Thursday, November 27, 2008

dear dad

sometimes you want to break down and cry and have someone tell you all this is going to pass.
why did we have to grow up? now it is our turn to tell our children that india is not gonna collapse by the time they grow up, without any conviction in our voices. is this what they are trying to achieve? break the backs of the common man and inject panic in our bloodstream?
and our foolish media has played into their hands, publicizing the acts, doing the job for the terrorists . . . man, they must be laughing at this fourth pillar of our democracy. in a bid to outrun the other channels, each TV reporter is eagerly waiting for more blood and gore to show us. they are sensationalizing the incidents and calling it the second largest terrorist attack after the WTC. the terrorists are laughing and raising a toast.

and then one of our leading newspapermen will take time out of his harem and write a column sympathizing with the cause of the terrorists. in chaste, almost ostentatious English. it is the government's failure that we are paying the price for now, he will harp. like all americans should be made to pay for Nixon's troops in Vietnam or all Germans should be hated because there was once a hitler there.

history shows that after every war the world has come back to its feet, but i am not so sure. something's welling inside and can't be held back any more. i want to cry, sob uncontrollably, and not pretend to be a strong man ready to protect his family and country.

dear dad, can i come back to you? will you protect me today?

10 comments:

Pinku said...

Oreen,

I understand where you come from. Cry if you must. No harm even if your children see your tears. but once done wipe them off....and do whatever you can to make this a safe country.

Lazyani said...

Frustrated, sad , helpless. I feel I could kill someone today. Oh how I wish that I could kill,too -- in retaliation.

And I cry alone the silent tears of rage.

Mampi said...

How far will you go? How far can you run??
Dads are to protect...
You are to protect someone who calls you Dad. Protect him from this madness.

addled said...

This is so true.. but am sure even our dad's would be at a loss to give any comfort. The situation is really beyond control. Result of a corrupt system altogether. You don't even know who the enemies are any more cos they are all over - inside and outside the system. There's no one you can trust... so dad is quite at a loss right now...

Trailblazer said...

Brilliantly expressed. In such times, it is heartening to read a piece such as yours.

Love said...

similar feelings shared bro :)

Oreen said...

sadly, this post wasn't meant for the public, but i had to share my disturbance with someone. am glad you agree . . .

today's kids are so desensitized, it is difficult to bring their innocence and childhood back . . . my son already knows about the consequences of a bullet passing through you, and doesn't flinch at gore . . . terrible, but that's how it is . . .

Somari Katte said...

Oye... looks like u too have a serious face... well i guess we had this conversation in the baddy court when i expressed concerns about the kind of info kids are getting exposed to, where u had a different set of opinion on that.... well written and well said that the kids now-a-days know much more than we could every imagine.... I wish there was a reset button in life where one could reset things and start afresh.... For starters, they could reset the stock markets....:)

Cheers
Ashwin

shail said...

Written with so much feeling, makes you cry reading reality in words.

writerzblock said...

That was sad and touching. As a parent, I completely identify with it. As a child, I am almost in tears. Wishing, just wishing that my parents can continue to shield me from the big bad world.