Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Change is the other name of life
Samrat had just passed his school and entered in an engineering college. He had never lived away from his parents. It was the first time, he was staying in hostel in MNIT, Allahabad which is far away from his hometown. It was the first time, he had tasted the food of his mess in last 2days. Not only because the food was pathetic but the mess timings were really strict and one cannot get food in nonworking hours. Every time, he missed a meal, he recalls the time when his mother woke him, made the best of the food and fed him properly. He really find it hard to adjust. Big room at home was replaced by twin sharing hostel room, mother’s call was replaced b y an alarm clock, no more food in odd hours, restrooms are shared by everybody in the hostels. He becomes very homesick and does not like to mix with people. Every fortnight, whether he got a chance or not, he went to home. Time passed, and after spending 1 semester like this, he begun to enjoy the hostel life. He made the friends, watched late night shows at the theatre, eat outside as much as he wants, sleep till noon without anyone disturbing him. Whenever his college got closed and he went to home, he felt college sick. No late night sleeps, no more night shows, internet was replaced by the tv soaps, junk food was replaced by roti and dal. Time passed like this. He made a lot of friends, got a campus from his college, enjoyed the life as much as he can in all these 4 years, there is hardly an class in final year he attended and hardly any night he had slept in final year. His gang used to sleep during the day time.
Finally, time passed and he joined Capegemini in Mumbai. Life this time was very different. He used to travel 2 hours every day from his flat to his working place. His life become like that. At 6, he woke up, got ready and after changing local 2 times, managed to reach an office at 9. He worked till 6 and finally reaches home at around 8. After having dinner, hardly any energy left to do anything and most of the time, he catches sleep at couch only. Corporate life was very different from his expectations. Time and sleep had now become a priceless luxury. Weekends were also wasted in office work. Alarm clock was now replaced by the constant buzzing of boss’ voice in his ears. Expenses were more than earnings. Pizza in evenings and Vaadapav in the morning was almost become his life. After 6,7 months, when he began to adjust and started enjoying life, his parents started asking him about the marriage. For 2 years, he was successful in making excuses but at the end give up. His parents successfully convinced him. He also thought , how long will he survive on double burst pizza.
Soon, his status changed from single to married on facebook. After his honeymoon period is over that lasted for around 1 year, he soon began to think marriage as another shock. He become a football now. Not because of cheese burst pizza but because of regular kicks by his manager and wife. His wife wants him to do shopping on weekends, his boss wants him to work without anybody realizing what he wants. His liberty to stare madly at sexy girls was no more. Movies, these days become very hard to concentrate on. Boss buzzing was now replaced by the early morning scream of her newly born daughter demanding for the milk.
He was transferred from Mumbai to Delhi and next week, he planned to leave the Mumbai. He was lying amidst the tension of going to new city, transfer of his child in new school, new house and so on. He went deep into the introspection of his life. He thought that such transitions are indispensable part of everybody’s life and how hard one can try, he will not escape from them. After all, it is life. Everybody among us face this cultural shocks in day to day life. Some in form of marriages, some in form of job switch, some while transiting from school to college, some while passing through from college to job , some while moving from their hometowns and so on. He thought that change is the only thing constant in our life. So, we should welcome changes and face them as challenges. Without them, life will become too drudgery and monotonous. He spare no excuse to motivate himself.
He was watching the sky lying on the couch in the balcony. His wife was trying to entertain their daughter. Perhaps, he had fallen into sleep although his eyes were open or just woke up.