As we got up to leave the room, my (rather tiny) teammate looked up at me. “God, why are all of you so much more taller than me?” I looked down at her, smiling at her pouting face.

“Don’t know, are we, or are you just shorter?” I replied, smirking.

“Yeah, dude, I think you’re the one who’s at the… short end of the stick here.” Said my other friend.

“All of you are height-cist.” My short associate replied. “None of you can experience the non-thin air I have down here in the troposphere.”

“Eh, we have other benefits.” I replied.

“Oh, what are they?” She challenged.

Well, to name a few…”


  1. You always end up at the back of the line.


  1. It is very difficult to find a good hiding place, for one or the other part of your body is always visible – either the toes or the hair.


  1. No matter how hard you try to stay in shape, you have to spend extra on the tailor as no garment seems to fit.


  1. Eye contact with short teachers never ends well.


  1. You have to smile at all weird comments thrown your way by unknown relatives.

  2. You can reach anything and everything on the top shelves that your friends can’t.

  3. It’s easy to look over a crowd.

  4. You’re almost always visible in pictures.

  5. You can play a mean game of basketball if you have the skill.

  6. The air’s better up here on a hot day.


“That enough?” I asked, chuckling.

“Touché.” My teammate replied. “Still, I’ll honestly have to start wearing shoes with heels if all of you keep growing to the height of a palm tree.”


                               – Mrinalini Jindal, Amity International School, Noida



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