The conversation started by remembering the famous dialogue from the movie, Om Shanti Om: “yanna rascala mind it”
When the experienced and the knowledgeable started contemplating the very fundamentals of:
what’s to be mind
what’s not to be.
What’s to be given the heed required,
What’s to be taken seriously,
What’s to be considered important,
Though it all came down to,
“nothing in life is serious enough to be taken seriously”
And then he went on to narrate what I feel like taking the liberty of calling it the essence of life.
you know, am 70 now, 7 decades you see,
lot of people look at my wealth, comforts that I have,
Call me successful, and what not,
but if you were to ask me whether all these compliments matter,
When I close my eyes to sit down for my me time,
the only thing that comes to me is (and then he pauses for a moment)
the moments that I was fortunate enough to spend with beautiful people in my lifetime,
I can still feel that touch, the spurt in energy, the emotions that flowed with it,
its only these scenes that i vividly remember,
though they say that am loosing my memory (pauses for a while, smiles),
yet no one can take it away from me,
the time that I have lived has passed in a flash,
little time, though we think we have plenty,
every day when I get up,
the first thing that I experience today is mortality,
I am alive for one more day to choose to experience so much more,
Wish I had the same perspective when I was your age or even before,
Having said that, it’s never too late to start (pauses and smiles again as if he just remembered some familiar face)
Goes into some deep silence,
A nurse walks in, “you shouldn’t disturb him any more“.
And then he speaks for the final time, before I left
what is life after all if not gotten disturbed,
what is life after all without involvement,
what is life after all without compassion,
what is life after all without desires,
what is life after all without beautiful moments,
what is life after all!
Smiles and shuts his eyes.
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