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This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are the results of my imagination or have been used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.


1. Vikram Asahaay

Vikram Asahaay, aged 16, was a brilliant student with an I.Q. well over 140. He lived Delhi, India. He used to secure more than 95% marks in all the academic subjects but was poor in Sports and co-curricular activities. Despite his academic brilliance, he lacked confidence. He was very shy and shirked human company. His behavior was a cause of concern for his parents who wanted him to be perfect. They failed to realize that it was this very desire of theirs that had caused all these behavioral problems. One of Vikram’s teachers had suggested that he should be encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities which would help him in overcoming his inhibitions and make him more confident. Vikram’s parents had always forced him to concentrate only on his studies. They never allowed him to watch Television or play with his friends. Whenever he was asked to participate in co-curricular activities, they sent an application to his class teacher that Vikram couldn’t spare time for such activities. He had to concentrate only on his studies. The members of the school management, where Vikram studied, expected him to bring laurels to the school by securing the highest percentage in the Delhi region, in the Class XII Board exams. So they never meddled with his demanding parents. As time passed by, Vikram’s over ambitious parents realized that in today’s competitive world ‘smartness’ and is more important than academic brilliance. And Vikram wasn’t half as smart as the sons of the people in their family circle. So, they wanted him to change his personality and weren’t willing to give him enough time.


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