“Aw!! This is so embarrassing!” Darling daughter exclaims.
“What is?” I quiz.
Although almost anything could embarrass a teen. Parents comments, teacher’s scolding’s or friends’ gaffes.
“Oh it is this chapter we are studying in Bio…”
Aha. The light dawns. There is only one chapter in Biology that embarrasses like nothing on earth. But I decide to play the innocent.
“Aw this Reproduction system …..! Gosh I sure feel funny.
Instantly I was transported decades back to my class 10 lesson on human reproduction. Our biology teacher was a rather youngish but very stern Muslim gentleman.
So with a dead pan face he droned on about the male genital organs, the female genital organs and how reproduction takes place. It was all so cut and dried despite the few tittering from the back benches.
And yes I was embarrassed as I stared down at my desk top.
Finally after an eternity the lesson came to an end. “So that is it. Any questions?” Sir asked.
From the back benches a fellow rose up. “I have a question Sir.”
Lord!! My heart sank.
He was one of the gunda elements of the class. Rich man’s spoiled child who was forever up to some mischief or other.
There was a long, if I may say, pregnant pause in the class room. I think now that Mr. Naqvi was thinking of evading the query. Finally he seemed to have come to a decision.
“Well Pankaj, what is it?” he said a bit testily.
“Sir consider this scenario. I go for a swim in the swimming pool.” He paused dramatically. “Naked.” He added knowingly.
“After that another girl comes and swims in the same swimming pool. Naked”
Sound of titters filter through.
“Now my question is sir, with the said girl get pregnant.”
Mr. Naqvi cleared his throat. “My dear Pankaj. She will most certainly not.”
“Oh sir , are you sure. There might be a thin chance.”
“No.” Mr. Naqvi said with emphasis, “and you don’t go swimming naked in the pool in anticipation.”
At that there were a few nervous guffaws from around the class.
I related the incident to my daughter. “So were there any wisecracks and funny questions?”
”No nothing of the sort. Everybody knows all that. But you see at least we girls know about menstruation and all…”
“Yes that is there. So what embarrassed you?”