Keeping a secret

Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
Benjamin Franklin (1706 – 1790)

How right Benjamin Franklin was – and why not? After all, he was an intelligent man. Ask a woman and she would say ‘intelligent man` is an oxymoron. For those of you who don`t know Benjamin Franklin…he was the guy who invented bifocals, lighting rod, Franklin stove, and odometer.

Even as I sit in front of my computer I carry with me a huge secret. Had it not been for the strength of my character I would have revealed it to the public by now and made a fool of myself. But we Maduraites are born strong and determined and don`t give in to pressure. If you don`t believe me ask my Reporting Manager at work…whatever pressure tactics she uses, I always deliver beyond the due date.

I have always loved keeping secrets. There was this incident which happened when I was in class seven. A very studious, so-called Tam Bram class mate of mine walked up to me and said: “Can you keep a secret?”

“Sure. I can.”

“Nahh. I doubt if you can.” My classmate didn`t seem impressed by my convincing.

“Serious. Did you know that I am actually the Spiderman?”

“No. I didn`t know,” my friend looked surprised.

“That`s the extent to which I can keep secrets.” I think I made a mark with that statement.

“Are you serious? Are you the Spiderman?” I could see respect for me in my friend`s eyes.

“Yes.”

“Wow…I have always wanted to meet Spiderman.” Even as he was saying this sentence my classmate was holding my hand and feeling it. Maybe to check if Spiderman was a flesh-and-blood man.

“Are you convinced enough to tell me the secret?” I persisted.

“Well, here is the secret ….My father told me. He works for Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) and is privy to some of top-level, classified information.”

“Wow…now what is this secret?”

“The secret is…the Indian Government has hidden a Nuclear bomb in the Indian Ocean. Including you, me and my father only six people know – so please keep it to yourself.”

My classmate did sound honest. Nuclear bombs were important too…otherwise America wouldn`t have dropped just two of them in Japan and kept the other 2482 nuclear bombs for themselves. I decided to keep the secret.

I kept it closeted in my heart for 20 years. But then, even RAW de-classifies information after every 20 years. So, for those who don`t know yet…there is a nuclear bomb hidden in the Indian Ocean.

After 20 years of keeping the secret hidden in my heart…I still have a doubt…if only six people (which included his father, him and me) knew about the bomb being there…I gather the other three should have been the Indian President, the Indian Prime Minister and the Army General. What happened to all those who placed it under the Indian Ocean?

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