I was taken to this Italian film in my native home and it was really touching as I was about Mirella's age.Thoughts of boys and their reaction on us girls were varied amongst my school chums (all girls).We had some knowledge of human conception and I remember the scene when Mirella or the friend asked the adult whether sitting on the toilet seat could cause a pregnancy. The audience did laugh. After the film I tried to write the story in full,but with difficulties with transition from Tamil to English in Form 1 as was then in the 1950s. My prowess in writing did not take off. Vittorio de Sica was a well known director and his films notably Bicycle Thieves were a huge hit and his films were shown in the smaller cinemas in my city, and at Film Festival events.