Raghavan Writes

By the window,sat Raghavan of Grade III a sturdy little fellow  who was writing neatly in the middle of each page, making  small neat islands of written matter.He wrote a little jerked his hand twice, nudged his friend smiled and peered at the board.

When I entered the class later, Raghavan was wrestling with a rather soggy sandwich,after some regular niceties I said, you write so neatly but why are you writing in the middle of the page?

Raghavan shrugged in  reply just like that only, mam.Tell me,I persisted.

See the board, he said, Anu mam is writing in the centre only no. He was right,Anu had written in the centre of the black board and the sides were filled with some other routine details.

Mam writes in the middle only  and I also write like that only. He assured me with a smile.

But will you now start writing from the margin,I said. Ok,no problem…he agreed in hurry and turned back to his sandwich.


The story teller & Tamasha

What is life if its not a Tamasha? A continuous streaming of roles, till the time the curtain draws. In spite of  it being so isn’t it commendable that man is able to take the business of living so seriously even to the point of making others lives miserable.

The endless regulations and expectations  in the name of spiritual, religious or linguistic background of a person  on what he should wear,who he should talk to, what he should think,read,eat, enjoy etc  seriously  cripples his  natural brilliance.  Rousseau rightly remarked that man is born free, but in chains every where.Why do children have to bear the brunt of unfulfilled parental ambitions? Why isn’t there space in the society for the alternative? What is culture but shared human practices and memories?

There have been movies in Indian cinema which questioned the traditional rigour of living up to expectations  but Tamasha sets a new mile stone in terms of breaking a few existing frames. It allows an altogether fresh perspective of love,life and career.The nuanced performances of Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone make it a pleasurable watch triggering intense mulling and introspection.

There is nothing heroic about struggling with choices thrust on you if you are an Indian,most of us do that. If you are able to break free, then that’s something to talk about. When I ask students about their ambition they generally tell me of their desire to get a good job and settle down-settling down- implying marriage,own a flat, have 2 kids etc.

What Tamasha does is to stand out as a movie  that marks the coming of age of The Story teller, the new age protagonist and perhaps a new career option?