Wednesday, July 13, 2005

thE wheeL spinninG backwardS

These days I started sleeping even when I am sitting in my chair. Not because I don’t have any bed to sleep. But my late-night-sittings had increased considerably and during day time, the smallest of the opportunity drives me to a nap.

Naps bring day dreams! What a discovery. Phew! Naps are a part of life. Great men said life is a journey. A journey which starts from the unknown and which ends in unknown. It ends where it started.

Our life starts with our birth, continues with our childhood, teenage, youth, middle-age and old-age and finally ends with our death. What if the order of life is reversed? That is, if our life starts with death and one fine morning ends with our birth! Sounds amazing (awkward) eh? We made this idea into a skit for our departmental annual cultural festival during engineering days. Fortunately or unfortunately it was me who wrote its screenplay and directed the stuff which in due course had shown it’s after effect as well. We could've started rotten egg business that day itself ;-).

One fine morning, you open your eyes hearing the thumping sound of a plow. Yeah it comes from somewhere above. It’s all darkness around and suddenly your womb (coffin) opens for the sunlight. Someone pulls you out from it and there starts your journey of life.

Now, the first cry! Well here the choice is yours. You can either cry or keep quiet like a "cho chweet" grandpa ;-)

You are taken to your home in a decorated vehicle with people around singing some songs. They call it elegy, you can call it lullaby. In your earlier stages of life, you are allowed to play with some small souls (your grand children) who are enjoying their last moments of life (yeah they are about to die)

Seasons passed and you entered into your middle ages. Today is the happiest day in your life. Today is the day you are going to retire (join?) into an organization. Today is the day you are going to stand on your own feet. Today is the day in your life on which you start a journey of boredom and monotony which may last for about 30 long years to come.

You don't remember when exactly you saw her for the first time. Was she there at the graveyard (your place of birth) when you were born? But one thing is sure, she was there with you through out your life, making food for you and consoling you during your hard times. Today, in a ceremony called marriage you are going to say good bye to her. Now onwards you are going to be alone. Bit painful right? If you want you can cry a bit (In normal life, after marriage the female is taken away from her family but here the male is taken away from his family!)

Wow! Life at college is cool! Life has been full of fun once you were thrown out from the company you were working, by a process called recruitment and started your college life with your convocation. Bunking classes, going for movies, go-karting, everything become a way of your life.

It is been quiet some time that you are studying. You had your post graduation, graduation, class 12, class 10 and had even done your KG. Academically there is nothing else to do now. What next? May be some peaceful life; the so called childhood; the best days of your life; without any worries; eating chocolates; crying for whatever coming your way.

But why clouds started hovering above your head. The day is nearing. It is inevitable. God hasn’t given you the choice to stop this. You are taken to the hospital. You are wrapped in white cloth. You are not able to move. You are not strong enough to stop them. You badly wanted to stop this. And you started crying. You struggle for your life. Darkness filling around; and finally, it ended...

This sentence struck me when I heard it for the first time. It goes like this. "When you were born, everyone around you was smiling and you alone were crying. Live a life in such a way that when you die, everyone else would be crying and you alone would be (smiling)". But to be frank I don't want this to happen. I prefer no one to cry for me when I die. After all, this journey called life is just about enjoying its each and every moment right. Then, why crying?

The phone rang and my nap got spoiled. To hell with the phone, I thought.

PS: The idea of the reverse sequence of life was first told by some eminent personality. I don’t remember his name. But still I am acknowledging that unknown author.


milo said...

truely i agree wid u..d idea is simply gr8!!hats off to d authur.
well evn ur script is vry narrative.
hp d life we gona face is yet more excitin n entertaining:-)

milo said...

truely i agree wid u..d idea is simply gr8!!hats off to d authur.
well evn ur script is vry narrative.
hp d life we gona face is yet more excitin n entertaining:-)

rahul said...

hey its amazing. i never thought of something like this.

Mirage said...

George Constanza...that's the guy who thought up the crazy idea of living backwards...its on my blog.

By the way, I wish i could 'live' your day dream!!

Jithu said...

> milo
:-) once life is in one's on hands..

> rahul

> mirage
thnx for reminding me his name. btw, can u gimme the link to that post in ur blog?

Kiran said...

hey buddy...mind if i try to get a collection of rotten eggs this semester??

the idea is great.[i mean,your article,not the rotton eggs]Congrats!

manu said...

wow jithu, that was cool. the way you put the whole story was great. me think you should day dream more.
but mirage, i think we should leave the stage to the performer. peeping in with this is from here and you can ask me for more is all too childish. (well this is just an opinion and not a title for debate. so if you dont agree, then sorry)

Jithu said...

> happy girl reshmi
for getting rotten eggs, do a skit in ur college festival. either ask me to direct it or u can try with some SOLID stuff :-)

btw as mirage said, its George Constanza who came up with that idea.. so.. :-)

> manu
thnx manu. but if i day dream more, then my studies.. :-(

divya said...

hey my first time here.....from my blog:-D......anyways nice place u've got here......i went thru ur prev posts u from CET!! cool!! and so true abt wat u said!! i remember havin read this somewhere else......but nice to see it in another person's u take care n cya arnd!!

Praveen said...

Very innovative thinking indeed. I used to watch this TV series called Seinfeld and in it one of its characters suggested something like this :)

Jithu said...

> divya
welcome! yes this is from George Constanza

> praveen
:-) it was associated with Seinfield too?? cool!

>|' ; '| said...

rotten eggs :D
this surely deserved roses instead. hw did u execute it on stage though :-?

Jithu said...

> poison
hmmm.. there was some problem with the sound. actually v didnt practice to speak in front of the mic, so the audience was not able to find out wt was actually happening in the stage.. ;-))

sanaja said...

interesting sure the play wouldve been unique...

But im glad life is the way it is now...

"Life has been full of fun once you were thrown out from the company you were working, by a process called recruitment"....good one!

MS said...

thats fascinating that dream exists,we could enjoy our lives.
then we could enjoy every moment of our lives,but not always it is around.

Mirage said...

I dont really hv a link to tht man, cz i got it on email. bt if u want i can mail it to u...

Jithu said...

> sanaja
it ws definitely unique, but the audience were the same ;-)))

> ms
nice to see u back.. thts it.. dreamz give us the hope to live!

> mirage
yes i wud definitely like to read it. is my mailid. can ya send it over?

Anonymous said...

nice concept... and you put it really well...

Deepu George V said...

Hi Jithu,
Thankyor for visiting my blog and leaving the comment.
I will be visiting your blog again.

Anonymous said...

ജിതു, ഞങ്ങള്‍ ബൂലോഗത്തിലുള്ള വിഡ്ഡ്യാസുരന്മാര്‍ വരമൊഴി എന്ന ഒരു പ്രോഗ്രാം ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്നു. മലയാളം പറയുന്നപോലെ ടൈപ് ചെയ്യാം എന്നാണ് അതിന്‍റെ പ്രത്യേകത. പിന്നെ യു.ടി.എഫിലേക്കു എക്സ്പോര്‍ട് ചെയ്യാം. പിന്നെ, സണ്ണിയുടെ മലയാളം കീ ബോര്‍ഡ് ഉപയോഗിച്ചാല്‍ ദാ ഇതുപോലെ ടൈപ് ചെയ്യാം. കൂടുതല്‍ അറിയണോ? or

Jithu said...

> anon
thnx yaar!

> deepu
:-) sure yaar!

> anon
definitely, am working towards paining malayalam readers as well ;-)