Monday, September 12, 2005

Granted...

Wish.. we all do.. for different things - more money, a better life, that prized job, with which we think our life would become a little better than what it is now, momentarily or for a lifetime... and like always, we forget what has been granted to us without asking, and what we have taken for granted...
a loving set of parents, a good education,food when we are hungry, shelter when we need it, a lifestyle that is comfortable, money to take care of our needs, all senses intact, a couple of arms and a couple of legs, enough of thinking ability to enjoy a good book, a taste for good music and good food..
and while taking this for granted we also assume a lot of things - from the newspaper and milk being delivered in the morning to our surviving the day... that we will not fall sick, that the vehicle will not conk, that nothing will rock our personal or professional boat, that a natural disaster will not befall our peaceful existence, that we have all this because we deserve to.....
and also in between there are some moments when we take a look out of our coccooned world, and see others' version of reality, a life where survival itself is the biggest victory, and then we wonder... at least for sometime..
until next time, what if you could grant wishes.....

29 comments:

Parna said...

wishful thinking....also, aren't we all a selfish lot at the end of the day? would we want anything at all for the 'human beings at large' given such a 'wish'?

Deez said...

....thank god we cant.
tt least one less job to do. and one more fella to blame.

Prerona said...

parna disgree ... i think loads of people wud make wishes for mankind in general ... specially now. manu, i was thinking of this last night, watching Dev ... that there are so many poeple, in so many ways just like us, who's lives just finish, or otherwise fall apart, in seconds, casually, with no warning, need or even meaning - it happens everyday, all over the world ... nature / politics / war ... i dunno ... but till it hits us, we actually think / believe / assume that we r so untouchable ... isnt it?

phatichar said...

Beautiful post! @parna: what he meant here was 'granting' wishes, i mean those of us who've gen'lly got nothing to crib about, what if we could 'grant' a wish? Reminded me of that song 'tum besahara ho to, kisi ka sahara bano'...

well, have too many thoughts to express, the comment box wouldn't be enuff! :)

thought provoking post, manu.

kay said...

hey...what u say is true..but sometimes it is tough to feel what u r saying and really be greatful for all that u have coz there are needs which are more robust and dominant than my gratitude for life.Sad but this is another facet of reality!i guess!

JW said...

'....I would wish you a LARGE grant.' Sorry, another weak one I know. Aaj kal kuch aisa hee :). Thanks for visiting.

Parna said...

prero, i agree. but then we are talking about people like 'you' and 'me'. the point is would you donate the million dollars you win one fine day in a lottery? am not sure, but if am brutally honest, it would take me more than a couple of thoughts to donate even half of it. noble thoughts are one, but actually acting upon it for me might be a different ball game all together.

and exactly your point - we are common people or so we think, till the hurricane comes and hits us.

Nupur said...

LOL@Deez!!!

Hmmm.... Nupur Almighty?! *you give me ideas now!*

Anonymous said...

All are true

But

"We have not started the fire
it is always burning since the earth is turning "

so will it qualify me for taking something for granted

Scorpio

V said...

if wish were horses..

manuscrypts said...

parna; yes, unfortunately so.. were we always that way, and does it have to be so??

deez: yup, its a thankless job,agree

manuscrypts said...

prerona: agree, it takes a personal hit to evoke a response...unfortunately

phatichar: absolutely, and thats also a question i ask myself...

manuscrypts said...

kay: yes, like parna said, at the end of the day we are still a selfish lot..

jw: oh man a formal 'thx for visiting' 'n all :)

manuscrypts said...

parna: its only after we satisfy all possible things that we look around.. and then we also justify it saying this was the way it was meant to be..

nupur: i shudder..:)

manuscrypts said...

scorpio: but have we tried fighting it?

v: then?? :)

A Cynic in Wonderland said...

Verr true ! I was thinking on similiar lines yesterday- just saw a documentary on kashmir and one line just kept on resonating in my mind - someone saying " I wonder how it is to wake up without hearing gunfire everyday" . Amen to life as it is

Stone said...

...waiting for 'reality-kick'.

***
hmm if i could grant wishes....them..'peace', 'love' and 'food' for all. ...ya thats it.

Stone said...

them* = then.

manuscrypts said...

cynic: and actually not having a blast!!

stone: would we actually do that is the debate...

Ash said...

Manu, nice post. We do take a lot of things for granted... and when we do get what we want, we always want more. Human nature, I think.

And it is certainly humbling to see others in worse situations.

But I agree with Parna... I doubt many of us would put the good of many above our own good ...again, human nature.

blokes said...

granted- thy name is gratitude:)

Nupur said...

:) Trying something that you already do sooooo well. But now there is a word limit. The challenge awaits at moi blog!

A Cynic in Wonderland said...

You have been tagged manuscyrpts!

cheerio

manuscrypts said...

ash: yup, but a nature thats wasnt so till sometime back..

blokes: thats a good one :)

manuscrypts said...

nupur: sawed it :D

cyn: thats a sin... i've retired from active storytelling ..lol

Prerona said...

parna - i wud. i have. not a million - but ten grands :) and i was in school then - 10,000 and the highest i'd ever earned was 500

Pallavi said...

If wishes were true... pigs would fly.. but it still does not stop us from wishing

manuscrypts said...

prerona: hmmm, i guess some of us think and some of us do... i have learnt that when we feel that strong emotion, we should contribute then and there.. the moment we start rationalising, it becomes a lost cause...

pallavi: for us, or others??

Anonymous said...

hmm
austere