Little Miss Sunshine!!

A pinch of salt, a spoonful of sugar,a mixture of condiments,a dollop of cream... so are my stories, so are my dreams!

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Dreams or Reality? Lets play rock, paper, scissors ….

He had stepped into his house after nearly a decade but somehow nothing seemed to have changed the way of its existence. His mom was in the kitchen, making the morning breakfast while his dad was perusing the morning newspaper and drinking a cup of coffee.

Siddharth was a "normal" software engineer just as any other kid in the block would be. He had always pictured himself doing something extraordinary with his life but never had the time or the courage to take a step forward. He had been working for nothing but money all through his life but today he had made a decision. He had no plans in continuing with his present course of life but it would take all the efforts that would have to be mustered to move a mountain in order to convince his parents.

He made an announcement of his future intentions, "Dad, I have quit my job at New jersey. I am planning to publish a book. I have already discussed about my concept with a publishing company and they have agreed to read my script. I could not speak to you earlier with regard to this only because this was a decision I had to make for myself. No one else could do this for me. I do hope you understand"

"So what do you expect me to say now?" his father asked in a non-committal tone.

"Dad, why don’t you understand that for the first time in my life, I’m doing something that I really want to do? Something that adds value to my life, Something that has been my dream ever since I was a child…", he pleaded.

"All your dreams can’t come true. Life is not a bed of roses, son! If you think you have made me happy with your decision well you have not achieved it. When you were 5 years old, I could order you to walk on the right path... alas you are not that small anymore."

He left as quietly as he had come. He was angry and frustrated at the thought that his dad never understood him.

years later

He had come to take his mom home, to New jersey. As usual, his mom was in the kitchen preparing last minute food but there was no one in the drawing room reading newspaper.

The house radiated emptiness, a forlorn countenance, a feeling of desolation.... as if the four walls knew that someone was not a part of that house anymore. Most of the possessions in the house had been given away to people in need. Hence the bare walls made him feel almost claustrophobic. However he found a tiny scrap of paper sticking out of an old notebook which was placed on top of his mother's suitcase.

The paper read...

Seasons...

The tiny green leaf crept out of its cocoon
and looked up at the resplendent sun
A new hope, a new ray, so dawned a new day

The primrose had woken up from its deep slumber
Dew drops had settled on the ever-green grass
As it does on the first day of every spring

The white of snow had long been lost
The cold and the grey bade goodbye to each other
singing "Happy trails to you until we meet again"

"Oh that belonged to your dad”, his mother came running to pick it up, “he was a struggling author and used to work as a newspaper columnist until he got the government job."

Tears blinded his eyes, as he was holding that piece of paper in his hands. His father had always been protective about him but he had rebelled against that. His father had never wanted him to go through all that he had undergone as a struggler, as a man who pursued his instincts but couldn’t hold on to it, as a man whose dreams were constrained by reality. He had tried his best to shield his son from the heartbreak of shattered dreams.

It was he, who had misunderstood his father....

24 Comments:

  • At October 13, 2007 at 11:31 PM , Blogger chandru said...

    Hai anu,the storey on "dreams or reality" was very touchy and there was a great deal of maturity in your writing . We are astonished to realise that you are able to emote the feelings of both 60 years and 25 years, which is amazing. We wish you continue to produce more such wonderful blogs.
    keep it up.

    with you many more such beautiful storeys to emanate from you.



    wish you all successs.

     
  • At October 13, 2007 at 11:31 PM , Blogger chandru said...

    Hai anu,the storey on "dreams or reality" was very touchy and there was a great deal of maturity in your writing . We are astonished to realise that you are able to emote the feelings of both 60 years and 25 years, which is amazing. We wish you continue to produce more such wonderful blogs.
    keep it up.

    with you many more such beautiful storeys to emanate from you.



    wish you all successs.

     
  • At October 14, 2007 at 10:59 AM , Blogger ajaygroups said...

    Hi an,

    Pls pick up a decent dictionary and fill in some good adjectives. I am Beating around the bush. I have run out of adjectives to describe ur work or masterpiece rather. Superb. U could easily end up as a popular writer if u were to continue in this fashion. The life of siddarth is parallel to so many of our lives. We end up doing something which is not wat we like. Doing it for a purpose and doing it money are different altogether. Thats why i suggest u take up a career in writing so that u can enjoy ur life even more and it will give more oppurtunities for others to excel in acads..

     
  • At October 14, 2007 at 11:15 AM , Blogger Anu said...

    @dad
    Im glad at the fact that i have been able to emote the feelings of the father and the son....

    thx for the wishes!

    @ajay
    whoa dude... thanks. may i will take up writing but not right now. my thoughts have to further mature and i have to gain a lot more experience to truly create characters and weave stories around them. i don know if i am there as yet

    but thx a million ^infinity tonnes for the encouragement!!

     
  • At October 14, 2007 at 12:36 PM , Blogger vijay said...

    Too good..

     
  • At October 15, 2007 at 2:09 PM , Blogger dakaltiz said...

    Touchy!
    awesome one.... n wonderfully crafted....
    yep reality doesn't guarantee all that you dream for....
    first time here i guess...blog hopped...will frequent..

     
  • At October 15, 2007 at 8:45 PM , Blogger CM-Chap said...

    Hey An (I got to knw that's hw ur known as... Why so?)

    This one really portrayed what many ppl are going thru today... Also the ending reminded abt the reality of life vs a filmy dream.

    Keep it up... I guess u will soon get the tag of master story teller... Let me watchout.

     
  • At October 17, 2007 at 8:17 AM , Blogger Akilan said...

    absolutely true.. mom and dad always show the right path.. its the sons and daughters who misunderstand them.. experience always speaks..

    good one anu.. keep writing.. i am great fan of u..

     
  • At October 17, 2007 at 1:03 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @vijay
    thanks.... good to know u liked it

    @dakaltiz
    thanks dude... checked out ur blog too. was awesome(all 3 of them).
    Welcome n keep visiting!

    @cm-chap
    my friends would know better why i am called so... they kept that name for me.

    master story teller??? hmm lets see. u seem to have lotsa hopes on me :-)

    @akilan
    whoa! glad to know that my writing has got fans.... thanks,it really encourages me a lot...:-)

     
  • At October 18, 2007 at 10:22 AM , Blogger DHIVYA ARASAPPAN said...

    Very realistic story, Anu! Sometimes we do have to give up our dreams for more realistic goals! I think this story will hit a chord with lot of us Indian kids! :)

     
  • At October 20, 2007 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Nivi said...

    dude i loved it.. The concept was so simple and neat!
    well done.. super effort..please churn out more.. :)

     
  • At October 21, 2007 at 9:33 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @dhivya
    yeah its kinda the story with most indian kids.... i do agree with that.

    @nivi
    hey dude glad u liked it!!! thx :-)

     
  • At October 23, 2007 at 11:23 AM , Blogger navien said...

    wowwww!! tat was really gr88!! i dont have words to describe dis..such a b'tiful way u ve written it..it always appears tat d parents' advice may seem poignant sometimes but tat comes out of their experience..there r instances where the children set out on their own path over-ambitiously and end up losin sight of wat they need and roam like dove in Genesis findin it hard to get a stranglehold in life. Brilliant!! Keep givin dese wonderful blogs!!

     
  • At October 23, 2007 at 2:36 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @navien

    Thx a lot dude!! i know u r really busy... :-)it is true that sometimes we just don value experience enough. but on the other hand there are situations here people might suppress our creative capability and we shd never let that happen.

    We shd use both the ability of the youth and the experience of the old when we try to walk on an as yet untrodden path

     
  • At November 1, 2007 at 10:34 PM , Blogger BKa said...

    Hey gr8 post princess...
    "It was he, who had misunderstood his father...."
    this was d best part... So many times i ve misunderstood our parents.. i ve found their advice very boring and old-fashioned.. but in d end they r rite..
    i ll giv u 1000 on 10 for dis..

     
  • At November 2, 2007 at 2:58 PM , Blogger adithya said...

    Well dude I think I have called you an awesome writer a great writrer one of a kind many times that it getting kinda a repetitive.. its about time you call yourself this from now on.. You know like the way they have – Author of the best seller “ XYZ” etc.. you could go on that :)

    Starting right from the beginning – “ Dream or reality ..lets play.. that was awesome …simply for the fact that the way you communicated the whole thing u know.. the choice between the two is as unsure as the person who would know what he is gonna choose among rock paper .. well thought of title. .. my first bow to that

    Well I don’t know somewhere in that story I could feel you talking about your intention of being an author.. really well written dude.. I mean the narration was just simple and communicated exactly what it had to.. the reality of dreams… its good to dream but whats better is.. one should dream only if he has the guts to face a failure if he doesn’t achieve it.. and importantly… I lobed your other portrayal of human character.. we fail to realize that sometimes ( most of the times) people do mean things for the good of us and we often misunderstand especially the parents huh… really brought these things out beautifully.. all by bows to that…

     
  • At November 2, 2007 at 2:59 PM , Blogger adithya said...

    the poem ( which was AWESOME) just fit in perfectly.. loved the place and the way you put the poem in to convey that his dad also had the same dream.. Narration of scenes.. and the drastic differences brought out the second time he visits.. maan things were running like a picture in my head you know :)

    Btw I am not ending my comments without a tribute to the poem.. dude.. you got to write more and more of them huh.. simply loved the scenic beauty you brought about… you just made me dream of a reality place.. with a dawn , resplendent sun, white rose, dew.. and I am bowled

     
  • At November 4, 2007 at 1:30 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @bka
    a 1000 on 10???? dei idhallam konjam tooooooooo much.

    Anyways thx :-)

    @adithya
    was waiting waiting and waiting to hear your comments on this one...

    You are the first person to have actually acknowledged my poem in this blog.... so first of all loads and loads of thx for that :-)

    "one should dream only if he has the guts to face a failure if he doesn’t achieve it"- exactly what i was trying to say... sometime i thought this post could give a negative connatation but i jus had to write it this way... we cant really run away from the words that we write, can we?????

    This poetry was supposed to be a separate post of mine where i trace the life cycle of a leaf through all the four seasons but then i thought it made more sense in this story than as a separate poem

     
  • At November 11, 2007 at 9:07 AM , Blogger adithya said...

    Hey apologies for making you wait then.. as for the poem.. well I just couldn’t help reading that first.. beautifully written dude… loved everyline.. and hey do write that on as a separate poem too in your blog… I am sure you can add a loot more teaspoons of nature into it :-)..
    And dude nope I don’t think there was any kind of negative connotation to it.. I mean if reality is negative connotation so be it.. but people got to accept it right… I mean that was pretty much the theme of you whole blog of dream or reality thingy :).. and hey nice thought about tracing the life cycle of a leaf.. do put the poem separately too.. TOTALLY IN LOVE WITH ALL YOUR POEMS :-).. would love to see a loot more

     
  • At December 10, 2007 at 2:28 PM , Blogger Shanks_P said...

    Nice write up .....

    I think only a 'DAD' can understand what a 'DAD' means when one eventually becomes a 'DAD' .....

     
  • At December 25, 2007 at 3:54 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @Shanks
    thanks... glad u liked my blog :-)

    Welcome and keep visiting

     
  • At January 12, 2008 at 1:12 PM , Blogger Fishy said...

    Awesome. Hey compile these to books. I am kinda becoming a fan of your posts. Keep writing.

     
  • At January 19, 2008 at 4:35 PM , Blogger Anu said...

    @fishy

    thx loads for your comments! glad to know u liked them....

    As long as inspiration exists, i will continue writing :-)

    Welcome and keep visiting

     
  • At June 10, 2008 at 12:53 PM , Blogger Sreelatha said...

    Beautiful writing. A tearjerker. You should compile your writing together and bring out a book. It would be a best seller for sure. Keep up the good work.

     

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