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Sunday , January 29 , 2012
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I am an 18-year-old boy and I recently dumped my girlfriend of two years. But she keeps on calling and texting me everyday. I never loved her, it was just an attraction that went on for too long. Now I want to move on. Please help me.

Name and address withheld

Help you with what? I am not the Government of India that I can stop this woman from being in communication with you: look son, this thing always spirals out of control and then just as easily settles itself. This woman will stop texting you once she finds some one else to text. Right now she is not doing it because she is clingy: she is doing it out of habit and to rile you and see, you ARE getting riled. Women are master manipulators at this game. They will string you along and mess up your mind long after they themselves have moved on. Why do you think we have so many clever women chief ministers in India and why do you think not one of them is married: they are smart enough not to let men come in their way...this one is also just like these women. So don’t get bothered and in the meantime find yourself a woman.

I love my best friend but she is already in a relationship. I conspired and broke them off a while back but they patched up again. Her parents like me a lot. If I leave her alone she gets miserable but she ignores the fact that I am in love with her. What should I do?

Name and address withheld

For starters tell her you love her. And love and friendship never go hand-in-hand. When you tell her you love her, the equation will change. But if you don’t open your mouth and instead trouble busy people like me, she will always assume you are just a friend, which is exactly what she is thinking. So, my suggestion is to begin by telling her you consider her more than just a friend. She will either buy that drivel and embrace you or will instead laugh it off and allow you to borrow her latest DVD. So, take this test and see what happens. If all else fails, we are always here to listen to your rubbish and prevent you from committing suicide!


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