Tuesday, August 25, 2009

What if there is nothing left to lose? Do the ends justify the means? That mother is harried, her middle-aged yet pretty features distort when she talks of skipping the kirana bill this month and the light- rent bills next month.Of shifting from flat to flat chased by landlords. The daughter is not yet seventeen, innocent, na├»ve, for want of a better word, pure. Her portfolio is ready, distant relatives and contacts have been mined. Tinsel town has its own games and its own rules, hundreds take the train to try their luck at the studio gates. “If it were my daughter I wouldn’t let her…” I say. But if there were no choice? If you were between a rock and a hard place? Then I guess you go out and do what it takes. Mind- scary.

9 comments:

AmitL said...

Sighh!!Isn't that the stark,bland truth?One of the tough choices in life-for the bare necessities roti,kapda and makaan!We're blessed,indeed!Touchwood.

Ankush said...

Well said. It looks as if you write your blogs in much the same style as your stories. :)

World said...

new to check your blog...are you from Ahmedabad?

austere said...

yep, amit- one is lucky, and sometimes one needs to add up those blessings.

ankush- thanks. at times I am more obtuse here. :)

world- kem cho? No, not from amdavad. from Baroda. tamey ?

mago said...

I do not believe that the end justifies the means. Doing harm to others or oneself, loosing the "Achtung" of oneself (it's not honour, not pride and self-esteem does not cover it fully, to explain would mean to have a journey into western european cultural history, sorry), that leads nowhere.
Today I saw young women who took part in a kind of "Miss"-election. They came out of a place on their high heels, some a little insecure in their shoes. My older colleague Charles remarked something like that he'd never understand why these women would do such a thing. Of course it is an exhibitionistic thing and of course there is the promise of some contract, a professional photoshooting, some modelling or such. But first of all it is the promise of a dream, dream of another life I guess. I think most things work this way.

austere said...

If you had a chance, you only ever time-bound chance at a dream, mago?

I guess I would.

mago said...

Yes, I would jump.

quin browne said...

i wonder how it will end for her.

austere said...

I'm praying for happy, o'quin.