Thursday, 27 October 2016

Caught In a Box: An Imposed Dream

Don’t chase the butterfly. Mend your garden, let the butterfly come is what we have been hearing since our childhood. But do we really follow it? Do we really apply it in our lives? Or do we just follow others like a hoard of sheep? Let’s start from the time we enter the school. Everyone wants to top the class with 99%, which seems to be the first step of the ladder to success. As we grow old, “Padhoge likhoge toh banoge nawaab, kheloge koodoge toh banoge kharaab”, comes into the scene! We are aware of the hypocrisy we are into, but, at last we surrender ourselves to practicality “the life” brings with it.

Half start to run behind FIITJI coaching and the other half just follow them. But, let’s not forget those who are not a part of either of the two halves, the dreamers a.k.a the back benchers. Nobody consider them the part of their group, not to forgot the envious eyes who secretly want a life like them, but the practicality of life caught them! They walk down the aisle of life on the ashes of their dead dreams, because the practicality of life caught them.

Then we enter 10th standard,with board exams (although the marking system has changed.) on its way, which has witnessed a series offaint sessions. Imagine the hot cooker the exam writers must be sitting in. Result, Murphy’s Law! What has to go wrong will go wrong, no matter how much we try. The thing that scared us the most is what we get, failure, why? Because of the pressure cooker we make for ourselves. How can we forget about what happens after we complete our education and get into a perfectly tailored job with well ironed shirt-pants, with air conditioned cubicle. Seems like a perfect factory which manufacture robots with pre-defined design and brains, conditioned to think 1+1=2! Ever thought it to be 11?

We fall but, then we start working towards the goal the practicality of life makes for us, even if we want to take a halt and take a breath to look backwards what we did wrong and what we did right, to embrace the achievements we earned and learn from the repentance we have. That is life, but that is not all the life is about. Live with strangers, live in the city that you are a complete stranger to, study whatever you want to, talk to the cab drivers, be-friend different nationality people, travel alone! Ah! A bit clichéd! But who cares?? If we can be caught by the practicality of life then why can’t we follow the clichéd break free life! If that is what will make us grow, then what’s the harm!

I know there are a lot of whats and hows, but don’t we all have loads of them in our “practical life”! I am staying in a different city, different region all together and that has brought me very far from what I use to be, a better person. Sounds so clichéd! But who cares?

Written by Ashna Garg
Ashna grew up in a jazzy town (where she felt she can never fit in), did graduation in economics (where she didn’t fit either) and she writes (where she finally started to feel like she fits in).

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