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Paradox of time

A friend of mine recently commented on Facebook – “is dancing alone and was reminded of those days when you had people around and not much possibility and not much places to go dance… Now, have both the possibility and places to go, but miss the people and the kinda dances.. 🙂 😦 – Life goes in cy…cles…!!! 🙂 thankyou Lord for the learnings in both the times :)”

This happened around Diwali. I was looking out from my balcony the day after Diwali and I saw a teenager and his grandfather come out of their ground floor apartment to burst some crackers. I watched the youthful exuberance. The teenager was really excited. He placed his collection of crackers on the ground and set about lighting & bursting them joyfully. His folks were watching from their balcony and he was showing them the stuff. 

This set me thinking. I could immediately connect with this. I had done this many times. When I was young, I would take out whatever little pocket money/earnings that I had and buy firecrackers around the Malayalam festival of Vishu. I would get up early in the morning to burst them. I really got excited with the names like “Atom Bomb”, “Garland Bomb” etc. Those days I always wished I had more money to go and buy crackers. I would dream of the day when I would earn a good salary and buy enough crackers to satiate my urge. Some of the thoughts were also fuelled by my uncle, a merchant navy officer, who on his numerous vacations from work, would go and buy crackers with the most exotic of the names.

Now, in reality, I am working and can afford to buy a lot of crackers, but the reality is – I don’t do those anymore. Ever since I heard about “children being employed in these factories”, I took a conscious decision not to burst crackers anymore.

This situation seemed to be true for most things in life. The days we would go out for a drink and share a bottle of beer around cause we could not afford one each. Now all of us can afford to throw a party, but we hardly meet…………………. back to my friend’s post – “is dancing alone and was reminded of those days when you had people around and not much possibility and not much places to go dance… Now, have both the possibility and places to go, but miss the people and the kinda dances”

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