Why Are We Such Cowards?
Serious (read "social") issues, Tushar tells me, no one is interested in.
Probably yes, he is right.
At the maximum, we people talk; talk a lot, for that matter. Rarely beyond that.
No particular reason for choosing this title, it just came spontaneously, and can be put in the stack of those "WH" questions whose answers we don't have(or rather, don't want to face!).
But yes, something ironical, which I notice many a times.
In my college, in the canteen area there are four shops, Amul one, Nescafe one, Juice one and the Verka one. The former two have small kids working there.
Now, also exists this program called "Pratigya" in my college, where engineers humbly contribute their bit to the society by teaching small kids.
Sometimes, funny things happen. The other day a girl standing with me couldn't drink her glass of juice because she saw the kid putting crushed ice in it!
She was like, "His hands were black black" et al.
We talk about making a difference, yet we fail to accept.
And this "we" I’m mainly using for people I am acquainted with, college going people, the quintessential "youth" of our country.
What stops us from accepting everything and being hardcore hypocrites?
Today, I was having a chocolate shake, when I saw this small kid sitting there and looking at everyone.
I wanted to get one for him, but, imagine, I asked my friend if she would hand it over to him, I was hesitant that much!
And, my friend was no different!
Then I had to ask another friend to perform the task, and the shop waale aunty and uncle were talking about it amongst themselves!
Why I was a coward in asking him what he wanted (I just ordered what I was having), why was I such a coward in talking to him?
Why are we such cowards?
A Rs.10 chocolate shake, we don't even come to know where 10 rupees go lying in our bags or dirty jeans, yet we are cowards in sharing that shake, it’s not that we are too stingy with the money; it’s just that we lack that ounce of guts!
A love story will be read by everyone, passed around, yet, "serious-social" issues are found to be boring (not by everyone, we cannot give up all the hope, but still, by "general" means and standards, yes), why?
Because, they need an effort, not that much of it, but still, we are modern-have-to-balance-everything-advanced-ambitious youth of India.
- Tamanna Kakkar