“A 12 year-old boy hanged himself in the school toilet because he had failed some exams.”
“An 11 year old girl, who was a promising dancer and had appeared in a couple of television reality shows, also took her own life.”
These headlines in the newspaper disturbed Mansi. Why teenagers are giving up so easily? She thought.
Yesterday night, her sleep got interrupted as she heard some clamor. She could not resist peeping outside her window. Varsha, daughter of her neighbor returned from New Year’s party with some friends, come to that in drunken condition. She was not able to stand properly. Some of her male friends were supporting her. Her mother Shailaja was saying something, holding her daughter, which Mansi could not comprehend. Mansi looked at the watch. It showed 2 am. Going to bars, drinking & smoking and late night outing. Is this the only way to enjoy life for them? Is this modernity? Is this the real meaning of freedom? Mansi felt strained immediately.
She inexplicably, went to her teenage children’s room and felt extremely relieved to see them sleeping.
Mansi folded the newspaper. She felt blessed to have nice and disciplined children. But it was a big question. What is happening to the new generation? Thinking of teenagers and their parents is progressing to which direction? As teenagers are considered as the future of the nation and parents play a pivotal role in shaping the future of their children.