance. Or the fact that, from now on, nobody will pardon you for bad decision-making. After...



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