My home is like a neat diagram of wilderness. Things are only quiet here. Life’s hullabaloo is over. There aren’t any vital unanswered questions left in my life to be unravelled any more … barring the ultimate one—departure. But surprisingly, I have been handed out, some stiff situations that I never asked for in the first place–remember, one also gets, without asking, and that includes, certain, wayward realities. The most striking one being, loneliness. After deep introspection, they appear like divine semaphores. There is a world of emptiness around my emptiness. It’s taken me more than sixty years to reach this stage. But I didn’t have to struggle for it, the way I struggled for my career, and the upbringing of my family. It came on its own, without any fanfare, uninvited.
I stay in a megalopolis, a jungle of a different kind —infested largely, by a swarm of people, occupying those tall blaring buildings all around me. Yet I’m all alone. And what an irony. For in a jungle, I would have been with, unknown but ferocious animals. But in the megalopolis, I’m with familiar yet unpredictable human beings. Nonetheless, I really can’t decipher who is more dangerous, though the looks of animals spell danger.
I have a time deprived family. They keep extremely busy. Mostly fire-fighting. So one day I approached God. Thinking he’ll give me company. But then, he too, has to run the universe, so he is very busy doing that himself, and doesn’t have time for me. Finally, I’ve learnt to live life, king size, all alone. So I keep busy one way or another. They say life has become easy, yet mind is never at rest. There is always something spooky to feel about, when Irish man Jonathan Swift comes to my rescue with his parables. I feel like Gulliver undertaking his several voyages. Voyages resemble stages of life. The first one takes me to the Lilliput island, that makes me feel I’m all powerful, yet tied down, being among Lilliputs. But the second one takes me to Brobdingnag where everything is huge. A blade of grass, as tall as a tree and man of 72 feet height—signifying problems are huge. And in the third voyage I’m marooned when pirates attack my ship. All dimensions of a pervading life.
No one comes to my house, and when I attempt to visit someone I’m told they are going out. The timidity to interface … thus continues. I’m told this happens with most of us but we rarely speak about it. But, ever since, flesh and blood averted me. My electronic friends have come to my rescue. I have them in droves, steadying my life. I start my day with them. In the night they put me off to sleep. My smart phone and the TV set brings, so many of my electronic friends home each day.
Loneliness is the biggest scourge of present day world. Yet, life is so crafty and skilled that it finds solutions for each catastrophe. Just as you can’t think of a life without flesh and blood, you can’t think of a life without your own electronic friends anymore. Can you? This is just to cajole all those who suffer loneliness. Rise up … get up … do something to kill it.
Written by Kamlesh Tripathi
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