Ideasmith, age 6
Dear Santa Claus,
Will you bring me a present too? I am not a Christian. But I say prayers in English in school and I know about Jesus Christ and Moses. I read about them in the Bible stories book. When I go home, I pray in Hindi or Tamil or Sanskrit and I also know about Murugan and Shiva and Rama. I read in Amar Chitra Katha.
Please bring me more books. Please make mummy like comics so she will let me read them.
Ideasmith, age 13
Sometimes I think I must be mad. But you will take care of me if I am, won’t you?
I know I’ll never be pretty but I wish at least one person would think I was.
Ideasmith, age 16
You are my best friend…my only real friend. Thank you for holding on for so long. This too shall pass and you will come out of it stronger. Just keep the faith.
Still I wish someone understood.
Ideasmith, age 21
Won’t you re-consider? Remember our old times? Please remember…because I’ll die if you don’t. I don’t want to think of a life without you.
I never wanted anyone or anything as much as I want us.
Ideasmith, age 24
Once and for all, there will be no more mistakes. Never again, never EVER again will a man hurt you. This is the last of it.
He will pay.
There’s no hurry. Life is long enough for paybacks.
I want justice.
Ideasmith, aged 26
This year I want to:
Take dancing lessons
Start the novel
Twenty years is a long enough time. From asking other people to make my dreams comes true to fulfilling my own wishes. There is a difference, though.
It is the difference between faith and confidence.