Tuesday, February 13, 2007

THE PRINCE OF IRONY


"THE PRINCE OF IRONY" actually might be outdated in its topic as it relates to an instance that took place a few months ago, and in this dynamic world ( that stagnates more by the second), that will be considered outdated. But it is in relation to an instance that aroused the kind of reactions that make you really doubt and raise some questions. let me introduce myself, i am shruti bhutada. writer. and this is my take on this current event of the past. its ironic that there's philosphy in everything around us, despite the fact that it has consistently been scorned upon by the so called practical people..... read on. if it arouses thought, my purpose has been more than achieved.


THE PRINCE OF IRONY

The whole ‘Prince’ issue has apparently been rocking the country. But the only time I came to know about it was when one of my relatives asked me if I knew how prince was, rather than how I was doing. She hadn’t caught the evening news and he may hav shifted his crouched position during that time! Having stopped watching news channel due to the lack of news on them, I couldn’t answer her. For a moment I wondered if she was asking me if I had found my prince charming. But my ignorance soon ended as the news channel was switched on. Of course, I got the synopsis from our house maid. At that time, it seemed wonderful to me that so many people had come out to support for a life of a nobody. I mean hello, this wasn’t Aishwarya Rai, who was squirming in front of the camera because she had been hit by a bush and was battling for her life ( bad bush!). this was a little village kid, who was in actual mortal danger, and that too in a rural area. In a world where life is getting devalued by the minute, and people are being killed by just like dinosaurs ended their race, it was heartening to see that a nobody’s battle for life would light up so many a hearts on fire. While there were people who prayed for him, there was now hope that life, and its value was definitely not lost. It wasn’t about how powerful you were, or how famous you were, but simply about the fact that you were alive. During the who0le drama, where the lead actor did little more than squirm, innocently unaware, how life had literally turned into a stage for him; I am sure that millions, who till a day ago were fretting about who will be the new celebrity couple and if their daughter will get married to a better man than their neighbors daughter, will they pass out or score in an examination to be able to show their mark sheets to mentally blind people, were jolted back to the consciousness of what it was that really mattered. In the millions of prayers that came for Prince, I knew that there were prayers that had nothing to do with the boy in question. They were prayers that the people had made for themselves, prayers for the lives that they had ignored and lost, and that too without falling in a landmine.

But I should have known that I wasn’t seeing greatness in front of me but just another of life’s ironies. For all that reverence for life and how prince stood for what importance life still had, the media had very quickly forgotten everything else. For isn’t it ironic that while a million people keep tabs of and pray for that one kid trapped in a land mine, barely a few could even know that there were hundreds of people dying in the other part of the world? That there were kids, who did not have either princes luck or his celebrity, to save them when bombs of hatred ripped their innocent bodies for no reason at all. What were those people, who sat fasting in front of TV camera’s eating, when they saw blood dyed bodies of hundreds of innocent people, the sight of which would have killed hunger? If India felt all great and united as the Indian Army saved one boy from a landmine, where was this solidarity when on our own planet, there were hundreds being victimized by terror and millions who would soon become potential landmine makers? Isn’t it an irony that while a boys life earned sixty minutes on a television show, those of another hundred other boy’s couldn’t even garner a mere fifteen minutes? That while the politicians will go and hug Prince even before his mother gets that chance, they are running as away as they can from hugging another hundred mothers who just lost their sons?
I think I was wrong that people have understood and are praying for life, that they ever even cared about it. The whole Prince episode isn’t the triumph of life and all that it means, but it seems that its just a PR stunt, where life was just another model. Either ways, the only bright side is that one person did get his life back, even though a million others lost theirs in prayer.


shruti bhutada.

8 comments:

distant_dreams said...

hey! congratulations... u are our first official poster... high 5!!

distant_dreams said...

hmmmm.... I finally did get down to reading your post, but think about it, that kids situation was showed, people could see what was happening to him, so they could empathize with him. "Feel" for him, in effect. But nothing about Iraq's situation was shown, thereby we only heard about it and therefore could not completely grasp what was happening to them. Even then I am sure i have never heard of one person agreeing with what Bush did.

So its a matter of question, generalizing that people do not care, is not right na..

Too many thoughts, one its the medias job to show whats going on and tell it like it is, so don't blame them for that... Don't blame people for not caring, cause at heart, they really do but life goes on doesn't it.. (imagine a kid saying, i didn't do my homework today cause i sat up the whole night worrying about the kids in Iraq..)

The real problem is actually that people have lost sight of whats truly important... Nowadays money, status, education all of these things are so important to them, now im not saying that its not, (i care about that stuff too...) but the thing is simple, there are somethings more important than that, like life, values, true knowledge ~ these things are priceless but sadly, no one cares about that these days...

Like a saying in orkut said,
"The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance..."

~ man this comment ended up being more like a post... = D

gypsy said...

i was talking about the people who went all out to starve and cry, and created a melodrama. and the politicians and others who went there to get a leverage. that was a media staged drama, and i am surprised that movie stars didnt turn up to promote their movies.... there is something honest about subtelity that the lack of it can never have. as far as educated people like you and me... we understand. and yea, my first blog!! yay!!!!

btw, the news about the iraqui kids did come, for hardly sometime...

Anusha Narayan said...

yeah, good going...

distant_dreams said...

ah... okay, so basically your saying that u didn't like the drama that the people put up for the incident... in other words you didn't like the way "some" people "acted" like they cared, but actually didn't... ah yes, but we've got people like that all around us, your right though in that way, fakers are the only kind of people i can't stand, thankfully they don't make the majority though,... [=D]

gypsy said...

yea...but i am trying to make non fakers understand this....and basically trying to understand that if they are a small number, then why does media cater to such..weirdo's

distant_dreams said...

Cause it makes good drama i guess... i mean, whats Cinderella without her glass shoe or whats a hero without people to to adore him? And what use is a sad story without anyone feeling sad about it!?!? or at least, pretending to be sad about it..

distant_dreams said...

You suck distant_dreams! You're an idiot!