Another terror attack in the valley of dreams! Whoa man, we must surely be up for a new record: THE MOST NUMBER OF TERROR STRIKES IN A COUNTRY. India has become a place where the hiked petrol price is breaking news and the topic of loads of furious discussions. But when it comes to terrorists blowing up our country, the news is taken in by a mere shrug. I was appalled today at how desensitized we’ve become. I was on the phone when the newsflash came and narrated it to my friend; her instant response was “accha! Aaj kitne mare?” (Oh! How many died today?). Apathy you call it? No sir, this is just how we Indians adjust to everything around us. When we get electricity for only a few hours a day, we are contented with rescheduling our days around it and after sometime it stops bothering us. Similarly, we are so used to people coming into our land every other day and torpedoing our people that it doesn’t even ruffle our hair anymore.
A few days ago, while watching ‘The Attacks of 26/11’, I heard people crying their hearts out in the movie hall. It has been termed as a hard hitting and gripping movie. Realistic is what they call it. Oh yeah, so you’re telling me the movie was more realistic than the actual events? More people saw the movie than the ones who sat through watching the live coverage on T.V. when a few armed men declared war upon our country. What can be a sadder state of affairs than this?
I’ll tell you. What’s sadder is that our Prime Minister chooses to speak a whole week after a girl has been brutally gang raped in our capital city and thousands were battling the police on street in protest demanding action. However, what’s even sadder is that no one has a clue as to what he said. Not even a single word. I consider myself really lucky to have been able to make out an entire sentence of his speech from the news today. I proudly think I deserve a pat on my back for it.
So, till the time high alerts and functioning security at airports and stations remain only till a week after every attack, we’d only be asking the same question as my friend as more and more precious lives are lost with no sleep lost by the government or us.
Lying in bed and dreaming every night leads to blurring of the distinction between what happened for real and what is just a figment of your imagination at times. Having an overactive one greatly adds to the confusion. I have vivid recollections of waking up in panic only to realize that the text message I regret sending wasn’t actually sent after all. However, there still exists a tiny continuous nagging at the back of your mind forcing you to keep on questioning what if it’s true. And then begins the mad rush of checking and rechecking every means of messaging conceivable. Believe me you; the thought never stops haunting you no matter how thoroughly you convince yourself. So, not only does the line fade, but the dream ends up becoming a very real part of your day and an uncomfortable one at that!
It is said, by the wise Dumbledore, that in dreams you enter a world entirely of your own. You spin beautiful webs around yourself. Dreams are a utopian place where you are blissfully happy and the sole master of your life and destiny. What you want so desperately to happen happens. You are God. There’s a girl you despise? Bam! She’s deleted from your life. There’s a person you miss? Whoosh! He re-enters your life. Of course, you can control your dreams only to a certain extent up till when you’re partially awake. It is only in pockets of deep slumber where it spirals beyond your control. Those are the parts that eerily seep into your day as well. However, coming to think of it, what exactly is the difference between dreams and reality? In the dream world, what’s happening there is your reality. You feel and go through the very same emotions as if they were real. So what gives anyone the right to term their dreams as unreal or surreal? In an Avatar-like situation, when you sleep here, you wake up to a different reality altogether.
Another line of thinking brings me to the conclusion that dreams, or at least the parts of them under our control, are manifestations of our deepest desires. They are our own way of coping with the have-nots of our real, sometimes lousy, existence. So, the next time you’re about to hit the panic button regarding a text message, pause and think. In all probability, you actually wanted to send it. That is, of course, if it wasn’t a nightmare. That would surely mess things up a tad. Thus, reality, dreams, a dream within a dream, can all be dealt with together without having a clean, clear line of demarcation. “of course its happening inside your head Harry, but why on earth should that mean that it is not real?”, and dear old Dumbledore has spoken again.