JournalismPakistan.com November 21, 2013
Okay, I am good at keeping secrets. I cannot stand people who break the code and spill stuff you tell them in confidence. Me, I am like Tutankhamun's tomb, silent and deep and capable of hiding it all.
But I am not a cold storage and off and on the urge to share rises to the fore. Which is completely different from spilling the beans. So, like you know my younger daughter has told me something and said don't tell anyone, you promise and I say, what do you take me for, of course I won't. And she says, you sure?
So she tells me and then I sit on it like a hen on an egg but eggs hatch and then my elder daughter and I are driving and I need to fill in the silence and so I sort of give a little hint, a kind of a mini hint, nothing major and she says Priyanka told you, right, even though she promised, you cannot keep anything secret.
And then we agree not to let her know that we know rather than I know. That night my wife and I are whizzing to a party miles away because now we all live miles away from each other; and I have to say something and I tell her she has to promise not to tell the kids that I told her and she says pinky swear and I say guess what and I sort of give her a gist of it, not all, just enough to connect the dots.
And then a day later she does the same with the girls and Nandini comes storming in and says, you told Mom, you promised, how could you?
I did not.
I am like Tutankhamun's tomb, I never blab.
Now, we all know we know except we don't really know.
(The writer is a Senior Editorial Advisor of Khaleej Times and the paper’s former Editor. He has also been the Editor of Gulf News, Gulf Today, Emirates Today and Bahrain Tribune)
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