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If I knew then what I know now

A while ago Stephen Fry wrote a letter to his teenage self in G2. It was a wonderfully reflective piece, typically Fry-esque. It got me thinking. If you could talk to your teen self what would you tell her? Send your thoughts in a mail to ammania@gmail.com . Mention 'If I knew then what I know now' in the subject line. All letters will be posted in Lost in Post

Yes, that's me as an 18-19 year old.

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Comments

Shyam said…
AdayaLame theriyalai! Sure it's you? :)
Sri said…
Can you post a link to the Stephen Fry article?
ammani said…
Shyam, aiyo! It is indeed me...possibly at my thinnest.

Sri, the link's here http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2009/apr/30/stephen-fry-letter-gay-rights

Have also edited post to include link.
ummon said…
abhi, college pic!!! before or after the canada stint?
Nalla picture! Photographer yaaru? nalla edutturukkangale!
Madura said…
You look cool! :)
ammani said…
@Umm, you recognise the college uniform - Khadi kurta and black salwar! This was before Canada. Post, I was 9 kilos heavier :(

@Kalthoon, don't know who clicked. Konjam blurred-a illa?

@Madura, thanks-ba! Now write.
Anu Jayanth said…
lovely pic, Ammani.
Enakku oru unmai terinjaaganum ... Adhu eppadi unga post mattum June 21st nu date kaamikudhu ?? eadhavadhu time machine la poi idha post pannineengalaa ?? :))

Innikku June 14th thaane ...
deepa said…
At the risk of being shooed off your blog because I'm guessing you no like 'mush'-- you were darn cute at 18-19( which is it? 18 or 19? )Those dimples just got deeper eh:-)
Prude said…
Thats a lovely idea! Thanks :-)
Artnavy said…
my submission- something on those lines- rather long - so will only give a link

http://abouttimenow.blogspot.com/2006/10/then-and-now.html

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"Now that I'm fifty-seven",
My mother used to say,
"Why should I waste a minute?
Why should I waste a day

Doing the things I ought to
Simply because I should?
Now that I'm fifty-seven
I'm done with that for good."

But now and then I'd catch her
Trapped in some thankless chore
Just as she might have been at
Fifty-three or fifty-four

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(And I have to bite my tongue)
That if you mean to learn a skill
It's well worth starting young

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For fifty, I've begun
To do exactly as I please
Now that I'm thirty-one.

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