Tuesday, October 28, 2008

A Departed soul....

After three days of holidays, it’s tough to prepare yourself to get started for another working day…But this time, didn’t have to wheedle my mind too much, and I was ready for college. Unlike other days reached the bus stop at time and was comfortably waiting for my “luxury bus”! Well, it is indeed a luxury and you come to realize it only when you get to face the plight in other ‘line buses’. Never had an idea about the dilemma in these buses…simply coz I had the comfort of my company school bus. But once I was out of the protected environment I got to face the realities of life…and yes life is tough..!
But extravagance knocks again, and my so called bus is again at my service…so y should I waste it when I can use it…
So at sharp time my bus arrives and I make a random choice for my seat…well actually almost all the seats remain vacant and you have the liberty to choose whichever you like…simply coz they will never get filled…lol…
But today the bus was unusually empty…only five people including the driver!
After about half an hour got down at my stop, and was discussing about the dwindle population in the bus with my friend. Suddenly she says ,”I think we wont be having class today ,coz a student of our college died in an accident yesterday”.
“Oh…no! Is it?..Then why did we travel this long, anyways lets go to the college and see”

Reached the college a bit too early, but had a classmate for company. After sometime one of my junior arrives and he too says the same thing “I don’t think we’ll have class today” .So I was almost sure that classes won’t be held today. By that time almost all my class mates arrived and each one had a different story to narrate about the accident. At 10, bell rang and an announcement was made regarding a prayer meeting to be held in the auditorium for the departed soul and everyone was requested to attend the same. It’s another story whether all of us attended or not, but then I somehow did….
On the stage, were our principal, two other teachers and our newly elected chairman. And at the centre of the stage was affixed a photo of the departed soul. Our principal as usual began with a very monotonous tone…I agree u cant sound cheerful at such situations, but then you can always be clear.. And it was at that time I came to know, what exactly had happened..! The boy who was a third year computer science student didn’t go for the special class scheduled on Saturday, instead set on a small excursion with his friends. And while they were on their way back, this boy rear-ended with a truck, and ended up giving his life away….A pleasure tour ended up to be a mournful one!
The principal went on for another few minutes; praising the boy in everyway possible...about his academic excellence and stuff and then handed over the dice for the boy’s class teacher…she too made a few remarks ,and was seated .And then we prayed for the well being of his soul ,and disbanded as we didn’t have further classes for the day…While I was on my way back ,something kept choking me ….a few questions whirl pooled my mind……

Did his death affect anyone? One after the other people spoke about this boy….did they really mean what they said? Will the college really miss him? For me everything seemed so fake, so artificial ….a ceremony just for the sake of it. I could even hear murmurs and anxious whispers discussing about the date adjustments for the Arts day celebration and curious queries regarding its abandonment in between the ceremony. This is what mattered …..Arts days, elections, college day and a few more such days which, called for celebration and fun. What did anyone lose?...nothing at all! Its his parents who have lost their beloved son, who had once promised to live their dreams, to make them proud one day and to pay back oodles of love at their senility. For them, world would now seem shattered and hopeless. But for the rest of the world it’s yet another miserable death…to be remembered and forgotten!

People remember you, only when you are a part of their lives….and when your own life ceases to exist…. .You are forgotten and you live in to become mere memories….to be forgotten or remembered……!

9 comments:

malini said...

rashu...it seems u'v got addicted 2 this "blog" thing...but i must say this reveals an entirely diffrnt part of u...vch i blieve havnt seen much in our yrs of frendship...i think u r bcomin more philosophical...n tat doesnt suits u my gal...try chosin smthin less serious yaar...dnt feel bad kkkkk...juz wanted 2 share my feelings openly...aftr all..u knw me na...nywayz gud job...as alwayz,keep going...

Black Blood... said...

To start with a good thoughtful post... But I cannot totally agree to whether someone really miss him..because..the total loss is for his parents..they missed there son..but like that ..there will be many people who had that glimpse of him which is also part of them..like the classroom miss him,the students who just saw him from far..or in the bus will miss him..look there where situation where even though i did not know a person..and when i heard that person died..i really felt bad.. and that person was not part or anyway related to my lifecycle..but once or twice i just saw him in front of my classroom..still i missed him..

So what i feel the speech , the feel is for those people who really felt bad..!!! and there will be atleast 5% of the students who have felt the loss ..:)

destiny's child... said...

what you said is so true...no one actually cares...when u cease to exist, you become a memory...which fades in course of time...
truly well written...i was really moved by this one....

JELU said...

yes u said it....u r called by ur name until u r alive and frm the next instant of ur death....U wil be referred to as a BODY...but alas..most of us dont realize how transient we r on this world of happenings. i thought i wil post the comment now itself since i dont know if i wld be here to do the same in the next minute. But rash....i dont thnk this one matches ur stds....did it hav as much to write as a blog eh???
and plz dont write anymore....i feel too lazy to post a COMMENT...haha

angel in disguise.... said...

@malu
hmm....ya...even i think such topics r not meant for me....jus gave it a try yaar...;)

@black blood
deepu,u r rite...but then u shud hav attended the ceremony...it was really fake yaar...;)

@destiny's child
well,u seem to love every rubbish i write....nyways ...thanks...;)

@jelu
well...i'll keep posting ,and i know very well that u'll keep posting ur comments too...;)

admin said...

its gr8 tht atleast u took the pain to write abt the person,..u know i too had lost one friend in an accident but on the funeral i could notice tht a girls was soo restless nd was crying in a abnormal manner i just had a look turned ma face, maa mind started thinking why is she so upset, from maa inner mind i started to investigate, i hav seen these too persons walking togethers many times, i enquired with ma friends nd got the answer as they where in love...i felt soo sooryy for her..but dear friend many loose when one person die but the only think is tht our god has given a gr8 memory loss infact short term memory loos (lol) thts the thing we forget everything nd resume our daily routines i thought of writing this cause of real inspiration frm u blog entry,,!

My life is my lesson! said...

well these kinds of deaths have become very common these days. And as you said people remember us as long as we are alive and then we are forgotten, in this busy and mechanical life thats how it works. I have lost my friend last year in such an accident and one of my senior died the same way last month. Its really tragic, though we can bear the pain imagining the situation of their parents we feel sorry for them.

A.N.U said...

hey..
ws dat abt renjith!?don tell me... he ws ma classmate in school..
u really dunno hw much all f us miss him.. infact almost all ma classmates hu r in different parts f india came down 4 his funeral...

i seriusly hope itz nt abt renjith...

Ajith said...

r u concerned abt death?

The answer that u hav in ur mind wld be like this...

Yes......... of course,Everyone concerns abt dat rit?

if dats the case ......then u r not still connected to the inner self of yours......

Death is inevitable u cannot block it......tmrrow I will not b there or some one else...but the other things will b there.....so there is so much more than we really see..dats wat lies with in u..

Its easy 2 talk and say these things,but 2 implement is the biggest challenge....

If u think the whole comment is 150% useless or nonsense .......just delete it.......