*Fiction with truth touching our lives
Before going into the story I want to mention two things that were repeatedly tossing up in my mind for past two days as I was preparing to write for this week:
- An old song : “Duniya mein kitna gum hain, mera gum kitna kam hai” which translates to ‘there is so much grief in the world mine is nothing compared to it.’
- Take off those rose glasses when you see the world, stop using magnifying glasses when you look at your own life.
Now going into the story:
I was reading the newspaper and hurried through all the headlines so as to hand it over to my brother who stood there staring at me sipping his coffee as if saying, “delay it by one more minute and you will have it from me”. I gave the paper to him but kept the entertainment supplement with me to read it at leisure. After being done with the day I decided to let my hair down with my favourite read “Entertainment News”. As I was turning the pages I found an advertisement featuring my favourite actress. Oh! I simply couldn’t take my eyes off her, she looked mesmerizing. After a few seconds of trance I resumed reading, rather noticing the advertisement. It read “Live My Life For Seven Days“. It was a contest wherein the contestants are supposed to fill in a caption and send their entries. Among all the entries only the best three were to be selected and would be given a chance to meet the superstar. And one among those three will get a chance to live the life of a superstar that too for one entire week. “What luck!” I thought to myself. “Why can’t that luck be yours?” my heart questioned me and made me pick up a pen, put my brain to exercise and at last I scribbled a caption which was nothing but my feelings decorated with words. Then I slipped into deep slumber with head full of imagination and eyes crowded with dreams. I could see myself there surrounded with nothing but beauty and ecstasy. Big brands running after me, I was adorned with the most fashionable clothes that enhanced my beauty, I was the talk of the town – many adoring me, many more jealous of me, but I was there to stay. Oh what a dream it was! About a month of posting the caption I got the news that I was among the best three, in fact I was better than the best and I would get a chance to live my dream now. My excitement knew no bounds. What else I could ask God for?
Soon the D-day arrived and my journey to the La-La land begun. It seemed all glossy at first glance. But soon I discovered that only the surface is made to look beautiful but underneath it, it’s all hollow. Soon I had lost my freedom – freedom to move about freely lest paparazzi would follow me; freedom to eat whatever I wanted to eat to heart’s content lest I will put on those extra pounds and won’t fit into my branded wear; freedom to talk freely lest I would be misinterpreted, misquoted and misrepresented for the TRP business. There were tabs all around and on everything. And the worst thing was that I was reduced to a mere “product” that comes with a shelf life. My brain, my heart, my emotions had no place and never mattered. It was all about “Face” and “Show”. ‘Is this the life of a superstar?’, I questioned and felt cheated.
At the end of the seventh day when I shed those high-end fashionable wear and came back to my common “street” fashion I heaved a sigh of relief. I had realized one thing perhaps the most important lesson of my life:
- When we look at others’ lives we choose to see only the seemingly beautiful and better aspects. We don’t get into the skin of matters like their hardships and their efforts. We are only concerned about the sweet lies and beautiful images but the bitter truth always scares us away.
- Not only do we constantly keep an eye on how’s life shaping up when it comes to others be it our neighbors, friends or relatives but also we end up giving a royal ignore to the good things we have been blessed with – A loving family, supporting friends, health, a comfortable shelter over head, freedom to do petty things that give happiness in true sense and literally many more things that are intangible.
- If comparison has to be the essence of life then it must be drawn with less fortunate ones as it could prompt us to thank God before we curse it .
- Happiness is not in a highly priced product but a valuable one. For example, a dinner plate priced worth thousands might not give the same happiness as a loaf of bread when you are hungry. Hope the difference is clear!
At the end of the story I would like to say one thing, as humans we have a tendency of living in deception that whatever others have must be better as compared to our possessions. We don a constant pair of rose glasses through which we fail to see the blistering heat that is panning lives. Meanwhile we have this constant frown 😞 on our faces when it comes to analyse our lives. Never happy because the happiness is too small compared to our problems which according to us are bigger than what anyone else have and here to stay forever for we are the most unfortunate, isn’t it?
Think about it and if possible ‘Take Off Those Rose Glasses’.