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January 8, 2010

The Joker



He had been staring at the mirror since the past 20 minutes. Every day at 7.30p.m, his act would begin. People loved him. He was a joker, you see. It was 6.45p.m. Time to put on his make-up. He had been doing this since the past 10 years with a large smile painted on his face. He sighed. Did anyone ever care whether he was actually happy doing this? He had faced a lot of problems in life, but he had to lock them up in a box and keep it in his dressing room for two hours. No matter how he felt, people wanted him to laugh, crack jokes and put up a good show. He was tired of this entire sham. He hated giving that fake smile. He fell into deep thought.

A mother doesn’t want to tell her children that the three jobs she is balancing aren’t enough to buy them food. She decides to sell herself.

A daughter doesn’t want to tell her parents that she is pregnant. So she laughs and smiles a lot until she gets the abortion done.

A husband doesn’t want to tell his wife that he has been fired. So he leaves every morning at office hours to look for a new job and comes home at the appropriate time.

Parents don’t want to tell their children about the death of their pet. So they lie about sending it to a beautiful farm.



He sighed and carefully painted the large smile on his face. As he walked out of his room and entered the ring, he saw his audience ------ mothers, daughters, husbands, parents, families. He realized, at some point of time, everyone lives a life of a clown. He was not different from anyone. He smiled at them and this time, it was genuine!

18 Mississippi:

freelancer said...

excellent
one of the best posts of the year!

Pavitra .... said...

@ freelancer:
Thank you so much! Cheers!

Barry said...

Very thoughtful and moving post. I enjoyed it very much.

He said with a smile.

Pavitra .... said...

@ Barry:
Thank you so much! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Take care.
She said with a smile :)

Haddock said...

That was a good one......especially the four examples.

Bullshee said...

This was a nice post...Felt shit about life for a moment, and then you reminded us that it's not all bad...

Good job!

Sorcerer said...

wonderful post:)
well done..

sawan said...

Pavitra, I am in love with this post! this is beautiful and so very well written. m so happy i m here :)

Vagabond said...

this is beautiful...bravo!

Pavitra .... said...

@ Haddock:
Thank you very much. I'm glad you liked it!

@ Bullshee:
Thank you! cheers! :)

@ Sorcerer:
Thanks a lot!

@ Sawan:
Thank you so much for your kind words. I'm glad you are happy!

scarlet pimpernel said...

gr8 post
i like the blog name very much ..made me stop and think.

Pavitra .... said...

@ scarlet pimpernel :
I'm very happy you liked it! Thank you very much! :) :)

BlanyAshwin said...

yaa true Pavitra... all r clowns here....Life needs to be kept plain and simple..Gud 1

JenniAsh said...

I loved reading this; there are so many interesting concepts in it.
Please continue to write.

x

Somak said...

This is wonderful, really great.
Sometimes people act just so others can be normal, without realizing that the other person is maybe doing the same.

Pavitra .... said...

@ BlanyAshwin:
You are right. Its better to just be who we are rather than pretending to be someone else. thanks!

@ JennyAsh:
Yes I will..Thanks! Glad you liked it!

@ Somak:
Yes, thats true. I have been in that place so many times. Thank you so much! :)

Varun said...

Beautiful.....!!!!

Pavitra .... said...

@ Varun:
Thank you so much! :)
Means a lot to me...