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Mani Shankar Aiyar

Mani Shankar Aiyar
Jitender Gupta
Mani Shankar Aiyar
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Eighteen was the discovery of Liberty.
And, alas, of Responsibility.
Liberty from school schedules
And Prefects and Monitors and all things grim,
And NEVER having to go on to a sports field again.
Responsibility—to oneself
And one’s hopelessly uncertain future.

Liberty to cut classes
And head out to stir a doleful cup of coffee
While summoning up the courage
To greet the vaguely-met girl at the next table.
Eighteen was when she brightly called out, “Hi, Mani”
And the guy behind muttered,
“Killer, yaar”!

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