SO YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND PROB­LEM...

Oh no... you broke your BFF's favourite necklace/want her ex/hate her guts! Be­fore you hit the panic but­ton, read this check­list from fel­low Cosmo read­ers for an in­ter-friend-tion!

Cosmopolitan (India) - - YOU, YOU, YOU - By Priyam Chaturvedi

GFs are awe­some! They're the ones you share movie marathons and mar­gar­i­tas with, dis­cuss (end­lessly) why that guy hasn't called, and the only ones who un­der­stand how 'this black dress' is sooo dif­fer­ent from 'that' one. But some­times, even the best bonds run into trou­ble, threat­en­ing to ruin your re­la­tion­ship. We're not gonna let that hap­pen, which is why our panel is here to help fix even the most daunt­ing pal prob­lems!

PROB­LEM 1

YOU BOR­ROW HER PRICEY DRESS... AND STAIN IT!

RHEA - "Send it to the clean­ers and tell her (don't keep it a se­cret)."

AMBICA - "I'd take it to the clean­ers and do what­ever I can to re­move the stain. Only when it's stain-free will I tell her that I dropped a re­mov­able some­thing on it!"

NEHA - "Try re­mov­ing the stain, but if it doesn't hap­pen, re­turn the dress along with an­other one as a present."

PROB­LEM 2

YOU LIKE HER EX

AKRITI - "If the guy clearly re­cip­ro­cates, I'd gauge if she has com­pletely moved on or not be­fore go­ing any fur­ther. If not, there is an un­doc­u­mented law against love tri­an­gles with a dear friend, so I'd run miles away."

AMBICA - "This is for­bid­den ter­ri­tory for me, no mat­ter what the rea­son for the breakup. So I'm go­ing to sup­press my feel­ings till they die!"

PROB­LEM 3

SHE’S GOT A NEW BFF

NEHA - "Pri­or­i­ties change with time for ev­ery­one. I'd un­der­stand. How­ever, if she in­ten­tion­ally dis­tances her­self, I'd talk things out!"

RHEA - "Wish her well! Just be­cause there's some­one new in her life doesn't mean you'll lose your BFF sta­tus."

AMBICA - "I'd 'joke' about how it both­ers me that I'm be­ing re­placed. If that doesn't work, I'll just be hon­est about it be­fore jeal­ousy creeps in."

PROB­LEM 4

YOU BOTH WANT THE SAME SHOES/GUY/JOB

BAR­SHA - "I will let her have it and hunt for a bet­ter one!"

NEHA - "I'm happy to be stiletto twins or col­leagues. Friends make the best peers, any­way. As for want­ing the same guy, de­pends on who the guy wants. If none of us are lucky enough, we'll gig­gle to­gether!"

AKRITI - "Shoes can be shared, guys shouldn't be. I'd let him go, as there is plenty of fish in the sea. About the job, may the best woman win."

PROB­LEM 5

SHE NEEDS A STYLE CHANGE

AMBICA - "Say, 'I'm bored of my style and need a change'. Then visit the mall and sug­gest you both get makeovers."

BAR­SHA - "Gift her vouch­ers from great fash­ion stores and go shop­ping to­gether so you can sug­gest out­fits."

PROB­LEM 6

SHE’S DAT­ING AN A-HOLE

RHEA - "Tell her! I'd ad­vise her to have fun for a while, if she likes, but not to con­sider it se­ri­ously."

NEHA - "Be hon­est with her. There is no other op­tion. As a friend, it's your job to warn her if she is headed in the wrong di­rec­tion."

PROB­LEM 7

YOU’VE ACCIDENTALLY GIVEN AWAY HER SE­CRET

AMBICA - "There's no way out of this. Own up im­me­di­ately, and em­pha­sise that it was not in­ten­tional. She'll take time trust­ing you again, but so be it."

NEHA - " Oops! Make an hon­est con­fes­sion in­stead of ly­ing about it".

AKRITI - "Apol­o­gise! Yes, it will cause rip­ples, but she'd much rather hear it from you rather than a third per­son."

PROB­LEM 8

YOU’RE AL­WAYS PAY­ING FOR HER MEALS

RHEA - "Be­fore you head out with her, ca­su­ally men­tion that you'd like to go dutch."

NEHA - "Frankly, if it causes more dam­age to my pocket than I can bear, I'd ac­count for it and let her know her share. Al­ter­na­tively, I'd of­fer to keep it a stan­dard ar­range­ment of split­ting bills equally when­ever we go out to­gether."

AMBICA - "Next time we go out and the bill comes, I'd ask her if we can split it as I'm fall­ing short."

PROB­LEM 9

SHE’S LY­ING TO YOU

AMBICA - "I hate lies, so I'd be the one to bring it up, thus giv­ing her a chance to come out with it."

NEHA - "Con­front her pri­vately. Tell her you don't like be­ing lied to, and would rather keep things trans­par­ent, re­gard­less of the con­se­quences."

Ni­cole Richie and Paris Hil­ton

should have read this ar­ti­cle!

Jennifer and Courteney are very close (and clearly know the rules of good friend­ships)

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