Friday, October 3, 2008

Payback Time

          Everybody knows whats going inside the head of Mohan Bhargav. Expression(or the lack of it) says it all.

Scene 1: A poor, ill-fated but honest 'julaha' turned farmer sitting in a dimly lit room across a rich US returned Indian and telling him his story of 'still existing discrimination on the basis of caste' and his  incapacity to pay land debt.

Our rich NRI listening to him with 'mute outside-shocked inside' expressions.

Scene 2: While sitting beside a window seat still immersed in his thoughts of the other day, a small boy of about ten comes and begs you to buy a glass of water for 5 paise. He takes the water and gives a  Rs 5 coin in return. While the boy is counting his money to give you in return, the train starts and finally runs away.

The two scenes are from movie Swades,  a rare Sharukh flick which I admire. I have watched this movie countless times and each time I have undergone  the same current of emotions with the intensity only going stronger and stronger.

These two soul stirring scenes, in my view, will be one of the greatest scenes ever to grace the big screens. These two scenes reveal the dark and ugly face of INDIA which we almost always tend to neglect behind those big glass buildings. May be a rich poor lad living in posh Mumbai have not witnessed situations like above. But, I have. You stop at a signal for 2 mins, and you see a couple of half clad children displaying a few antics of their own and then looking  at you with expressions which just cannot be put into words. Or worse, a lady will come with a baby(needless to say that both will be in utter bad shape) and will beg you for your kind attention. I am sure that situations like these and above can have more jaw-dropping reactions than one while seeing Bipasha in bikini. The bikini will remain with you momentarily, but the faces of those children, will cut through your heart, as it has cut mine, not once, but again and again and again. I tend to agree that seeing these situations so often have made our senses numb and indifferent much the same way, as regularly happening Bomb blasts doesnt evoke enough reaction now a days. 

Every time I see something like these, I say to myself, ' Dont forget those faces ever. You have to come back some day. You have to give it back some time.  You have to risk it all at one point'. 

I once read in a Hindi chapter- 'Akela chana bhaad nahi phod sakta'. I say, 'akela chana try to kar sakta hai'. 

The payback time has to come.

Remembering Gandhi's words:

Hesitating to act because the whole vision might not be achieved, or because others do not yet share it, is an attitude that only hinders progress.


  1. Well...what can i say. I guess every youth must have had just the same emotions, the intensity may be a tad different from yours. But until and unless we act, all these movies, those moments of thoughtfulness will be futile. This is one of the syndromes of the so-called "Quarter-Life" crisis, where we are ambitious, and always look forward to do our bit in changing the world completely. But, once this period is over, other issues become more important to us and these things take the backseat. But I also do agree that some people really "Pay Back". Hope you and I are one of those.

  2. Brilliant post. Reminds me of a not-so-recent story