A spoilt didi..!
Didi was a stubborn student, said the old teacher from Kolkatta as she looked at me myopically. “What was she stubborn about?” I asked. “Water!” “Water?” “Yes, she always wanted more water than the others!” “More than the others?” “Yes if the other students came to school with a water bottle carrying six liters of water she would come next day with a water bottle carrying ten liters!”
“And?” “If a student drank a mouthful of water she drank two from the school tap!” “Was she capable of drinking so much?” “Well, fortunately for her, she was blessed with a big mouth!” “Yes,” I said, “That is something the whole of India knows! She indeed has one! But tell me more about the water.” “Well one day a classmate brought a huge water bottle!” “Bigger than hers?” “Yes, much bigger!” “So what did she do?” “She persuaded her father to send a water tanker to school!”
“A water tanker!” I said incredulously, “That must have taught the other girl a lesson!” “Not exactly!” “The other girl brought a bigger tanker?” “No, she challenged Didi, to a duel of water drinking at the school font!” “And who won?” I asked. “The other girl!” “This certainly must have been a bitter for Didi,” I chuckled. “It taught us a lesson!” said the old teacher of Kolkatta. “Didi went on strike!” “She did?” “She refused to come to school unless the other girl allowed her to win in another competition!” “So did she?” “Yes, we had to plead with the other girl, and Didi came back to school! But tell me,” asked the old teacher from Kolkatta, “Why are you asking me these questions?”
“Because your Didi did the same thing all over again,” I said, “If only you had been firm with her at school, a spoilt Didi would have gone to Bangladesh, signed the Teesta agreement and not embarrassed poor Prime Minister Manmohan Singh..!”