Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The secondary tale


Once upon a time there lived a man. Lean, strong, good looking and brilliant. He studied in the country’s premier institute and then chose to follow his heart and start a newspaper. And what happens to him? He gets to become the ‘loser’ in India’s most loved corn-head’s new novel strangely named after the newspaper our ‘loser’ guy had started. Apparently, getting drunk and messing up the objective exams is way cooler than doing everything properly.
Indian’s have traditionally loved drama. Even senseless, soap opera like effluent they’ve been bringing out under the generic name “bollywood masala” has been received positively for years. When a rock-star seeking inspiration went to Prague and stole somebody else’s wife everyone sang about love and everything else wonderful in the world. But did anyone worry about the man who must’ve been really good to own a business in such a hostile environment like Prague?  A poor life had turned miserable over night and nobody cares. Instead the world only cares about the heroes.
Infact these ‘secondary’ roles are so insignificant that even the likes of Salman Khan could don such an avatar and be subjected to no sympathy. So convenient isn’t it, to end it all by saying “Kuch Kuch Hota Hei”? 
In the big scheme of things, these lives are so inconsequential, so secondary that nobody really cares about what happens to these men/women after those moments that changed their lives. After having been ditched, under-valued, and mentally tortured? Nobody really knows right? I suppose they move on. Lead a non sensational life filled with counseling, depression and more.
Human beings like it when underdogs or heroes win. Even more when it’s the former. It’s the sadistic brain we all have which has the ability to instill in its owner the ‘thing’ that drives people mad – hope. Why else do you think people watch Dhanush movies? Here’s a slim, dark guy who looks to be suffering from malnutrition winning pretty girls. If he can do it, we can too.
My story is about such a person. Who did nothing wrong and still had his life turned upside down. The only mistake he probably did was to become the part of somebody else’s fairytale story.  Our protagonist would’ve easily fitted into an average girl’s ‘dream boy’ criteria. A handsome guy who also happened to be a brilliant orator. He loved this girl with all his heart.  Spent hours at the bus stop to get a glimpse of her while she went for her coaching classes. Skipped meals to be with her. All was well until one fine morning he got a call from her saying she had fallen for someone else. The word spread. And suddenly people were all talking about the guy who was short and not nearly as handsome as our ‘secondary’. But it seemed his love for her was convincing enough. His love was termed genuine and real. The girl was called the ‘Goddess’ for realizing true love. She had opted ‘true love’ and turned a blind eye to his looks. And our Mr. Secondary? Who cares right? His love probably wasn’t good enough. The guy ruined his exams, got into some xyz business school and screwed up his life. And yeah, the couples lived happily ever after. End of story. And there are similar stories everywhere.
That’s life on planet Earth. It's confusing, sensational and most of the times unfair. And since it is so inter-twined with somebody else’s, you are bound to wear the ‘secondary’ shoes some day. You, me and everyone else. Be ready!

9 comments:

Sangeeta Reghu Nair said...

Great post buddy !!! you write really well ...

your newest follower :)

Nevin said...

Thank you Sangeeta :)

Ashwini C N said...

Somebody is frustrated with the way things are going around? Never mind, Everything happens for a good reason and difficult times will definitely pass.
Nicely written :-)

Nevin said...

i'm doing perfectly fine pal :) thanks for reading.

kavitha said...

isnt it just a matter of perspective?? if kuch kuch hota hei was remade from salman's point of view.. den it wud pretty much be like a "hum dil de chuke sanam" right ?? v r the hero in our own lives and v play secon lead in evr1else's ....... coz my part of the story always hav me in the centre.. nd ur part hav u..!!

Nevin said...

I suppose you are ryt there kavitha. thanks for reading. :)

sree said...

the loser n his newspaper story!! if that is from "revolution 2020"...i guz its a book that xplains the secondary role of all three of them!!!

Bhavana said...

This is a good post, buddy. You are very observant. I ask again-- r u only a college student? I don't buy that.

Nevin said...

Thank you Bhavana. Well technically i'll be out of college in 2 weeks (that is with high expectations that ill clear all my papers :P ). So you can consider me a "non-collegite" if that would make you comfortable :D


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