Human life is strange are even stranger are the facts we come across in life. Today I came across one such fact which strengthened my belief in the uncertainty of life and the various faces it can show to anybody.
Most of us know well about R K Narayan and for those who don’t know, he was one of the pioneers of Indian Literature in English along with Mulk Raj Anand and Raja Rao and in common language, he is the creator of the ever living and ever refreshing town of Malgudi. But how many of us know that the great giant of English literature could not clear his university paper of English, despite the fact that English was his favourite subject? And during the idle year, he discovered his love i.e. writing. What would have happened if Mr Narayan would not have got a back in the subject? Perhaps we would not have R K Narayan, the great writer among us. We could never have known about the lives of his ever living characters like Swami, Chandran, Krishna, Raju, Rosie, Raman, Nagraj, Thannapa and many others. Quoting Steve Job’s words here, I would say:
It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith.
This reminds me of the well discussed ‘Butterfly Effect’ as well. How can a small incident or event or a course of action change the entire life of a person for good or bad. Failing in an exam or not getting a job or something like that are, I guess, smaller things. The accidents which happen on roads are, I guess, because of a wrong judgement of a fraction of second. Sometimes, the state of mind of the victim in that particular second may change the entire course of events. Sometimes, it’s the same state of mind again which can pull a person out of a big trouble.
People call this thing destiny but I call this thing the diversity of life. Every individual’s life is different and different things happen with different individuals in the same situation. This is what the beauty of the universe and our lives is. Sometimes, I think what would have happened if everybody were to be governed by the same rules of living the life, being born in the same kind of surrounding, being cared in the very same manner as a child, getting the same education, doing the same thing as others. Obviously, that can’t happen for practical purposes but what if that could have happened? Could the life have been as interesting as it is today? I guess no, absolutely no.
So, it’s good that some are born to be writers, some actors, some engineers, some doctors and some even JESUS!!Merry Christmas!! :-)