“Give me a bite of the apple” says 11 year old Shina to her 8 year old sister Tina who is happily munching on the apple she got as the Independence Day celebration refreshment from the school authorities.
“No” says Tina
“Ok then I would not bring you here, to my school the next year” threatens Shina
Tina, whose own school is far away, who always prefers accompanying Shina to her school rather than going to her own on special days like these, fearing the consequences that Shina just mentioned, hands over the apple to her sister for her to take a bite, without blinking an eye. Shina recognises that look on Tina's face as fear , feels guilty, but takes the bite nevertheless
20 years later, Shina still isn't free of that guilt. She still cries every time she remembers that helpless look on Tina’s face.