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Survival Strategies

Suhel Seth has an unconventional take on personal problems — and their solutions

I have been in love with a man for four years now and a few weeks ago I came to know that he has been married all this while. I love him a lot and feel devastated. His wife has been calling me every night, abusing me on the phone. I don't know what to say. She doesn't believe that I didn't know that the man I loved was also her husband. I am going crazy. What do I do?

Name and address withheld

You have nothing to worry. You are just like so many of our banks who too don't do any basic form of KYC (know your customers), which is why my good friend Anirudh Bahl of CobraPost keeps busting them in benign sting operations. My suggestion is ignore this woman: she too is like some of our banks but in her case she does not KYH (know your husband): in fact you should turn the tables on her: tell her the following: a/ her husband has told you he was never married b/ he was virgin till he met you and c/ he believes (until he met you) most women were uncaring: all of this will make her feel so miserable that she will never call you again.

My friend is a compulsive liar. He means no harm, but he can't stop himself. Everyone makes fun of him and he often gets into trouble. I tried to talk him into seeking help but he took offense. He hasn't spoken to me ever since. I don't know how to help him. Please help.

Name and address withheld

Just suggest his name to some political parties because now that the elections are near they will need someone with this amazing trait. Once you do that, your friend will surely be elected, given how gullible the Indian voter is and post that you will never need to worry either about him or where he now lives. You will also do the country a great service by mentioning the name of someone who will be consistent with some of his colleagues either in Parliament or in some Assembly. So there...

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