My son loved Shahrukh Khan when he was a kid. Once I mentioned I had graduated the same time Shahrukh Khan did, and from the same city. Son who was four and half then, wanted to know "What did he tell you to tell me?"
Yesterday Son said some classmates were trying smoking in the school washroom. I resisted the urge to pounce "Did you join them?" He continued, "I wonder what it feels like."
He is sixteen, and he has seen a chain smoking tuition teacher cough and wheeze.
He knows his parents are health obsessed and they have never smoked. Not even tried.
He has been told:
We have never been curious about smoking, we feel there are far healthier things to be curious about;
We heart our lungs;
Healthy and strong guys look macho, smokers are NOT cool (or hot, whatever...);
Gymming is cool, smoking is so not.
Normally when my kids tell me their friends are doing something like, driving without license, missing classes, buying clothes/shoes/etc, eating out, using better cell phones, it only means one thing, that they also want to do the same.
Son hasn't been a Shahrukh fan for years now, in fact I am the Shahrukh fan in the family, so maybe Ramadoss means Shahrukh fan's children are at a risk of being influenced by King Khan smoking inside his make up van ;)
PS Somebody advise me on what to say to make sure this fast growing young man never smokes. Do I try this advise on Aaarti's blog?