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I liked my class­mate a lot. We talked and laughed to­gether a lot. But, in the fol­low­ing aca­demic year, she didn’t talk much and would just stare at me in class. What does it mean?

You should grad­u­ate to the next class, PR. Talk­ing and laugh­ing, doesn’t mean she’s in love with you. Talk­ing and laugh­ing, (ac­cord­ing to the physi­cist Steven C Cut­ter) means talk­ing and laugh­ing. I knew a girl at of­fice when I was much younger — keep in mind, In­dia used to have of­fices then — who, while laugh­ing at a joke she thought I made, poked me in the ribs. This ‘poke’ was no proof of love. In fact, the poke was ex­actly that — a poke. My God, how my rib still hurts, from her poke. Luck­ily for you, she’s still star­ing at you, which means she’s not com­pletely off the mar­ket. Why don’t you act on her stare, and ini­ti­ate some talk­ing, fol­lowed by some laugh­ing, but no jok­ing? Get back to the old ‘stage’ first. Build up con­fi­dence, and take it from there.

I am 20 and my boyfriend loves me. At times, he gets pos­ses­sive and says if I don’t marry him, he will do some­thing wrong to me. He then starts cry­ing. His be­hav­iour wor­ries me a lot. What should I do? SR

SR, love makes peo­ple do stupid things, Shah Ja­han built the Taj Mahal fac­ing the wrong way, as a tribute to how much he loved him­self. The Ger­man Chef Her­mann Swartz in­vented fried ham to im­press his girl­friend, who, be­ing a strict veg­e­tar­ian, left him im­me­di­ately. Your boyfriend’s be­hav­iour is sim­i­lar to an an­gry fouryearold Mon­i­tor Lizard dur­ing mat­ing sea­son. He can’t threaten you and then switch to cry­ing. It means his hor­mones and his priorities are all over the place. In my pro­fes­sional opin­ion, he’s reach­ing male menopause — for the sec­ond time. Treat him like the in­fant he is. Feel free to in­volve his par­ents if his tantrums con­tinue.

I am in love with a girl who is my class­mate. The prob­lem is, she be­longs to a very rich family and I be­long to a mid­dle­class family. She knows that I love her but she's not tak­ing the ini­tia­tive to marry me, be­cause her family wants her to marry some­one who matches their fi­nan­cial sta­tus. I feel guilty and bad for not be­ing rich enough. I don't want to lose her be­cause of mon­e­tary rea­sons. What


should I do?

Con­fused soul

Mr Con­fused, if the girl wants to leave you be­cause you are not of the ‘right’ fi­nan­cial sta­tus, can you please leave her im­me­di­ately, for­ever? Lovers can be de­mand­ing. Nor­mal de­mands can be met, such as (a) please clean the cy­cle seat af­ter us­ing it, (b) not to keep pic­tures of Kim Jong Un in the bed­room, and (c) to give up eat­ing upma and poha in pub­lic. How­ever, this fi­nan­cial de­mand is like ex­tor­tion. Would you like to be mar­ried to an ex­tor­tion­ist?

I would pre­fer a con­tor­tion­ist. If you don’t match their fi­nan­cial stan­dards, tell her what Ham­let said to his un­cle, “To hell with you sis­ter!”


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