I read what people have to say about national politics on Twitter. During lunchtime, I browse through newsfeeds that unattractively hog TV screens. That’s as politically-inclined as I can be. But I pay my taxes. And I form opinions. I don’t have kids. So I tend to take things personally. Especially, my ideologies.
Some nights I stay awake because of them. Thankfully, I don’t have to wipe their butts or pay for their education.
Since yesterday, I have been hearing about the recent India-Pakistan conflict from different sources. I wanted to offer an elaborate view on an age-old rivalry. Then, I realized that Edwin Starr had already sung, “War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing”.
So, there you go, dear reader. I saved you from my half-baked perspective on national security. It’s my gift to you. You have been kind to me during this strange and wonderful journey of ours. Take it, please. Starting today, I want you to believe in miracles, okay?
Earlier this year, I wrote about violence in the birding kingdom. How birds resort to bloodshed to survive. And when their homes are threatened. The perplexing thing is that when people do so – I am judgemental about it. Maybe, it sounds evil. Because we have the mental faculties to band together despite our self-preservation instincts. Yet we don’t when it hits too close to home.
I am unable to tell if it’s the right thing to do.
Sometimes, I think I am a nihilist. Thinking about the decay of civilization can be an exhausting experience. But it gives me a lot of topics to write about. I can also be that guy who shoves a flower into the mouth of a gun. With a stupid smile on my face. Then, the gun goes off. The bullet makes an unevenly-shaped hole on my forehead.
I collapse to the floor, mouthing “but why?” as Jimmi Hendrix sings in the background, “There must be some way out of here, said the joker to the thief”.
Nothing will be engraved on my gravestone. Because the ground I tread upon – today – is built on the absence of war, not the presence of peace.
Goodbye cruel world,
I am not leaving you today.
But I am changing the channel.
until you have
(Photographs: Chennai, Kanchipuram, Kodaikanal & Valparai)