What If..

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He sits in the ante-room with his head bowed. He can hear the crowd outside. They're loud tonight. He knows he'll do a good job. But one can never truly get rid of pre-show jitters. 


The band which is playing on stage moves on to their last song. "You guys are on in 5 minutes." somebody says. 


He smiles to himself. Daddy said it was a waste of time. Mommy said she was ashamed to tell the cousins what he was doing with his life. 'Friends' asked him to grow up. Grandma kept asking him why he didn't want to be an engineer. 


What if? What if they were just happy for him and told him to go live his life? What if they told him it was alright, as long as he was happy.. What if he didn't have to starve on some days because he could barely support himself? What if he had a trust fund and didn't have to care about anything or anybody else? 


What if? 


He smiles to himself again. If life was so easy, I wouldn't have been this good, he tells himself. 

It's time. He grabs his guitar and walks out. The bright lights and the screaming fans hits him as he steps on to the stage. He smiles to himself. Tonight is going to be a good night.... 







(Dedicated to the man who taught me English by asking me to write short stories. Grandpa.)
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18 comments:

psychedchick said...

Me like. Me like. No me love! Reminds me of many a conversations. If we had perfect lives, we would be such snobs, haina?

To all the screwed up people out there :D

Raksha Raman said...

Short and sweet! Well thought! 'If life was so easy, I wouldn't have been this good '...So very true..Can relate to it :) :) Good luck with BATOM!

Sureindran said...

a good one. how good if everybody accept each other for what he or she is. world will be a better place to live in.

Mahesh Kalaal said...

Wowwww.....
small and simple...but impacting....
loved it :) ....
the post did say many unsaid words......
will consider this for voting :)

Psych Babbler said...

Brilliant!!! Generally most of us associate 'What If' with something negative. In fact, people with generalised anxiety in particular tend to think about worst case scenarios (What if I fail...) Loved this positive and uplifting take on what if!!!

TheAnand said...

your granpa was a wise man. :)

Jr. said...

@psychedchick,
Totally! Thanks for all those conversations. This came from there only. :)

Raksha, Sureindran and Mahesh,
Thanks guys.

@Psychbabbler,
Really? I immediately thought it was way too happy a topic the moment I heard it!

@TheAnand,
Yep, would've been nowhere today without all that.! :)

Karthik said...

Fabulous! I only wish you'd written a few more paragraphs. :)
Very short, but hard hitting.
All the best for batom!
Cheerios!

MADHU RAO | (INDImag.COM) said...

That's a fresh take. If life was easy it wouldn't be interesting ; it wouldn't be life . Loved that line ..

Good luck.

Jr. said...

@ Karthik,
Dunno. Din't feel like writing more.. And thanks.. Good luck to you too..

@ Madhu Rao,
Thanks. :)

The West Wind said...

Wonderful.. I loved it.. Goodluck!!

Shruti said...

Simply beautiful :)

Mural! said...

Kept it simple.........very simple infact!!

and yes if life was so easy, not just your character, nothings gonna feel as good as it really is! keep writing more such stories, you've won yourself one more follower now

Jr. said...

Thanks yous @ The West Wind and Shruthi.

@ Murali,
Haven't written short stories for a long long time now. Maybe this was the calling.. :)

Shas said...

Well-penned. If only everybody could follow their own heart, this world would be full of more happy faces.

dilontherocks said...

I liked it very much.
Especially this line..
If life was so easy, I wouldn't have been this good, he tells himself.

How wonderful it is...

And all the what if questions...if asked and answered..would have changed a lot of lives..isnt it..

Jr. said...

@Shas,
Yeah, and I think it's especially applicable in the Indian context.. And thanks. :)

@dilontherocks,
Yeah, totally.. And thanks. :)

samuraisuraj said...

A really good post with tidbits of stark reality sprinkled all over it..What good will we be when we are securely residing in our comfort level?Great thought

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