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Sweet Dreams

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Posted: 23 October 2012 at 10:06pm | IP Logged

Sweet Dreams

I am walking aimlessly on the street, looking for a decent

place to buy shoes. All I see is rows and rows and rows of endless, glittering,

shimmering, shining, sparkling heels. Don't they have anything for normal short

people who don't really mind being short? It might take hours to find my kind

of shoes. A girl comes up behind me and taps me on my shoulder. I whip around

to see an unfamiliar face. Do I know her? Or she one of those long-distant

relatives I have no clue about?


"Excuse me, can I please have your autograph? I'm a huge fan

of yours...I want to show my friends that I've actually met the author of this

most amazing book!", she said, pointing to a book that had "National

bestseller" embossed on its cover. Oh yeah, that's the book I published. "Did

you like it?" I asked her. "Like it? You've got to be kidding me...I've fallen

in love with this thing! The way you write is just out of the world! Hey, do

you mind signing a few more times? My friends are on their way here to meet

you." I turned pink because of the compliments. I tried to fish for more. "How

many others do you know who like my book?" She huffed and said, "Like duh, the

rest of the world! I haven't met a single person who has read this book and not

liked it. When is your next book coming up?" I was swelling so much in pride,

that had I been made of rubber, I would have surely exploded! Soon, her friends

and friends of her friends arrived and i was surrounded by people who all

claimed to be my biggest fan, jostling for my attention, getting me to sign

their hands, books, bags etc.


I tried to be modest, but modesty seemed to have taken a

hike. I signed my name and bounced across the rest of the road. So my dream had

finally come true! I had broken the traditional barriers and made success out

of something no-one had believed in! I am actually a successful writer! No-one

can contradict me for doing something that was not stereotypical. I finally

proved myself. I have finally shown the world that I can do what my heart wants

to and spend the rest of my life writing stories and amusing people and

enjoying life to the fullest...BANG! A car hit me from behind.


"Wake up, sleepyhead! You'll be late for school!!!" my mom

screamed in my ears. Oh shit! I'm going to be so late. As I hurriedly took a

bath and slipped on my uniform, I could not help thinking, "Can my dream ever

come true? Will I ever be able to turn my dream into reality?"


Today, the fast-moving world demands nothing less than

highly competitive individuals who need to run fast before they get trampled by

the coming lot. Everyone wants a secure life, with benefits and comforts.

Sadly, the fastest and most guaranteed way to grab these is competition. We

spend half our life, competing with the rest of the world, for established,

recognized positions because that is what elders tell us will set our future

that we forget what our heart wants to compete for. Everyone around us tell us

to become an engineer, or a doctor, or something else that is 'well respected

in the Indian society'. Everyone around me is busy preparing to be an IITian or

an NITian simply because that is one career line that will guarantee a good

future. No-one really bothers to stop and think for a second about what they'd

like to do if they could have their dreams fulfilled. Sometimes, when some kid

does try to pursue his dream, he is halted by his worrisome parents who think

it unadvisable to pursue anything that has not been branded yet. Has any parent

ever encouraged their child and said it's ok if he became a cook? That it's

alright if their child wants to become an artist? How many parents haven't

laughed when their children desired to become a musician? How many parents

haven't scoffed when their child wants to be a potter, or a reader in english

or history or some other seemingly mundane subject? People surely admire

Sanjeev Kapoor for his mouth-watering dishes, marvel at MF Hussain's

masterpieces and sing along the latest tracks of Bollywood, but how many of

them wish their children could be like that?


How many people truly have the guts to believe that their

dreams are not just fantasies? How many people dare to take the road not taken.

We're too scared of the path that has no guarantee, fearing that we might get

hurt, that there might be more thorns than roses. Will it ever be worth it?

Will it all worth the risk? Will I ever be able to say someday, that taking the

other path has made all the difference in life? Maybe. Maybe not.


In today's scam-ridden world which is heading for recession

yet again, where nature is lashing at its fury at every chance it gets, with

cheaters and corrupted people in our tow, there's really no promise that tells

us that money will keep us happy for ever. So maybe, we should take a chance to

make our dream come true. Give wings to those dreams that are screaming to be

heard from inside us. Do what your heart wants to. So even if you die tomorrow,

you know that your heart will live on forever.


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Posted: 27 October 2012 at 3:16am | IP Logged
You know what I am one of those minutely  short ones who has no regrets about being short - most of the times except when she has to reach out and get a jar of jam from the top shelf..

Dreams, modesty, autographs and fantasies - I love! and I love this. Really well written! Although, I'd say I cannot connect the dream with the later prose!
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