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Looking out of the window

THE BEST means OF THE OUTSIDE World’s spectacle FROM A HEIGHT IS WINDOW. THE REAL MEANING OF THE WINDOW CAN BE learnt FROM OUR ELDERS, BUT IF OUR CHILDREN ASK US “WHAT DOES WINDOW REALLY SIGNIFY?” I WILL HAVE ONLY ONE ANSWER,  “IT IS USED for AIR CIRCULATION”.

When, as a child, I lived with my grandparents I still remember, there was a small window with grills all around. Being barred behind the window, I used to muse about million little things. I would shout to the people passing on that ‘gali’ (narrow lane), I would tease the cow that was just standing near that window, at night when my eyes knew no sleep, I threw myself on that window and would look at the stars and think “are those the lights on the other side of the world or are those my ancestors?” I still remember a boy was living just in front of my house. He was some years elder to me. During ‘Holi’, I would play with him by throwing water balloons from that window. That was really a great fun those days.

Today, when I see outside the window, I could see the sky, but I know there are stars, I could see the roads, but I know there are humans inside their homes, I could see parks and playground but I know that there is no one outside there. Today, the window is still there in my room, but just for air circulation and just for keeping me safe from dusty winds.

Many times, I think, what does the window really signify now for me? As I know the significance of everything changes in every stage of man’s life as our perspective changes with our age. With reference to the poem ‘Seven Ages’ by William Shakespeare, the meaning and significance of window changes with time and age.

Childhood – a wide opening which shows Chanda mama and our beloved ancestors.

Early Teenager – a door to the world of knowledge, energy, queries (a lot I should say… ha-ha!)

Teenager / Youth – a door to the world that is full of dreams, goals, career, curiosity, marks (mentioning this to show pressure)

Early adults / Grown up Youth – an outlet for releasing pressures of mind, a place from which they have seen their dreams, having hopes to be completed, a place to release tensions with the flow of the wind

Adults (soldiers) – a place to revisit their dreams, to recapitulate whatever they had earned and what else is there for them

After adult / Elderly Man (life lawyers) – a place for the garden exploration, a place in the waiting eyes of their soldiers returning, a place to see what they achieved and what change they made in their life, a place for recalling their old dudes

Last Stage – a place to smile away their blues, laugh out the mistakes done in past and introspect about wonders of the world and mysteries of life

Well, these interpretations were made in the past. Now in this new era of the world of biological wars, these interpretations may change. Every man’s life on this life supporting and the most beautiful planet may change.

We, humans, are still living in the same cycle of life changes. Confused! Let me tell you all these, before the ice age, some early humans were our godfathers, as we may call them. They have habituated themselves in this nature. Then, after ice age when Dinosaurs disappeared, our lives changed and we came in the new society where human considered himself equivalent to GOD. Then, here again, we have changed, where we are at our self-made destructive point. Here, one thing is very important to see that nature and GOD have proved themselves superior to humans, again and again.

I started from some point and ended up to something else. Today, when I came near my window, I saw a strange thing. I saw a group of people… yes, a group of some people. I was overwhelmed and when I opened my window as I thought finally, we are back on the tracks I heard those were the administrative department personnel and were delivering a very important message, it was,

“YOUR SOCIETY IS BEING SEALED. IT IS REQUESTED तो EVERYONE TO PLEASE STAY INSIDE YOUR HOUSES AND IF ANYONE IS FOUND OUTSIDE, STRICT ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST SOCIETY.”

Thanks everyone!

STAY HAPPY STAY HEALTHY.

(Staying home is going to be there always from now on…)

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Date : 29/03/3002

Udit Kumar