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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...

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.


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...


Pavitra .... said...

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