But I know everything about everything," Mimi, a 15-year-old Bangalore girl, flips her ponytail, looking around to make sure all eyes are on her."Everyone I know has touched first base, at least." That's "kissing and necking", she explains to her parents.
While 66 per cent carry mobile phones to school, 47 per cent can't live without TV.Notes are regularly exchanged between girls after sexual encounters and discarded i-Pill packs are often found in the bathrooms of the posh convent she studies in."I'm sure you won't remain a virgin by the time you turn 18," her mother interjects tearfully. "I'm not stupid enough to get into trouble."Trouble is the one certain truth about her: she is a teenager.To Delhibased counsellor Gitanjali Kapoor, it's a cultural moment: "Constant exposure of different types of media is enhancing their inquisitiveness, encouraging them to question and stretch their boundaries."Not that the teens care. But to Taki, 19, a Delhi girl (who prefers to be known by her nickname like the rest of her peer group in this story), that's a gross underassessment: "Over 75 per cent of my classmates are not virgins".Some of them are into serious romance, some are "just FWBs" ("Friends With Benefits. just a convenience thing".) Some boys carry condoms in their pockets because they don't know when "they might get lucky".