Sunday, September 23, 2012
There are so many emotions that dwell in me, some come and go, some have a permanent base and some just like to amble around a bit. They make me feel complete and close to being a human being who is flowing and not monotonous. But I dread the coming of one, “Helplessness”. Though it doesn’t come often but when it does, it leaves so many unanswered questions, unfilled voids and a dreadful silence.
Last night I went to the living room to find some magazines needed for reference for an article. I was taken aback to find my family teary eyed in front of the television. The show “
India’s got talent” was being
aired. A girl of no more than 5 was balancing herself on the rope without
giving much attention to the audience or the judges. She was determined and gritty,
much oblivious to whatever was happening around her. After completing her act,
she stood silently without any change of expression. Her face was cold and
devoid of the child like free spirit. The whole audience burst into applaud but
it did nothing to bring even a faint smile on her face. She was just there to
do her work like she has been doing it since she began to crawl or speak in
every nook and corner of the country.
My heart was silently weeping watching the little girl lose her childhood. If you ask any person that which period of their life is most memorable to them, a lot of people will definitely point out childhood. The time when we are carefree and have the liberty to believe and dream anything without planning about the money that would go into it. We can live without worry yesterday and tomorrow and just be in present.
Every day we see thousands of children on the streets living a life which even animals don’t deserve. We ignore it and become naive about the reality until one day when it comes face to face, leaving behind nothing but Helplessness.