Dear Diana, I'm a 20-year-old college student and have fallen for a 19-year-old girl. The only trouble is she is my sister's friend. Both of them are very close to each other. And I don't think my 23-year-old sis will approve of what I feel for her best pal. On the contrary, I'm afraid she'll advise her friend to reject me as a friend. This is so because my sister and I aren't always on good terms. Most of the time we spend together is either lost in argument or in absolute silence. She keeps on nagging me about studying and what to do and what not to do, even more than my parents do. With this background, I'm finding it very weird to show courage and let her friend know what I feel about her. What do I do? - Manish
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Dear Manish, At your age siblings fighting with each other is common. Each one thinks the other person is irritating and get on each other's nerves. If you are really interested in her, you have to make the first move. Make the girl aware of your feelings for her. I am sure your sis, who is close to her, must have told her about your fights with her. If she is mature enough, she will want both of you to bury the differences and start anew. Be considerate towards your sister, she is older to you. She knows what is right and wrong, so she is guiding you. And remember at this age studies are the most important thing in your life.