Have you ever killed another human being?

Yes, I have killed a human being.

It was the evening of 21st November 2009. I was jumping with my trophy around

the house! I had won it for a young writer competition that day, held at

an interschool level. Although I had already started writing short stories and poems

at online sites under the pen name: Vani…this was still very special for

me…because this was going to earn me recognition!

I was super excited and was waiting for my father to return from work! He is a

heart specialist at a renowned hospital in Delhi.

As soon as I saw his car drive into the driveway...I rushed to greet him at the door.

He handed me his bag, loosened his necktie...and went to sit on the sofa.

My younger brother Akshay brought him water, and my mother brought tea with

biscuits. He had just sipped the tea when he saw me all jumpy and asked me, "why do you look so happy?"

To which my face lit up. I showed him the trophy and gave him my biggest smile!!

He examined the trophy…and asked, "what did you get it for?"

"For the young writer competition!!" I replied, beaming with joy.… "I secured the

first position papa and a small contract in which my next ten poems and short

stories would be published in a popular youth magazine! And tomorrow we have

to go to Rohini to make my registration. I mean, wow, Papa!! I am so excited!! I

have even decided the pen name...that I would use to write my stories: Vani!! And

dad..." but my dad cut me short.